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Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 18 Teachings

Keeping away from others, eating but little, speech and body and mind subdued, always engaged in meditation and concentration, endued with dispassion.

Having abandoned egotism, strength, arrogance, desire, enmity, property, free from the notion of ‘mine’ and peaceful, he is fit to become Brahman.
Becoming Brahman, of serene self, he neither grieves nor desires, treating all beings alike: he attains supreme devotion to Me.
By devotion he knows Me in truth, he forthwith enters into Me.(Chapter XVIII, 52 – 55)
Related Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 13 Teachings on the Values Necessaryto Know Truth

New Penang Murugan Hindu Temple in Malaysia – The Biggest Muruga Temple Outside India

WaterfallHilltopHinduTemple at Penang in Malaysia is believed to be the biggest MuruganTemple outside India. The temple is also known as ArulmiguBalaThandayuthapaniTemple or Arulmigu Sri Balathandayuthabani Kovil. The temple was opened to public on June 29, 2012 after Mahakumbhabhishakam ceremony.
The temple is located above the old temple which was built in 1850. It was an important temple for Indian workers. The old small temple used to attract 700,000 people during Thaipusam festival. Space crunch and increasing number of devotees led to the construction the new elaborate MuruganTemple.

Some facts about the new ArulmiguBalaThandayuthapaniTemple
The temple is inspired by the Chola and Pallava temple in Tamil Nadu.
The entire temple work was done by artisans from South India.
The entire temple sits on a 70,000 sq ft land.
Six pillars in the temple represents the six major Muruga Temples in Tamil Nadu - Aru Padai Veedu
A highlight of the temple is a seven-storey 21.6m-tall gopuram.

Chinmaya Vanaprastha Sansthan – Making Life of Old People Purposeful and Happy

Chinmaya Vanaprastha Sansthan (CVS) is a unique attempt by Chinmaya Mission to provide remarkable strength in retirement, comfort and security to old people. Chinmaya Vanaprastha Sansthan Mission The Central Chinmaya Vanaprastha Sansthan (CCVS) is administered by Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, the apex body of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, with the purpose of assisting and training householders and near-retirees (vanaprasthis) to make a smoother and easier transition from life in grahastha ashram to life in vanaprastha ashram. In accordance with the four stages taught in the Vedas, when a householder enters his later years or nears retirement, it is most beneficial for him to withdraw from the stresses and pressures of a materialistic lifestyle to spend more time seeking and finding inner peace. To live with a more holistic vision of harmony and serenity is to slowly withdraw from the world and dive deeper into one's inner spiritual bliss. CCVS strives to improve the quality and s…

Ganesha Lamp – Lithophane Votive Light from Lladro

Ganesha lithophane is a molded artwork in thin very translucent porcelain that can only be seen clearly when back lit with a light source. It is an ideal lamp for offering prayers in puja rooms and for meditation. Lladro, a Spanish firm noted for high quality porcelain figurines – Hindu religion related figurines include various forms of GaneshaNataraja ShivaSri Ram, Mata Sita and more.
Ganesha – lithophane votive light from Lladro is priced at around $70. 

Lladro signature stores are there in New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore. It is also available in famous jewelry shops and boutiques.

Morari Bapu Thoughts

Dharma or religion which instills fear, that I do not consider that to be dharma; Religion is one which gives fearlessness.
There are some things that appear to be small. A Mantra, a Naam is so small and yet accomplishes such big things.
Rama naam frees us from fear, Ram naam frees us from disease, and lastly His name frees us from our flaws.
Love and Renunciation are the only two things that can fill the internal emptiness of man.

Story of Akrtavrana and Parashurama

Akrtavrana was a great saint and disciple of Parashurama, the sixth Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu. An interesting story in the Puranas narrates how Akrtavrana became a disciple of Parashuram and also how the saint got the name Akrtavrana.
Parashuram was once returning after having darshan of Shiva. Mahadev Shiva had blessed Parashuram with divine weapons.
Parashuram was walking through a dense forest on his way home when he heard the cries of a boy. On enquiry, he found a tiger attacking a young boy. He immediately shot an arrow and killed the tiger.
The tiger immediately turned into a Gandharva (divine being – singers in heaven). The tiger form was due to a curse and with Parashuram killing the tiger, he was relieved of the curse.
The wounds of the boy were also healed after the divine incident.
The boy then became a disciple of Parashuram and called himself Aktravrana – one not having any wound.
Akrtavrana is mentioned in many chapters in the Mahabharata. Suta who first recited the …

