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Story – How Naimisaranya Got Its Name?

Naimisaranya forest is believed to be the holy spot where Sage Vyasa divided the Vedas into four and compiled 18 Puranas. There are two stories which explain how Naimisaranya Got Its Name. The first story is associated with Brahma. Legend has it that Devas and saints approached Brahma and asked to suggest a spot where they can do penance and other austerities.
Brahma took a ring and threw it on to earth. He told Saints and Devas that they should do penance where the ring fell. The ring fell in the place that is currently known as Naimisaranya. ‘Nemi’ in Sanskrit means a circle.
Another legend is associated with the Sudarshana Chakra of Bhagvan Vishnu. Legend has it that once Bhagavan Vishnu used his Sudarshana Chakra to slay thousands of people who were indulged in Adharmic practices. He then asked Sudarshana Chakra to clean itself up in the place now called Naimisaranya. As the holy Sudarshana Chakra bathed here the place became holy.
Puranas states that Saunaka Rishi and 80,000 oth…

Ancient Manuscript with Mantras on How to Use Weapons mentioned in the Mahabharata

An ancient manuscript with mantras on how to use weapons mentioned in the Mahabharata was found in the collection of Ashtavaidyan Vaidyamadham Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri in Kerala. Late Ashtavaidyan Vaidyamadham Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri had submitted 1300 bundles of manuscript written in palm leaves for digitization. Among them a 63-folio manuscript in palm leaves, believed to be rewritten about 120 years ago, provides information on how to use all the deadly weapons mentioned in the Mahabharata.
How to use the weapons are described in 48 mantras. The manuscript will be soon available online. Times of India reports  "It was Cheriya Narayanan Namboodiri's wish to digitize all his manuscript collections — 1,300 bundles — for the benefit of researchers, students and the future generation. The particular manuscript was noticed while we were digitizing the collections using the most reliable method, reprography," said A R Krishnakumar, project manager at Central Counci…

There Is No Delusion for One Who Has Understood the Concept of Oneness – Swami Vivekananda

If you go deep enough, all will be seen as only variations of the One, and he who has attained to this conception of Oneness has no more delusion.
What can delude him? He knows the reality of everything, the secret of everything. Where is there any more misery for him? What does he desire? He has traced the reality of everything to the Lord, the Centre, the Unity of everything, and that is Eternal Existence, Eternal Knowledge, Eternal Bliss. Neither death nor disease, nor sorrow, nor misery, nor discontent is there. All is Perfect Union and Perfect Bliss. For whom should he mourn then?
In the Reality, there is no death, there is no misery; in the Reality, there is no one to mourn for, no one to be sorry for. He has penetrated everything, the Pure One, the Formless, the Bodiless, the Stainless. He is the Knower, He the Great Poet, the Self-existent, He who is giving to everyone what he deserves.
They grope in darkness who worship this ignorant world, the world that is produced out …