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Importance of Mirror in Hinduism – Religious Significance of Mirror in Hindu Religion

Mirror is an important part of many rituals in Hinduism. Apart from religious significance, mirror also has important philosophical significance in Hindu religion. Mirror is considered highly auspicious and is part of good items that can be viewed before a new beginning. In Hindu marriages of some communities, when receiving the groom, there is a tradition to carry a mirror on the platter along with other beauty related materials. While the bride is dressing up, she holds a mirror in her left hand. This is a must for many Hindu communities. The philosophical aspect of mirror in Hindu teachings is found in the Upanishads. The reflection in the mirror is seen as God. ‘The person…that is seen in the mirror (eye), that is self…This is the Brahman – the Supreme Truth – Chandogya Upanishad . The person that is in the mirror, on him I meditate. – Kaushitaki Upanishad Cleaning the mirror (heart) which is covered with dust is a constant theme in many teachings in

Damodar Month – Why Kartik Mahina is also known as Damodar Maas?

The Kartik Month or Mahina in North India, Gujarat and Maharashtra is also known as Damodar Mahina or Maas . Damodar Month is named after Lord Krishna. Mata Yashoda tying Lord Krishna to the grinding stone is one of the most popular legends during the childhood of Lord Krishna and it is believed to have taken place in this month. Damodar Month in 2023 in North India is from October 29 to November 27. Lord Krishna was very naughty in his childhood and once fed up with his naughtiness Mata Yashoda tied him to a rice grinding mortar. This act of a human tying the Supreme Lord has a greater symbolic meaning – through this act Lord Krishna revealed to the world that the Lord will accept the dominance of Love and he can only be bound by the Love of his devotee. This divine act of Maiya Yashoda tying Lord Krishna to the grinding stone and him moving it around got him the name Damodar. There is a popular belief that Lord Krishna can be easily pleased in this month. D

Yamadeep – Story of Yamadeepdaan and Lighting of Lamps on First day of Diwali

Yamadeep, also known as Yamdeep or Yamadeepdaan, is the first day of Diwali celebrations in North India and Gujarat . Diyas (lamps) are lit all night and these lamps are dedicated to Yama or Yamraj, the Hindu god of death. Yamadeep 2023 date is November 10. The popular story of Yam Deep is associated with a young girl outwitting Yama to save her husband. Legend has it that a 16-year-old son of King Hima was destined to die on the fourth day of his marriage due to a snake bite. A girl agreed to marry the unlucky prince knowing his ill fate. The young bride was confident of her spirituality and decided to save the prince. On the fourth night, after their marriage, she refused to let him sleep. She collected all her jewellery, ornaments, and also the gold and silver coins in the palace and placed them in a heap at the entrance of door. Then she lit innumerable Diyas (lamps) all over the palace. To keep her husband awake, she narrated tales and sang songs. At the

Uttarashada Nakshatra Date and Time in 2020 – Uthradam Birth Star dates and timing in 2020

Uttarashada Nakshatra 2020 dates and time based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Uttarashada Birth Star, also known as Uthradam, is the 21st Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Uttarashada Nakshatra dates and timing in 2020. The astrological prediction of the birth star as per Moon Sign is that of Dhanu Rashi and Makara Rasi. The first quarter of Uttarashada is in Dhanus or Sagittarius Zodiac and the next three quarters are in Makara or Capricorn Zodiac. Jupiter or Guru is the Lord of Dhanu Rashi. Lord Shani or Saturn is the lord of Makara Rashi. The color of Uttarashada is copper. Uttarashada Nakshatra 2020 Date and Time - North - East - South of India This time is applicable in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Pondicherry, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Tripura, Assam, Meghala

24 Gurus Of Dattatreya - 24 Gurus Of Nature

When Guru Dattatreya was a child, a king visited the ashram. Because his parents were away, Dattatreya greeted the king and the king saw an inner joy radiating from the boy. The king immediately realized that the boy was gifted with great wisdom and started talking to him. This talk is famous as Guru Sri Dattatreya teachings and in it one get to know about the twenty four Gurus of Dattatreya. (Source: Book - The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD) King: You have been studying with your parents? Dattatreya: There is much to learn from everyone and everything, not only from my parents. King: Then you have a teacher? Who is it? Dattatreya: I have 24 gurus. King: Twenty-four gurus at such a tender age? Who are they? Dattatreya: Mother earth is my first guru. She taught me to hold those who trample me, scratch me, and hurt me lovingly in my heart, just as she does. She taught me to give them my best, remembering that th

Eknath Easwaran Quotes

A collection of quotes of Eknath Easwaran. The desire to change the direction of your life is one of the surest signs of grace... For a while you may not know the direction in which to go. But you will know without doubt that the direction you have been going in is wrong... The sure sign of grace is the desire to go against all selfish desires. We are not made to love only one or two individuals. We have the immense capacity to be in love with everyone... Happy is he who is good to others; miserable is he who expects good from others. The lotus makes a beautiful symbol for the core of goodness in every human being. Though we are born of human clay, it remind us, each of us has the latent capacity to reach and grow toward heaven until we shine with the reflected glory of our Maker. A mask can hide a face completely. But the very nature of a mask is that it can be removed. This is the promise and the purpose of all spiritual discipline – to take off the mask that hid