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Mountains in Hinduism

In Hinduism, mountain is a place where the divine resides and therefore a living symbol and a source of strength. The most famous mountain in Hindu religion is the MountKailash in Tibet, the abode of Lord Shiva. Thousands of Hindu temples are located on hill tops like the TirumalaTirupatiBalajiTemple, Amarnath Cave Shrine, Vaishano Devi Shrine and SabarimalaAyyappaTemple. The thousands of hill shrines and several revered mountains are a testimony to the fact that Hinduism is deeply rooted in Nature.

MountMeru is the center of the world in Hindu religion and it acts a pivot for the three worlds. Himavan is the mountain god in Hindu mythology and is the father of Goddess Parvati. MountMandara was used as a churning pole to churn the ocean to get amrit (Ambrosia).
Puranas and epics are filled with legends associated with various mountains in Himalayas, the Vindhyas, the Satpuras, the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats. The Markandeya Purana gives a list of seven Kula Parvatas – Mah…

Swami Sukhabodhananda on the Ego

There was an egoistic king. Once when he went to the forest to hunt, he met a sage. The sage was deeply engrossed with his eyes closed. The king said, ‘I have fought so many great emperors, won over many lands and have annexed them to my kingdom.

My treasury overflows with riches that I have brought from various places. In my palace, there are many wonderful and pretty women from different regions, at my beck and call, ready to please me. Yet I am not happy. When will I become happy?’

The sage, opening his eyes, screamed at him, ‘You will be happy only when I die!’ and went back to meditation. In a rage, the king drew out his sword to kill him, saying, ‘I am a great king! How dare you insult me thus?’

The sage opened his eyes again and said, ‘You fool! I did not mean myself when I said ‘I.’…I meant the ego. When the ego dies, you will be happy!’Hindu scriptures mention God as ‘Ananda’ meaning ‘joy.’ The word ego could be expanded thus – Edging God Out – that means, moving God or joy away…