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Illustrated book on Vedic Astrology for Beginners

Vedic Astrology Simply Put: An Illustrated Guide to the Astrology of Ancient India by William Levacy appeals to the students of Vedic astrology and novices through its easy-to-understand method of presentation. Some of the important topics dealt in the book are the myths and origins of Vedic astrology, the difference between Vedic astrology and Western astrology, an easy to understand explanation of each house, each planet, and each individual sign and how they relate to the overall chart. Numerous other related subjects like Vedic forecasting, Ayurveda, remedial measures, deities are dealt in the book.An important highlight of the book is its illustrations. The Vedic art in the book was custom created by master artists from India.William Levacy has been a practitioner of ‘Jyotish’ since 1983. He has a master’s degree in the Science of Creative Intelligence from MaharishiEuropeanResearchUniversity on Vedic science. Levacy was awarded the prestigious Jyotish Kovid award from the Bang…

Anayootu – Mass Feeding of Elephants in Kerala Hindu Temples

Elephants are an indispensable part of Hindu temples in Kerala. Anayootu or Aana Oottu is an important ritual in which mass feeding of elephants take place. ‘Aana’ in Malayalam means elephant and ‘oottu’ means to feed. In this mass feast, specially made rice preparations in the temples are given to the elephants. The most famous Anayootu is the one held on the first day of the Ramayana Masam in the famous Vadakkumnadan temple in Kerala. Captive elephants from the region participate in this unique event which attracts thousands of people. The Vadakkumnadan temple is world famous for the Thrissur Pooram.In the Vadakkumnadan temple, Ashtadravya Mahaganapathi homam – a puja dedicated to Lord Ganesha – is held before feeding the elephants. The Anayootu begins when the main priest feeds an elephant with the ‘prasad’ from the homam. A Gaja pooja is also held during Anayootu.

Video on the Small Raths in Puri Rath Yatra

Along with the three main raths – Nandighosha, Taladhwaja and Debadalana – devotees pull numerous small raths in Puri and in other parts of the state. Devotees believe that the all pervading Lord Jagannath is present in the small, medium and bigger chariots. Many of the small raths are built by children and they pull it along with the main raths. The priests are not happy with the small chariots as they are not under their control and do not provide any monetary benefits. But children and devotees are happy with the small and big raths. Lord Jagannath too might be happy with small raths as it provides some freedom the priests. Video courtesy CNN-IBN

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes

Giving up desire after desire is a lengthy process with the end never in sight. Leave alone your desires and fears, give your entire attention to the subject, to him who is behind the experience of desire and fear. Ask: who desires? Let each desire bring you back to yourself.
Contemplate life as infinite, undivided, ever present, ever active, until you realize yourself as one with it. It is not even very difficult, for you will be returning only to your own natural condition.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes on Desire