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Which is the first avatar of Lord Vishnu? – First Avatar or Incarnation of Hindu God Vishnu

Hindu God Vishnu is believed to have taken numerous avatars to annihilate Adharma and usher in Dharma. As per Hindu scriptures the first Avatar of Hindu God Vishnu is the Matsya Avatar – which is referred as the fish incarnation. The story of Matsya avatar is one that symbolically narrates the beginning of civilization. Matsya Avatar warns about the impending end of a cycle of creation. As per Hindu scriptures, this incarnation also rescues the Vedas from demon Damanaka. Other resources  Story of the first avatar of Lord Vishnu Matsya Avatar Jayanti

Simple Prayer Dedicated to God Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu

Narasimha is the fourth avatar of Hindu God Vishnu. This is one of the fiercest forms of Vishnu. But young Prahlada proved that a devotee who follows dharma need not have any fear of this form. Here is a simple prayer dedicated to Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu. Simha muke rowdra roobinyaam abaya hasthaankitha karunaamoorthe sarva Vyaabithamm loka rakshanyaam paapa vimochanam thuritha nivaaranam lakshmi kadaaksham sarvaabeeshtam aneham thehi lakshmi narasimhaa Related Story of Narasimha Avatar of Vishnu

About the Attributes of Ministers in the Court of Dasaratha in the Ramayana

Valmiki Ramayana talks about eight ministers and their attributes which made Ayodhya a peaceful and prosperous city. For any nation to progress, the administration should be of par excellence. Sudhamahi Regunathan talks about the Attributes of Ministers in the Court of Dasaratha in this article in the Times of India. Valmiki recounts the attributes of Dasaratha's ministers and says that these men were vidyavinita. That means they were not only learned but also full of a humility that comes from learning. He implies that they were people who internalised what they learnt and applied it to everyday life. They were humble not as ministers of Dasaratha, but by virtue of their erudition. So the first qualification is to select the person who is qualified enough, which means possessing adequate knowledge to carry out the job assigned to him. Such a person will be secure in his learning and so will not need to resort to arrogance or bullying to get by.  Further, the ministers were

Stop the Mind from Running about and Still It – A Story

There is a popular story about how a child, one late afternoon, was running about playing with her shadow and trying hard to catch it. However much she tried, she could not succeed and then began to cry. A sadhu, noticing her efforts, came forward and asked the child to stop running and look at her shadow. She did so, and now the shadow stood still. He then asked her to touch her head, and the shadow did likewise. ‘There,’ he said, ‘you have now caught your shadow!’ The child became happy and stopped running about, catching the shadow in its different places. The same principle can be used in trying to understand ourselves, without a shadow of doubt. We must be able to stop the mind from running about and still it. As the mind and the ego are stilled, they cast no shadow; then only are we able to catch the source of light, our consciousness. This is known as going back to he source and attaining knowledge. Source – Prabuddha Bharata – October 2013 – Page 14