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15 Most Amazing Predictions for Kali Yuga from the Bhagavata Purana

Published on Apr 17 2014 05:38 AM  |  Posted by The Editor |  Articles on Hinduism  |  32,001 views

15 Most Amazing Predictions for Kali Yuga from the Bhagavata Purana
In the last canto of the Bhagavata Purana there is a list of predictions and prophecies about the dark times for the present age of Kali Yuga. The following 15 predictions, written 5,000 years ago by sage Vedavyasa, are amazing because they appear so accurate. Despite the negative tone of these prophecies, there is still one bright spot for all of us, which is mentioned at the end.

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Vigyan Bhairav Tantra in English

Published on Apr 16 2014 11:13 AM  |  Posted by The Editor |  Hindu Scriptures  |  2,171 views

Vigyan Bhairav Tantra in English
The Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is a key text of the Trika school of Kashmir Shaivism. Cast as a discourse between the god Shiva and his consort Devi or Shakti, it briefly presents 112 meditation methods or centering techniques (dharanas). These include several variants of breath awareness, concentration on various centers in the body, non-dual awareness, chanting, imagination and visualization and contemplation through each of the senses. A prerequisite to success in any of the 112 practices is a clear understanding of which method is most suitable to the practitioner.

The text is a chapter from the Rudrayamala Tantra, a Bhairava Agama. Devi, the goddess, asks Siva to reveal the essence of the way to realization of the highest reality. In his answer Siva describes 112 ways to enter into the universal and transcendental state of consciousness. References to it appear throughout the literature of Kashmir Shaivism, indicating that it was considered to be an important text in the monistic school of Kashmir Shaiva philosophy.

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Introduction to Devi Mahatmya

Published on Apr 15 2014 12:16 PM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Articles on Hinduism  |  4,966 views

Introduction to Devi Mahatmya
The book which relates the story of how the devi (mother Goddess) killed Madhu and Kaidabha as Vishnu Maya, killed Mahishasura as Lakshmi, and killed Shumbha and Nishumbha in the form of Goddess Saraswathi, is known as Devi Mahatmya in South India, Chandi in West Bengal and as Durga Sapthasathi in the northern parts of the country including Varanasi. It consists of Chapters 74 to 86 (13 chapters) of the Markandeya Purana and has 700 stanzas. This Purana is also authored by Veda Vyasa and is a medium sized Purana.

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More Mystical Experiences at Thiruvannamalai

Published on Apr 08 2014 02:07 AM  |  Posted by keerthana varadarajan |  Mystical Experiences  |  16,298 views

More Mystical Experiences at Thiruvannamalai
I too had a very divine and celestial experience at Thiruvannamalai, and wanted to share it here. To the common man, it might sound unbelievable, but such are divine experiences. No science can ever explain it.

When I was a kid, I used to hear that my neighbor uncle travels to Thiruvannamalai every month. I too wanted to go there and circumambulate the hill. At that time, in my fifth grade, I had no idea about anything. I just had an imaginary picture of a hill, moonlit night, trees and forests and a few people circumambulating. Someday I wanted to be there.

In my sixth grade, my parents happened to attend a wedding at Thiruvannamalai. That was their first visit to the temple. Both my mom and dad came and praised the Lord, saying that they could feel divine power, some sort of vibration. Again, I was left to wonder, when will I go there?

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My Strange Experience in Thiruvannamalai

Published on Apr 04 2014 05:06 PM  |  Posted by Ananda Mokshapriyan |  Mystical Experiences  |  58,121 views

My Strange Experience in Thiruvannamalai
A couple of years back, in November of 2008, Surya, Me, Neeraja and my uncle and aunt from the US had gone for a visit to Thiruvannamalai. On the night of the 10th, we spent a lot of time in the temple and sat for a while at the Kalabhairava shrine near the temple tank. I was telling Surya about the Kalabhairava temple we went to in Varanasi with Swamiji and the story of how he took away one of Brahma's heads.

The next day a little before 6 am we all started on the 14 km Girivalam or circumambulation around the Arunachala hill. A few minutes into the trek just as we crossed the South Gopuram, a small beige dog started following us. My first instinct was to shoo it away. It moved back but kept tagging along. After a while I felt sorry for the dog. After all we were in the territory of Ramana who was friends with all animals in the area. So I stopped shooing it. I figured it was hungry and following the visitors was an adaptation by the animals to get food.

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The Shiva Maha Purana in English

Published on Apr 03 2014 05:50 PM  |  Posted by The Editor |  Hindu Scriptures  |  6,191 views

The Shiva Maha Purana in English
Sage Shaunaka requested Sutaji to tell about the proper method of listening to Shiva Purana, so that mankind gets complete benefit. Sutaji replied: "First of all, an auspicious moment should be determined by an Astrologer. After that, friends and relatives should be invited, especially those who have the tendency of being away from such occasions. The sages and the virtuous people should be invited too. The 'Katha' must be help in scared places like Shiva temple, any place of pilgrimage or in one's home after doing a Bhumi Pujan of the land Where one intends to held the Katha of Shiva Purana. The canopy should be well decorated."

"After making a resolution and doing worship of Ganapati - the destroyer of all hurdles and obstacles the Katha should be commenced. The person who is telling the 'Katha' should be facing north and all the listeners should sit facing east. The person who is telling the 'Katha' should be a scholar and should be capable of clearing all the doubts from the listener's mind. There should be no kind of distraction during the 'Katha' period. A devotee, who listens to the Katha leaving behind all of his worldly worries get complete benefits. A devotee should also make donations and offerings according to his capacity and capability otherwise he would become a wretched man. The Mantra 'OM NAMAH SHIVAYA' should be chanted through out the period of Katha."

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Evolution and Reincarnation from the Vedantic Perspective

Published on Mar 24 2014 05:29 PM  |  Posted by Swami Abhedananda |  Science and Nature  |  4,347 views

The amazing achievements of modern science have been opening every day new gates of wisdom and slowly bringing human minds nearer and nearer to the ultimate reality of the universe. The fire of knowledge kindled by science has already burnt down many dogmas and beliefs, held sacred by the superstition of the past, which stood in the way of truth-seeking minds. In the first place science has disproved the theory of the creation of the universe out of nothing by the action of some supernatural power. It has shown that the universe did not appear in its present form or come into existence all of a sudden only a few thousand years ago, but that it has taken ages to pass through different stages before it could reach its present condition. Each of these stages was directly related to a previous stage by the law of causation, which always operates in accordance with definite rules.

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Heredity and Reincarnation from the Vedantic Perspective

Published on Mar 24 2014 05:24 PM  |  Posted by Swami Abhedananda |  Science and Nature  |  970 views

Those who accept the theory of heredity deny the existence of the human soul as an entity separable from the gross physical organism. Consequently they do not discuss the question whether the individual soul existed in the past or will continue to exist after the death of the body. This kind of question does not disturb their minds. They generally maintain that the individual soul is inseparable from the body or the brain or nervous system; consequently what we call soul or the conscious entity or the thinker is produced along with the birth of the organism or brain, lasts as long as the body lasts and dies when the organism is dissolved into its elements. But those, on the other hand, who accept the theory of Reincarnation admit the existence of soul as a conscious entity which is independent of the physical organism, that it continues to live after death and that it existed before the birth of the body.

The theory of heredity has always been supported by the materialistic scientists, atheists and agnostics of all ages and also by those who believe in the special creation of the first man and woman at a certain definite time and that their qualities, character, life and soul have been transmitted to all humanity through successive generations. The commonly accepted meaning of the theory of heredity is that all the well-marked peculiarities, both physical and mental, in the parents are handed on to the children; or, in other words, heredity is that property of an organism by which its peculiar nature is transmitted to its descendants.

