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The following rare video appears to be the only known video recording of Tirupati Balaji that we have come across. We are not aware of how the video was made or who made the video. The video was originally seen being shared on facebook. The common idea that deities should not be filmed has nothing to do with scripture as cameras did not exist in the times that our scriptures were written. It has always been permitted to paint and draw pictures of deities, and these representations of the deities are considered one with the deity by the devotees.
It is reasonable to assume that a digital photo or film of the deity, which is nothing but colored pixels, is likewise an authorized manner in which to preserve and remember the form of the Lord. This is our own personal view. Since such technologies did not exist in the past, there is no way to know what the scriptural conclusion would be in this regard. Also we should note that even the TTD shows videos of the utsava murtis (smaller festival deities) of Tirupati Balaji daily on television. If it is right to film the utsava murti, then it is equally fine to film the mula vigraha (main deity of Balaji).
Shaolin monks and disciples follow a unique practice among Buddhists in that they greet each other using only their right hand. This greeting is a tradition which dates back to Da Mo and his disciple, Hui Ke.
In 495 AD, the Indian monk Ba Tuo, or Buddhabhadra, came to China teaching a form of Buddhism known as Xiao Sheng Buddhism. He was given land at the foot of Shaoshi mountain by Emperor Shao Wen and founded the Shaolin Temple on this land.
In and around Quanzhou, a bustling industrial city, there are shrines that historians believe may have been part of a network of more than a dozen Hindu temples and shrines. For the residents of Chedian, a few thousand-year-old village of muddy by-lanes and old stone courtyard houses, she is just another form of Guanyin, the female Bodhisattva who is venerated in many parts of China. But the goddess that the residents of this village pray to every morning, as they light incense sticks and chant prayers, is quite unlike any deity one might find elsewhere in China. Sitting cross-legged, the four-armed goddess smiles benignly, flanked by two attendants, with an apparently vanquished demon lying at her feet.
The cultural relations between India and China can be traced back to very early times. There are numerous references to China in Sanskrit texts, but their chronology is sketchy. The Mahabharata refers to China several times, including a reference to presents brought by the Chinese at the Rajasuya Yajna of the Pandavas; also, the Arthasastra and the Manusmriti mention China. According to French art historian Rene Grousset, the name China comes from "an ancient" Sanskrit name for the regions to the east, and not, as often supposed, from the name of the state of Ch'in," the first dynasty established by Shih Huang Ti in 221 B.C.
The birth of Shri Datta, Who incarnated on the full moon day (pournima) of the Hindu lunar month of Margashirsha, is celebrated as Datta Jayanti. In the previous eras, the atrocities of demonic forces increased tremendously; hence, Shri Dattatreya incarnated in different forms and destroyed the demons. On Datta Jayanti, Shri Datta’s principle is 1,000 times more active on Earth as compared to any other day. By worshipping Shri Datta with full devotion, one can derive maximum benefit of the Datta principle.
Ancient peoples linked cattle, fertility and abundance. This was reflected in their spiritual practices, and in many parts of the world people worshipped a Cow Goddess or a goddess who protected cows.
Hathor, the Egyptian Goddess, was known as the gentle cow of heaven. She was said to give a plentiful supply of milk to the baby Pharaoh thus making him into a divine being. She was depicted as the winged cow of creation who gave birth to the universe.
The text of the Gupta Lalitambika desribes Goddess Chinnamasta as follows: "She who is the embodiment of virtue, love, humanness, anger, valiancy, terror, odiousness, mysticism, humor and tranquility all put together." It is quite a neat description of the Goddess. The name by itself connotes 'one with the severed head'. She is refered as Prasanda Chandika and comes 6th in line of the ten Mahavidyas. There is mention of the Goddess in not only Hindu texts but also Buddhist Tantric scriptures. She is also called Vajreshwari and is likened to the thunderbolt of Lord Indra. Her eyes are expressive and some devotees also call her Indrani. Those who follow her become inspired and courageous.
Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from Nasa and Isro for research on 10,000 year old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs in Charama region in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region. According to archaeologist JR Bhagat, these paintings have depicted aliens like those shown in Hollywood and Bollywood movies. Located about 130km from Raipur, the caves come under village Chandeli and Gotitola.
A retired history professor who has written articles arguing that stories from the Ramayan and the Mahabharat are truthful accounts of events that took place has been named chief of the ICHR, the government agency to promote historical research. Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, whose interests include Vedic literature, Sanatana Dharma and Bharatiya Sanskriti, set the tone for his three-year tenure after taking charge on Saturday.
The media describes him as an RSS man and the author of the Mahabharata Project, but very little is known about the mild-mannered historian from Telangana in academic circles. Yellapragada Sudershan Rao, the new chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), describes himself as a colonial historian and argues that faith and reason can go hand in hand in the writing of history.
Priests at an ancient Shiva temple in South Gujarat have decided to remove a Sai idol from the temple complex following Dwarka Peeth Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati's controversial claim that Hindus should not worship deified figures. "We totally accept and agree with Swami Swaroopanandji. Going by the Vedic Sanatan dharma, Sai Baba cannot be considered a God. And then, there are no documents and writings as a matter of evidence to establish him as a deity," Shivji Maharaj said. "Our temple goes by the directives of the Shankaracharya who heads the Sanatan dharma."
