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Dhanyalakshmi – Hindu Goddess Dhanya Lakshmi

In Hinduism, Dhanya Lakshmi is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi and is counted among the Ashta-Lakshmis. Dhanyalakshmi as the name indicates is the Goddess of food and nourishment. She feeds the physical body and keeps hunger away. Dhanya means Grains and is that aspect of Goddess Lakshmi which suffices hunger. Hindu scriptures have numerous stories associated with Dhanya Lakshmi.
One of the most famous incidents associated with Dhanya Lakshmi is found in the Mahabharata. It is said that Dhanyalakshmi presented Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas with a wooden bowl, which will always be filled with food. She presented it to Draupadi when they were exiled. This bowl helped the Pandavas to survive during their exile in inhospitable forests.
Another popular tale of Dhanya Lakshmi comes from the Oriya culture. It shows that no living being can survive without the blessing of Dhanya Lakshmi. Once Balrama, the brother of Lord Krishna, asked Krishna to keep Dhanya Lakshmi out of the palace and…

Despondency is not religion – Swami Vivekananda

Despondency is not religion, whatever else it may be. By being pleasant always and smiling, it takes you nearer to God, nearer than any prayer.

How can those minds that are gloomy and dull love? If they talk of love, it is false; they want to hurt others. Think of the fanatics; they make the longest faces, and all their religion is to fight against others in word and act. Think of what they have done in the past, and of what they would do now if they were given a free hand. They would deluge the whole world in blood tomorrow if it would bring them power. By worshipping power and making long faces, they lose every bit of love from their hearts. So the man who always feels miserable will never come to God.

It is not religion, it is diabolism to say, ‘I am so miserable.’ Every man has his own burden to bear. If you are miserable, try to be happy, try to conquer it. God is not to be reached by the weak. Never be weak. You must be strong; you have infinite strength within you. How else…