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Srikrishna Bisa Kavach and Yantra – Benefits

Srikrishna Bisa Kavach is worn by people for attaining material prosperity, peace, and fulfillment of desires. Srikrishna Bisa Yantra is kept at home and is worshipped for wealth and happiness. The Kavach as per astrologers is made during shubh muhurat (rare auspicious time period in a year). Mantras for auspiciousness are chanted and the Pran Pratishta is performed by priests.
Srikrishna Bisa Yantra helps a person to improve his personality, it helps in building self confidence and provides with wisdom to deal with tricky situations. The belief is that one will be able to develop a character similar to that of Sri Krishna, who was able to overcome all challenges.
Srikrishna Bisa Yantra is kept in puja room and is worshiped morning and evening. Before going out of home for important assignments one should take the blessing of the Yantra.
The kavach should be tied on thread around the neck and it should be worn always.

Download Arthashastra Text of Chanakya in English in pdf

Arthashastra of Chanakya is one of the earliest treatises on the art of politics, diplomacy, war and defense of national interests. This particular book of Arthashastra of Chanakya is in the translation of the original in English. The text is in pdf format. You can download it for free.
Link – Arthashastra of Chanakya in English in pdf

Words of Wisdom – Sathya Sai Baba

Like a bird that sees a lump of flesh in the far distance, but does not notice the net spread over it to catch it, man too sees but the charms of material objects; he does not notice the entanglements which they cause.
Man tries to map the craters and canyons and the volcanoes on the moon, but ignores the craters within his own heart; how then can he acquire peace?
Man undergoes enormous trouble to guard his wealth but does not spend an iota of energy to guard his inner consciousness.
Some people say that they are too weak to scale spiritual heights. But you have the strength to commit sins and do wrong actions. The strength required for good or bad actions is the same. In fact, it is more difficult to commit sin than to be good and meritorious.

Symbolism in the Six Heads of Muruga

Legend has it that six babies that were born the divine spark of Shiva were conjoined by Goddess Parvati and this led to the manifestation of Muruga or Kartikeya. There are numerous symbolisms regarding the six heads of Muruga. It is believed that the six faces of Muruga represents five elements – ether, fire, water, earth, air – and the sixth the sprit that infuses life into the beings formed by the elements.

Some scholars especially those associated with yoga states that the six heads represents the six centers with the human body – six chakras. Nakkirar in his Tirumurugatruppadai (A classic book of the Sangam Age) states that : the first face removes the darkness and ignorance of the world and bathes it in light,the second grants boons to His devotees,the third protects yajnas,the fourth discourses upon the knowledge of the Self;the fifth destroys evil demons andthe sixth glances lovingly at the face of Valli, (His bride from the hills).Source – an article written on Skanda writte…

Paper and Cotton Bags to Keep Kumbha Mela 2013 Eco-Friendly

To make the Kumbha Mela 2013 eco-friendly, government and non-governmental organizations are promoting paper and cotton bags. A mass awareness campaign is currently being conducted in Allahabad for the need to provide pilgrims arriving Kumbha Mela 2013 with paper and cotton bags.
Times of India reports  Post warden, civil defence, Rajendra Tiwari said, "We are organising seminars where we are asking the people to prepare two cotton bags in every household which in turn would be distributed free to pilgrims coming to the Kumbh Mela. Besides cotton bags, the civil defence volunteers would also hand over paper bags to visitors and tourists so keep the Mela area polythene-free.  The team is receiving encouraging response from both the seers and public. The chief priest of Alopi Shankari temple Digambar Narendra Puri has donated 300 cotton bags for distribution among pilgrims.  An Allahapur-based trader is distributing pamphlets and leaflets among customers to spread awareness about t…

Lessons from the Upanishads

The stream of tendencies flowing through good and evil channels is to be directed by self-effort along the good path. When it has entered the evil path, it is to be turned towards the good path. (Muktikopanishad, II.V. 6)
The heavens are His head; the sun and moon, His eyes; the quarters, His ears; the revealed Vedas, His speech; the wind is His breath; the universe, His heart. From His feet is produced the earth. He is indeed the inner Self of allbeings.’ (Mundaka Upanishad 2:1:4 – describes the cosmic man)
He has turned his eyes inward (aavritta chakshu), his vision takes a U-turn because he wants to attain immortality. – The mind of a seeker in Katha Upanishad.
May the Lord, who is one and undivided, but who by virtue of His multiple powers creates these endless, diversities in the beginning without any definite end in view and who destroys the universe in the end, endow us with wholesome intelligence.  (Shvetashvatara Upanishad ch. IV. 1)

Story of Origin of Pushkar Lake

PushkarLake is one of the sacred lakes in India associated with Hinduism. Story of the origin of PushkarLake is associated with a lotus falling from the hand of Brahma.

Legend has it that once Brahma Dev was contemplating about performing a special yajna on earth for the welfare of the living beings. He could not decide on the holy spot to perform the yajna.
When Brahma was in deep thought, the lotus flower in his hand fell on earth. He decided to have the yajna performed where the lotus fell. As the flower touched the earth, water gushed out and formed a lake. Brahma named the lakePushkar after the lotus.
The famous Pushkar fair is held annually in the Kartik month on the banks of PushkarLake. Taking holy dip in the lake on Kartik Purnima is considered highly auspicious.
The story of the origin of PushkarLake is mentioned in the Padma Purana.

