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Philosopher India – A step towards Myth discovery

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Sri Surya Pahar – A confluence of the three religions

Sri Surya Pahar, located about 12 km southeast of Goalpara town and about 136 km northwest of Guwahati, is a significant unknown archaeological site in Assam, India. Sri Surya Pahar, a confluence of the three religions of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, is a treasure trove of ancient monuments. Sri Surya Pahar was the place of worship of Surya – the Sun God. It was one of the two places where Surya was worshiped in ancient Assam. According to popular belief, 99999 Shiva Lingas were engraved here by sage Vyasa to make it a second Kashi. There are still hundreds of Shiva Lingas scattered all over the hill particularly at the foot of the hill. The only place in the North-East of India where the remains of Jainism can be found, there is a carving of Adinath – the 1st Tirthankara of the Jains. There are also other Jain carvings all of which date back to 9th century A.D. These carvings were done by the followers of Adinath or Rishabhanath. The name of ‘Sri Surya Pahar’ implies that the site was perhaps associated with the cult of sun worship. Literary accounts corroborate that among other Hindu deities worshiped in ancient Assam, ‘Surya’ (or the Sun God) occupied a prominent place in its cultural history. References are found in the Kalika-Purana (c.10th century) about two seats of sun worship in ancient Assam.

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Black magic – A strongest supernatural potential force

Black magic can be described as a strongest supernatural potential force which when enters the human body system causes a lot of disruption and causes several hassles in the ideal functioning of mind, body and soul. Indian mythology believes that this kind of entrance of such negative energy causing hurdles and issues in the life of a person without the host’s body knowledge is exactly what black magic does. It is known as Black Magic because this energy is transmitted to another person without the permission. Black Magic not only spoils the life of a person but also leaves a big impact on the life of a person who is involved in this activity. This is against the Indian Mythology and has not been supported but due to personal benefits and jealous feeling people do it and this is how they are more in pain.

Protected: Bengali kala Jadoo – can make powerful witchcraft

Gangotri – The source of River Ganga

Gangotri is the source of Ganga as Bhagirathi river.

Gangotri
Location :  Uttar Pradesh 
Altitude :  3042 mts. 
Climate :  Summer – Cool during the day and cold at night.
Winter – Snow-bound. Touching sub-zero 
Best Season :  April to November

Gangotri is at an altitude of 3048 meters above sea level. It is on the northernmost part of the state of Uttar Pradesh and is very near the Indo-Tibetan border. It is approximately 300 km from Dehradun, 250 km from Rishikesh and 105 km from Uttarkashi. The summers are relatively cool and winters are freezing cold, with rains in the months of May and June. For the devotees and tourists, the gates of the temple are open only in the months of May to November.

Kalpeshwar – Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva

Kalpeshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at an elevation of 2,200 m in the picturesque Urgam valley in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in India.This tree is believed to fulfill all the wishes of a person. There is a cave temple situated at height of 2134 mtr and Shiva is worshiped here in his matted hair form. Kalpeshwar is surrounded by dense woods and also terraced fields that lie in the Urgam valley.

It is the fifth temple of the Panch Kedars (five temples of Lord Shiva) and is the only temple out of five that is accessible throughout the year.At Kalpeshwarm, the matted hair or Jata of lord Shiva are the object of worship and because of this, Lord Shiva, is also called Jatadhari and Jateshwar.

Shiva Tandava – A vigorous dance

Shiva’s Tandava is described as a vigorous dance that is the source of the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution.Shiva Tandava Stotram is a stotra, hymn of praise in the Hindu tradition that describes Shiva’s power and beauty.It is believed that Lord Shiva is the king of all dancers. He was an expert in the thandava style of dancing.

“Shiva Tandava”

Jatatavee gala jjala pravaha pavitha sthale,
Gale avalabhya lambithaam bhujanga thunga malikaam,
Dama ddama dama ddama ninnadava damarvayam,
Chakara chanda thandavam thanothu na shiva shivam.

Jata kataha sambhramabrama nillimpa nirjari,
Vilola veechi vallari viraja mana moordhani,
Dhaga dhaga daga jjwala lalata patta pavake,
Kishora Chandra shekare rathi prathi kshanam mama.

Dara darendra nandini vilasa bhandhu bhandura,
Sphuradigantha santhathi pramodha mana manase,
Krupa kadaksha dhorani niruddha durdharapadi,
Kwachi digambare mano vinodhamethu vasthuni.

