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Even one with a fourfold army is destroyed if he is a slave of the senses – Chanakya Teachings

That learning is called learning, from which result righteousness and wealth.
Teaching wrong things is a great crime.
It is from learning that the intellect is formed, through the intellect skill in action (yoga) and from yoga self-control follows.
That course of action should be followed which will usher in prosperity.
Even one with a fourfold army is destroyed if he is a slave of the senses.
Sting of word is stronger that the burning of fire. Chanakya
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Kaivalya Upanishad Teachings

He only attains Parabrahman who sees in himself all elements and himself in all elements.
Parabrahman, which is of all forms, which is the Supreme Abode of this universe, which is the most subtle of the subtle and which is eternal, in only yourself. You are only That. One who knows himself to be that Parabrahman that shines as the universe in the waking, dreaming, dreamless and other states, will be relieved from all bondage.
He who thinks Paramatma as being in the cave of the heart, as having no form, as being secondless, as being the witness of all and as being another Sat or Asat, attains the pure form of Paramatma.

Karana in Hindu Astrology and Panchang

A Karana is half a tithi. There are thirty tithis in a Hindu lunar month – thus there are 60 half tithis or Karanas in astrology and Panchang. Seven Karanas occur eight times during a lunar month. There are four Karanas that are constant.

The seven Karanas that occur eight times in a lunar month are Bava, Balava, Kanlava, Taitila, Gara, Vanija, Vishti. These Karanas recur from the second day of the waxing phase of moon till the first half of the 14th day of the waning phase of moon.
The four karanas that are constant are:
Shakuni – it is assigned to the second half of the 14th day of Krishna Paksha in certain regions.
Chatushpada – assigned to the first of Amavasi
Naga – assigned to the second half of Amavasi in certain regions
Kimstughna – assigned to the first half of the first day of the Waxing phase of moon.
It must be noted that Shakuni and Naga are not used in certain regions.

Shakuni, Chatushpada, Naga, Kimstughna and Vishti are bad Karanas.

Renugambal Temple Timings – Opening and closing time of Padavedu Renugambal Temple in Tamil Nadu

RenugambalTemple located at Padavedu near Vellore is an important temple dedicated to Goddess Renuka – Shakti worship. Below are the detail temple timings of RenugambalTemple. The opening and closing time are extended during festivals and other auspicious dates
RenugambalTemple Timings: Morning – 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM Evening – 3:.00 PM. to 8:30 PM During festival days from 5.00 A.M. TO 9.00 P.M
The important morning puja is usually held at 8:30 AM
The important noon puja is at 11:00 AM
The important evening puja is at 6:00 AM

Srikalahasti Temple Timings – Opening and Closing Time of Srikalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh

SrikalahastiTemple is located at Srikalahasti near Tirupati is a famous shrine dedicated to Shiva. Srikalahasti Temple Timings are given below. The closing and opening time of the temple vary when there are festivals especially during Shivratri.
The usual Srikalahasti Temple opening and closing time is given below: Saturday to Monday 6.00 AM to 9.30PM
Tuesday to Friday
6.00 AM to 9.00 PM
Abhishekam is performed in the Morning: 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 10: 30am; Evening: 5:30 pm everyday.
On Fridays, Abhishekam in the evening is from 4:30 pm onwards

Basavanna Dodda Ganapathi Temple Darshan Timings – Opening and Closing time of Dodda Ganapati Temple in Bangalore

DoddaGanapathiTemple, also known as BasavanagudiGanapatiTemple, is dedicated to Ganesha and is located in the Basavanagudi area in Bangalore in Karnataka. The details temple timings are given below. The temple has extended darshan and closing and opening timings during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and other important temple days.
DoddaGanapathiTempleTemple Timings: Morning: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening: 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM

Ganesha Chathurthi Day:
3:00 AM in the morning to midnight
During festivals and special days the timings vary.
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Panachikkadu Saraswati Temple Timings in Kerala

PanachikkaduSaraswatiTemple is located at PanachickaduVillage near Kottayam in Kerala. This is one of the rare temples dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. The temple timings follow the regular pattern followed in Kerala Temples. Detail time is given below: the templedarshan time might change during Navratri period and also during the temple festival.
PanachikkaduSaraswatiTemple Timings Morning: 05:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening: 05:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Related Padmanabhaswamy Temple Timings

How to Apply Vibhuti or Bhasma along with Sandalwood Paste and Saffron?

Vibhuti or Bhasma is applied along with Sandalwood Paste (Chandan) and saffron by many devotees. A doubt many people have is, after applying Bhasma paste on the forehead, can sandalwood paste and saffron also be applied? The answer is yes, but not over the vibhuti – the three lines of vibhuti should not be touched. Sandalwood and saffron can be applied as dots just below the vibhuti.

