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23 Oct
Kanaka ( Swarna) Durga - Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh

In good olden days a Yaksha named ‘KEELA’ had been performing severe penance upon goddess Durga. Goddess Durga was pleased by his penance and appeared before him. She asked him to beg a boon.
Keela was so happy by the words of Goddess Durga and begged like this, “O holy Mother! you should always be in my heart. This is the one and only my desire”. Listened goddess Durga and gave the boon with showering the lunar lights of smile and said,
“My Son! You remain here at this holiest planes of river Krishna in the form of mountain. In Krithayuga, after the assassination of demons, I will remain in your heart”.As such, by the order of goddess Durga, Keela had been waiting in the form of mountain for goddess Durga. Image
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21 Oct
Why can we eat 'living' plants but not 'living' animals while having a journey on path of spirituality ?

Answer : Killing of both ANIMALS and PLANTS is prohibited.

Bhagwat Gita has answer to this. There are Three types of Guna. 1/n

Read on
Sattva: Sattva is Calm, Saintly. Its brings up quality that allows spiritual holiness, forgiveness and submission to God.

Foods dear to those in the mode of goodness increase the duration of life, purify one’s existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction.
Such foods are juicy, fatty, wholesome, and pleasing to the heart. (BG 17.8)

Raja : Foods that are too bitter, too sour, salty, hot, pungent, dry and burning are dear to those in the mode of passion. Such foods cause distress, misery and disease. (BG 17.9)
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20 Oct
Durga Dwatrinshati Namamaala - 32 Names to removed difficulties of life

Maa Durga gave these rahasya namas to devtas when they asked Maata Mahishasurmardhini of a most saral upaay for removing worst to worst difficulties in life. Maa gave these 32 names to always be remembered
दुर्गा दुर्गार्तिशमनी दुर्गापद्विनिवारिणी।
दुर्गमच्छेदिनी दुर्गसाधिनी दुर्गनाशिनी ॥
दुर्गतोद्धारिणी दुर्गानिहन्त्री दुर्गमापहा।
दुर्गमज्ञानदा दुर्गदैत्यलोकदवानला॥
दुर्गमा दुर्गमालोका दुर्गमात्मस्वरुपिणी।
दुर्गमार्गप्रदा दुर्गमविद्या दुर्गमाश्रिता॥
दुर्गमज्ञानसंस्थाना दुर्गमध्यानभासिनी।
दुर्गमोहा दुर्गमगा दुर्गमार्थंस्वरुपिणी॥
दुर्गमार्गप्रदा दुर्गमविद्या दुर्गमाश्रिता॥
दुर्गमज्ञानसंस्थाना दुर्गमध्यानभासिनी।
दुर्गमोहा दुर्गमगा दुर्गमार्थंस्वरुपिणी॥
दुर्गमासुरसंहन्त्री दुर्गमायुधधारिणी।
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19 Oct
Sharing Meanings of the 108 names of Maa Durga.
Blessings to all !

श्री ॐ श्रियै नमः। Shree Auspicious
उमा ॐ उमायै नमः। Uma Mother or Lady of the Mountains
भारती ॐ भारत्यै नमः। Bharati Goddess of Speech
भद्रा ॐ भद्रायै नमः। Bhadra
शर्वाणी ॐ शर्वाण्यै नमः। Sharvani Consort of Sharva

विजया ॐ विजयायै नमः। Vijaya Conqueror

जया ॐ जयायै नमः। Jaya The Victorious

वाणी ॐ वाण्यै नमः। Vani

सर्वगताय ॐ सर्वगतायै नमः। Sarvagataya

गौरी ॐ गौर्यै नमः। Gauri Goddess of Purity and Posterity
वाराही ॐ वाराह्यै नमः। Varahi Shakti of Varaha, A Sow Headed Goddess

कमलप्रिया ॐ कमलप्रियायै नमः। Kamalapriya

सरस्वती ॐ सरस्वत्यै नमः। Saraswati The Goddess of Learning

कमला ॐ कमलायै नमः। Kamala
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16 Oct
Mantra Deeksha when you can't find a Guru

