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Symbolism - Characters In The Ramayana

Gomatam Madhavachariar in a discourse narrates the symbolism in the characters in the Ramayana in The Hindu: Ravana is a demon with ten heads. The ten heads symbolically indicate ten indriyas. That is, ten faculties that we have, like speaking, walking, seeing, tasting, smelling etc. And these faculties are associated with the five elements.  There are three categories of qualities — sattva, rajas and tamas. Vibhishana embodies sattva — goodness. Ravana, with his anger and passion, embodies rajasic qualities. Kumbakarna given to excessive sleeping and eating and lethargy is the embodiment of tamasic qualities.  Surpanakha is illustrative of the role of illusion in inciting us to do the wrong things.  Sita can be compared to the jivatma and Rama to the Paramatma. As long as a jivatma thinks of the Paramatma, it knows no sorrow. But the moment it lets its thoughts wander in other directions, it experiences sorrow.  Valmiki talks more about Rama than about Sita, after the two ha

Sage Vikhanasa And Vaikhanasa Tradition In Hinduism

Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala Tirupati Temple is worshipped as per Sri Vaikhanasa Bhagavachhastram preached by Bhagavan Vikhanasa Maharshi uninterrupted from times immemorial and that’s why he is aptly praised everyday in Sri Venkatesa Ashtottara Shatanamavali as ‘vaikhanasa munisreshta pijitaya Srivemkatesaya namaha’. Lord Srinivasa at Tirupati Balaji Temple is offered worship according to the ancient system of Vaikhanasa Agama. Sage Vikhanasa is believed to have emerged out of Lord Vishnu Himself. He then preached sages Bhrigu, Atri, Mareechi and Kashyapa, the proper methods of worshipping Vishnu. Their progeny are known as ‘Vaikhanasas’. The term Vaikhanasa variously designates Vedic seers (rishis), hermits and Brahman followers of an ancient Vedic school. They are members of a medieval and modern Vaishnava community. The Vaikhanasa community played a significant role as a major provider of temple priests in South Indian Vaishnava temples since very ancient times. Toda

Magha Nakshatra date and time 2021 – Makam Birth Star dates in 2021

Magha Nakshatra 2021 dates based on traditional Hindu calendar, Astrology and Panchangam. Magha Nakshatram, also known as Magh or Makam or Magham in South India, is the tenth Nakshatra among the 27 Nakshatras. Below are Magha Nakshatra dates in 2021. The astrological prediction of Magha Nakshatra as per Moon Sign is that of Simha Rashi (Leo Zodiac). Surya or Sun is the Lord of the Raasi. The color of Magha is Ivory or Cream. Magha Nakshatra Date and Time 2021 - North - East - South of India This time is applicable in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Pondicherry, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar. January 3, 2021, Sunday  Time is from 8:13 PM on January 2 to 7:42 PM on January 3, 2021 January 30, 2021, Saturday  Time is f

Barhaspatya Sutra - Barhaspatya Tantra

Barhaspatya Sutra and Barhaspatya Tantra are the teachings or system of Brihaspati of the materialist school of Hindu philosophy. The materialist school of philosophy is also popularly known as the Charvaka school in Hinduism. The original meaning of the word Charavaka is shrouded in mystery. Some scholars hold that it was the name of a sage who propounded materialism. Others hold that the name was give to him because he preached the doctrine of worldly comfort (eat, drink and be merry); carv to eat, chew), or because his words were pleasant and nice (charu – nice and vak – word). It is likely that he was an intelligent, rational being who was critical of the Vedic yajnas (sacrifices). Charvaka has been defined as one who indulges in popular polemics. Sarvadarshansamgraha of Madhvacharya (13 th century) regards Brihaspati as the founder of the school of materialism. This school of philosophy is also known as Lokayata (literally, that which is found among people in general) –

Thirumurai Teachings And Quotes

Thirumurai is an ancient Tamil book consisting of songs in praise of Lord Shiva. A collection of teachings and quotes from Thirumurai. Plough with truth. Plant the seed of desire for knowledge. Weed out falsehood. Irrigate the mind with the water of patience. Supervise your work by introspection and self-analysis. Build the fence of yama and niyama. You will soon attain Sivananda or eternal bliss of Siva. The Lord is both inside and outside, form and no form. He is both the flood and the bank. He is the broad-rayed sun. Himself the highest mystery, He is in all hidden thoughts. He is thought and meaning, and embraces all who embrace Him. ....................................................... Wisdom Of Gurus - Sri Ramana Maharshi There is but One Being, devoid of all qualities and beyond the pale of death, birth, decay, progress etc. It is described as Sat-chit-ananda, (Existence - knowledge - bliss). Question yourself and learn that you are neither the body, the se