The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal. It is found in the book titled ‘The Great  Hindu Tradition’ written by Sarma Sastrigal.
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Niralamba Upanishad Quotes

Jnana is the realization by direct cognition of the fact that in this changing universe there is nothing but Chaitanya (the one life) that is Consciousness, that if of the form of the seer and the seen, pervading all things, that is the same in all that is not subject to changes like pt, cloth etc. This realization is brought about by means of the subjugation of the body and the sense, the serving of a Good Guru, the hearing of the exposition of Vedantic doctrines and constant meditation thereon.
Caste cannot refer to the skin, the blood, the flesh or the bone. There is no caste for Atma; caste is only conventional.
Happiness is a state of being of the nature of bliss, having cognized through experience the Reality of Sachchidananda – that which is be-ness, consciousness and bliss.
Related Niralamba Upanishad Teachings

Vibhuti or Bhasma Should Be Used Wet or Dry?

Vibhuti or Bhasma is the sacred ash worn by Hindu devotees. There is a doubt among many devotees whether Bhasma should be used wet – after making it a paste (damp) – or dry. Bhasma that we receive from temples should worn dry. That which is kept at home should be made into a paste and worn.

Vibhuti that we bring from temples should not be mixed with the stock at home.

After applying Vibhuti paste, one should not wash the hands but cleanse it by applying the remnant on other parts including legs and hands.

The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal. It is found in the book titled ‘The Great  Hindu Tradition’ written by Sarma Sastrigal.
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Mahabharata Story of Python Capturing Bhima and Yudhishtira Releasing His Brother

The story involving Bhima, Python and Yudhishtira is mentioned in the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata. The story has it that a python caught Bhima in its coils; despite his immense strength, Bhima was unable to free himself. Yudhishtira then comes in search of Bhima and is puzzled how the strong Bhima is in the coil of a python.

The python then explains to Yudhishtira that Bhima will only escape if someone answers his questions correctly.
The question and answer session begins and Yudhishtira correctly answers all questions. Yudhishtira who was amazed by the knowledge of python and himself asks it several questions.
When the question and answer session was over, the python releases Bhima and suddenly turns into a human being. The man then narrates his story. His was King Nahusha and was from the same lineage of the Pandavas. He was cursed by Sage Agastya due to his pride and arrogance. The sage had then predicted that he will get back the human form when a man answers correctly all his…

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the tenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the tenth 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 are any mistakes, suggestions or you would like to add more questions please mail the corrections and questions to hindublog@gmail.com

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Sarvasara Upanishad Teachings

Atma falsely superimposing the body and others which are not Self upon Himself, and identifying Himself with them – this identification forms the bondage of the Self.

The freedom from false identification of Self is Moksha.
Avidya is that which causes the false identification of Self.
Vidya is that which removes the false identification.
The idea of pleasure is that modification of the mind known as love. The idea of pain is that modification of the mind known as hate. The cause of pleasure and pain are sound, touch, form, taste and odor.

Chemical in Saffron-Colored Tilak Can Cause Damage to Eye

Saffron-colored or Vermilion tilak (Tika) is applied on the forehead by many Hindus daily. Most the vermilion color available in market contains toxic elements including high level of lead and various other chemicals. Constant use of such chemical colors can cause chemical conjunctivitis.  DNA reports  Doctors said there is lack of awareness among people about the dangers of applying too much vermillion. “Some people apply it from the nose to the end of the forehead. However, the saffron-coloured vermillion can cause damage to the eyes, especially to those who apply it regularly,” said Dr Ragini Parekh, head of ophthalmology department at JJ hospital.  She said the vermillion at times contains toxic elements and those enter the eyes when one washes the face. It can lead to problems such as chemical conjunctivitis. “We see more women patients than men with this problem,” Dr Parekh said.  Dr TP Lahane, senior ophthalmologist and dean of Sir JJ group of hospitals, said the problem was co…

Mukti Upanishad Quotes

Mukti Upanishad, also known as Muktikopanishad, is a conversation between Sri Ram and Hanuman

The wise know that a mind associated with Vasana (desire arising out of senses) tends to bondage, while a mind well free from Vasana is said to be an emancipated one.
Vasana perishes through well conducted deliberation and truth.  Through the absorption of Vasanas mind attains quiescence like a lamp without oil.
He whose mind, devoid of destruction, is centered on Me (Vishnu) as the nature of consciousness alone, abandoning the Vasanas is no other than Myself of the nature of Sachidananda.
He whose mind is freed from Vasanas is not subject to the fruits arising from the performance or non-performance of actions.
Except through the entire giving up of Vasanas and through Mouna – the observance of silence towards objects, the Supreme Seat is not attained.

Dos and Donts While Using Darbha Grass in Hindu Pujas

Darbha Grass is an important item in many Hindu pujas and rituals. There are certain things that should be kept in mind while using Darbha. Below are the dos and donts while using Darbha Grass.

