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Understanding Trimurti in Hinduism

Trimurti is the representation of three divine powers in One. The three divine powers or cosmic functions are creation – sustenance – transformation (wrongly understood as destruction). The iconographical representation (sculpture) of Trimurti can be traced back to the early Gupa period. The idea is also mentioned in the Maitri Upanishad. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are not independent gods. But they are the threefold manifestation of the Supreme Truth. The concept was developed to make people realize the concept of Supreme Truth and its cosmic functions.Trimurti concept should also be understood in terms of gunas or qualities - Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. The entire universe is in a continuous play of the three gunas.The three cosmic functions and the three gunas are correlated.Some scholars are of the view that the concept of the three gods was a clever attempt to get the various warring sects under one umbrella.But the concept never became popular. Individual deities were widely worshipp…

Iccha Upaya in Kashmir Shaiva Philosophy

Realization through one’s will power is known as Iccha Upaya in Kashmir Shaiva philosophy. It is also known as Shambhavopaya. The realization depends on the will power of the person.

Self-realization is here attained through the mere exercise of the will power. All other experience and methods are considered secondary in Iccha Upaya.

Meditation, contemplation, physical exercises are not part of Iccha Upaya.

Absorption in Shiva consciousness happens to that person who has freed himself from the clutches of the sensory pleasures through intense awakening of his/her own.

In this there is identification with Shiva without any meditation or thought process. One attains identification with Shiva through intensive orientation of will power.

The universe and all animate and inanimate in it are not at all different from me.
Characteristics of Iccha Upaya are the state of universal love and unity with all living forms.

Origin of the Word Hindu

The Hopeless Search Goes On

Pure, eternal joy and peace are to be found only in union with the Atman.

Our ignorance debars us from that union, but the dim, confused longing for happiness remains. So we are driven to seek it in the external world. We are forced to accept wretched substitutes and to try to persuade ourselves that they are genuine and valid.

Instead of eternity, we cling to what seems relatively enduring.

Instead of purity, we value what seems relatively pure.

Instead of true happiness, we hold to what seems temporarily pleasant.

But our satisfaction, also, is short-lived.

The strongest tower falls, the most beautiful flower withers in our hands, the clearest water turns brackish and foul. Ignorance has betrayed us, as it always must.
Yet, as we turn sadly away, our eyes fall upon some new object of sense attachment and desire. And so the hopeless search goes on.

Source - Book titled - Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Swami Prabhavananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, p.75

Hindu Calendar Today – October 5, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Thursday, October 5, 2017 – Purnima Tithi or the full moon day inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:08 AM on October 5.Then onward it isPurnima Tithi or the full moon day till 10:54 PM on October 5. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Pratipada Tithi or the first day during the waning phase of moon till 9:20 PM on October 6.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 5, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious day after 1:05 PM. Nakshatra – Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatra till 9:42 PM on October 5. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram till 9:12 PM on October 6.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttarabhadra or Uthrittathi Nakshatram till 8:50 PM on October 5. Then onward it is Revati Nakshatram till 7:31 PM on October 6.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rashi till 9:12 PM on October 6.
In …