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Story of Snake and Elephant on Srikalahasti Shivling

Story of Snake and Elephant engraved on Srikalahasti Shivling states the importance of innocent and unwavering devotion. 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.
Once a snake, wandering through the forest, stumbled upon a Shivling. It immediately recognized the greatness of the Shivling and started worshipping it with precious gems. The snake would daily bring precious gems and offer it near the Shivling.
During the same period, an elephant too discovered the Shivling hidden in the forest. It started offering flowers to the Shivling.
The snake would come and remove the flowers and offer precious gems.
The elephant would then come and remove the precious gems and offer flowers.
The snake and elephant never met but both became aware that someone else also was visiting the Shivling.

Book Review – The Bhagavata Purana – Sacred Text and Living Tradition

The Bhagavata Purana – Sacred Text and Living Tradition is a collection of 12 essays by scholars on various aspects of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. The book is published by Columbia Universtiy Press, New York and is edited by Ravi M. Gupta and Kenneth R.Valpey.
The book definitely is not for the reader who likes to read the stories in the Purana. This is for the student who is exploring the various aspects of Srimad Bhagavad Purana like the Time, Geography, Ethics, Cosmology, Love, Dance, Song, Recitation in modern day etc.
The essays in the book takes for granted that the reader is well aware of the stories and theme of Bhagavata Purana. The essays provide deep insight into the stories of the Purana by comparing it with other scriptures and literature from around the world. 
For example the first essay explores the story of Prahlad and Narasmiha Avatar of Vishnu:  “Prahlada’s virtue is his ability to listen and to speak truth, but also to find strength in silence while being tortured …

Desires go on increasing and burning more fiercely as they are fed – Ramana Maharshi

If we could all remain children and not grow up at all, it would be such a happy world….

Identifying ourselves with the body is putting the cart before the horse and is why we stumble in life.
Desires go on increasing and burning more fiercely as they are fed.
The more you yield to desire, the more dominant it becomes in your life. It does not matter the desire – the more you try to satisfy desire, the more you become captivated and enslaved by it. Ramana Maharshi