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Story of Gajendra – The Elephant in Gajendra Moksha

Gajendra Moksha is a story found in the Bhagavad Purana and it shows the significance of Bhakti, prayer and true devotion. Gajendra, the elephant, who is the protagonist of the story, was a king named Indradryumna in his previous life. After ruling the country successfully for several years he decided to leave his throne and go to the forest and spend rest of his time in prayers. In ancient India it was a practice by spiritual people to leave the materialistic world once their duties as Grahasta (householder) was over and under take Vanaprashta (life in the forest). The king left for the forest and here he made a small hut and started meditating on Vishnu. One day a saint came to the hut of Indradryumna. But the king did not notice the arrival of the saint as he was deep in meditation. This angered the sage and he thought the king was purposefully insulting him and cursed him to become an elephant. The elephant now roamed in the forest and soon came across a herd of ele

Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti - Birth Anniversary of Gondavalekar Maharaj

Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Naam Yogi Shri Brahmachaitanya Maharaj, a popular and famous 19th century saint of Maharashtra . Shree Gondavalekar Jayanti 2023 date is February 2. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Ram and preached that Anna Daanam is Mahadanam – giving food to the hungry people. He spread the glory of Lord Ram and Lord Hanuman. The Jayanti is observed on the Shukla Paksha Dwadashi day in Magh month. He took the teachings of Sanatana Dharma to common people who did not have the knowledge of Sanskrit. His main teachings revolved around Sagun Bhakti, feeding the hungry and serving the animals. His main philosophy was - One should enchant God’s Divine Name and perform good work with hands, all the time. This behavior connects him directly to Lord Ram. He has done countless philanthropic activities in the villages around Gondavale, an area located on Satara-Pandharpur road, around 64 km from Satara in Maharashtra . Shree Gondaval

Nature Has Innumerable Ways to Refresh Us

When you are disillusioned, take a walk in nature. Nature has innumerable ways to refresh us. The magnificent sunrise gives us hope. Darkness cannot exist forever. Similarly, our problems and sadness will have to disappear eventually. The light of happiness will appear.   The moon that shines at night is a proof that someone is out there to protect to us when we sleep at night. Do not be sacred of darkness in life. Believe in that Supreme Truth. That Truth will guide us out of the darkness. Clouds gather over the sun and completely covering it. This does not mean there is no Sun. Similarly, bad things in life can shake our belief in God. However, we need to realize that clouds are there because sun evaporated the water on earth. Bad things in life are often an opportunity for us to make the necessary changes and to have a clearer perspective of life. No cloud can stay forever; all clouds have to move away eventually. The waxing and waning of moon is a quite reminder to us