The tip of the Darbha should be intact. The grass leaf without the tip is useless.
When we take Darbha from a bundle, we have to do it from the lower/root side and not from the top.
When we set it down, care must be taken to see that its tip faces east or north. The Darbha should not be placed on bare earth.
Darbha cannot be reused; or and if it is trampled it should not be used again.
Darbha grass should not be cut with our nails.
Note - The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal. It is found in the book titled ‘The Great  Hindu Tradition’ written by Sarma Sastrigal.
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Importance of Milk Abhishek on Shivling – Pouring Milk on Shivling

Pouring milk (abhishek or abhishekam) on Shivling is an important ritual dedicated to Shiva in temples and at home. After jal abhishek or ritual pouring of water, the next most important ritual is doodh or pal (milk) abhishekam. This ritual is performed especially by those married couples who are not having children.
The popular belief is that Rudra Abhishek with milk fulfills the desire of having children.
It is also recommended for those couple who are having difficulty with conceiving second child.
It is also believed that those couples who had lost their child during pregnancy or still birth will be blessed with healthy children after performing milk abhishek.
The milk that is to be used for the purpose should be cow milk.
Another belief is that performing abhishek with milk and sugar will help in improving intelligence. It is said that this ritual is so meritorious that a dumb witted person will become intelligent after this offering to Shiva.

Bhagavad Gita Text in French – Download Bhagavad Gita Book in French in Pdf format for free

Srimad Bhagavad Gita Text in French in Pdf format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable French Bhagwad Geeta Book is strictly for personal use. You can only download the eighteen chapters in French separately and not as a single book.
The French Bhagavad Gita is in pdf format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other pdf reader installed on your computer.
You can download the Bhagawad Gita in French from this link – French Bhagavad Gita.
Note – the chapter headings are given in French. On clicking each chapter you will get the French Gita.

Book – Hinduism: A Way of Life and a Mode of Thought

Hinduism: A Way of Life and a Mode of Thought is written by Professor Usha Choudhuri and Professor Indra Nath Choudhuri and published by Niyogi Books. According to the authors, the book is a search for true Hinduism which is beyond any kind of definition of religion.
From the flyer of the book
“Here the secular and the sacred meet. Truth and untruth, spirituality and materialism, gods and demons, life here and life beyond are complementary to each other. Here one does not know when philosophy turns into devotion and devotion into philosophy. This is the core ethos of Hinduism. There is a vast range of scriptures, a huge array of ritualistic procedures and traditions of brahminical orthodoxy, varied interpretations coupled with multiple views. There is a variety of theological explications, ultimately leading to the celebration of life while searching for the divine and realizing the self.”
Hinduism: A Way of Life and a Mode of Thought Authors - Professor Usha Choudhuri and Professor In…

One who keeps his mind unaffected by the changes is self realized – Shirdi Sai Baba Teachings

Do not fight with anyone. Do not retaliate nor scandalize anyone. When anyone talks of you, that is, against you, pass on unperturbed. His words cannot pierce into your body. Other’s acts will effect them alone and not you.
Discrimination is the touch stone, which enables one to understand what is real and what is unreal. First, setup God in your heart, then realize God. Speeches and lectures may be taken up after the realization of God.
He who stands on a firm foundation, beyond the clutches of ignorance and arrogance and who is fully aware that ‘Paramatma’ is immutable and unaffected, by forces of destruction is a self realized soul.
An avadhuta is one who keeps his mind unaffected by the changes, the moods like happiness and pain etc.
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Dodda Basavanna Temple – Basavanagudi Temple in Bangalore in Karnataka

DoddaBasavannaTemple, also known as BasavanagudiTemple, is dedicated to Nandi (the Vahana of Lord Shiva) is located in the Basavanagudi area in Bangalore in Karnataka. Nandi or Vrishaba is known as Basava in Kannada. It is believed that the temple was built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bengaluru.
The main murti in the temple is a monolithic Nandi.


DoddaBasavannaTempleTemple Timings Morning : 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
Evening : 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
During festivals and special days the timings vary.
How to reach BasavanagudiTemple: The temple is located in southern Bangalore at a distance of about 10 kms from city central Railway Station and KSRTC Main Bus stand. Nearest Bus Stops: ‘Ramakrishna Ashrama Bus stop’ and ‘Ganesh Bhavana Bus Stop’ are the nearest BMTC bus stops to the temple.

Different Use of Darbha Grass in Hindu Religion

The most important use of Darbha Grass in Hinduism is to make pavitram. Other than this Darbha is also used in several other important rituals in Hindu Religion.

Asana or seat for doing Vedic karmas is prepared using Darbha Grass.
It serves as a connecting link between husband and wife during a ritual when they do sankalpa (take a resolve to do the karma). The wife touches her husband with darbha grass.
At the time of temple consecration (kumbabhishekam) the kalasa is connected to the idol and the tower with a rope made of darbha grass (Nadisandama).
Darbha is believed to protect food prepared during an eclipse.
Darbha is a must in all homas (in places like Paristheeriya, paatra sadhana, ayaamita, aajya samskara, etc.)
Along with the mango leaves and coconut, a koorcham made of darbha is also placed in the kalasa where avahana is performed for devas.
A belt made of darbha grass is tied around the waist of the brahmachari during upanayana, and around the waist of the bride in a marriag…

Mandala Brahmana Upanishad Teachings

Vacating all the thought waves and keeping the mind blank like vacant sky and contemplating on paramatma one is freed.

