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Book – Eternal Wisdom of India by Swami Lokeswarananda

Eternal Wisdom of India by Swami Lokeswarananda critically looks into the teachings of the religions that originated in India. The book is a collection of writings and talks by Swami Lokeshwarananda who is associated with the Ramakrishna orderThe book explores the role of religion in daily lives of people and how during certain period the power of the religion was abused. The book analyses religion and social tensions and also tells us how harmony should be maintained.The book depicts the way religion has been seen through the ages and how it affects the psyche of people. It also analyses the religious beliefs of people and shows ways to maintain harmony.Echoes of the teachings of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda can be seen throughout the book. Eternal Wisdom of India
By Swami Lokeswarananda
Published by Rupa Books
Price Rs 500/-

Bhim Ekadasi 2016 Date – Bhima Ekadashi

Bhim Ekadasi, also known as Nirjala Ekadashi, is associated with Bhima, the second of the five Pandava brothers. Bhim Ekadasi 2016 date is on June 16. It is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Jyeshta month. Ekadashi fasting is observed on the 11th day of a fortnight in a traditional Hindu calendar and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

There is a popular story associated with Bhim Ekadasi. Bhima was always hungry and he could not fast during Ekadasi. Therefore he wanted to find a solution to fast on Ekadasi by consuming food and he went to Sage Vyasa to find a solution

The popular belief is that observing Bhim Ekadasi is equal to observing all the 24 Ekadasis in a year. Veda Vyasa advised Bhima to observe Nirjala Ekadasi falling in the Shukla Paksha of Jyeshta Month. It has the benefits of observing all the 24 Ekadasis in a year.

Bhim Ekadasi fasting is very tough and different from the usual Ekadasi fasting method. Devotees do not drink water on the day. Neither …

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Thoughts on the Bhagwad Gita

What is the significance of the Gita? It is what you find by repeating the word ten times. It is then reversed into ‘tagi’, which means a person who has renounced everything for God. And the lesson of the Gita is: ‘O man, renounce everything and seek God alone.’ Whether a man is a monk or a householder, he has to shake off all attachment from his mind.An aspirant entitled to the Knowledge of God is very rare. It is said in the Gita that one in thousands desires to know God, and again, that among thousands who have such a desire, only one is able to know Him.One truly realizes God if one performs one’s worldly duties in a detached spirit. Ramakrishna ParamahamsaSource:The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna