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Swayambhu Manu – Who is Swayambhu Manu in Hinduism?

Swayambhu Manu in Hinduism is the name of one of the most ancient dharmashatra karas – writers of Dharmashastra, the text concerned with rules of conduct and law of India. Swayambhu is he who appeared on his own or is of divine origin (not born as a result of sexual union). Manu is a generic and honorific title indicating the ‘father of the human race.” The word ‘manu’ is considered to be the title of a post in the hierarchy of divinity, like the post of Indra. Manu is the sole monarch of the Earth for a given period called manvantara. A manvantara is approximately equal to 306, 720, 000 human years. The first part of this name Swayambhu means Brahma. This is in conformity with the narrative indicated in the present Manusmriti, where it is said that Brahma taught the first discourse of dharma, which was condensed in stages by later writers. Swayambhu Manu is said to have promulgated dharma for the first time on this Earth as per the description in the Mahabharata (Sha

Ghat Chaturdashi Shradh Tarpan Rituals for Accidental and Other Unnatural Deaths

The rites and rituals on the fourteenth day during the Pitru Paksha fortnight is offered to those people who passed away due to accidents or those that met with other unnatural deaths like snake bites etc. The day is known as Ghat Chaturdashi in some regions. Observed in Ashwin month, Ghat Chaturdashi 2023 date is October 13. There is a popular belief among some devout Hindus that the souls of those people who had an unnatural death wander around and do not rest in peace. Hindus perform special pujas, rites and rituals for the dead person’s soul to rest in peace. Pitru Paksha fortnight Shradh rites and rituals observed during the Krishna Paksha of Ashwin month are considered apt for giving peace to the souls of all types of unnatural deaths. All Shradh rituals are best performed with the help of knowledgeable elderly person or a qualified priest.

Understanding Fear And Guilt - Teachings Of Osho

Understanding fear and guilt can help many who are confused in the path of spirituality. This is the teachings of fear and guilt by Osho. Fear is natural; guilt is a creation of the priests. Guilt is man-made. Fear is in-built, and it is very essential. Without fear you will not be able to survive at all. Fear is normal. It is because of fear that you will not put your hand in the fire. If the child has no fear there is no possibility that he will ever survive. His fear is a life-protective measure. Fear is intelligence – so when you see a snake crossing the path, you jump out of the way. It is not cowardly, it is simply intelligent. But there are two possibilities. Fear can become abnormal, it can become pathological. Fear can become abnormal, then it is pathology. And because of this possibility, priests have used it, politicians have used it. All kinds of oppressors have used it. They make it pathological, and then it becomes very simple to exploit you. The priest

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3 Verse 38 - Meaning - Explanation

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3 Verse 38 Explanation by Swami Swarupananda  As fire is enveloped by smoke, as a mirror by dust, as an embryo by the placenta, so is Knowledge covered by desire. (Bhagavad Gita 3.38) Swami Swarupananda Explains this as Three states of the over-clouding of knowledge or Self by desire are described by the three illustrations here given. The first stage is sattvika — ‘fire enveloped by smoke’—the rise of a slight wind of discrimination dispels the smoke of desire in a sattvika heart. The second, the rajasika — the removal of ‘the dust on a mirror,’ requires some time and preparation. While the third — the tamasika, takes a much longer time like the release of ‘the embryo’ from the placenta after birth. The time taken to overcome desire depends on the nature of a person. Source – Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Tr. and notes by Swami Swarupananda