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Digest #4845
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Health by p_gopi_krishna
1.2
Health by p_gopi_krishna
2.1
Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
2.2
Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
2.3
Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
2.4
Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
2.5
Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
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Satsangam by p_gopi_krishna
3.1
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
3.2
Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna
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Sanskrita Slokam by p_gopi_krishna
5.1
Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Maha Kumbha Mela by p_gopi_krishna

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Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:49 am (PST) . Posted by:

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Unmani Mudra: Meditation on the Empty Space


By keeping the attention fixed on a certain idea or by making the mind blank for a sufficient duration, an outgoing of both ideas and will result. The will can thereby inadvertently bring about its own extinction when it is intent upon the extinction of something else, such as an idea. By the repetition of such a mental action, the consciousness of that action grows less, until at last it is performed quite automatically and unconsciously.

One practices this technique to make himself a void so that an influx of the divinity can fill this void with its fullness, as an empty jar is filled by the ocean. One can also direct the pranic energy anywhere one wants in the body by thinking oneself as hollow inside and sending the thoughts to the place where he wants the current to flow. One should banish all thoughts and be neither inside nor outside the mind. Thus, the mind will lose its identity, as salt disappears in water or oil in a fire. The aspirant who practices will be well rewarded, even before this stage is fully achieved, by attainment of siddhis, such as clairvoyance and the ability to perceive and read the thoughts of others. He who contemplates the void or space, while walking, standing, and dreaming, will become absorbed in space.
An aspirant who desires success should acquire the power of regular and habitual practice, which will produce wonderful results. Such an aspirant will have an experience unlike anything he has ever known before. This feeling is simply indescribable: he will feel like an entirely transformed person, purged of faults and limitations, and living a new life. Such an aspirant becomes beloved by all, and acquires spiritual powers. This is one of the processes of emancipation. By making the mind free and open, he himself becomes full, saturated with sattva (goodness). Even one's normal daily consciousness will be more strongly permeated with awareness than before as a result of the intensity of this practice.


Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:40 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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5 Types of Restlessness
The first of the five types of restlessness is due to the place you are in.. When you move away, you immediately feel better. Chanting, singing, kids playing and laughing can change this atmospheric restlessness.
The second type of restlessness is in the body. Eating the wrong food or vata aggravating food, eating at odd times, not exercising, and overworking can all cause physical restlessness. The remedy is exercise, moderation in work habits and going on a vegetable or juice diet for one or two days.

The third is mental restlessness caused by ambition, strong thoughts, likes and dislikes. Knowledge alone can cure this restlessness and of seeing life from a broader perspective, knowledge about the Self and about the impermanence of everything. If you achieve everything, so what? After your achievement, you will die. Knowledge of your death or life, confidence in the Self and in the Divine, calms you down.
Then there is emotional restlessness, and knowledge doesn't help here. Only wisdom works here. The presence of the wise person calms you down.
The fifth type is rare — the restlessness; of the soul. When everything feels empty and meaningless, you are very fortunate. That longing and restlessness is the restlessness of the soul. Do not try to get rid of it. Embrace it? Welcome it! Usually to get rid of it, people change places, jobs or partners. It seems to help for some time, but does not last.
This restlessness of the sout alone can bring authentic prayer in you. It brings perfection, siddhis and miracles in life. It is so precious to get that inner most longing for the Divine. Satsang, the presence of the enlightened one, soothes the restlessness of the soul
Courtesy : The Speakingtree

Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:41 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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Let go of what you can't change.


We need to find a balance between learning to control what we can and letting go of what we cannot. Holding on to something out of your control (the past, other's words/actions/feelings/certain life events, etc.., will leave you feeling frustrated, anxious, and unhappy. Loosening your grip on life doesn't mean you don't care or that you are giving up, it means trusting that you will be okay however the events unfold. Is this easy? Not always. Can you make a conscious effort to work on this? Absolutely. . . . The Girl's Guide to Loving Life. . . . Taken from Ideas Exchange, January, 2013.

Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:54 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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ఇవి ఆచరించు:
పేదలను, రోగగ్రస్తులను, తల్లిదండ్రులను సేవించు,
సాధువులను, గురువులను, పెద్దలను గౌరవించు,
శాస్త్రాలను అధ్యయనం చేయి, ప్రార్థించు, ధ్యానించు,
దైవాన్ని సదా స్మరించు, 'అతని' వైభవాన్ని కొనియాడు,
'అతని' నామాన్ని నిరంతరం జపించు,
సాధు జీవనం గడుపు, అందరినీ ప్రేమించు,
అందరిలోని భగవంతున్ని ప్రేమించు,
అన్ని జీవరాసుల్లో ఒకే ఆత్మను దర్శించు.
... స్వామి శివానంద.




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Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:03 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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Verse for Introspection by Ma. Gurupriya of Narayanashrama Tapovanam:
न रोधयति मां योगो न सांख्यं धर्म एव च ।
न स्वाध्यायस्तपस्त्यागो नेष्टापूर्तं न दक्षिणा ॥
व्रतानि यज्नश्छ्न्दांसि तीर्थानि नियमा यमाः ।
यथावरुन्धे सत्संगः सर्वसंगापहो हि माम् ॥
श्रीमद् भागवतम् 11.12.1-2
న రోధయతి మాం యోగో న సాంఖ్యం ధర్మ ఏవ చ |
న స్వాధ్యాయాస్తపస్త్యాగో నేష్టాపూర్తం న దక్షిణా ||
వ్రతాని యజ్ణశ్ఛందాంసి తీర్థాని నియమా యమాః |
యథావరూంధె సత్సంగః సర్వసంగాపహో హి మామ్ ||
శ్రీమద్ భాగవతమ్ 11.12.1-2
Meaning:
Yoga, samkhya philosophy based on discrimination, the righteous path, self-study of scriptures, austerity, renunciation, pious acts of liberality, sacrifice and charity done for society, gifts, vows of different kinds, sacrificial rites, sacred Vedic hymns, holy places of pilgrimage, observances for the body, observances for the mind – none of these will be able to bind Me to the devotee so well as the association of Saints, which has the power of uprooting all worldly attachments.
Points for Introspection:
The mind, which runs behind perishable worldly affairs, must turn to God if one wants to attain unbroken peace in life. A person, who is devoted to God, wants to feel His presence every moment. But, unfortunately, he finds that although he worships God following the various injunctions of the scriptures, undergoes several austerities, he is not able to bind God to his heart wherefrom God will not be able to escape at all. He finds that his mind attains divinity during the moments of worship alone. Rest of the time it roams about in worldly matters, which bring in sorrow and agitation.
In order to attain purity and God-realization, a pious and noble person takes to various pursuits like Yoga, samkhya (discrimination), yajna, etc. He undertakes serious study of scriptures, and observes various austerities and vows. He performs pious acts of sacrifice and charity for the benefit of the society. He gives gifts to the needy. He learns and recites the sacred Vedic hymns. He travels to many pilgrim spots undergoing austerities. He follows the observances for restraining the
mind as well as the senses.
A pious noble person pursues all these in life to make his mind pure and holy. By performing such holy acts one expects that his mind would leave attachment to worldly varieties and would, instead, grow single minded devotion to God.
In this shloka, the Supreme Lord says that even if a person pursues all these observances very devotedly, the Lord does not get tied to the heart of the person. So, what is the way to bind God in our hearts?
All these observances do not remove the attachments and
possessiveness the mind hosts. In fact, more often than not, these
activities generate a sense of "ego" in the mind making the mind impure. The Lord says that for a devotee, Satsanga or fond association of the Saints, is the best method to tie the Lord to the heart. Because, Satsanga removes all worldly attachments from the mind and heart of the devotee, making it pure and holy. God reveals Himself in a pure mind alone.
Now, what is Satsanga? And how does it remove all kinds of
attachments?
'Satsanga' means association with the 'Sat'. The 'Sat' is that which is real, eternal, imperishable and infinite.. It is the Supreme reality, Brahman, or God. Satsanga is had when one dwells in the thought of God. For ordinary people, whose mind is restless and always runs behind the 'asat' (the unreal, perishable and the transitory), Satsanga is had when they are in the association of the holy and wise souls, who have realized the infinite, eternal Lord in their hearts, and have been able to bind the Lord there for ever.
A holy soul who has realized God or the Self, speaks always about the Self or God and nothing else. He always points to the transitoriness of the world and explains how by clinging to the transitory objects, mankind undergoes suffering after suffering in their lives. Through his thoughts, speech and action he incessantly spreads divinity and divinity alone. He tirelessly keeps on talking about the Self or God making it clear that in this life, in order to transcend fear and anxiety and to have unbroken peace and happiness, one must worship the Supreme Lord with one-pointed devotion.
So, when one is in 'satsanga', that is, in the association of a holy Saint, his mind effortlessly grows more and more love and devotion towards God. Understanding the transitoriness of the world, and continuously hearing about God, His glories and excellence, as devotion grows deeper in the mind of the devotee, dispassion towards the world also grows proportionately in his mind.
'Sanga' also means attachment. As the 'attachment' to Sat grows,
attachment towards worldly objects reduces. Sat-sanga thus removes attachment to everything else, and generates exclusive devotion to God in the heart of the devotee. God gets bound to the devotee's heart by the cord of one-pointed devotion.


Repeated chanting of this shloka generates in the mind a great yearning for satsanga – to be in the close association of a holy realized Mahatma, to be under his loving care and guidance, so that the mind becomes rid of all attachment, and becomes full with the presence of God.

Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:05 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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Attitude!!!
There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, And noticed she had only three hairs on her head. 'Well, she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.'
So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror And saw that she had only two hairs on her head. She said, 'I think I'll part my
hair down the middle today.'
So she did and she had a grand day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed
That she had only one hair on her head. 'Well, she said, 'today
I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail.'
So she did, and she had a fun, fun day.
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.
'Hooray! ' she exclaimed. 'I don't have to fix my hair today!'
Attitude is everything.
Be kinder than necessary, For everyone you meet is fighting some
kind of battle. Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak
kindly, And pray continually. Life isn't about waiting for the
storm to pass... It's about learning to dance in the rain.
It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
Love the people who treat you right and pray for the ones who don't.

Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:05 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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Eternal laws of swami Vivekananda https://www.facebook.com/vivekananda.reddy.792?__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&eid=ARAofDucbiY_vI1POvbgrsM9NSDKHbO3P7EcnEFLNcbJM4GmjYu2BnClWiiR1zbUaTsMsTg4fFpXpkNf&fref=mentions
Being an ardent of follower of Swami Vivekananda, here are a few gems from his teachings:
1. Love Is The Law Of Life: All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore, love for love's sake, because it is law of life, just as you breathe to live.
2. It's Your Outlook That Matters: It is our own mental attitude, which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.
3. Life is Beautiful: First, believe in this world - that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!
4.It's The Way You Feel: Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.
5. Set Yourself Free: The moment I have realised God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
6. Don't Play The Blame Game: Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
7. Help Others: If money helps a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
8. Uphold Your Ideals: Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
9. Listen To Your Soul: You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
10. Be Yourself: The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!
11. Nothing Is Impossible: Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin - to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
12. You Have The Power: All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
13. Learn Everyday: The goal of mankind is knowledge... now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man 'knows should, in strict psychological language, be what he 'discovers or unveils', what man 'learns is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.
14. Be Truthful: Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.
15. Think Different: All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
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Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:06 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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THE LITTLE CANDLE
The Little Candle Once upon a time a little candle stood in a room filled with other candles, most of them much larger and much more beautiful than she was. Some were ornate and some were rather simple, like herself. Some were white, some were blue, some were pink, some were green.
She had no idea why she was there, and the other candles made her feel rather small and insignificant. When the sun went down and the room began to get dark, she noticed a large man walking toward her with a ball of fire on a stick. She suddenly realized that the man was going to set her on fire. "No, no!!" she cried, "Aaaaagghhh! Don't burn me, please!" But she knew that she could not be heard and prepared for the pain that would surely follow.

To her surprise, the room filled with light. She wondered where it came from since the man had extinguished his fire stick. To her delight, she realized that the light came from herself. Then the man struck another fire stick and, one by one, lit the other candles in the room.
Each one gave out the same light that she did. During the next few hours, she noticed that, slowly, her wax began to flow. She became aware that she would soon die.
With this realization came a sense of why she had been created. "Perhaps my purpose on earth is to give out light until I die," she mused. And that's exactly what she did.
God created you and I, to produce light in a dark world. Like that little candle, we all can produce the same amount of light, no matter how small we are or what color we might be. But we can't produce light until we receive it from an outside source. That source is God, the light of the world.




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Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:51 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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Just because we have drunk a sip of poison doesn't mean we have to drink the whole cup Suppose we accidentally take a drink that acts like poison for us in our particular health-condition. As soon as we realize what we are doing, we will immediately stop drinking it and take some antidote.

When we gain spiritual knowledge, we understand that sensual indulgence acts like poison, even if it tastes initially like nectar (Bhagavad-gita 18.38). Despite understanding this, we still succumb to sensuality because our conditions or conditionings highlight the initial nectar alone.
After some indulgence, the initial nectar, ends and we become aware of what we are doing. Still, our devilish mind eggs us on: "Now that you have fallen from your standards, just fall down completely and enjoy." The mind is doubly, deadly wrong. First, we won't enjoy more by further indulgence because our awakened self-awareness will keep reminding us that such indulgence is toxic. Second, to choose to fall down completely because we have fallen slightly is stupid, suicidally stupid – it's like drinking the full cup of poison just because we have drunk a sip.
Instead, we can immediately take an antidote. The best antidote is remembrance of Krishna, our all-pure Lord. When we remember him by practicing bhakti-yoga, we access a higher pleasure that makes giving up sensual pleasure easier. Moreover, remembering Krishna is powerfully purifying: it drives out impure sensual desires. Pertinently, the Gita recommends that, despite serious lapses, we keep practicing bhakti determinedly (09.30) and assures that we won't ever be destroyed, but will soon be situated in purity (09.31).
How does practicing bhakti situate us in purity? When we strive to correct ourselves as soon as we realize we have erred, our self-awareness starts awakening faster. Eventually, we become so self-aware as to not just rectify indulgence quickly, but also resist it entirely.
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Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:52 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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Gita: A Handy Manual Of Life
By
Swami Partha Sarathy
The Bhagwad Gita literally means 'Song of God'. It begins with the word 'dharma' and ends with 'mama'.. Mama means 'my' and dharma means 'essential Being'. Together they mean 'my essential Being' which is the theme of the Gita.
The purpose of life is to realise one's essential Being; to discover the supreme Self within and to attain spiritual enlightenment. The Gita forms the philosophical part of the great epic, Mahabharata that is the work of sage Vyasa. It contains nearly a hundred thousand verses. The central narrative speaks of the rivalry between two royal families, the cousins Pandavas and Kauravas. The Pandavas were five brothers, moral and virtuous. The Kauravas were a hundred brothers, immoral and vicious. Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas, jealous of the wealth and renown of the Pandavas, continuously harasses them. He invites Yuddhisthira, the eldest of the Pandavas, to a game of dice and wins it by deceit. As his prize he strips the Pandava princes of all their possessions. He also stipulates that the five princes and their wife Draupadi live in exile in the forest for twelve years. At the end of twelve years they were to remain incognito for another year, undetected by the Kauravas. During these thirteen years Duryodhana would rule the kingdom. If the Pandavas served this exile and remained undiscovered in the thirteenth year, the kingdom would be restored to them.
The Pandavas complied with all these terms and claim their kingdom at the end of the thirteenth year. But Duryodhana refuses to abide by the agreement. Elders of the kingdom try to negotiate a peaceful settlement. Regardless, the obstinate Duryodhana draws the Pandavas to battle.
On the battlefront, Prince Arjuna, an outstanding warrior, asks Krishna, his charioteer, to drive the chariot between the two armies. There he sees his own guru Dronacharya, his grandsire Bhishma and a host of his dear friends and relatives — all arrayed on enemy lines.
Overwhelmed by emotion, the distraught and shattered Arjuna becomes intellectually paralysed. He lays down his bow and arrow and appeals to Krishna for guidance. Krishna's sermon to Arjuna at Kurukshetra is the Bhagwad Gita. Revived and recharged, Arjuna is charged with a higher vision. Towards the end of the last chapter Arjuna's delusion vanishes. He proceeds to battle and emerges victorious.
The Pandavas and the Kauravas represent the positive and the negative qualities of an individual. The Kauravas outnumbered the Pandavas – just as negative forces tend to outnumber the positive. Kurukshetra symbolises the conflict between the higher and lower natures in us. The goal of human existence is the realisation of the supreme Self within. For that you need to rise above your involvement with good and bad forces. This is illustrated with Arjuna receiving the sermon in the chariot between the
Pandava and the Kaurava armies.
The Gita's 701 verses are spread over eighteen chapters which in turn can be divided into three sets of six chapters, explaining Vedic aphorisms as follows: Tat Tvam Asi or That thou art. The first six chapters explain Tvam or Thou, the middle six Tat or That and the last six, Asi or Art. Tvam is the Self within. Tat, the supreme God. And Asi indicates that the Self in you and God are one. You art God.
The Gita leads one to the ultimate state of spiritual enlightenment. Moreover, it offers a philosophy of life which can be translated into practical living in one's social, official and domestic lives.


