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Virtual Tour of Nalambalam in Kerala – Pictures of Temples dedicated to Sri Ram and Brothers in Kerala

Nalambalam in Kerala is the term used to refer to the four temples dedicated to Sri Ram, Bharatha, Lakshman and Shathrughnan – the four brothers in the Ramayana. Nalambalam Yatra, or the darshan of four temples, is an important pilgrimage done in Kerala especially in the Karkidaka Masam. Here is a virtual tour of the four temples in central Kerala created by Leen Thobias of p4panorama.com

The four temples in this virtual tour are SriRamaTemple at Ramapuram, SriLakshamanaTemple at Koodappular, SriBharataTemple at Amankara and ShathrugnaTemple at Methiri.
Link - You can take the virtual tour here at p4panorama.



Note - Please note that there is another set of Nalambalam, the most popular in Kerala, and this include - SreeRamaTemple at Triprayar, KoodalmanickamBharathaTemple at Irinjalakuda, LakshmanaTemple at Moozhikkulam and ShathrughnaTemple at Payammel.
You can take a photo tour of these temples here.
Related Nalambalam Darshan in Kerala

Sri Ramakrishna Thoughts on Work in the World

You cannot get rid of work, because Nature will lead you on to it. That being so let all work be done as it ought to be. If work is done unattached, it will lead to God. To work without any attachment is to work without the expectation of any reward or fear or any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.

Charity, compassion, kindness towards others, etc., are good if practiced without attachment.
After installing God on the lotus of your heart, you must keep the lamp of remembering Him ever burning. While engaged in the affairs of the world, you should constantly turn your gaze inwards and see whether the lamp is burning or not.
Related Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Sayings

Story of Origin of Chitragupta

Chitragupta is believed to be the keeper of the account books containing the good and bad deeds performed by human beings on earth. Yamraj decides whether a person should go to heaven or hell consulting the book prepared by Chitragupta. There are two interesting story regarding the origin of Chitragupta.

One story states that Goddess Parvati one day asked Brahma to create a person who will keep an account of the activities of living beings. It is said that Braham then drew the picture of Chitragupta on a wood and then gave life to it. This story is more popular in South India. Here he is depicted with a nail (narayam) and palm leaf. The nail is used to write on palm leaf.
Another story which is popular in North India, Chitragupta was born from the body of Lord Brahma. He is always depicted as carrying a pen and inkpot. Since he was born from the body of Lord Brahma, he was known as Kayastha and in earth he was known as Chitragupta.

Gogaji Temple Fair and Festival in Rajasthan in Bhadrapad Month

GogajiTemple is a famous shrine dedicated to Shri Gogaji Maharaj – person who attained the status of Nath and is worshipped today. GogajiTemple is located at Gogamedi in Nohar Tehsil in Hanumangarh District in Rajasthan. In 2018, Gogaji Temple Fair and Festival is from August 26 to September 25, 2018. The annual Mela and festival begins on Shravan Purnima and ends on Bhadrapad Purnima.

The temple is visited by thousands of people and it is believed that Shri Gogaji Maharaj cures those bitten by snakes. He is also worshipped for wish fulfillments.
The main murti in the temple is that of a Gogaji riding a horse. The architecture of the temple is an amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim elements.
The Goga Navami day attracts many devotees which fall on the Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Navami.
During the annual one-month mela a cattle fair is held.

Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute – Sanskrit Center Struggles

Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute attached to the SanskritCollege in Mylapore is struggling like majority of Sanskrit related institutions and publications. Government apathy and lack of interest among Hindus in preserving the ancient language and Sanskrit texts are the main reason for the institute’s struggle.
Times of Indiawrites
The institute, one of the three involved in Sanskrit research in the country , has been surviving on private donations . With not enough resources , the management is unable to pay the faculty the benefits of the sixth pay commission. Institute director V Kameswari said the Union government stopped its financial support in 1995, after which it has been solely dependent on donations .
“The institute has a trove of rare palm leaf manuscripts and books not just about Sanskrit literature but also on architecture , fine arts , geography, history and astronomy in Sanskrit ,” says Kameswari.

The institute was started as a private non-profit organisation in 1944 …

Annamalai Swami Sayings

Grace is important. In fact it is essential. It is even more important than effort. Realization of the self comes through both effort and grace. When one makes a steady effort to abide in the self one receives the guru's grace in abundance. The grace comes not only through the form of one's guru. When you meditate earnestly all the Jivanmukthas of the past and the present respond to your efforts by sending you blessings of light.
Continuous attentiveness will only come with long practice. If you are truly watchful, each thought will dissolve at the moment that it appears. But to reach this level of disassociation you must have no attachments at all. If you have the slightest interest in any particular thought, it will evade your attentiveness, connect with other thoughts, and take over your mind for a few seconds; and this will happen even more if you are accustomed to reacting emotionally to a particular thought. Annamalai Swami
Annamalai Swami was a disciple of Sri Ramana Ma…

To uplift someone you have to sprout the seed of goodness in them - Sri Sri Ravishankar Thoughts

Nobody is a giver; you take unhappiness from others. You question people, "Why did you behave like that?” It is useless to do so. If they have insulted you then there is something wrong in their brain. You should have compassion and feel, "Oh this person insulted me. He is not a yogi. He does not have that refined level of consciousness." 
If somewhere, the guitar is not giving off a good sound that doesn't mean there is something wrong with the strings. That is how the strings are. It needs just a little tuning. So if you don't want to be insulted, then nobody can insult you.
The first thing in spiritual path, is praise yourself and praise others.
To uplift someone you have to sprout the seed of goodness in them.
A weak mind loves to be put down and a strong mind loves to be uplifted.
A good teacher will not say you are no good. A teacher teaches the student like a friend.
It is good to take a stick for a little while only. But if someone goes on beating a…

Sri Muruganar – Words of Wisdom

Not like a boat's sail, outspread wide and worn away by wind and weather, but like the humble anchor, sunk in the vast ocean's depth, the mind should plunge and settle in the heart of wisdom.
Only a one-pointed mind, turned inward, succeeds in Self-inquiry. Weak, faltering minds, like green banana trees, are not fit fuel to feed this fire.
He who has vanquished thought, only he sits like an emperor on the neck of the majestic elephant, knowledge. Know for certain that the mind's movements alone give rise to birth and every cruel pain and sorrow.
When the ego, shaking off all tricky concepts, finally merges in the silence of the Heart, the fullness of blissful, bright Self-Awareness, this is what the sages call transcendent speech.  Sri Muruganar 

Download Malayalam Bhagavtham Audio in mp3

Reading of Bhagavtham – Srimad Bhagavad Purana (the avatars of Vishnu) – is considered highly meritorious. Malayalam Bhagavatha Parayanam is an important ritual in majority of temples in Kerala. Now you can download the entire Malayalam Bhagavatha Parayanam in mp3 for free. The total time is around 40 hours. The files have been divided into several mp3 files.
Malayalam Bhagavtham audio is provided by Dr. A. P. Sukumar of Guruvayoor.com.
LinkMalayalam Bhagavtham Audio
At the website from the left sidebar select Bhagavatham Audio. You can right click and save the files or listen online.

Today – July 27, 2012 – Varalakshmi Puja and Vrat

Varalakshmi Puja and Vrat is observed today July 27, 2012. The Vratam also known as Varamahalakshmi Puja is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is observed by married women in the Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and by some communities in Kerala and Goa. Varalakshmi Puja is performed for the prosperity and welfare of the family. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on the day is equal to worshipping all the Ashtalakshmi (Eight Lakshmi).

The importance or significance of Varalakshmi Vrata was narrated by Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvati. It is mentioned in the Skanda Purana that once Goddess Parvati wanted to know about a ‘Vrata’ that is beneficial to all women and Lord Shiva narrated the glory of Varalakshmi Vrata.
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Go Lakshmi – Cow Goddess

Go Lakshmi, or Gau Lakshmi, is the cow goddess form associated with Goddess Lakshmi. In this form, Lakshmi nourishes all living beings. There is a popular story in Puranas which associates Goddess Lakshmi with cow and cow dung.
Legend has it that once the Devas wanted to test the greatness of Goddess Lakshmi – as it was believed that prosperity happens wherever Goddess Lakshmi resides. So Devas asked Goddess Lakshmi to reside in cow dung.
When Goddess Lakshmi resided in cow dung, people realized its importance and started using it as fuel, manure and for plastering homes.
In many regions, Hindus make image of Goddess Lakshmi out of manure and worship it.

Virtual Tour of Parthasarathy Temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu – View Pictures in 360 degrees

ParthasarathyTemple located at Triplicane in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to Sri Krishna. A very popular temple with a desire fulfilling devotee, the temple is also noted for its architecture, sculptors and gopurams. The temple also has shrines of numerous other deities apart from Sri Krishna as Parthasarathy. Dinamalar newspaper has created a virtual tour of temple. You can watch the pictures in 360 degrees. There is also a narration in English regarding the elements in the picture.


There are total five high quality images.
Link - Virtual Tour of ParthasarathyTemple

Related
Vaikunta Ekadasi at Sri Parthasarathi Swamy Temple in Triplicane Chennai

Kaivalya Navaneetam quotes

He who has forgotten his true nature is alternately born and dies, turning round and round in the unceasing wheel of time, like a feather caught up in a whirlwind, until he realized the true nature of the Self. If he comes to see the individual self and its substratum, the Overself, then he becomes the substratum, i.e., Brahman, and escapes rebirths.

The whole universe is as unreal as water in a mirage… do not forget the Self at any moment.
Siddhis are simply for display and nothing more. They do not make for liberation.
There can be no happiness in the state of disturbance caused by passions.
Kaivalya Navaneetam – An Ancient Tamil Classic By Tandavaraya Swami

Poonool or Poonal – How it should be worn?

Poonool or Poonal is a thread worn by certain Hindus. It is also known as Yajnasoothram or Yajnopaveetham. It is worn across the body – over the left shoulder under the right arm.
The article originally written by Sarma Sastrigal
Poonal-How it is given shape?
We are all aware that the adornment of the Yajnopaveeta or the sacred thread is one of important parts of the Upanayana. It is interesting to see how the yajnopaveeta, the sacred thread, is given shape. The basic material for the yajnopaveeta, also known as poonal in Tamil, is cotton thread woven by persons who are qualified to preach Vedas. Married women including widows are also qualified to do this job. A Brahmin then takes the woven material, sits in a clean place, and spins the thread around his fingers in such a way that each loop is 4”. He makes 96 such loops, folds the total length 3 times and presses the shortened length till it achieves the desired stiffness. Next he makes this into three circular loops. The edges are k…

Avani Avittam – Upakarma – Gayatri Japam Sankalmpam 2017 Mantras

Avani Avittam, Upakarma and Gayatri Gayatri Japam Sankalmpam are important annual rituals associated with the Brahmin community in Tamil Nadu and Kerala and for certain Brahmin communities in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. You can get the details of all mantras chanted in 2017 below. The day is of great significance to Rig and Yajur Vedi Brahmins.

The sacred thread worn by Brahmins known as ‘Yagnopavitam’ is changed on the day.
Rig Vedi Upakarma Avani Avittam is on July 28, 2017

Yajur Vedi Upakarma Avani Avittam is on September 6, 2017
Gayatri Japam is on August 8, 2017.
Yajur Vedi Upakarma mantras can be found in this link –English
Rig Vedi Upakarma mantras can be found in this link –English
Rig Vedi Upakarma mantras can be found in thislink – Tamil

Story of Ganesha as Ekadanta and Madasura

Ekadanta Ganapati is one among the numerous names of Ganesha and it means the single-tusked one. Mudgala Purana states that Ganesh took the form of Ekadanta to defeat demon Madasura – symbolically the demon represents pride.

Madasura was created by Saint Chyavana. Madasura propitiated Shukracharya who initiated him with the Shakti mantra ‘Hrim.’ He performed intense penance by chanting the mantra.
Madasura soon attained the power to rule the universe. With huge power in his disposal he became corrupt and evil. His activities caused immense difficulties to all living beings.
Devas, saints and humans approached Sanatkumara one of the Sanakadi Rishis to find a way to defeat Madasura, 
Sanatkumara asked them to pray to Ganesha in Ekadanta form. He taught them the greatness of Ekadanta – Eka stands for maya and danta stands for truth. Ekadanta is one who controls maya.
Ganesha answered the prayers of living beings and he appeared before Madasura as Ekadanta. Madasura did not fight Ekadanta. …

The Human Boundaries – Documentary on Hindu Refugees from Pakistan in India

"The Human Boundaries" is a 35 minute documentary on the life of the Hindu refugees from Pakistan in India by Rahul Riji Nair. Systematic violence, rampant discrimination, and widespread restrictions on religious freedom have led thousands of Pakistani Hindus to seek refuge in India in recent years. Sadly, the Government of India instead of helping is creating problems to the asylum seekers.

A group of 151 Pakistani Hindus entered India on September, 2011 with a one month tourist visa. They came to take refuge from the various religious persecutions they had to face in Pakistan. The group which has a majority of children and women are now sheltered in a camp on the outskirts of New Delhi. But now their visa has expired and is facing deportation.
Various organizations are fighting for the basic human rights of these people at the political and judicial level. Their story is a grim reminder of all those lives caught up in no man's land. As more boundaries are drawn across…

Swami Vibudhesha Teertha Quotes on Environment Protection in Hindu Religion

Hindu religion wants its followers to live a simple life. It does not allow people to go on increasing their material wants. People are meant to learn to enjoy spiritual happiness, so that to derive a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment, they need not run after material pleasures and disturb nature’s checks and balances. They have to milk a cow and enjoy, not cut at the udder of the cow with greed to enjoy what is not available in the natural course.
According to Hindu religion, “dharanath dharma ucyate”—that which sustains all species of life and helps to maintain harmonious relationship among them is dharma. That which disturbs such ecology is adharma.
There is no life that is inferior. All lives enjoy the same importance in the Universe and all play their fixed roles. They are to function together and no link in the chain is to be lost.

Story of Raksha Bandhan

There are three popular stories associated with Raksha Bandhan. The most popular is the one associated with Vishnu’s Vamana Avatar and King Bali. Another story is mentioned in Bhavishya Purana and another in the Mahabharat. The most popular belief is that Raksha Bandhan ritual started after Goddess Lakshmi made King Bali her brother by tying Rakhi.

Vishnu took Vamana Avatar to help Indra, the king of Devas, who was on the verge of being overthrown by King Bali. The Asura King Bali was going to complete 100 yajnas which would automatically grant him the powers of Indra.
Vishnu promised to help Indra. Vishnu appeared as dwarf Vamana and requested for three portions of land that his feet can measure.
King Bali immediately agreed. Vishnu then took giant form and in two steps measured earth and heaven. As there was no place to keep the third step, King Bali asked Vamana to keep the third feet on his head.
King Bali was thus pushed to the netherworld.
Vishnu was moved by the Bhakti and Dha…

Official Website of Thirunallar Shani temple – Thirunallar Saneeswaran Temple

Thirunallar Shani temple is one of the most popular dedicated to Shani Bhagavan in India. The official administration of the temple has created a website of the temple with all necessary information including history of the temple, how to reach the temple, puja timings, festivals etc. There is also an option for e-puja.

ThirunallarSaneeswaranTemple, also known as Sri Dharbaranyeswarar Swamy Devasthanam, is a rare temple where Shani Bhagavan murti is in blessing form.
Link - Sri Dharbaranyeswarar Swamy Devasthanam Official Website

If we let our mind rule over us we will be defeated – Radhanath Swami

Faith is the act of seeing beyond the region of possibility of sense, mind and intelligence.
Real gratitude means reciprocation. Gratitude doesn’t means simply saying thank you.
Sincere spiritual practice is an uphill climb, and no matter how many difficulties we face, we have to continue looking upward with hope.
Due to false ego and selfish disposition we find everyone as potential enemy.
If we let our mind rule over us we will be defeated. The mind makes us lazy, dissatisfied and inattentive. Using our intelligence we must fight against this lethargy with enthusiasm.
Radhanath Swami is a spiritual leader, author and public speaker.
Related Radhanath Swami Thoughts

From contentment comes superlative happiness - Yoga Sutras

A Yogi who is established in the practice of non-stealing, all the precious wealth of the world will come.

