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Story of Sage Samvarta from the Mahabharata

Sage Samvarta was an Avadhuta and his story is mentioned in the Asvamedha Parva of the Mahabharata. Sage Samvarta was the brother of Brihaspati. One the advice of Narada, King Marutta (in some texts the name of the king is Nivritta) invited Sage Samvarta to perform an important yajna.
Indra felt threatened by the Yajna and took the help of Brishaspati. Brishaspati had thus declined to conduct the yajna. This is when the king on the advice of Narada made Sage Samvarta the priest.
Brihaspati felt slighted at this and out of envy decided to stop the Yajna.
To achieve success in his mission, Brihaspati took the help of Indra, the king of Devas.
Indra deputed Agni to stop the yajna. Agni burned some tree and creepers but could not face Sage Samvarta. The sage warned Agni that he will be turned into ashes by the power of his life as a true Brahmachari. Agni quickly returned to Indra and narrated about the powers of Samvarta.
Indra then deputed a Gandharva but he too was no match to the y…

Book – Sacred Plants of India

The book titled “Sacred Plants of India” is written by Nanditha Krishnan and A Amrithalingam and published by Penguin. As the name suggests the book is an exhaustive study on the sacred plants in India. Like her earlier works “Sacred Animals of India” and “The Book of Demons,” in this book too Nanditha Krishnan explores a vast number of trees and plants that are associated with Hinduism, Jainism and Budhism.
Mythology, stories, religious associations, ritual uses and medicinal properties of each plant and tree is given briefly. Care is taken that important points are not missed. The language used is simple.
There are very good chapters on tree worship in Vedas, Epics, Puranas, Jainism and Buddhism. Another interesting chapter is Woman and Tree. Another on the fast disappearing sacred groves in India.
Name of each tree and plant is given in Sanskrit, Hindi and Tamil. Also the area where the plant is found is also mentioned.
The black and white pictures of plants and trees are not vis…

Investigation is the seed capable of sprouting and flourishing – Sri Tripura Rahasya

Misery is not absence of happiness, but limited happiness. For as happiness recedes misery pours in.
Investigation is the seed capable of sprouting and flourishing into the gigantic tree of happiness.
A deliberating man always shines over others, Brahma is great because of deliberation; Vishnu is worshipped because of it.
Common people, becoming foolishly involved with regard to their sense of action, are perplexed at every turn; if, on the other hand, they think and then act, they will be free from all misery.
Investigation is the Sun for chasing away the dense darkness of indolence. It is generated by the worship of God with devotion. Sri Tripura Rahasya