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Origin of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra – Shiva Mantra Conquers Death

The story of the origin of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is associated with Young Sage Markandeya. He wrote and chanted this is powerful Shiva mantra to escape from the clutches of Yama, the Hindu god of death. Thus this great mantra conquers fear of death and provides long life to one who chants it. Sage Mrikandu and Marudvati had no children. Mrikandu Rishi was an ardent devotee of Shiva. Day for the rishi began with Shiva and ended with Shiva. But the rishi never asked for anything from Shiva. Seeing his wife in pain in not having any children, Sage Mrikandu decided to ask Shiva for a solution. Shiva who is Bholenath is ever ready to help his ardent devotees. Shiva appeared before the Sage and gave him an option – 100 sons who are foolish or one son who will be intelligent but with a short life. Sage Mrikandu opted for an intelligent son – who will only live for 16 years. Soon a son was born to the couple, they named him Markandeya. He showed great intelligence from childh

Lagadha Maharishi – Hindu Astronomer – Mathematician – Lived During 1200 BC

Lagadha is one of the earliest known Hindu mathematician and astronomer. This great Indian Maharishi, also known as Lagadh Muni, is believed to have lived during 1200 BC. His contribution to astronomy is still relevant. Lagadha is ranked as the topmost astronomer because he was the redactor of Vedanga Jyotisha, which is referred to even today. Vedanga Jyotisha has two parts: Rik and Yajur recensions. The former part contains 36 verses in Sanskrit. They deal with eclipses, a lunar calendar and units in time calculation. Vedanga Jyotisha deals with the calculations of solar and lunar eclipses. According to Vedanga Jyotisha, the lunar month begins on a new moon day; one lunar month is 29.5 lunar days approximately; one lunar year is 12 lunar months, called lunation, and is of about 354 lunar days. A lunar month is divided into 30 equal parts called tithi. A period of 19 lunar years is called a Lagadha era. Lagadha Yuga begins on a new moon day which coincides with wint

Teachings Of Sant Kabir - Sayings From Dohe And Vani Of Kabir Das

Teachings of Sant Kabir from various sources including books, Dohe, Vani and other translations of the works of Kabir Das. The Teachings and Sayings were collected over a period of 12 years. Admire the diamond that can bear the hits of a hammer. Many deceptive preachers, when critically examined, turn out to be false Between the grinding stones of cravings and aversions the whole world is being crushed. Kabir weeps at the plight of the world as none is able to see the truth. A diamond was lying in the street covered with dirt. Many fools passed by. Someone who knew diamonds picked it up. (Those who seek true knowledge will acquire it.) A rosary ( japa mala ) is rotating in the hand and tongue swings in the mouth. But if the mind is moving in all the four directions then this is not a meditation of God. Listen, I see the world is mad. If I tell the truth they rush to beat me, if I lie they trust me. If you want the truth, I will tell you the truth: Listen