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Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:54 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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నిత్యం క్రోధాత్ శ్రియం రక్షే - తప్తో రక్షేత్ సమత్సరాత్ |
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కోపంవల్ల శ్రేయస్సు చెడుతుంది. అంటే సంపద నశిస్తుంది. అసూయవల్ల తపస్సు తరిగిపోతుంది. సమ్మానం అవమానం చూసుకొంటే విద్యకు ప్రమాదం వస్తుంది. అంతేకాకుండా ఎటువంటి పొరపాటువల్ల కూడా ఆత్మ చెడిపోకుండా చూడాలి.

క్రొధంవల్ల మోహం (అజ్ణానం) లో పడతారని, సమ్మోహం వల్ల జ్ణాపకశక్తి క్షీణిస్తుందని, జ్ణాపకశక్తి క్షీణతవల్ల బుద్ది నశిస్తుందని, బుద్ది నాశనమే సర్వనాశనమని భగవద్గీత చెబుతున్నది.
శరీరంలోని భౌతికాంశాలు కాని ఇంద్రియాలు కాని చెడిపోకుండా చూడాలి. మనస్సు ఆత్మ విషయంలో ఇది మరీ వర్తిస్తుంది.

Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:09 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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Makara Sankramana marks the movement of Sun from the south to the north. The northward movement of the Sun is considered highly significant, both spiritually and scientifically. The significant inner spiritual meaning of the Sun's northward journey must be properly understood. North is represented by Himachala (the Himalayas). Hima means snow. It is pure, untainted and extremely cool. Achala means that which is steady and unshakeable. Himachaladoes not refer to the physical Himalayan region. It represents that which is cool, peaceful and steady. All these endows one with the quality of perfect peace (Prasanthi). From today the Sun is moving towards such a state. The Sun symbolizes the vision of man. The northward movement of the Sun is a call to human beings to turn their vision towards that which is cool, peaceful and unchanging. The lesson you must learn is that you should direct your vision inwards.

Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:13 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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On Sankranti, it is a custom to offer a mixture of jaggery and sesame seeds (til) to all. Jaggery is sweet and is a symbol of love. Til is also known as sneha, which means friendship. Therefore, the offer of the jaggery-til mixture means offering 'love surcharged with friendliness' to people. The message of Sankranti is the promotion of love among one's kith and kin and friends by all of them coming together to celebrate this festival. Develop harmony towards everyone. Much of what passes for friendship today consists in associating with persons when they are affluent and benefiting from their wealth. When they are in distress, the same persons will not even look at them. This is not true friendship. True friendship must emanate from the heart and should remain unaffected by weal or woe. In fact, God alone can be an unfailing friend in all situations. He is with you, above you, below you, beside you and around you.

Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:09 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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Maha Kumbh Mela
Maha Kumbh is held after every twelve years, which is once in life time event, if somehow you have missed Maha Kumbh, then other option of similar significance is Ardh Kumbh which held after every 6 years.
Kumbh is held at four places.
Prayag (near the city of Allahabad, in the state of Uttar Pradesh) at the confluence of three rivers Ganga (Ganges), Yamuna and Saraswati.
Haridwar (in the state of Uttarakhand) where the river Ganga enters the plains from Himalayas.
Ujjain (in Madhya Pradesh), on the banks of Ksipra river, and
Nasik (in Maharashtra) on the banks of Godavari river.
In the year 2013, Maha Kumbh is to be held at Prayag (Allahabad). Nearly 140 million people are expected for kumbh mela this year including one crore just on the first day itself..
Kumbha Mela is "the world's most massive act of faith' – the largest congregation of devotees at one place. It is believed that by bathing in the Ganges during Kumbh, one is freed from one's past sins (karma), and thus becomes eligible for liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
According to astrological calculations, the Kumbha Mela is held every twelve years and begins on Makar Sankranti, the day when the sun and moon enter Capricorn and Jupiter enters Aries. The astrological configuration on Makar Sankranti is called " Kumbhasnanayoga" and is considered to be especially auspicious, as it is said that the passage from Earth to the higher planets is open at that time, thus allowing the soul to easily attain the celestial world.




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Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:11 pm (PST) . Posted by:

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Harih Om. Every kind worship follows a paddhati (an appropriate way of doing things). If one goes to a Parsi Fire Temple, one will not chant Vedic Suktams. When visiting a Church one does not chant Allahu Akbar, and certainly, one will not chant Jaya Jagadish Hare in a Mosque.
Likewise, our deities in Sanatana Dharma have some specific and preferred forms of worship which, if a devotee is sincere about, will abide by:
-Shivalingas are worshipped with Bilva Patras, not Ketaki flowers (and there is a Pauranic reference as to why).
-Ganesha is fond of Durva grass.
-Some Kaula Shaaktas even offer wine to Kali-maa, but never in a mandir of, say, Krishna.
What separates the various forms of Bhagavan are these very peculiarities- not only in their respective features and attributes, but also the forms of worship. Lord Ayappa of Sabarimala is no different in that regard. This form of Bhagavan is seen and worshipped as a Brahmachari, one who abstains from making contact with women who have come of age, the paddhati and sentiment of devotees are to preserve Lord Ayappa's brahmacharya vratam, the vow of celibacy, and not violate it. Sincere devotees understand this well. The ones who wish to force themselves into the mandir, are effectively and very deliberately defiling the very idea behind the form's Brahmacharyam, while putting on a show of worshipping.
Almost none of these people making news headlines are even devotees, but "Social Activists" and Marxists from the Communist Parties who simply want to make a point. It's nothing more than a political statement with the clear intention of trampling Hindu sentiments, forcing us to lose whatever little autonomy we still have over our tradition. Truly a wicked scheme, and any Hindu aware of this and not revolting against such madness, in my view, is doing great adharma through inaction. Many things are worth fighting for, some things are worth dying for. This is the latter. Protecting Sabrimala from external attacks is rather high on the priority list.




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