Through abstinence, vigor is gained.
From contentment comes superlative happiness.
Repeatedly chanting the holy name of God enables the spiritual aspirant to eventually experience God.
By true resignation or surrender to God, one can even attain the deepest Samadhi – the acme of spiritual illumination. 
Related Quotes from Yoga Sutras

Origin of Sabarimala Aravana Payasam

One of the most important offering made at the famous SabarimalaAyyappaTemple is the Aravana Payasam. Millions of tinned Aravana Payasam is sold at the temple in year. The demand for payasam in special can increases during the Mandala Makaravillaku season. Origin of Aravana Payasam is attributed to Aravana Rishi.
There are two theories regarding the origin of Aravana payasam. One of the most popular versions is that the offering was first prepared by Sage Aravanan. He made the offering in the temple in the dense forest. In olden days people used to carry dry rice (unakkalari) for cooking while visiting the temple. Dry rice is the main ingredient in the Aravana Payasam. So this theory might be true as people might have started preparing the payasm with minimum ingredients.
Another theory is that ‘Aravanan’ means God and as it is cooked and offered to Ayyappa, the sweet got the name Aravana.

Sri Krishna Teachings on Truthfulness from the Mahabharata

Our scriptures enjoin that everyone must speak the truth. In our tradition, no spiritual austerity is considered superior to the practice of truthfulness.

It is sometimes difficult to determine how to practice truthfulness in extreme situations. In a situation where telling a lie is as spiritually beneficial as speaking truth there is no harm in lying.

If being truthful is spiritually harmful, then it is better to lie. Lying should never be for selfish gains.

Sometimes lying is as good as speaking truth.

Those who understand the deeper meaning of righteousness do not see any unrighteousness in one who lies in order to save innocent lives.

Source - Karna Parva of the Mahabharat

Kounsar Nag Lake Pilgrimage – Konsarnag Lake Yatra

Kounsar Nag Lake Yatra is held annually in the Shravan month to pray to Vishnupad. KonsarnagLake pilgrimage begins after Shravan Amavasya as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Jammu and Kashmir. In 2018, the yatra begins on August 11. The annual pilgrimage attracts thousands of devotees.

KounsarNagLake is located at Reasi District in Jammu and Kashmir. It falls in the high altitude Mahore mountains.
Surrounded by thick forests, the lake is an important Hindu pilgrimage spot. It is believed that the lake was created by the footprint – Vishnupad – of Hindu God Vishnu.

Bheetar Lagi – The Ramayana in Song – Documentary on Muslim Community That Sings Ramayan Songs

Bheetar Lagi – The Ramayana in Song is a documentary directed by Imran Ali Khan and Smriti Wadhwa. It explores the lives of the Muslim Manganiar community that earns a living by singing Hindu folk songs based on Ramayana. The documentary is part of Open Space’s project Kiski Kahani - The Ramayana Project , which explores Ramayana and how it has impacted society. Open space is a Pune-based open cultural forum.


You can find more about Open Space here at the official website.
Express India reports Living in Bhaiya, a little-known village near Jaisalmer, the Manganiars continue to sing the spiritual and epic works of iconic poets such as Tulsidas and Mirabai, which constitutes their primary source of income. Though there is very little recorded history about the Manganiars and their music, they date back to at least seven generations. While their earlier patrons were wealthy Rajput families and merchants, now they perform at music festivals, weddings and other private events. "It's…

Quiz on Navagrahas or Nine Planets in Hinduism

Navgraha quiz is based on the Navagrahas or nine planets in Hindu tradition. Nav means ‘nine’ and Graha means ‘the one that grasps you or in whose influence you are possessed.’ It must be noted that Graha does not mean a planet in the modern sense. Navagrahas are the nine influences over the life of human beings.

Navgrahas are installed in Hindu temples as subsidiary deities and there are also temples dedicated exclusively to Navagrahas.
The quiz might not be easy as most people have limited knowledge of Navgrahas. The aim of the quiz is to provide some basic knowledge regarding Navgraha.



ProProfs - HB Quiz on Nav

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda Quotes

In Hinduism, the beauty and power of creation are represented through the dance of Shiva and Shakthi, Consciousness and Energy.

Just as the sun and its energy are one, Brahman and the elements are also one.
The Vedas declare that whatever is seen in the Cosmos can also be seen inside the human body.
The Jnana Sankalini Tantra teaches us that the vast magnitude of the entire universe resides within the relatively small human body.
Spiritual experience is not a degree or a diploma. When words and the world disappear, you experience the play of Consciousness everywhere.
Related Paramahamsa Prajnanananda Thoughts

Hanuman and Surasa, the sea monster

Hanuman who was on his way to Lanka in search of Mata Sita was stopped by Surasa, the sea monster. Surasa was the mother of Nagas. Devas had taken her help to test the strength of Hanuman.

Surasa stops Hanuman and states that He is her food for the day. Hanuman was in a hurry to reach Lanka and find Mata Sita. So He asks Surasa to leave him now and promises that He will come back and surrender to her after His mission is completed.
Surasa did not agree to Hanuman’s suggestion and kept blocking His way. Hanuman finally agreed that she can eat Him. Hanuman reduced his size to that of a thumb and entered the mouth of Surasa and immediately flew out.
Hanuman thus fulfilled His promise.
Surasa was pleased with the intelligence of Hanuman and blessed him with all success.

1000 Rupees India Commemorative Coin on One Thousand years of Brihadeeswara Temple – Book Online at India Government Mint

India Government Mint, Mumbai has made arrangements for the sale of commemorative coin sets in Proof and Uncirculated varieties released on the occasion of ‘1000 Years of BrihadeeswararTemple’. The denomination of the coins are 1000 rupees and 5 rupees and is available as a set. The set of coins are priced at Rs. 4,875.00. Foreign Nationals can also buy the coin dedicated to BrihadeeswaraTemple (but only in dollars).

You can make bookings for the coin from July 3, 2012 to August 31, 2012.
You can book online or using order form.
Link – You can make booking for the coins online here at the Mumbai mint website.


