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Brahmastra was a deadly arrow obtained after propitiating Lord Brahma. There was no defense against Brahmastra. The person who had discharged the arrow can call it back. It could only be stopped by Brahmadanda – a stick created by Brahma.

Brahmastra never misses it mark and it can only be used once in a day.

It is invoked by a mantra that is bestowed upon the user when Brahma blesses him with the arrow. The mantra is used to call upon the weapon when required.

The weapon can be used against an individual or against an entire army.

The arrow causes severe environmental damage. The land becomes barren and living beings cannot survive in such a land. There will be no rainfall. Those residing in the area become infertile.

Brahmastra was used in the Ramayana. Bhagavan Ram used it to annihilate Ravana.
Another famous usage of Brahmastra was when it was used by Arjuna and Aswathama against each other. Arjuna called his weapon back. But Aswathama directed it against the unborn grandchild of…

Kullu Dussehra 2018 – Kullu Dasara Festival in Himachal Pradesh

Talk about Dasara and the first thing that comes to mind is burning of the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkarana and Meghnath. But this image of effigy burning does not apply to Kullu Dussehra in Himachal Pradesh. Kullu Dussehra 2018 begins on October 18. In Kullu Dussehra, Lord Raghunath (Lord Ram) is worshipped and the Dasara festivities begin on Vijayadasami day – when the Dussehra festivities end in other of India.
The popular legend of Kullu Dussehra is associated with Raja Jagat Singh who unknowingly became responsible for the death of a family and to overcome the remorse he was advised to worship Lord Ram.

The King was able to overcome remorse and depression through the worship of Lord Ram. As a thanksgiving, the King invited all the deities in the Kullu valley to participate in Lord Ram worship on Vijayadasmi day. The next 7-days were dedicated to worship and celebration.

Dussehra at Kullu commences on the Vijayadashmi with the arrival of Goddess Hadimba from Manali. Nearly 200 d…

Agroha Mahakumbha of Aggrawal Community - Agroha Mela

Agroha Mahakumbha, also known as Agroha Mela, is annually held on the Sharad Purnima day (full moon day in October) and is associated with the Aggrawal Community. Agroha Mahakumbha 2018 date is October 24. The Kumbh Mela is held at Agroha which is around 20 km northwest of Hissar in Haryana in India.
Aggrawal Community congregate here during the occasion.  An Agrasen Temple is located here. Another sacred spot here is the Shakti Sarovar with a sculpture of Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean) in the middle of it.
Satsangs are held on the day at Agroha.

Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple in Karnataka – Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta

Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple is located at Gundlupet Taluk, Chamarajanagar District of Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. At Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, Bhagavan Sri Krishna is worshipped along with his wives Rukmini and Sathyabhama. The shrine is located around 22 km from Gundlupet and 92 km from Ooty.

Legend has it that the divine wedding of Shiva and Parvati was to take place at Kashi. All the divine powers were to attend the wedding. This would result in the tilting of the balance of earth.
Brahma asked Sage Agastya to go to South India to counter the weight. He carried the water from Ganga in his Kamandalu.

When Sage Agastya reached South India, he rested on the Sahyadri Mountains. Here he offered prayers to Lord Krishna to help in saving the Earth. Sri Krishna appeared before the sage. Sage Agastya asked Lord Krishna to come and reside at the Kanakachala Mountain. Bhagavan readily agreed.

Sage Agastya then consecrated the murti of Sri Krishna and thus saved the ea…

Navanna Purnima – Navana Poornima

Navana Purnima is the full moon day in Ashwin Month (September – October), which is popularly observed as Kojagari Poornima and Sharad Purnima. Navana Purnima 2018 date is October 24. The full moon day is known as Navanna because people use fresh grains to cook sweets and other food items.

Nava means ‘new’ and Anna means ‘food’.

Fresh crop is used to make kheer – a sweet from milk, sugar and fresh rice. In some regions fresh corn is used to make different food items.

The food is eaten in an open space under moonlight on the day. The popular belief is that moon is closest to earth on the day and therefore its rays on the day have curative properties.

We should have a vision of life in its totality – Swami Tejomayananda

We should have a vision of life in its totality. And in the light of that vision, all problems can be resolved easily. Whatever challenges we meet within life be it illness, emotional trauma, financial hardship, and so on, our response will vary according to our level of inner maturity and our vision of life.

Take ill health, for instance, one who has faith and inner maturity tends to be more accepting and will consider the illness as a temporary situation and suffer much less. While a person who lacks faith and who has a narrower view of life will be more fearful and suffer greatly at only the hint of a disease.

Once we know the art of clear and logical thinking, it becomes easier to deal with various situations that we encounter in life.

– Swami Tejomayananda
Source Vision of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Tejomayananda