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Story of Jajali – Birds Built Their Nest in His Matter Hair

Story of Jajali is found in the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharat. Sage Jajali practices penance from his childhood and stayed in a forest. He was not deterred by rain, sun, wind etc.

Once he stood like a pillar in the forest, immersed in meditation. Two birds built their nests in his matted hair. He did not move, as that would become himsa or violence. The birds came to their nests every evening and stayed for the night. After a few days, the female bird laid eggs in the nest. The eggs hatched and still the sage did not move.

The young ones got wings. They grew up and began to go out with the parent birds. They went out in the morning and returned in the evening. The hermit stood like a pillar.

One morning they went out and did not return in the evening. The hermit stood there for six days waiting for the return of the birds. On the sixth day evening, they returned. Next time the hermit waited for a month for the return of the birds. They did not return.

So he moved from there and …

What is Jnana in Hinduism? – Gyana

Jnana, or Gyana, in Hinduism is the real knowledge – the intuitive knowledge of the Supreme Truth. It is the knowledge of Brahman – the absolute. This knowledge gives freedom from all sufferings. When jnana dawns in a person, he realizes he is the eternal, pure and enlightened. He realizes that he is not the mind, body and ego.

This knowledge is found the in Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Vasishta, in the Puranas, Mahabharata, Ramayana and other holy texts.

All these texts categorically state that individual soul is not separate from the universal soul (Brahman).

Brahman is the all – pervading ultimate reality, and thus ever free from birth, growth, decay, death, pain, suffering, sickness etc., to which the body remains subjected to.

Thus, individual soul is Sat Chit Ananda – truth, awareness and bliss.

Even Jnana, if not used wisely will end up piling up ignorance. Try to define Brahman, arrogance, being proud of once scholarly nature etc., are part of this ignorance.
Brahman is in…

Dadhichi Jayanti

Dadhichi Jayanti is dedicated to Sage Dadhichi an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and a descendent of Sage Angira. Sage Dadheechi is believed to have born on the Shukla Ashtami day (waxing phase of moon) in the Bhadrapad month (August – September). In 2018, the date of Dadhichi Jayanthi is September 17.

Legend has it that Devas (Demi Gods) who were losing a battle to the Asuras (Demons) was advised to fight with weapons made using the bones of Sage Dadhichi to win the battle. Devas requested Sage Dadhichi for his bones. The humble saint readily agreed and went into a deep meditation and his soul merged with Brahman. The Devas then made use of the bones of Sage Dadhichi to fight the Asuras and emerged victorious.

Dadhich Samaj observes the Maharishi Dadhichi and special pujas are held on the day.

The story of Sage Dadhichi and Vajrayudha

There is nothing that is not God – Sri Mata Amritanandamayi

We can mold clay in the shape of a donkey, a horse, a mouse, or a lion. Even though they are different in name and form, they are in fact nothing but clay. We need the eye to see the clay that is the substratum of all those names and forms. So, the mode of perceiving the universe through different names and forms has to be abandoned. It is, in fact, the one Supreme Principle that has transformed itself into all those forms. So, in Hinduism everything is God. There is nothing that is not God. Hinduism teaches us to love and serve animals, birds, reptiles, trees, plants, mountains, rivers – everything, even a deadly, poisonous cobra.

When we reach the ultimate experience, we realize that this universe is not distinct from us, just as the different organs in our body are not separate from us.

Our awareness, which until now has been limited to our body, expands to encompass the entire universe. Nothing is excluded from this awareness. Those who know the Truth experience the suffering and…