Built in 1010 AD by Raja Raja Chola, the BrihadeeswaraTemple at Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, popularly known as BigTemple, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 1,000 years of BrihadeeswaraTemple was observed in 2010.
Related Virtual Tour of Brihadeeswara Temple

Teaching from Vairagya Shatakam of Bhartrihari

If a person be attached to physical enjoyment, he will have the fear of disease.

If he be attached to his social status he will be afraid of losing it.

If he be attached to his wealth he will fear the hostile enemies who may snatch it away.

If he be attached to honor he will be afraid of humiliation.

If he be attached to power he will fear his enemies who may render him powerless.

If he be attached to his beauty he will fear his old age.

If he be attached to his scholarship he will fear those who may challenge his erudition.

If he be attached to his good reputation he will fear the wicked who may defame him.

If he be attached to his body he will be afraid of death.

All the things of the world pertaining to man are fraught with fear.

Renunciation of attachment alone causes fearlessness.

108 Amman Temple Pilgrimage Tour in Tamil Nadu in 2013 by TTDC in Aadi Month

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation is launching Shakthi Temple Pilgrimage Tours to 108 Amman Temples in Tamil Nadu in Aadi Masam in 2013 (Mid July to Mid August). Aadi Month is dedicated to Amman, or Mother Goddess, and to help devotees offer prayers in many temples of Amman, TTDC is organizing five day tour to various Goddess Shakti Temples in Tamil Nadu.

108 Amman Temple Pilgrimage Tour leaves Chennai on Monday/Thursday at 6:00 AM and returns on the following Friday/Monday by 9:00 PM. The tariff is Rs 4,300 per person.
For bookings contact: 044-2538 3333, 2538 4444, 2538 9857

You can also get more details about the 108 AmmanTemple Pilgrimage Tour and book online here at the official website.
Note in the TTDC website choose 108 Amman Temple Pilgrimage and opt for Non AC tour. It seems there is rush for this tour as certain days booking are over already.

On the Great Secret of True Success – Swami Vivekananda

Whatever we do, we want a return. We are all traders. We are traders in life, we are traders in virtue, we are traders in religion. We are also traders in love.

If you come to trade, if it is a question of give-and-take, if it is a question of buy-and-sell, abide by the laws of buying and selling. There is a bad time and there is a good time; there is a rise and a fall in prices: always expect the blow to come…We get caught. How?
Not by what we give, but by what we expect. We get misery in return for our love; not from the fact that we want love in return.
There is no misery where there is no want. Desire is the father of all misery. Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure.
The great secret of true success, of true happiness, then, is this: the man who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish man, is the most successful.
Related Words of Inspiration – Swami Vivekananda

Sri M Thoughts

You don’t have to leave home to surrender. My Guru would say if you meditate in a cave for 13 hoursaily for 13 years, how do you know you have overcome anger or jealousy? You cannot be jealous of a weed that is growing in a cave.
Only when you get on a bus and someone kicks you, you will know how much of your anger you have been able to control.
Control is learnt in this world, amongst people.
It is true that the mind needs rest, for if it is occupied with small things, it cannot soar. But you can rest even in a crowd. That is surrender which makes the Stitha pragya or person of equanimity.
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.

Mani Mahesh Yatra 2012 – Pilgrimage to Manimahesh Lake and Kailash Peak in Himachal Pradesh

Mani Mahesh Yatra is an annual pilgrimage to ManimaheshLake and KailashPeak in the Bharmaur Region of Chamba District in Himachal Pradesh. In 2012, the official Mani Mahesh Yatra is scheduled from August 10 to September 23, 2012. The official yatra or pilgrimage follows the ‘Chhari’ (holy mace) from the LakshaminarayanTemple in ChambaTown. The state government of Himachal Pradesh takes care of the spiritual journey.
Mani Mahesh Yatra begins on the Sri Krishna Jayanti day and the pilgrimage is undertaken by staunch Shiva devotees. The sacred ManiMaheshLake is located at the height of 13,500 feet and the journey involves harsh treks. The yatra ends on the Radha Ashtami day
From Chamba town one has to travel on road to Hadsar, which is around 81 km away. From there the journey of 15 km to the ManiMaheshLake is on foot.
The water of the ManiMaheshLake is believed to be holy and pilgrims take a holy dip and pray to the reflection of the KailashPeak on the Lake. There is also a four-faced …

Purusha Sukta Yantra

Yantra is a visible form of a personal deity. Purusha Sukta Yantra is a popular and important Vaishnava Yantras. By worshipping Yantra, a person attains peace, good health and prosperity. A yantra is also a visual form of mantras.

Purusha Sukta Yantra is worshipped for gaining beauty, wealth, prosperity, children and peace. The Yantra is prepared based on the famous Purusha Sukta mantra in the Rigveda.
It is believed that possession of Purushasukta Yantra and daily worship of it alleviates many problems.

Website on Ganga River to Write Blogs, Share Opinions, Knowledge and Spread Awareness

Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP) has created a website named Gangapedia. The website is a common platform for the public to come forward and express their opinions, views and share their Ganga based knowledge and information. After registering on GP you become a part of GP family and get involved in numerous ways.
On the website you can read articles, write blogs, articles or share your experiences. You can also upload photographs, videos, audios, books. The main objective is to spread awareness about the deteriorating state of Ganga.
The website also contains a wealth of information on River Ganga in the form of articles, quiz, blogs, maps etc.
You can visit the website here at Gangapedia.

There is in the living being a thirst for limitlessness – Shri Shri Anandamurti Teachings

You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the starts guides you, too.