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Vedantic Perspectives on Reincarnation

Published on Mar 24 2014 04:35 PM  |  Posted by Swami Abhedananda |  Science and Nature  |  848 views

The visible phenomena of the universe are bound by the universal law of cause and effect. The effect is visible or perceptible, while the cause is invisible or imperceptible. The falling of an apple from a tree is the effect of a certain invisible force called gravitation. Although the force cannot be perceived by the senses, its expression is visible. All perceptible phenomena are but the various expressions of different forces which act as invisible agents upon the subtle and imperceptible forms of matter. These invisible agents or forces together with the imperceptible particles of matter make up the subtle states of the phenomenal universe. When a subtle force becomes objectified, it appears as a gross object. Therefore, we can say, that every gross form is an expression of some subtle force acting upon the subtle particles of matter.

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The Narada Purana in English

Published on Mar 24 2014 03:08 PM  |  Posted by The Editor |  Hindu Scriptures  |  11,889 views

The Narada Purana in English
1. Penance of the Sages in Naimisharanya

Once upon a time, twenty-six thousand sages assembled in the holy ambience of Naimisharanya. All of them had renounced their desires and homely comforts and were worshipping Lord Vishnu for the benefit of the entire humanity.

During their stay in Naimisharanya, those sages called a huge assembly to discuss about the means of attaining all the four goals of life, Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. The great sage Shaunaka was presiding over the assembly. He said: "O sages! We have assembled here to discuss the most cryptic disciplines of life. But it is beyond my powers to answer the questions you have put before me. Only a great sage like Suta, who is the most learned disciple of Vedavyasa, is able to answer these questions. Presently, he lives in a hermitage in Siddhipeeth. Let us all go there and request him to preach to us about the cryptic disciplines of life."

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Rasika Mangala of Gopijanavallabha Das (Biography of Sri Rasikananda)

Published on Mar 17 2014 09:49 AM  |  Posted by Gopijanavallabha Das |  Articles on Hinduism  |  598 views

Rasika Mangala of Gopijanavallabha Das (Biography of Sri Rasikananda)
The First Wave

1. There are numerous Puranas in the world, but with the exception of Gita-Govinda, none of them show the handwriting of Sri Krishna. In the same way no devotee was ever painted by the Lord, Srimati Radharani painted a mark on the forehead of Sri Syamananda Deva.

2. Syamananda, a gem of kindness, is a mine of extreme joy, an ocean of favour, proprietor of the beauties of the three worlds, the abode of the essence of love, the abode of all good fortune, the only resort of those who are aggreived, the supreme jewel of sports, a gem of mercy and full of the most elegant intelligence.

3. I bow down to Sri Rasikananda who is like the Sun, the giver of deep joy, the possessor of ujjvala rasa, a mine of Krishna-bhava, who can bring peace to our minds and remove the darkness of ignorance, the well-wisher of the devotees, the extinguisher of all miseries, the source of all joy, the father of such wealth as mercy and the deliverer of the poor.

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Prema Vivarta of Jagadananda Pandit

Published on Mar 17 2014 08:32 AM  |  Posted by Jagadananda Pandit |  Hindu Scriptures  |  428 views

Prema Vivarta of Jagadananda Pandit
Srila Jagadananda Pandita was a close and confidential associate of Lord Caitanya. A resident of Navadvipa, he was Nimai's boyhood friend and classmate. They enjoyed a unique relationship throughout life. He was continually picking fights with the Lord. These quarrels began from their early boyhood days and continued in Jagannatha Puri. By then Lord Caitanya had already entered the sannyasa order of life; for the sole purpose of benedicting the fallen souls of Kali-yuga. Some of the boyhood pastimes depicting their innocent disputes have been described in this book. The emotional exchanges between Lord Caitanya and Jagadananda Pandita should not be misunderstood. Their relationship is unspoilt by mundane hate, selfish motivations or evil designs. Whether the pastimes took place in their early boyhood or late in their mature dealings they are completely free of envy. Their seemingly acrimonious demeanour stemmed from a deep concern for each other and indeed not from self aggrandisement.

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Bakasura by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati

Published on Mar 16 2014 10:47 AM  |  Posted by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur |  Articles on Hinduism  |  475 views

Bakasura by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati
(The following essay was printed in the February 1932 edition of Sajjana-tosani Magazine.)

