Skip to main content


Showing posts from June 20, 2014

Gulabrao Maharaj Jayanti at Madhan – Amravati in Maharashtra

Gulabrao Maharaj (1881 – 1915) is a famous Hindu saint, writer and poet. Gulabrao Maharaj Jayanti is the birth anniversary of the saint and is observed on the Guru Purnima day. Gulabrao Maharaj Jayanti 2018 date is July 27.
Gulabrao Maharaj wrote about 133 books on various subjects, 130 commentaries and about 25,000 stanza in poetry – all this after losing his eyesight at the age of nine. The blind sage is popularly known as Pradnyachakshu Madhuradwaitacharya Gulabrao Maharaj. The name Pradnyachakshu because of his intellectual eyesight.
A saint in the Vedanta school of teaching, he was not bound by any rules – he openly declared that the path of self realization is not through rules but through practice. And a person has to do the practice and should not depend on borrowed knowledge.
The 12th century Sant Dnyneshwar Maharaj was a great influence on Gulabrao Maharaj. In fact he is believed to have had darshan of Sant Dnyneshwar.
As per Maharashtra Government website - in the year 1902…

Sant Mama Dandekar Punyatithi

Sant Mama Dandekar Punyatithi is the death anniversary of Sant Mama Dandekar. It is observed in the Marathi month Ashada. Sant Mama Dandekar Punyatithi 2018 date is July 25. It is observed on the 14th day of the waxing phase of moon in Ashada month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra.
Sant Mama Dandekar was a great saint in the Bhakti tradition that flourished in western parts of India especially in Maharashtra and North Karnataka.
His death anniversary as per Marathi tithi is the Ashada Shukla Paksha Trayodasi Tithi.
On the same day Sai Baba Utsav begins in Shirdi.

Story of Sri Krishna and Rukmini

The story of Sri Krishna and Rukmini is found in the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. Sage Narada once revealed that Rukmini was an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and she was destined to get married to Sri Krishna in the Treta Yuga.

Rukmini was the daughter of King Bhishmaka of Vidarbha. The king had five sons and a daughter. Rukmini was the youngest and was noted for her beauty and piety. Rukmi, the eldest of the brothers, had married granddaughter of Jarasandha - king of Magadha and enemy of Sri Krishna

Jarasandha, Rukmi and Shishupala (prince of Chedi) had made an alliance to fight Sri Krishna. When Jarasandha asked Rukmi to get her sister married to Shishupala, he readily agreed without consulting Rukmini. He then arranged a namesake Swayamvara in which Sri Krishna was not invited.

Rukmini had grown up nursing the dream of getting married to Sri Krishna. She had heard the wonderful stories of Sri Krishna from her father and Sage Narada.
However, when Rukmini heard abo…

Book – The Vedas: An Introduction to Hinduism’s Sacred Texts by Roshen Dalal

Book titled “The Vedas: An Introduction to Hinduism’s Sacred Texts provides an exhaustive analysis of Hinduism’s holiest texts. The book is authored by Roshen Dalal – She has composed a couple books on Hinduism the famous being ‘Hinduism: An Alphabetical Guide.’ Arshia Sattar writes in the Indian Express  Apart from separating the Vedas from each other and reminding us that the Rig Veda does merit a different kind of attention, Dalal provides detailed analyses of the content, attitude and spirit of these sacred books, all four of which are considered the foundational texts of what we today call Hinduism.   Although the volume under review is called an “Introduction,” it is far more encyclopedic — it contains a veritable dictionary of Vedic deities, an entirely useful list of tribes and clans, a catalogue of sacrifices and rituals, a description of archaeological sites and what we can glean from them, speculation on how such sites might be related to each other and what they might tell…

Why Lord Jagannath is known as Daru Devata?

The murtis of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra worshipped in the temple is made from neem tree. Daru means neem tree in local language. Jagannath is known as Daru Devata. The neem tree from which Vishwakarma carved the murtis of the three deities was found floating in the sea.

Floating of Daru in the ocean is also mentioned in the Rig Veda. Prayers are chanted for taking shelter in the Daru in the ocean. Symbolically meaning the only hope in the ocean of misery is by taking refuge in Jagannath.
Jagannath is also referred as Daru Brahma, godhead manifested in a wooden image.
Pandit Nilakantha Das is of the opinion that in the Vedic literature of Rig Veda (10-81-4) the word 'wood' (Daru) is used to indicate the material of which the universe (Jagat) is made of. (source – Orissa Review July 2005)
Jagannath is also referred as Darudevata and Daru Brahma Purushottam.
The concept of Daru Brahma was made popular through the Sarala Mahabharata – the Oriya version of the Mahabhara…

You are unhappy because you choose to be unhappy – Motivational Story

It is a story of a Sufi mystic, who was never seen unhappy his whole life — he was always playful and laughing. He gave this message to everybody who came to him — not through words, but by example. His happiness and laughter was infectious. In his last days, when he was about to die, he was laughing the same way he laughed always.
This was a matter of surprise to all his disciples, and one of them finally asked him: “Beloved Master, we cannot believe that you can be happy and laughing even now when you are on your death bed. We are feeling sad and miserable. We always wanted to ask you many times in your life why you are never sad. How did you manage to be happy in life? How are you managing it now as well, at the time of your death?”
The Sufi master replied: “It is simple. If you know how to remain happy in life, you will not have to worry when you die. When I was a young man, I used to be a really miserable person. But then I met my enlightened master.
My master looked to me alway…