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Understanding God Through Pronouns In Hinduism

The Upanishads, whose main concern is with transcendent Reality, have perforce to employ symbolic language. Brahman stands for a vastness and brightness free of form, feature or colour. The Reality can only be known through direct perception, through self-identity. Hence the abundant use of pronouns for understanding God in Hinduism. The Upanishad says, "That which this Purusha is, That I am." In this sentence of eight words, five are pronouns. How else can the identity of the self and the Self be conveyed? The Kena Upanishad starts with the pronoun Kena (By whom) and repeats again and again the formula: "That is Brahman by which the voice speaks, the mind thinks, the eye sees, the ear hears, That, and not what is worshipped." In other words, Brahman is the awareness behind our mind and senses and hence unknowable to our mind and senses. Eleven times the Katha Upanishad repeats: Etad vai Tat" (This indeed is That), the ultimate is the intimate, the univ

Marana Siddhi In Tantra

Marana Siddhi is a tantric rite to gain the ability or power to kill. There are six tantric rites that confer power over others or events. These are: Shanti or svastyayana (pacifying and making auspicious). Vasikarana (bringing under control and making a thing or a person obedient) Stambhana (arresting movement and making one stand still like a pole Vivesana (making one inimical or antagonistic) Uccatana (driving away or uprooting a person who is likely to do harm) Marana (killing or destroying an enemy) Marana is attained by those who have undergone rigorous penance and have attained siddhis or extraordinary/supernatural powers. In the tantric texts we find detailed instructions about how the rite of marana should be performed. In Jnanarnavatantra (XX 166-167), it is said that marana is to be performed in the evening. Mantramahodadhi (XXV 15-16) points out that Bhadrasana is the posture useful for marana. The skin of a buffalo is suited for sitting w

Bangles Offering At Kanaka Durga Temple In Vijayawada – Gajula Utsavam

Gajula Utsavam is a unique festival observed at the world famous Kanaka Durga Temple in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. It is the offerings of Bangles by women devotees to their favorite deity Goddess Kanaka Durga. Story Of Offering Bangles At Kanaka Durga Temple There lived a family of ardent devotees of Goddess Kanaka Durga. The family consisted of husband and wife and their three daughters. The family was poor but never missed an opportunity to worship Kanaka Durga. One day the father bought a set of bangles each for the three daughters. Suddenly a fourth girl showed up wanting to have bangles too. The poor father did not have any money. The girl then told about a pot in the house filled with money. The poor man was astonished to find the money at the spot told by the girl. The man immediately bought bangles for the girl. She collected the bangles and left. Devotees believe that the girl was Goddess Kanaka Durga and she put the money to save the family from poverty

Accept Weakness And Faults To Overcome Them

We all have some weaknesses, faults and failings. First step to overcoming them is by accepting them by being truthful and honest. Do not shy away. Do not try to cover up. When we are not truthful, numerous other problems like anger and frustration arrive to complicate things. We can overcome these faults and failings gradually by cultivating our strengths. We can overcome these weaknesses through company of good people, good books and through unwavering devotion. You need not go and tell about your weaknesses or failings to near and dear ones. To overcome them we need to be truthful with ourselves. When we accept it as a problem, automatically we will try to find a solution to overcome it. Majority of our weaknesses, faults and failings are the result of searching for happiness and contentment outside. The happiness that we receive from outside is momentary. Why should we struggle and waste our life for such momentary pleasures. www.hindu-blog.com Abhilash