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Trilochan Mahadev – Shiva

Trilochan Mahadev is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Shiva. Trilochan Mahadev is Shiva with three eyes – the third eye is believed to be the source of all energy. It is said that Shiva opens his third eye when Adharma overpowers the world. He burns all Adharma and prepares the fertile ground for Dharma to prosper.

Legend has it that once Goddess Parvati in a playful mood covered the eyes of Shiva with her hands. Suddenly, there was darkness in the cosmos. The sun disappeared.
All living beings were perplexed – they began to pray to Shiva.
Shiva then opened his third eye and energy was released through the third eye. The sun appeared once again.
People cried out the name – Trilochan Mahadev – the three-eyed God.
There is belief that Shiva opens his third eye to destroy. This is a wrong statement as the words destroy, or destruction, is perceived negatively. What Shiva does is he removes Adharma which makes life of all living beings impossible. There is totally annihilation …

Hinduism Course at University of Pennsylvania

Schools of Arts and Sciences at University of Pennsylvania is conducting a course of Hinduism in Spring 2012. This is not an online course.
This course will survey the religious tradition of Hinduism.  Covering over 3,000 years of history, the course will examine points of contact between cultures and peoples to understand how Hinduism has been shaped, changed, and brought together over time. 
Conducted on Tuesdays during Spring 2012, the course will examine primary source readings in the Vedas, Upanishads, Epics (Ramayana and Mahabharata), Puranas, inscriptions, medieval devotional literature and modern reformists’ works.  Sculpture, temple architecture, and painting, coupled with videos of contemporary rituals will help to understand the importance of visual culture in
Hinduism, and illuminate the changes and continuities in practices over time. 
Concepts such as dharma, karma, and moksha, will be placed into the contexts of the lives Hindus have led throughout history, and aid in a…

Kapildhara Tirth Shradh in Varanasi

Kapildhara Tirth Shradh is annually observed at Kapildhara in Varanasi. It is observed on the Amavasya or the no moon day in Paush month as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Kapildhara Tirth 2019 date is January 5. The ritual performed here on the day is dedicated to ancestors.
The popular belief is that performing Shradh, Tarpan and Pinda Daan at Kapildhara Tirth Shradh is highly meritorious for dead parents and relatives.
Rituals performed here are dedicated to Shiva.

Just as you cannot see your own eyes you cannot see your own jivatma – Swami Chidananda

Where is the soul? Just as you cannot see your own eyes, you cannot see your own jivatma, yet it dominates. You are completely under its subjugation.
What should the seeker do? There may be a finding, but there is no seeking. You only have to rediscover, to remember, recollect, and remove this self forgetfulness for you are the Being whom you are seeking. You are already that which you want to be.
What are we after? There is a greater wisdom, a greater intelligence, a greater understanding in following which alone, one can come out of darkness, and in surrendering to which alone you can liberate yourself from yourself.
Related Words of Wisdom - Swami Chidananda

Source - It's All One Man's Job By Sandra Heber-Percy