When the mind gets absorbed in its own inherent bliss, then we attain yogamudra known as Sambhavi.
The cessation from all action is the true Avahana (the real invocation to God), true jnana or wisdom is the seat of the God of Self, a pure and blissful mind is the water by which that Diety’s feet are washed.
There are five kinds of celestial Shunya (ether) which are increasingly more subtle: akasham, parakasham, Mahakasham, Suryakasham and Parmakasham. The infinite light permeates all of these akasham, but the Parmakasham is ineffable and is brimming with infinite bliss. It is the essential element.

Kuber Yantra Importance and Benefits

Kuber is the Hindu God associated with money, wealth and material possessions. His importance stems from the fact that he distributes wealth wisely among people. Kuber Yantra has benefits like find hidden wealth, retrieving lost money in business etc. The Yantra is much sought after in modern world.

Those people associated with Yantras state that by worshipping Kuber Yantra at home one will make profit in business, there will be gains from investments, will come into possession ancestral property, treasures hidden in property will be found and there will be luck in lottery related matters.
The Yantra comes in gold, silver, copper plated tamra patra.
Is it true that Kuber Yantra will give the desired benefits? There are many who have remarkable improvement in financial status after the worship of Kuber Yantra. There also many people who have had no benefit.
It is said that those people that worship Kuber Yantra and work hard are benefited. Such people use Kuber Yantra to get concentrat…

Watch Garuda Vahanam Procession live online on October 16, 2018

Garuda Vahanam procession is one of the most important precession during the Tirupati Balaji Temple Brahmotsavam. You can watch the Garuda Vahanam Procession live online on October 16, 2018 from TirupatiBalajiTemple.

On the fifth day at night, after Unjal Seva, Lord Balaji is mounted atop the Garuda Vahana. Lord Venkateswara is specially decorated with Mahakanti and Sahasranaramala. The Vahana is then pulled around the Mada streets.
The online live webcasting of Garuda Vahana procession begins at 9:00 PM on October 16, 2018.
You can watch the Tirupati Balaji Temple Brahmotsavam Live here at the official website of SVBC.

Santan Saptami Vrat Katha – Story Read While Observing Santan Saptami Fasting

Santan Saptami Fasting is observed by those couples who do not have children. Santan Saptami Vrat Katha (story) is listened by those observing the fast. The story was first narrated by Rishi Lomesha to Vasudeva and Devaka – the parents of Sri Krishna. They had then observed Santan Saptami vrat before giving birth to Sri Krishna.

Once there lived two friends Chandramukhi and Roopvati. Chandramukhi was the queen of the kingdom and Roopvati was the wife of a priest. Once on a Santan Saptami day they went to take bath in a river and here they found women making murtis (idols) of Shiva and Goddess Parvati and offering prayers.
They found out that the women were observing Santan Saptami Vrat and offered their prayers. They wore mauli (red thread). But once they reached home they did not keep fast as they were busy with their work.
Years passed by and Chandramukhi and Roopvati had numerous other births.
After several hundred years they were again born as Ishwari and Bhushana. Ishwari was the…

Book – Indus - Vedic Genetics – A Book Exploring Genetic Knowledge in Vedic Era

Indus - VedicGeneticsIndusValley - Vedic Civilization written by Dr.C.P.Trivedi. The book explores the genetic knowledge in Vedic Era and Indus Valley Civilization.  
About the book from the flyer –
The book explores the background of Indus city civilization in the light of most exciting discovery of the decade, the DNA by Watson and Crick 1953.
The IndusValley gene technology was much more advance. It reveals the fact that life has evolved from the single cell and DNA. It also reveals the fact that transgenic plants and animals can be developed. The rich biodiversity zones in India and Africa is its confirmative evidence.
The excessive exploitation of nature and nuclear weapon is curse for the earth. The IndusValley catastrophe is its confirmation. The DNA is Light of Life with merits and demerits from generation to generation. The transgenic animals and plants can be developed for the domestic comfort, but it may create havoc also. The Genetic symbols explore IndusValley - Vedic …

Surya Sashti Vrat in Bhadrapad Month in August - September 2018

Surya Sashti Vrat in Bhadrapad month is mainly observed in North and western parts of India and is dedicated to Surya, the sun god in Hinduism. Surya Sashti Vrat 2018 date is September 15. The most important rituals involve chanting of Gayatri Mantra. The popular belief is that those devotees observing Surya Sashti will be blessed with prosperity, happy life and healthy children. It also helps in curing diseases.

How to do Surya Sashti Vrat? On the day one has to wake up before sunrise. Holy bath is to be performed in sea, lake or river. If not possible then bath should be taken at home. Rising sun should be worshipped on the day. Gayatri mantra should be chanted.
Rising sun should be offered water; aarti should be performed using lamp; red flowers, incense and dhoop also should be offered.
Clothes and food can be donated on the day to poor children and elderly. Sashti Dedicated to Surya Surya Sashti Vrat in Bhadrapad Month is observed on the Shukla Paksha Sashti or the sixth day duri…

Mangaladevi Temple at Mangalore in Karnataka

MangaladeviTemple is dedicated to Goddess Mangala Devi – a manifestation of Mother Goddess. The temple is located around 2 km from city center in Mangalore in Karnataka. The murti that is worshipped in the temple is Swayambhu and there is a linga representing Shiva and Shakti and Dharapatra. A Nagaraja Shrine is located in the premises.

