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Story of Srikalahasti Shivling and Spider

SrikalahastiTemple, located at Srikalahasti near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, is a famous shrine dedicated to Shiva. The Shivling worshipped in the temple is famous for the three signs on it – the three signs are of spider, snake and elephant. The story of the spider associated with Srikalahasti symbolizes the importance unwavering devotion.

Once there was a spider who was an ardent devotee of Shiva. It once stumbled upon a Shivling in the forest. It began to worship Shivling by weaving beautiful patterns of web around it. The spider would each day make a new pattern of web and offer to Shiva.
This act of devotion and offering continued for several years.
One day Shiva decided to test the devotion of the spider. As usual the spider was about to complete the new pattern of web for the day suddenly a fire engulfed the web and burnt it up.
The spider then again started weaving another web, this one too caught fire when it was about to be completed.
The spider was not dispirited and it c…

Ashtavakra Gita in English in pdf format

Ashtavakra Gita is a classical text associated with Advaita school teaching and contains the teaching of Sage Ashtavakra. You can download the Ashtavakra Gita English translation for free in pdf format from the below link. The Ashtavakra Samhita is in the format of a dialogue between Sage Ashtavakra and King Janaka. 
Link - Ashtavakra Gita in English in pdf format
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Lessons from Panchatantra

Shun him who is rogue and fool.
Scholarship is less than good sense, therefore seek intelligence.
Nothing is impossible if one has intelligence.
For lost and dead and past The wise have not laments Between the wise and fools Is just this difference.
Wrong doings will always be wrongful A wise man will not direct his mind towards it. However tormented by thirst one is None drink the water of puddles That lie on well trodden highway