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King Mitrasaha and Sage Vasishta – The Story of the Curse on Mitrasaha

King Mitrasaha belonged to the Ikshvaku Dynasty that ruled Ayodhya. The story of the curse on Mitrasaha by Sage Vasishta is found in the Uttara Ramayana. During a hunting expedition, Mitrausaha came across two tiger cubs. The cubs were really two demons in disguise. The king, who was unaware of it, killed one of the cubs with an arrow. The other cub suddenly assumed his true form and warned Mitrasaha that he would take revenge at the appropriate time. The demon vanished and the king then returned to this kingdom. In due course of time, the king decided to perform Ashwamedha Yajna and invited Sage Vasishta for this purpose. The demon now appeared in the form of Sage Vasishta and told the king that he had a desire to eat cooked meat. He asked the king to bring it to his ashram secretly. The king and his queen prepared meat and took it to the Ashram of Sage Vasishta. Sage Vasishta was furious to find meat in his ashram and cursed the King to become a man-eating

Ganika In Ancient India - Meaning

Ganika in ancient India was a maiden who made her living by means of her personal beauty, her skills in the fine arts and capacity to provide pleasure. Some scholars equate her with harlot or courtesan. She was not from a particular caste. The term is also used to refer to a woman who makes a living by her beauty (ganika rupajiva). In some ancient kingdoms, the most beautiful woman was appointed as a ganika and it was a respectable post. As per Arthashastra, Ganika was inducted to the profession only if she so desires. Patronage and maintenance of a Ganika was seen as a status symbol in ancient times. They were also associated with dance and temple arts.

Bhasma Wet or Dry - How Should Bhasma Be Applied on Forehead?

Bhasma is the sacred ash worn by Hindu devotees. There is a doubt among many devotees whether Bhasma should be used wet – after making it a paste (damp) – or dry. Bhasma that we receive from temples should worn dry. That which is kept at home should be made into a paste and worn. Vibhuti that we bring from temples should not be mixed with the stock at home. After applying Vibhuti paste, one should not wash the hands but cleanse it by applying the remnant on other parts including legs and hands. The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal. It is found in the book titled ‘The Great  Hindu Tradition’ written by Sarma Sastrigal. Related Importance of Bhasma or Vibhuti – Significance of applying sacred ash or Vibhuti on the body

Dada J P Vaswani Teachings

This collection of Dada J P Vaswani Teachings is mostly from magazines, newspapers and books. It has been collected over a period of ten years.  Spiritual leader, philosopher, guide and who showed light to millions of people across the world, Dada Jashan P. Vaswani was the spiritual head of Sadhu Vaswani Mission in  Pune ,  India. Is not this hunger of every human heart, someone to love us? But this it the paradox of love, that you must love someone before you can receive love. The love that goes out of you to others returns to you. Love moves in a circle: and it is you who must make the circle move! Love gives and gives and gives and seeks no return. Therefore, love has nothing to lose and consequently, nothing to fear. When you have nothing to do, do not let the mind wander after useless things. But close your eyes, shut out the world, bring yourself in God's presence and offer to him brief prayers. That is the way of growing beautiful within! The mind