Thursday is the day of the Guru. I asked myself this question, as must so many of you, “Who was Swami Sivananda’s Guru?” Swami Sivananda received mantra diksha from Paramahamsa Viswanananda Saraswati, on the banks of the Ganga on 1st June,1924. Swami Sivananda was in quest of a Guru. Continue reading
Ratnakara was raised by a hunter as he had got lost in the forest as a child. He had a difficult life and he could not make ends meet. He took to looting and robbing. One day the sage Narada was passing through the forest. Ratnakara saw him and attacked him. Continue reading
Ganesha’s favourite food is modak which are dumplings made from rice flour, stuffed with coconut and jaggery. The reason why it is considered so special is because it was first offered to Shiva and Parvati by the junior gods. It was said that if this special offering was consumed by anyone, he would have the power of understanding the scriptures and be master of all knowledge. Parvati being a mother wanted both her sons to have it. However they refused to share it. They were given a task and whoever completed the task, first that person would get the modak. Continue reading
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The only gift is a portion of thyself…The poet brings his poem… the farmer corn… the painter his picture; the girl, a handkerchief of her own sewing. This is right and pleasing, for it restores society in so far to its primary basis, when a man’s biography is conveyed in his gift.” Continue reading
The message that Rama sent to Sita through Hanuman, breaks your heart. He said “Since you have gone, the rain that falls is boiling, the birds that sing prick my heart.” Rama said, Continue reading
He is a god who is totally devoted and dedicated to Rama. He was cursed as a child that he would only develop awareness and wisdom when Rama was born and he would lay his eyes on him. He is a super God. Continue reading
Who are Jesus, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Yogananda, Shankaracharya, Rama, Krishna and Paramahamsa? Sukadev explains that these are all great spiritual teachers, who have done a lot to spread spiritual knowledge.
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