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Bhikshuka Upanishad Quotes On Paramahamsa

A collection of quotes and teachings of Paramahamsa from Bhikshuka Upanishad. This upanishad is part of the Shukla Yajur Veda.

Paramahamsa live clothed or naked at the foot of trees, in ruined houses, or in burning grounds. With them, there are no dualities as dharma and adharma, gain and loss, and purity and impurity. They look upon gold and stone and clod of earth with the same eye (of indifference), live on alms, begging from all without any distinction of caste and look upon everything as Atma alone.
Being as nature made them, being free from the sense of duality and from covetousness, being engaged in pure contemplation, they meditate on Atma.
Having advanced far in the path of Brahman, and being pure in mind, they quit this body through the methods prescribed for Paramahamsa Sannyasins.

Importance of Mirror in Hinduism – Religious Significance of Mirror in Hindu Religion

Mirror is an important part of many rituals in Hinduism. Apart from religious significance, mirror also has important philosophical significance in Hindu religion. Mirror is considered highly auspicious and is part of good items that can be viewed before a new beginning.
In Hindu marriages of some communities, when receiving the groom, there is a tradition to carry a mirror on the platter along with other beauty related materials.

While the bride is dressing up, she holds a mirror in her left hand. This is a must for many Hindu communities.
The philosophical aspect of mirror in Hindu teachings is found in the Upanishads. The reflection in the mirror is seen as God.
‘The person…that is seen in the mirror (eye), that is self…This is the Brahman – the Supreme Truth – Chandogya Upanishad.
The person that is in the mirror, on him I meditate. – Kaushitaki Upanishad
Cleaning the mirror (heart) which is covered with dust is a constant theme in many teachings in Hinduism.
Mirror is an important…

Damodar Month – Why Kartik Mahina is also known as Damodar Maas?

The Kartik Month or Mahina in North India, Gujarat and Maharashtra is also known as Damodar Mahina or Maas. Damodar Month is named after Lord Krishna. Mata Yashoda tying Lord Krishna to the grinding stone is one of the most popular legends during the childhood of Lord Krishna and it is believed to have taken place in this month. Damodar Month in 2019 in North India is from October 14 to November 12.

Lord Krishna was very naughty in his childhood and once fed up with his naughtiness Mata Yashoda tied him to a rice grinding mortar. This act of a human tying the Supreme Lord has a greater symbolic meaning – through this act Lord Krishna revealed to the world that the Lord will accept the dominance of Love and he can only be bound by the Love of his devotee.

This divine act of Maiya Yashoda tying Lord Krishna to the grinding stone and him moving it around got him the name Damodar. There is a popular belief that Lord Krishna can be easily pleased in this month.

During Kartik month, peopl…

Yamadeep – Story of Yamadeepdaan and Lighting of Lamps on First day of Diwali

Yamadeep, also known as Yamdeep or Yamadeepdaan, is the first day of Diwali celebrations in North India and Gujarat. Diyas (lamps) are lit all night and these lamps are dedicated to Yama or Yamraj, the Hindu god of death. Yamadeep 2019 date is October 25. The popular story of Yam Deep is associated with a young girl outwitting Yama to save her husband.
Legend has it that a 16-year-old son of King Hima was destined to die on the fourth day of his marriage due to a snake bite. A girl agreed to marry the unlucky prince knowing his ill fate.

The young bride was confident of her spirituality and decided to save the prince.
On the fourth night, after their marriage, she refused to let him sleep. She collected all her jewellery, ornaments, and also the gold and silver coins in the palace and placed them in a heap at the entrance of door. Then she lit innumerable Diyas (lamps) all over the palace.
To keep her husband awake, she narrated tales and sang songs.
At the stroke of midnight, Ya…

Abhyanga Snan during Diwali

Abhyanga Snan is a full body massage and ritual bathing on the Narak Chaturdashi day during Diwali. In some regions, Abhyang Snan is performed before sunrise. Abhyanga Snan 2019 date is October 25, October 26, October 27 and October 28. This ritual bath using traditional cleansing and rejuvenating items is more popular in Maharashtra and adjoining regions.

On the Abhyanga Snan, people wake up early in the morning and massage their bodies and head with specially prepared oil. Instead of soap, people use an Ayurvedic mixture known as Utane Churna or powder, which is known as herbal soap powder in local markets. The utane powder consists of Kapur kachari (camphor), kachora, Sveta Chandan (sandalwood), Wala, Nagarmotha, flowers and leaves.

