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Sage Vishwamitra and Indra – Story on the Greatness of Gayatri Mantra

Sage Vishwamitra performed intense austerities to become a great sage. Indra, the king of Devas, wanted to test the qualities of the Vishwamitra, who before becoming a saint was a king. The story explains the importance and greatness of Gayatri Mantra.

Vishwamitra was born in the Kushik Dynasty. King Vishwamitra once visited the Ashram of Sage Vasishta and came to know about the holy cow Nandini in the Ashram, which had wish fulfilling power. 
King Vishwamitra felt that the cow would be more use to a king. So he asked for the cow. But Sage Vasishta said that Nandini would only leave the ashram only if she likes.
Nandini was not ready to leave. Vishwamitra and soldiers tried to take the cow away forcibly but were defeated by the powers of Nandini. An insulted Vishwamitra soon realized that spiritual powers were more powerful than a king’s commands and arrows.
Vishwamitra then abdicated his throne and took to the life of a Sanyasi. He performed intense meditations and became a powerful…

Hindu Groups in United Kingdom Protest Dow Chemicals Sponsoring Of London 2012 Olympic Games

Dow Chemicals is a major sponsor of London 2012 Olympic Games. Dow Chemical owns Union Carbide responsible for 15,000 poisoning deaths in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in 1984. Bhopal Gas Tragedy was an industrial catastrophe that occurred in 1984 at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plant in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Around midnight on the intervening night of December 2-3, 1984, the plant released methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other toxins, resulting in the exposure of over 5,00,000 people. (Gas Tragedy pictures).
The Guardian UK reports  Representatives of the 800,000-strong Hindu community in the UK will meet on Tuesday night to rally opposition against Dow Chemical being a major sponsor of the London Olympics. The company's sponsorship of a wrap around the Olympic stadium has already raised the threat of a boycott of the games by India.  The meeting, hosted by the Hindu Forum of Britain, an umbrella organisation for nearly 400 Hindu groups, comes as new details have e…

How one attains liberation? – Ashtavakra Answers

Janaka asked, “Oh Lord, how does one attain liberation and how is non-attachment attained? Please tell me this.

Ashtavakra replied, “Oh beloved, if you want liberation, then renounce the passions as poison and take forgiveness and innocence, compassion, contentment, and truth as nectar.

You are neither earth nor air nor fire nor water nor ether.

To attain liberation know yourself as the witnessing consciousness of all these. If you separate yourself from the physical body and rest in consciousness then this very moment you will be happy, at peace, and free of bondage.

You are not a Brahmin or other caste. You are not in any of the four stages of life.

You are not perceived by the eyes of other senses.

Unattached and without form, you are the witness of the whole universe.

Know this and be happy.

Oh expansive one, religion and atheism, happiness and misery, order of the mind – they are not for you.

You are neither the doer nor the enjoyer.

You have always been liberated.

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Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 22, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 22, 2012 – Amavasya Tithi orthe no moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day during the dark phase of the moon till 7:10 PM on March 22, 2012. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Purvabhadra or Poruruttathi Nakshatra till 9:44 AM on March 22, 2012. Then onwards it is Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rasi till 3:23 AM on March 22. Then onwards it is Meena Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya. Kharanama Samvatsara ends in Calendars followed in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Last date of Vikram Year 2068 in calendars followed in North India.
Phalgun Amavasya or no moon day in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Chaitra Amavasya or the no moon day in Chaitra month in calendar…