Chained Goddess Kali Murti at Siddha Kali Temple in Old Keonjhar Town in Orissa

SiddhaKaliTemple, more than 800 years old, located in OldKeonjharTown in Orissa is famous for the murti worshiped in the temple. The main murti (idol) in the temple is that of Goddess Kali and it is chained to the walls of the temple. Legend has it that a saint had tied the murti of Goddess Kali with chains so that she will not move out of the temple. This is a high form of Bhakti – where the all capturing Mother Goddess in her all mighty ferocious form decides to get tied to a chain to satisfy Her devotee.

Shiva is worshiped in the temple as Mahakal.
The most important day in the temple is Tuesday. Times of Indiareports  Situated at the foot of Gandhamardan hills and surrounded by forests, the temple offers an ambience that suits the mystery and eeriness that one associates with goddess Kali.  A researcher said 'Siddha Matha' was a place for practising tantra. Legend has it that kings used to visit the temple before setting out on hunting expeditions. The lower part of the ido…

To make life divine what is required an inner change not an outer one. Swami Chidananda

When man listens, God speaks. When man empties himself, God fills his entire being. When God enters man and fills man’s entire being, man is no more man, but becomes light itself.
To make life divine requires an inner change of location not an outer one.
Once dyed, a white cloth cannot change its colour. Meditation is like that. It is dyeing our entire personality in the color of divinity.
When your spirit begins to be like a bird, fluttering  against the bars of its cage, there comes into you an inner hunger. That is grace. It is the commencement of inner awakening.
Source - It's All One Man's Job By Sandra Heber-Percy
Related Just as you cannot see your own eyes you cannot see your own jivatma – Swami Chidananda

Story on Why Gandhari Lost Her Hundred Sons in the Mahabharata

At the end of the 18-day war in the Kurukshetra in Mahabharata, all the 100 Kauravas were killed. Gandhari the mother of the 100 sons wept inconsolably. She then wanted to know what bad Karma she had done in her previous life to undergo such suffering. A sage then explained to her that in her previous life she had accidentally crushed 100 turtle eggs.

Queen Gandhari in her previous birth sat on a stone beneath which was hidden the eggs of a turtle. When she sat on the stone, it crushed the turtle eggs. The mother turtle who witnessed this heartbreaking scene cursed Gandhari that she too will suffer the loss of 100 children.
This story is not part of the Mahabharata but is folk story associated with the epic in the eastern parts of India.
The story is also an example of the core teaching of Hinduism that all karma has results and one will have to face it in this life or next life. Good karmas bring good results and bad karma brings bad rresults.

Infinite happiness can be realized by the purified heart but is beyond the grasp of the sense – Bhagavad Gita

Self controlled, cut free from desire, curbing the heart and knowing the Atman, man finds Nirvana that is in Brahman, here and hereafter. (Chapter 5, 26)
For when a man’s heart has reached fulfillment through knowledge and personal experience of the truth of Brahman, he is never again moved by the things of the senses. (Chapter 6, 8)
Earth, stone and gold seem all alike to one who has mastered his senses. Such a yogi is said to have achieved union with Brahman. Then he knows that infinite happiness which can be realized by the purified heart but is beyond the grasp of the sense. He stands firm in his realization. Because of it, he can never again wander from the inmost truth of his being. (Chapter 6, 21)
Related Twenty Values from Bhagavad Gita for a Happy and Peaceful Life

Goddess Gnanambika – About Hindu Goddess Jnanambika

Goddess Gnanambika is an incarnation of Mother Goddess Shakti. It is believed that Goddess Jnanambika along with Shiva helps a devotee in attaining wisdom necessary to overcome illusion and rest constantly on the Supreme Truth. The form of Goddess Gnanambika is mostly widely worshiped in South India especially in temples dedicated to Shiva in Tamil Nadu.
As the Goddess is associated with knowledge there are also many people who equate Goddess Jnanambika with Goddess Saraswati.
In most of the temples, Goddess Gnanambika is worshiped along with Shiva.
The divine couple shows the importance of family life and the glory of Grihastashrama.

Teachings from Nitidvisastika of Bhartrhari

The life of such a person alone is fruitful, who, while living, makes a multitude of people also live their lives.
Friendship with the good increase day by day as the sap of the sugarcane increases from top, joint to joint.
A wicked person put on three different colors like a chameleon. At first acts like a relative, next as a friend, and at the end turns out to be an enemy.
The wealth of a man who neither gives it away in charity nor enjoys it himself, does not actually belong to him, is like a scarecrow that protects the crop only for the sake of others.

One attains to God by holding to the truth – Sri Sarada Devi

One should desire desirelessness. Desire is the obstacle to liberation.
The thought that is uppermost in the mind before one loses consciousness determines the course of one’s soul after death.
One attains to God by holding to the truth.
The path leading to Brahman is very difficult. It is quite natural for a man to forget God. Therefore whenever the need arises, God becomes incarnated on Earth and shows the path by practicing spiritual discipline himself.
God wants sincerity, truthfulness and love. Outward verbal effusions do not touch Him.
Sri Sarada Devi, Holy Mother - wife of Sri Ramakrishna
Related For peace of mind do not find fault with others rather seeyour own faults – Mother Sarada Devi

Dnyaneshwari Teachings on the Real Devotee

Those seekers who worship Me with whatever rituals and have surrendered
themselves to Me, attain Me. Arjuna, no other method will make a seeker attain Me unless he totally surrenders to Me. (9:366-367).
He who claims to know Me does not really know Me. He who boasts about his achievements is imperfect and immature. Similarly the Yajnas, penance and other rituals which people perform and boast about are not even worth a blade of grass for attaining Me. Vedas stumble while describing My nature and describe Me as "Not this and not that" making Sanaka and other sages confused about Me. (9:370-371).
One can attain Me only when he gives up all thoughts about how great and scholarly he is and becomes humble. (9:378).  
Therefore one must give up the love of the material body, consciousness about his qualities and pride about his possessions and surrender himself completely to Me.
Then, when with boundless love the devotee offers Me a fruit from a tree I anxiously spread My palms…

