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Sanjaya in the Mahabharata

Sanjaya was Dhritarashtra's charioteer in the Mahabharata. He was endowed with divine vision by Vyasa, which helped him narrate the incidents in the Kurukshetra to the blind king Dhritarashtra.

Sanjaya was also lucky to have darshan of the Vishwaroopam of Vishnu, which he displayed to Arjuna while delivering the Bhagavad Gita.

Sanjaya went on behalf of Dhritarashtra to find out about the welfare of Pandavas during their exile period.

He also visited the Pandavas as a messenger just before the beginning of the Kurukshetra war.

Sanjaya was not a mere charioteer, he was respected by all the characters in the Mahabharata. He used to warn Dhritarashtra about the consequences of endorsing the wicked deeds of Duryodhana.

Sanjaya never abandoned Dhritarashtra. When the blind king went to the forest after the Great War in the Mahabharata, he followed his master.

When forest fire engulfed them, Sanjaya did not leave the king. But when Dhritarashtra, pleaded with him to get out of the fire …

Lotus in the Vedas

Lotus in Hindu religion symbolizes creative power, fertility and abundance, prosperity and wisdom and much more. The symbolism of Lotus is Hindu in its origin. In Vedas, Lotus finds mention in the Sri Suktam in the Rig Veda.

Pundarika and Pushkara, the white and blue varieties of Lotus, are mentioned in the Rig Veda.

Lotus is equated with Sri, glory and beauty. It is also associated with Agni, Lakshmi and auspiciousness.

The divine source of Lotus is found in the Brahmanas.

Atharva Veda calls lotus a heart.

Krishna Yajur Veda mentions the Lord in a divine slumber wearing lotus garland.

Taittiriya Aranyaka narrates about the popular symbolism of Lotus appearing from the navel of Vishnu and Brahma sitting on it.
Lotus is equated with ovary by the Garbhopanishad.

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Loving God without any expectation is true devotion – Yudhishtira

During their exile period in the Mahabharata, the Pandavas reached the mighty Himalayas. They made their dwelling in the forest in the Himalayas. In spite of bad fortune, Yudhishtira continued with his prayers and worship. He never complained about his bad fortune neither did he blame God for it.

Draupadi wanted to know from Yudhishthira as to how he could love God after suffering so much of misery.

Yudhishthira answered:

Look at the Himalayas. They are breathtaking. I love them. They do not give be back anything. My nature is to love the grand and the beautiful therefore I love them.

Similarly, I love God. He is the source of all beauty, of all sublimity. He is the only One to be loved. My nature is to love Him.

I do not pray for anything. I do not ask for anything. Let him place me wherever He likes. I love Him for love’s sake.
Loving God without any expectation is true devotion and love.

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Conquer falsehood by truth – Mahabharat

Hindu Calendar Today – October 27, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Friday, October 27, 2017 – Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 11:14 AM on October 27.Then onward it isShukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:54 PM on October 28. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 27, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – A good and auspicious day till 2:40 PM. Nakshatra – Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatra on the entire day on October 27 and till 12:20 AM on October 28.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram on the entire day on October 27 and till 2:42 AM on October 28.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 4:35 AM on October 27. Then onward it is Makar Rashi till 3:06 PM on October 29.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra,…