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Dahara Vidya In Hinduism

In Hinduism, Dahara Vidya is the knowledge of Brahman residing in the heart. Dahara Vidya perceives the human body as Brahmapura (the dwelling place of Brahman). There is a lotus called dahara. The indweller of this lotus in the heart is to be found by contemplation on the dahara akasha (space). The indweller is Parabrahman (the Supreme Brahman).  Dahara Vidya In Chandogya Upanishad The first part of the eight chapter of Chandogya Upanishad and dahara adhikarana in Brahma Sutras deal exclusively with this vidya (art). The Purusha contemplated in dahara akasha has the following eight characteristics (popularly known as gunasataka present in Parabrahman) according to Prajapati Vakya: Apahata papam (sings and virtues do not bind him0 Vijara (no old age) Vimrityu (no death) Vishoka (no sorrow) Vjigitsa (free from hunger) Apipasa (no thirst) Satyakama (desires truth) Satya Sankalpa (achieves everything that is desired)  These characteristics are not found in the bhuta

Story Of Origin Of Coconut Tree In Hindu Religion

The story of origin of coconut tree in Hindu religion is associated with Sage Vishwamitra and it is found in the Vishnu Purana and the Bala kanda of Valmiki Ramayana. The sage practiced severe austerities for a long period of time and acquired various Siddhis. To prove his prowess, he decided to send King Satyavrata to heaven in his mortal body. Once, young Satyavrata was exiled from his kingdom by his father. During his exile period there was a severe famine. Satyavrata protected the wife and children of Sage Vishwamitra – as the sage was performing intense austerities. Satyavrata later became the king of his kingdom. Satyavrata desired to reach heaven in his mortal body. Sage Vishwamitra repaid him for having looked after his family by fulfilling his desire and raised him to heaven in his mortal body in spite of strong opposition from sages and Devas. When Satyavrata reached heaven in his mortal body, Indra was furious as it was against rules. He hurled Satyavrata out of heave

Indra Trying To Disturb Penance Of Sage Markandeya And The Sage Conquering Kama

Sage Markandeya lived on the banks of Pushpa Bhadra River in the Himalayas. Here he performed intense austerities. Indra, the king of Devas, grew suspicious about the intentions behind the unbroken austerities and life of meditation of the sage. Indra misunderstood the sage and thought that his penances had the ultimate objective of becoming an Indra himself, in which case, the former would be usurped of Indra-hood. So, Indra sent Kamdev along with the most accomplished apsaras to sing and dance in front of the sage and upset his mental balance. They arrived in the premises of the sage’s Ashram with all their paraphernalia like spring season, gentle breeze, fragrance, full moon, crisp air and such other things which would incite any mind. They started their music and the thinly clad, lascivious apsaras started their dance. As the music and dance picked up temple, Kamdev got ready to fling his set of five arrows at the sage, which had the capacity to flare up simultaneously the five

Narayana Mudra Worn By Devotees Of Lord Vishnu

Narayana mudra is the body markings worn by Lord Vishnu devotees. The body markings are applied with gopichandana or a ball of yellow clay. The clay is rubbed on the palm of the left hand with water to form a watery paste and then applied. The paste is applied curved or straight lines moving upwards (rarely downwards). There are a total of forty two mudras in Narayana Mudra. They are worn on the stomach, five in the center and two on the right side. On the chest, three in the center and three on the right side. On the shoulder, three on the right and one on the left. On the neck, one in the center of the neck, one on the right side of the neck, and one near the right eye. Two on the left side of the stomach, three on the left chest, one on the left neck, one close to the left eye, two on the left shoulder and on one on the right shoulder. One on the left side of the stomach, one on the left side of the chest, one on the left shoulder, one on the left side of the nec

Thoughts Of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

A collection of thoughts of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa God, the true Philosopher’s Stone, Who answers every prayer, Lies hidden deep within your heart, The richest gem of all. You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during the day? O man, because you cannot find God during day time due to your ignorance, say not that there is no God. A man cannot realize God unless he gets rid of all such egotistic ideas as ‘I am such an important man’ or ‘I am so and so’. Level the mound of ‘I’ to the ground by dissolving it with tears of devotion. The moon undoubtedly has dark spots, but these do not obstruct its light. Find God. That is the only purpose in life. Work with your hands, but let your mind remain at God's feet. Practise spiritual discipline in solitude and obtain the butter of knowledge and love. Even if you keep that butter in the water of the world the two will