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Eight Schools Of Shaiva Spiritual Philosophy

The eight schools of Shaiva spiritual philosophy that had their origin and development in different parts of India in different periods of time. Eight schools of Shaiva spiritual thought arranged in chronological order are: The Pashupata Shaiva school, The Lakulisha Pashupata school, The Nandikeshwara Shaiva school, The Shaiva Siddhanta, The Virashaiva school, The Raseshvara Shaiva school, The Advaita Shaiva school of Kashmir, and The Shaiva school founded and propagated by Shrikantha in Kashmir. The first three schools of Shaivism mentioned above originated in the beginning as religious cults in chronological order in the pre-Christian era in the north-western and south-western parts of India. Very limited literature that was created later is available pertaining to them, shedding light on their spiritual thought projections. The Saiva Siddhanta School of spiritual thought is also one of the ancient schools of Shaivism that has extensive literature and also followi

Amsumana – Story Of Grandson of King Sagara

Amsumana was the grandson of king Sagara of the solar dynasty, who ruler over Ayodhya. He had a grandson named Asmanja. Since Asamanja used to take delight in throwing the children of the subjects of the kingdom into Sarayu River even as a crown prince, Sagara banished him from the kingdom at the request of the people. Son of Asmanja, Amsumana, adept in all branches of learning and valiant, was crowned king. King Sagara once performed a horse-ritual. He could not complete it as Indra, the king of gods, out of fear of losing position, stole the horse and tied it up in the nether world close to a place where Sage Kapila was engaged in Tapas. In order to retrieve the sacrificial horse, Sagara sent his 60,000 sons. They were all reduced to ashes by the sage when they insulted him. Sagara was worried over the non-completion of his ritual as it spelt disaster for him. He sent Amsumana to find out what had happened to his 60,000 sons and the horse. Amsumana went to the netherworld and b

Truth Does Not Change – Sanatana Dharma Teachings

In this world of change there is one thing that remains constant: Brahman, Atman, or God, the divine ground of Being. Truth does not change. Both Krishna and Patanjali said that the mind can be controlled by the constant practice of meditation and detachment. Will this method of controlling the mind ever change? At the heart of all religions lies truthfulness, purity, renunciation, love, devotion, compassion, forgiveness, unselfishness, non-violence, self-control, humility, and so on. That inner core remains the same even as rituals, ways of worship, and religious practices evolve over time. The human body goes through six changes: it is born, exists, grows, develops, decays, and dies. Throughout all of this the Atman or pure Consciousness that dwells within all of us remains the same. God’s knowable attributes – goodness, truth, beauty, being, awareness, bliss, love, creativity, and power – remain the same. The Katha Upanishad tells us: ‘There is One who is the eternal Reality amo

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

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Friday, 22 April 2022 – It is Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning or dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi or the sixth day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 11:52 AM on April 22. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waning or dark phase of moon till 9:29 AM on April 23. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on April 22, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Mula or Moolam nakshatra till 12:57 AM on April 22. Then onward it is Purvashada or Pooradam nakshatra till 11:19 PM on April 22. Then onward it is Uttarashada or Uthradam nakshatra till 9:45 PM on April 23. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of Ind