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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

Today’s Hindu Calendar – July 10, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on July 10, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon till 8:25 PM. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 5:23 PM on July 10, 2012. Then onwards it is Revathi Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Mangala Gouri Vrat in North India.
Ashada Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon in Ashada month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Shravan Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon in Shravan month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh…