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« If you long to see God, take to spiritual practices. What is the good of merely crying ‘O God! O God!’? »

- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa
"Know the embodied soul to be a part of the hundredth part of the point of a hair divided a hundred times; and yet it is infinite. It is not female, it is not male, nor is it neuter. whatever body it takes, with that it becomes united. By means of desires, contact, attachment and delusion, the embodied soul assumes, successively, diverse forms in various places, according to its deeds, just as the body grows when food and drink are poured into it.”
-Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter V

"Know the embodied soul to be a part of the hundredth part of the point of a hair divided a hundred times; and yet it is infinite. It is not female, it is not male, nor is it neuter. whatever body it takes, with that it becomes united. 
By means of desires, contact, attachment and delusion, the embodied soul assumes, successively, diverse forms in various places, according to its deeds, just as the body grows when food and drink are poured into it.”

-Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter V

"There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”
-Atharva Upanishad

"There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. 
The nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”

-Atharva Upanishad

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People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.

Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.

Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.

Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you have anyway.

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- Mother Theresa (via kushandwizdom)
I want to become a Hindu, but I can't simply tell my parents that, and my mother won't let me to go vegetarian, so what do I do? Any answer would help. Much Love and Namaste

Namaste,

I know it is difficult to have a different faith than those who live under the same roof as you. However, it is important to your parents and yourself that you exude confidence in all that you do. Lying to others or selling yourself short for the sake of keeping all involved from change is more destructive in the long run. If you want to start studying psychology, you should do so with much exuberance. Likewise, if you want to become a Christian, Hindu or Buddhist, do so with the most diligence and dedication that you can muster. If others are keeping you from growing, the worst thing you can do is listen.

These are your parents and they are only looking to increase your happiness, if you wish, tell them about your ideals on faith, morality and spirituality. Express to them that this chosen path creates happiness for you. This is completely optional of course, as faith is an extremely personal decision.

Like faith, vegetarianism is also a personal decision. Your body belongs to nobody but you. If you truly wish to stop consuming the dead bodies of innocent creatures, you must be firm with your family. You don’t have to tell them it’s a matter of faith alone- but a matter of morality and justice. You can get every vitamin, mineral and protein from vegetarian sources that you can from meat, anyways. Do some research and prepare some factoids to share with your mother if she doesn’t agree with your decision. Vegetarianism is not only healthier for you, but for animals, the environment and even to other humans around you!

I hope I’ve helped!

Jai Ambe Maa!

Become a better Hindu: Pancha Mahayajnas
Brahma Yajna or Rishi Yajna  Every man should study daily the sacred scriptures. He should share the knowledge with those whom are interested. By so doing, he pays the debt to Rishis.
Deva Yajna “With this, nourish ye the shining ones, and may the shining ones nourish ye. Thus nourishing one another, ye shall reap the highest good.” -Sri Mad Bhagvad Gita, essentially this Yajna calls for all kindness received to be passed onto another. These sacrifices turn the wheel of life in accordance with the divine will and thus help the evolution of man and the worlds. Deva Yajna is to pay it forward.
Pitri YajnaOffering libations, etc., to the forefathers, regularly, is Pitri Yajna. Prayer and offering to passed on souls of family members, gurus, teachers and revered ones. Thus, we honor their lives and in this way we remember their important teachings.
Bhuta YajnaDistribution of food to cows, dogs, birds, fish, or any animals you can is Bhuta Yajna. Animals of the Earth are our neighbors and friends. Like us humans, animals are also cultivators of the planet and should be revered.
Manushya YajnaFeeding the poor is Manushya Yajna. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving shelter to the homeless, comforting the distressed, etc., are all forms of Manushya Yajna. Any kind of service to the suffering humanity is Manushya Yajna. Feeding a guest is Manushya Yajna.
The benefits of the Pancha Mahayajnas:
By daily doing such acts of kindness and sympathy, man develops mercy. Hatred vanishes. His hard egoistic heart is gradually softened. He cultivates cosmic love. His heart expands. He has a wider outlook on life. He tries to feel his oneness with all beings. His old feeling of separateness on account of selfishness and egoism is gradually thinned and eventually eradicated. He learns that he can be happy only by making others happy, by serving others, by helping others, by removing the sufferings of others and by sharing what he has with others. The five great daily sacrifices teach man his relations with his superiors, his equals and his inferiors. 

Become a better Hindu: Pancha Mahayajnas

Brahma Yajna or Rishi Yajna  
Every man should study daily the sacred scriptures. He should share the knowledge with those whom are interested. By so doing, he pays the debt to Rishis.