Legend has it that Sages named Machhendranatha and Gorakanatha once visited the place and told the king of the region, Kundavarma, that the region was blessed with Goddess Mangaladevi and she is present here.
The sages asked the king to dig a particular spot. Shivling and Dharapatra, symbolizing Mangaladevi, were recovered from the spot.
Parashurama, the fifth incarnation of Bhagavan Vishnu, had consecrated the original temple.
King Kundavarma built a grand temple here in the 10th century on the advice of the sages.
The temple attained special significance as Mother Magaladevi fulfills the wishes of women. Women who worship the Goddess observing Manga…

Narasimha Temple at Balapet in Bangalore – Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

LakshmiNarasimhaSwamyTemple located at Balapet in Bangalore is dedicated to Hindu God Narasimha, an incarnation of Vishnu. The murti installed at the temple is known as Shri Prasanna Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy. The murti is more than 3 feet in height and is made of Shaligram Stone. The murti has four hands and holds Shankh and chakra. One hand is holding Goddess Lakshmi and the other hand is in abhayahastha. Murti of Garuda is also part of the main murti.
Opening and Closing time: Morning 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Evening 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location The temple is located about 1 km from the Bangalore city center (Kempe Gowda Main Bus Stand). 
The most important festival at the temple is the Narasimha Jayanti in May month.

Ganesh Sahasranamavali Prayer in pdf format – Ganesha Sahasranama

Ganesh Sahasranamavali is the 1000 names of Ganesha. The prayer is chanted during important prayers dedicated to Ganpati. This particular Ganesha Sahasranama is in pdf format and you can download it for free. The prayer is chanted daily by millions of Hindus. It is also an important prayer chanted during Ganesh Chaturthi and also during monthly Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi vrat.
Link Ganesh Sahasranamavali Prayer pdf
You will need pdf reader installed to read the prayer.

Importance of Darbha Grass in Hinduism

The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal

Darbha, also called kusa or darbhai, is a grass leaf and is of great importance in Hinduism. Darbha is considered as a form of wealth and can cleanse us of our sins as it has the power to purify. There are several types of darbha grass that can be used such as darbhai, viswamitra, kusa, munja, sara, doorva etc.
Tradition avers that Brahma resides at the roots of kusa, Kesava in the centre and Sankara in the tip; and other Gods in the four directions – as in the case of a peepal tree.
Great sages like Harita, Markandeya, Atri, Kausika, Vyasa, Saataatapa, Yajnavalkya, Asvalayana and Apasthamba have eulogized darbha.
Though there are minor variations in the use of darbhai in deva karmas and pitru karmas, there is unison among all the Rishis in underscoring the place of darbhai in all rites and rituals.

The Vedas too speak specifically of the value of darbha: the acchidra section of Krisnayajurveda Braahmama is a case in…

Vedanta Kesari Thoughts on Sincerity

Without being sincere, we cannot make any significant progress in our inner development.

Sincerity it is which keeps our inner balance intact through praise and blame, success and failure, heat and cold, happiness and misery – in the midst of all pairs of opposite.
Sincerity means not hiding anything. Sincerity means honesty, not keeping anything in reserve. Sincerity should therefore mean putting all our efforts and not feigning or pretending or making excuses. In this sense, honesty of purpose and sincerity are synonyms.
In the case of most people, their thoughts, words and actions are at variance with each other. What they think they do not express in words fully. Honesty means integrity. A sincere person has an integrated personality. Integrating of personality means integrating our thoughts, speech and actions.
Sourceeditorial of Vedanta Kesari Magazine July 2012.
You can subscribe or read or download the magazine online at chennaimath.org

Bhagavad Gita as a Clinical Tool to Treat Psychological Problems

Just before the Great War in the Mahabharata, Arjuna developed anxiety, fear of failure and other psychological problems. That is why many scholars suggest Sri Krishna was counselling Arjuna to over the psychological problems. The present age is filled with Arjunas and modern psychiatry is now developing Bhagavad Gita as a clinical tool to overcome psychological problems.
Deccan Chronicle reports  The Bhagvad Gita is fast emerging as a clinical tool to treat certain psychological problems, particularly those related to anxiety, examination and interview fears, depression and a negative attitude towards life and career goals.   Sustained counselling by applying different psychological methods, as Krishna did to Arjuna, has been quite helpful in clinical practice.  Doctors also point out that the Gita, as a psychotherapeutic tool, best suits Indian conditions as the current Western models of psychological counselling have failed to deliver in the country.  Dr M.S. Reddy, head of psychia…

How to Do Ganpati Visarjan? – Ganesh Visarjan Puja at Home

Ganpati Visarjan Puja is performed when Ganesha returns after visiting our homes. Ganesh Visarjan is a simple puja and it can be performed by the member of the house. The visarjan ritual begins with the Uttarang puja. This involves five kind of offering to Ganesha – lighting of oil lamps, flowers, incense, fragrance and food.