Hyderabad Sabarimala Special Trains in 2012 – 2013 – Hyderabad – Secunderabad – Ernakulam – Chengannur – Kollam Special Sabarimala Train Dates

South Central Railways will run Sabarimala special trains in December 2012 – January 2013 from Hyderabad and Secunderabad to Kollam via Ernakulam and Chengannur. Dates are given in detail below with train numbers. The train will have stops at Secunderabad, Kazipet, Warangal, Mahbubabad, Dornakal, Khammam, Vijayawada, Tenali, Nidubrolu, Bapatla, Chirala, o­ngole, Kavali, Nellore, Gudur, Venkatagiri, Sri Kalahasti and Renigunta. Reservations for the trains will open on November 24, 2012.

Train No.07109/07110 Hyderabad-Kollam-Hyderabad Sabarimalai Special (via. Kazipet, Renigunta) (24 services):
Train No. 07109 Hyderabad-Kollam special train will depart Hyderabad at 15:55 hrs on 12th, 15th, 18th, 23rd, December 2012 and 4th, 5th,7th, 8th,11th, 12th, 14th and 15th January 2013 and arrive Kollam at 22 15 hrs the next day.
In the return direction, Train No. 07110 Kollam-Hyderabad Sabarimalai special train will depart Kollam at 00 15 hrs o­n 14th, 17th, 20th, 25th December 2012, 6th, 7th, 9th…

Importance of Ganesh Murti (Idol) Made of Emerald or Panna Stone

Many Hindus believe that worshipping Ganesh Murti (idol) made of emerald or panna stone is highly auspicious and meritorious. This is based on the belief is that Ganesha rules Budh Grah (Mercury). As pert Hindu astrology, wisdom, intelligence and education are governed by Budh Grah. By worshipping emerald murti of Ganesh, Budh becomes benign and blesses the devotee. It also helps in reducing any bad phase associated with Budh Grah.

Budh Graha, Mercury, is one among the navgrahas, nine planets, as per Hindu tradition. The movement of Budh Grah in a horoscope is very important in Hindu astrology.
People who are associated with selling and making of Panna Stone Ganesh murti are of the opinion that worship of it helps in business and investments as it provides the right wisdom. Children who regularly offer prayers to Emerald stone murti develop good intelligence and perform well in their studies.
Hindu Blog opinion
Murti is a good help in improving concentration and focus. Daily prayers a…

Curse on Yama and Birth of Vidura in Mahabharata

Yama, god of death in Hinduism, appeared as Vidura on earth and was the uncle of Kauravas and Pandavas in Mahabharata. The birth of Yama on earth as Vidura was a result of curse by Sage Mandavya. Legend has it that once Sage Mandavya was in deep meditation in his ashram. A group of thieves who were being chased by soldiers ran into the ashram and hid inside it.

Sage Mandavya was immersed in his meditation and was unaware of what was happening around him. The soldiers caught the thieves from the ashram and accused the sage of assisting the thieves.
The soldiers in a fit of rage thrust a spear into the sage which resulted in his death.
When Sage Mandavya wanted to know from Yama why he had suffered such a fate; Yama explained that as a child the sage used to catch butterflies and enter sharp twigs through them for fun.
Sage Mandavya felt that the actions of children, which are done in innocence, should be forgiven and should not be part of Yama’s book – the book which keeps track of al…

Jai Jag Janani Maa Durga Serial on Colors Television Channel on Goddess Durga

Colors TV Channel will be featuring a serial titled Jai Jag Janani Maa Durga based on the stories of Mother Goddess Shakti – Goddess Durga. The new Jai Jag Janani Maa Durga Serial will air from December 2012. You can see the promo of the new serial below in embedded form.
Hindustan Times reports
Now, Colors plans to launch a new show based on Goddess Durga, titled Jai Jag Janani Maa Durga. It will be produced by Prem and Shiv Sagar of the Sagar group, which first rose to fame for their cult 1980s show Ramayan, which aired on Doordarshan.

The makers have even found the right girl to play the goddess. A source says, “After a six-month-long hunt, the creative team found the right girl in Kolkata. She was selected on the basis of her sharp features — especially her big eyes. The actor, whose identity is still under wraps, will be launched with nine promos showcasing Durga’s different avatars and weapons, on November 10 tentatively. The show is slated to go on air in December.”

Though Color…

Sariraka Upanishad on Sattvika, Rajasa and Tamasa Gunas

Non-killing, veracity, not stealing, continence, non-covetousness, refraining from anger, serving the guru, purity in mind and body, contentment, right conduct, abstinence from self-praise, freedom from pompousness, firm conviction in the existence of God, and not causing any injury to others – all these are to be known as sattvika gunas chiefly.

I am the actor, I am the enjoyer, I am the speaker, and I am the egoistic – such are said by knowers of Brahman to be rajas gunas.
Sleep, sloth, delusion, desire, copulation, and theft are said by expounders of the Vedas to be tamasa gunas.
Perfect or divine knowledge is of sattvika guna; knowledge of dharma is of rajasa guna, and mental darkness is of tamasa guna.