In some regions people perform Abhyanga Snan on Diwali and also the following two days.

Nutan Varsh 2019 – Hindu New Year's Day in Gujarat in 2019

Nutan Varsh 2019 is the first day of Hindu Vikram Year 2076 and is the New Year day in Gujarat. Nutan Varsh 2019 date is October 28. It is also the first day of the financial New Year in North India. It is observed on the Kartik Sud 1 or first day of Kartik Month as per traditional Gujarati calendar.

Nutan Varsh 2019 which commences on October 28 is also referred as Vikram Samvatsar and Hindu New Year.

Hindu Vikram Calendar was started in 57 BC by Emperor Vikramaditya as a commemoration of his victory upon the Shaks. This victory took place at Ujjain, one among the four places associated with Kumbh Mela. This Hindu calendar is also known as Vikram Samvat and begins with the Month Kartik.

Nutan Varsh is also popularly known as Bestu Varsh.

It must be noted that Annakut and Govardhan Puja are also observed on the day.

Another important ritual observed on the day is Bali Padyami in south and western parts of India.

26 October 2019 Tithi - Panchang - Hindu Calendar - Good Time - Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Saturday, 26 October 2019 – Krishna Paksha Trayodashi tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning or dark phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodashi tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 2:08 PM on October 26. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 11:51 AM on October 27. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India.)All time based on India Standard Time.

Good – Auspicious time on October 26, 2019 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.
Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthram Nakshatra till 7:28 AM on October 26. Then onward it is Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 5:51 AM on October 27. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India.)
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and sou…

24 Gurus Of Dattatreya - 24 Gurus Of Nature

When Guru Dattatreya was a child, a king visited the ashram. Because his parents were away, Dattatreya greeted the king and the king saw an inner joy radiating from the boy. The king immediately realized that the boy was gifted with great wisdom and started talking to him. This talk is famous as Guru Sri Dattatreya teachings and in it one get to know about the twenty four Gurus of Dattatreya.
(Source: Book - The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD)

King: You have been studying with your parents? Dattatreya: There is much to learn from everyone and everything, not only from my parents.
King: Then you have a teacher? Who is it? Dattatreya: I have 24 gurus.
King: Twenty-four gurus at such a tender age? Who are they? Dattatreya: Mother earth is my first guru. She taught me to hold those who trample me, scratch me, and hurt me lovingly in my heart, just as she does. She taught me to give them my best, remembering that their acts are normal and natural from…

Eknath Easwaran Quotes

The desire to change the direction of your life is one of the surest signs of grace... For a while you may not know the direction in which to go. But you will know without doubt that the direction you have been going in is wrong...

The sure sign of grace is the desire to go against all selfish desires.

We are not made to love only one or two individuals. We have the immense capacity to be in love with everyone...

Happy is he who is good to others; miserable is he who expects good from others.

The lotus makes a beautiful symbol for the core of goodness in every human being. Though we are born of human clay, it remind us, each of us has the latent capacity to reach and grow toward heaven until we shine with the reflected glory of our Maker.

A mask can hide a face completely. But the very nature of a mask is that it can be removed. This is the promise and the purpose of all spiritual discipline – to take off the mask that hides our real face.

What matters is not that we may have made mi…

Chhath Puja – Importance and 2019 Date of Chhath Puja Vrat dedicated to Surya in Bihar and Jharkhand

Chhath Puja or Dala Chhath Vrat is an important and popular ritual observed by people of Bihar, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand in India and in the Terai Region of Nepal after Diwali. Chhath Puja 2019 date is given below in detail. The vrat is dedicated to Lord Surya and Lord Kartik. It is observed for four days in the month of Kartik (October – November). Chhat fasting, also known as Surya Sashti, is also observed in eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh and in some parts of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bengal.
Chhath Puja Calendar 2019 Chhath Puja 2019 dates as per Hindu calendar are: October 31 - Nahai KhaiNovember 1 - KharnaNovember 2 - Sandhya Argh – Chhat Dala Evening puja November 3 - Suryodaya Argh – Chhath Dala Morning puja Dedicated to Which God? Chhath vrat is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun), Agni (fire) and Lord Kartikeya or Muruga.
Why is Chhath Puja Observed? People undertake this Vrat for the well being of the family. It is believed that people get their wishes fulfille…

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