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Amarnath Yatra – Holy Ice Shivling at Amarnath Cave Melts Completely Before Shravan Purnima Prayers in 2010

Several newspapers and television channels are reporting that the holy Ice Shiva Lingam that formed in 2010 at the Amarnath Cave Shrine has melted completely. ‘The holy ice lingam does not exist any more as it melted totally on July 29, 2010’, official sources told PTI. The official Amarnath Yatra started on July 1, 2010 and will end Aug 25, 2010. The melting of the holy Ice Shivling before the final prayer on Shravan Purnima also happened in 2007 and 2008. The original pilgrimage to Amarnath is a one-month affair which begins on the Guru Purnima day (July middle) and ends on Shravan Poornima (mid August). But now the pilgrimage starts in June or early July, a month in advance, and there is widespread criticism that it is this early start that is responsible for the early melting of the Shivalingam. Another culprit is the global warming.In 2007, it was found that the Shivling was tampered with by devotees who reached the cave shrine even before the commencement of the official journey…

Swami Sri Atmananda Saraswati Thoughts – Teachers should not Spoon Feed

With due respect to all teachers, some keep spoon feeding their students with even small and simple things of life. They keep taking decisions for their students, thus not only stunting their growth, but also bringing about dependence on their teachers for even small things in life. Such teachers may help solve some problems, but the basic dependence always remains. This is not an ideal condition. Even though all gurus will have to help their students in their fields just like our parents and other well wishers do in helping solve their problems, but the responsibility of a teacher does not end here. Ultimately their students should become mature and enlightened enough to not only take their decisions themselves but also attain heights attained by their teachers themselves. For this one has to go one day into the very 'Knowledge of Truth'.When this understanding dawns in a person that all our problems are only because of ignorance of Self then alone a true seeker is born. Swam…