Every one of us carries within, the hidden memory of that first sunrise, and even beyond it, into the darkness of antiquity. We are, by means of this primordial memory, which is part of our human heritage, intimately connected to all forms of life.
Do you require the help of a mirror to see your wrist watch on your wrist? No, you will never do that. Likewise, you need not go to the Himalayas in search of God, who is hidden in your own ‘I-ness.’ Living in the world, put forth your entire self for the service of society, and then you will attain God.
There is in the living being a thirst for limitlessness.
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Adi Shankaracharya’s Parakaya Pravesha to Learn Kamashastra

Adi Shankaracharya traveled all around India engaging scholars in religious debate. During one such debate, Bharati, wife of scholar Madana Mishra, attempted to defeat Adi Shankara in the topic of Kamashastra – sex. To win this debate Adi Shankaracharya’s performed parakaya pravesha – enter the body of another person.
In the debate between Madana Mishra and Adi Shankara, Bharati was appointed the judge as she was a scholar by herself. Madana Mishra was easily defeated in the debate by Adi Shankara.
Bharati contented that Adi Shankara had only defeated one half of Madana Mishra. To completely defeat him, Adi Shankara had to defeat his wife too.
Bharati soon realized that she could not defeat Adi Shankara in philosophy, so turned the debate towards Kamashastra. As Adi Shankara was a Brahmachari he had no knowledge of sex.
Adi Shankara asked Bharati to give him a month’s time to debate this topic with her.
Adi Shankaracharya then used his yogic powers to enter the body of Raja Amaruka …

Animation Feature Film on God Ayyappa – Swami Ayyappan

Swami Ayyappan is an animation feature film based on the life story of God Ayyappa, who is worshipped at the world famous SabarimalaTemple in Kerala. The animation film is directed by Mahesh Vettiyar and Chetan Sharma; Story and Screenplay is by Mahesh Vettiyar; music Composition by Viswajith, lyrics by K. Jayakumar
According to the makers the cartoon film – Swami Ayyappan follows the life of young Manikandan (childhood name of Swami Ayyappa). His childhood, miracles like bringing milk of tigress are portrayed in the film. The film also depicts Manikandan’s fight with Udayana, the slaying of the demoness Mahishi and the instances that lead to his friendship with Vavar, a robber from Turkistan.
Animagic and Toonz Animation India Pvt. Ltd are producing the film.
Animation Express writes
‘Swami Ayyappan’ is slated to premier on national TV channels and subsequently distributed as DVDs during the upcoming Sabarimala season in various languages like Malayalam, Tamil, Telgu & Kannada.

Teachings on Inner Peace in Hindu Tradition

Dispassion and renunciation comprise the key to inner peace. Such peace alone makes happiness possible. – Swami Chidananda

Build your inner environment. Practice silence! I remember the wonderful discipline of the Great Ones. When we used to talk and chatter, they would say “Go back into your inner castle.” It was very hard to comprehend then, but no I understand the way of peace. – Paramahansa Yogananda.
People are born for different tasks, but in order to survive everyone requires the same nourishment; inner peace. – Sathya Sai Baba
I have never questioned anything that has happened in my life ever. In fact I have always accepted it as the will of some great cosmic plan that has been written for me. As a result of this I don’t end up arguing with my inner self, as most people tend to do. That is why I find my inner peace easily. And I think it is the easiest way to attain inner happiness. – Dada J P Vaswani
Material world cannot provide the inner peace that one seeks, as there is no…

Thirukoilur Ulagalantha Perumal Temple Pictures – Virtual Tour of Thirukoilur Vishnu Temple

ThirukoilurUlagalanthaPerumalTemple is located at Tirukoilur town in Viluppuram District in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu. Dinamalar newspaper has created a virtual tour of temple. You can watch the pictures in 360 degrees. There is also a narration in English regarding the elements in the picture.

There are six pictures of the different areas of the temple.
Link - Thirukoilur Ulagalantha Perumal Temple Pictures


He who has faith and determination can accomplish what he wants – Sathya Sai Baba

Any man, irrespective of age or abilities, who has faith and determination, can accomplish what he wants.
Try to know the truth. But do not waste your time in trying to understand some abstract concepts which you are unable to comprehend. Develop firm faith that God exists.
Most ailments can be treated by medicines. But most ailments in the world today have their origin in the mind. The aberrations of the mind set up reactions in the body and cause various diseases. The main cause of many human ailments is rooted in the mind.
Never forget God. Do not believe in the world, which is perpetually changing. Don’t fear death. If you learn to observe these three maxims, you can accomplish anything.
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Story of the Birth of Bhishma in the Mahabharat

In the Mahabharat, Bhishma was the son of Shantanu and Ganga. Birth of Bhishma and his suffering on earth is due to a curse in his previous birth. Ganga before marrying Shantanu had taken word from him that he will not question any of her actions.

Ganga soon gave birth to Shantanu’s first child. Immediately, Ganga took the child to river and drowned it.
Shantanu said nothing. She gave birth six more times and Ganga performed the horrific deed six times.
When the eighth child was born, Shantanu questioned Ganga’s merciless behavior. Ganga then told that Shantanu had broken his promise and she will leave him and return to heaven.
She also told Shantanu that the children that she killed were seven of eight Devas known as Vasus. They had once stolen the cow of Sage Vaishtha and were cursed to be born as humans.
To save them from suffering, Ganga became their mother and spared them from suffering on earth by killing them as soon as they were born.
The eighth Vasu is destined to suffer and …

