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Use Of Perfume – Cosmetics And Scent In Puja And Worship In Hinduism

The use of perfume, cosmetics and scent in India is an age-old tradition. They are an indispensable part of puja and worship in Hinduism. Atharva Veda, Samkhayana as well as Asvalayana Grihya Sutra and the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata refer to the use of scents. Arthashastra of Kautilya presents a vivid account of the elaborate perfumery used especially in the royal court. Kalika Purana states that offering perfumes to the divinity would doubtless enable a devotee to achieve the four-fold values of life – dharma, artha, kama and moksha. Perfumed pastes and fragrant fumes or incenses have been an inseparable part of worship both in Hindu homes and temples. Vishnudharmottara Purana lists as many as 21 aromatic raw materials for preparing special incenses as well as several types of perfumes. The most popular perfume for offering to the gods and goddesses in Hindu religion was, and continues to be, dhupa (incense), regarded not only as a purifier of the temple ambience but also, accor

Difference Between Concentration And Meditation – Based on Hindu Religion Teachings

Here is a look at the difference between concentration and meditation based on teachings in Hindu religion. In both, yoga and the Upanishads, meditation is considered an important means of attaining spiritual realization. Meditation is a special kind of concentration. In ordinary concentration, the mind is focused on one particular subject and there can be many divergent thoughts related to that particular subject. Here the subject is one, but thoughts are many and dissimilar. For example, if one is reading a book on electricity and if one’s mind is concentrated, all the thoughts would centre on electricity alone. There would be different thoughts, but all related to electricity only. But in meditation there should be one subject and one thought related to that. Regarding this special kind of concentration (meditation), Swami Yatiswarananda says: It is important to know the difference between ordinary concentration and meditation. By the word ‘meditation’ we mean dhyana or contem

Good Dates in November 2022 in Hindu Calendar - Hindu Auspicious Days and Time in November 2022

Hindu auspicious days are looked for buying selling and various other purposes. Good dates in November 2022 in Hindu calendar given below are based on India Standard Time. The auspicious dates and time in November 2022 are good for house warming, joining job, starting work, buying car or house, moving into new rented home, registration of property, villa, house flat, birth, visiting, first visit, buy bike, buying flat, house, property, villa, etc. Hindu Auspicious Days and Time in November 2022 November 1 good time after 12:06 PM November 2 November 3 November 5 November 6 November 7 good time till 4:16 PM November 10 November 14 November 19 good time after 10:29 AM November 20 November 21 good time till 10:07 AM November 24 good time till 7:37 PM November 27 good time after 4:26 PM November 28 November 29 November 30 good time till 8:58 AM  Bad dates – These dates should be completely avoided  – November 8, 9, 11, 16, 18 and November 22. Certain dates that might not be mention

Each Birth Is A Fresh Opportunity To Wash Away Our Sins

According to Hinduism, Isvara who decides our fate after death on the basis of our karma is infinitely merciful. But, at the same time, he does not plunge the world in adharma, in unrighteousness - that is not how his compassion manifests itself. What does he do then? He gives us another birth, another opportunity to reap the fruits of our good and bad action. The joys of heaven and the torments of hell truly belong to this world itself. The sorrow and happiness that are our lot in our present birth are in proportion to the virtuous and evil deeds of our past birth. Those who sinned much suffer much now and, similarly, those who did much good enjoy much happiness now. The majority is made up of people who know more sorrow than happiness and people who experience sorrow and happiness almost in equal measure. There are indeed very few blessed with utter happiness. It is evident from this that most of us must have done more evil than good in our past birth. In His mercy Bhagavan gives us

25 February 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Friday, 25 February 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami tithi or the ninth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 10:52 AM on February 25. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dashami tithi or the tenth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 8:29 AM on February 26. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on February 25, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta nakshatra till 10:20 AM on February 25 . Then onward it is Mool or Moolam nakshatra till 8:38 AM on February 26 . (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasth