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Story of Dhishrindra – Son of Agni

Story of Dhishrindra is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. Legend has it that Agni, the fire god in Hinduism, performed severe penance to win Lord Shiva’s favor. Pleased with Agni’s penance, Shiva appeared before him. As boon, Agni requested that Narmada and sixteen of her tributaries should become his wives and bear him children. The boon was granted.

The son of Agni and Narmada was known as Dhishrindra. He was brave and handsome.

During one of the conflicts between Devas and Asuras, Bhagavan Vishnu asked Dhishrindra to fight on behalf of gods.

Dhishrindra fought valiantly and sustained severe wounds but finally he vanquished the Asuras.
After the battle, Narmada gathered her wounded son into her waters and restored his health by healing his wounds and rejuvenating him.

The Hugging Saint – Symbolism in the Hugs and Kisses of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Meeting with the hugging saint, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, is referred as ‘Darshan.’ There is deep symbolism attached to the hugs and kisses. Darshan refers to Mata’s motherly embrace.

Mata herself spoke about the darshan

“Amma’s hugs and kisses should not be considered ordinary. When Amma embraces or kisses someone, it is a process of purification and inner healing. Amma is transmitting a part of her pure, vital energy into her children. It also allows them to experience, true unconditional love. When Amma holds someone, it can help to awaken the dormant spiritual energy within them, which will eventually take them to the ultimate goal of Self Realization.
Source – Secret Of Inner Peace By Swami Ramakrishnananda Puri, Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi

Sense of Separateness Is an Illusion Created By Ignorance – Swami Sivananda

The sense of separateness is a colossal fetter. Kill this sense of separateness through Brahma Bhavana, by developing Advaitic unity of consciousness and by means of selfless service. This sense of separateness is an illusion created by ignorance or Maya.

He who ignores his own pleasures and comforts and tries to help others always is really an advanced student in the path of spirituality. He carries the master-key to unlock the realms of spiritual bliss.

You must be able to think quickly and act promptly with unerring precision and profound concentration in times of emergencies. You must take care to see that you are not rash and impetuous. You must be cool and collected.

Balance of mind brings about real lasting happiness to a disciplined man. It is not a commodity which can be purchased on the market. It is indeed a rare gift which can only be attained by protracted selfless service with Atma Bhavana, equal vision, controlled Indriyas and self-restraint, by developing virtues such…