A lot of conversations revealed people's helplessness and confusions on about how to start a spiritual life and sadhna of their interest without a Guru. Let's see how a Guru makes an impact in one's life.
Seeking gnyaan from a Shidha guru makes a strong impact in one's life. When a guru checks the eligibility of the seeker and educates him, the seekers life would start to bloom like a padma(Lotus). Guru Upadesha is very important in ones life.
Every praani (living Being) is equally eligible to get this gnyaan depending upon how strong his virtues and will power is to attain the Para Bhraman. Guru's grace is Eeshwar Icha ( Bhraman's Will ). There would be number of tests of our patience on the path of spirituality.
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15 Oct
Here in Skanda 11 Chapter 27 of Bhagwat purana, Shree Krishan is telling us the methods by which worship is done to him.

Shree Krishan said -:

वैदिकस्तान्त्रिको मिश्र इति मे त्रिविधो मख: |
त्रयाणामीप्सितेनैव विधिना मां समर्चयेत ||७|| 1/9
Meaning : One should carefully worship Me by selecting one of the three methods by which I receive sacrifice: Vedic, tantric or mixed.

Now in SB 11.27.15 shloka Shree Krishna is saying that he is worshiped according to the faith of a particular worshiper.

So one can worship him in deity form OR one can worship him in his heart also , its called Manas pooja ( pooja by mind).
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15 Oct
Why idol worship of gods came into existence?

Its said in Shreemad Bhagvat Purana that in the beginning of Treta yuga saints ,sages introduced deity worship in the form of idols when they saw people are doing Disdain (Tiraskar ) , Malice and disrespecting each other. 1/3
दृष्ट्वा तेषांमिथो नृणामवज्ञानात्मतां नृप |
त्रेतादिषु हरेरर्चा क्रियायै कविभि: कृता ||३९||

My dear King, when great sages and saintly persons saw mutually disrespectful dealings at the beginning of Tretā-yuga, Deity worship in the temple was introduced with all paraphernalia.
So what are the other ways we can worship our Bhagwaan?

Shree Krishna has explained this in Gita in a beautiful and clear manner. Which we will explore later in the day.

Wish you a good day and Jay Shree Krishna 🙌
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13 Oct
One Of our Follower asked a very cute and a genuine doubt:

What is the difference between Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita?

Ok So here are answer to few questions (though very trivial but important)
Srimad Bhagavatam or the Bhagavat Puran, is the 5th major purana amongst 18 different puranas. It contains 12 different parts (skandhas) and around 18,000 verses. Similar to the other Puranas, the Srimad Bhagavatham is written by Sage Vyasa.
Sage Shuka, who was Vyasa's son, recited the Bhagavatam to King Parikshit who was cursed to die in 7 days, by Sage Shrungi.

What happened to King Parikshit?

Well, For that we needs lot of threads but lets continue with the differences.
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12 Oct
Krishna’s appearance as Jagannatha :

Its from The Utkala-khanda of the Skanda Purana (Utkal= traditional name for Orissa.):

Once, during a solar eclipse, Krishna, Balarama, Subhadra, and other residents of Dwaraka went to bathe in a holy pond at Kurukshetra. 1/9
Knowing that Krishna would be there. Krishna’s parents Nanda and Yashoda, and other residents of Vrindavana, who were burning in the fire of separation from the Lord, went to meet Him.
Inside one of the many tents the pilgrims had set up at Kurukshetra, Rohini, Lord Balarama’s mother, narrated Krishna’s Vrindavana pastimes to the queens of Dwaraka and others.
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12 Oct
In these tweets : The primary difference between Yajna and Havana.

While reading Rigveda, You will often encounter these two closely related words, so often that the entire scripture seems to depend on these two words only.

Let's get the difference clearly.
Havana- "means the act of offering oblations in fire".

Homa has exactly the same meaning.

Few meanings of Havana are as follows:

हवन n. havana invocation
हवन m. havana god of fire
हवन n. havana sacrifice
हवन n. havana act of offering an oblation with fire
for Homa there is a reference:

sandhyA snAnam japo "homo" devatAtithipujanam |
Atithyam vaiswadevam cha shatkarmAni dine dine ||

(Ref of Havan is still under search, you can suggest some)
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11 Oct
An interesting Question : Why does the Jiva reside in Brahman during deep sleep (its called Sushupti in Sanskrit)?

The answer to above question is explained in the Chhandogya Upanishad - Aadhyaya-6, Khanda-8.

Lets go through it in 3 sub questions: 👇
First Question : What is the Sushupti actually and why do we experience it?

उद्दालको हारुणिः श्वेतकेतुं पुत्रमुवाच स्वप्नान्तं मे सोम्य विजानीहीति यत्रैतत्पुरुषः स्वपिति नाम सता सोम्य

तदा सम्पन्नो भवति स्वमपीतो भवति तस्मादेनꣳ स्वपितीत्याचक्षते स्वꣳह्यपीतो भवति ॥ ६.८.१॥
Uddalaka said to his son Svetaketu: "Learn from me, my dear, the true nature of sleep. When a person has entered into deep sleep, as it is called, then, my dear, he becomes united with Pure Being (Sat), he has gone to his own Self....
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10 Oct
Here is a 100+ year old Copper pot of our house.

Copper pot has its own importance in spiritual and health related aspect in Hinduism. Now a days Copper drinking water bottle are again in trend, not sure how much copper it contains thought, anyway here are some facts.
Lord Shiva is very fond of Abhishek. To make a continuous abhishek on the Shiv Ling, they put a copper pot which a very small hole at the bottom.

This way water's abhishek runs for long period of time. Some people also put milk in it.
There is a symbolism attached to the water dripping from the pot. Legend has it that the water in the pot is meant to cool Shiva of the effects of drinking the halahala poison during the Samudra Manthan.
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9 Oct
Nivedan - The Act of Offering

Nivedan is one among the Pancha or Shodasa upacharas of puja during Devata Aaradhana. The act of Nivedana is not just offering food to the god. Your wisdom will tell you the different steps in Nivedana.
Nivedana, Maha Nivedana and Aatma Nivedana are three steps in the act of offering. Nivedana and Maha Nivedana consists of Neivedya which is offered to the devata. Nivedya and Mahaneivedya consists of various fruits, fruits, pakvaan and Anna - Rice with Ghee offered to devta
Atma Nivedana - When we offer Neivedyam the last step is offering the Aatma I.e offering the Immortal being in us.

" Om Bhramane Namah / Bhramarpanamastu / Aatma Nivedana Samarpayami "

During this phase a seeker offers himself to God.
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9 Oct
Five Maha Lakshmi Sthaana

Suvasini ki Maang
Gaja Mukha
Poorna Chandrabimba
Gau Prushta Bhaaga
SahasraDala Padmam. People Make Rangoli of same in Puja sthana for Lakshmi Aaradhana
Suvasini Sthree Maang
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8 Oct
Nalopakhyanam - A Katha one should hear to get rid of effects of Kali Purusha 🙏🏼🍀

There lived a king called Bhima who ruled a kingdom called Vidarbha. He was a great ruler. He had no santaan and wished to serve a great Rishi called DAMANUDU along with his wife in forests.
With the blessings of Rishi, king and queen were blessed with 3 sons and 1 daughter. Daughter was named Damayanti. She was very beautiful and graceful that even gods also wanted to have her as their Devi. In another kingdom called Nishadha, King veerasena has a son Nala Maharaja
Nala had a graceful body and he was Ajaanubaha like Shree Rama. He was a great chakravarti, gunvaan, and a great warrior who was an expert in Ashwavidhya. One day Nala catches a swan. The swan prays maharaja to leave it free and it will sing the glory of him to Damayanti
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7 Oct
Few People asked that is "Paap" Forgiven by God anyhow?
Here is an answer, little longer but worth reading:

Yes, "Paap" are "forgiven", There are many verses for "sins washed out" throughout Gita. Lets first cite them one by one. 1/n
Gyan Yoga (Sundar/Beautiful): Once a person conquers the Rajo-guna and identifies himself with absolute, all his past deeds are freed, be it good or bad. Would merge within the supreme without any Karma lingering BG 6.27
Karma Yoga : The true Sanyasi is the one who lets go the fruits of Karma, because a person cannot get rid of doing (good/ugly) Karma due to material nature influence. But those who have renounced the fruits of action are unaffected and would get Moksha; others get mixed fruits.
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7 Oct
A thread on Urmiladevi nidra :

