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Story – How King Kaushika Became Sage Vishwamitra?

Before he became a Sage, Vishwamitra was a king named Kaushika. He was a powerful and arrogant king. The story of the transformation of Kaushika to Vishwamitra symbolically shows the greatness of spirituality over wealth and power.

One day King Kaushika and his troops reached the ashram of Sage Vasishta. The king and his soldiers were warmly welcomed by Sage Vasishta.
Sage Vasishta invited them for food. The arrogant king doubted how a poor sage could feed him and his army.
To his surprise the king and his soldiers were treated to the best foods. So much food and different varieties of food was served to all the people.
King wanted to know how a poor Sage could prepare such huge amount of food in a short span of time.
The Sage Vasishta revealed that he was the owner of the divine cow Kamadhenu – the holy cow was a wish fulfilling cow.
Kaushika now wanted the cow as he felt the animal would be more useful to a king than to a sage.
Sage Vasishta said that the divine cow had come on its…

Swami Vivekananda Stamps - India Post Issues Stamp On The 150th Birth Anniversary Of Swami Vivekananda

India Post, the official postal agency of India, has released a set of stamps on the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The stamps portray some of the most important incidents in the life of Swami Vivekananda. The stamp is in the denominations of Rupees 5 and 20 and is available in all GPOs.

Swami Ranganathananda Teachings

What is the need for all types of showy religion and worship? True religion and worship is such a simple thing in which the whole life can become a dedication to the Divine. We can live in Him. He will live in us. This is what we can do. There you have pure spirituality. This is a wonderful development. When people understand the nature of bhakti, more and more of such people will appear in our society, reducing the current noisy, showy, costly worship. The whole of life becomes religion, as Vivekananda said, as quoted by Sister Nivedita in her Introduction to the Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda: 'Life itself is religion'."
But a man is always active in one form or the other… Something pulls us out into action. That is our own nature within. That nature finds expression in making us do this work, that work, something or the other. So, this is the first lesson we must understand.
Efficiency and energy comes from emotion, not from intellectual knowledge, which can only…