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Adi Shakti – Hindu Goddess Adi Shakti

There are many who wants to know who is Adi Shakti or which is the Goddess Adi Shakti in Hinduism. Adi Shakti is the Mother Goddess who gives birth, nurtures, sustains and finally transforms all animate and inanimate in the universe. In nutshell, She is the energy that is manifest in everything. She is popularly referred as Goddess Shakti and she takes numerous forms to uphold dharma and protect Her devotees.
Some of the most popular of her manifestations are Goddess Sati, Parvati, Durga and Kali. Adi Shakti is known by numerous names and all her incarnations are for restoring Dharma.
There are also schools of thought that suggest that Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati are manifestations of Adi Shakti.
Another school of thought suggests that all women are incarnation of Adi Shakti.

Book – Ramakrishna Paramhamsa: The Sadhaka of Dakshineswar

Ramakrishna Paramhamsa: The Sadhaka of Dakshineswar is yet another book on Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. This new book on one of the most widely written saints India traces the several contradictions of nineteenth-century Bengal that the man embodied – between his Vaishnava roots and Shakti worship;between bhakti and gyan; andbetween a guru and sadhaka (spiritual practitioner).Ramakrishna Paramhamsa: The Sadhaka of Dakshineswar is written by Amiya P. Sen.From the flyer of the bookAmiya P. Sen situates Sri Ramakrishna within the emerging social and cultural anxieties of the time as also the larger Hindu-Brahminical world that he was born into. This book also carries a brief but critical introduction to the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Ramakrishna’s vibrant theology that will be of interest to lay readers as well as those especially interested in the cultural and religious history of modern Bengal.Ramakrishna Paramhamsa: The Sadhaka of Dakshineswar
By Amiya P. Sen
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Veda Vyasa Jayanti 2011 date – Sri Vedvyasa Jayanthi

Sri Veda Vyasa Jayanthi is the birth anniversary of Sage Vyasa, the author of the Mahabharata. Veda Vyasa Jayanti 2011 date in Vaishaka month is May 16. Veda Vyasa Jayanthi is observed by certain Hindu communities on the 13th day (Trayodashi) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaishaka month. This particular Veda Vyasa Jayanti is more popular in South India, especially with some communities in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and for some communities in western parts of India. It must be noted that Veda Vyasa Jayanti is observed on different dates in a year. This is because it is believed that Sri Veda Vyasa appeared several times to spread Dharma. The dates also differ from region to region and community to community. Veda Vyasa is the editor of the Hindu scriptures – he has compiled and edited the vast volume of Hindu scriptures. And the vast repertoire of scriptures in Hinduism is primarily due to his efforts.

Swami Sivananda Quotes on Peace

Peace is not in the heart of the carnal man. Peace is in the heart of a desireless man, who has controlled his senses and the mind. Greed, lust, jealousy, envy, anger, pride and egoism are the enemies of peace. Slay these enemies by the sword of dispassion, discrimination, and non-attachment. You will enjoy perpetual peace. Peace is not in money, estate, bungalows and possessions. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul. Withdraw yourself from external objects. Meditate and rest in your soul. You will realize everlasting peace now. Nothing can bring you peace, but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace, but the victory over your lower self, triumph over your senses and mind, desires and cravings. If you have no peace within yourself, it is vain to seek it in external objects and outward sources.Swami Sivananda