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Story of Origin of Shukla Yajur Veda and Yajnavalkya

The story of the origin of Shukla Yajur Veda is associated with Sage Yajnavalkya. Once Sage Yajnavalkya, a disciple of Sage Jaimini had a serious argument with his guru. The matter of argument was related to King Janak. Both the Guru and his disciple were not ready to give up. They had heated arguments. Guru was angry at the behavior of his disciple. The infuriated Guru, Jaimini, ordered his disciple to abdicate all the knowledge that he had imparted. Immediately, Yajnavalkya obeyed it and vomited all the knowledge that had gained from his guru. Yajnavalkya left the ashram and performed intense Tapas. He prayed to the Sun (Surya) and assumed him as his guru. Surya was pleased to have such a worthy disciple and Surya imparted him all the knowledge. All that Surya taught Yajnavalkya emerged as Shukla Yajur Veda. Since then, the scholars of Shukla Yajur Veda are called Yajnavalkyas. In the Shukla Yajur Veda imparted by Surya Bhagavan, the worship of Sun an

Paravastu Mutt

Paravastu Mutt is one of the centers for the propagation of the Vaishnava Faith. It is only meant mainly for Sattada Srivaishnavas, whose religious head is the jira of the mutt. Paravastu is the name of an acharya purusha. Other names of such acharya purushas are Kandadai, Prativadi Bhayankaram and Anandanpillai. The functions of the mutt include the installation of the images of the Alwars, rearing flower gardens for Srihari Vishnu, promoting centers of learning the prabandhams of Alvars, propagating the philosophy of Ramanuja, establishing Ramanuja Kutams for free feeding of the poor, and reciting Tiruvaymoli and Iyalpa on festive occasions. The Vijayanagar kings patronized the establishment of the mutts. There are two inscriptions at Tirumala which show that Anatalvan rendered service to Tiruvenkaamudaiyan as a member of Paravastu Mutt by taking a pledge to carry on the thirumanjana kainkarya (temple ceremony). His grandson offered Amudapadi and Sathupadi. The mu

Importance of Goal Setting In Life

'Importance of Goal setting in life' is from a speech delivered by Arunima Sinha, the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest with an prosthetic leg. The first thing that youth must remember is they must have a goal in life, a high goal. The difficulty is not whether we succeed in achieving the goal; the difficulty is that a large number of youth do not have any goal at all. Hence, first we must fix a goal. And then day and night think about it, saturate our mind with the thought of our goal. We must so vigorously pursue our goal that people start calling us mad! Let us not forget that only those ‘dreams’ are realized which are dreamt during waking state, not during sleep. And dreams should be so overpowering that they do not allow us to sleep, and then only they will be realized. Goal-setting should be followed by proper planning or means to achieve our goal. Besides thinking well over it, we may have to seek help from the experts or eminent people in the fi