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Story of Sabari in the Ramayana - Did Sabari Offer Half Eaten Fruit to Sri Ram?

Mata Sabari, an old woman mentioned in the Ramayana, attained moksha through her devotion to Sri Ram. Through the story of Sabari, Sri Ram demonstrated to the world that what is more important is devotion and not caste, creed or the value of the offerings. There is always a debate regarding the fruit offered by Mata Sabari. Whether the fruit was bitten or not bitten is a worthless debate. It is when we are bound by this body and ego that we feel bad about a bitten fruit. When True Bhakti dawns the difference melts away.

Mata Sabari, a very old woman, was an ardent devotee of Sri Ram. During His search for Mata Sita in the forest, Sri Ram along with Lakshman reached the hut of Sabari.
The old woman who was overwhelmed with joy had nothing to offer to Sri Ram. Tears trickled from her eyes and then she remembered about the wild fruits that she had collected the other day.
Sabari was not sure whether the fruits were tasty, sour or poisonous. So she tasted them first a little and threw aw…

Info on the official website of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by Government of India

To get all the important details of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra conducted by Government of India, the Yatra governing body has created a official website. It provides all the forms required, all information regarding payments, age, health related queries etc.
The website also contains maps, itinerary, selection process, printable forms, batches etc.
Link – Website of Kailash Manasarovar Yatra by Government of India

Avadhuta Gita – Words to Ponder

The Srutis propound the true nature of the Supreme Being in such Mahavakyas as Tattwamasi. The world composed of the five elements is itself known to be unreal. Yet the Srutis (Vedanta) follow the method of elimination and negation to arrive at the Eternal Truth.
As long as the jar is intact with water, it reflects the sky on the surface of water within and gives an illusion that it contains the sky. When the jar is broken, water spills away. The sky is no longer seen in illusion. It remains where it is.
The distinctions, such as pot and the sky seen in the pot, the human body and the soul within, relate to objects created, but not to the Brahman. The Brahman is beyond all knowledge and measure. The Infinite cannot be measured or assessed by finite means.
Water in a container merges with water in another container; with no trace whatsoever of identity of either unit. Similarly the Becoming and the Being of the Brahman are one and the same though they are considered different. Avadhuta…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 31, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 31, 2013 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or fourth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:18 AM on January 31. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami Tithi or the fifth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 6:43 PM on January 31. Then onward it is Hasta or Atham Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rasi till 12:49 AM. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Paush Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moonin Paush month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi Tithi or the fourth day during the waning phase of moonin Magh month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Prad…