Gayatri Pariwar Aiming to Clean the Entire River Ganga

Gayatri Pariwar is conducting a survey to find out the best means to clean the entire 2,525-km stretch of GangaRiver in India. Gayatri Parivar has already started cleaning Ganga in certain cities and towns but they feel it is not enough.
All World Gayatri Pariwar is a family, based on India's basic philosophy of "Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam" i.e. "Global Family. The organization is based on the teachings of Yug-Rishi Res. Gurudev Pt. Shriram Sharma and Mataji (his wife) Res. Bhagvati Devi Sharma both worked on this philosophy throughout their life. Zeenews writes
The Gayatri Parivar has already begun cleaning the river in patches all across the country but it feels this is not enough. The entire stretch has to be given a facelift -- at one go if possible.  "It will be a hugely challenging task, but this is our dream," explained Kedar Prasad Dubey, a former State Bank of India officer who is one of the key persons involved in the project.  Dubey said the survey wou…

On Why Self Enquiry alone is the direct path to Realization – Sri Ramana Maharishi

Why should Self-enquiry alone be considered the direct path to Realization?
Bhagavan: Because every kind of path except Self-enquiry presupposes the retention of the mind as the instrument for following it, and cannot be followed without the mind. The ego may take different and more subtle forms at different stages of one's practice but it is never destroyed. The attempt to destroy the ego or the mind by methods other than Self-enquiry is like a thief turning policeman to catch the thief that is himself. Self enquiry alone can reveal the truth that neither the ego nor the mind really exists and enable one to realize the pure, undifferentiated Being of the Self or the Absolute. Sri Ramana Maharishi
Related One can know oneself only with one’s own eye of knowledge –Sri Ramana Maharishi

Goddess Vira Lakshmi

Vira Lakshmi is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi. She is the Goddess who provides strength to face enemies. There are many texts that identify Goddess Vaishno Devi with Vira Lakshmi. This form is also counted among one of the Ashtalakshmis in some regions.
The murti form of Vira Lakshmi is quite similar to Goddess Durga. She rides a lion holds various arms like Trishul, sword and mace.
The offerings to Goddess Vira Lakshmi are pure vegetarian food items. She is never offered non vegetarian food items.
The most popular story of Goddess Vira Lakshmi has Her fighting a sorcerer Bhairo, who attempted to molest her. This story symbolically suggests the need for women to be physically strong and to fight back when she is attacked.

Prasad From Varanasi Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple Via India Post During Shravan Month

Shravan month in North India is dedicated to Shiva and now you can get Prasad from two of the most popular Shiva temples – KashiVishwanathTemple and UjjainMahakaleshwarTemple – via India Post.
Shravan Month in North India in 2012 is from June 4 to August 2. Times of Indiareports  Director postal services, Allahabad region, Krishna Kumar Yadav said, "Following an agreement between the Indian Postal Services and the Kashi Vishwanath temple trust, the Prasad of Kashi Vishwanath temple can be provided to any devotee through post. The individual will have to send a money order of Rs 60 in the name of Postal Superintendent, Varanasi (East) and in return the postal department would send a packet containing 'bhabhuti' (ashes), Rudraksh, a laminated photo of Lord Shiva and Shiv Chalisa to the sender, courtesy, the authorities of the temple's trust". Yadav said devotees can also get 'prasad' of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple of Ujjain. For getting the Prasad, an…

To grow does not mean that you think too much of yourself – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Only when you are in touch with the innermost core of who you are, you live a complete life.
If you try and fight with desires and passions, if you chop desires and passions, they will spill blood, and with every drop, a hundred or a thousand will come up. There is no point fighting desires and passions. Just educate your passions, educate your desires to flow in the right direction, that is all. You can never fight them. Fighting them will be futile, it will be a waste of life.
The bitterness of any experience is not in what has happened. The bitterness of any experience is in terms of how you have received it. What is very bitter for one person could be a blessing for another person.
To grow does not mean that you think too much of yourself. Growth is dissolution.
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Dadi Janki Musings

Calmness and tolerance act like air conditioning in a hot room. They increase everyone’s efficiency.
When you’re shown disregard, check yourself. If you’ve done nothing wrong, and your attitude is well-meaning, understand the situation as a test of your ability to remain beyond the judgment of others.
Respect for another means offering criticism only where there is the strength to withstand it.
People will naturally start trusting you when they see you dealing with situations in a reliable and consistent way. An even more powerful way to gain the trust of other is to let them feel your trust in them.
Related Dadi Janki – Words of Wisdom

Hindu Sayings on Good Thoughts

Just as fruit is born of a seed, deeds are born of thoughts. Bad fruits are born from bad seeds similarly evil acts are born of evil thoughts.
As a farmer separates good and true seed from the seed of weeds, and selects from among the good seed and the choicest and guards and sorts it; even so a prudent man treats his thoughts; he repels vain and foolish thoughts, and preserves the good thoughts, cherishing and assorting them.
If you do not repel evil thoughts and cherish good thoughts, you cannot avoid evil acts.
Good deeds come from good thoughts only. Cherish good thoughts, searching for them in books of wisdom, in sensible conversations and above all in your inner self.
So that a lamp may give steady light it must be placed where it is protected from the wind. But if a lamp is in a windy place, the light will flicker and cast strange and dark shadows. Even so uncontrolled, foolish and ill-assorted thoughts cast strange and dark shadows upon the soul of man.

Seeing Dead in Dreams Meaning in Hindu Religion

Seeing dead parents, relatives, husband, wife, grand parents, brother or sisters in dreams is considered bad as per those who believe in dream interpretation. In Hindu religion there is an ancient scripture known as Swapna Shastra which gives interpretation and meaning of various dreams.

The main belief is that the soul of the dead person seen in the dream is not at peace and is still wandering on earth.
Those people who see such dreams are advised to read Bhagavad Gita.
Another option is to do food donation – feed poor children and elderly.
It is also advised to perform Shradh rituals to the dead during Mahalaya period especially at Gaya.

