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Ganas – Attendants of Shiva

The term Ganas in Hinduism is associated with God Shiva. ‘Ganas’ means a class or group. The term is generally used to refer to the attendants of Shiva. Ganapati (Ganesha) is the leader of the Ganas. They are described in various Hindu Scriptures – majority of them are strange and weird looking. Some evoke fear. Some have normal looks. Some Ganas are associated with Muruga or Kartik and they are known as Parishadas. They have faces of animals and birds.
When Shiva in all his fury attacked the Daksha Yajna, after the death of Goddess Sati, it was Ganas who caused the maximum damage. They had accompanied Shiva in his marriage with Goddess Parvati. It is said that seeing the marriage party, mother of Goddess Parvati fell unconscious and demanded Shiva appear in a better form. To satisfy the false ego of humans, Shiva then took the form of Kalyanasundara murti and the ganas too appeared as handsome beings.
A detail description of Ganas can be found in the ‘Ramacharitamanas’ of Tulsidas.

Siya ke Ram – New Television Serial Based on the life of Bhagvan Sri Ram and Ramayana

Siya ke Ram is a new television serial based on Ramayana and the life of Bhagvan Sri Ram. The main content of the show is yet to be decided. Some suggest the show will chronicle the life of Bhagvan Sri Ram and Mata Sita and importance will be given to their love life. Some suggest the serial will look into the events in the Ramayana from Mata Sita’s view point.

Words to Ponder – B K S Iyengar

Practice is the positive aspect of Yoga; detachment or renunciation (vairagya) is negative. The two balance each other like day and night, inhalation and exhalation.
Samadhi is seeing the soul face to face, an absolute, indivisible state of existence, in which all differences between body, mind and soul are dissolved.
Patanjali says that when an asana is correctly performed, the dualities between body and mind, mind and soul, have to vanish. This is known as repose in the pose, reflection in action. When the asanas are performed in this way, the body cells, which have their own memories and intelligence, are kept healthy.
When the health of the cells is maintained through the precise practice of asanas, the physiological body becomes healthy and the mind is brought closer to the soul. This is the effect of the asanas. They should be performed in such a way as to lead the mind from attachment of the body towards the light of the soul so that the practitioner can dwell in the abode o…