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Satarupa – the female equivalent of Manu

Satarupa in Hindu Puranas is the female equivalent of Manu – the first man. As per some Puranas she was the mind born daughter of Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. Agni Purana, Padma Purana, Vishnu Purana and Srimad Bhagavd Purana state that the male half of Brahma is Manu and the female half of Brahma is Satarupa.
Some texts are of the view that Satarupa means one hundred forms which includes mainly female forms.
In many texts Satarupa is the wife of Swayambhu Manu.
In some, Manu and Satarupa are the male and female part of Brahma. Daughters are begotten then and they are married to Rishis who then populate the earth.

Animal Sacrifice Banned in Hindu Temples in Himachal Pradesh

Animal sacrifice – especially those of goats, hen, cock, buffalo etc – is still practiced in certain Hindu temples in Himachal Pradesh. Now the high court in the state through and order has banned the practice of animal sacrifice in temples in Himachal Pradesh. Animals are mainly sacrifice in temples dedicated to manifestation of Goddess Shakti and also of Bhairva. Daijiworld reports  "No person throughout the state shall sacrifice any animal in any place of public religious worship, including all land and buildings near such places of religious worship which are ordinarily connected to religious purposes," said a division bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Sureshwar Thakur. Disposing of petitions, the bench observed: "A startling revelation has been made in the manner in which thousands of animals are sacrificed every year in the name of religious worship."
"Sacrifice causes immense pain and suffering to the innocent animals. The innocent animals cannot…

Take always the position of the giver – Swami Vivekananda

Take always the position of the giver. Give love, give help, give service give what little you can. But keep out barter. Give out of your bounty as God gives. It will come back to you ten times, but don’t ask for it.
Money does not pay nor learning. Name does not pay nor fame. It is love that pays. It is character that cleaves through the adamantine walls of difficulties.
Repetition is the greatest stimulus that gives an opportunity of exposure to all the Samskaras hidden in the mind at a deeper level. The repetition of Om, and thinking of its meaning, is keeping good company in your own mind. Study, and then meditate on what you have studied. Thus light will come to you, the Self will become manifest.
When there is real purification of the body, external and internal, there arises neglect of the body, and the idea of keeping it nice vanishes.
This thirst after body is the great bane of human life. So the first sign of the establishment of purity is that you do not care to think you…