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Lord Jagannatha’s 1978 Calcutta Pastimes: Part 1 – It Begins In New York


[Editor’s note: The following story is narrated by Mayesvara Dasa, who is a disciple of Sri A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He had the unique service of building many Ratha chariots for use in temple festivals in major cities all over the world including for the ISKCON temples at Calcutta and Bombay. One of the most exhilarating Rathayatras he had the fortune to coordinate was the one for Calcutta ISKCON in 1978. Here he begins the narration of the events surrounding that historic program, which will be presented weekly in a total of 24 parts.]

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Sivaananda Lahari (in Telugu)


శివానందలహరి — చాకిచర్ల నాగసుదర్శన్ రావు

ఎందరో మహాపురుషులు తిరుగాడిన పుణ్యభూమి మన హింధూదేశం. వారిలో ఆదిశంకరులు అగ్రగణ్యులు. వారు ప్రాత:స్మరణీయులు. దైవం మానుష రూపేణా అన్నట్లుగా 32 సంవత్సరములు ఆ మహానుభావుని పాద స్పర్శతో పునీతమైనది ఈ అవని. ఏమనుకున్నారు మరి , రూపొందిన సాక్షాత్ శంకర స్వరూపము ఆదిశంకరాచార్యులు ! ఆశేతు హిమాచలము పర్యటించి అవైదిక వాదనలు ఖండించి , మరలా వైదిక ధర్మాన్ని మనదేశములో నిలబెట్టిన కారణ జన్ములు ఆదిశంకరలు !

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Historical Instances of Hindu Gods Blessing Non-Hindus and Foreigners


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There are several documented incidents of Hindu Gods and Saints responding to prayers and devotion of foreigners while staying in India and also blessing people of other religions residing in India. The few instances mentioned here show that God looks at something deeper in devotees than just race, religion or national origin.

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The Matter of the Mind


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“We are what we think. All that we are, arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world,” said Buddha. Humans have set footprints on the moon, made valiant efforts to explore the universe and the mysteries hidden in its womb, but are yet to fathom the enigma called the mind. The human mind is continuously cannonaded by innumerable thoughts, largely antipathetic in nature which diminishes our aura.

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Understanding Sanatana Dharma


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Dharma is a very familiar term in Hindu epics, purāṇas and other literary works that highlight the ideal ways of human life. We find the term in the major Upaniṣads and Bhagavad Gīta also, used in varying senses like virtue, righteousness and religious duties. Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad says in verse 1.4.14 that Dharma is instrumental in making the world flourish; in the beginning, it was created on finding that world was not flourishing through the earlier creations of four Varṇas.

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The Power of the Gayatri Mantra


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The Gayatri Mantra is considered the most sacred of all mantras in Sanaatana Dharma (Vedic Hindu religion). Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that among all the mantras, He is the Gayatri. The Gayatri Mantra originates from the Rig Veda – the most ancient of Indian scriptures and the Mantra’s power was revealed to Brahmarishi Vishwamitra.

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