Atman is subtler than the subtlest and not to be know through argument – Upanishads

You are the entire universe. You are in all, and all is in you. Sun, moon, and stars revolve within you.
You are what your deep, driving desire is. As you desire is your will. As your will is your deed. As your deed is your destiny.
Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.
Atman is subtler than the subtlest and not to be know through argument.
Related Teaching from Mahanarayana Upanishad

Story of Angiras Rishi

Angiras Rishi is one of the mind born sons (manasa putra) of Brahma. The most important story associated with Angiras Rishi is that of him obtaining the status of Agni through austerities.

Legend has it that through tapas, Sage Angiras became more brilliant than Agni. The whole universe was submerged in the brilliance of Angiras. People started worshipping Angiras instead of Agni.
Agni could not tolerate this disrespect and disappeared from the world. Although Angiras had brilliance he could not control the fire. Only Agni had the capacity to keep fire under control.
Human beings faced numerous problems with the disappearance of Agni. Angrias soon realized the folly of trying to become Agni.
Angiras then went to the place where Agni was hiding and asked him for forgiveness. Agni forgave Angiras and also made him his first son.
Thus Angiras became the son of Agni.

The Story of Skanda as Son of Agni
Vadavagni – The Story of the Agni or Fire under the Ocean 

Pandarpur Temple Live Darshan – Online Live Telecast of Puja From Vitthal Rukmini Temple in Pandarpur

PandarpurVitthalRukminiTemple is the most popular temple dedicated to the Vithal manifestation of Sri Krishna. The official website of Pandarpur temple is offering live darshan of Govindevji during important puja time. The live telecast darshan of Lord Vittal and Rukmini are via two different links.

You will need windows media player installed in your computer to view the live darshan. 
LinkDarshan of Shri Vitthal LinkDarshan of Mata Rukmini
Note – If the above links are not working go the official website and choose the Vithal Darshan and Rukmini Darshan links on the left side under online suvidha. The website is in Marathi. Link to official website of Pandarpur Temple.

Goddess Dasha Maa

Goddess Dasha Maa is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti and is mainly worshipped in Gujarat. A ten days vrat dedicated to Dasha Maa is observed in the month of Shravan.

Dasha Maa is one who betters the living condition. People offer worship to her for peace and prosperity in life. Worshipping her is considered highly meritorious. Dasha Maa is worshipped along with Nagbai Maa and Momai Maa.
Murtis of Goddess Dasha Maa are prepared specially during Dasha Maa vrat.
Dasha Maa Vrat is observed after Holi festival in Rajasthan.

Story of Demons Kalakeya

Kalakeyas were born to Sage Kashyapa and his wife Kalaka. Adi Parva of Mahabharata states that there are 60,000 Kalakeyas. They performed numerous Adharmic activities including disturbing Vedic rituals, murders and looting.
Once a yajna of Sage Agasthya was disturbed by Sage Agasthya. Unable to face the anger of Sage Agasthya, Kalakeyas hid in the ocean. The Sage immediately drank up the water of ocean and annihilated numerous Kalakeyas.
Those Kalakeyas that escaped took refuge in netherworld. They again started disturbing human beings and saints.
Once they attacked heaven. Indra took the help of Arjuna, the third of Pandavas. Arjuna then killed the remaining Kalakeyas.
The incident is famous because when Arjun reached heaven, Urvashi, the damsel, fell in love with Arjuna. But Arjun did not reciprocate the love. An angry Urvashi cursed Arjuna to become a Eunuch. Later, Indra changed the curse that Arjuna will only have to live the life of Eunuch for a year.
Arjuna used this curse whe…

Sri Kadri Manjunatha Temple Timing – Daily Puja Time of Manjunatha Temple in Karnataka

Sri Kadri Manjunatha located near Mangalore in Karnataka is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Detail temple timing is given below. Daily puja time changes from mid December to mid January. There is also special time for Thulabhara ritual at the temple.
Daily morning puja time is from 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Evening puja time is from 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM – Main Darshan during evening is from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
Thulabhara Seva is offered from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM on all days. The desired materials are provided by the Temple. Thulabharam ritual should be performed only with materials provided by the temple.

