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In Search Of Bhagavati Tara – Part 2: Temples, Legends And Sadhakas

In Search Of Bhagavati Tara – Part 2: Temples, Legends And Sadhakas

Hinduism, Shakta, Tantra, What is Hinduism
Source: Pragyata Mag The secrecy of the tantrik rituals involved in the worship of Tara have prevented her from taking a prominent place in mainstream Hindu imagination. But even a non-tantrik approach to her worship brings phenomenal benefits to the sadhaka. by Svechchachari (स्वेच्छाचारी) In the sampradāyas of eastern India where Tārā worship was most prominent, three temples were considered to be of utmost spiritual importance. First is Mahisi in the state of Bihar, known as Ugra Tārā sthana, second is Tārāpīṭh in Birbhum district of Bengal, and the third temple of importance to the cult of Tārā is in Bangladesh. These three were equated with the three eyes of the Goddess, with Tārāpīṭh being the Divine eye in her forehead. Additionally, it's reputation of bestowing quick success in sa
In Search Of Bhagavati Tara – Part 1

In Search Of Bhagavati Tara – Part 1

Hinduism, Shakta, Tantra, What is Hinduism
Source: Pragyata Mag Second in the list of the great Mahavidyas, the tantrik goddess, Tārā, is terrifying in appearance and yet is the one who saves, guides and protects. She ultimately helps her devotees to cross the ocean of duality. by Svechchachari (स्वेच्छाचारी)   Second in the list of Mahāvidyāḥ-s, Tārā, holds a special place of reverence among Tantra sadhakas both within the Hindu fold and Vajrayāna Buddhists. To the later group this form of the Goddess has ascended to a position of such ubiquitous authority that to many lay followers Tārā has become synonymous with Tibetan Buddhism. The word  Tārā or Tarini is derived from the root Sanskrita syllable “tar” which means to help cross over, as in the case of crossing an ocean, in this case symbolic of the ocean of samsara. Origi
Sanskrit Mantras From a Scientific Perspective [Excerpt]

Sanskrit Mantras From a Scientific Perspective [Excerpt]

Hinduism, Indic Religions
Source: www.sanskritimagazine.com Please read this article to learn more about the vibrational language that is Sanskrit. There are two videos which demonstrate some principles of sound and how they are used. It must be understood that mantras are not merely affirmations like, "I will be successful today," or "I will not be afraid when I face the situation today."  It is not something that happens only on a mental basis, which is what common speech and affirmations are limited to, insofar as their effects go. Rather, mantras with specific sounds in specific syllables are techniques or means to alter something manifesting, or to cause something to manifest.  Everything in our universe is only vibrations at many different levels, giving rise to many different forms and events.  Chanting mant
Freeing Hindu Temples – In a Nutshell [Excerpt]

Freeing Hindu Temples – In a Nutshell [Excerpt]

Hinduism, Indic Religions, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=353&v=js936p_cvTE Source: UpWord Channel Just recently, we released a 2-video series on the importance of freeing Hindū temples, in which Advocate J. Sai Deepak of the Supreme Court went into detail the importance of freeing Hindu temples from state control.  This is an excellent short video that lists point-by-point the same message in a very concise manner in less than 9 minutes.  It would be an excellent opener to the topic of freeing Hindū temples for those with little time to spare or for those unaware of the issue at hand.  Please watch this short video.
Women and the Vedas [Excerpt]

Women and the Vedas [Excerpt]

Hinduism
Source: Agniveer This article is an excellent article supporting the role of women's place as keepers of knowledge and being knowledgeable through studies of the Vedas.  Misconceptions about the Vedas being demeaning of women in Indic society must be examined and dispelled.  There are many references from the Vedas which support this.  You will find this in the Rig Veda, Atharva Veda, and the Yajur Veda.  With specific passages and a bibliography, you will have a solid base to launch into researching women's place in Vedic civilization. To Read Full Article Please Visit -> http://agniveer.com/women-in-vedas/
The Philosophies of Hinduism [Excerpt]

The Philosophies of Hinduism [Excerpt]

Hinduism, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCofNFj3e3I Source: Dharma Speaks Channel Please watch this video to get a basic understanding of Hindū philosophies and how they differ.  It is important to understand plurality and how it came about.  This is not a case of, "My philosophy is correct, and the others are wrong," but one of acceptance of multiple ways of seeing the same thing.  This is evidence of a mature system of knowledge. It recognizes that everyone approaches something from different angles, depending on their experiences in lives previously and present.
Hindu Morals: Where Do They Come From? [Excerpt]

Hindu Morals: Where Do They Come From? [Excerpt]

Hinduism, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfTgK-zX5pM Source: Dharma Speaks Channel A question that is often asked is, "Where do Hindūs get their morals from?"  It is a question for non-Hindūs, since it is not based on Abrahamic beliefs, nor is it based on modern/Bollywood culture.  Rather, Hindūs rely on scriptural authority, "regulative principles," experiences, and messages of past masters.  This gives rise to a more nuanced understanding of how we are to think, act, and live in an adaptive manner, in contrast to a pre-cut "by the rule-book" following with limited flexibility, and in contrast to an "anything-goes" ethos of modern society.  Watch the video above to learn how Hindū Dharma can help with dealing with confusion regarding "right thinking, right action" (dharma).
Protecting Hinduism: Why? [Excerpt]

Protecting Hinduism: Why? [Excerpt]

Hinduism, Videos, What is Hinduism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s93pHrhLxro Source: Dharma Speaks Channel Learn the importance of protecting the traditions of Hinduism in this video.  One must know what is Hinduism in order to know what is being defended and protected.  When one has solid knowledge of and a clear understanding of Hinduism, it becomes easier to understand why it is so vital to protect Sanātana Dharma (Hinduism).  Without this, the knowledge of dharma withers away for lack of practice and understanding, leaving one vulnerable to conversions to Abrahamic religions and the idea that "all religions are the same." Click on the video above to learn more.
Caste and Hinduism: what’s the story? [Excerpt]

Caste and Hinduism: what’s the story? [Excerpt]

Hinduism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7q_LtZUJZw Source: Dharma Speaks Channel Learn about casteism and how it came about in India.  People have the wrong idea about casteism in India, in that it originated casteism because it has been around for longer than Christianity came about.  Really, casteism is an import from EUROPEAN countries because historical social stratification has always been present in Christian countries.  That is where casteism came from.  Europeans merely took what is their own social structure and applied it initially to get a census count of the different kinds of people in India. They also realized it could be used to divide up Indian society.  Today, it must be made clear what casteism really is and why is does not (and should not) apply to Indian society.  Watch this