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Suvarnahasta – The Hand of Goddess Lakshmi Showering Gold

Certain images of Goddess Lakshmi are shown as showering gold coins. This hand of Goddess Lakshmi which showers gold is known as Suvarnahasta. They symbolize wealth, prosperity and peace in society. For a spiritual seeker, they symbolize the spiritual values that are timeless and universal.

In modern society, Suvarnahasta of Goddess Lakshmi is limited to material prosperity alone. We often forget that material wealth cannot be truly enjoyed and sustained without proper spiritual values. This is one of the tragedies of present day as we find in spite of good wealth many people are unhappy.
To truly enjoy the blessings of Suvarnahasta we need to follow Dharma. Wealth should be earned through dharmic means. We should learn to curb our desires through spiritual understanding. Peace, prosperity and happiness will be constant when Dharma is followed.

Controversy on Selling Kumbha Mela 2013 Television Rights and Advertising Spaces

An initial decision regarding the selling of television rights of Kumbha Mela 2013 by government have created a controversy with Hindu religious leaders condemning the attempt to commercialize Kumbh Mela at Prayag – Sangam (Allahabad). The state government planned to generate revenue from the world’s biggest religious festival by selling advertising spaces and telecast rights.
BBC reports  The BBC has learned that the state government wants to offset the cost of the event by selling media access - critics say they have no right to.  In May Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Javed Usmani sent a letter instructing the local administration to "generate revenue by auctioning advertising and telecast rights" to the event, BBC Hindi's Ram Dutt Tripathi reports.  Religious leaders have always opposed attempts by the state or big business to cash in on the event.  They say the festival does not belong to the government and they have no right to sell access to it.  So the government …

Liberation Is the Total Abandonment of All Mental Conditioning – Yoga Vasishta

Birds are able to fly with their two wings: even so both work and knowledge together lead to the supreme goal of liberation. Not indeed work alone nor indeed knowledge alone can lead to liberation: but, both of them together form the means of liberation.

Neither freedom from sorrow nor realization of one’s real nature is possible as long as conviction does not arise in one that the world-appearance is unreal.
Moksha or liberation is the total abandonment of all vasana or mental conditioning, with the least reserve. Mental conditioning is of two types – the pure and impure. The impure is the cause of birth; the pure liberates one from birth. The impure is of the nature of nescience and ego-sense; these are the seeds, as it were, for the tree of rebirth. On the other hand, when these seeds are abandoned, the mental conditioning that merely sustains the body, is of a pure nature. Such mental conditioning exists even in those who have been liberated while living: it does not lead to rebir…

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

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 10, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 6:51 AM on September 10. Then onwards it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Ardra or Arudhara or Thiruvathirai Nakshatra the whole day and till 12:12 AM on September 11.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – 
Adhik Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Adhik Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Adhik Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or ninth day during the waning phase of moon in Adhik Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, H…