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Hindu Stories - Sant Namdev And The Dog

Sant Namdev was one of the pillars of the Bhakti cult that developed around the worship of Bhagwan Vitthal of Pandharpur in Maharashtra during the middle ages. Story of Namdev and the dog symbolically shows that he was a personification of compassion. Legend has it that once when Sant Namdev had sat down for his routine meal of Dal Roti with a dash of ghee to go with it, all of a sudden; a dog appeared and, snatching a roti, ran away. Namdev got up hurriedly and, grabbing the small container holding the ghee, ran after the dog, hailing it, “O Lord! How will you eat the dry roti all by itself? Please take this ghee with it! Sant Namdev, who saw God in everything, including the dog, ran after Him. The sweetness with which he addressed the canine and the compassion behind his action reveals the sensitivity of evolved souls, who see creation as an extension of themselves. Source - My Mother, My Master By Swami Pranavamritananda Puri Related Story of Gora Kumbhar and N

Hiranyagarbha Sukta

Hiranyagarbha Sukta is a hymn dedicated to Prajapati, the lord of being, in Rig Veda. It is the 121st hymn of the tenth book – Dasama Mandala – of Rig Veda. Hiranyagarbha literally means ‘golden womb’ or ‘of golden orgin,’ the word golden denoting that which is resplendent life fire. The backdrop of Hiranyagarbha Sukta is the early formation of a huge ellipsoid of the original matter of the universe and the Big Bang creating sun-like luminous bodies and earth-like planets. There are in all ten mantras in Hiranyagarbha Sukta, out of which nine end with the question –“To which deity should we offer oblations?” The answer is Prajapati. The hymn ends like this “O Prajapati, none of all these created beings and the creatures are apart from you, or encompassed by anyone else.’