Story of Rahu and Ketu

Devas and Asuras performed Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean) to get Amrita, the nectar of immortality. But when Amrita was received from the ocean both Devas and Asuras fought over it. When there was no end to the fight, Vishnu appeared in the enchanting female form of Mohini.
Both Devas and Asuras were smitten by the beauty of Mohini and agreed to her idea of distributing the Amrita. Vishnu did not want Asuras to consume Amrita as this will make them immortal and then they will create havoc in the universe.
So Mohini first poured Amrita into the mouth of Devas. One Asura got suspicious about the whole event and went and sat among the Devas. When Mohini poured Amrita into the mouth of the Asura, Surya (Sun God) and Chandra (Moon God) who were sitting nearby recognized the intruder and alerted Mohini.
Mohini then took the form of Vishnu and cut the neck of Asura with Sudarshana Chakra. The head of the demon became Rahu and the body became Ketu.
To avenge, Rahu promised that he will …

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the 18th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the eighteenth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita.

You can use Bhagavad Gita in your home to find answers as this will help you in understanding Gita more.

If there any mistakes or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to hindublog@gmail.com
Related Quiz on Chapter 17 of Gita

Vishnu Purana Teachings

To that Brahman there are two states – one without murti and other with murti; one indestructible and the other destructible: which (both) are inherent in all things. The indestructible is the supreme Brahman: the destructible is all this universe.
He (that Brahman) is of one essence, ever pure and free from stain. That Brahman, in its totality has essentially the aspect of Prakrti both Vyakta and Avyakta (manifested and unmanifested) and also the aspect of Purusha and the aspect of time.
Time is without beginning and his end is not known: and from him, the revolutions of creation, continuance, dissolution in the end unintermittingly succeed.
There was neither day nor night, nor sky, nor earth, nor darkness, nor light, nor any other thing save only one unapprehensible by senses or by the intellect.

Krtya in Hinduism

Krtya is associated with black magic and witchcraft in Hinduism. Krtya is also personified as a female evil supernatural being. There are two faces of Krtya in Hindu religious literature. In Vedic literature she has benign features. In post vedic literature she is fierce and more evil in character.

Krtya is usually invoked to harm an enemy or to protect oneself from others.
Atharva Veda mentions that she is invoked to kill enemies their cattle, horses etc.
Krtya is usually asked by the one invoked to not to harm innocent living beings.
Atharva Veda gives details regarding the places and how Krtya is invoked.
Krtya can be invoked by anyone. But sometimes she might turn against the one who invoked her. This is due to wrong performance of the rituals or Krtya comes under the control of enemies.
She was widely invoked during wars by kings to wreck havoc in enemy camps. Sometimes she is used to create confusion among enemy ranks.
It must be noted the entire practice of witchcraft and bl…

Marathi Marriage Dates 2013 – Marathi Hindu Vivah Muhurat in 2013 in Maharashtra

Hindus follow the Muhurat (good time based on Astrology) to conduct marriages. Hindu Vivah is only performed during auspicious time and astrologically correct days. Below given are the Marathi marriage dates 2013. Marathi Hindu Vivah Muhurat is based on Calendars and Panchang 2013 followed in Maharashtra:

Marathi Marriage Dates 2013
January 2013 – January 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 and January 31, 2013.
February 2013 – February 1, 2, 5, 6, 13, 14, 15, February 18, 2013.
March 2013 – No marriages dates due to Shukra Lop.
April 2013 – April 27 and April 29, 2013
May 2013 – May 2, 3, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29 and May 30, 2013.
June 2013 – June 2, 3, and June 7, 2013.
July 2013 – July 11, 14, 15, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, and July 29, 2013
August 2013 – No marriages dates
September 2013 – No marriages dates
October 2013 – October 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 22, 29 and 31.
November 2013 – November 5, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 25, 27, 28…

Bhagavad Gita Audio in Tamil mp3 format for free

Bhagavad Gita Audio in Tamil in mp3 format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable Tamil Bhagawad Geeta is strictly for personal use. You can only download the eighteen chapters separately in mp3 format.
The file sizes are in the range of 50 MB and are divided into many files.
You can download the Bhagavad Gita Audio in Tamil from this link –  Bhagavad Gita mp3 Tamil

Teachings from Vakya Vritti of Adi Shankaracharya

Direct knowledge of that total identity between the individual-Self and the Universal-Self, stemming forth from the Vedic statements such as “Thou art that”, etc., is the immediate means to liberation.
Give up the intellectual misconception that the Self is the body, etc., and always meditate upon and think you to be the eternal Knowledge - Bliss – the Witness of the intellect – a sheer mass of Pure Knowledge.
The body is not the Self, as like the pot, etc., the body also has form, etc., and again, the body is a modification of the great elements such as Akash, just like the pot.
Just as the perceiver of a pot is ever distinctly different from the pot and can never be the pot – so too, you, the perceiver of your body, are distinct from your body and can never be the body – this you firmly ascertain in yourself.
SourceVakya Vritti of Adi Shankaracharya Translated by Swami Chinmayananda

Goddess Bhudevi

Goddess Bhudevi is the Mother Earth and she is the consort of Hindu God Vishnu. As per Hinduism, Goddess Bhudevi is the one who nourishes or sustains all living beings. When Adharma rises on earth, she calls for the attention of Vishnu. Many scriptures mention of Goddess Bhudevi complaining to Vishnu regarding the depredations and oppressions caused by demons. Then Vishnu takes an Avatar and installs Dharma by annihilating the demons.
Goddess Bhudevi is always depicted with two arms - right hand holding utpala - the blue lotus in her right raised hand. The other hand is in Varada mudra.
Bhudevi is worshipped in some of the important temples dedicated to Vishnu – especially at TirupatiBalajiTemple. Murtis of Goddess Bhudevi are mainly found in South India.
Goddess Bhudevi also takes the form of cow. This is why in some regions cow is equated with mother earth.