Jada bhujanga pingala sphurath phana mani prabha,
Kadamba kumkuma drava praliptha digwadhu mukhe,
Madhandha sindhura sphurathwagu utthariya medhure,
Mano vinodhamadhbutham bibarthu bhootha bharthari.

Sahasra lochana prabhoothyasesha lekha shekhara,
Prasoona dhooli dhorani vidhu sarangri peedabhu,
Bhujangaraja Malaya nibhadha jada jhootaka,
Sriyai chiraya jayatham chakora bandhu shekhara.

Lalata chathwara jwaladhanam jaya sphulingabha,
Nipeetha pancha sayagam saman nilimpanayakam,
Sudha mayookha lekhaya virajamana shekharam,
Maha kapali sampade, siro jadalamasthu na.

Karala bhala pattika dhagadhaga jjwala,
Ddhanam jayahuthi krutha prachanda pancha sayage ,
Dharadharendra nandhini kuchagra chithrapathraka,
Prakalpanaika shilpini, trilochane rather mama.

Naveena megha mandali nirudha durdharath sphurath,
Kahoo niseedhi neethama prabhandha bandha kandhara,
Nilimpa nirjari darsthanothu kruthi sindhura,
Kala nidhana bandhura sriyam jagat durandhara.

Prafulla neela pankaja prapancha kalima prabha,
Valambhi kanda kanthali ruchi prabandha kandharam,
Smarschidham puraschidham bhavaschidham makhachidham,
Gajachidandakachidham tham anthakachidham bhaje.

Agarva sarva mangalaa kalaa kadamba manjari,
Rasa pravaha madhuri vijrumbha mana madhu vrtham,
Suranthakam, paranthakam, bhavanthakam, makhandakam,
Gajandhakandhakandakam thamanthakanthakam bhaje.

Jayathwadhabra vibramadbujaamga maswasath,
Vinirgamath, kramasphurath, karala bhala havya vat,
Dhimi dhimi dhimi dhwanan mrudanga thunga mangala,
Dhwani karma pravarthitha prachanda thandawa shiva.

Drusha dwichi thra thalpayor bhujanga moukthika srajo,
Garishta rathna loshtayo suhrudhwi paksha pakshayo,
Trunara vinda chakshusho praja mahee mahendrayo,
Samapravarthika kadha sadashivam bhajamyaham.

Kada nilampa nirjaree nikunja kotare vasan,
Vimuktha durmathee sada sirasthanjaleem vahan,
Vilola lola lochano lalama bhala lagnaka,
Shivethi manthamucharan kada sukhee bhavamyaham.

Imam hi nithya meva muktha muthamothamam sthavam,
Padan, smaran broovan naro vishudhimethi santhatham,
Hare Gurou subhakthimasu yathi nanyadha gatheem,
Vimohinam hi dehinaam sushakarasya chithanam.

Poojavasana samaye dasa vakhra geetham,
Ya shambhu poojana param padthi pradhoshe,
Thasya sthiraam radha gajendra thuranga yuktham,
Lakshmeem sadaiva sumukheem pradadathi shambu.

Ithi Ravana krutham,
Shiva thandava stotram,
Sampoornam

“Om Namah Shivaya” learn how these simple three-word chanting can turn your life ?

learn how these simple three-word chanting can turn your life ?

According to Indian Mythology there are Many, “yogis” and “rishis” through the ages attest to the power of “Om Namah Shivaya”,

  •  This Mantra shows you the path of peace, and gives you the clarity and intellect needed to act with grace and dignity.
  • This Mantra will temper your aggression and boost your determination and relive the stress from your mind.
  • You will find your self-worth increasing, as the divine power of this Mantra boosts your self-confidence and the way other people perceive you.
  • This Mantra keeps Your mind is calm and life becomes easier to handle.
  • You will able to balance your Economy, work and home life much more excellent.
  • According to Indian astrology, this Mantra is very useful in diminishing the harmful effects of the negative (planets) and minimizing the bad influences from their astral position.

A mermaid – JalPari

JalPari is a Hindi word formed by two Hindi words ‘jal’ means water and ‘pari’ means fairy. Jalpari is also known as Mermaid in English. A mermaid (Jalpari) is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. The word mermaid-Jalpari is a compound of the Old English sea, and a girl or young woman.

