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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.

Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes and Teachings

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (17 April 1897 – 8 September 1981) was an Avaduta who imparted lessons on the Self to those who desired to know That. Nisargadatta Maharaj quotes and teachings are from various sources. They have been collected over a period of more than 10 years.

Nisargadatta Maharaj Quotes and Teachings

Those who know only scriptures know nothing.

Love says: “I am everything.” Wisdom says “I am nothing.” Between the two my life flows.

What you are now is the result of inattention, and what you become will be the fruit of attention.

Mind is interested in what happens, while awareness is interested in the mind itself. The child is after the toy, but the mother watches the child, not the toy.

To remember what needs to be remembered is the secret of success. You come to it through earnestness.

Your own self is your ultimate teacher. The outer teacher is merely a milestone. It is only your inner teacher that will walk with you to the goal, for He is the goal.

There is no question…