High Resolution Angkor Wat Temples Pictures – Black and White Photos

High resolution pictures of Angkor Wat temples in Black and White are presented by Mark Johanson in the International Business Times. There are 25 photos of the various aspects of the temple including the AngkorWatTemple, Bayon, Angkor Thom, Preah Khan etc.
You can find the 25 images here at ibtimes
Note – as all images are in a single page it might take some time to load.

Swami Chinmayananda – Advice to Parents

When we sit down and try to analyze how to remould and recast our future, we see that it is certainly through the children of today who are going to be the leaders of tomorrow. We must supply them with a vision and teach them to have the courage and heroism to live up to their convictions.
We, the parents, must change. Children learn not from books. Higher values cannot be imparted to the students by institutions, by a society or a community, or even a committee.
Only when a plant is young and we are sincerely watching it, can we train the plant to grow straight. A plant can be trained but not a tree. If the tree has got a bend, it has got a bend - full stop! Then we can only trim the branches but not the trunk.

Surya Grahan in 2013 in India – Suryagrahan

Surya Grahan is solar eclipse and there are two Suryagrahan in 2013 but both of them are not visible in India. According to NASA, the first Surya Grahan on May 10, 2013 is a hybrid one and November 3, 2013 is an annular solar eclipse. Both the eclipses are not visible in India.

Solar eclipse on May 10, 2013 is visible in Australia, New Zealand and pacific regions
Solar eclipse on November 3, 2013 is visible in eastern part of America, South Europe and Africa.
The Panchangs and calendars in India have ignored both the grahan. There is no need to observe any fasting or rituals.

Cow in Dreams – Meaning of Seeing Cow – Milk - Ghee in Dream

As per Hindu religion, seeing cow, milk products like ghee, curd, paneer etc in dream will bring in positive change in life. The belief is that if person dreams cow giving milk then he will be blessed with wealth and prosperity.
If a person simply sees cow grazing or standing then he will be blessed with money, peace and high position in society and family. Soon such a person will be respected for some of his good acts. There will be also increase of wealth of family.
Seeing ghee or curd or other milk products is also believed to be an indication achieving wealth in near future.

Diwali Festival Postage Stamps Issued by Israel

To celebrate the 20 years of diplomatic relations, Israel issued a set postage stamps dedicated to Diwali festival. The stamps focus and compare Diwali with Hanukah – Jewish festival of lights. 

Times of Indiareports India and Israel have released a set of postal stamps depicting their respective festival of lights, Diwali and Hannukah, to commemorate 20 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.  "In India we have a great respect for the Jewish faith, as we have for all other faiths. Today the release of the joint postal stamp not only celebrates a milestone in our diplomatic relations but also a common structural tradition, the festival of lights....both festivals celebrating the victory of good over evil", Sarkar said addressing India enthusiasts gathered to attend the ceremony.  The Indian stamp shows a row of traditional earthen lamps, diyas, representing Diwali and the Israeli stamp features a menorah with the word "Zion" inscribed inside a Mage…

Persistent practice of discriminative knowledge is the means to liberation – Yoga Sutras

Contrary thoughts and emotions such as those of violence – whether done, caused to be done, or even approved of – indeed, any thought originating in desire, anger or delusion, whether mild medium or intense – do all result in suffering. Neutralize such a state through its opposite.

When the mind loses all desire for objects seen or heard about, it acquires a state of utter desirelessness which is called dispassion.
The persistent practice of discriminative knowledge is the means to liberation.
Austerities destroy impurities; and with the ensuing purification of the body and sense organs, physical and mental powers awaken.
Source – Yoga Sutras The Means to Liberation By Dennis Hill

Hindu Woman Denied Abortion in Catholic Ireland Dies

Savita Halappanavar, 31, a Hindu woman, admitted to University Hospital Galway in the west of Ireland, died of septicaemia a week after miscarrying 17 weeks into her pregnancy. She was denied a life saving abortion by Catholic Ireland – Irish abortion laws denied a termination because Catholic Church is against Abortion
No words can console the irreplaceable loss of Savita Halappanavar. Let she attain Moksha and never suffer in this ignorant world.
Death of Savita Halappanavar is nothing but a cold blooded murder of a human being who could have been easily saved. It does not matter whether the woman is Catholic or Hindu. It is pure commonsense that prime importance should be given to the life of the mother - she might have other children / she can in future give birth to more healthy children. Those responsible should be tried for murder. Government of India should make sure that those responsible for the death of Savita Halappanavar are punished and the victim’s family is given justi…

Next Surya Grahan in India – Suryagrahan Time

The next Surya Grahan in India is a partial eclipse and is visible during morning hours at sunrise on March 9, 2016. The visibility will be not much as it is during early morning hours. The Suryagrahan will also not be visible in the western parts of India. The time in India (Delhi) is from 6:40 AM to 6:44 AM. Kolkata or the time in eastern parts of India is from 5:53 AM to 6:50 AM.

Story of Origin of Panchatantra

Panchatantra is one of the oldest collections of stories for children in the world and is also believed to be the first anthology of animal stories. The story of the origin of Panchatantra is as interesting as the stories in the five books originally written in Sanskrit.

