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What are the 16 Kalas of Lord Krishna? – Meaning of 16 Kalas of Sri Krishna

The 16 Kalas of Sri Krishna are the divine arts or attributes of Sri Krishna that makes him Purna Avatar – the complete avatar. What are the 16 Kalas of Lord Krishna? Below are the meanings of each Kala in English.

1. Daya – Compassion 2. Dharjya – Patience 3. Kshama – Forgiveness 4. Nyaya – Justice 5. Nirapeksha – Impartiality 6. Niraskata – Detachment 7. Tapasya – Meditation and Spiritual Powers 8. Aparchitta – Invincibility 9. Danasheel – Beneficience, Bestower of all wealth in the world and nature. 10. Saundarjyamaya – Beauty Incarnate 11. Nrityajna – Best of Dancers 12. Sangitajna – Best of Singers 13. Neetibadi – Embodiment of Honesty 14. Satyabadi – Truth Itself 15. Sarvagnata – Perfect master of all arts, such as poetry, drama, painting etc. 16. Sarvaniyanta – Controller of All
Source – Orissa Review Magazine published by Government of Orissa.

Why is Sri Krishna Blue in Color? Reason for Krishna Being Blue Skinned

Diwali Postage Stamps in United States – Efforts are on to Issue Diwali Stamps

Several United States lawmakers have urged to the US Postal Service to issue a postage stamp on Diwali in 2014.  The Hindu reports
“The fight to have the Postal Service issue a Diwali commemorative stamp can be decided next week,” Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney said.
“For those who care about a Diwali stamp, it’s imperative that they write the Citizens Advisory Stamp Commission now,” Ms. Malony said.
Ms. Malony was joined by two other lawmakers, Ami Bera and Tulsi Gabbard to meet Scott Slusher, Manager of Government Liaison at the US Postal Service, to urge selection of Diwali as the topic for issuance of a commemorative stamp in 2014.
The Citizens Advisory Committee of the US Postal Service is scheduled to meet on July 18.
Mr. Bera is the only serving Indian American Congressman, and the third ever, in the current Congress, while Ms. Gabbard is the first Hindu Congresswomen.

Hindu Teachings on Purity of Mind

One cannot see God without purity of heart. Through attachment to woman and gold the mind has become stained – covered with dirt, as it were. A magnet cannot attract a needle if the needle is covered with mud. Wash away the mud and the magnet will draw it. Like wise, the dirt of the mind can be washed away with the tears of our eyes. This stain is removed if one sheds tears of repentance and says, ‘O God, I shall never again do such a thing.’ There upon God, who is like the magnet, draws Himself the mind, which is like the needle. (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, 173 – 4).
Where is God? He is where the world is not. If you wish to go to God, you must turn your back on the world. The senses must be controlled and turned in the opposite direction. God is seated in the heart; so all your sense energies and mental energies must converge to that one point and take you there. But this can be done only when you realize that He is the best, the highest, in the whole universe. (Swami Ramakrish…