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Story of Kaikeyi’s Mother in the Ramayana

Kaikeyi was the second queen of King Dasharatha of Ayodhya and she was responsible for sending Sri Ram to 14 year exile in the forest. Queen Kaikeyi did not grow up with her mother. The story of Kaikeyi’s mother is narrated by Sumitra, the third wife of Dasharatha, to Urmila (wife of Lakshman) and Shrutakirti (wife of Shatrughna).
Kaikeyi was the daughter of King Ashwapati, who was the ruler of Kekaya.
King Ashwapati had the power to understand the language of birds. But he would die the moment if he shared what he heard from the birds.
One day the king was sitting with Kaikeyi’s mother on the banks of a lake. The king then listened to the conversation of two swans and started laughing.
The queen wanted to know what the king had overheard. The king told the queen that he could not share it as it would lead to his death.
But the queen persisted. She told that if the king loved her then he should disclose what he heard.
The king felt the queen did not value his life. He no longer wante…

On SAKSI – Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute of Vedic Culture Founded by Dr. Rangasami L. Kashyap

SAKSI – Sri Aurobindo Kapali Sastry Institute of Vedic Culture – was founded by Dr. Rangasami L. Kashyap and is dedicated to Vedic study. Dr. Rangasami L. Kashyap has a Masters degree from IISc and a PhD. from Harvard and wasa faculty member at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the PurdueUniversity, West Lafayette, U.S. He has published more than 250 research papers and guided 50 doctoral students.
After his retirement he seriously took up the study of the Vedas and today he has translated 23,000 Vedic mantras, in 26 volumes and has brought out 50 books in compact series each running to 100 pages.
You can read more about SAKSI and the works of Dr. Rangasami L. Kashyap here in the Hindu.

Swami Saradananda Thoughts on Advising Others

Now regarding advice: in a general way we all believe in giving advice; but applying the giving of advice to our daily lives is a very complex and puzzling affair.
Indiscriminate advice never brings the desired result in many cases, it brings just the opposite result.
So, we try to give advice only when we care about the person and when we think our words will carry some weight.
In the case of someone who is stubborn and very near and dear to us and who, due to his lack of experience is in imminent danger of being harmed by an insincere person, we must take the risk of being disbelieved and misunderstood and offer the advice and then leave the matter in the hands of the Lord. Swami Saradananda (1865 – 1927) – direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 4, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Thursday, September 4, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 7:24 PM. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Mool or Moolam Nakshatra till 12:39 PM on September 4. Then onward it is Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Jyeshta Gauri Visarjan in Maharashtra.
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
Jayanama Samvatsar/ Sha…