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Valmiki’s Life as Ratnakara the Robber

Valmiki, the author of Ramayan, led the life of a robber before he became a saint. Scholars have different opinion regarding the early life of Sage Valmiki – a group suggests that he lead a pious life from the beginning but others stick to his early life as a thief. It is said that in his early life Valmiki was known as Ratnakara. It was a meeting with Sage Narad that changed his life. One day Ratnakara attacked Sage Narad in a forest. The sage asked, “Why are you killing and injuring people and robbing them.” Ratnakara replied that all this was for his family. Narada then asked, “Will they pay for your sins.” Ratnakara said that they will as he was doing it for them. Sage Narada said that no one will share sin. A debate took place between them. Finally, Ratnakara decided to ask his family. Ratnakara went home and asked his wife and children whether they will share his sins. They said no. His wife said that her job was cook and look after children; and you provide for the family and how …

Video tour of 64 Yoginis Temple in Orissa – Tantric Temple

64 Yoginis Temple is located at Hirapur near Bhubaneswar in Orissa and is dedicated to the Yoginis – a worship mainly associated with Tantric practices. The Yoginis are worshipped to attain supernatural powers. As per tradition, the 64 Yoginis served Goddess Kali and the Bhairav form of Shiva. Yoginis were part of the battles waged by Goddess Kali to restore Dharma. Here is a short video tour of 64 Yoginis Temple in Orissa.

Teachings from Ashtavakra Samhita

The universe rises from you like bubbles rising from the sea. Thus know the Self to be One and in this way enter into the state of dissolution. Be calm and serene; don’t be agitated. Do not go after anything. If anything comes your way accept it gracefully, happily and be contented. Be humble and hear your inner voice. Problems crop up when you run after things and get them, of course, disappointment and unhappiness are there if you do not get them. He who is beyond existence and non-existence, who is wise, satisfied, and free from desire, does nothing even if he may be acting in the eyes of the world. Knowledge of one’s true nature as the infinite and non-dual pure consciousness will give freedom and spontaneity in all actions. The wise one who lives on happily, doing what comes to him to be done, does not feel anxiety either in activity or inactivity. The fool desires peace through the control of the mind, and so does not attain it. The wise one, knowing the truth, is ever of a tranqui…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 29, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on April 29, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi – 12th day of waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi or 12th day of the waning phase of moon from 4:06 AM till the end of the day. Before 4:06 it is Ekadasi or 11th day. All time based on India Standard Time. Nakshatra – Purvabhadrapada or Puruttathi or Poorva Proshtapadha Nakshatra till 6:18 PM on April 29, 2011. Afterwards it is Uttarabhadrapada or Uthrittathi or Uttara Proshtapadha Nakshatram. Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 11:40 AM. Afterwards it is Meena Rasi. Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sena Jayanti. Panchak Chaitra Krishna Paksha Dwadasi or 12th day in Chaitra month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Dwadasi or 12th day in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattis…