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"Then from Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva’s faces, which was filled with rage, came forth a great fiery splendor. And from the bodies of the other Gods, Indra and the others, came forth a fiery splendor, and it became unified in one place. An exceedingly fiery mass like a flaming mountain did the Gods see there, filling the firmament with flames.That peerless splendour, born from the bodies of all the Gods, unified and pervading the triple world with its lustre, became a woman.”
“That Goddess is the eternal and ever constant primordial force. She is the source of Brahma, Visnu and the others; of all of these living beings.Without Her force, all life in this universe would go limp.”  -Devi Mahatmya [2.0 (9-12), 3.30 (28-30)] 

"Then from Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva’s faces, which was filled with rage, came forth a great fiery splendor. And from the bodies of the other Gods, Indra and the others, came forth a fiery splendor, and it became unified in one place. An exceedingly fiery mass like a flaming mountain did the Gods see there, filling the firmament with flames.
That peerless splendour, born from the bodies of all the Gods, unified and pervading the triple world with its lustre, became a woman.”

That Goddess is the eternal and ever constant primordial force. She is the source of Brahma, Visnu and the others; of all of these living beings.
Without Her force, all life in this universe would go limp.”  

-Devi Mahatmya [2.0 (9-12), 3.30 (28-30)] 

Anonymous asked:
In my school we were taught that Radha and Krishna were lovers but weren't they both females so does Hinduism support homosexuality because that is great ((sorry I'm Muslim I'm just very curious))

Namaste,

Lord Krishna is a man and Radha Rani is a woman. Although Hinduism does not condemn homosexuality in any sense, Radha-Krishna were a heterosexual couple. I do hope your school teaches the correct genders of the Hindu deities! 

I hope I’ve helped!

Jai Sri Gopala!

Anonymous asked:
Can a Muslim convert to Hinduism

Namaste,

Any person of any religious background, nationality or heritage can become a devoted Hindu. So yes, Muslims can begin to practice Hinduism!

Thanks for your question!

Jai Ambe Maa!

« The saint helped the scorpion over and over again
and the scorpion each time returned a sting. Some said
“do you not know it is the nature of the scorpion to sting?”
and the saint replied “it is my nature to save.”
»

- Kabir (via spiritual-awakening)
Once Lord Ram asked Sri Hanuman, “What are you, a monkey or a man?” 
Hanuman bowed his head reverently, folded his hands and said, “When I do not know who I am, I serve You; and when I do know who I am, You and I are one.”
May Sri Lord Hanuman guide us in what it means to be loyal, devoted and ever-faithful. Happy Hanuman Jayanti to all.

Once Lord Ram asked Sri Hanuman, “What are you, a monkey or a man?”

Hanuman bowed his head reverently, folded his hands and said, “When I do not know who I am, I serve You; and when I do know who I am, You and I are one.”

May Sri Lord Hanuman guide us in what it means to be loyal, devoted and ever-faithful. Happy Hanuman Jayanti to all.

Jai Maa Kali

Jai Maa Kali

Dharma or righteousness is the gateway to God-vision. Righteousness is a means of climbing the difficult steps of the spiritual path. Dharma presupposes the knowledge of the truth. Divine life is dharma. A perfectly moral and ethical life is dharma. Dharma is that which leads to the bliss of nirvana (the immortal being). Dharma is the way in which you have to divert your spiritual life to the supreme spiritual end. Dharma controls the pulse of a nation and of the world. Dharma is what sustains a being in his evolution. Dharma or righteousness is religion in the highest sense of the term. Dharma is the eternal law on which the universe rests, and by which the universe is governed. Welfare of mankind ultimately rests upon dharma. Righteousness is the highest wealth. It is the rule of life. In righteousness everything is established or rooted. 

Dharma or righteousness is the gateway to God-vision. Righteousness is a means of climbing the difficult steps of the spiritual path. Dharma presupposes the knowledge of the truth. Divine life is dharma. 

A perfectly moral and ethical life is dharma. Dharma is that which leads to the bliss of nirvana (the immortal being). Dharma is the way in which you have to divert your spiritual life to the supreme spiritual end. 

