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Vulture in Hinduism

Talk about Vulture in Hindu religion and the first image that comes to the mind is of Jatayu fighting Ravana who was abducting Sita. Another Vulture that is mentioned in Hinduism is Sampati, brother of Jatayu. Both Sampati and Jatayu are the sons of Aruna, chariot driver of Surya, the sun god.

Legend has it that the two brothers once tried to reach sun. In the attempt, Jatayu almost got his wings burnt. To save his brother, Sampati flew above Jatayu and in the process burnt his wings.
In the Ramayana, Jatayu tried to stop Ravana who was forcibly carrying away Sita on his Puhsphak Vimana – flying machine. In the attempt, Jatayu was fatally injured. But Jatayu lived long enough to inform Sri Ram and Lakshman about the abduction.
It was Sri Ram and Lakshman who performed the last rites of Jatayu who died chanting Ram Nam – name of Sri Ram.
This act of Jatayu helped in attaining moksha and also sanctified all the vultures.
Sampati who had lost his wings was residing in a cave and confirme…

Book – Sri Muruga – Legend, Short Stories and Worship

Book titled Sri Muruga – Legend, Short Stories and Worship by Rahul Kabade is an attempt to provide a simple and good understanding of Muruga – Son of Shiva. One of the most popular deities worshiped in Hindu pantheon in South India. Muruga is Kumaraguru – the child guru who explained the greatness of ‘OM.’ Muruga is known as Kartik in North India and western parts of India. He is popularly known as Murugan, Skanda, Sharavana and Subrahmanya in South India.
The book gives a proper understanding regarding the incarnation of Muruga.
Importance and meaning of the various names of Muruga like Shanmukha, Subrahmanya, Karthikeya, Guha Velayudha, Swaminatha and their meaning are explored.
Stories associated with Muruga. His war against Tarakasura and Surapadma are detail.
Important saints of Murugan tradition are introduced to readers.
Temples of Muruga including the   Aaru-padai Veedu, six abodes of Muruga are detailed.
Festivals, rituals, worship and importance of symbols of Lord Muruga…

Valuable Lessons from Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Bodies are like pillowcases. It doesn’t matter whether they remain or drop off…
If you keep your heart immersed always in the ocean of divine love, your heart is sure to remain ever full to overflowing with the waters of the divine love…
Occult powers are heaps of rubbish…
Live in the world like a dead leaf. As a dead leaf is carried by the wind into a house or on the roadside and has no choice of its own, so let the wind of the Divine Will blow you wherever it chooses…
Think of vast ocean filled with water on all sides. A jar is immersed in it. There is water both inside and outside the jar; but the water does not become one unless the jar is broken…What is the jar? It is the I-consciousness – the ego. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa