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Ganesha Teaches Kuber a Lesson by Eating all His Food and Wealth

Kubera, the treasure of Gods, once built a palace made of Gold. He was overcome with pride. Kuber once invited Shiva with the intention to show off his newly built palace made of gold. Shiva, who realized the arrogance of Kubera, offered to send his son, Ganesha, for the occasion. Ganesh used the event to teach Kuber a lesson by eating all his food and wealth.

When Ganesha reached the palace, Kubera tried to show his precious things – wall, furniture and all utensils in the palace was made of gold. But Ganesha showed no interest in them. He was only interested in the food.

Kubera boasted that he had prepared tasty dishes to serve thousands of guests.

Soon Ganesh started relishing the food served. Soon all the cooked food was finished. But his hunger could not be satisfied. Kuber was shocked.

Ganesha then started eating the raw vegetables and other raw food in the kitchen. Soon the raw food got over. Ganesha then started eating the gold plates and gold utensils in the kitchen.

Kubera …

Sidhbari Hanuman – Digambara Temple at Sidhbari in Himachal Pradesh

Sidhbari Hanuman is a 22 feet high murti of Hanuman. It is located on the vicinity of the Sandeepany Ashrama of Chinmaya Mission at Sidhbari in Himachal Pradesh. The shrine is also known as Digambara Hanuman Temple.

It is said that trees used to not grow in the region due to high velocity winds. Swami Chinmayananda then decided to erect a murti of Hanuman at Sidhbari. Swami Chinmayananda said on the occasion "We will install Pavanaputra Hanuman here in a Digambara temple. His grace will not only mellow the Wind-God and allow the trees to grow in the ashram but will also enable us to crystallize the Sankalpa of having a Rama Mandir for the Pahadi people."
Hanuman is placed on the pedestal having eight sides. There are eight verses inscribed around the pedestal, one on each side.

Today there are numerous trees in the Ashram.

Pavanputra Hanuman is seated at Sidhbari under the milky sky, open to the embrace of his father, Vayu, the Wind God. Hanumanji successfully keeps the dam…

One who sees the Self in all is truly fearless – Swami Tejomayananda

Fear is an integral part of life and tends to increase with age but it is only a symptom and not the disease. Vedanta has analyzed it and says: ‘Fear arises at the empirical level from our attachments, our likes and dislikes’.

We fear that we will get what we dislike and loose what we like. For example diseases and the loss of life or wealth. Fear arises, as we want to hold on to things we are attached to and what we like. But the world is ever changing and transient.

The fear of losing all what one values and of getting afflicted by disease increases with age. A person who is free from attachments is unaffected by this. Bhartrhari says dispassion alone makes one fearless.

The subtlest cause of fear is alienation and the sense of otherness. There is no fear of oneself. Fear always arises from another. One who sees the Self in all is truly fearless.
Source - You Ask He Answers By Swami Tejomayananda