The Dream Symbols and Meaning

Dreams are stories and images that our minds create while we sleep. They can be entertaining, fun, romantic, disturbing, frightening and sometimes bizarre.Dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep, when brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. REM sleep is revealed by continuous movements of the eyes during sleep. At times, dreams may occur during other stages of sleep.

The Dream Symbols and Dream Meaning:

Blood
Dream meaning of blood deals with life, fluidity, passion and that which sustains us. Blood dreams get right down to the nitty gritty of emotional issues that have been coagulating deep beneath surface life experience, those aspects that dwell in the deepest fathoms of our awareness.

Body
Another foundational dream symbol, the body speaks from our dreaming mind in terms of stability, action, knowing, basics, foundations and structure. The body may also offer clues into our status of health.

Buildings
The building is symbolic of us, and the condition of the building will be telling about our current status. The dream meaning of buildings may also point to social status, specifically building a network in business relationships.

Clouds / Rain
They are the macrocosm of thought. The rain they hold is the macrocosm of emotion. So, clouds in dreams talk to us about the balance between our analytical mind and our touchy emotions.

Earth/Soil
The dream meaning of soil or earth is very similar to the body because it deals with our roots. When we dream of dark, rich soil it is a message of fertility, birth and suggests now is an optimal time to plant the seeds of our creativity with the promise of prime growth.

Eyes
The dream meaning of eyes deals with perception. Eyes interpret light, and so when we dream of them we’re dealing with a greater vision, illumination, enlightenment, understanding and even our concept of reality. Injured eyes may indicate we’re not seeing the facts clearly, or we’re simply unable to face certain truths at this time.

Face
Dream meaning of faces should be interpreted according to the expression on the dream face. These are pretty explanatory. Happy faces elicit meanings of joy, harmony, peace, prosperity.

Flowers
The delicate beauty flowers convey are mirrored in our dreams. Blossoming flowers in dreams carry a sweet scent of growth, development and becoming more aware of ourselves within the context of our environment.

Hands
Dream hands signal communication, generosity, industry, activity, receptivity and control. Open hands indicate an open heart, a willingness to receive deeper knowing on a spiritual level.

Nudity
Ever had the naked dream? Common interpretations will reveal a dream of being naked  is a sign of insecurity, humiliation, shame or feelings of vulnerability.

Streets/Roads
Dream meaning of streets and roads meander in our minds when we are on a specific path. Dream streets may point to a destination after a long, arduous trek in our personal evolution.

                                                                   Teeth                                                                                  It points to an underlying belief or fear we have no control over our lives. It may also indicate a loss experienced.

Vehicles
That’s a powerful symbol of will.

Weapons / Battle
Dream meaning of weapons aim at aggression, assertion and action. These are also phallic symbols (in my opinion) and so speak of masculine energy. Dreaming of weapons and Battle points to a propensity to settle difficulties through force, maybe even violence.

Wings / Birds
Dream meaning of wings carry messages of “spread your wings and fly” to new locations , understanding or flying to new spiritual heights.

The Shradh – Vedic technology to Serve afterdeath

As per Hinduism , the body is destructible but soul is eternal. It can neither be created nor can be destroyed. in Bhagwat Gita Lord Krishna clearly states, “The soul is unborn, eternal, ever existing and primeval”. As per Hindu mythology, afterdeath zone called Pitr loka that is exists between earth and heaven. All the departed souls or Pitrs stay at this place. This zone is Ruled by Lord Yamraj The god of death. The Pitra Paksh starts with when Sun entering the zodiac sign Virgo. At advent of this Paksh the departed souls or forefathers leave the Yamaloka and came to earth to acknowledge the rites performed by their descendants and remain stay here till Sun or Moon conjunction should happen in Sign Virgo. During the period of Shraadh, usually people avoid buying or wearing new clothes, hair-cut shall also be avoided. Auspicious activities like marriage, settling marriage, any kind of birth ceremony etc. are prohibited during this period , Abstain from Non Veg food, Hard Drinks and Products containing Tobacco. It is believed that if shraadh is performed with whole devotion, ancestors feel satiated and they bless the person with wealth, children, knowledge, joys, pleasures and a total life.

What is Palm Reading? – An ancient mystic art to Know Past, Present & Future

Palm Reading, also called Palmistry or Chiromancy, is an analysis of a person’s palm lines and hands to foretell the future and personalities.Palm Reading is the divination method to see your characteristics, talents, health and fortunes by observing your hand’s lines and thickness.

Palm reading, more technically known as chiromancy, is the art of telling the future or determining something about a person by looking at the palms of their hands. It is an ancient mystic art, with its roots deep in India’s past. In the modern world, it is one of the most common methods of divining, along with astrology.The earliest known text on palm reading was written by a Hindu sage, Valmiki, in the 3rd millennium BCE. It was entitled “The Teachings of Valmiki Maharshi on Male Palmistry”, and set out many techniques which are used into the modern day. The process then made its way to Egypt, Persia, Tibet, China, and Greece.

Most traditions of palm reading focus only on the shapes and lengths of various features of the hands. The two main features looked at are lines and bumps.There are three major lines looked at in a palm reading session: the life line, the heart line, and the head line.

Lohri – The bonfire festival

Dear All Readers Wish you all a very sweet and Prosperous Lohri, May this new Year brings so many happiness in your Life 🙂

The Lohri is an extremely popular Punjabi agricultural winter festival celebrated throughout Punjab and in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu.The harvest festival of Punjab and Haryana is also referred as the bonfire festival. Huge bonfires are lit to thanks the God for abundant crops.It is celebrated on 13th of January during the month of Paush or Magh, a day before Makar Sankranti. This festival marks the departure of the winter season and onset of spring.

There is a Traditional song sung by the local peoples:

Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicharaa ho!
Dullah Bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paata ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chacha gali dese!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
Bum Bum bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
Sipahee ne mari itt!
Bhaanvey ro te bhaanvey pitt!
Sanoo de de Lohri, te teri jeeve jodi!
Happy Lohri!!

Dev Kamrunag – The Historical lake formed by pushing elbow and forearm on the peak of the mountain

Kamrunag : Known as the Lord of Rain, Temple in Distt.Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India. The temple of Kamru Nag is situated at village Kamrah in Mandi covered with dark Deodar Trees. Dev Kamrunag’s original name was Ratan Yaksh and he was a self learned warrior. He would practice by keeping Lord Vishnu’s idol in front of him and he considered it as his master, A fair is held at this place on 14th of June every year. People make various offerings including ornaments, coins etc. According to tradition the offerings to the deity are thrown in a small lake nearby. A priest acts as a medium on behalf of the Nag Devta. Mythology says that this lake was formed by Pandawas when they were on their way after Mahabharata with Deity Kamrunag (Kamru Valley today) to find best place for their teacher, Dev Kamrunag and Deity love the isolation of this place so much that he decided to stay here for the rest of his life. On his request, Bheemsen one of the Pandava brothers formed the lake by pushing his elbow and forearm on the peak of the mountain. And that is the reason believed by locals after oval-shaped lake with depth is unknown. 

What is the Significance of Tilak?

In Hinduism people wear tilak on their forehead. There is variety in tilak it could be sandal paste or chandan tilak, it could be kumkum that is made of red turmeric powder. Its a believe that a woman should put a kukum tilak on her forehead as that is for her husband’s long life. There is also a scientific reason behind tilak on forehead. Tilak is made up of chandan or turmeric powder and both of them are cool. There is Aajna chakra between eyebrows and applying tilak on that spot makes a cool effect and also good for memory. Tilak stimulates the gland and makes it more active. By putting tilak one can rise its third eye. It helps pran to come up.Put tilak of kumkum or sandalwood paste, remains of yajna.

The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Indian text that became an important work of Hindu tradition in terms of both literature and philosophy. The Bhagavad-gita is a conversation between Arjuna, a supernaturally gifted warrior about to go into battle, and Krishna, his charioteer, The Bhagavad-gita opens with blind King Dhritarashtra requesting his secretary, Sanjaya, to narrate the battle between his sons. The purpose of Bhagavad Gita is to deliver mankind from the darkness of material existence. The Bhagavad-Gita is the eternal message of spiritual wisdom from ancient India. The word Gita means song and the word Bhagavad means God, The Bhagavad Gita, literally meaning The Song of the Bhagavan, often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

Yoga – a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline, that aims to transform body and mind. Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini. Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing.

The Marriage Mantra – Powerful Mantra to solve married Life Problems

Om Hreem Yogini Yogini Yogeswari Yoga Bhayankari Sakala Sthavara

Jangamasya Mukha Hrudayam Mama Vasam Akarsha Akarshaya Namaha:

Benefit of the Mantra Japa:

Delay in marriage

Happy Married Life

Infertility (Problem in conceiving a baby)

Avoid Divorce

There is another Powerful mantra to solve married life problems:

This Mantra has to be recited 108 times early in the morning after having a bath; this should be done before Sunrise. Or you can recite this mantra in the evening after Sunset. This has to be done everyday till you get results

Mantra

Tatou yayau rampurogamaiah shanaiah l

Srugal madhyadiv bhaghrudhdtiah ll

मंत्र
ततौ ययौ रामपुरोगमै: शनै : l
सृगाल मध्यदिव भागह्रूध्दति : ll

Makar Sankranti – A harvest festival

On January 14 every year, we celebrate Makar Sankranti. It is the only Indian festival celebrated on a fixed calendric day of the solar calendar. All other Indian festivals are celebrated as per the lunar calendar, which make their days of celebration on the solar calendar vary every year. Makara Sankrantiis a Hindu festival celebrated in almost all parts of India and Nepal in a myriad of cultural forms. It is a harvest festival.

Makar Sankranti has an astrological significance, as the sun enters the Capricorn (Sanskrit: Makara) zodiac constellation on that day. This date remains almost constant with respect to the Gregorian calendar. However, precession of the Earth’s axis causes Makara Sankranti to move over the ages. A thousand years ago, Makara Sankranti was on 31 December and is now on 14 January. According to calculations, from 2050 Makar Sankranti will fall on 15 January.

Laghima Siddhi

Laghima:
Laghima-siddhi – The ability to make one’s body lighter than air and fly at will.He can make his body as light as cotton or feather. Vayustambhanam is done through this Siddhi. In Jalastambhanam also the power is exercised to a very small degree. The body is rendered light by Plavini Pranayama. The Yogi produces a diminution of his specific gravity by swallowing large draughts of air. The Yogi travels in the sky with the help of this Siddhi. He can travel thousands of miles in a minute.


The Acharya

AghoriBabaThe terms guru and acharya refer to a teacher or master of a tradition. The basic meaning is of a teacher who teaches through example and conveys knowledge and wisdom to his disciples. The disciple in turn might become a teacher and so the lineage continues through the generations. One story that captures the spirit of the teacher is that a mother asks the teacher to stop her son eating sugar for he eats too much of it. The master tells her to come back in a week. She returns and he tells the child to do as his mother says and the child obeys. Asked by the mother why he delayed for a week, he replied ‘a week ago I had not stopped eating sugar!’

Bhasma – Vedic chemistry

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Bhasma in Ayurveda has been defined as a substance obtained by calcination.

Bhasma is a calcined preparation in which the gem or metal is converted into ash. Gems or metals are purified to remove impurities and treated by triturating and macerating in herbal extracts. The dough so obtained is calcinated to obtain the ashes.Ayurveda is the science made up of Veda (knowledge) and Ayush (life). An Ayurvedic system adopts a holistic approach towards health care by balancing the physical, mental and spiritual functions of the human body. RasaShastra (vedic-chemistry) is one of the parts of Ayurveda, which deals with herbo-mineral/metals/non-metals preparations called Bhasmas.

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Rasayana (immunomodulation and anti-aging quality) and yogavahi (ability to target drugs to the site) are characteristics of a properly made herbo-mineral/metals/non-metals preparation, which is also nontoxic, gently absorbable, adaptable and digestible in the bodyBhasma or vibhooti is the sacred ash from the dhuni or fire of a yogi or avadhoota, or from the sacrificial fire or yajna, where special wood, ghee, herbs, grains and other auspicious and purifying items are offered in worship along with mantras. It is believed that bhasma destroys sins (paap), and that it links us with the divine. It is called ‘bhasma’ because it has the power to consume all evils. Any matter, broken up through the process of fire is reduced to its ‘bhasmic’ form, which is infinitely more refined and pure than the original matter, devoid as it is of all impurities niranjan. The grossness of matter obscures the subtle essence inherent within it, just as wood hides fire and milk conceals butter and cheese, but when it is burnt (or churned in the case of milk) only the pure essence remains. Similarly, the great heat of tapasya and the churning of the mind in meditation reveals the underlying subtle spirit or atman.