After the above offerings, all members of the house perform the aarti and sprinkle raw rice on Ganesha murti.
The murti of Ganesha is then lifted from its seat and carried to the front door of the house. Here the murti is turned to face the house and placed on the floor.

A member of the house then offer a spoonful of curd to Ganesha. It is poured into Ganesh's outstretched palm. This ritual is only performed in Maharashtra because Maharashtrians believe that any guest who receives curd and rice is sure to visit again.
The family then goes around the Ganesha murti after which it is led for immersion. While carrying the Ganesha murti away people chant Ganapati Bap…

Sri Renuka Yallamma Temple at Saundatti in Karnataka to Train Priests

SriRenukaYallammaTemple at Saundatti near Belgaum in Karnataka is planning to train people to become priests. Students, who have passed 'Kavya' in Sanskrit as an optional subject after SSLC or PUC, are eligible to join the course. There is no limit for admission and no fee for joining the 3-year course. The temple will also provide free boarding facility for the students.  Times of India reports  Sri Renuka Yallamma Temple Management Committee (SRYTMC) of Savadatti is all set to open a Veerashaivagama Pathashale, a religious education school in the temple premises to train people to become priests.  The temple will initially start a three-year religious course called Pravara from this year under the guidance of the department of religious and charitable endowments. This is said to be the first school in north Karnataka region to offer government-approved religious courses. The dormitory of the temple has been reserved for the school. The temple has already invited applications …

Amanaska Yoga Teachings

Without knowing the truth about Atman, i.e., the nature of bliss supreme, the ignorant get deluded in Shastras.
Just as salt would unite with water by being mixed with water, so the mind also would unite with Brahman through close contact with Brahman.
Just as from a flower, fruit appears which destroys the flower, so, from the body, the highest reality appears which destroys the body.
Not knowing the highest reality which is situated within himself, the confused man is deluded (and looks for it) in the Shastras, (just as) when a goat is held in his armpit, the foolishherdsman looks for (it) in a well.
Amanaska Yoga - Amanaska Yoga is a dialogue between Shiva and Sage Vamadeva.

Source - The Amanaska Yoga A Critical Edition, Translation and Study by Jason Birch

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 Quiz

This Bhagavad Gita Quiz is based on the ninth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The aim of the quiz is to understand few important teachings in the ninth 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
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Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi Quotes and Teachings

Quotes and Teachings of Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi from various sources.
We find that followers of all religions are after happiness. The natural religion of man is but the one Religion of Bliss. It is due to rank ignorance that we break our heads on the score of the existence of unreal castes and creeds which are misunderstood to be real owing to our long standing and deep rooted belief in them, accustomed as we are to them from our very cradle? Is it right to attribute name and form or caste and creed, or community and race to that indescribable Supreme Power of Bliss, which is radiant always in all beings. It is only when the evils of religion are removed, one gets a chance to enjoy the happiness of freedom, released from the bondage of misery. If not, there is no chance at all at any time be relieved of the misery born of mutual dissension and quarrels on the score of diverse castes and creeds. Brahmananda Swami Sivayogi Quotes on Mind The mind is in itself the cause for one’s happi…

Undrala Thaddi 2018 date - Undralla Thaddhe Puja

Undrala Thaddi is mainly observed by Telugu speaking people in Andhra Pradesh. It is observed by unmarried women for getting good husbands. Undrala Thaddi 2018 date is September 27. The puja is dedicated to Goddess Gauri and Shiva. It is observed during the Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Tritiya as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Andhra Pradesh.

On Undrala Thaddi day unmarried women and girls wake up early in the morning and take complete bath which includes hair wash. Pujas are offered to Goddess Gauri. Special undrallu are prepared on the day and is offered to the deity.
Special swings are prepared during the period and young girls sing songs and indulge in swinging.

God is one but His names are many – Sri Ramakrishna Thoughts

God is the inner guide. He sees the longing of our heart and the yearning of our soul. Suppose a man has several sons. The older boys address him distinctly as ‘baba’ or ‘papa’, but the babies can at call him ‘Ba’ or ‘Pa.’ Now will the father be angry with those who address him in this indistinct way? The father knows that they too are calling him, only they cannot pronounce his name well. All children are the same to the father. Likewise, the devotees call on God alone, though by different names. They call on one Person only. God is one, but His names are many.
Before visiting a servant’s house to receive his hospitality, a king sends there the necessary articles like seats, ornaments and food from his own stores so that the servant may be enabled to receive his master properly and show him due honour. In the same manner the God sends love, and faith, into the yearning hearts of the devotees before He makes His advent in them.
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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…

Hindu Traditional Sayings

Rainfall in the sea is useless; Food given to one who has had his fill is a waste. Giving a gift to the rich is futile and a lamp serves no purpose in the day.

