Sanatana-Dharma: Its Real Meaning
By Stephen Knapp
When it comes to understanding the meaning of Sanatana-dharma, we have to be aware of its Sanskrit definition. The root of the word dharma comes from dhri, which means to uphold or maintain. The Sanskrit says dharayati iti dharmaha, which translates as dharma is that which upholds. However, not only what is supported is dharma, but that which does the supporting is also dharma, dhriyate iti dharmaha. So dharma consists of… Continue
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In Hinduism, Kali is one of the three principle gods alongside Brahma and Shiva. The representations of Kali are generally quite gruesome, usually including a necklace of human heads and holding a sword dripping with blood. She is one of the few deities to whom animal sacrifice is still offered.
But to many Hindus, she is revered as a "mother" goddess and the personification of the feminine force in nature.
Kali is the… Continue
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Deepawali or Diwali is certainly the biggest an the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It's the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) that's marked by four days of celebration, which literally illumines the country with its brilliance, and dazzles all with its joy. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.… Continue
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108 Names of Lord Ganesha
1 Akhurath - One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
2 Alampata - Ever Eternal Lord
3 Amit - Incomparable Lord
4 Anantachidrupamayam - Infinite andConsciousness Personified
5 Avaneesh - Lord of the whole World
6 Avighna - Remover of Obstacles
7 Balaganapati - Beloved and Lovable Child
8 Bhalchandra - Moon-Crested Lord
9 Bheema - Huge and… Continue
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It's been said often enough that Hindus celebrate everything. So they do. The birth of gods, death of asuras, victory of the gods, marriage of the gods, the new year, new months, full moons, new moons, harvests, birthdays, initiations, marriages, deaths, anniversaries - you name the event, and it is reason for music, dance, processions, and what have you.
Apart from the universally celebrated festivals like Dussehra, Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi, there are others that are observed in… Continue
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My 12 km walk for Yoga
Beautiful day, wonderful people and a great experience for me : I can walk 12 km.…
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Anna means 'food' in Sanskrit, and purna means 'filled completely'.Annapurna is a Hindu goddess of food and cooking.
Annapurna is the Hindu goddess of food and cooking,she is empowered with the ability to supply food to an unlimited amount of people.
Annapurna is an incarnation of the other Hindu goddess Parvati, the wife of Shiva.
Images of goddess Annapurna are placed in dinner tables,restaurants,kitchens etc. where the food is… Continue
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Hanuman, the mighty ape that aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces, is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu pantheon. Believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva, Hanuman is worshiped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion.
On Tuesdays and in some cases, Saturdays, many people keep fast in honour of Hanuman and give special offerings to him. In times of trouble, it is a common faith among Hindus to chant… Continue
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Every spiritual tradition recognizes some places as holy. Visit to such places, connected with specific behavior, is considered to be spiritually purifying and constitutes an important part of spiritual practice.
Holy place, or place of pilgrimage, is called tirtha ("ford") because there one can cross the stream of samsara and reach the spiritual dimension. Even a simple stay in such place has a purifying effect which can be increased by following specific… Continue
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Hinduism is rich in symbolism.Many acts of worship, such as puja, are symbolic, a form of visualisation in which worshippers simulate activities normally performed on higher planes of existence. Thus the scope of symbolism is broad and includes physical acts such as offering pranam (obeisances) with folded hands. Such physical gestures tend to induce the appropriate mood and awareness within the practitioner. Many symbols are considered auspicious, embodying the notion of inner purity. Sacred… Continue
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How many Om symbols can you find in the Ganesha image?
There are more than a dozen OMs of all sizes, including inverted and mirror images.
How many could you find?
I don't have the answer myself ,please write how many you find
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The Upanishads are summits of thought on mankind and the universe, designed to push human ideas to their very limit and beyond. They give us both spiritual vision and philosophical argument, and it is by a strictly personal effort that one can reach the truth.
The term 'Upanishad' literally means, "sitting down near" or "sitting close to", and implies listening closely to the mystic doctrines of a guru or a spiritual teacher, who has cognized the fundamental truths of the… Continue
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The ancient Hindu concept of Karma
Karma is a useful concept developed in India by the Hindus and it can be explained in at least six different equivalent descriptions, as follows:
1. You have a higher self. You might call it a conscience, which is aware of any inequalities, or any short cuts taken by your lower self. The higher self keeps track of all these "tricks" and as they accumulate, they become a reverse driving factor, played by the higher self back down to… Continue
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is a sacred practice that Hindu people perform on different occasions to worship, pray or show respect to their deities. Puja is considered as an act of showing reverence to the almighty through invocations, prayers (mantra, slokas), songs (bhajans), and rituals. According to Hinduism, Pooja makes a spiritual connection between the deity and the devotee.…
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Tryambakam / ज्ञानकोश:
ॐ त्र्यंबकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम ।
उर्वारुकमिवबान्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ।।
/ tryambakaM yajāmahe sugandhim puSTivardhanam | urvārukam iva bandhanān mRtyor mukSīya māmRtāt /
The literal translation of this name means Great Death-conquering Mantra
. This mantra is from the Vedas. This mantra worships a three-eyed deity commonly identified with Lord Shiva. It is also called Tryambakam Mantra… Continue
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i asked the lord for a
bunch of fresh flowers
but instead he gave me
an ugly cactus with
i asked the lord
for some beautiful
but instead he gave me
many ugly and
i was threatened.
i was disapponted.
but after many days,
i saw the cactus
bloom with many
and those worms became
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