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Story Greatness Of Tulsi Leaves – Saving Man From Certain Death

There is a story in Narada Purana which narrates the greatness of Tulsi leaves and how it saved a man from certain death. There lived a man named Madhava who never performed any worship in his entire life and neither did he do any good deeds. Madhava cultivated his land and kept cows for a living. Every day, be brought grass for his cows from his field. One day, while collecting grass for his cows, he cut some Tulsi leaves along with the grass. He was destined to die that evening and a snake came slithering towards him to bit him and end his life at the predetermined time. But the snake was unable to bite him as he had Tulsi leaves in his hands. The man picked up the bundle of grass along with the Tulsi leaves and placed the bundle on his head and returned home. The snake hid in the bundle, hoping to bite him when he is not contact with the Tulsi leaves. Neighbor of Madhava was Madhusudana, a pious man. He was able to see the snake in the grass bundle and through his yogic powers

Ignorance And Knowledge As Per Jnana Yoga

According to Jnana Yoga, the Path of Knowledge, ignorance means ignorance of the true nature of the Self. We are all aware of ourselves. But what is self? We mistakenly think of self as body, mind and ego. This mistaken thinking is born of ignorance called Maya — a conglomerate of time-space-causation (also called Upadhis, ‘limiting conditions’). To know the Self, one has to overcome this identification with body-mind-ego. The process of doing it is called Jnana Yoga. While one has to analyze, separate the real Self from the non-self, one also has to cultivate virtues such as patience, forbearance, non-violence and so on. To ‘have’ knowledge, in this sense, means that one is ever aware of one’s divine nature—the atman. Source – Prabuddha Bharata Editorial February 2015 Swami Ramdas (Papa) Answers How to control the mind? One of the ways of controlling the mind is to let it go wherever it pleases and to see in every object the underlying Reality. The whole universe is