The parrot and cuckoo bird are caged due to fault of their mouth (voice). The cranes however are not caged, silence achieves all purpose.
Gesticulate your food like goat; bathe as an elephant bathes; when speaking use sweet words like the birds and meditate like a heron (intent on catching a fish).
After his death, man’s wealth is enjoyed by others; age and fire destroy the elements of the body; demerits (papa) and merits (punya) alone accompany him to the next world.

Aitareya Upanishad Teachings

The Self being unknown, all three states of the soul are but dreaming – waking,  dreaming, and dreamless sleep. In each of these dwells the Self: the eye in his dwelling place while we wake, the mind is his dwelling place while we dream, the lotus of the heart is his dwelling place while we sleep the dreamless sleep.

If an individual awake from his threefold dream of waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep, he sees no other that the Self. He sees the Self dwelling in the lotus of his heart as Brahman, omnipresent, and he declares: “I know Brahman”.
That which glows (Sun) is OM.
Who is this Self whom we desire to worship? Of what nature is this Self? Is he the self by which we see form, hear sound, smell odor, speak words, and taste the sweet or the bitter? Is he the heart and the mind by which we perceive, command, discriminate, know, think, remember, will, feel desire, breathe, love and perform other like acts? Nay, these are but adjuncts of the Self, who is pure consciousness.
And this…

Dictionary of Vedic Mathematical Terms

Few mathematics and Sanskrit scholars of the Calcutta University have created a unique dictionary of the mathematical terms in the Vedas. It is the first Sanskrit to English dictionary on mathematical terms. The four scholars who worked with the investigators on the project are Rajib Chakraborty, Rina Dutta, Bulbul Chakraborty and Subrata Mondal. The Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, a wing of the ministry of human resources development, gave the project to these scholars.

Times of India reports All branches of mathematics are well represented in the Vedas, Aranyakas, Brahminical literature, Upanishads, Panini's Ashtadhyayi and Yaska's Nirukto, the dictionary explains. It goes on to prove that most solutions that can be arrived through algebra, geometry and trigonometry have Sanskrit roots. Thus, what the world knows as Pythagoras' theorem existed in the Sulbasutras provided in the manuscripts of Boudhayan, Apostombo, Manaba and Katyayan. A large number of formulae developed th…

Sant Tulsidas Das On the worthless of Rituals and Other Religious Shows

Recluses, ascetics and monks are searching for Him in variegated garbs.
Rishis, munis and avdhoots lay stress on scriptures and holy books.
The learned of the world, puffed up with pride in their scholarly traditions, remain deluded by their erudition.
They delude the world through the practice of pilgrimage, fasting and charity; they glorify bathing in holy waters and their followers bear the evil consequences.
They get lost in rituals and external observances and never can reach the destination.
Within this body exists the entire universe, so the wise saints say.

108 Sashti Fasting – Importance of 108 Muruga Sashti Fasting

108 Sashti fasting is a nine-year Muruga Sashti Fasting. The fasting is observed on 108 Sashti (sixth day during the waxing phase of moon) days. The fasting begins on the Sashti day in Karthigai or Aippasi Masam in Tamil Calendars. This is the famous Skanda Sashti after Deepavali.

108 Sashti fasting should be observed without a break. It can be observed during monthly periods – women avoid performing puja during this period.
The offerings that are made in each year vary from region to region.
In some regions milk payasam (milk kheer) is offered in the first year, jaggery payasam in second year, third year it is white rice, fourth year it is appam, fifth year it is kozhukattai or modakam, sixth year it is cow milk, seventh year it is coconut water, eighth year it is Panakam or sweet drink and ninth year it is pepper that is offered.
It is believed that observing 108 Sashti fasting will help in attaining peace and prosperity. It is also widely observed by those people having Chowa Dosh…

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 8 Quiz

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

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That which is evil in you is your ego – Swami Turiyananda Sayings

One must have the inner conviction that whatever happens in this world happens by His will. Success and failure come by His will. The achievements of so many clever people in this world have come to naught! Everything is His will.
Repression is bad. Let the mind wander wherever it pleases. Let it experience. At long last it will tire and return to God. If you repress it, its cravings will grow strong. But keep watch over your mind and intellect. Try to unite them with the Lord.
That which is good and pure in you is God. That which is evil in you is your ego. The more you think of him, the more he will increase and you will decrease. Some people are secretive. They raise a wall around themselves. That is bad. Without being sincere and open-hearted nobody can find God.
He is the doer, I am His instrument. The more you become established in this idea and renounce the thought of ‘me’ and ‘mine,’ the greater will be your attainment of peace.
Swami Turiyananda (1863–1922) - Disciple of Sri …

Marathi Mangalashtak Lyrics – Vivah Mangalashtak Song Text in pdf

Mangalashtak is a prayer chanted during marriage especially Marathi vivah. Below are the lyrics of Mangalashtak in Marathi and it is in pdf format. You can download or save it for free. The text of the song was shared by a reader of the blog.

The prayer is also chanted during the Tulsi Vivah - Tulsi Puja. It is chanted while performing the marriage between Tulsi plant and Shaligram stone.

Mangalashtak literally means auspicious prayer containing eight stanzas.

Who can chant the prayer?

Anyone chant the prayer. It should be chanted with a clean body and mind. One should not have an angry mind while chanting it. 
Lyrics – Mangalashtak Song Text in pdf

How to find Shradh Tithi? - How to calculate Shradh Dates For Yearly or Monthly Rituals and Offerings To The Dead

Shradh is the rituals performed yearly or monthly to dead parents, grand parents, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and other relatives. Shradh, or Shradham, Tithi is calculated in four different ways. The easiest method followed by some Hindus to perform Shradh annually on the same day of death of the person.

The next method is to perform it on the same Tithi in the same Hindu month– date as per Hindu calendar.

Next method is to perform it on the same Nakshatra in the particular Hindu month on which the person died. If there are two Nakshatra is a lunar month, the first Nakshatra is chosen for performing Shradh.
Another method is a very rare option is to perform on the same Rashi – moon sign.
While choosing Tithi, the particular tithi should be there for a majority of period on the day.
It  must also noted that there will be tithi difference in calendars followed in North India and those followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
In North India…

No Entry for Foreigners into Juna Akhara of Naga Sadhus during Kumbha Mela 2013

Juna Akhara, one of the oldest mutts of Naga Sadhus, have decided to ban the entry of foreigners into the Akhara during Kumbha Mela 2013 at Prayag – Sangam (Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, India.)
India Today reports  "This verdict was passed by a majority of sadhus of Juna Akhara because we have noticed in recent years that the foreigners were trying to pollute the atmosphere of our mutts. They bring drugs and liquor to lure our sadhus. This gives a bad name to the mutts. So we have expelled three sadhus from our Akhara and took a decision in a meeting in Haridwar on Thursday that the foreigners would be prohibited from entering our akhara in Kumbh Mela," said Mahant Prem Giri, general secretary of Juna Akhara. "It also happens that some sadhus who don't value Hindu morals, lure the western women and exploit them. This is the reason that we decided to prevent their frequent contacts in the Akhara," said Mahant Parshuram Giri, another sadhu of Juna Akhara.    Mahan…

Isha Upanishad Quotes

Well may he be content to live a hundred years who acts without attachment who works his work with earnestness, but without desire, not yearning for its fruits – he, and he alone.

The Self is within all, and it is without all.
He who sees all beings in the Self, and the Self in all beings, hates none.
For him who sees everywhere oneness, how can there be delusion or grief?
Related Gandhiji Thoughts on the first mantra of Isha Upanishad

Story of Ganesha as Vighneshwara – Lord of Obstacles

Ganesha is Vighanahara and also Vighneshwara – the one who removes obstacles and also one who creates obstacles. Ganesh is believed to have appeared as Sri Vighnesvara at Ojhar. There is a popular story which narrates how Ganesha came to be known as Vighneshwara.

Legend has it that Maharaja Abhinandana, King Hemavati, performed a great sacrifice (yajna) which had the power to overthrow Indra. Kala was deputed by Indra to destroy the yajna. Kala appeared as Vighnasura and stopped the sacrifice of the king of Hemavati but also started disrupting all other sacrifices.
This led to rise of Adharma. To vanquish Kala, saints and people approached Ganapati. To defeat Vighnasura, Ganapati was born as the son Parsva and Dipavatsala.
When Vighnasura came to know about the birth of Ganesha, he knew he could not defeat Ganesh. So he surrendered unconditionally before Ganapati.
Vighnasura asked Ganesha to take his name as his own. Ganesha agreed and gave Kala the permission that he can disrupt all…

Where is God? – A Story from Hindu Tradition

Once there lived a virtuous and learned man who was summoned by a local king. The king was unable to find answers to his questions and he wanted the man to find answers. The questions –

Where is God? Why don’t I see Him?
The king warned that if the questions were not answered correctly the man would be executed.
The man knew that it was impossible to answer these questions. So he was imprisoned.
Next day, the man’s son appeared and asked the king if he would release his father if he answered the questions. The king agreed.
The boy asked the king for a pot of milk.
He then asked the milk to be churned to butter. It was also done.
The boy then said that the two questions were now answered.
The king wanted to know how?
The boy asked the king: Where was the butter before it was churned?
The king replied: In the milk
The boy asked in which part of milk? The king answered in all of it.
The boy said then that in the same way God is within all things and pervades all things.
The king then wan…

Purushottam Maas Vrat Katha and Importance in Gujarati in pdf format

Purushottam Maas is the Adhik Mahina or Extra month that is added to Hindu lunar calendars once in 2.5 years. It is of great significance in Gujarat. You can read the importance of Purushottam month and also the Vrat Katha in Gujarati in pdf format in the below document.

The katha is read on auspicious days in the month by Gujarati Hindus.
Link - Purushottam MaasVrat Katha in Gujarati

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