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Important Teachings Of Sri Ramakrishna – Core Teachings of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

There is no dearth of the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna. A devotee might get lost in the ocean of literature available on the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Here are some of the important teachings of Sri Ramakrishna. The core teachings were collected from an article published in the March 2019 edition of Vedanta Kesari.
Realisation of the Self or God, which is basically the same, is the goal of life.Supreme bliss and wisdom is impossible without such a realisation, because God/Atman is the only source of such bliss and wisdom.For such realisation one needs attachment to God and detachment from worldly things; unless one gives up lesser, temporary things, one cannot get higher and eternal things.Though self-effort is very important for spiritual realisation, finally, it depends on the grace of God.While for monks both inner and outer renunciation is necessary, for householders inner or mental renunciation, or giving up attachment to the world is required.To achieve detachmen…

Nine And Navratri – Why Navratri Is Observed For Nine Nights?

Navratri is observed for nine nights. This is based on the Devi Mahatmya scripture. As per Devi Mahatmya and Devi Bhagavatam, Goddess Durga fought for nine days and nine nights against Demon Mahishasura. This battle happened from Ashwin Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi to Ashwin Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi – from the first day of the waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month to the ninth day of waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month.

During the course of the battle, Mother Goddess took several ferocious forms to annihilate innumerable powerful demons.
She annihilated all the demons and finally on the ninth night she killed Demon Mahishasura.

There is another belief that the nine days and nine nights of fighting happened during first nine days of Chaitra month. Bhagava Sri Ram invoked Goddess Durga for success in battle against Ravana in Ashwin month and then onwards the nine days began to be celebrated in Ashwin month.

Navratri Trivia

Navratri is nine nights dedicated to Mother Goddess Shakti in Hindu Religion and in 2019 it will be observed from September 29, 2019 to October 7, 2019.
Navratri means nine nights.
The most popular Navratri is the one held during Ashwin Month (September – October). But there are also three other Navratris in a Hindu calendar year. The most famous among this is the Chaitra Navratri (March – April). The other two Navratris are Magh Navratri and Ashada Navratri.
A popular belief is that the Navratri during Ashwin month (September – October) was started by Sri Ram when he invoked Goddess Durga before going into battle with Ravan. Originally, Mother Goddess was invoked during the Chaitra Month (March – April)
Navratri is also written as Navratras, Navaratri and Navarathri.

The reason for observing Navratri is found in the Markandeya Purana. The chapters 81 to 93 in the Markandeya Purana talks about the slaying of demon Mahishasura or Mahisha by Durga and it is referred as Devi Mahatmya an…

Jitiya 2019 Date - Jivitputrika Vrat and Fasting in 2019

Jivitputrika Vrat, also known as Jiwit Putra or Jitiya fasting, is observed on the eighth day in the waning phase (Ashtami of Krishna Paksha) of the Ashwin Month. Jivitputrika Vrat 2019 date is September 22. Jitiya Fast is observed for the well being of the sons by mothers in North India, especially in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Time of Paaran in 2019 is at 2:40 PM on September 22.
When Is Jivitputrika Vrat Observed? The Vrat is observed on the eighth day in the waning phase of the Ashwin Month (Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi). It ends when the Navami tithi begins (ninth day).
Yellow Thread Worn During Jitiya Jiutya, or a red and yellow thread, is worn by mothers who undertake this fasting. The thread is removed only when it is worn out.

No Particular Deity is Worshipped Jivitputrika Vrat is not dedicated to a particular Hindu deity. The main aim of the Vrat is the long life of sons. After early morning bath and prayers, mothers start the fast and…

Mahur Renuka Devi Temple Navratri Festival

RenukaDeviTemple at Mahur in Nanded in Maharashtra is one of the important temples dedicated to Goddess Shakti. The nine-day Navratri festival at MahurRenukaDeviTemple attracts thousands of devotees. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Renuka Devi, mother of Lord Parashurama. In 2019, the Navratri Festival at MahurRenukaDeviTemple begins on September 29.

At MahurTemple, the Murti worshipped is the head of Goddess Renuka Devi.

The nine-day Navaratri festival at the temple is famous for its unique rituals. Thousands of people arrive to celebrate Navratri at the abode of Renuka Devi.

