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Story of Anasuya and the Great Drought

Anasuya means one who is free from jealousy and envy. She is believed to have had miraculous powers. She was the wife of Sage Atri and mother of Sage Dattatreya. It is stated in the Ramayana that Anasuya through her piety and intense austerities had saved earth from a life threatening drought.
Legend has it that once there was no rain for 10 years. The whole world was suffering. Rivers were all dried up. Even River Ganga got dried up.
Then Anasuya used her Tapa Shakti (powers as the result of tapas, purity and austerities) to bear fruits and vegetables. The Tapa Shakti of Anasuya made Ganga to flow again.
The story symbolically states the greatness of women and the role they play on earth. Without Her nothing is born. It is because of her that all that is here is there. Without her creation comes to an end.
The story of Anasuya is found in Valmiki Ramayana, Ayodhya Kanda, Cantos 117 and 118. The Cantos contains Sri Ram and Mata Sita reaching the Ashram of Sage Atri. Here they met An…

Documentary Film on Shirdi Sai Baba in English – An Indian Jesus

Titled ‘An Indian Jesus’ is a documentary film based on the life of Shirdi Sai Baba. The film is produced and directed by Manish Pandit. The film in English explores the spiritual and religious history of India before introducing Shirdi Sai Baba. The film explains all the important aspects of Shirdi Sai Baba in simple English.
You can view the documentary film Shirdi Sai Baba in English here.

Sri Sri Ravishankar – Wise Words

The whole creation is made up of nature, and distortion of nature - Prakriti and Vikriti. Anger is not our nature; it is distortion of our nature. Jealousy is not our nature; it is distortion of our nature. You know why anger, greed, jealousy, lust, etc are impure? It is because they do not allow the Self to shine through.
Sin is that which does not bring the spirit inside to shine forth fully. Sin is not your nature; you are not born out of sin. Sin is like wrinkles in the cloth, it needs proper ironing.
You know why lust is a sin? Because in lust you do not consider the other person as life, you do not honor the life, instead you use them like an object. You make them an object of your enjoyment so you are somewhere over-shadowing or not looking at the Self in the other person. This is the only reason why lust is sinful.
Love is the reverse of it. In love there is surrender, you see the other person as Divine. You elevate the matter into the level of spirit. For example, you wors…

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 19, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 19, 2013 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 8:01 AM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon.

Nakshatra – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra the whole day and till 12:15 AM on March 20.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishabha Rashi till 10:56 AM. Then onward it is Mithuna Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon in in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Prade…