Daily morality – Hinduism

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Hinduism is the dominant religion, or way of life, of the Indian subcontinent, and consists of many diverse traditions. It includes Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Shaktism among numerous other traditions, and a wide spectrum of laws and prescriptions of “daily morality” based on karma, dharma, and societal norms. Hinduism is a categorisation of distinct intellectual or philosophical points of view, rather than a rigid, common set of beliefs.

Religion and Dharma

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In modern day language, dharma is equated, quite unfairly with religion. Organized religion demands adherence of the followers to the Book and the Prophet. Anything outside the boundaries of a faith is considered irreligious, if not downright sinful. It is believed that salvation lies only through the body of the Prophet or His words. History of mankind is often a gory testament of destruction wrought by the zealots in pursuit of faith. It is a testament of dividing people and converting them, of persecution, intolerance and subjugation, or of burning at the stakes: of the contest between the ecclesiastical and the temporal, the doctrine of two swords and of intrigues. Religion has been one of the most potent divisive forces in all history.

Pure Life – The Sadhu Life

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The Sanskrit word ‘Sadhu’ is translated into English by the word ‘mendicant’ and very rarely with another word ‘Sage’. But ‘Sadhu’ is differently meant in the revealed scriptures like Srimad Bhagwat Geeta or Srimad Bhagbatam. In the ‘Bhagwat Geeta’ the qualification of a ‘Sadhu’ is based on one’s faithfulness in the transcendental service of the Personality of Godhead. One who is firmly fixed up in the devotional service and nothing more-is called a ‘Sadhu’ and Mahatma in terms of Bhagwat Geeta. Even if a man is apt to some vicious habits which a ‘Sadhu’ must not have as part of his personal qualification, is accepted also as a ‘Sadhu’ for the only qualification of his staunch faithfulness in the service of the Personality of Godhead.

Follower’s of Shiva

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The term swami is more specific and usually refers to an ascetic who has been initiated into a specific religious order. In recent years, it has come to be applied particularly to monks of the Ramakrishna Mission. An ascetic who practices yoga in order to achieve his spiritual goals is a yogin or yogi.A Saivite (follower of Shiva) sadhu is generally referred to as a sannyasi or dasnami sannyasin, while a Vaisnavite (follower of Vishnu) ascetic is often called a vairagin.

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Samadhi – Ethical and spiritual living

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In classical Sanskrit, the word samadhi refers to a state of higher awareness in which a person who is meditating feels at one with the object of his meditation. Samadhi is also the eighth of the eight limbs of yoga, or the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is classical yoga’s guide to virtuous and meaningful living. It lays out the guidelines for ethical and spiritual living, and those who follow it are said to eventually reach enlightenment. According to the practice, in order to reach samadhi, yoga practitioners must pass through all eight limbs of the Eightfold Path. The first seven limbs of the Eightfold Path are: the yamas, or ethical standards, the niyamas, or standards of self-discipline, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, or withdrawal of the senses from outside stimuli, dharana, or concentration, and dhyana, or meditation. Classical yoga teachings say that only after the practitioner has achieved all seven of these initial limbs of Eightfold Path can he achieve bliss, or samadhi. Samadhi yoga claims to offer its students guidance on the path to enlightenment by focusing not only on physical fitness and the physical body, but on the spiritual body and control of the mind and thoughts. Samadhi yoga classes are generally available in most yoga studios.

The Varanasi, or Benaras

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Varanasi, or Benaras, (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi`s Prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrevealed. Mark Twain, the English author and literature, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Benaras, once wrote : “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together” . According to the ‘Vamana Purana’, the Varuna and the Assi rivers originated from the body of the primordial Person at the beginning of time itself. The tract of land lying between them is believed to be ‘Varanasi’, the holiest of all pilgrimages. The word ‘Kashi’ originated from the word ‘Kas’ which means to shine. Steeped in tradition and mythological legacy, Kashi is the ‘original ground ‘ created by Shiva and Parvati, upon which they stood at the beginning of time. Varanasi is the microcosm of Hinduism, a city of traditional classical culture, glorified by myth and legend and sanctified by religion , it has always attracted a large number of pilgrims and worshippers from time immemorial. To be in Varanasi is an experience in itself an experience in self–discover an eternal oneness of the body and soul. To every visitor; Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges, the high-banks, the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue soul stirring hymns and mantras alongwith the fragrance of incense filling the air and the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi – the land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi Silk Sarees and Silk brocades which are cherished as collector’s items across the world today.