Dharma controls the pulse of a nation and of the world. Dharma is what sustains a being in his evolution. Dharma or righteousness is religion in the highest sense of the term. 

Dharma is the eternal law on which the universe rests, and by which the universe is governed. Welfare of mankind ultimately rests upon dharma. Righteousness is the highest wealth. It is the rule of life. In righteousness everything is established or rooted. 

Anonymous asked:
Hi, I want to know your take as a devotee to why Sita had to cross the fire for Ram to prove she was clean. What does it imply about the female gender? That we must be virgins and clean. Because I have heard that even after Sita came back, she had to leave to the forest with her 2 kids, Luv and Kush. Looking forward to your response and you are doing a wonderful job.

Namaste,

An excellent question. Many devout Hindus have asked me this before, so I am pleased to post it here.

Firstly, know that there is a ‘revised’ Ramayana rewritten by a reformer named Tulsidas. Tulsidas’ version is much more steeped in strict cultural norms and hints of misogyny compared to the original. However, one should refer to the original Ramayana, written by Valmiki. 

In original Ramayana, we see the very important phrase that is written before Lord Ram speaks before the court of monkeys and demons in Sita’s presence just as He has finally rescued Her: 

"The heart of King Ram, as He saw Sita, the most beloved of His heart, near Him, was torn for fear of public scandal."   -6.115.11 (Yuddha Kanda)

"The world would chatter against me, saying that Rama, the son of Dasaratha, was really foolish and that his mind was dominated by lust, if I accept Sita without examining her with regard to her chastity." -6.117.14 (Yuddha Kanda)  

Lord Ram, though He risked His life to rescue His beloved Sita, knew His dharma in the end was to act as a righteous king. Lord Ram, Bhagvan, knows His dear Sita to be pure, as His divinity and deepness in love with Narayani transcends even human emotions, but the importance to display His kingliness in that very troubled time (the former King, Ravana, had just been destroyed, so it was His time to claim the kingdom), and being the son of a king, his place, so to say was to assume the position. He implored Her to escape scrutiny from the public eye, bound by the culture at that time.

"O Sita! That is why, I am permitting you now. Go wherever you like. All these ten directions are open to you, my dearest! There is nothing more to do." -6.114.17 (Yuddha Kanda)

Even then as we see here, as Lord Ram speaks about her impurity in front of the court of His new kingdom, He does not ask Her to prove anything by means of fire, pain or public humiliation. He only asks Her to leave for Her sake.

Upon hearing this, Sita’s love for Ram being overflowing and completely devoted, She offers Herself to the sacrificial fire willingly to prove Her point to an extreme. Ram is surprised by Her offer and is devastated. Before He is able to speak to Her in private, the public sets up the sacrificial fire.

Upon entering the flames, Sita exclaims to let Herself be saved from death by God to show Ram of her truthfulness. Ram cried as She entered the fire.  Just as She does, the Gods arrive to the ordeal, asking why Ram does nothing while Sita immolates Herself. Ram replies that He foolishly thinks of Himself as just a human, bound to human culture and public eye.

Lord Brahma then speaks to Him, saying He is truly Lord Vishnu Narayana and Sita is no other than Maa Lakshmi Narayani. Sita is saved from death and Ram is overjoyed. They return to Ayodhya and claim their seats as king and queen. 

I hope I’ve explained it well enough!

Jai Sia Ram!

The Divine Name of God has miraculous powers. Once faith in it is fully established in the heart, then the spiritual progress goes on at a rapid pace. The Divine Name not only grants progress in life by freeing us from worry, fear, sorrow and pain, but also fills us with everlasting peace, joy and bliss.

The Divine Name of God has miraculous powers. Once faith in it is fully established in the heart, then the spiritual progress goes on at a rapid pace. The Divine Name not only grants progress in life by freeing us from worry, fear, sorrow and pain, but also fills us with everlasting peace, joy and bliss.

