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Asurayuddha – Asuravijaya

Asurayuddha or Asuravijaya is a type of unrighteous war mentioned in Kautilya’s Arthashastra. In this type of war, the conqueror conquers like demons. They seize land, money, and women and make people slaves. It is called Asura yuddha because it is believed that demons practiced such means of warfare. All heinous, illegal and forbidden methods of warfare are used for obtaining victory in this type of war. There is no direct or straight fight in Asuravijaya. Secrecy, guile, charm spells and cheating are widely used to attain victory. Wars according Hindu scriptures like the epics, Puranas and Shastras are broadly classified into - dharma yuddha and Adharma yuddha or kuta yuddha; righteous and unrighteous war. Kautilya in his Arthashastra further classifies the adharma war into two as lobhavijaya and asuravijaya. Asuravijaya or asurayudha is one in which the conqueror conquers like a demon seizing the land, money, sons and wives of the defeated king, whereas lobhavijaya, the war

Thottam Pattu – History – Ritual – Story – Importance Of Thottam Songs In Kerala

The word Thottam means instinct or something which forms in the mind and is a colloquial form of stotram or hymn. All Thottam Pattu are sung in praise of Goddess Kali. The Thottam Pattu (songs) are sung by a specific section of people in Kerala. Set to meter, Thottam songs have the quality of spontaneity. Most of the them have the quality of free and flowing rhythm. A large number of Thottam pattu are available in Malayalam and the singers of this type of songs are found throughout Kerala. Thottam are one of the best devotional folk songs in Malayalam. They have a very simple and sweet diction. From their language, it is clear that these songs originated in the 13 th and 14 th century AD. These songs are usually not available in written or printed form. Most of the practitioners of Thottam believed that it was a sin to print or record them in any form. The devotees of the Goddess sing them in ecstasy. In some cases they sing with the accompaniment of an instrument for r

Dhanik Muni – Story Of Dhanik Muni The Founder Of Dhankas

Dhanik Muni is the founder of the Dhanka community. The popular belief is that Dhanaka Muni appeared during the Satya Yuga, the first of the four eons in Hinduism, to annihilate demons that were terrorizing the world and spreading Adharma. Legend has it that frustrated at the plight of good people on earth, Mother Goddess Earth offered prays to Shiva. She requested him to put an end to the rule of demons. Shiva was performing intense austerities when He heard the prayers. He opened His fiery eyes and looked at His Dhanus (bow). From it appeared a great warrior and Shiva named him Dhanik Muni. The Muni went to Earth and annihilated all the demons and restored Dharma on earth. His weapon was the bow. After finishing the divine mission, Dhanik Muni observed penance. His bow was transformed into a loom. He adopted the profession of weaving and his descendants and followers did the same.

Sant Eknath Teachings - A Collection Quotes Of Sant Eknath

Sant Eknath (1533–1599) was a Marathi saint and religious poet of the Varkari tradition. His teachings remove the dust of ignorance and sets a devotee on the true path of spirituality. Here is a collection Sant Eknath teachings and quotes. Purity – not merely of the body but the internal one of the heart as well as the external one of good actions is needed. One who wants to make the mind pure should first perform the necessary actions and the primal ignorance will be destroyed; by spiritual practice the mind becomes steady and the steady mind easily becomes thirsty (for God) and Janardan’s disciple Eknath says that this is the stage when the mind becomes one with Brahman. Penance or constant meditation on God and not fasting or torturing the body is needed. Retirement from worldly affairs to lead a life of silent meditation in solitude. Calm endurance of the weak points of others without feeling anger as the Atman is the same in all. Bhakti – realizing