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Buddhi Yoga – The Yoga Of Equanimity

Buddhi Yoga, the yoga of equanimity, is mentioned in Chapter II of the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna instructs Arjuna that he must renounce attachment to his former friends, teachers, and family and engage himself in battle, which was meant for upholding Dharma. Sri Krishna reminds Arjuna that the atman (the self) is different from the body and that the “Self neither slays nor is slain” (II:19). When buddhi (intellect) becomes established in jnana (knowledge), then liberation can be at hand. This knowledge requires equanimity. He says “Treating alike pleasure and pain, gain and loss, victory and defeat, prepare yourself for battle. Thus you will incur no sin.” (II.38) The evenness of mind attained through buddhi yoga or the disciplined mind is described further by Krishna as the key to liberation: “He who has reached evenness of mind casts off both good and evil deeds in this life. Therefore, strive for yoga, which is skill in action. The wise who have attained evenness of mind ren

Shivling Absorbs Oil Abhishekam Leaving No Trace At Thiruneelakudi Temple – Hindu Temple Miracle

Shivling in a temple is offered various items as part of abhishekam. At Thiruneelakudi Neelakandeswarar Temple near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, the Shivling absorbs the entire oil leaving no trace of the oil, yet another Hindu temple miracle. Liters of oil poured on the Shivling dries of quickly and the Shivling appears as if no liquid has been poured on it for years. The abhishekam has been taking place for hundreds of years but still the Shivling is rough. No one knows where the oil disappears. Scientists and researchers are yet to find out the reason for the disappearance of oil. Devotees are of the view that this Shivling is associated with Shiva drinking the halahala poison that emerged during the churning of ocean. It is because of the halahala poison that the oil disappears without flowing down the Shivling. Five Petal Bilva Leaves In Temple Tree Bilva leaves have three petals. But the Bilva Tree in Thiruneelakudi Neelakandeswarar Temple has five petals.

God gave and God took away – What is the use of sorrowing?

Spirituality helps to develop detachment to worldly matters and creates a sense of renunciation. God gave and God took away. What is the use of sorrowing? According to the Bhagavad Gita, one who has ‘discovered’ one’s innermost Reality and identifies oneself with all that exists is called a sthita-prajna. Men and women dedicated to spiritual values develop the ability to withstand even terrible tragedies in their lives. The Lord says in the Gita, ‘Mām-anusmara yudhya ca; Remember Me and fight.’ So, to make our lives fully focused on God, continual effort to keep our mind on God is necessary. This method of remembering Him will make us progress spiritually, without disturbing our day-to-day activities, in whichever vocation we may be engaged. Contentment lies in the heart, not in circumstances. Money is not permanent. Trust is our greatest asset.