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Showing posts from January 19, 2008

Lord Ram and Hanuman Toys for Children

Lord Ram and Hanuman Toys are from Kridana, a United States based start-up.
Founded in 2007, Kridana is the brain child of Mahender Swami Nathan, an Indian-American. The aim of the company is to bring the best stories and characters associated with Hindu religion and mythology to life through 3-D toys and 2-D comics.There will be two reactions to the Lord Ram and Hanuman Toys:First, how can someone make toys of Hindu Gods? This is insulting Hinduism and its gods. Second, I would love to see my children adore Lord Ram and Hanuman. Learn more about them and learn the good qualities in them.To the first reaction the makers of the toys react…we’re following in the footsteps of centuries of Indian cultural artistic tradition. There’s a rich and long tradition of the Ramayana being represented in Indian decorative arts and toys from 14th century Satriya dance masks in Assam to 16th century decorative bronze sculptures of Hanuman and Rama in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Kridana is no differen…

Sayings of Mata Amritanandamayi on Ego

The shell around the seed has to break before the tree can emerge. You have to get rid of the ego before you gain knowledge.It is no use pouring water into a dirty bucket; the water will get dirty. In the same way, if you maintain the ego while doing sadhana, you cannot take total refuge in God. You cannot experience and enjoy the benefits of sadhana.How can someone who can't even swim across a small river swim across the ocean? It is not possible to reach the supreme state without removing all small selfishness.The sun gets concealed by the clouds. In a like manner, God is concealed by our ego and vasanas (latent tendencies). He becomes visible when the dirt of those tendencies is removed. Mata Amritanandamayi