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Toli Ekadasi 2018 date - Importance-Rituals and What to Do

Toli Ekadasi is the name given to the Ekadashi observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Ashada or Ashara Masam (June – July) in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and by Telugu speaking community around the world. In 2018, Toli Ekadashi date in Telugu calendar is July 23. This Ekadashi is also known as Deva Shayani Ekadasi or Hari Sayani Ekadashi and the Chatur Mas Vrat (four holy months in Hinduism) begins from the day. The night time of Devas begins on this day and it believed that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep from the day.

The day is of great significance to the farming community as they begin to sow seeds after the first rains on Toli Ekadasi day.

A lavish feast is organized on the day. Feeding of poor people and children on the day earns the blessings of Srihari Vishnu.

The day is of great significance in Vaishnava temples. Various rituals and pujas are performed for the welfare of the universe and living beings.

Charity performed on the day is considered holy and meritori…

Story of Hiranyakashipu

Hiranyakashipu was the demon who was killed by the Narasimha Avatar of Bhagavan Vishnu. The story of Hiranyakashipu begins with Sage Sanaka cursing the doorkeepers of Vishnu, Jaya and Vijaya. The doorkeepers once did not give entry to Sage Sanaka to Vaikunta, the abode of Vishnu. Jaya was born as demon Hiranyaksha and Vijaya was born as demon Hiranyakashipu as a result of the curse.

Vishnu appeared as Varaha to annihilate Hiranyaksha.

To avenge the death of his brother, Hiranyakashipu undertook severe penance and secured several boons from Lord Brahma. The most important boon was that he could not be killed by man or beast, or by a weapon, during day or night, on the earth or in the sky, inside a house or outside.

After receiving the boon, he conquered the three worlds and prevented all forms of Vishnu worship including utterance of the name of Vishnu.

But his youngest son Prahlada had heard about the story of Vishnu when he was in the womb of Kayadhu.

Hiranyakashipu tried all meth…

Padmanabha Tirtha – A Direct Disciple of Madhvacharya

Padmanabha Tirtha who lived during the 14th century was a direct disciple of Madhvacharya. Before he became an ascetic, he was known as Sobhana Bhatta. He met Madhvacharya when the great saint was returning from Badari to Udupi. Here Sobhana Bhatta entered into a debate with acharya but he was defeated.
Sobhana Bhatta was convinced by the validity of Madhvacharya’s philosophy and he became an ardent disciple of Madhvacharya and took Sanyasa.
Padmanabha Tirtha was a great scholar and was well-versed in Vedas, epics and Puranas. He wrote commentaries on Madhvacharya’s works. A total of 15 works are credited to him this includes commentary on Madhavacharya’s ten prakarnas, Brahamasutra Bhasya, Gita Bhasya etc. His independent work Sannyayaratnavali is very famous.
As he was the foremost disciple of Madhvacharya, he was made his first successor. He was head of Madhva Matha for seven years.
His Samadhi is located at Navabrindavan near Hampi in Karnataka.

Never think that you have learned enough and now can stop – Dadi Janki

I need to be aware of how much damage is caused by negative thoughts. Negative, wasteful thinking over a long period of time will put me right back into the gutter.

The task of a student of spirituality is to change situations through thoughts. I must change myself first, then I can change the world.

There is benefit for you in every situation. If, that is, you know how to look for it. The idea behind steady spiritual progress is to see every circumstance and situation (particularly those that challenge you) as a tailor-made lesson in your personal plan for self-development.
Never think that you have learned enough and now can stop. You should love it when people try to correct you or give you advice. It keeps you alert and gives you plenty of opportunity to put your truth into practice. It is a sign of great danger to be unable to accept criticism and instead use your understanding to criticize others. Realize deeply the significance of every moment, and your spiritual progress will…