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Sapta Sagara – Seven Seas in Hinduism

As per Hindu Puranas, Bhuloka or earth divided into sapta dwipa or seven continents and the gap between these seven continents was filled by the Sapta Sagara or Seven seas. The details regarding the Sapta Sagara are found in the Skanda Purana and Bhagavad Purana. The liquid content of the seven seas are different. The seven seas are made of saline water, milk, wine, curd, ghee, sugarcane and sweet water.
The first island Jambudwipa is surrounded by saline water.
The second island is the Sakadwipa and is surrounded by Kshirasagara, the sea of milk.
The third island is the Pushkaradwipa and is surrounded by Surasagara, the sea of wine.
The fourth island is Kushadwipa surrounded by dahisagara, sea of curd
The fifth island is Kraunchadwipa surrounded by Ghrtasagara, sea of ghee
The sixth island is Salmadwipa surrounded by Ikshurasagara, sea of sugarcane juice.
The seventh island is Gomedadwipa and is surrounded by sweet water.

Book on Hanuman for Children – The Mighty Tale of Hanuman

The Mighty Tale of Hanuman is authored by Saker Mistri and Mamta Dalal Mangaldas and the book is aimed at children between the age of six and ten. The highlight of the book is the use of 18th century Ramayana Paintings from the Mehrangarh Museum Trust.
The book is also for a good cause as all the profit from the sale of the book will be used to support girl child literacy in Rajasthan.
The paintings used in this book were originally commissioned by Maharaja Vijai Singh of Jodhpur - between 1752 and 1793. Mumbai Mirror reports
Mistri and Mangaldas both believe that art should not be scary for children. According to Mangaldas, artistically inclined children are left behind due to the big gap in curriculum when it comes to art. The main idea behind this project is to foster an appreciation for art using the popular tale of Ramayana as a comfortable base. You can get more details about the book here at the official website.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11 Reflections

The concept of the Cosmic Man is the vision of the Universe through a mind that has ceased to act with the concept of time or space. This vision of ‘the many in one’ is not so much a physical perception. (11.13)
No authority or effectiveness in life is possible unless the man in power has self control and self mastery. No man can live a happy and mighty life unless he has conquered his passions and crowned himself with kingship over himself. (11.17)
The eternal truth is one and the same, everywhere, at all times; only its manifestations are varied and the degree of Divinity sparkling from each differs according to the grossness or subtlety of the equipment through which the same infinite reality expresses itself. (11.17)
Each man sees the world as he himself is. We look at the world through the windows of our mind; as our mind is, so is the world to us. (11.20)
SourceHoly Gita Read Reference – Page 250 published by Chinmaya international foundation.