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Padmapada – Story Of The Disciple Of Adi Shankaracharya

Padmapada was one of the most famous devotees of Adi Shankaracharya. He had written a famous commentary on the Brahmasutra Bhashya of Adi Shankara. Before becoming an ascetic, Padmapada was a successful businessman. His name before becoming a sanyasi was Vishnu Sharma. Adi Shankaracharya had given him the name Sanandanan after he became a monk. There is an interesting story, which narrates how Sanandanan got the name Padmapada. A few disciples thought that Adi Shankaracharya showed undue favouritism to Sanandanan. Adi Shankara was aware that some of his disciples were jealous of Sanandanan.   Adi Shankaracharya once decided to show his disciples the depth of Guru Bhakti and love that Sanandanan had. He invited his disciples to the bank of Ganga to learn Vedanta. During this time, Sanandanan was washing clothes on the other bank of Ganga. Adi Shankaracharya called him loudly and asked him to join in the Vedanta teaching. Sanandanan immediately started walking on Ganga. His

Panchagavya in Hindu Religion

Panchagavya in Hindu religion is a combination of five products – milk, curd, ghee, cow urine and cow dung. Panch means five and Gavya means product obtained from cow. Panchagavya is the five elements obtained from cow and it is considered sacred and has medicinal properties. Panchagavya is used to break certain Hindu fasting by certain communities. Panchagavya is also a used by Ayurveda practitioners to cure various diseases. A small amount Panchagavya is consumed on certain fasting days. This is usually to end the fast like Chandrayana Vrat. Today, Panchagavya is widely used as a growth stimulant and biopesticide in agriculture. The texts on Vrkshayurveda are systematizations of the practices that the farmers followed at field level, place in a theoretical framework and it define certain plant growth stimulants; among them panchagavya was an important one that enchanced the biological efficiency of crop plants and the quality of fruits and vegetables (Natarajan

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Quotes and Teachings

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918 – 2008) is an Indian Guru known for developing the Transcendental Meditation technique. This is a collection of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi quotes and teachings. Those who meditate, they retire from the outside, they take their awareness from the outside and gradually go deep into the thinking process and eventually go beyond the thought. Transcend thought and then the thinking mind, the conscious mind becomes consciousness. When it goes beyond thought then it transcends thought and becomes consciousness. This consciousness is pure consciousness. The nature of this pure consciousness is bliss – the Absolute. This is called Being. If we are all strong, stable, we can set our sail with any wind in the world that comes along. If we are not strong, we are like a leaf in the wind. So we meditate, every day, regularly, and gain transcendental being in our everyday life and then we are strong. Enlightenment means lack of darkness, absence of darkness. And