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Shatarupa – The Concept Of Goddess Shatarupa

The concept of Shatarupa is closely associated with creation. It tries to explain the birth of the different living beings on earth. Shatarupa means one that can take numerous forms. The concept of Shatarupa is also an extension of the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma that all living forms are the manifestation of the Supreme Truth. The symbolic story – Legend has it that the first being that was created by Brahma was Goddess Saraswati. Brahma was unable to control his passions for the first female form. Knowing the intention of Brahma, Goddess Saraswati moves away from Brahma taking the form of a cow. To follow her, Brahma takes the form of a bull. The Goddess then becomes a mare; Brahma becomes horse. Every time Goddess Saraswati turned into a bird, animal or tree, Brahma took the male form. The Goddess who thus took different forms came to be known as Shatarupa. Such stories are meant to simplify the core teaching of Sanatana Dharma which is otherwise difficult fo

Garbha Upanishad – On Human Body – Fetus – Sacrificial Pursuits of Body

Garbha Upanishad text describes it as Paippalada Moksha Shastra realized by a pupil of the Sage Pippalada. There is no one opinion regarding to which Vedas it belongs. It is sometimes claimed to be part of Atharva Veda Upanishad. But as per another text, Muktika Upanishad, it belongs to the Yajur Veda. It is also classified as a Vedanta Upanishad. Liberation in Garbha Upanishad means prevention of the rebirth of the fetus. It essence the scripture is a treatise on liberation. Garbha Upanishad content is broadly divided into two – medical speculations relating to the human body and  human body in sacrificial pursuits. The body is thought as the residence of three fires, namely, digestive fire (kosagni),  perceptive (darshanagni) and  fire for performing good and bad deeds (jnanagni). The Upanishad explains the principal traits of the human body. It is a product of five elements,  five agents of action,  five agents of perception,  six supporting vital juices

For Happy Married Life Do This In Shravan Month

If you wish to have a happy married life then perform certain rituals in Shravan month. Monday puja and worship of Shiva and Goddess Parvati helps in solving all kinds of problems associated with married life. On Tuesday, offering prayers to Hanuman and offer betel leaves ( साबुत पान के पत्ते ), jaggery ( गुड़ ) and chickpeas ( चना ). Then read the Hanuman Chalisa. Offering Sindoor daily to Hanuman will help in solving all kinds of problems in married life. Visit Hanuman temple on Tuesday and offer prayers. If possible get a flower or leaf offered to Hanuman in the temple. Keep this in the puja area. This will help in creating positive atmosphere in the house.

Gokarna Story - Story of Ravana and Gokarna

Legend has it that the Shivling worshipped in the famous Mahabaleshwar Temple in Gokarna was gifted to Ravana, the demon king in Ramayana, by Shiva. As per the popular story, Ravana conquered the world and turned towards Kailash, the abode of Shiva. Ravana attempted to uproot the Holy Mountain and tried to shake it. Shiva just pressed his toe on the Mountain and Ravana was crushed by the weight of the mountain. Ravana who realized the omnipotence of Shiva immediately started singing the Sama Veda to impress Mahadev. Shiva was impressed by Ravana’s piety and gave him a Shivling. Shiva promised Ravana that no one will be able to conquer him as long as the Shivling is worshipped in Lanka. Shiva put a condition that if the Shivling was kept down before reaching Lanka, then it will not move from the place. Ravana carried the Shivling to Lanka but on the way at Gokarna he wanted to take bath. So he gave the Shivling to a little boy and asked him to not to keep it dow

Sadachara In Hinduism – Principles Of Good Conduct In Hindu Religion

Sadachara Vrtti is the principles of good conduct and it has been repeatedly emphasized in Hinduism. It is primarily assigned to the householder who is considered the pivot of society. The celibates, forest-dwellers, and renunciates have their own set of rules in Hindu religion, but the householder is said to be the keystone of the arch of society. The principles range from simple chores like getting up early in the morning, or taking a daily bath before ritual worship, to more complicated ones like worshipping Surya, the sun god, with the repetition of the Gayatri Mantra. Rules or physical exercise, guidelines for taking food and all other activities are enjoined in text like smritis, the Mahabharata, the Puranas, the Ramayana, Nitigranthas (text of morals), etc. A person’s attitude towards his fellow beings, society, and flora and fauna are included in sadachara. A person is required to be good in behavior, aptitude, and character. One may outwardly possess good manners

Shravan Food – Food Eaten In Shravan Month – Food Items Not Eaten In Shravan Vrat

Hindus give special importance to what is eaten during the Shravan month (July – August). There are many usual food items that are not eaten during Shravan Vrat. Shravan mahina vrat is of great significance of Hindus around the world. Here is a look at food eaten and not eaten in Shravan Month Food Not Eaten In Shravan Month Meat, alcohol, onion and garlic ( मांस , मदिरा , प्याज और लहसुन ) are not eaten in this month. It is believed that these food items create passion and leads a person to lead unprincipled life. As Shravan is a holy month and people remains spiritual these food items are avoided. All kinds of leafy vegetables are avoided ( साग और अन्य हरी पत्तेदार सब्जियों ). This is because most leafy vegetables are contaminated due to the heavy rain. Brinjal ( बैंगन )is also avoided in this month as it is attacked by insects. Milk and curd is also avoided in this month by many staunch Hindus as it cause imbalance in the body and causes trouble to Vata. Digestion

Swami Prabhavananda Quotes And Teachings

Swami Prabhavananda is associated with the Ramakrishna Mission. This  is a collection of quotes and teachings of Swami Prabhavananda. The desire to argue and quarrel is a sign of ego. If you want to find God, you must suppress the ego and humble yourself — not before your adversary, but before God within him. Never submit to a powerful adversary because you fear the consequences of disagreement; that would be cowardice. But discriminate between principles and opinions. There is a Hindu saying: ‘Say “yea, yea” to everyone, but keep your own seat firm.’ Do not compromise on ideals and principles. But when it comes to opinions, appreciate views differing from yours, and accept them when they merit it. We Must Not Let Our Resentments Stay with Us Until we actually reach oneness with God, it is of course quite natural that we should have misunderstandings and quarrels with one another. But we must not let our resentments stay with us, or they will eat into our hearts like c