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Book - Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography by Sri. M

The autobiography – ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography by Sri. M – narrates the spiritual journey which 19-year-old Mumtaz Ali Khan took to the Himalayas to return as Sri ‘M’, a yogi with profound knowledge of the Upanishads and deep personal insights.’ Sri M, as he is popularly known, is a social activist, educationist and a crusader for inter-religious harmony with a deep knowledge of world religions. About Sri. M
The Satsang Foundation was founded by Sri M to assist the underprivileged to lead lives of self-respect, self-reliance and peace. He runs a free school ‘Satsang Vidyalaya’  for tribal children of Madanapalle in Andhra Pradesh. He also runs The Peepal Grove School at Sadum in Andhra Pradesh which has innovative and life-enhancing methods of teaching. Then there is Manav Ekta Mission that works towards spreading the oneness of all religions.
The bonus for those interested in the secrets of yoga, meditation and sankhyan metaphysics is that Sri ‘M’ is sti…

Hora Ashtami – Hur Ashtami

Hora Ashtami is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha or waning phase of moon in Phagon or Falgun month in Jammu and Kashmir. Hora Ashtami 2018 date is February 8. The spring season begins on this day in Kashmir and the day marks the birthday of Mata Sita. The most important ritual takes place on the day at the Sri Sharika Chakreshwar Temple on Hari Parbat Hill in Kashmir.

The fasting and prayers dedicated to Shiva for Shivratri begins on the Hora Ashtami day. Cleaning of the houses with ‘hur’ for welcoming Shiva is also a highlight of the period. Hora Ashtami is an important day in Herath, the fortnight long observation of Shivratri in Kashmir.

On Hora Ashtami day, people keep vigil throughout the night at the Sri Sharika Chakreshwar Temple. It is the believed that the deity of the temple blesses people with prosperity and blesses them with a good harvest in the coming season. A legend in the region suggests that on the Phagon Ashtami day Goddess Sharika migrates from Ki…

Great Teachings from the Bhagavatam

According to the teachings of the Bhagavatam, the loftiest vedantic thought is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the whole world is but a family. In all beings there pervades the same cosmic spirit. There is none alien, so we need have no enmity toward anyone. We must, instead, love and nurture all. There are examples of great kings, such as Harischandra and Bali, who preferred to give away their kingdoms and everything they possessed to uphold a promise. Truth and integrity are most valued in Sanatana Dharma. Srimad Bhagavatam recognizes that strength and power used for protecting the weak and oppressed is act of worthiness. But the same used for one’s own selfish ends is unworthy and sinful. This aspect is proved by the various incarnations of Vishnu that annihilated the power and strength of Ravana, Kamsa and Hiranyakashipu. Bhagavatam - Srimad Bhagavad Purana