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Initiation Into Subjective Meditation In Hindu Religion – Manasa Diksha

Manasa Diksha is the initiation into subjective meditation in Hindu religion. Literally, diksha means ‘initiation’ into manasa (subjective meditation). The preceptor identifies himself with Shiva. With this contemplation he brings out the soul of the disciple from his body and unites it with himself and then identifies that soul, too, with Shiva. Diksha literally means initiation. The guru initiates the disciple into the realm of perfect religious austerities and spiritual experience. The soul receives fresh and invigorating energy into itself when the preceptor performs the diksha. The Saiva texts declare that enlightenment is possible through the sight of the sacred body of the preceptor, chanting his holy name, listening to his holy utterance and ever remembering the holy form of guru. The first and foremost duty of guru is to assess the spiritual progress and religious advancement of the disciple and then initiate him accordingly. In this enterprising endeavor the guru seriou

Varapuzha Varaha Swamy Temple – Festival – History

Varaha Swamy Temple is located at Varapuzha Town, which is accessible from NH-17 highway about 15 km from Ernakulam in Kerala. The original deity in this temple was Narasimha Moorthy, which was later shifted to Mulki, and was replaced by a magnificent seven hooded murti of Varaha Swamy brought from Goa. After installation of the Varaha murthy, the place came to be known as Varapuzha. The 8-day annual festival in the temple is held on punartham nakshatra in Phalguna month (February – March). The main sanctum sanctorum has the murti of Venkatachalapathy with Mahalakshmi and Bhoomi Devi on either side. The Utsava Vigraha is that of Varaha Moorthy. Hanuman and Mahaganapathy are the upa devatas in the temple. Ganpati murti here is with trunk twisted right (Valampiri). The ganapathy temple is on the southern part of the nalambalam. Hanuman temple is located on the right side of the entrance to nalambalam. As per history, the original temple got dilapidated and since neither the temple

Manbhatt Tradition In Hinduism

Manbhatt, or Manabhatta, is a preacher telling stories from Hindu holy books by playing metal pitcher for rhythmic accompaniment. Mana is a big metallic pot. The shape of the mana is narrow at the mouth and broad at the center. The mouth of the mana remains open, so the knocking on its outer surface produces a thick and deep sound. The mana made of clay was in use at one time. Then it was replaced by copper. Vallabh Vyasa was a Manbhatt who used to recite stories from the Shastras along with the music of the mana. The tradition of Manbhatt is perhaps an exclusive feature of Gujarat. A Manbhatt is normally from the Brahmin community. His head is covered with a cloth or a turban with golden thread. The costume of a Manbhatt includes a white long robe, a white dhoti, beads round the neck, and a cloth on the shoulder. He walks without shoes and sits on a stage at a lower height. He wears rings on his fingers to play upon the mana. He is accompanied by some other instrumentalists as well.

Ambubachi Mela 2023 date – Ambubasi Festival 2023 in Kamakhya Devi Temple Assam

Ambubachi Mela, also known as Ambubasi festival, is held annually during monsoon in the Kamakhya Devi Temple at Guwahati , Assam . In 2023, the beginning date of Ambubachi Mela is June 22 and the festival ends on June 25. The temple reopens on June 25, 2023. The fair comes to an end on June 26. The Ambubachi festival is related to the Tantric cult and is also known as Kamakhya Devi Puja. It is believed that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her menstrual cycle during these days and therefore the temple remains closed for three days (June 22, 23 and June 24). The festival celebrates the harmony between the reproductive female body and the cycles of nature. Ambubachi Mela is also known as Ameti or Tantric fertility festival and is a four-day mela (fair). It is closely associated with the Tantric Shakti cult prevalent in eastern parts of India and is famous due to the assembling of Tantric Sadhus from India and abroad. Some of these Tantric Babas appear before public only dur

How Do We Break Free Of Disturbing Thoughts?

How do we break free of disturbing thoughts? – an excerpt from editorial of January 2021 issue of The Mountain Path magazine published by Ramana Maharshi Ashram. What makes us think? Is thinking an action we can deliberately invoke or is thinking independent of our control? At the most material level thinking reveals itself as a chemical process in our brains. There are nerve strands with their synapses that are red habitually in certain circumstances. We call them samskaras. To change our samskara is to change the way we think and consequently the way we respond to the world and to people. We become different. This often happens after we suffer a shock, either physical or mental, and realise that our thinking is inadequate or false. The admission of delusion spontaneously alters our thought patterns. We see the world afresh and we behave more intelligently. In short, we become wiser. Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi described thinking as similar to a radio which picks up signals. We

Dreaming Of Epileptic Seizure – Meaning

Dreaming of epileptic seizure is a bad omen as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means you will soon face health issues and it will be severe. Dreams of epileptic also means you need to be extremely careful while using vehicle and traveling. Dream of epileptic seizure and you see yourself in the condition means you need to have a through health checkup. It also means you are going to be mentally disturbed and you might find it difficult to face certain future problems. Dreaming of epileptic seizure for someone else means you will watch some kind of untoward incident. You might also be helpless in a certain situation. The dream is asking you to be prepared for an emergency. Dreams of epileptic seizure and you see iron or related objects means you will recover at the right time from a health issue. It also means relief at the correct time.

29 June 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 – It is Amavasya tithi or the no moon day in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Amavasya tithi or the no moon day till 6:54 AM on June 29. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Pratipada tithi or the first day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 8:55 AM on June 30. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on June 29, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Ardra or Arudhra or Thiruvathira nakshatra till 9:23 PM on June 29. Then onward it is Punarvasu or Punartham nakshatra till 11:58 PM on June 30.   (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Ardra or Arudhra or Thiruvathira nakshatra till 10:09 PM on June 29. Then onward it is Punarva