The legend of Lakṣmaṇa remaining awake for 14 years while Ūrmilā slept for the whole duration can be traced back to two Telugu folk-songs

1) Lakshmana-devara navvu (Laughter of Lakṣmaṇa)
2) Urmiladevi nidra (Ūrmilā's Sleep). 1/n
A Note : The Tilaka commentary of Nāgeśa Bhaṭṭa on Ayodhya-kāṇḍa, Sarga 56 (50 in CE), Verse 1, clarifies that the popular notion is not supported by Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, but the legend is so beautiful and underrated.

It starts with "Laughter of Lakshmana" !
The Laughter of Lakshmana:

After defeating Ravana, Rama returns to Ayodhya, along with his wife and brother Lakshmana. Later, Rama was crowned in the presence of all the Gods, sages and others.
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6 Oct
Enlightenment is not the destiny of soul.

It is the necessity of every soul.

Without knowing who we are or the self before death arrives is like living a dream.

And in a dream we never know we are in a dream first, and where we will wake up after the dream second.
Calling enlightenment destiny creates an illusionary thought, that it will happen automatically, eventually since its a destiny, destiny means it will happen for sure.

But it is not like that, to attain enlightenment one has to seek it, practice it.
Every human has two options, to live the life with nature like any other animals do OR to rise above the nature, this possibility is true for humans only. So, its not a matter of time its a matter of doing it.
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6 Oct
What is Hell?

यमलोक सब ओर से छियासी हज़ार योजन विस्तृत है । वहां नाना प्रकार के भयानक रूपधारण करने वाले यमदूत रहते हैं और उन्हीं के कारण वह पूरी बड़ी भयङ्कर प्रतीत होती है दुष्टात्मा, क्रूर एवं पापी पुरुषों के लिए यमपुरी दूर होने पर भी निकट सी ही प्रतीत होती है ।
वे तीखे काँटों से युक्त, कंकड़ पत्थरों से विभूषित, छुरे की धारों से आच्छादित और तीक्ष्ण पत्थरों से निर्मित मार्ग से यात्रा करते हैं ।

निकृष्ट मार्ग से यमराज के नगर में गए हुए पापी जीव आज्ञा मिलने पर दूतों द्वारा यमराज के सम्मुख पहुंचाए जाते हैं ।
वहां चित्रगुप्त उन पापियों को धर्मोपदेश करते हुए उनके पापों का स्मरण करते हैं । तब उन्हें पाप से शुद्ध करने के लिए यमदूत नरक के समुद्र में डाल देते हैं ।

नरकों की अट्ठाइस श्रेणियां हैं, जो सातवें पाताल के अन्त घोर अन्धकार के भीतर स्थित है -
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5 Oct
Lord Krishna gave Srimad Bhagwad Gita only to Arjuna and the entire world was in "suspended animation" at that time.

Only exceptions were Sanjaya and through him Dhritarashtra. 1/n
The Bhagavad Gita portions are in fact a live running commentary by Sanjaya to Dhritarashtra. The author Sri Vyasa in Mahabharata gives Bhagavad Gita to us through Sanjaya only.
One (Arjuna) listened Srimad Bhagavad Gita directly in front of Lord Krishna. One with divine vision (and ear, both given by Vedav Vyasa) at the Hastinapura palace also listened (Sanjaya). One more heard the running voice commentary through Sanjaya (the king Dhritarashtra).
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5 Oct
Morning Satsang : Vanquishing Pride is True Sacrifice

Can we describe the colour of water? God is, likewise, indescribable. His appearance is like what you imagine Him. We see Him according to the magnitudes and proportions of our various passions.
The more mitigated one’s passions, the nearer one is to the true perception of Him. It is unwise to ask how a single Rama can be perceptible to many at the same time, for He is omnipresent, subtly inherent in all creation.
The Ultimate Reality is neither born nor dies; it exists everywhere, timelessly. Why, then, some may ask, celebrate His birthday? It is like this: some children were rollicking in the hall of the house, unaware that grandpa was at home and in the adjoining room;.....
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