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Goddess Yogambigai – About Hindu Goddess Yogambikai

Goddess Yogambigai is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti. She is popularly worshipped in certain temples in Tamil Nadu and here she is the consort of Hindu God Shiva. In some temples she is also referred as Siva Yoga Nayaki. When Shiva is mainly worshipped as teacher or Guru, Goddess Parvati appears as Yogambikai. She is the consort who showers the wealth of knowledge on her devotees. This is a calm form of Goddess Shakti. She is more like the wife of a householder who leads Grihasthashramam. She and Shiva form an ideal couple for devotees to emulate. During the Navratri festival in (September/October) at the Ramana Maharishi Ashramam, Goddess Yogambikai is decorated in nine different forms of Goddess Shakti. In the Yogambikai form, Mother Goddess is the consort of Shiva at the famous Vaithya Lingam Swami Temple in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.

Book – Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History

Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History by Andrew J. Nicholson attempts to prove that the unified Hindu identity did not happen with the arrival of the British in India as widely propagated by the British, Christian missionaries and Marxist historians. Andrew J. Nicholson, assistant professor of Hinduism and Indian intellectual history in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University, suggests that the unity happened during the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries when philosophers and saints of the Bhakti cult treated the philosophies of Vedanta, Samkhya, and Yoga, along with the worshippers of Vishnu, Shiva, and Shakti, as belonging to a single system of belief and practice. About the book from the flyer Drawing on the writings of philosophers from late medieval and early modern traditions, including Vijnanabhiksu, Madhava, and Madhusudana Sarasvati, Nicholson shows how influential thinkers portrayed Vedanta philosophy as…

Nandini Navami

Nandini Navami is dedicated the holy cow Nandini mentioned in the Hindu Scriptures. Nandini Navami 2018 date is December 16. The popular belief is that Nandini was the first cow to appear on earth – she is the daughter of Kamadhenu who appeared during the churning of ocean.

Nandini Navmi is observed on the ninth of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in the month of Margashirhsa (November – December).

Nandini was given to Sage Vasishta by Kamadhenu. It is therefore believed that Nandini is the mother of all the cows on earth.

Special ‘Go Puja’ is held on the day.

Swami Sivananda Teachings on Balance of Mind

He who is attempting to develop his will should always try to keep a cool head. He should keep a balanced mind under all conditions. He will have to train or discipline the mind, it is worth practicing. Balance of mind is one of the vital characteristics of a developed Jnani or Yogi. That Yogi can keep a balanced mind at all times is really a strong and happy man. He will get sanguine success in all his undertakings. You may fail to maintain the balance of fifty attempts; but from the fifty first endeavor, you will get strength of will. You will slowly manifest balance of mind. You should not be discouraged in the beginning. Remember the story of ‘Bruce and the Spider.” Bruce learnt from the spider. He failed seven times but succeeded in the war in his eighth attempt. Swami Sivananda