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The Yama – Associates of Death

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Yama is the Hindu god of death. He is one of the Hindu deities who traveled most far in the world, and he is heavily featured in Japanese mythology, where he is often referred to as Enma Dai-O, and also in Chinese myth, where he is often called Yan.

Yama is usually depicted as a blue man, riding an enormous black buffalo, and holding a mace and a noose. It is also sometimes said that Yama appears differently to wicked people and to good people. To the wicked he is said to have enormous limbs, with thin smoldering lips, eyes as deep as space, and hair of burning fire. To the good, he is said to appear as a beautiful figure, similar in form to Vishnu, with four arms and joyful eyes. He possesses two dogs, each with four eyes. They are said to guide the path to the underworld, and are the descendants of the mighty dog who guards Indra’s noble herd of cattle.Yama and his twin sister Yami were the mortal children of the sun god Surya. Yama is said to have been the first mortal to die and discover the way to the underworld. As he was the first one to arrive there, he was granted power over the entire realm, taking on the mantle of lord of death. In his role of death he is associated with the Destroyer aspect of Shiva.Yama rules over the realm of Naraka, the underworld of Hinduism. As in many Western religions, the underworld is viewed as a place of torment, not simply a place the dead go when they die. Yama dispenses the correct punishment to the dead, depending on what their sins were in life. The torments of Naraka are many, and are horrible, including burning in an ocean of boiling oil, and being whipped ceaselessly with a spiny plant.Unlike many Western concepts of Hell, however, Yama dispenses his justice in an attempt to purify the soul. After a set period of time undergoing such horrors, the soul is considered purged, and may then either be sent back to the world for rebirth, or onward to Heaven. In this sense, Naraka is more like the Christian concept of Purgatory. Although Yama doesn’t rule over Heaven the way he rules over Naraka, he does send people there. He has an assistant, Chitragupta, who keeps track of every mortal’s life on earth and all of the good and evil deeds they have done. At their death, he tells Yama where they belong, either in Heaven or in one of the Hells.As opposed to the Christian concept of Hell, with a ruler who is the embodiment of ultimate evil, Yama is looked upon as a necessary, and even good, figure. He is the ultimate arbiter of justice in the world, ensuring that the wicked are punished for their deeds, but also helping them to work through those wicked deeds so that they can reside in Heaven

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The yoga sutra

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The yoga sutra is the foundation of the central beliefs and philosophies of yogis. The book, The Essential Yoga Sutra, is divided into four chapters that organize the 195 apothegms or sutras, which are considered one of the six visions of reality. It also describes the eight disciplines a yogi must follow. The book was first written by the Indian philosopher and yogi master, Patanjali around the second century. He was not the first person to create the foundations of yoga; instead, they were passed down from teacher to student for years prior.Most people do not consider the yoga sutra to be sacred or based on any historical fact. The majority of yoga practitioners instead use the teachings within the book as a way to gain perspective and learn how to become closer to the spiritual world. For many, it serves as a guide on how to live and behave in society without giving in to the many temptations of the world. Without the yoga sutra, many believe that yoga would lose its focus and discipline that attracts many of its followers.

Dhyana yoga

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Dhyana yoga is a form of meditative yoga. It is meant to bring the practitioner into a state of heightened awareness of his or her unity with the universe. This type of awareness is referred to as universal consciousness. It is different from the practice of dharana yoga, where the goal is to concentrate on the meditation itself to enhance specific goals of focus.Dhyana yoga is considered in ashtanga yoga practice to be the seventh of the eight steps, or sutras, needed to attain enlightenment. This state of enlightenment is known in Sanskrit as nirvana, which means “freedom from suffering.” In Ashtanga yoga, it is called samadhi, which means complete unity or balance. The other steps include commitment to ethical conduct and religious study, as well as physical postures called asanas and breathing practices called pranayama.

MahaKumbh Mela – opportunity to purify our soul by bathing in holy river and serving saints.

