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Lakshmi Narayana – Why Goddess Lakshmi’s Name Is Uttered First?

Lakshmi Narayana is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Vishnu. Goddess Lakshmi is the consort of Vishnu. The name Lakshmi Narayana is of great significance. The reason why Lakshmi’s name is uttered first is that She is the Shakti of Vishnu.

Vishnu sustains the world with the help of Goddess Lakshmi. Without her He is not complete. Creation will not take place if Shakti is not present. Union is necessary for creation – not just of human beings but of all living beings including plants.
What we call nature is the union of Vishnu and Lakshmi.
Lakshmi Narayana was coined after the famous Samudra Manthan or churning of ocean episode. Goddess Lakshmi reappeared sitting on a thousand petal lotus and Vishnu made Her His consort.
Vishnu then declared that Goddess Lakshmi’s name must be uttered first.
Goddess Lakshmi resides on the chest of Vishnu and therefore he is known as Srinivasa. Shri is Goddess Lakshmi.

Natural Offerings to Kashi Vishwanath Temple to be converted into Manure - Green Initiative

Average natural offerings on a day to the KashiVishwanathTemple in Varanasi in India is more than 1000 kilograms.  During festival and auspicious days, it is more than 5000 kilograms. The offerings include honey, flowers, leaves, milk, honey, coconut and others and these are dumped into Ganga. A local farmer, Shriprakash Raghuvanshi, has come up with a project to make farm manure from the offerings.
Daily Bhaskar reports
"The floral and other bio-degradable offerings like bel patra, dhatura and milk made items were being dumped and this was finding its way into the river Ganga. I then proposed the temple administration to give me all these offerings which can be converted as manure at my farm," Raghuvanshi, who has been awarded twice by the President for his research on developing over 100 seed indigenous varieties, told PTI. Gains from the project:
KashiTemple will be kept clean Low cost organic manure for farmers Ganga River will be less polluted Jobs for a few people

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It is uncontrolled ego that makes the world problematic – Mata Amritanandamayi

If you fall, get up and try again with enthusiasm. Consider that the fall was meant to make you more alert.
We must cultivate a spiritual culture that respects and worships the sanctity of all beings.
When you correct your inner vision through spiritual practices, the already-waiting light of pure knowledge will dawn from within.
It is uncontrolled ego that makes the world problematic. A little more understanding and compassion can create a lot of change.
Related Mata Amritanandamayi – Pearls of Wisdom