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STORY OF SWANS: IMPORTANCE OF GURU AAGYA

STORY OF SWANS: IMPORTANCE OF GURU AAGYA

By Sirshree As we focus on articles on the role of the Guru in the spiritual journey of a seeker, let’s also discuss the importance of the words and advice given by the Guru. This article sheds light on the importance of the commandments and orders that come directly from the Guru. Not a single word […]

Your Best Friend

Your Best Friend

PIYUSH ROY draws from the epics to illustrate the true meaning of what intimate friendship is all about The ‘liberal’ lifestyle perspectives being coined today can be encountered in the epic Mahabharata, such as libertines,metrosexuals, independent women, feisty transgenders, short affairs, long bromances and more…. If, for a moment, one keeps the holiness of the mahakavya and its characters aside, […]

Guru Purnima 2018: Why the festival is celebrated, legend, history and all you need to know

Guru Purnima 2018: Why the festival is celebrated, legend, history and all you need to know

  By Saumyaa Vardhan Guru Purnima 2018: It is believed that a person is blind without a teacher to guide him. A mother is the first teacher of a child, but after that, the guru becomes his or her second mother. The shastras proclaim that a human being is born twice or dvija, first by the union of the father […]

The Three Stumbling Blocks To Success

The Three Stumbling Blocks To Success

By Acharya Mahapragya   Despair is a major obstacle to progress. It scuttles the process of gaining success .“It cannot be done!” This sentence is a great stumbling block to any kind of success. It was my sutra, never to despair. Why should we think something cannot happen? When we believe that the soul has infinite […]

Why do we light a lamp during puja?

Why do we light a lamp during puja?

By Saumyaa Vardhan Worshipping the supreme lord is one of the ways of expressing our gratitude towards him. It is believed that He has been maintaining the entire creation from time immemorial and has been supplying the living entities with all sorts of items desired by them in the longer run. And for his selfless service […]

Decoding Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Decoding Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Most devotees are mesmerised after hearing the lyrical chanting of mantras in temples. Be it a recorded cassette or some expert brahmanas encircled around a fire sacrifice, the melodious and harmonic sound of the recitation of mantras in a particular meter can make one spell bound. Mantras form an essential portion of the Vedic system […]

Karma And Suffering

Karma And Suffering

The quantum of suffering that we undergo in a lifetime does not seem to be in proportion to the bad karmas we may possibly have generated in previous births or in this life. Sometimes, the punishment inflicted on us seems to be too harsh. Please elucidate. —Pankaj Kumar, 66 years The fruits of karma, action, […]

Why Waste Precious Opportunity To Moksha?

Why Waste Precious Opportunity To Moksha?

By B Shankar Humans are ever engaged in action as it is almost impossible to live without action. In life, we play many different roles like being a student, employee, son, daughter, spouse, parent, citizen and so on. We are generally guided by our family value system in our actions. Karma means prescribed duties. But today, […]

Ramzan: Practices and rituals you probably didn’t know about

Ramzan: Practices and rituals you probably didn’t know about

By Shruti Chakraborty  When one talks about Ramzan, the holy month of Islam, the three things that popularly immediately come to mind for the medium-initiated are roza, salat (prayers five times a day) and iftar. While roza stands for fasting and salat/namaz for prayers, iftar stands for the breaking of the fast. But not known to […]

Informational Knowledge vs Practical Experience

Informational Knowledge vs Practical Experience

Blog by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj In many schools, emphasis is placed on informational knowledge learned by reading textbooks or listening to lectures, memorizing the material, and taking tests. However, when one wants to become an adept or practitioner in the field, it involves more practical lessons. Doctors need to learn how to perform surgery or […]

Awaken to many Realities by Guruji Krishnananda

Awaken to many Realities by Guruji Krishnananda

  We have to awaken to many Truths, many Realities. We have to awaken from ignorance. Sometimes people say that in Hinduism there are so many gods. All these gods do exist. Lord Mahavishnu is in-charge of Life and Life Forces. Lord Shiva is in-charge of the forces of destruction. Lord Brahma is in-charge of […]

Ten misconceptions about Bhagavad Gita

Ten misconceptions about Bhagavad Gita

The holy text of the revered Bhavagad Gita has been the Hindus pride for ages now and still continues to be. But, with the advent of more scientific reasoning, many have developed illusions and misconceptions about its concepts and essence. Surprisingly, countries like Russia even decided to ban the book, claiming it to be extremist. […]

How a child rape became a religious flashpoint for India

How a child rape became a religious flashpoint for India

India’s top court has moved the trial in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl out of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The BBC’s Yogita Limaye spoke to people in the community about the divisions that led to the court’s decision. “I just want justice for my child,” her mother says. “I […]

Celebrating Bengali New Year in the Heart of Texas

Celebrating Bengali New Year in the Heart of Texas

HOUSTON: Houston Durga Bari celebrated Poila Baishakh in the heart of Texas with a day full of fantastic events on Sunday, April 15. It brought the Indian and Bangladeshi communities, Durga Bari and Tagore Society of Houston , together at our home away from home right here in Houston, celebrating Poila Baishakh.   The Tagore […]

Is Ashwatthama still alive? These facts will make you think he probably is

Is Ashwatthama still alive? These facts will make you think he probably is

The mystery We all have grown up listening the stories about the warrior Ashwatthama still being alive, though, not as a result of being immortal but rather as curse given to him by Krishna. Here is more on him Who is Ashwatthama? Ashwatthama or Drauni was the son of guru Drona and he is the […]

Why is Parvati called Adi Shakti?

Why is Parvati called Adi Shakti?

Goddess Parvati Goddess Parvati is one of the primary deities worshipped in Indian mythology. She is considered the daughter of Himalaya, the king of the mountains… Various forms Though the Goddess has assumed many forms and there are many legends associated with each form, but the form of Parvati is very important because in this […]

Path to polarisation

Path to polarisation

Ram Navami is meant to be a celebration of good over evil. But the celebrations to mark Lord Ram’s birthday in West Bengal are increasingly becoming a tense occasion for ordinary people with the BJP and the Trinamool Congress turning it into an exercise for mobilising cadres. The competing displays of religiosity have more to […]

Feng Shui Tips to Improve Your Married Life

Feng Shui Tips to Improve Your Married Life

1. Improve Your Married Life A better Married life, a deeper connection, more time together it all can be yours! Follow these tips to improve every aspect of your marriage life and then watch all your romantic dreams come true. Click here to read more… Credit: timesofindia.speakingtree.in

Char Dham Hindu Temple Grand Opening Ceremony

Char Dham Hindu Temple Grand Opening Ceremony

Prana Prathistha & Maha Kumbhabhisheka Mahotsav March 8 to March 11 THE WOODLANDS: Gods were kind enough to bless us with great weather from March 8th thru 11th for the Grand Opening of Char Dham Hindu Temple in the Woodlands. Devotees, mostly from the Greater Houston area but quite a few from different parts of […]

Why Jain monks cover their mouth with Muhapatti

Why Jain monks cover their mouth with Muhapatti

By Vivek Kumar I remember recognizing Jain monks distinctly because of their attire. I could notice them quite easily during my childhood because of the cloth that they wear to cover their mouths, popularly known as Muhapatti. Obviously, they are often called as ‘Muhapatti Waale Sadhu’–a saint with a mouth cloth! Click here to read […]

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