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It is described that while Durvasa Muni was passing on the road, he saw Indra on the back of his elephant and was pleased to offer Indra a garland from his own neck. Indra, however, being too puffed up, took the garland, and without respect for Durvasa Muni, he placed it on the trunk of his carrier elephant. The elephant, being an animal, could not understand the value of the garland, and thus the elephant threw the garland between its legs and smashed it. Seeing this insulting behavior, Durvasa Muni immediately cursed Indra to be poverty-stricken, bereft of all material opulence. Thus the demigods, afflicted on one side by the fighting demons and on the other by the curse of Durvasa Muni, lost all the material opulence’s in the three worlds.

One of the item come from the churning of ocean of milk  was nectar which will give strength to demigods. For twelve days and twelve nights (equivalent to twelve human years) the gods and demons fought in the sky for possession of this pot of Amrita. From this nectar some drops spills at Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik while they were fighting for nectar . So on earth we celebrate this festival to get the pious credits and meet the purpose of life that is going to back to godhead  our eternal home where our father is waiting for us. This is opportunity we get after associating with saints or holy man who follow scriptures.

Kumbh mela provides us this great opportunity to purify our soul by bathing in holy river and serving saints.

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The Smoking Mahaprashad – Bhang (Booti) of Lord Shiva

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BABA

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Bhang has been used as an intoxicant for centuries in the Indian sub-continent. Bhang in India and Nepal is distributed during some Hindu festivals like Holi, and consuming bhang at such occasions is a standard practice

It is also available as Bhang goli (pill) which is just freshly ground cannabis with water. Apart from this, sweetened bhang golis are also widely available. These are not considered a drug, but a traditional sleeping aid and appetizer. Bhang is also part of many ayurvedic medicinal preparations. Bhang powder is available at ayurvedic dispensaries.

Bhang Ki Thandai also known as Sardai is a drink popular in many parts of sub-continent which is made by mixing bhang with thandai, a cold beverage prepared with almonds, spices (mainly black pepper), milk and sugar.

Bhang has been used in India since Vedic times, and is an integral part of Hindu culture. Sadhus and Sufis use Bhang to boost meditation and to achieve transcendental states. Bhang or cannabis is also used amongst Sufis as an aid to spiritual ecstasy.

The Village Malana – an ancient village of India, Himachal Pradesh

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Malana

 

Malana is an ancient village to the north-east of Kullu Valley. This solitary village in the Malana Nala, a side valley of the Parvati Valley, is isolated from the rest of the world. The majestic peaks of Chandrakhani and Deotibba shadow the village. It is situated on a remote plateau by the side of torrential Malana river at a height of 3029 m above the sea level. Unaffected by the modern civilization, Malana has its own lifestyle and social structure. People are strict in following their customs. Malana has been the subject of various documentaries including, Malana: Globalization of a Himalayan Village, and Malana, A Lost Identity.

Malana has a history and it goes back to Jamlu rishi (sage) who inhabited this place and made rules and regulations. It is one of the oldest democracies of the world with a well organized parliamentary system. All of this is guided by the their devta (deity) Jamlu rishi. Although Jamlu is currently identified with a sage from the Puranas, this is a relatively recent development. Jamlu is believed to have been worshiped in pre-Aryan times.

Malana is considered to be one of the first democracies in the world. According to tradition, the residents of Malana are the descendant of Aryans, and they acquired their independence during the Mughal reign when the Emperor Akbar walked to the village in order to cure an ailment that he was afflicted with; after having been successfully cured he put out an edict stating that all the inhabitants of the valley would never be required to pay tax. An alternative tradition suggests that Malana was founded by remnants of Alexander the Great’s Army

The Power of a Bell

Kumbh Mela -considered to be the largest peaceful gathering in the world

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Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. It is considered to be the largest peaceful gathering in the world where around 100 million people were expected to visit during the Maha Kumbh Mela in 2013 in Allahabad. It is held every third year at one of the four places by rotation: Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayaga), Nashik and Ujjain. Thus the Kumbh Mela is held at each of these four places every twelfth year. Ardha (“Half”) Kumbh Mela is held at only two places, Haridwar and Allahabad, every sixth year. The rivers at these five places are: the Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar, the confluence (Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati at Allahabad, the Godawari at Nashik, the Shipra at Ujjain and the kausiki at Chataradham

The Rambling Himachal , India

The Sanatan Dharma

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Soulful Himachal