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Story – Why Lord Ganesha Loves Modak?

Modak, sweet balls, is one of the most important offerings made to Lord Ganesha. It is said that any offering to Ganesh is incomplete without the Modaks. There is an interesting story in the Padma Purana regarding why Ganesha loves Modak.
Once the Devas (demi gods) came to visit Shiva and Goddess Parvati and presented them a divine Modak. It was a very special Modak and the person who ate the modak will become knowledgeable in all scriptures, science, art and writing.
Goddess Parvati wanted to present it to her sons – Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartik. But the brothers were not ready to share it. So a confused Goddess Parvati said that who among you proves the true meaning of sincerity and devotion will get the Modak.
To prove the true meaning of devotion, Lord Kartik immediately mounted on his Vahana, or vehicle, and started visiting all the spiritual places.
But Lord Ganesha went around Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and said that no amount of offerings or fasting or visiting sacred p…

How to observe Saturday fasting or Shanivar Vrat?

The fasting observed on Saturday (Shanivar Vrat) is mainly undertaken by those people who believe in astrology and that they are having a hard period in life due to the malefic influence of Lord Shani or Saturn. Another deity that is worshipped on the day is Lord Hanuman. Saturday fasting or Shanivar Vrat begins before sunrise on Saturday and ends on the next day morning. A single meal is taken in the evening after prayers. Food prepared usually consists of sesame til or black gram or any other black colored food item. Salt is avoided on the day.Black is the color of the day. The offerings made to Lord Shani include black sesame seeds (Til), urad dal, black clothes, Sesame oil etc. Black iron idol of Lord Shani is worshipped on the day usually at nearby temple which has a shrine for Shani or Navgraha. Some worship the Peepal Tree and tie thread around its bark.People avoid long journey on the day. In some communities wives do not visit their paternal home on the day.
The Saturday fasti…

Gurumayi Chidvilasananda Thoughts on Meditation

No matter who we are, what we do, what we may have or not have, each of us has an inherent power to meditate. Once this power is ignited, our meditation naturally deepens and draws us to the goal of Self-realization. Meditation is the practice of turning our attention inward. Meditation beckons us to unravel the greatest mystery of life – that in this human form, we are also divine. When we still the mind in meditation we are drawn, like bees to honey, to the presence of God within. Touching this truth, our restlessness ceases and we are flooded with a sense of our own perfection and divinity.Gurumayi ChidvilasanandaGurumayi Chidvilasananda is the present spiritual head of the Siddha Yoga path