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Sanakadi Rishis

Sanakadi Rishis are the combined names of four great sages – Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanat Kumara. They are the four sons of Brahma and appeared at the beginning of the creation. Scriptures state that due to their high spiritual attainments, they remain as five year olds. Brahma who did penance to start creation pleased the Supreme Truth and That appeared in the form of four Rishis – Sanakadi Rishis. Sanakadi Rishis are the greatest gyanis, yogis and bhaktas. Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanat Kumara They lead a life of renunciation. They can travel anywhere by merely wishing. They arrive on earth to give lessons in dharma to human beings. Immersed in Brahman they keep on chanting Hari Sharanam. Sage Narada addresses them in the Padma Purana like this – Though looking life five year olds, You are the eldest of the eldest, the great grand ancestors of the great grand ancestors. Vaikunta, the highest Heaven, the spiritual realm, your abode. Recitation of th

God Shiva, Bali Island and Mount Meru – the Story in Hindu Tradition

An interesting incident mentioned in the Usana Bali Scripture connects God Shiva, Bali Island and Mount Meru . Bali Island in Indonesia practices Hinduism. The story mentions how mount Meru was installed in Bali . Meru, or Mahameru , is a divine mountain mentioned in the Puranas and epics and is witness to several incidents in Hindu tradition.  In ancient time the island of Bali was spiritually vacant. The people on the island offered prayers to Gods to bless them and help them spiritually. Shiva as Pashupati heeded to the prayers of the people of Bali and placed Mahameru on the island. This stabilized the island and also brought holiness to the place. Shiva also instructed his two sons, Putrajaya and Gni Jaya, and his daughter, Dewi Danu, to reside in the island and serve as the guardian deities of the Balinese. Putrajaya reigns from Mt. Agung , Gni Jaya from Mt. Lempuyang , and Dewi Danu oversees the island’s rivers and forests from her palace in Lake

Adi Shankaracharya Parakaya Pravesha to Learn Kamashastra - Entering The Body Of Another Person

Adi Shankaracharya traveled all around India engaging scholars in religious debate. During one such debate, Bharati, wife of scholar Mandana Mishra, attempted to defeat Adi Shankara in the topic of Kama Shastra – sex. To win this debate Adi Shankaracharya performed parakaya pravesha – enter the body of another person. In the debate between Mandana Mishra and Adi Shankara, Bharati was appointed the judge as she was a scholar by herself. Mandana Mishra was easily defeated in the debate by Adi Shankara. Bharati contented that Adi Shankara had only defeated one half of Mandana Mishra. To completely defeat him, Adi Shankara had to defeat his wife too. Bharati soon realized that she could not defeat Adi Shankara in philosophy, so turned the debate towards Kamashastra. As Adi Shankara was a Brahmachari he had no knowledge of sex. Adi Shankara asked Bharati to give him a month’s time to debate this topic with her. Adi Shankaracharya then used his yogic powers to enter t

Mantra For Enemy – Powerful Mantra In Hinduism To Destroy Enemy

The greatest enemy as per Hinduism is ignorance, desire, lust, hatred, jealousy and anger. External enemies are created by these enemies within us. Here is a powerful mantra in Hinduism to destroy enemy. Mantra For Enemy Om Braam Kalbhairavaya Phat ॐ भ्रां कालभैरवाय फट् ‍ How To Chant The Mantra? Wake up early in the morning before sunrise. Take bath. Sit facing east and chant the mantra 21 times. Feed a dog during day time. Chant the mantra again at midnight around 12. This time chant only 7 times. Along with chanting the mantra daily for 42 days ones should read the Yoga Vasistha daily. Doing charity work and maintaining garden and trees will be highly meritorious in the quest to defeat enemies. 

Snana Purnima 2023 Date – Deva Snana Yatra - Bathing Ceremony at Puri Jagannath Temple

Snana Poornima, or Deba Snan Yatra, is an important ritual before the world famous Rath Yatra at the Puri Jagannath Temple . Snana Purnima 2023 date is June 4. Snana Purnima is bathing ceremony of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra – the deities worshipped at the Jagannath Temple . The ceremony is held in traditional style and grandeur and is a much anticipated ritual. On the day of the Snana Poornima ceremony, the idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra are escorted out of the Ratnasimhasan from the sanctum sanctorum of the Puri Jagannath temple early in the morning. Movement of the Deities Out of Sanctum Sanctorum for Snana Purnima The deities are brought to the Snan Bedi (bathing altar) amidst chanting of mantras and to the sounds of drums, cymbals, bugles and ghantas. This is known as the Dhadi Pahandi procession. This is located in the outer courtyard of the temple complex just behind Meghanda Prachira on the north-eastern sid

Path Of Dead In Hinduism – Pitryana

Pitryana is the path of ancestors or the path of the dead in Hinduism. The central purport of the description of the path of the dead is to create an urge in human beings to escape the monotonous commuting between the earth and heaven (cycle of life) and to engage in efforts that lead to the northern way and, through that, to eventual liberation. The exposition of the sacred Panchagni Vidya by Pravahana Jaivali to Goutama is described in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad and Chandogya Upanishads (with minor variations). In that context, Jaivali describes the “northern path” (also known as devayana or the path of manes.) Path Of Dead In Hinduism The performers of sacrifices and charitable deeds for the public ascend to the lunar world (chanda lokha) through the path of smoke (dhuma marga). While traveling on this path, they first come across the deity of smoke and then successively reach the deity of smoke and then successively reach the deity of ratri (the night); the deity of Kris

Koorathazhwan – The Greatest Disciple of Sri Ramanujacharya – Sri Koorathazhwan Works and Life History

Koorathazhwan is one of the greatest expositors of Visista Advaita Vedanta. He was born at Koora Agrahara, a village near Kanchipuram in a rich Brahmin family. His original or birth name was ‘Srivatsanka Misra’, but was more known as Kooreshan or Kooranathan as he was the chief of Koora Agrahara. Short Life History of Koorathazhwan Koorathazwan was born in 1009 AD. He is believed to be an amsam of Sri Vathsam (partial incarnation of mole on the chest of Srihari Vishnu.) He is also known as Kuresan, Azhwan, Pavithram of Swami Ramanuja. He was married at a young age. The name of Koorathazwan’s wife was Andal Amma. But the pious couple had a very short married life. It is believed that Andal Amma attained moksha at a very young age. He attained Vaikunta (feet of Lord Vishnu) in 1127 AD. (As per some calculations, it is 1132 AD). When Sri Ramanujacharya embraced Sanyasa Ashram, Koorathazhwan sacrificed all his riches went to Srirangam, stood by the side of Sri Ramanujacha

Parivrajaka In Hinduism – Meaning – Importance

The simple meaning of Parivrajaka in Hinduism is forest dweller or wandering ascetic. The term is of great importance as the Hindu who leaves his or her home for the sake of god realization is referred to as Parivrajaka. Parivrajaka is a life style wherein the seeker forsakes attachments in spiritual pursuits on his own. Today, Parivrajaka is more commonly associated with Buddhism. But this kind of leading a life of solitude for self realization came into existence far before the origin of Buddhism. The original Parivrajakas were without family bondage and so roamed about seeking contact with different thinkers. They followed the discourse of philosophers and discussed matters of ethics, philosophy, and mystic. Sometimes they lived with their preceptors before moving on to the next stage. Many Parivrajaka lived alone and did not recognize the institution of any master. They pursued knowledge on their own. These Pravrajakas of ancient times did not organize t

Start Travel With This Mantra For Safety And Success

Traveling is an important part in Hinduism and there are several numerous mantras and rituals associated with traveling. Here is a mantra that can be chanted while starting a travel. It will ensure safety and success. Travel Mantra For Safety And Success श्री हनुमंते नम : How To Chant the Mantra? First offer prayers to Ganesha in mind Chant the mantra 11 times and break a coconut. Sprinkle some coconut water on head. Eat some coconut kernels and share it with those present. The belief it that one will face no problems during journey and will also achieve success from the journey.

Swami Tyagananda Quotes And Teachings

Swami Tyagananda is associated with the Ramakrishna Mission. This is a collection of quotes and teachings of Swami Tyagananda. When we react to what is happening outside, we get involved in it. A detached witness sees things differently than someone who is involved in a situation. Sri Ramakrishna gave the example of people playing chess and others observing them. The observers can often see things that the players themselves cannot. When the ego is strong, it wants to get involved in everything. With involvement comes the loss of capacity to be a neutral witness and the inability to put one’s experiences in the right context. It is not enough to have experiences in life, we need the ability to learn the lessons that every experience brings. This can be a lifelong process. Thoughts on Benefits of Celibacy – Swami Tyagananda What are the benefits of celibacy? What exactly happens when a person practises Brahmacharya? The yoga traditions of Hinduism have made a deep stu