Legend has it that thousands of years ago, there lived a king in India. He had three foolish sons. The king was worried about their future.
One day he asked his ministers to suggest a way to make his sons wise and fit for the world. One minister asked the king to take the help of an old teacher named Vishnu Sharma.
Eighty-year-old Vishnu Sharma was invited to the palace and king explained about the nature of his sons to the old teacher. Vishnu Sharma immediately agreed to make the princes wise and intelligent.
He took permission from the king to take the three sons for six months with him.
The three princes lived in the ashram of Vishnu Sharma for next six months.
Daily, the old teacher told them stories with a max…

Shri Amar Kund – Holy Katasraj Temple Pond – Restored in Pakistan

Shri Amar Kund, the holy pond at KatasrajTemple, in Chakwal district in Pakistan was restored recently. The Pond associated with Hindu God Shiva had dried up due to excessive underwater usage. Dedicated to Shiva, the Katasraj temple is part of several Hindu Puranas. On hearing Sati’s death, two tears trickled down from Lord Shiva and fell on earth. It is believed that the pond at the Katasraj temple complex was formed by the tear that fell here. The temple was later built near the holy pond.

The temple is mentioned in the Mahabharata and during their exile Pandavas stayed here for sometime. It is believed that the dialogue between Yaksha and Yudhishtar took place here.
You can view pictures of KatasrajTemple and get more information about the restoration here at Rediff News

Harigita Teachings

A young child grows older as time goes by, however the soul in such a way does not age. The physical body may get destroyed however the soul is indestructible. In all the three passage of times it remains luminous, conscious, imperishable, and subtle and yet cannot be recognized without its knowledge. Knowing the characteristics of the soul in this way is called atmagyan.
Vairagya or non-attachment is having a disregard for everything that is not Bhagwan or affiliated with Bhagwan. More specifically Vairagya is where one should not have attachment or affection for their body; have no affection for their partner, kin, wealth, home, animal, vehicles or the objects indulged in by the soul via the ten indriya’s like sound (panch vishay), clothes, jewellery, kingdom, the pleasures of the abodes of rewards such as Swarglok and any other pleasures in life beside those of Bhagwan.
The word ‘bhaj’ means to ‘serve’ and the word ‘ktin’ means ‘with pure love’. Therefore to serve Bhagwan with ext…

Srikantha – Manifestation of Shiva

Srikantha is a manifestation of Shiva. Srikantha means beautiful neck – the reference here is to the dark blue neck that Shiva got after drinking the halahala poison. Srikantha is also one of the ekadasarudras – 11 forms of Rudra Shiva.
There are also other references in Mahabharata regarding how Shiva got the name Srikantha. It is said that Indra hurled a thunderbolt on Shiva and it made a mark on his throat and he got the name.
Some ancient sculptors of Shiva as Srikantha depict him with five heads and 10 hands. Some sculptors give prominence to the blue throat.
Goddess Shakti is referred to as Srikanthardhasaririni – who is half the body of Srikantha (Shiva).

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the 17th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the seventeenth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita.

You can use Bhagavad Gita in your home to find answers as this will help you in understanding Gita more.

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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 Quiz
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 17 Quiz

Swami Bhuteshanandaji Maharaj Thoughts

Often we hear people discussing that they are unhappy. It is indeed surprising that with whoever we may talk he says he is unhappy. Perhaps people have a temporary respite from worries and miseries, but they always become unhappy immediately preceding and succeeding that state. Nonetheless we remain so much absorbed in whatever little temporary pleasures or happiness we get that we do not remember unhappiness or the one that follows it. Though we are reminded of it by our true well wisher, we remain largely oblivious of this need. We rather think what is the need for it.
And who is the  true well wisher? Indeed, God who is truly our own person, or well-wisher, in search of whom we have come into this world, and only when we will reach His lotus-feet that we shall be in everlasting peace.  
But do we really consider this world as an alien land? If we care to examine our mind a little we shall find that no matter how fleeting may be our life here in this world which is a mixture of ple…

Nappinnai – Consort of Sri Krishna

Nappinnai is a consort of Sri Krishna and she is also believed to be an incarnation Niladevi. Nappinnai – Krishna cult is mainly limited to the Tamil speaking world. The most popular legend is that Sri Krishna defeated seven bulls to marry Nappinnai. Subduing bulls is now known as Jallikettu and is still in vogue in villages and towns in Tamil Nadu. The name Nappinnai is found in Tiruppavai and Silappadikaram.
Pinnai means younger sister. The belief is that she must have been a younger sister of some important clan member.
It must be noted that Nappinnai is not an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi or Bhu Devi.

What are senses as per Hinduism?

What are senses? They are the windows through which the body-mind perceives the world. We see or hear the world through the senses. According to Vedanta, senses, ten in number, are of two types:  jnanendriyas and karmendriyas or organs of perception and organs of action. The five senses of perception or jnanendriyas are vision (eyes), hearing (ears), smell (nose), taste (tongue), and touch (skin). Through these, we import the external world into our inner world.
The five senses of action, or karmendriyas, are speech (mouth), manual movement (hands), locomotion (feet), excretion (anus) and procreation (organ of reproduction). Sometimes mind is also included as a sense organ, the eleventh organ. We export things into external world through these senses.
SourceVedanta Kesari – August 2012

Chanakya – Words of Wisdom

Advancement and decay are dependent on oneself.

Without God’s grace, even excessive effort proves fruitless.
One who is not calm and collected cannot accomplish tasks.
Those who blindly believe in destiny do not achieve anything.
One who cannot control himself is destroyed by his anger.
Even after attaining great prosperity, the one without fortitude perishes. Chanakya

Attachment is the root of all unhappiness and attachment causes fear – Mahabharata Quotes

The root of all mental ailments is affection. Affection makes a man attached and that leads to misery.

Just as water quenches fire, knowledge quenches mental ailments.
Just as a hot iron ball affects the water in a pot, mental pain affects the body.
Attachment is the root of all unhappiness and attachment causes fear.
Every kind of happiness and unhappiness results from attachment.
It is attachment that leads to the desire for material objects. Both are evil, but attachment is more evil than the desire for material objects.

Mahabharata

Random Quotes from Ramayana – Words of Bhagavan Sri Ram

Devotion means universal love.

It does not matter whether you are a man or a woman; your caste, name and position are not taken into account…Devotion is the only thing that is essential to worship the One.
When you truly understand that the Atman, which is your true Self, is without any attribute or attachment, you should give up your identification with your body which is inert and impermanent. So seek the true nature of Atman.
Don’t you see the great sky reflected in each and every lake or river? Paramatman is the sky which is stationary. Its reflections are not permanent… Paramatman, which is the Brahman, is the only reality. All the visible living things are only its reflections.
Source – Book - Teachers of Wisdom  By Igor Kononenko, Irena Kononenko

Story of Ganesha as Vakratunda and Matsaryasura

Vakratunda is one among the numerous names of Ganesha and it means ‘one with a twisted trunk.’ As per Mudgala Purana, Ganesh took the form of Vakratunda to annihilate demon Matsaryasura. The demon symbolically represents envy, jealousy and rivalry.

Demon Matsaryasura was born out of the envy, jealousy and rivalry in the mind of Indra, the king of Devas. The demon then worshipped Shiva and did severe penance. He obtained the boon of fearlessness from Shiva.
Matsaryasura became very powerful and dominated the three worlds.
Fed up with Matsaryasura, devas, saints and people approached Dattatreya. He advised the people to worship Ganesha by chanting the mantra ‘GAM.’
They were able to please Ganesha and he promised to appear as Vakratunda to defeat the demon.
When Vakratunda appeared before Matsaryasura, he was so terrified that all his courage was lost. He immediately surrendered before Ganesha and sought refuge at his feet.
Symbolically Matsaryasura is the jealousy, envy and rivalry i…

When one’s mind becomes pure, then that mind itself becomes the guru – Sri Ramakrishna Teachings

When one’s mind becomes pure, then that mind itself becomes the guru.
Once a sincere devotee set out on a pilgrimage to the temple of Jagannath in Puri. He did not know the way; he went west instead of south. He no doubt strayed from the right path, but he always eagerly asked people the way, and they gave him the right directions, saying, ‘This is not the path; follow that one.’ At last the devotee was able to get to Puri and worship the Deity. So you see, even if you are ignorant, someone will tell you the way if you are earnest.
Whatever one does one must do wholeheartedly in order to enjoy. The Lord looks at a person’s heart and sincerity, and not at the amount of time he puts into his spiritual practice.
As various ornaments having different forms and names, are made out of the same lump of gold, so in different ages and countries, under different names and forms one God is worshipped. However various the fashions of His worship, though some love to call Him father, and others M…

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the 16th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the sixteenth chapter of the Gita. The questions might be tough. The aim of the quiz is to study Gita.

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If there any mistakes or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to hindublog@gmail.com.
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No one except oneself can remove his own bondage – Adi Shankaracharya Teachings

Through discriminative self analysis and logical thinking one should separate the Pure Self within the sheaths as one separates the rice from the husk, bran, etc., that are covering it. (Atma Bodha Verse 16)

The knowledge of an object is only gained by perception, by investigation or by instruction but not by bathing or giving alms, or by a hundred retentions of the breath. (Vivekachudamani shloka 13)
By reason of ignorance a connection between you who are Paramatman and that which is not Atman is brought about and hence this wheel of embodied existence. By the fire of wisdom arising from this discrimination the growth of ignorance is burnt up to its very roots.
Sons and others are capable of taking care of a father’s debts, but no one except oneself can remove his own bondage.

Goddess Aindri

Goddess Aindri is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya and she is the Shakti of Indra. She is also counted among the seven mother or Saptamatrikas. It is said that in the battle against Chanda and Munda – she rode the king of elephants – Airavata – and carried the weapon thunderbolt. She also had thousand eyes.

Goddess Aindri is not just the wife of Indra, the king of Devas. She represents his strength and power.
Paintings of Goddess Aindri are part of many painting traditions in India. She is identified by the vajra weapon she holds.
The term Aindri is not generally used when mentioning about the wife of Indra. Indrani or Sachi is the term to mention about wife of Indra.

Website to Download Various Veda Mantras in Audio mp3 format

Veda Mantram is a website dedicated to various mantras and prayers in Vedas and other Hindu scriptures. You can download all the prayers in audio mp3 format for free. The long list of prayers includes Shri Suktam, Purusha Suktam, and Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram etc.
All you need to do is right click on the particular prayer and use the save link as option.
You can find all the prayers here at the Veda Mantram website.

Every successful man must have behind him integrity and sincerity – Swami Vivekananda

Come out into the broad open light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts? Come out into the universe of Light. Everything in the universe is your, stretch out your arms and embrace it with love. If you ever felt you wanted to do that, you have felt God.