Deva Yajna 
With this, nourish ye the shining ones, and may the shining ones nourish ye. Thus nourishing one another, ye shall reap the highest good.” -Sri Mad Bhagvad Gita, essentially this Yajna calls for all kindness received to be passed onto another. These sacrifices turn the wheel of life in accordance with the divine will and thus help the evolution of man and the worlds. Deva Yajna is to pay it forward.

Pitri Yajna
Offering libations, etc., to the forefathers, regularly, is Pitri Yajna. Prayer and offering to passed on souls of family members, gurus, teachers and revered ones. Thus, we honor their lives and in this way we remember their important teachings.

Bhuta Yajna
Distribution of food to cows, dogs, birds, fish, or any animals you can is Bhuta Yajna. Animals of the Earth are our neighbors and friends. Like us humans, animals are also cultivators of the planet and should be revered.

Manushya Yajna
Feeding the poor is Manushya Yajna. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving shelter to the homeless, comforting the distressed, etc., are all forms of Manushya Yajna. Any kind of service to the suffering humanity is Manushya Yajna. Feeding a guest is Manushya Yajna.

The benefits of the Pancha Mahayajnas:

By daily doing such acts of kindness and sympathy, man develops mercy. Hatred vanishes. His hard egoistic heart is gradually softened. He cultivates cosmic love. His heart expands. He has a wider outlook on life. He tries to feel his oneness with all beings. His old feeling of separateness on account of selfishness and egoism is gradually thinned and eventually eradicated. He learns that he can be happy only by making others happy, by serving others, by helping others, by removing the sufferings of others and by sharing what he has with others. The five great daily sacrifices teach man his relations with his superiors, his equals and his inferiors. 

Anonymous asked:
when is aekadashi in july14

Namaste,

Ekadashi occurs on the 8th and the 22nd of this month (July).

Have a fulfilling vrat!

Jai Sri Gopal Ki!

Maha Lakshmi (via bridahmistica)

Maha Lakshmi (via bridahmistica)

I have two questions for you. 1. Why is eating meat frowned upon in Hinduism ? Is it not true that several people are devout Hindus and still non vegetarian people ? 2. This one is personal. I am a gay guy. Can I still be a Hindu? Does god love me ?

Namaste,

Vegetarianism goes along with one of the most important Hindu doctrines known as ahimsa, or non-harm to animals and humans alike. Eating meat is directly in line with the bad karma produced when an animal is killed simply for the pleasure of eating him. Most animals killed for food are killed in painful and grotesque ways. If one can receive all the nutrients and stay healthy without the blood of harmless chickens, goats, pigs, fish or Krishna’s beloved calves on your hands, why wouldn’t you?

Some Hindus are not vegetarian simply because they choose to be and do so out of selfishness for the pleasure of taste. Although this is against ahimsa, their practice is their own and their karma will show them through. Some Hindus eat chicken, pig and goat but abstain from eating beef. Although the cow is to be revered in Hinduism, Gau Mata (Mother Cow) is but a symbol for all that is provided from God’s earth and all animals alike. If you cannot bare to see a poor cow slaughtered as per your religion, but your mouth waters at the carcass of a dead pig, this is not ahimsa. To each their own.

A unique aspect of Hinduism is that it is in fact, one of the only religions that does not condemn or portray homosexuality as sin. Homosexuality is viewed as any other aspect one is born with- a result of karma.

Why would one be born with one leg? Is it a result of his disobedience to one’s present family? Is it a sin for this person to have only one leg? Of course not. The person is simply born with one leg because of the soul’s past deeds. Similarly to this is the soul born homosexually, as a result of karma. Though homosexuality is never considered a handicap, the lessons and tests one will endure in today’s society because of one’s sexual orientation will be challenging. What can one do presently about this karma? Counteract it by behaving in a heterosexual way? Lying to one’s born intuition to please others? Would the one-legged person live its life pretending it had a leg, knowing in its place there was nothing? Such would be disobeying one’s dharma (dutiful human fulfillment) in the present body.

Perhaps in a past life or any upcoming life I may be homosexual, according to God’s system to teach humans a each lesson in life. How one deals with this lesson determines whether it has been learnt and conquered, or whether one shall remain in the cycle. If one keeps in one’s dharma regardless of circumstance, remains in good countenance with Bhagvan, does good works, keeps a steady mind, a healthy body and a clean soul, one’s circumstance no longer becomes an obstacle. 

I hope I’ve helped!

Jai Jagdish Hare!