The nearest railway station to MahurRenukaDeviTemple is Kinwat which is 50 KM away, but Nanded Railway Station which is 126 KM is the more convenient railway station on South Central railway.

By Road - Mumbai - Ahmednagar - Paithan - Jalan - Washim - Pusad – Mahur. The temple is around 717 km from Mumbai.

Mesha Rashi October 2019 predictions – Rashifal – Mesha Rashi October 2019 Good Dates As Per Hindu Astrology

Mesha Rashi in Hindu Astrology is known as Aries Zodiac and this October 2019 Rashifal is based on Moon astrology.

Students will get good opportunities. Job opportunities will be rare. Army and defense officials will get high honors. Farmers and those working in matters related to plants and animals will have a good period. Relatives and friends will visit you. There will be new purchase of house or construction on the cards. Women born in Mesha Rashi will have a good period. Offer prayers to Ganesha daily.
Sudden health troubles for some. There will be minor tragedy in the family. Mesha Rashi October 2019 Good Dates Good, lucky and auspicious dates in October 2019 for Mesha Rashi, or Aries Zodiac, are October 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 29 and October 30. The predictions are based on moon sign.

29 September 2019 Tithi - Panchang - Hindu Calendar - Good Time - Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Sunday, 29 September 2019 – Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the light or waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day till 12:20 AM on September 29. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the light or waxing phase of moon till 10:01 PM on September 29. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwitiya Tithi or the second day during the light or waxing phase of moon till 7:52 PM on September 30. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India.)All time based on India Standard Time.
Good – Auspicious time on September 29, 2019, as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.
Nakshatra – Hasta or Hastam or Atham Nakshatra till 9:40 PM on September 29. Then onward it is Chitra or Chithirai or Chithira Nakshatra till 8:16 PM on September 30. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India.)
In weste…

Swami Viditatmananda Saraswati on the Permanent and the Transient

Swami Viditatmananda Saraswati gives his thoughts on the permanent and the transient
In life, the permanent and the impermanent are mixed up with each other. It is not that the permanent is in one place and the impermanent in another, and they can be distinguished easily. The Katha Upanishad says:
Shreyas and preyas approach the human being. Having very clearly considered them, the discriminative (person) distinguishes them. (1-2-2)
In life, we constantly come across Shreyas and Preyas. Shreyas means that which is permanent and lasting and preyas is that which is impermanent and ephemeral. Shreyas is happiness of the Self or internal happiness, and preyas is happiness derived from sense objects or external happiness.
It requires a certain sensitivity to appreciate lasting happiness as opposed to the impermanent, ephemeral happiness in the objects and achievements of the world. This viveka arises in a heart that has become relatively pure by the performance of nitya-karma, naimittika-…

How To Realize Self? – Swami Hariharananda Aranya

Swami Hariharananda Aranya answers the perplexing question of how to realize self?

Beginners who find it easier to practice with a God having a figure should imagine a luminous figure of God inside their hearts. As a liberated person is calm in mind and is blissful in face on account of his highest attainment, so should the contemplated holy figure in one’s heart be imagined to be, and it should be contemplated that one is fully associated with that figure.
In repeating the mystic syllable OM, one should think oneself to be within the emblem — calm, restful and felicitous.
When after some practice the mind of the devotee becomes somewhat calm and carefree and he is able to rest in a feeling of godliness, then a transparent white limitless luminous sky should be imagined by him within his heart.
Then knowing that the omnipresent God is pervading that space, the devotee should contemplate that his I-sense, i.e., his whole self, is in the God who is present in his heart. The next step…

Scientific Reason for Applying Kumkum In Hinduism

There is a scientific reason behind applying kumkum in Hinduism. The spot on the forehead between the eyebrows, where the kumkum is applied, is a very important nerve point in the body. The significance of applying kumkum is associated with this spot in the body.

In Hindu culture, the spot between the eyebrows is believed to be a very subtle energy point in the brain. It is known as ajna chakra, also known as the intuition center. Scientific experiments have also proved that this point is associated with the pineal and the pituitary glands, which control various functions of the body.

When kumkum is applied the point on the mid-brow region is pressed and this activates the energy point.
Applying kumkum opens the channel of intuition and it prevents energy loss. It also helps in improving concentration and helps in improving blood supply to face muscles.

It must be noted that kumkum should be sourced from an authentic source. The cheap chemical kumkum and sandalwood paste when used on…