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Story of Origin of Saptamatrikas – Seven Goddesses

Story of Origin of Saptamatrikas is found in the Mahabharata, Varaha Purana and Kurma Purana. The popular story is that the Saptamatrikas appeared to defeat the thousands of Anadhakas that were born from the blood of demon Andhaka.
Andhaka was actually the third son of Shiva. Lord Shiva injured demon Andhaka when he tried to take away Goddess Parvati. Andhaka had received a boon that a single drop of blood spilled from his body will create thousands of Andhakas. So when Shiva injured Andhaka thousands of Andhakas appeared from the blood split.
To defeat the Andhakas, Shiva created Yogeshwari and the other gods created Saptamatrikas.
They then fought and defeated the Andhakas.
The Saptamatrikas are Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Varahi, Indrani and Chamundi.

Vedic Wisdom behind Eating With Our Hands

Why do we Hindus eat with our hands? Is there a Vedic wisdom behind it? It is believed that our hands and feet are said to be the conduits of the five elements – fire, air, ether, earth and water. The Ayurvedic texts teach that each finger is an extension of one of the five elements.
The thumb is agni (fire) -- you might have seen children sucking their thumb, this is nature's way of aiding the digestion at an age when they are unable to chew;
the forefinger is vayu (air),
the middle finger is akash (ether -- the tiny intercellular spaces in the human body),
the ring finger is prithvi (earth) and
the little finger is jal (water)," the paper explains.
Source - Virtues of eating with hands: A Kerala banana leaf experience published in Business Standard

Bring your mind to one point and wait for grace – Swami Chidananda

When you don't make any effort, it is there. When you try to catch it, it goes further away.
Bring your mind to one point and wait for grace.
Love is less doing and more being.
There is no healing balm better than Silence for those persons who have a wounded heart.
A life of selfless service and sacrifice, with regular prayer and meditation, is the highest religion.
Swami Chidananda Saraswati (1916 – 2008) was the president of the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh – associated with the Swami Sivananda Ashram