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Memorizing Ancient Mantras In Hindu Religion Improves Brain Power

Memorizing ancient mantras in Vedas in Hindu religion increases the size of brain regions associated with cognitive function. India's Vedic Sanskrit pandits train for years to orally memorize and exactly recite 3,000-year old oral texts ranging from 40,000 to over 100,000 words. ….the structural MRI scanning was remarkable. Numerous regions in the brains of the pandits were dramatically larger than those of controls, with over 10 percent more grey matter across both cerebral hemispheres, and substantial increases in cortical thickness. Most interestingly for verbal memory was that the pandits' right hippocampus—a region of the brain that plays a vital role in both short and long-term memory—had more gray matter than controls across nearly 75 percent of this subcortical structure. The pandits also showed substantially thickening of right temporal cortex regions that are associated with speech prosody and voice identity. Does the pandits’ substantial i

Ganesha Kubera Story

Ganesha Kubera story teaches us that pride is a negative force and it should be shunned and not carried like an ornament. Kubera, the treasure of Gods, once built a palace made of Gold. He was overcome with pride. Kuber once invited Shiva with the intention to show off his newly built palace made of gold. Shiva, who realized the arrogance of Kubera, offered to send his son, Ganesha, for the occasion. Ganesh used the event to teach Kuber a lesson by eating all his food and wealth. When Ganesha reached the palace, Kubera tried to show his precious things – wall, furniture and all utensils in the palace was made of gold. But Ganesha showed no interest in them. He was only interested in the food. Kubera boasted that he had prepared tasty dishes to serve thousands of guests. Soon Ganesh started relishing the food served. Soon all the cooked food was finished. But his hunger could not be satisfied. Kuber was shocked. Ganesha then started eating the raw vegetables and other

Upcoming Hindu Festivals in March 2020 – Hindu Vrat – Fasting – Rituals in March 2020

Dates of important upcoming festivals and fasting associated with Hinduism in March 2020 – based on major Hindu calendars and Panchang used in India. The festivals, Vrats and ritual days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). March 1 – Muruga Sashti Fasting marked in Kerala March 2 – Holashtak Begins March 3 – Monthly Durga Ashtami fasting March 4/5 – Lathmar Holi March 5 – Smarta Ekadashi March 6 – Bhagwat Ekadashi fasting March 7 – Shani Pradosh March 8 - Masi Magam March 9 – Holika Dahan, Holashtak ends, Purnima Vrat March 9 – Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanti March 9 – Attukal Pongala March 10 – Holi play with colors – Purnima – full moon day March 10 – Chaitra month begins in North India. March 11 – Tukaram Beej March 11 – Chitragupta Puja – Bhai Dooj in Madhya Pradesh March 12 – Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat – Moonrise time 9:36 PM March 14 – Sant Eknath Shashti March 14 – Karadaiyan Nombu in Tamil Nadu (Savitri Vrat) March 14 – Panguni Masam begi

Panchbali Vidhi – Panchbali Bhog During Shraddh

Panchbali bhog during shradh is offering food to five different living beings. The belief is that pitr will be satisfied when the five live beings are given food. The five living beings are cow, dog, crow, demigods and ant. Panchbali Vidhi The bhog is offered at different places in five different banana leaves. Urad dal and curd is part of the bhog. The first bhog is offered to cow and the mantra chanted is as follows. ॐ सौरभेयः सर्वहिताः पवित्राः पुण्यराशयः।। प्रतिगृह्णन्तु में ग्रासं , गावस्त्रैलोक्यमातरः॥ इदं गोभ्यः इदं न मम्।। The second bhog is offered to Dog and the mantra chanted is as follows: ॐ द्वौ श्वानौ श्यामशबलौ वैवस्वतकुलोद्भवौ ।। ताभ्यामन्नं प्रदास्यामि , स्यातामेतावहिंसकौ ॥ इदं श्वभ्यां इदं न मम ॥ The third bhog is offered to crow and the mantra chanted is as follows: ॐ ऐन्द्रवारुणवायव्या याम्या वै नैऋर्तास्तथा ।। वायसाः प्रतिगृह्णन्तु भुमौ पिण्डं मयोज्झतम् ।। इदं वायसेभ्यः इदं न मम ॥ T

Understanding Prayer in Hinduism – Prayer Is Not For Desire Fulfillment

Understanding prayer in Hinduism. Many people see prayer as means to get their desires fulfilled by the intervention of God. But in reality is not for desire fulfillment. Srimat Swami Tapasyananda (1904 to 1991), Vice-President of the Ramakrishna Order, tries to explain the true meaning of prayer. If every petition we make to God were answered by Him, all would have been devotees, only praising and never working for the achievement of all things, as it is the best short cut for attaining one’s ends. It is said that when wars take place, both the belligerents would make earnest prayers to God for victory for themselves. People have too naive an idea of God—an idea of Him as a mighty potentate sitting on a throne on high, granting favours and rejecting petitions according to His whims. God is as much justice as He is love and, in regard to persons who approach Him for favours, He is mainly a judge. He functions through the law of Karma, according to which man’s merits and demer