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Eight Types of Marriage in Hinduism

There are eight types of marriage mentioned in Hindu scriptures. Five of them are sanctioned by the Holy Scriptures and Dharmasutras in Hinduism. Three types of sexual union between a man and woman are considered Adharma (unrighteous). The way of the Prajapati – when a woman and man come together for having a family. The way of Brahma – when a marriage takes place for social reasons like wealth, for peaceful settlement of issues etc. The way of the Devas – When a marriage takes place to settle fees for services rendered mostly by a sage. The way of the Rishi – the marriage takes place because of religious reason or ritual. The way of the Gandharvas – when a woman chooses a partner freely. The way of the Asuras – When a man or woman is bought with wealth. The way of the Rakshasas – When man or woman is abducted and forcibly married. The way of the Pisachas – When a woman is raped. The sexual union of Asuras, Rakshasas and Pisachas are considered Adharmic or unrighte

Do These Things for a Good Night Sleep As Per Hinduism

Sleeplessness is a big problem today. Bad dreams, anxiety and the unexplainable steals a good night’s sleep. Here are few things that a person can do to get a good night sleep as per Hinduism. Follow Dharma – Do not do things to others that you will not do to yourself. Be content and happy with what you have. Offer prayers to Ganesha and Hanuman daily. They can remove the biggest of obstacles in life. Apply tilak on the right foot of Hanuman and then take some and apply on your forehead. This will keep all negative forces out. Take some mustard oil and sindhoor, mix them to form a paste. Apply on the front door of the house and in the room in which you sleep. This will keep all negative energy out of the house. If possible, chant Hanuman Chalisa daily before going to bed. If not possible to chant the entire Hanuman Chalisa then chant this line. Teaching children this line is highly benefitial. “ भूत - पिशाच निकट नहीं आवे। महाबीर जब नाम सुनावे। ”  Read a scriptu

Day Dreaming and Fantasy is no Solution to Problems in Life

When it becomes impossible to resolve conflicts in life, the mind will try to convince us through certain methods that psychologists call mental mechanisms: Day dreaming and fantasy are among them. Fantasy is a common phenomenon. Especially when we are in anxiety or sorrow, we wander into an imaginary world, sliding away from reality. If there is an intense desire for name and fame that remains unfulfilled, we get some amount of satisfaction by vividly imagining that we are being honoured in a function or some such thing. We imagine of defeating in an argument, a person, who we cannot face in real life. In this manner we indulge in all sorts of imaginations and like to remain in a beggar’s dreamy world. The discontent mind gets some consolation through such day-dreaming. Those who are suffering from severe mental maladies may not find any difference between fantasies and reality. These day-dreaming episodes indicate different kinds of desire hiding within us, and they