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Online Live Darshan of Shiva Linga at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir in Varanasi, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is one of the most famous Hindu pilgrimage centers in India. Now the ShriKashiVishwanathTemple authorities have made arrangements for online live darshan of the Jyotirlinga (Shiva Linga) worshipped in the Viswanath Mandir. The KashiVishwanathTemple is one among the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. It is a great opportunity for Hindu devotees to have a glimpse of the highly venerated symbol of Brahman – the Shiva Linga – from the comfort of their home.

The live darshan can only be seen through the Internet Explorer Browser. The live streaming does not support Firefox and Opera browsers. The live darshan is on the Windows Media Player and you will need it to have enabled in your browser. Usually this option is automatically enabled in most browsers.

Please note: The online live darshan of the Shivling will be obstructed by devotees and therefore you will need tons of patience to have a proper glimpse of the Jyotirlinga. T…

Sri Ramana Maharshi on the Role of Effort in Brahman Realization

Effort is necessary up to the stage of realization. Even then the Self should spontaneously become evident, otherwise happiness would not be complete. Up to the stage of spontaneity there must be effort, in some form or other.

Divine grace is essential for realization. But grace is vouchsafed only to him who is a true devotee or a yogi. It is given only to those who have striven hard and ceaselessly on the path to freedom.

There is a state beyond effort and effortlessness. Until it is realized, effort is necessary... Grace is always there. But practice is also necessary.

It is necessary both for you to strive and for the guru to help.

Effortlessness and choiceless awareness is our real nature. If we can attain that state and abide in it, it is all right. But one cannot reach it without effort, the effort of deliberate meditation.

Sadhanas are needed as long as one has not realized it. They are for putting an end to obstacles... there are no short cuts to moksha.

What is important is steadfa…