Although a man has not studied a single system of philosophy, although he does not believe in any God, and never has believed, although he has not prayed even once in his whole life, if the simple power of good actions has brought him to that state where he is ready to give up his life and all else for others, he has arrived at the same point to which the religious man will come through his prayers and the philosopher through his knowledge; and so you may find that the philosopher, the worker, and the devotee, all meet at one point, that one point being self – abnegation.
Every successful man must have behind him somewhere tremendous integrity, tremendous…

Today – November 6, 2012 – is Ahoi Ashtami Vrat – Hoi Mata Puja

Today – November 6, 2012 – is Ahoi Ashtami Vrat, also known as Hoi Mata Puja. The fast and puja is dedicated to Hoi Mata and is performed by parents for the welfare of their children. Goddess Ahoi Mata is a manifestation of Goddess Shakti and rural legends suggest that she protects offspring of all living beings.

Ahoi Ashtami Vrat Katha or legend narrates the tale of a mother who lost seven sons. She had accidentally killed a lion cub in the forest and due to this sin she lost her seven sons. But by praying to Goddess Ahoi Ashtami Bhagavati, she was able to get back all the seven sons.
Ahoi Ashtami fasting is from sunrise to the sighting of the moon. Some people end fast when the first star is seen on the day.
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Lepakshi Temple Pictures – Photos of Sri Virabhadraswamy Temple in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh

LepakshiTemple complex in Anantapur District in Andhra Pradesh houses some of the most breathtaking temple architecture in India. The Hindu newspaper is providing a photo slideshow with some of the important images of the temple. There are nearly 13 pictures of the SriVirabhadraswamyTemple. The most striking is the huge single stone structure of 7-hooded snake over a Shivling murti.
Some of the images in the temple include murals depicting scenes from Shiva Purana, the footprint of Sri Ram etc.
You can view the slideshow of Lepakshi Temple here at the Hindu newspaper.

Everything else can be kept tied, except joy – Rabindranath Tagore

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
We gain freedom when we have paid the full price for our right to live.
Real freedom is of the mind and spirit; it can never come to us from outside.
Everything else can be kept tied, except joy.
Don’t humiliate yourself, self humiliation is a sin, worse than self murder.

Goddess Vishweshwari

Goddess Vishweshwari is a name used to refer to Mother Goddess Shakti. The term is used when Goddess Shakti is referred as the queen of all living and nonliving and the ruler of all being. As Goddess Vishweshwari is the protector –Mother to all.

It is Devi Mahatmya that uses the term Goddess Vishweshwari to emphasize the role of mother taken by Goddess Shakti. She who is unimaginably ferocious towards those who practice Adharma is at the same time kind and benevolent towards her children who follow Dharma.
Today Vishweshwari is used as an adjective to glorify various manifestations of Goddess Shakti and also Goddess Lakshmi.

Taraka Upanishad on the glory of Om Namo Narayanaya

Om Namo Narayanaya is the Taraka. It should be worshipped as Chidatma.

Om is a single syllable and of the nature of Atma.
Namah is of two syllables and is the nature of pratkrti (matter).
Narayanaya is of five syllables and is of the nature of Parabrahman.
He who knows this becomes immortal.
Through Om, is Brahma produced; through Na is Vishnu produced; through Ma is Rudra produced; through Na is Ishwara produced; through Ra is the Anda-Virat (or Virat of the universe) produced; through Ya is Purusha produced; through Na is Bhagavan produced; and through Ya is Paramatma produced.
This Ashtakshara (eight syllables) of Narayana is the supreme and the highest Purusha.

Today – November 2, 2012 – is Karva Chauth Vrat

Today – November 2, 2012 – is the famous Karva Chauth Vrat. It is an annual fasting undertaken by women in North India on the fourth day of Kartik Month, as per North Indian Hindu lunar calendar. The moon rise time in India (Delhi) is at Delhi 8:06 PM. Also known as Kadva Choth, it is observed by married women for a happy and prosperous married life and for the well being of the husband and is one of the most popular fast and rituals in North India.

Karva chauth is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Goddess Parvathi had observed severe penance to get Lord Shiva as her husband. Karva means a clay pot and ‘chauth’ refers to fourth.
On the day, after an early morning bath married women eat food made from selects grains and fruits. All this takes place before sunrise. After sunrise the women observe strict fast. The fast is broken after sighting the moon at night. Women break the fast with an offering of water and flowers to the moon.
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Book – About Graphic Novel – I am Spirit – The History of King Chitraketu

I am Spirit – The History of King Chitraketu is a graphic novel and is based on the story of King Chitraketu found in the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. The story of Chitraketu is of great importance as it deals with ignorance created by attachment, longing and grief. King Chitraketu had a son after long wait. His joy knew know bounds. But the child was killed by other jealous queens of Chitraketu. The grief of king was inconsolable and Sage Angiras and Sage Narada appeared before the king. They shed light on the ignorance which was resulting in intense mental agony. In nutshell this is the story of King Chitraketu. What is important to a reader is the knowledge that Sage Angiras and Sage Narada. It is universal and applicable in all ages.


I am Spirit – The History of King Chitraketu has got some beautiful graphics. Currently only preview of the novel is available online for free. Full view is only available after a payment.
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Narada Parivrajaka Upanishad

Wise men escape death by knowing the Brahman. There is no other real road to salvation.
True knowledge is the characteristic of renunciation. Hence preferring wisdom, an intelligent man will renounce the world.
When a person has no evil propensity towards all beings in deed, thought and speech he becomes a true mendicant monk.
The ten virtues characterizing right conduct (dharma) are – contentment, forgiveness, self-control, non-stealing, purity, control of the senses, humility, scriptural learning, truth and an even temper.