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Dharma Incarnation Of Lord Vishnu

The minor incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Dharma is found in the Brihad Dharma Purana. As per the Brihaddharma purana, when the universe was created, Brahma wanted someone to protect it. Immediately thereafter, from the right side of Brahma, sprang a being with four legs resembling a bull, wearing kundalas in his ears, a garland of white flowers and white sandal paste smeared on this body. Brahma called him Dharma and asked him to be his son and protect the universe. Dharma posses four legs in the Krita Yuga, three legs in Treta Yuga, two legs in Dwapara yuga and one in the kali yuga. His limbs are considered symbolically to be truthfulness, mercy, peacefulness and kindness. His image has four faces, four arms and four legs. He is dressed in white garments, adorned with all ornaments and carrying in his hand the akshamala, a pustaka, lotus and one hand resting on a bull.

Bhaskara Teachings On Vedanta

Bhaskara (996 – 1061 AD) held the view of difference with non-difference (bheda – abheda) as the Ultimate truth, both being real. Brahman is the ultimate reality. It is both the material and efficient cause of the world. As the material cause, it enters into the world as an effect in its own modification, just as gold is modified as many ornaments. Thus Brahman is both cause and the effect, these being but its real forms. Bhaskara, however, says that the causal form of Brahman is its own nature while the world-effect is just adventitious and impermanent. All the same, both these forms are real. Impermanence is not the criterion for unreality. The world is real, different from the cause in form and yet non-different from it in substance. This is the rule in any and every cause-effect relationship. Brahman for all the world-creation, is yet the same and unchanged. For what changes are its powers, not itself. It is like the sun which radiates its rays and collects them back. T

Mangalya In Hinduism

Mangalya is a term used for the auspicious objects used in religious ceremonies. Yaska gives the etymology of in Nirukta (IX.4), tracing it from the root gr, “to praise, to swallow”, or from mam gacchatu, i.e., “let it come to me.” Different religious schools differ on the number of mangalya, but most Sanskrit texts support eight auspicious objects – Darpanam puranakumbhascha ursabham yagamacamaram srivatsam svastikam sankham dipam capyastamangalam (Raurava Agama kp XVII cd-79ab). The married women put on certain marks and ornaments like mangalasutra, kumkuma, nose ring, etc., as an auspicious token of their good fortune and this is also known as mangalya. Evening lamp is also mangalya dravya as it dispels darkness. Before journey, seeing or touching the mangalya like durva grass, curd, ghee, water-vase etc is accepted as a common feature of auspiciousness in Hindu tradition. (Vayu Purana XIV.36-37). Goddess Durga is praised as sarvamangalamangalya (Durga Saptas

Ashwin Mahina 2023 - Ashwin Month in Traditional Hindu Calendar in North India in 2023

Ashwin Mahina is the seventh month in a traditional Hindi calendar followed in North India . Ashwin Month 2023 begins on September 30 and ends on October 28. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana,  Bihar  and Chhattisgarh and other North Indian states. A month in these regions is calculated from the day after Purnima or full moon to the next Purnima. The current year in the Hindi Calendar is Saka 2080. Importance Of Ashwin Month In Hinduism Ashwin Month is dedicated to the worship of Ganesha in Hinduism.  Mantra Chanted in the month - ॐ श्रीं गं सौभाग्य गणपतये,वर्वर्द सर्वजन्म में वषमान्य नम:॥ Navratri and Durga Puja are observed in the month. Pitru Paksha Shradh fortnight -Tarpan and Shraddha for dead parents and relatives during the Mahalaya Krishna Paksha period of Ashwin month (September 30 to October 14). Chaturthi Vrat or Sankashti Ganesh Chaturthi  in Ashwin Month 2023 is on October 2. The C

Everything we do in life will leave a mark – Thoughts

We all are capable of great things. But we must never forget the Supreme Truth that guides. Pains and sorrows are part of life and we must bear them. Such struggles help us in becoming a better and more courageous person. We should be ever ready to own our mistakes and correct them. This helps in making our journey in the world smooth. Do not fall for external appearance, always bother about what is happening internally. Everything we do in life will leave a mark. Be conscious of all our actions. If you wish for anything other than Supreme Truth (God or Brahman), it will ultimately end in disappoint and misery. If it is meant to happen, then it will just happen – many of us have this attitude. An even better attitude is to take charge and attempt to make it happen without worrying about the end result. Devotion does not mean being trapped in false beliefs and superstitions. True devotion is inward journey. Realizing that am part of the Supreme Truth and all tha