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Eco-friendly Hindu Funeral Pyre

Nearly 10 million people die a year in India according to a United Nations estimate. Majority of them are Hindus and are cremated – open-air cremation using firewood. What does this open-air cremation mean to our environment? For Hindu cremations in India, annually more than 50 million trees are cut. It produces half a million tonnes of ash and eight million tonnes of carbon dioxide. All this means increase of harmful greenhouse gases in our environment. Vinod Kumar Agarwal and his Mokshda environmental group, an environmental group in New Delhi, are now advocating Eco-friendly Hindu funeral pyres. It is called the Mokshda Green Cremation System. This eco-friendly pyre uses minimal amount of wood, that is, when an average pyre uses around 400 kg of wood, the eco-friendly only uses less than 100 kg. All the usual Hindu cremation rites can be performed in this type of pyre. This pyre also creates less financial burden on the poor.According to Seed MagazineThe pyre is a raised human-size…

Ten Incarnations of Lord Vishnu in Hinduism and the Evolution of Human civilization

The ten incarnations or ‘Dasa Avatara’ of Lord Vishnu is an extraordinary recording of the evolution of human life and advance in human civilization. In Hindu religion, the three main deities are Lord Brahma, Vishu and Shiva. Brahma creates, Vishnu protects and Shiva destroys - three faces of Mother Nature. Lord Vishnu descends on Earth to uphold dharma and to cleanse the Earth of evil. So far, Lord Vishnu has appeared nine times on Earth and the tenth, kalki, is expected.
The sequence of appearance of Lord Vishnu on Earth is in tune with the evolutionary theory. In fact, the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu is an amazing recording of the advancement of human civilization. All this was recorded by Hindu sages thousands of years before Christ. The first incarnation or avatar of Lord Vishnu was in the form of a fish and is known as ‘Matsya Avatar.’ It has now been confirmed by Science through various experiments that the first life forms evolved underwater. The second incarnation of …

Mirabhai Quotes – That Dark Dweller

That dark Dweller in Braj
Is my only refuge.
O my companion,
Worldly comfort is an illusion,
As soon you get it, it goes.
I have chosen the Indestructible for my refuge,
Him whom the snake of death
Will not devour. My Beloved dwells in my heart,
I have actually seen that Abode of Joy.
Mira's Lord is Hari, the Indestructible.
My Lord, I have taken refuge with Thee,
Thy slave. Mirabhai (Source: That Dark Dweller a poem by Mirabhai) A Prayer in praise of the feet of Lord Vishnu by Meerabai O mind,
Worship the feet of Hari
When Prahlada grasped them
He became Indra
When Dhruva sought refuge in them
He found paradise
In the body of the dwarf
They measured the universe
Their touch saved Ahalya
They tamed Kaliya
They supported Mount Govardhana
When Krishna was cowherd
Mira is his servant –
The raft of unnavigable seas Meerabai

Mirabai’s devotional Poem – Life in the world is short

Life in the world is short,
Why shoulder an unnecessary load
Of worldly relationships?
Thy parents gave thee bir…