Bakasura is one of the demons slain by the Boy-Krishna. He represents evils that are peculiar to boyhood. The neophyte is extremely susceptible to such evils. They cannot be got rid of except by the Mercy of Krishna. If one engages in the service of Krishna the juvenile vices are completely eradicated at an early stage.

There is an English proverb that sowing of wild oats is inevitable at a young age. The term “Puritanism” was originally coined to express the protest of boys and young men against any undue curtailment of the scope of enjoyment that should be regarded as permissible to them. Boys and young men claim the right to be merry and frolicsome. There is nothing objectionable and much that is of positive value in the display of these juvenile qualities. If the attempt be made to stifle this innocent play of the boyish nature under the impression that is an exhibition of sensuousness and for that reason, as being as harmful as similar conduct on the part of grown up persons, the result is not assurance but discouragement, of juvenile innocence. There are, indeed, black sheep and these should not be allowed to taint the whole flock, for this purpose caretakers with full sense of their delicate responsibility are required to keep watch over them for ensuring the innocence of boyhood and youth without killing their joys.

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Associates of Sri Caitanya by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati

Published on Mar 16 2014 10:25 AM  |  Posted by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur |  Articles on Hinduism  |  2,384 views

Associates of Sri Caitanya by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati
(Published in Sajjana-tosani Magazine, February 1933)

[In this immortal work of spiritual genius, Srila Sarasvati Thakura describes the method by which the Lord descends to deliver the fallen souls. Although composed in very high English, the sincere seeker will find in this short essay profound explanation as to the nature and function of guru.— ed.]

Sri Krishna Caitanya is Sri Krishna Himself. The associates of Sri Krishna Caitanya are constituents of Himself. It is our object in this short paper to study the implications of these doctrines.

Sri Krishna's active existence involves the undivided operation of the following six divine entities viz., gurus, devotees, avataras (divine descents), divine manifestations, divine powers, and Godhead Himself. All these are jointly and severally divine.

As Sri Krishna Caitanya is identical with Sri Krishna the active existence of Sri Caitanya also implies the cooperation of the above six divine categories.

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Sri Vedanta Shyamantaka of Baladeva Vidyabhushana

Published on Mar 16 2014 09:34 AM  |  Posted by Sri Baladeva Vidyabhushana |  Hindu Scriptures  |  333 views

Sri Vedanta Shyamantaka of Baladeva Vidyabhushana
Prathamah Kiranah: First Ray of Light
Pramana-nirnayah: Evidence for the Truth

1 May the wonderful moon of Lord Caitanya, a moon that reveals the eternal form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, a moon that creates great waves in the flooding ocean of transcendental bliss, a moon that taught the truth to Rupa Gosvami and Sanatana Gosvami, a moon that removes the darkness, rise in our hearts.

2 Evidence is needed to understand the truth. The philosopher Carvaka accepts only the evidence of direct sense perception (pratyaksa). The Vaisesika philosophy accepts both sense perception and logic (anumana). Patanjali and pseudo - Kapila accept sense-perception, logic, words and analogies (upamana). The mimamsakas accept sense perception, logic, words, analogies and also inference (arthapatti) and the impossibility of non existence (anupalabdhi). The followers of the Puranas accept sense perception, logic, words, analogies, inference and the impossibility of none existence and tradition (aihitya) and equivalence (sambhava) as well. We see all these as evidence for the truth. In this way there are eight kinds of evidence to find the truth: sense perception, logic, words, analogies, inference, the impossibility of non existence, tradition and equivalence.

