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What Made Adi Kavi Valmiki Compose the first Shloka of the Ramayana? – The Two Love Birds and the Hunter

Sage Valmiki had heard the story of Lord Ram from Sage Narada but was unable to start writing it as he was not able to find an apt meter to compose the poem.
Once Sage Valmiki was on his way to Ganga Snaana and came across a beautiful stream named “tamasa.” Captivated by the stream, Sage Valmiki decided to have his bath in the stream and then meditate on its banks.
When he was looking for a suitable place to step into the stream, he heard the sweet chirping of two birds in love – a pair of krowncha birds. He was pleased to see the happy couple and stood their and watched them. Suddenly the male bird fell from the sky after being hit by an arrow. The silent and beautiful area was soon filled with the female bird’s cry of agony.
Sage Valmiki then realized that the male bird was hit by a hunter. Moved by the touching scene, Sage Valmiki poured out the whole of his sad Heart in these Sholka - maa nishada pratistham tvamagamahsāsvatI: samaa: yat kraunchamithunaadekam avadhi: kaamamo…

What Constitutes Right Action in Hinduism?

Sage Patanjali narrates what constitutes right action – wisdom of ancient teachers of Hinduism
1)Non-violence 2)Truthfulness 3)Non-stealing 4)Sexual continence in thought, word and deed – control of the senses 5)Non-possessiveness (not being greedy and selfish) 6)Purity – cleanliness 7)Contentment – peacefulness 8)Austerity – spiritual discipline 9)Introspective – self study 10) Offering of one’s life to God

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 15, 2015 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Sunday, March 15, 2015 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 4:34 AM on March 15. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Purvashada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 7:48 PM on March 15. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Kharmas begins in North India. Meena Sankranti. Karadaiyin Nombu in Tamil Culture.
Kali Yuga Year – 5116
Vikram Samvant 2071 – Chaitra Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon in Chaitra month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Or…