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Evolution Of Life And Hinduism – Theory Of Evolution In Hindu Religion

Evolution of life on earth in Hinduism is based on the concept that all that is animate and inanimate evolved from the Supreme Truth called Brahman. Hindu religion believes that intelligence always exist, it is neither created nor destroyed. The evolutionary theory of the modern world states that unintelligent beings slowly evolve into animals, and then into intelligent human beings. Dr. Narayana P. Bhat, secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama in United States , writes on the subject in al.com. In the article titled Evolution, from Hinduism's point of view: LifePoints he writes Hinduism talks about the mental and spiritual evolution of the beings from ignorance to wisdom through progressive and successive intermediate states of partial ignorance and partial intelligence while modern science speaks of physical evolution starting with simple form of life which evolves to more complex systems of which man is the ultimate product. Hi

Quiz on Animals as Vehicle or Vahana in Hindu Tradition

The Sanskrit word ‘Vahana,’ which means vehicle, is used for the animals and birds that serve as the carriers of the gods in Hinduism. This a simple on the various animals used as Vahana or Vehicles in Hindu tradition. The Quiz is in embedded format - HB Vahana Related Quiz on Hindu God Shiva Ramayana Quiz – A Quiz on Hindu God Ram Hanuman Quiz – A quiz on the life of Hindu God Hanuman A Quiz on the Narasimha Incarnation of Lord Vishnu A Quiz on Nagas or Serpents in Hindu Tradition A Quiz on Child Krishna – Based on Bhagavad Purana A Quiz on Popular Hindu Festivals

Online Course on Vedas and Upanishads – Study Vedas and Upanishads at Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS)

The Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) is a Recognized Independent Centre of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. The centre provides various courses in Hinduism online in English and the next session of the online course on Vedas and Upanishads starts on July 21, 2019 and you can enroll now. Course cost is £95 fully inclusive. The aim of the course is to provide the student with a broad understanding of the contents of these works, as well as the religious beliefs and practices they advocate. All study materials are delivered via the web. The tutor will always be available by email. You will also be able to communicate online with your fellow students. You can find more details about the course structure and how to enroll here at t he official website of Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies(OCHS).

Shodashopachara – How To Perform Shodashopachara Puja?

Shodashopachara is a way of performing a Hindu daily puja to Hindu deities. This involves 16 steps of puja and is performed by some Hindus daily and by others only on special occasions. Some people perform Shodashopachara Puja once in a week, fortnight or month. How To Perform Shodashopachara Puja? Avaahan – Welcoming the deity Asan – Seating of the deity Padya – Washing feet Arghya – Offering water to wash hands Achman – Offering water to sip and wash mouth Snan – Bathing of deity Vastra – Offering fresh clothes and decorations (the color depends on the deity like yellow for Vishnu, white for Shiva, red for Shakti etc) Changing Janai – Fresh scared thread Gandha – Offering aromatic substances Pushpa – Offering flowers (color of flowers varies) Dhoop – Burning incense Deep – Waving lights Naivedyam – Offering food (the food prepared varies from deity to deity) Tambool – Offering betel leaves, betel nuts, camphor etc Pradakshina – Prostrations before the deity a

Goddess Maramma

Goddess Maramma is a manifestation of mother goddess that is worshipped in South India , especially in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. She protects people from epidemic diseases and is also known as Mari, Masanamma, Chaudi, Kali and Karali. Some people believe she is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and refer to her as Maheshwari. In many villages in South India , Goddess Maramma is also an incarnation of Goddess Renuka Devi, mother of the Parashurama Avatar of Srihari Vishnu. She is worshipped for a peaceful and happy life – without any ailments. She stops all epidemics. She is mother to those who follow the path of Dharma. Nemesis to all those who indulge in Adharmic activities. In Tantric worship, Goddess Maramma is a blood thirsty deity. But this form is currently limited to some temples in rural areas and is not encouraged by majority of rural Hindus. Almost all villages have a temple or murti of Goddess Maramma. Bisilu Maramma temple in Mysore Pala

Five Verses from Ekatma Panchakam of Sri Ramana Maharishi

1) When, forgetting the Self, one thinks that the body is oneself and goes through innumerable births and in the end remembers and becomes the Self, know this is only like awakening from a dream wherein one has wandered all over the world. In a dream, one may go on a world-tour and in the dream, itself return home and lie down in one’s own bed; but when one awakes one knows that it was all a dream. In the same way all of one’s samsaric reincarnations are only a long-drawn out dream, at the end of which only the Self remains, unaffected by all this. There is a difference here, because it was not the Self that dreamed, but only the ego-mind. 2 ) One ever is the Self. To ask oneself ‘Who and whereabouts am I?’ is like the drunken man enquiring, ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Where am I?’ Here the difference is that the drunken man puts the question to others, but the sadhaka puts the question to his own ignorant, false self. The real Self remains unaffected all the time. 3) The body is