Bhadrakali Darshan for Mangal Dosh Nivaran

Darshan and worship in Kali Temples believed to help in Mangal Dosh Nivaran. Puja at Kali Temple is mainly seen as a solution for women having Mangalik troubles.

Meditation and prayers at Kali Temple are suggested for helping in speedy marriages.
Complex rituals are not to be performed. Just prayer and meditation during morning hours at a temple or at home.
Motherly form of Goddess Kali is to be meditated upon.

Bhavnagar Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019 in Gujarat

Jagannath Rath Yatra held in Ashada month at Bhavnagar in Gujarat is the second largest Jagannath Rath Yatra procession in Gujarat after the famous one held on the same day in Ahmedabad. Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019 at Bhavnagar is on July 4. Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra Mahotsav Samiti Harubhai Gondaliya organizes this 17-km long procession.

In 2018, it is the 33rd Rath Yatra at Bhavnagar. Rath Yatra will begin at 8 am on July 14 from BhagvaneswarMahadevTemple in Subhashnagar.
The Jagannath Rath will and pass through Ghogha Circle, Rupani Circle, Devarajnagar, Radha Mandir, Marine Society, Nilam Baug Chowk, Nirmal Nagar, Jasonath Chowk, Haluriya and Khar Gate.
Rath Yatra is an annual celebration held in the Ashada month in popular Jagannath temples in India and by ISKCON devotees around the world. The main ritual involves pulling the chariot or rath of Jagannath – a manifestation of Sri Krishna.
The most famous Rath Yatra is held at the PuriJagannathTemple on the same day.

Ramayana Paintings on Ganjifa Cards

The game of Ganjifa Cards was very popular in ancient India. The cards contain hand painted images of aspects of Hindu tradition. The Ramayana paintings on Ganjifa cards narrate the story of epic Ramayan.

Link – You can view the story of Ramayana on Ganjifa cards here at the Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts website.

Related Dasamahavidya Pictures on Ganjifa Cards

Dubai Hindu Temple Timing – Dubai Shiva – Krishna Mandir Time

The HinduTemple at Dubai is dedicated to Shiva and Sri Krishna and is known as the Shiva and Krishna Mandir Temple Complex. It is located at Bur Dubai near the DubaiMuseum behind the big Mosque. The detail temple timing is given below. Please note that the time can be changed anytime depending of the local rules.

Every day of the week is devoted to an individual god. For example Monday to Shiva.
Morning prayers start at 6:00 AM to 1 PM Evening prayers start at 4:30 PM to 10 PM
(The time can be changed as per local rules. )
The Shiva and Krishna Mandir temple complex was built back in 1958.
Milk, coconut, fruits, flowers and sweets are given to Gods offerings by the devotees here.
Apart from Shiva and Sri Krishna, there are also paintings of Ganesha, Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi, and Sai Baba.

Jaya Parvati Vrat Katha in Gujarati – Download Jayaparvati Vrat Katha in pdf format for free

Jaya Parvati Vrat is a five-day Vrat observed by married women in the Hindu lunar month of Ashad or Ashara mainly in Gujarat. An important ritual during the period is the reading of the Jaya Parvati Vrat Katha in Gujarati. Below is the link to the katha in pdf format and you can download it for free. The story narrates the importance of the fasting. The vrat ends with Jayaparvati Vrat Jagran.
The Vrata is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is performed for the well being of the family and for peace and prosperity.
Link – Jaya Parvati Vrat Katha in Gujarati

Let Us Look For Good Things in Life and Not Get Lost In Worries – Swami Sukhabodhananda

When body, emotion and intellect are aligned and purified, there will be charisma in one’s being. Such a being will be radiant for divine energy to flow in.

Apply the technique of seeing yourself as a transparent being. Let harsh words pass through you. Do not be like a wall… otherwise; harsh words will clash with you.
In the garbage of difficulties, let us look for good things in life and not get lost in worries. In life, we may be in the midst of garbage, but if we look carefully, there are seeds of wisdom!
Related Swami Sukhabodhananda – Words of Inspiration

The infinite library of the universe is in your mind – Swami Vivekananda

The infinite library of the universe is in your mind.
Teach yourselves, teach everyone his/her real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come, when this sleeping soul is roused to self conscious activity.
Everything is in ourselves, and the external world and the external worship are the forms, the suggestions that call it out. When they become strong, the Lord within awakens. The external teacher is but the suggestion. When faith in the external teacher is strong, then the Teacher of all teachers within speaks; eternal wisdom speaks in the heart of that man. He need not go any more to any books or any men or any higher beings; he need not run after supernatural or preternatural beings for instruction. The Lord Himself becomes his instructor.
Related Swami Vivekananda on Japa and Chanting of Om

Shoolini Devi Mantra

Shoolini Devi is a powerful manifestation of Goddess Durga. She is worshipped mainly in North and eastern parts of India. She is also described as a tantric deity. Shoolini Devi mantra is: Jwala Jwala Shoolini Dushta Grahan Humpat Swaha
Rishiis Dirgadama Rishi, Chandas Kakup Chandaha

She is worshipped for victory over enemies and to remove fear. She also blesses with peace and prosperity.
Most famous temple dedicated to Shulini Devi is located at Solan in Himachal Pradesh.

When the mind is left without anything to cling to, it becomes still – Ramana Maharishi

Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.

A man attached to desires cannot get solitude wherever he may be, whereas a detached man is always in solitude.
If we trace the source of ‘I’ thought then the ego starts disappearing and Self is revealed.
When the mind is left without anything to cling to, it becomes still.
There is no need to look for divine power for any purpose. It is already in you. It is you.
Related Awarenessof the Self is absolute and requires no object - Sri Ramana Maharshi

Guns and Cannons in Ancient India during the Vedic and Mahabharata Period

Details about guns used in ancient India are found in Shukra Niti. About weapons used in Vedic age are found in Atharva Veda. Information regarding cannons are found in Vana Parva of Mahabharata and also in Naishadham text of Sriharsha. The name given by ancient Indians to cannon was Shatagni.

Shatagni had the capacity to kill nearly 100 soldiers of the enemies. Puranas also give information about Shatagni.
Shatagni was a large gun which used to fire iron balls fitted with spikes. Shatagni gun was mounted on a vehicle which had eight wheels. This was far more superior to the first versions of modern cannons.
Guns were known as Bhusundi in ancient India. Small guns were known as Lagu Naliyam and those with bigger holes were known as Briha Naliyam.
There are archeological evidences that bullets were made using various metals in ancient India.
Treatise dealing with various weapons used in ancient India is found in Dhanur Veda. It mentions about machine operated weapons.

Bappanadu Temple Timings – Bappanadu Durga Parameshwari Temple near Mangalore

BappanaduDurgaParameshwariTemple is located near Mulki, which is around 30 km from Mangalore in Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Opening and closing time and other daily puja timings are given in detail below. Friday is the most auspicious day at BappanaduTemple and the puja time is extended on the day.
The temple opening time is 5:30 AM
Morning puja time is from 5:30 AM to 2:00 PM.
Evening puja time is from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Friday puja time is from 5:30 AM to 10:00 PM
During Navratri and festival also the temple is open from 5:30 AM to 10:00 PM.

Pandarpur Yatra of IT Professionals – IT Dindee Waari 2012 between Alandi and Pune

Pandarpur Yatra (Waari) is the holy pilgrimage to PandarpurTemple from Dehu and Alandi. Thousands of devotees participate in this 21-day journey. IT Professionals from Pune undertake a short journey during the Pandarpur Yatra – this year the IT Dindee between Alandi and Pune will take place on Wednesday June 13, 2012 along with Sri Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Palakhi.

You can get more details aboutIT Dindee and how to participatein this website.
Pandharpur Yatra is the annual pilgrimage from Dehu and Alandi to the VithobaTemple at Pandarpur in Maharashtra. VithobaTemple is also known as Vitthal-RukhminiTemple and is dedicated to Sri Krishna. This most important annual pilgrimage is a 21-day trek known as Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadasi Waari and culminates on the Ekadasi day in the Marathi month Ashada.
Jagad Guru Sri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palakhi In 2012, the Pandharpur Yatra from Dehu carrying Jagad Guru Sri Sant Tukaram Maharaj Palakhi near Pune will start on June 10, 2012 and will end on Jun…

Odiyan Concept in Kerala

Odi Vidya is associated with black magic. The ritual is used to annihilate enemies. Those people who performed Odi Vidya were known as Odiyan. It was widely performed by people belonging to the communities of Panan, Parayan, Pulayan and Velan. This type of black magic was famous in Kerala and parts of Andhra Pradesh. To perform Odi Vidya against a person it is necessary to know his birth star (Nakshatra), birth date and month.

After performing various rituals and mantras, the Odiyan breaks a small stick in his hand. When he does this, the backbone of the enemy will also break and he will die.
It is also believed that using a combination of juices of particular herbs, Odiyan was able to change into various animals like ox, buffalo, fox, tiger, dog, etc. After taking various shapes, Odiyan will kill the enemy and then he will chant a mantra and return to his original form.
There are also stories which indicate that Odiyan had the power to even kill the unborn child in the womb and brin…

Pregnant Women - Venus Transit Sun – Surya – Shukra Sangraman

Whenever there is a grahan or eclipse rumor mills start working – spreading fear and lies. Similar fear is spread regarding Venus Sun Transit. Pregnant women need not worry about this Surya – Shukra Sangraman. This is a once in a life time opportunity and so watch it live on internet or on television. Only thing to remember is that you should not watch it directly.
There is absolutely no problem for Pregnant Women. No tension. Fear and tension will cause real harm to your baby not Venus Transit.
Safe Viewing:
The transit of Venus should not be viewed with naked eye or through exposed x-ray sheets.
Goggles suitable for solar viewing should be used to watch the transit.
The best method to watch this celestial phenomenon is to project the sun's image through a telescope on a screen or a on a wall or one can use a pin whole camera arrangement to watch it.
All binoculars and telescopes must be suitably equipped with adequate filtration to ensure safe solar viewing.
Related Watch Venus Tr…

Venus Transit – Surya – Shukra Sangraman and Hindu Astrology

There are no Rashi or Nakshatra based prediction of the Venus Sun Transit. This Surya Shukra Sangraman is mentioned in astrology texts like Brahad Samhita. Some astrologers have predicted that due to this Surya Shukra Sangraman there will be change in fortune of political class. Some astrologers are of the view that there will change of government.

Some have predicted major loss in stock markets and business.
This Surya – Shukra Sangraman is believed to have no problem on individual rashi and Nakshatras. 
Related Watch Venus Transit Live Online

Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha of Trinidad Launches Magazine – Mukdar

Mukdar is a bi-monthly magazine launched by Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha of Trinidad and Tobago. Mukdar is the name of weapon carried by Hanuman.

Guardian reports Secretary general Sat Maharaj said Hindus are now living in a world driven by mass communication. “The traditional Hindu extended family has now moved from the confines of a single house to multiple home in different parts of the world whilst being linked though the medium of mass communications,” he said.  “The vision of the Maha Sabha and its communications arm is to provide a network that accommodates and facilitates the Hindu in the new world reality.” Maharaj said the Maha Sabha has received approval for a television station which is expected to start broadcasting by Divali. He said Mukdar would be distributed to SDMS schools and temples.
Related Hindu Temples in Trinidad Flying Hanuman Murti at Trinidad Temple Patiram Trace Hindu Shiva Temple at Penal in Trinidad 

Sri Shudhananda Brahmachari Thoughts

All beings on earth and the myriad of universes are eternally connected to the Divine Source. Each plant, each animal, each natural element, each human being, is a sublime manifestation of Divine Life, an exquisite incarnation of Divine Beauty and Divine Love.

We have no separate existence outside of God. When we do our duty without clinging or grasping the results, and only to please the Divine, then our life is filled with nectar-like grace. We easily give up our selfish, narrow will. We know the limitations of our separate existence and individual will.
As a fruit drops off the tree on its own once it is fully ripe, so also humble spiritual practices and intense faith in God ripen the ego fully. It drops by itself. The dropping away of ego and enlightenment happen simultaneously. There is no time gap!

Sri Shudhananda Brahmachari

Sant Asaram Bapu on Happiness

Man has three basic needs: love, happiness and bliss. But most of us find these three the most elusive.
Man is always in search of happiness, yet fails to understand that happiness is inherently present within us.
Man never attains real happiness from material gains. What we get from such things are feelings of momentary elation. Elation is a modification of the mind. The elation we get is always followed by an equal amount of grief. Sant Asaram Bapu
Related Sant Asaram Bapu Teachings