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What does Upanishad mean? – Meaning of the term Upanishads

Upanishads are Holy Scriptures in Hinduism and are part of the Holy Vedas. The subject matter of Upanishad is self knowledge and contains the attempts made by various saints of ancient world to know Brahman – the Supreme Truth – and their attempts to share their findings and methods. Scholars have given numerous definitions to the term Upanishad but two schools of thought have gained prominence and is widely accepted.First school of thought suggests that the word Upanishad is derived from the root ‘sad’, to sit, to which ‘Upa’ and ‘ni’ prefixes have been added. The word is taken to mean ‘to approach someone and sit down next to him’ – a student approaching a Guru to learn the self knowledge.The second school of thought is developed from Adi Shankaracharya’s definition of Upanishads. The word ‘Upanishad’ is derived by adding the prefixes ‘upa’ (near) and ‘ni’ (with certainty) to the root ‘sad’ meaning ‘to destroy, to go to and to loosen’. According to this derivation, Upanishad means t…

Book: The Thousand Names of Shirdi Sai Baba

The book titled ‘The Thousand Names of Shirdi Sai Baba’ extols the glory of Shirdi Sai Baba. The Thousand Names of Shirdi Sai Baba is popularly known as Sri Sai Sahasranamavali and is chanted by devotees while worshipping Baba. Each of the thousand names introduces the greatness of Baba to a devotee. This book is authored by Sri B.V.Narasimha Swamiji.The supreme purifier, enlightener, elixir (the philosopher's stone), ambrosia (the food and drink of the God) and divine nectar are some of the names and attributes found in the book.Shirdi Sai Baba devotees believe that the recitation of the thousand names of Shirdi Sai Baba will bestow good health, beauty, strength, vigor and vitality. The repetition of the thousand names of Shirdi Sai Baba will help a devotee overcome lust, anger, greed etc.‘The Thousand Names of Shirdi Sai Baba’ is published by Sterling Publishers and the book is available Sanskrit, English and Hindi.The Thousand Names of Shirdi Sai Baba
Author: Sri B.V.Narasimha S…

Basumati Snana Festival in Orissa

Basumati Snana festival is dedicated to Mother Earth and is celebrated mainly in Orissa in India. The festival is sort of a continuation of the Raja Sankranti festival. Special poojas are offered to Mother Earth for nourishing all the living beings. In 2018, the date of Basumati Snana is June 17.

Goddess Mahalakshmi, symbolizing Mother Earth, during the festival is offered sacred water. The idol is also smeared with sandalwood paste. Special pujas are performed on farmlands. People pray for a good harvest during the next agricultural season.

Mithun Sankranti – Mithuna Samkranti

Mithun Sankranti, also known as Aashadh Sankranti, marks the beginning of the Sun’s transition from Mithuna to Karka Rashi (from Gemini to Cancer). There are 12 Sankranthis in a Hindu Solar Calendar and Mithnu Sankranti is the last cycle in the Uttarayana period. In 2018, the date of Mithun Sankranti is June 15. Time from 6:13 PM.

‘San’ means plenty and good and ‘Kranti’ means radical change and Sankranthi means plenty of good change.

Raja Sankranti is observed during the period in Orissa. The rainy season starts in some parts of Indian during the Mithun Sankranti.

Dakshinayana starts with the end of Mithun Sankranti in South India.

Arthashastra Quotes

Harmlessness, truthfulness, purity, freedom from spite, abstinence from cruelty, and forgiveness are duties common to all.The observance of one’s own duty leads one to Swarga (heaven) and infinite bliss (Anantya).Whoever imposes punishment as deserved becomes respectable. For punishment (danda) when awarded with due consideration, makes the people devoted to righteousness and to works productive of wealth and enjoyment; while punishment, when ill-awarded under the influence of greed and anger or owing to ignorance, excites fury even among hermits and ascetics dwelling in forests, not to speak of householders.Restraint of the organs of sense, on which success in study and discipline depends can be enforced by abandoning lust, anger, greed, vanity, haughtiness and over joy.Arthashastra