"Many people are afraid of silence. They have to be doing something all the time. Many people also are afraid of being alone. But actually no one ever is alone. He’s always with his great divine Self. Every person has a great, divine Self within him, an absolutely perfect, shining, sublime being of light. The voice of this being is a loud silence. The voice of your soul is a loud silence. Many people have said that the voice of God is a deep, profound silence.”-Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

"Many people are afraid of silence. They have to be doing something all the time. Many people also are afraid of being alone. But actually no one ever is alone. He’s always with his great divine Self. Every person has a great, divine Self within him, an absolutely perfect, shining, sublime being of light. The voice of this being is a loud silence. The voice of your soul is a loud silence. Many people have said that the voice of God is a deep, profound silence.”
-Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Anonymous asked:
What do you know of ISKCON (Hare Krishna Movement)? Is it legit or is it dangerous? I hear different things about it.

Namaste,

The ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) is an organization founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and took off widely in the 1960’s. ISKCON members are not Hindus, but are a separate entity all together. 

Prabhupada’s mission was to systematically spread his version of Gaudiya Vaishnavism to Westerners and build a financial conglomerate to support it.  Prabhupada advocated public preaching and displays of worship in order to recruit members and to sell his rewritten version of the Bhagavad Gita. “The Bhagavad Gita As It Is”, though cleverly monikered to appear as the original text, was edited by Prabhupada to preach to a Western audience. Prabhupada also got in contact with Western artists of the 1960’s, most famous of them being The Beatles, in order to create a media force for ISKCON. 

The Hare Krishna movement is individual from Hinduism because it advocates preaching, promotes certain rewritten scriptures rather than original scriptures and because Prabhupada himself states:

There is a misconception that the Krishna consciousness movement represents the Hindu religion. Sometimes Indians both inside and outside of India think that we are preaching the Hindu religion, but actually we are not.”

The Krishna consciousness movement has nothing to do with the Hindu religion or any system of religion…. One should clearly understand that the Krishna consciousness movement is not preaching the so-called Hindu religion. 

The procedures in which Hare Krishna members must convert (name changing, head-shaving, clothing renunciation) and worship (non-traditional kirtan, public displays) are very different than those of Hinduism. I fully respect the members of ISKCON, but do not recognize it as a Hindu organization and would advise those interested in Hinduism to steer away from it.

I hope I’ve answered your question!

Jai Sri Krishna Ki!

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Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and
injury to sentient beings is detrimental to the attainment of heavenly bliss; let him therefore shun the use of meat. Having well considered the disgusting origin of flesh and the cruelty of fettering and slaying
corporeal beings, let him entirely abstain from eating flesh.


He who permits the slaughter of an animal, he who cuts it up, he who kills it, he who buys or sells meat, he who cooks it, he who serves it up, and he who eats it, must all be considered as the slayers of the animal. There is no greater sinner than that man who though not worshiping the gods or the ancestors, seeks to increase the bulk of his own flesh by the flesh of other beings.

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- # Manu-samhita 5.48-49,51-52 (via drx108)
Jai Kali Maa Ki!

Jai Kali Maa Ki!

What is the difference between Kali and Parvati? :)

Namaste,

Kali Maa is Parvati Maa; and Parvati Maa is Kali Maa. Both are our celestial Mother both in a figurative way as well as a literal way. Both Sri Kali and Sri Parvati are forms of our Goddess Durga- known as the ultimate parashakti, the point of all power present in all of creation of the universe. If the wick and oil of the lamp (the tangible, solid, definite) are Lord Shiva, the light given from the lamp (the result, the benefit or use reasoning) is Lord Vishnu, then the flame itself that burns the wick and lights the room (the creation, the burning, the power itself) is Maa Durga. 

Durga Maa is definite throughout all of creation and is ever present on Earth in any variation of forms. One particular form She has taken is that of Parvati, the gentle, loving mother of Lord Ganesh and Kartikeya and the adoring and passionate wife of Lord Shiva.

Another form that Maa Durga has taken is that of Kali Maa in the ultimate display of Her shakti. If Parvati is Maa Durga’s benign and gentle form, then Kali is the opposite; the most intense and powerful concentration of Durga Maa’s capacity. 

However, since both are forms of our eternal Mother Durga, both are regarded as our loving caretakers and protectors. For example, if you imagined your own mother that rocks you to sleep with a gentle song, nurtures you with her milk and embraces you with a warm hug, Maa Adi Shakti (Durga) is in her benign form, that of Parvati Maa. If you imagined your own mother who would thoughtlessly give her blood for you, fight to the death to save you or shield you with her body even against the most violent and dangerous of situations, Maa Adi Shakti is in her powerful form, that of Maa Kali.

I hope I’ve answered your question!

Jai Maa Kali!