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Story of Origin of Yoga in Hinduism

Story of Origin of Yoga is associated with Hindu God Shiva and Ananta. In Hinduism, Ananta is the thousand headed divine serpent on whom Vishnu sleeps. Legend has it that Shiva was once narrating lessons in yoga to Goddess Parvati. Shiva was unaware of the presence of Ananta who was lying nearby.
Ananta thus listened to the entire secret teaching of Yoga. But when the divine serpent tried to slither away, He was caught by Shiva.
For his transgression and listening to teaching of Yoga Shiva decided to punish him. Shiva asked the serpent to pass the teaching to human beings.
Ananta without changing his form approached human beings to teach yoga. But people were scared of his form and ran away.
Ananta then went back to Shiva and told him about the difficulty.
Shiva then asked him to take a human form.
Ananta then took human form and came to be known as Patanjali. He then taught yoga to human beings.
Sage Patanjali is sometimes depicted as a snake with human head due to this incident…

Vedbhavan - A Gurukul Institution in Pune – To Publish Rig Veda Samhita

Vedbhavan – a gurukul institution that teaches ancient Hindu scriptures in Pune – is planning to publish a two-volume Rig Veda Samhita as part of its silver jubilee celebration that starts from November 7, 2013. It is believed that the Samhita will be published in Sanskrit – no information regarding the language in which it is published is available.  Times of India reports Addressing a news conference here on Monday, Vedbhavan's head, Moreshwar Ghaisas said, "The Rigveda Samhita will be of 1,200 pages, divided into two volumes, as was earlier compiled by renowned scholar Pandit Satavalekar. The Vedbhavan has been working on the project for the last many years to make it accurate, keeping in mind minute details."  Ghaisas said the Vedpathshala was started in the city around 68 years ago for teaching the Vedas to young students. It was later shifted to Vedbhavan in Kothrud on October 15, 1989. Vedbhavan has continued to teach ancient Hindu scriptures to students for free.…

Hitopadesha – Words of Wisdom

A man who wants prosperity must give up these six negatives – sleep, drowsiness, fear, anger, laziness and postponing.
A rock is hauled to the top of a hill with great difficulty. But it is easily pushed down. Similarly, one rises with good qualities, but easily falls due to a single misdeed.
The intelligent spend their time by reading poetry and scriptures and indulging in humour. Fools, on the other hand, waste time in bad habits, sleep and quarrel.
Charity done with pleasing words, knowledge devoid of pride, valour associated with forgiveness, wealth associated with sacrifice – these four noble qualities are found very rarely.
Hitopadesha