Download Hindi Mahabharata for Free in PDF format – Full Hindi Mahabharat E-book

The particular Hindi Mahabharata e-Book in PDF format for free download is provided by Ved Puran website. The Mahabharat Hindi pdf file is nearly 271 MB. It is a single file. The Hindi book also contains the Bhagavad Gita. Most of the minor stories are also part of the book.

Link – Download Hindi Mahabharata Book in PDF format - (Update - The file appears to be broken and corrupted - the pdf is not opening - avoid attempting download till it is fixed. Hope the website owners will rectify it at the earliest. We have informed them about the issue.)
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GenNext Leader Discovery Contest 2012 by Ramakrishna Mission Delhi

Ramakrishna Mission Delhi is conducting a GenNext Leader Discovery Contest.  The first prize is Rupees 100,000. All those under the age of 25 years, who have completed school and are bonafide students of any college in India are eligible to take part in this competition. There will be three rounds of competition – online quiz, subjective test and interactive evaluation at Ramakrishna Mission Delhi.
Registration is open from 15th June 2012 to 15th August 2012. You can take the online quiz text during this period.
Link – You can get all details and how to participate in the Awakening Indiawebsite

What you seek is already within you – Nisargadatta Maharaj

Abandon every attempt. Just be; don't strive, don't struggle, let go every support, hold on to the blind sense of being, brushing off all else. This is enough.
Look at yourself steadily – it is enough. The door that locks you in, is also the door that lets you out. The 'I am' is the door. Stay at it until it opens. As a matter of fact, it is open, only you are not at it.
I merely say: if you trust my words and put them to test, you will discover for yourself how absolutely true they are. If you ask for proof before you venture, I can only say: I am the proof, I did trust my teacher's words and kept them in my mind and did find that he was right, that I was, am and shall be the Infinite Reality, embracing all transcending all.
What you seek is already within you. Take my own case. I did nothing for my realization. My teacher told me that the reality is within me; I looked within and found it there, exactly as my teacher told me.
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Story of Ashtavakra

Sage Ashtavakra was one of the greatest sages of ancient India and had composed the famous Ashtavakra Gita. The story of Ashtavakra is very interesting. His parents were Sage Khagodara and Sujata. It is said when Ashtavakra was in womb of Sujata, he criticized his father for wrongly chanting the Vedas.
Ashtavakra used to listen to Vedas when he was in womb. He learned it and once suggested to his father that he was chanting a mantra wrongly and the sounds created by each syllable matters.
Sage Khagodara got angry and cursed the baby to be born crooked and with curves. The sage out of ignorance believed that the baby was being arrogant.
Sage Khagodara was very poor and once he went to take part in a debate in the court of Janaka hoping to win some prize. There he got into a debate with Vandina, a scholar in the court. The deal was that one who lost in the debate will perform Jal Samadhi, die by jumping into river.
Sage Khagodara lost the debate and performed Jal Samadhi.
Sujata then …

Official Website of Kollur Mookambika Temple in Karnataka

MookambikaTemple located at Kollur in Udupi District of Karnataka is one of the most famous temples dedicated to Mother Goddess. The management of the temple has created an official website of the temple with all important details including history, timing, darshan details, puja, contact details, e-seva and e-donation facility.

The information in the website is available in Kannada and English
Link - Official Website of Kollur Mookambika Temple 

It is in the mind alone that one feels pure and impure – Mother Sarada Devi

Everything depends on the mind. Nothing can be achieved without purity of mind. It is said, “the aspirant may have received the grace of the Guru,…but he comes to grief without the grace of ‘one’. That ‘one’ is the mind. The mind of the aspirant should be gracious to him.
By the realization of God the mind becomes pure, and through a pure mind one attains knowledge and awakening.
The mind is everything. It is in the mind alone that one feels pure and impure.
As clouds are blown away by the wind, the thirst of material pleasures will be driven away by the utterance of the Lord’s name.
Related If you want peace, make the whole world your own – Mother Sarada Devi

Ambarisha Story – Greatness of Ekadasi

King Ambarisha was an ardent devotee of Hindu God Vishnu and performed the Ekadasi fasting without a break. Pleased with his devotion and piety, Vishnu honored him with the ability to control Sudarshana Chakra. The Story of Ambarisha is that of jealous Indra using Durvasa Maharishi to put an end to the Ekadasi fasting of King Ambarisha.

Indra felt threatened by the piety by King Ambarisha. He instigated Durvasa Maharishi against King Ambarisha.
Durvasa arrived at the palace of King Ambarisha when he was about to break his Ekadasi fasting. He was received warmly by the king. Rishi was invited for taking food. The Rishi then went to take bath in the KalandiRiver and for his prayers.
Durvasa deliberately took longer time to spoil the Ekadasi fasting of King Ambarisha. Dwadasi Tithi had started and the king had to break the fast before the tithi got over.
Durvasa was nowhere to be seen.
King Ambarisha then fed poor people and animals. He kept his food and that of Durvasa and waited for …

Using Vedic Knowledge to Predict Natural Disasters, Rain and Climate Change

Astro-meteorologist S Ramachandran claims that it is possible to predict natural disasters, rains, flood and climate change using Vedic astro-meteorology based on ancient texts like Brihad Samhita. The predictions are based on planetary behavior and alignment of planets with star in particular zodiac written down in Vedic scriptures.

 S Ramachandran claims that he had correctly predicted many natural disasters.


Vedic texts explain the inter-planetary relationships and the struggle between their orbiting positions and the effect of their disturbance on sun and earth.

 He is of the view that a competent and unbiased team of vedic scholars and meteorologists working together on his findings will be able to create a efficient warning system in advance regarding rains and floods.
Deccan Chronicle writes
The southwest monsoon was almost a washout with about 50 per cent deficiency in most parts of the country, astro-meteorologist S. Ramachandran said Sunday. “I predicted this November last…