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Sage Agastya in the Vedas

Sage Agastya is one of the most popular sages in Hinduism. He finds mention in the four Vedas. The first reference of Sage Agastya is found in the Rig Veda. In it he is the son of Mana. In some texts he is referred as the son of Vedic gods Mitra and Varuna.
Sage Agastya is also known as Mana or Manya in the Vedas.
Majority of scholars state that mother of Sage Agastya is the apsara Urvashi.
In some texts Sage Vasishtha is mentioned as his brother.
Wife of the rishi is Lopamudra. It is stated that the Rishi himself created Lopamudra.
From the Rig Veda it is very clear that Sage Agastya is associated with medicines and curing. It is mentioned in the Rig Veda that he cured the leg of Vishpala with the help of Ashwini Kumars.
Rig Vedic hymn (1.179) and (9.25) are associated with the Sage.
Two of his shishyas or students are mentioned in the Rig Veda – Antye and Brihatya.
It must be noted that Sage Agastya is mentioned in the Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and in all m…

Website with information on Vaishnava Books in Tamil – English – With Option to Buy Online

Sri Vaishnava Sri is an exclusive website dedicated to Vaishnava books. You get information of important Vaishnava books published in Tamil and English. There is also an option to buy the books online.
The website Sri Vaishnava Sri , Srirangam is maintained by Sri Vaishnava Sri A. Krishnamachari’s son Vasudevan from Srirangam, one of the leading Publishers/ Printers ( Panchajanyam Magazine, Koilozhugu,Nalayira Divyaprabandham,Nithyanusanthanam, Sthotrapatam series – Poorvacharya Stotramala etc)
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Timeless Wisdom of Hindu Saints

If you wish to bring the whole world under your control by just one act, then do this: stop grazing your cow-tongue on the pasture of criticism and ill talk of others.
Reflecting over all scriptures and thinking over and again, one arrives at this conclusion only: always meditate on God.
The fire of knowledge, kindled by discrimination between self and non-self, will burn up the effects of ignorance together with its roots.
Confusion can be destroyed by the realization of pure Brahman, one without a second.
It is a foolish person who identifies himself with a mass of skin, flesh, fat, bones, and filth, while the person skilled in reflection knows his own self, the only reality there is as distinct from the body.

Look at the man who walks on a tight rope. He is performing various tricks, but his mind is only on the rope. So also, we may be doing various things, but our minds must be on God. (This single quote - Sri Sivaratnapuri Tiruchi Mahaswamigal )