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8 Oct
Story of Gangasati:

Gangasati was a medieval saint poet of bhakti tradition of western India who composed several devotional songs in the Gujarati language.

She was born in Sarvaiya (kshatriya clan) Rajput family in Saurashtra district Bhavnagar in 12th to 14th century.
She married Kahalsang Gohil or Kalubha Gohil of Samdhiala villagenear present-day Bhavnagar. He was a follower of Nijiya tradition of Bhakti Movement.
The couple was religious and their home became centre of devotional activities which was small to house number of sadhus (ascetics) and people visiting.
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8 Oct
Hindu scriptures provide the 9 steps of Bhakti known as Navdha Bhakti.

Today is Day 2 of #navratri 2021 and we are going to discuss what is Kirtanam!

कीर्तन - Kirtan (Telling/Discussing) with joy and enthusiasm of God's qualities, character. 1/10
Kīrtana (कीर्तन, “glorifying”) refers to one of the three rites mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 1.3.

"Śravaṇa is the first rite. The intelligent scholar must listen to the oral explanation of the preceptor and then practice the other rites.—Kīrtana and Manana(deliberation)”.
According to Śivapurāṇa 1.4, “Śravaṇa (listening) is effected when one associates with good men. Then the Kīrtana of Paśupati becomes steady.

In the end is the Manana which is the most excellent. All these take place as a result of benevolent surveillance of Lord Śiva”.
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7 Oct
This #navratri2021 let's celebrate each day by thinking and discussing each step of bhakti, to make it more relevant in our spiritual journey!

Hindu scriptures provide the 9 steps of Bhakti known as Navdha Bhakti. Let's start with Day 1!

Day 1: Sharvanam (1/7) Image
The Shloka from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.5.23-24 tells the 9 types of Bhaktis:

श्रवणं कीर्तनं विष्णोः स्मरणं पादसेवनम्।
अर्चनं वन्दनं दास्यं सख्यमात्मनिवेदनम्॥

These steps are not necessary to be sequential and are considered to be different ways of bhakti.
Our Today's topic is:

श्रवण - Listen to God's lila, narrative, significance, power, source, etc. with absolute reverence with the unlimited mind. Same as Parikshit listened to Bhagwat Purana.
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15 Sep
Words of wisdom from Sri Ramana Maharishi about Desire and Aatma :

Atman is verily what you call your Self. It is pure Consciousness / Awareness. It is the source within you. It has no other attributes.
You are identified with the body and the mind (ego) and hence you think you are limited. When you transcend this body/mind complex, you'll see you are pure awareness.
Ambitions, love, fear etc. are all extensions of desire. Desire comes from ignorance - of the fact that by nature (as your true Self) you are complete.

The incompleteness stems from identifying with the body, mind, ego and are not attributes of the Self (Atman).
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14 Sep
Kumbhabhishekam is a Hindu temple consecration ceremony that involves sprinkling (abhishekam) the temple with sacred waters brought in a water pot (kumbha).

It also is the process of restoring the depleted power of the deity in the temple. 1/5
The consecration ceremony takes several days and begins with honoring Ganesha and praying to the Earth.

The central events take place in a large tent by the temple and include a fire altar ceremony, offerings of words and goods, and a closing ceremony, purnahuti or completion.
Kumbhabhishekham is widely celebrated as a festival in South India.

Ashtabandhanam is the process of affixing an icon to its pedestal (peetham) with a clay-like paste made of 8 specific herbs mixed with wood lac, limestone powder, resin, red ochre, beeswax and butter.
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13 Sep
The description of the Pandava and Kaurava's chariot-banners has been scattered through several Parva's of Mahabharata.

The banners of the five Pandavas and their sons is given in Chapter 23 of the Drona Parva.

Here is a list! 1/10 Chariot Banner of Pandavas ...
On Yudhisthira's flag is a golden moon.

"The standard of Yudhishthira of great energy, bearing the device of a golden moon with planets around it, looked very beautiful"
On Bhima's is a silver lion.

"And Bhimasena's standard, bearing the device of a gigantic lion in silver with its eyes made of lapis lazuli, looked exceedingly resplendent."
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13 Sep
Let's see Difference between Daitya, Danavas, Asura and Rakshasa in this thread:

1. DAITYAS (दैत्य) :

Daityas are race of demons and Giants Living in Sutala (सुताल) one of the 14 lokas. 1/7
DAITYAS were greatly devoted to their deities followed Vedic rituals, undertook severe penance, and offered incredible offerings to Deties. Hiranyakashipu,
Sishupala, Virochana and Bali were some (renowned!) daityas.
Daityas often Raise a war against the Devas and Distrubed their religious ceremonies. They often winning and the gods had to ask divine dispensation to get back power.
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12 Sep
Real characteristics of Bhagavan Indra:

All the TV series You have seen so far depicted Bhagavan Indra in a very wrong way. In fact, sometimes his crimes are as far as to be malevolent to saintly beings. That is not true about Bhagavan Indra.

This thread traverse reality 1/16
The characteristics of Bhagavan Indra is found in Rig Veda 2.12

1. HE who, just born, chief God of lofty spirit by power and might became the Gods’ protector, Before whose breath through greatness of his valour the two worlds trembled, He, O men, is Indra.
2. He who fixed fast and firm the earth that staggered, and set at rest the agitated mountains, Who measured out the air's wide middle region and gave the heaven support, He, men, is Indra.
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11 Sep
Bhakti Yoga in Vedas:

"Verily, all this universe is Brahman. From Him do all things originate, into Him do they dissolve and by Him are they sustained. On Him should one meditate in tranquility... 1/5 Bhakti Yoga in Vedas : Hindu Media wiki Threads on Twitter
For as is one's faith, such indeed one is; and as is one's faith in this world, such one becomes on departing hence. Let one, therefore, cultivate faith.
-Chandogya Upanishad 3.14.1
'On Him should one meditate in tranquility' is talking of Bhakti Yoga since one cannot meditate on Nirguna Brahman.

Another example of recommending Bhakti Yoga is given in Svetasvatara Upanishad.
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10 Sep
Guidelines for Ganesh Sthapana at home:

Ganesh Chaturthi, is celebrated as a birthday (actually rebirth) of Lord Ganesha, as it is celebrated on fourth day of the bright half of Bhadrapad, it has a term Chaturthi in it. 1/11 Hindumediawiki thread on Ga...
The rebirth corresponds to the incident where while Ganesha in a human head form tried to block passageway of Shivaji, resulting in rage of Shiva and loosing his head. Thereafter, when Shivaji was consolidated ,Shiva gave him a new birth attaching an elephant infant's head.
There is not ancient norm related to this celebration, according to latest date, this started from Shivaji's Time 1630-80, after that followed by Peshawars, from 1740-1820, thereafter it started loosing its glory when it was again renewed by Lokmanya Tilak in 1893.
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9 Sep
Rudra is of 5 aspects:

Sadyojata, Ghora/aghora, vamadeva, tatpurusha, and ishaana.

Shivopasana mantra of the Krishna yajurveda Mahanarayanaya Upanishad. It describes and covers the 5 primary aspects of Rudra. 1/5 Image
Sadyojata: source of all existence

Vamadeva: the most beautiful and effulgent

Aghora/Ghora: terrifying and non-terrifying

Tatpurusha: the Supreme Personality/Purusha

Ishaana: the supreme ruler and creator of all beings
His specific form is described as the following:

namo hiraNya-baahave hiraNya-varNaaya hiraNya-ruupaya hiraNya-pataye ambikaapataya umaa-pataye pashu pataye namo namah
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6 Sep
A primer on Pitru Tarpanam:

Pitrus are our ancestors who have deceased And "Tarpanam" means "to satiate".

Pitru Tarpanam is done to please our deceased ancestors with offerings of black sesame seeds mixed with water to trees. 1/14
Pitru Paksha (Sanskrit: पितृ पक्ष, Pitṛ pakṣa; lit. "fortnight of the ancestors") is a 16–lunar day period in Hindu calendar when Hindus pay homage to their ancestor (Pitrs), especially through food offerings.
It can be done yearly in the Pitru Paksha, monthly on each Amavasya Tithi(also known as the Pitru Tithi), or even daily. (5th and 6th September of 2021 is such Amavasya).

The Dates of 20/09 to 6/10 are given for Pitru Paksha of the 2021 year.
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25 Aug
Why do bad things happen to good people?

For a True Devotee, Everything is Good 🙏
A devotee accepts the hell of this material world as a wonderful reminder from the unlimitedly merciful Bhagwaan Sri Krishna that this material world is not our actual home. 1/n
Everyone is punished and rewarded according to their previous pious and sinful activities. You cannot change that with prayer. Prayer is for awakening the pure love of God within our hearts so that we can get out of this material world.
Prayers are not for getting better facilities in this material world. Krishna has rubber stamped this material world as "dukhalayam ashashvatam" - in other words place of temporariness and misery. (BG 8.15).
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22 Aug
Actually, #RakshaBandhan was originally not a brother-sister festival. It has its origins in a rite known as Vedopakarma (the beginning of Vedic Studies). 1/4
Chapter 124(pg 28) of Narada Purana Vol 4 gives a description of this Vrata performed on Sravana Poornima. It involves tying a Raksha on one's wrist to ensure an auspicious beginning of Vedic studies.
The adhyaya 137 Uttara Parva of Bhavishya Purana gives an account of how Indra grew powerful against Mahabali and defeated him due to a Raksha tied by Indrani Sachi.
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20 Aug
A man's spiritual consciousness is not awakened unless his Kundalini is aroused.

The Kundalini dwells in the Muladhara. When it is aroused, it passes along the Sushumna nerve, goes through the centers of Svadhisthana, Manipura, and so on, and at last reaches the head.
This is called the movement of the Mahavayu, the Spiritual Current. It culminates in Samadhi.

One's spiritual consciousness is not awakened by the mere reading of books. One should also pray to God. The Kundalini is aroused if the aspirant feels restless for God.
To talk of knowledge from mere study and hearsay! What will that accomplish?

Just before my attaining this state of mind, it has been revealed to me how the Kundalini is aroused, how the lotuses of the different centres blossom forth, and how this culminates in Samadhi.
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13 Aug
Thread on The Backstory and Importance of #NagaraPanchami!

The important event related to Naga Panchami is described in Chapter 24 of Varaha Purana.

The Progeny of Nagas like Ananta, Vasuki, Kambala, Karkotaka, Padma, Maha Padma, Sanka and Kulika filled the earth. #Thread
They were crooked, heinous, and violent and with their fangs, they stung people and reduced them to ashes.

This used to reduce human population and virtuous men went to abode of Lord Brahma and asked him for a solution. Then Brahma cursed the serpents as follows.
Brahma said to Serpents,

Since you are annihilating my progeny, the men, in another age, in the Swayambhu Manvantara, by curse of the mother, you will face a serious decline.
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2 Aug
Concept of Multiple Universes in Hinduism:
(also a question about the existence of Trimurti for each universe.)

The concept of multiple universes is present in yoga Vasistha. Yoga Vasishta is a collection of instructions of the sage Vasistha to Bhagwaan Rama.

Yoga Vasishta has at least three such references of multiple universes.
1. "O Rama, countless have been the universes that have come into being and that have been dissolved. In fact, even the countless universes that exist at this moment are impossible to conceive of...
...All this can immediately be realized in one’s own heart, for these universes are the creation of the desires that arise in the heart, like castles built in the air. (The story of Suka)
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28 Jul
One thing that new seeker should not: Just reading Hindu scripture only is not enough/effective.

Learning of scripture includes three steps/aspects: Shravana, Manana, and Nididhyasana. 1/5
From Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.5:

आत्मा वा अरे द्रष्टव्यः श्रोतव्यो मन्तव्यो निदिध्यासितव्यो मैत्रेयि,
आत्मनो व अरे दर्शनेन श्रवणेन मत्या विज्ञानेनेदं सर्वं विदितम् ||

Meaning in next tweet +
"The Self, my dear Maitreyi, should be realized – should be heard of, reflected on, and meditated upon; by the realization of the Self, my dear, through hearing, reflection, and meditation, all this is known."
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28 Jul
A small introduction to very important @iChaukhambha Publication!

Their new book on Vrinda Madhava is a very very rare and very important Granth of Ayurveda, it's the first treaty ever on Ayurveda compiled by 6 manuscripts ( Tamra Patra ones, leaflets) altogether.
The book took more than 10 years to get compiled, edited, and then published.

It's the best book dealing with almost all the topics related to Ayurveda, from basic ailment treatments to living style as per Ayurveda and food habits as per seasonal changes also.
We request all to check the catalog of @iChaukhambha, they are Ayurveda, Sanskrit, and Indological Publishers since 1892.

Their website is located at this domain.

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27 Jul
What is Prayalaya?

One cycle of all 4 Yugas is called a Mahayuga or Chatur Yuga, and 1000 Mahayugas make up one Kalpa.

A Kalpa constitutes just one day for Brahma, After the day is over, Brahma goes to sleep, and then the Pralaya, or night of Brahma, commences.
The Pralaya, of equal length to a Kalpa, is the time period when the entire three worlds (the physical universe along with Devaloka and Asuraloka) are destroyed by fire emanating from the mouth of Vishnu's serpent Adiseshan.
Here is how it's described in the Srimad Bhagavatam:

"The devastation takes place due to the fire emanating from the mouth of [Ananta], and thus great sages like Bhṛgu and other inhabitants of Maharloka transport themselves to Janaloka....
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26 Jul
What happens at the end of Kaliyuga?

the world Will Not actually get destroyed at the end of the Kali Yuga.

Rather, what's going to occur is that when the evil and decadence of the Kali Yuga reaches its zenith, Vishnu will have an avatar as Kalki the horse rider.

Here is how the Srimad Bhagavatam describes it:

"Lord Kalki will appear in the home of the most eminent brāhmaṇa of Śambhala village, the great soul Viṣṇuyaśā. Lord Kalki, the Lord of the universe, will mount His swift horse Devadatta and, sword in hand,
...travel over the earth exhibiting His eight mystic opulences and eight special qualities of Godhead.

Displaying His unequaled effulgence and riding with great speed, He will kill by the millions those thieves who have dared dress as kings. +

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