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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
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.
“Rishi” — the word in light of Sri Aurobindo

“Rishi” — the word in light of Sri Aurobindo

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Credits: - Uday Arya / Medium.com ” The thing has been seen by the seer, he is the draṣṭā & to him Veda is dṛṣṭi; it is spoken to the hearer & he sees, indirectly, through the medium of the word what the seer has seen by the self-vision, directly; to the hearer, Veda is śruti.”  — Sri Aurobindo on the Isha Upanishad, p568   This is a (brief) exploration of the word Rishi (Sanskrit : ऋषि) in the light of Sri Aurobindo. Through the course of his writings, Sri Aurobindo has gifted us with many profound insights not just into the word, but innumerable allied terms and how they relate to each other. It is truly a thousand-petaled lotus that is so intricate and delicate it ought not to be tampered with and reduced to a “dummy” version or “simplified” to satisfy the ordinary min
KUMBH-Eternal Journey of Indian Civilisation-A Documentary Film

KUMBH-Eternal Journey of Indian Civilisation-A Documentary Film

Hinduism, Videos, What is Hinduism
Source: - India Inspires / YouTube. India Inspires Foundation Presents, The Most awaited documentary on Kumbh Mela. For the first time showcasing the Kumbh Mela from Indian perspective, with the help of great scholars of Indian civilisation. The film unfolds spiritual, cultural and social importance of the kumbh Mela and highlights its great relevance for the modern world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=ReWiJ4pd6Kc
Hinduism: Understanding Karma and Reincarnation

Hinduism: Understanding Karma and Reincarnation

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Source: - Dharma Speaks YouTube Channel. Reincarnation can be a difficult concept to accept. But the idea makes sense when we understand that we are not what we take ourselves to be. The Masters and scriptures declare that beyond our physical and mental existence we are the Atman. Life is a cosmic journey where the Atman samples different aspects of life through different incarnations. Karma is the force of the universe that makes this happen. It is not a moral judge, but a law which allows us to create our future. Eventually after many lives we seek to break the ties of Karma and repeated birth and death, through Yoga. Yoga is the method of centering our consciousness on the Atman. When we do this we rise above our Samskaras (impressions) and reach a state beyond Karma and Rebirth - W...
Hinduism: Why so many different philosophies?

Hinduism: Why so many different philosophies?

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Source: - Dharma Speaks YouTube Channel. Hinduism has the broadest range of philosophical ideas. There are theistic and non theistic traditions, those that see God as personal and impersonal. The reason for this variety is that different Masters have contacted different facets of the ultimate reality and delivered descriptions of it. These descriptions provide a framework for the mind to be guided to the same first hand experience of these Masters. In this video we focus on Vedanta and describe the different schools from the great acharays (Shankara, Ramanuja, Madva), and explain how each one has approached the ultimate reality in very different ways. This sophisticated setup has allowed seekers to approach Truth in a way that suits their nature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCofNFj...
Hinduism: Understanding Karma and Reincarnation

Hinduism: Understanding Karma and Reincarnation

Hinduism, Videos, What is Hinduism
Source: - Dharma Speaks YouTube Channel. Reincarnation can be a difficult concept to accept. But the idea makes sense when we understand that we are not what we take ourselves to be. The Masters and scriptures declare that beyond our physical and mental existence we are the Atman. Life is a cosmic journey where the Atman samples different aspects of life through different incarnations. Karma is the force of the universe that makes this happen. It is not a moral judge, but a law which allows us to create our future. Eventually after many lives we seek to break the ties of Karma and repeated birth and death, through Yoga. Yoga is the method of centering our consciousness on the Atman. When we do this we rise above our Samskaras (impressions) and reach a state beyond Karma and Rebirth - W...
Who is the Ultimate God in Hinduism?

Who is the Ultimate God in Hinduism?

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Source: - Satadru Saha Youtube channel. The Hindus believe in many gods and goddesses. At the same time they also believe in the existence of one Supreme God, whom they call variously as Paramatma (Supreme Self), Parameshwar (Supreme Lord), Parampita (Supreme Father). Iswara, Maheswara, Bhagawan, Purusha, Purushottama, Hiranyagarbha and so on. In the Vedas and several scriptures, He is popularly known as Brahman, the infinite, expansive, supreme God. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBkAFPV5Hyo
Explanation of Maha Shivaratri Day By Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Explanation of Maha Shivaratri Day By Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Hinduism, Indic Religions, What is Hinduism
Source: - Prashant Parikh FB Post. By tradition, based mostly upon the planetary position, the fourteenth day of this particular fortnight every year [one day before new moon when Sun is in Kumbha] is looked upon as a day of initiation, religious, spiritual initiation. Also, it is a day dedicated purely for prayers. Many people take sannyas on this day. Today in India many Anandas might have been born. Today barbers also have a field day. They remove the hair; it is sort of a wholesale thing. So in Rishikesh you will find a number of people getting initiated into monastic order, a sannyasa, a life of a monk, on this particular day, Shivaratri day. And I also became a sannyasi on this particular day. The teachers decide to givesannyas to the students and they call the students and tell th...