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Story – Saraswati Protecting Sage Vasistha – Sage Vishwamitra Cursing Saraswati River

There is an interesting story that connects Sage Vasistha and Sage Vishwamitra. Both these sages had difference of opinion and this often resulted in the exercise of their spiritual powers. Both the sages lived on the opposite banks of Saraswati Rivers and the place was famous as Prithudaka Tirtha and the Apavaha. Once there was a fight between the two sages and Vishwamitra commanded Saraswati River to bring Sage Vasishta to his side. Saraswati knew that Vishwamitra wanted to harm Vasishta and kill the sage. If Saraswati River disobeyed, Vishwamitra would curse her and if she obeyed Vasishta would curse her. She was unable to come to a decision. Finally she decided to carry Vasistha to the other bank but brought him back before Sage Vishwamitra could harm him. An angry Sage Vishwamitra cursed her and as a result of the curse she ran with blood for year and came to be known as Aruna (red one). Aruna is actually the name of a stream which joins the Saraswati

Sacred Plants Associated With Navagrahas

Just as Gods and Goddess in Hindu Pantheon are associated with some plants or tree or shrub or creeper, all the Navagrahas (nine planets) are associated with plants. Plants – Navagrahas – Plants Sun (Surya) – Arka arka plant Soma (moon) – Palasha Mangal (Mars) – Khadira Buddha (Mercury) – Apamarga apamarga plant Brihaspati or Guru (Jupiter) – Ashwatha Shukra (Venus) – Udumbara Shani (Saturn) – Shami Rahu – Durva Ketu - Darbha

Ego Teachings – Sri Ramakrishna Teachings On Ego

A collection of teachings on ego by Sri Ramakrishna, Ego alone the cause of bondage Sir, why are we bound like this? Why don’t we see God? Maya is nothing but the egotism of the embodied soul. This egotism has covered everything like a veil. ‘All troubles come to an end when the ego dies.’ If by the grace of God a man but once realizes that he is not the doer, then he at once becomes a Jivanmukta. Though living in the body, he is liberated. He has nothing else to fear. This maya, that is to say, the ego, is like a cloud. The sun cannot be seen on account of a thin patch of cloud; when that disappears one sees the sun. If by the grace of the guru one’s ego vanishes, then one sees God. Ego creates upadhis The jiva is nothing but the embodiment of Satchidananda. But since maya, or ego, has created various upadhis, he has forgotten his real Self. Each upadhi changes man’s nature. If he wears a fine black-bordered cloth, you will at once find him humming Nidhu Babu’s