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Physical Good Health in Hinduism and Hanuman - Ambassador Of Good Health

Hanuman is the patron god of bodybuilders and wrestlers in Hinduism. He is associated with a good body and good health. He is worshipped by Hindus to get rid of diseases, to overcome deformities and pain in the body. Here is a look at physical good health in Hinduism associated with Hanuman - who is the ambassador of good health. Surya Namaskar It is believed that Hanuman designed the Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) part of Yoga. He designed it to venerate his guru, Surya, the sun god. Malkhamb Malkhamb, an exercise form popular in Maharashtra, traces its origin to Hanuman. In this exercise, boys and girls climb up and down a pole to keep themselves fit and to improve agility and flexibility. Carrying Herb Mountain He carried the Dronagiri Mountain from the Himalayas to Lanka to save Lakshman during the Ram-Ravan battle and therefore he is associated with medicinal herbs. As he carried Sanjeevani, it is believed that he has the cure for all ailments including life-

Story and Symbolism of Saptamatrika

When Goddess Durga was fighting the demons, She had seven female Saptamatrikas (seven companions mothers) helping her. The story and symbolism of Saptamatrika is found in the Devi Mahatmya. The names of Saptamatrika are: Brahmani Maheshvari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi Indrani Chamundi or Kali Symbolism of Saptamatrika In the Saptamatrika goddess cluster, the infant seated on Brahmani’s lap represents the initiate or a devotee who is spiritually only a newborn. Brahmani signifies the lowest chakra (personified energy centers). She is just initiated into the world of spirituality and Tantra. Maheshvari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi and Indrani are the five middle chakras. They symbolically represents the five rungs of the ladder toward liberation, which the devotee must ascend. As the spiritual infant passes from one matrika to the next, the spiritual aspirant is progressing along the road to emancipation. Kali or Chamunda represents the uppermost chakra and completes

Prajnanam Brahma - Brahman Is Pure Consciousness - Mahavakyas In Upanishad

Prajnanam Brahma - Brahman Is Pure Consciousness – is from the Aitareya Upanishad, Rig Veda. It is the only one of the four Mahavakyas that does not speak directly of the oneness of Brahman and the Self, but rather explains the nature of Brahman as pure consciousness. The section that contains these words begins with the question: ‘What is that Self, which we worship?’ And as part of the reply, we find that this Self, or absolute Reality, is identified with all the gods, all the elements, all creatures. All this is guided by consciousness, prajnanam, is ordered by consciousness. The ground of the universe is consciousness. Consciousness is Brahman (3.1.3). This is our first hint that pure consciousness is something more than we may think it is, for it forms the source and ground of the entire universe. It is the guiding force behind the creation of all living beings and dwells within all sentient beings as the inner guide and controller. Thus, we can say that Brahman