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Prameya Ratnavali of Baladeva Vidyabhushana

Published on Mar 16 2014 08:58 AM  |  Posted by Sri Baladeva Vidyabhushana |  Hindu Scriptures  |  336 views

Prameya Ratnavali of Baladeva Vidyabhushana
Table of Contents:

Prameya 1: Maggalacaranam, The disciplic succession, Madhvacarya's Nine Philosophical Truths, Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Prameya 2: The Supreme Personality of Godhead Is Known By Study of the Vedas

Prameya 3: The Material World Is Real

Prameya 4: The Jivas (Living Entities) Are Different From Lord Visnu

Prameya 5: The Jivas (Living Entities) Are By Nature the Servants of the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Prameya 6: In Both Conditioned and Liberated States, the jivas Are Situated in Higher and Lower Statuses

Prameya 7: Liberation Does Not Mean an Impersonal Merging,But the Attainment of Direct Association With Lord Krsna

Prameya 8: Pure Devotional Service Grants Liberation

Prameya 9: Direct Perception, Logic and Vedic Revelation Are Three Sources of Actual Knowledge

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New finds take archaeologists closer to Krishna

Published on Mar 14 2014 01:11 PM  |  Posted by Bhama Devi Ravi |  Hinduism in the News  |  3,867 views

New finds take archaeologists closer to Krishna
The conch and the Sudarshana Chakra are unmistakable. Although the figures do not match popular images of Krishna sporting a peacock feather, archaeologists are convinced that the coins are of Krishna, revered as an avatar of Vishnu.

"These square coins, dating back to 180 BC, with Krishna on one side and Balram on the other, were unearthed recently in Al Khanoun in Afghanistan and are the earliest proof that Krishna was venerated as a god, and that the worship had spread beyond the Mathura region," says T K V Rajan, archaeologist and founder-director, Indian Science Monitor, who is holding a five-day exhibition, In search of Lord Krishna,' in the city from Saturday.

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Holi Festival: Heralding the Colors of Spring

Published on Mar 13 2014 11:24 AM  |  Posted by Radha Pukan |  Hindu Festivals  |  1,218 views

Holi Festival: Heralding the Colors of Spring
Every Indian has distinct childhood memories of Holi. Showers of colorful powder, getting doused by colorful water from ‘pichkaris’ and the resounding greetings of ‘Holi Hai’. Marking the end of the cold winter and welcoming the advent of vibrant spring. Indians celebrate this delightful festival of colors everywhere. Holi usually falls on the day after Purnima or full moon in early March every year. There are bursts of different hues all around as people throw ‘gulal’ with great laughter and glee. This unique festival was celebrated from pagan days to usher in good harvests and pay homage to the fertility of the land. There was also an association with legends from the Hindu Puranas, ancient histories of previous ages.

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History and Significance of Maha Shivaratri

Published on Mar 04 2014 03:29 PM  |  Posted by The Editor |  Hindu Festivals  |  2,760 views

History and Significance of Maha Shivaratri
Maha Shivaratri, which literally translates to “great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture.

According to the Puranas, during the great mythical churning of the ocean called Samudra Manthan, a pot of poison emerged from the ocean. The gods and the demons were terrified as it could destroy the entire world. When they ran to Shiva for help, he in order to protect the world drank the deadly poison but held it in his throat instead of swallowing it. This turned his throat blue, and since then he came to be known as 'Nilkantha', the blue-throated one. Shivaratri celebrates this event by which Shiva saved the world.

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The Fearlessness and Fury of the Dancing Destroyer Lord Shiva

Published on Mar 03 2014 11:45 AM  |  Posted by Radha Pukan |  Hindu Gods and Goddesses  |  11,102 views

The Fearlessness and Fury of the Dancing Destroyer Lord Shiva
In Hindu philosophy, destruction is considered to be an intense force that shatters delusions and inadequacies bringing forth constructive change through purification. The most powerful member of the triumvirate, Lord Shiva the Destroyer is observed as a complex godhead whose existence fuses conflicting elements. He is believed to be the core of the centrifugal forces of the cosmos due to his role in death and destruction. He dissolves elements in order to create and hence propels the cycle of birth and death. The most formidable deity of the Hindu pantheon is the ultimate seat of ‘Shakti’ and cataclysmic power. With multiple incarnations portraying different shades of Lord Shiva, each has cults which are present across India and South East Asia - in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and other places.

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