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Dvandva In Hinduism – Meaning – Opposites Like Pain And Pleasure

The word Dvandva in Sanskrit has meaning such as – a pair or a couple of animals, men, etc., and opposite situations or qualities such as, heat and cold, pleasure and pain, hard and soft, and so on. The word, Dvandva, has assumed importance in spiritual discipline because one must strive for overcoming the vicissitudes of life and learn to remain unaffected by the impact of the opposites like pleasure and pain, success and failure, loss and gain. The word Dvandva also means doubt, uncertainty, fight or duel. The word ‘dvandvatia’ has appeared in the Bhagavad Gita (IV.22) to denote a person who is beyond the dichotomies, remains firm, unaffected and unperturbed in the vastly changing situations in daily life. In the 15 th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavan Sri Krishna declares that those who become free from the opposites like joy and sorrow reach the ultimate absolute state of bliss (XV.5), from which there is no return to the world of life and death. In Yogasutra of Pat

Tantra And The Vedas in Hinduism – How They Connect Hindu Teachings?

Tantra is often seen as non-Vedic, even as a revolt against the Vedas in Hinduism by some scholars. Part of this is internal to the tantras themselves: certain tantras exult in independence from Vedic tradition, exult in shocking the orthodox, though many others, like the Mahanirvana Tantra, see themselves as integral parts of the Vedic tradition. And part of it is external, traceable to Western scholars who excel at analysing, separating, and isolating into impermeable categories. But are the Hindu tantras really anti-Vedic or even non-Vedic? An objective examination shows that they are not at all. There might have been non-Vedic influences, certainly, but the core of tantric thought and practice is clearly traceable to the Vedas. And a very strong case can be made that the Hindu tantras are an important part of that effort to bring India back to its original Vedic trajectory. First of all, the Atharva Veda seems to have been a major source of tantric traditions, and there are links w

Knowledge Of King Brihadratha From Maitrayaniya Upanishad

A king named Brihadratha, having established his son as the king and considering this body as impermanent, became dispassionate and went into the forest. There he performed severe austerities and stood with uplifted arms gazing at the sun. At the end of a thousand days, the honourable knower of Atman, Shakayanya, blazing like fire without smoke, came near the ascetic. He said to Brihadratha, ‘Arise, arise, ask for a boon.’ Brihadratha saluted Shakayanya and said, ‘O Revered sage, I don’t know the Self. We have heard that you know the Self. Please tell us about the Self.’ Shakayanya replied, ‘Such things were discussed in the past. This question is very difficult to answer, O Aikshvaka, ask some other desired thing.’ Touching the feet of Shakayanya with his head, Brihadratha uttered these words. O Revered sage, in this foul-smelling, inconsequential body, which is a mass of bones, skin, muscle, marrow, flesh, semen, blood, mucus, tears, rheum, faeces, urine, wind, bile, and phlegm, what

20 April 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, 20 April 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi tithi or the fourth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 4:43 PM on April 20. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Panchami tithi or the fifth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 2:18 PM on April 21. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on April 20, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham nakshatra till 4:14 AM on April 20. Then onward it is Jyeshta or Kettai or Triketta nakshatra till 2:38 AM on April 21. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka an