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Worship of Linga

No one exactly knows when the worship of Linga or Lingam started in Hindu religion. But throughout the history the worship of Linga has been identified with Lord Shiva. And thus Linga is also known as Shivling or Shivlingam and is of great importance in Hinduism.
Significance of Shivling Lord Shiva from time immemorial has been worshiped in the form of ‘ling’ or ‘lingam.’ The word ‘ling’ means ‘symbol’ or ‘sign.’ It is the visible symbol of Nirguna Brahman (the supreme being) and is present in all the living beings.

Bansi Pandit writes in Hindu Dharma.. “linga is derived from the two Sanskrit words laya (dissolution) and agaman (recreation).” Thus the linga symbolizes both the creative and destructive power of the Lord and great sanctity is attached to it by the devotees.
Today, the ‘ling’ has numerous interpretations and symbolisms. Thousands of pages have been written about the symbolism of Shivling.
But the best explanation is that the ‘ling’ is a visible form of Brahman which r…

Yoga in Public Schools in United States

When Tara Guber first approached a public school to teach yoga in United States, the Hindu roots of Yoga was opposed by Christian fundamentalists and secularists. She removed chanting and translated Sanskrit words in yoga into English to allay the fears of those who opposed it on religious lines.Today more than 100 schools in 26 States have adopted Yoga. Teachers say it helps children with attention-deficit disorder and reduce obesity.Rachel Konrad, an Associated Press Writer, has written in detail about Yoga in public schools and you can read it here.The Sages who invented yoga never talked about Hinduism. Because the very word Hinduism was coined hundreds of years later. The sages only wanted to help humanity with their knowledge. And if it is helping humanity even after thousands of years it is the greatness of their knowledge and the way of life they led.