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Six Religious Practices That a Hindu Should Follow For Peace and Prosperity

Puranas, Dharmasutras and Smritis contain instruction on religious practices that a Hindu should follow to attain peace and prosperity. Here are the six religious practices: Follow Dharma There is no literal translation or meaning for Dharma in English. Dharma is seeing Supreme Truth in all animate and inanimate. It is avoiding greediness, anger, ego, and hatred. It is taking from nature only that much which is needed for sustenance. It is practicing equality. Worship of Cow It is widely believed in Hinduism that Gods reside in the body of the cow. Worship of cow is a sort of nature worship. Offering worship of cow daily and giving it the first food prepared at home earns merit. It is a way of remaining connected with nature. Worship of Tulsi The entire Tulsi plant is holy and is filled with medicinal properties. Vishnu resides in the form of Shaligram or Sri Krishna near the Tulsi plant. It is a sign of auspiciousness. It ushers in positive energy. Water

God and demon went to learn about the Self from a great sage – Story Swami Vivekananda

A god and a demon went to learn about the Self from a great sage. The sage told them, ‘ You yourselves are the Being you are seeking .’ Both of them thought that their bodies were the Self. They went back to their people quite satisfied. The nature of the demon was ignorant, clouded; so he never inquired any further. The god had a purer nature. In a few days, he realised that it could not be the meaning of the sage; there must be something higher. So he came back and asked, ‘Sir, did you teach me that this body was the Self? If so, I see all bodies die; the Self cannot die.’ The sage replied, ‘ Find it out; Thou art That .’ Then the god thought that the vital forces were what the sage meant. But after a time, he found that if he ate, these vital forces remained strong, but, if he starved, they became weak. The god then went back to the sage and said, ‘Sir, do you mean that the vital forces are the Self?’ The sage replied, ‘ Find out for yourself; thou