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How Earth Got The Name Prithvi? – Story In Hindu Tradition

Prithvi is one among the numerous names of Earth. There is an interesting story in the Puranas, which narrate how earth got the name Prithvi. In the lineage of King Dhruva, there was a popular king called Rajan Anga. As old age approached, the King took Vanaprastha and made his son Vena, the next king. Vena was an arrogant king and he abolished all yajnas and prayers in his kingdom. He only looked after his welfare. Saints and wise men tried to reason with him but he was not ready to listen to them. Fed up with his rule, Vena was killed by people with the guidance of saints. Vena’s mother out of love for her son started to protect his body. As there was no one to take over the kingdom, dacoits and thieves began to loot people. There was utter lawlessness. The saints thought it was their responsibility to find a ruler. They then took the body of Vena and churned it while chanting mantras. From it appeared a human couple. The male was a partial incarnation of

Vasana In Hinduism

Vasana is desire in Hinduism. The word vasana has several different connotations in Sanskrit. Meanings Of Vasana In Hinduism Knowledge derived from memory The impression unconsciously left on the mind by past good or bad deeds which produce pleasure or pain Fancy, imagination, idea. Ignorance Wish, desire, inclination (resulting in a chain effect in the world). It is, however, the meaning wish desire, inclination (resulting in a chain effect in the world), which has epistemological significance in Hindu philosophy. Man has had an infinite number of past lives o the most varied nature, and the instincts of each kind of life exist dormant in the life of every individual, and whenever he has any particular birth as this or that animal or man, the special instincts of that life (called vasana) come forth and the person passes through painful or pleasurable experiences in accordance with these vasanas as determined for him by his actions. Thus vasana generally refers to t

Worship Of God In Human Form – Teachings From Hinduism

Worship Of God In Human Form – Teachings From Hinduism is an extract from the editorial   of Prabuddha Bharata Magazine January 2002 Issue. Adoration means to love something deeply and with respect. Everyone in this world has something to adore. While most people adore the world and its enjoyments, there are a few who adore something different, something higher. As long as we feel that our body-mind complex is real, we see the external world as real and it occupies our whole being. When such a person prays to God, he does it mostly to be freed from some physical or mental affliction, or for worldly prosperity: name, fame, power, and position. These, according to the Bhagavad Gita, are two of the four types of people who worship God. Such people adore God as a human being and even conceive of Him as married and having children, if that suits them! Swami Vivekananda throws light on an important truth: the constitutional necessity for such people to worship God with a