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Story of Sage Mahodaya

Sage Mahodaya was the son of Sage Vasishta as per many scholars. However, there are some scholars who are not willing accept this. Such scholars consider him as another Rishi. His name is mentioned in the Ramayana.

Legend has it that Trishanku, the king of Ayodhya, once conducted a yajna. The main priest of the yajna was Sage Vishwamitra. The king invited Sage Vasishta and Mahodaya.

But there was a deep distrust and fight between Vishwamitra and Vasishta.

Therefore, Mahodaya refused the invitation and wrote a message picturing both Vishwamitra and King Trishanku as sinners.
This enraged the short-tempered Sage Vishwamitra who cursed him that he would lose his saintly status and become a beggar on earth.

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Earth Day on April 22 - Hindu Religion and Nature

Annually, April 22 is observed as Earth Day. For Hindus all day is earth day. Take any Hindu scripture and one will find that Nature plays an important role in it. The earliest teachers of Sanatana Dharma saw Earth as a large family and knew the importance of each animate and inanimate in Nature. The Vedic teachers realized that the Supreme Soul (Brahman) resides in all living and non living being and he coined the great thought – Tattvamasi – Thou Art That and Vasudeva Kudumbakam - the world is a village.

A Hindu worships nature not out of fear but by realizing each living being is a representation of the Supreme Soul or God. Hindus worship and feed cows, ants, rats, bull, snakes…we find divinity in rivers, mountains, trees…Each and every aspect of Nature is Holy for a Hindu.
Waters which come from heaven, or those that wander dug from the earth, or flowing free by nature, bright, purifying, speeding to the ocean, here let those waters, goddesses protect me. Rig Veda 7.49.2 All Vedi…

Teachings from Dakshinamurti Stotra

The whole world is found to exist entirely in the mind like a city’s image reflected in a mirror.

Like a magician, or a might yogi, Dakshinamurti (Shiva) projects outside this infinite universe by the sheer power of his will. Prior to this projection, it was potentially present like a tree in a seed.

His light alone looms through the five senses.
Misguided men look upon their body, breath, senses and the mind as ‘I’. The grace of the guru dispels the mighty illusion caused by the play of ‘maya’.

Dakshinamurti Stotra of Adi Shankaracharya

Hindu Calendar Today – April 21, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, April 21, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:10 AM on April 21. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:13 AM on April 22. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 21, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day till 5:00 PM. Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 10:25 PM on April 21. Then onward it is Shathabhisa or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram till 10:40 PM on April 22.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra till 1:51 AM on April 21. Then onward it is Dhanishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 2:36 AM on April 22.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 10:02 AM. Then onward it is Ku…