Reality ends beyond the cracked mud huts of Sripuranthan, 300 km off Chennai. A rubble path winds past scraggy cattle and frolicking children, into the eerie quiet of a tumbled ruin: Brihadeeswara temple. A man-sized stone warrior guards the doorway, half-sunk in sand. Hundreds of bats whirl overhead, shrieking at the intrusion. Exposed beams, textured by time and mould, add to the musty smell in the air. Cobwebs on prayer lamps enhance the sense of abandonment. The altar is stripped bare, like a frame without a picture: It's a temple without a god. The 1,000-year-old guardian of the temple, Shiva Nataraja, is missing from his abode.
An 800-year-old Nataraja bronze, stolen about four years ago from Suthamalli, a remote Tamil Nadu village, is at the centre of a quickly unravelling story of illicit international trade in antiquities. Hot pursuit of sculpture’s trail provided key evidence that led to the extradition to India in mid-July of Subhash Chandra Kapoor, an antique gallery owner from New York accused in the case.
Lord Ayyapan is considered to be one of the greatest gods in the Southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and has devout followers across the world in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. He is also addressed as Lord Ayappa or Lord Manikandan. The deity is said to be the son of the Destroyer, Lord Shiva and the beautiful enchantress Mohini, who is the female avatar of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver. Hence, the great god is the holy union of two supreme gods of the Hindu triad, making him the ultimate progeny. He is thus also known as Hariharanputra. Hari means Lord Vishnu while Haran means Lord Shiva. The famous story of his birth is as fascinating as his incredible parentage.
During my years of experience in the field of providing astrological guidance, I saw that a very great number of people who contacted me were in fact victims of low self-confidence, fear, depression, anxiety and were confused due to their lack of overall idea as to what life is all about. It was very clear that the roots of such problems lie deep within the mind of such persons. I could see that logical guidance, counseling, had very little impact on the persons suffering. It led me into the quest to find effective tools to help such persons.
The following prediction of Jesus Christ is found in the ancient Hindu scripture known as Bhavishya Purana. Bhavishya means "future", and Purana means "history", so the name means the "history of the future". The Bhavishya Purana was originally written 5,000 years ago by the sage Vyasa, who was the compiler of the Vedic scriptures. Usually Puranas are historical narrations of universal events that happened in ancient times, but in the case of the Bhavishya Purana, Vyasa is providing a narration of events that will happen in the future, beginning with the arrival of the age of kali yuga.
A belief that Jesus travelled to India and adopted Buddhist teachings and methods has been around since at least the 19th Century when scholars attempted to explain the similarities between Christianity and the much older Buddhist teachings. Traditions have it that during the ‘missing years’ i.e. those not chronicled in the New Testament, Jesus travelled to the ‘lost tribes’ of Israel who had not returned to the Holy Land but had settled in Afghanistan, Northern India and beyond.
The following is a video documentary by the Government of India on Jesus in Kashmir, India.
It is a commonly-held belief among Christians and Muslims that Jesus rose to heaven, and that his body was never buried. However, recent media coverage has brought the attention of the world to the Rozabal Tomb in Kashmir, said to contain the body of one Yuz Asaf, a name supposedly adopted by Jesus when he was in India. This has reignited widespread debate on this topic. Local tradition states that the entombed was a prophet of Ahl-al-Kitab, or People of the Book (traditionally Christians and Jews), and his name was ‘Isa – the Qur’anic name for Jesus.
A belief that Jesus survived the crucifixion and spent his remaining years in Kashmir has led to a run-down shrine in Srinagar making it firmly onto the must-visit-in India tourist trail. In the backstreets of downtown Srinagar is an old building known as the Rozabal shrine. It’s in a part of the city where the Indian security forces are on regular patrol, or peering out from behind check-posts made of sandbags.
The birthday of Jesus Christ, who many believe is the son of God and the Savior, is celebrated by most Christians around the world on Dec. 25. However, there exists many mysteries and contradictions regarding the biography of the historic Jesus. Among the most fascinating and controversial parts of his life have to do with what he did and where he went during his adolescence and early manhood -- roughly between the ages of 13 and 30 -- i.e., the "lost years" (which the New Testament completely omits).
Latest Files from Downloads Section
Nov 26 2014 07:00 PM The book "Arcana Paddhati: The Process of Deity Worship" in English in PDF format. Explains the process and procedures for worshipping the deity according to the system followed by ISKCON.
Sep 24 2014 06:40 AM The "Vaishnava Song Book" of ISKCON in English in PDF format.
Sep 24 2014 06:30 AM The book "Navadvip Dham Mahatmya" by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur in English in PDF format.
Sep 24 2014 06:25 AM The book "Kindly Help Me" in English in PDF format.
Sep 24 2014 05:03 AM The book "Hare Krishna Transformed" by E. Burke Rochford Jr in English in PDF format.