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Swami Karpatri Jayanti

Swami Karpatri Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Swami Karpatri (1905-1980) – a Hindu Saint and philosopher of the Dashanami Monastic Tradition. Swami Karpatri Jayanti 2023 date is August 18. He lived during the 20th century and founded the Dharma Sangha in Varanasi and was a great teacher of the Vedanta tradition. His Jayanti is observed on the second day of the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month. Some of the popular saints of the 20th century were the students of Swami Karpatri. The original name of Swami Karpatri was Har Narayan Ojha; he was later ordained as Hariharananda Saraswati. But he came to be popularly known as Swami Karpatri – one who uses his hand as the plate to eat food. The day is observed with satsangs, discussions and readings from the teachings of Swami Karpatri.

Story - Greedy Nature Of Ravana

Ravana, the demon king in the Ramayana, was very greedy. Here is a story which exposes the greedy nature of Ravan. Once, Goddess Parvati said to Lord Shiva that she wanted to live in a palace like Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. She complained that she was fed up with living under a tree. Shiva told Mother Goddess Parvati that palace was not in their luck and it was better to live under a tree, as it was comfortable. But Goddess Parvati was adamant. So Shiva built a palace. The house warming ceremony (Griha Pravesh) was to be done and a priest had to be invited. Shiva decided to call Ravana who was an expert in all rituals and pujas. Ravana, an ardent devotee, of Shiva came and performed the pujas and rituals. At the end, it was the time to give Dakshina. Lord Shiva asked Ravana what he wanted as Dakshina (gift). Ravana immediately asked for the palace. Without hesitation, Shiva asked him to take it. Thus, Shiva and Goddess Parvati came under the tree aga

The Six-Fold Factors of Surrender in Vaishnava Sampradaya

As per Vaishanava Sampradaya there are six-fold factors of surrender to the supreme truth. This surrender is known as Saranagati. It also makes taking refuge in the Lord. The six fold factors of Sarnagati are: Entertaining favorable thoughts Renouncing unfavorable thoughts Having firm faith that God will protect Actually seeking refuge in the Lord Submitting oneself completely at the mercy to the Lord Expressing one’s total helplessness.