(Source: shivaom)

theencyclopediaofhinduism:

Happy Rama Navami! “Ramanavami: the day of the advent of Sri Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Visnu. Ramanavami is celebrated throughout India as the birthday of Sri Rama, the eldest son of Dasaratha of the ancient Iksvaku dynasty.” -The Encyclopedia of Hinduism

« When you love yourself, the natural result is overflowing love for all the people you encounter. If you do not love and accept others around you (as they are, whatever they do), this is sure sign that there is more work to do to love yourself. »

- Gananathamritananda Swamiji (via somamatha)

Do good to cultivate good. Do not do so out of expectation. Do not do so out of fruits of labor. Do out of kindness to the universe around you. Kindness is  worship. Worship is dharma. Dharma is innate in all of us- you must only cultivate it.

"Those whose consciousness is unified abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace. But those whose desires are fragmented, who are selfishly attached to the results of their work, are bound in everything they do." -Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Anonymous asked:
Namaste! I have been reading through your blog and have seen many posts regarding eggs. One ask claimed that the egg was an unborn chicken fetus, and so eating them is wrong. This is incorrect, as a chicken will lay eggs even if there is no rooster to fertilize the eggs-- think of it as a chicken having her period (you're welcome for that image). In that sense, eating eggs is no different from eating cheese or drinking milk, as they are merely by-products of nature and not harmful to the animal.

Namaste,

I agree with you. Some Hindus refrain from eating eggs because of the fetus inside. Those whom refrain from even unfertilized eggs sometimes are those keeping a strict Sattvic diet. I will do a post going into detail of the diet with the components of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas gunas later, but for the sake of this question, many avoid foods that are considered Rajas or Tamas. Eggs, even unfertilized ones are considered Rajas, or a stimulant food: foods neither completely beneficial to the body both spiritually and physically nor bad, but one that mutates the mind and makes it restless. 

Many modern Hindu sects implore the benefits and stress the importance of a Sattvic diet, so the use of eggs within certain Hindu groups are becoming less popular. Eggs aren’t normally used in many Indian dishes, so this feat isn’t very difficult for most.

Thanks for you input!

Jai Shiv Shankar!

Anonymous asked:
Namastey! Although I am an atheist, and do not consider myself Hindu, I greatly respect all religions, and I enjoy learning about the many Devas and what they can teach me to better myself. I was greatly inspired by Lord Ganesh, particularly, and I created a statue of him in my workshop. However, now that I have made the statue, what should I do with him? I do not wish to disrespect his image, and I am unsure that a corner of a bookshelf is a worthy place for a respected Lord.

Namaste,

It’s wonderful that you’re so interested in Hinduism! Upon studying more about Hinduism and the kind of worship we perform to express our devotion to God, one will see that we take great care into treating all that remind us of God essentially as God. And though everything on this Earth is God, the images- or murtis of the forms of Devas and Devis are to be especially respected.  

Seeing that you are not Hindu, I would not expect you to perform worship ceremonies, or pujas to Lord Ganesh, nor could I expect you to look to Lord Ganesh for guidance. Atheists reject religion or the belief in any God, so treating Lord Ganesh with any sort of reverence as God wouldn’t make much sense. Hindus take a lot of meaning from symbols, statues, signs, and other iconography as worship because we believe that everything on Earth and the universe is to be revered. Since there are so many uncountable ways to explain, see and interpret these things that we respect, symbols and murtis take their place. Owning an image of God in the home is like housing a guest. We offer light, sweet smells, cleanliness, water, food, prayers and shelter to God as our guest as proper treatment.  Since you are atheist, such doing so would essentially revoke your own beliefs. Owning a sacred and spiritual image without it meaning anything sacred or spiritual to you would essentially turn it into a household decoration. Proper treatment of a guest would not involve leaving them in the corner of the room to collect dust, starve and be ignored. 

I do wish to respect your own beliefs, so I could never ask you to ritually bathe Sri Ganesh, perform offerings or seek guidance from His presence.

I suggest for the best option, either giving away or selling the murti to someone who can care for His image properly. Perhaps the best way for you to show interest in the Lord is to pick up some books on His leela, or deeds He has performed. These stories may help you in a less religious way by example rather than worship! 

And I am interested to see your creation! Perhaps you can submit a photo of the murti to this link [ x ]. You may even find someone who is interested in owning it for proper care!

I hope I have answered your question!  

Jai Sri Ganesh Ki!