Saturday March 8, 2014
Women of the Vedic period (c 1500-1200 BCE), were epitomes of intellectual and spiritual attainments. The Vedas have volumes to say about these women, who both complemented and supplemented their male partners.
Myriad hymns of the Vedic era bear testimony to the wisdom of contemporary women and names of 27 women-seers emerge from them. But most of them are mere abstractions except for a few, such as Ghosha, Lopamudra, Sulabha Maitreyi, and Gargi, who are some of the most significant female figures of the Vedic period.
Ghosha: Daughter of Kakshivat, composer of hymns of ancient Hindu scriptures, Ghosha has a few hymns and verses, assigned to her name.
Lopamudra: She was 'created' by sage Agasthya and given as a daughter to the King of Vidarbha. The Rig Veda testifies to her great intelligence.
Maitreyi: The Rig Veda contains about one thousand hymns, of which about 10 are accredited to Maitreyi, the woman seer and philosopher.
Gargi: She was a Vedic prophetess and daughter of sage Vachaknu. She composed several hymns that questioned the origin of all existence
Monday March 3, 2014
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa represents the very core of the spiritual realizations of the seers and sages of India. His whole life was an uninterrupted contemplation of God. He reached a depth of God-consciousness that transcends all time and place and has a universal appeal. Seekers of God of all religions feel irresistibly drawn to Ramakrishna's life and teachings. Who better than this mystic can explain the concept of God?
Sri Ramakrishna said, "Because of the screen of Maya (illusion) that shuts off God from human view, one cannot see Him playing in one's heart. After installing the Deity on the lotus of your heart, you must keep the lamp of remembering God ever burning. While engaged in the affairs of the world, you should constantly turn your gaze inwards and see whether the lamp is burning or not."
To read more such nuggets of wisdom from the saint, read this collection of quotations about the true nature and infinite forms of the Absolute and how to approach the Ultimate Reality - told by Sri Ramakrishna in his own inimitable way. Read Full Article
Monday March 3, 2014
Last week ( April 25, 2014) would have been his 71st birthday. He was perhaps one of the most spiritual of popular musicians of our times. His spiritual quest began in his mid 20s, when he realized for the first time that "Everything else can wait, but the search for God cannot..." This search led him to delve deep into the mystical world of Eastern religions, especially Hinduism, Indian philosophy, culture, and music. That's George Harrison for you!
In the 1960s, Harrison embraced the Hare Krishna tradition and remained a plainclothes devotee or 'closet Krishna', as he called himself, till his last day of earthy existence.
He firmly believed that "life on Earth is but a fleeting illusion edged between lives past and future beyond physical mortal reality." Speaking on reincarnation in 1968, he said: "You go on being reincarnated until you reach the actual Truth. Heaven and Hell are just a state of mind. We are all here to become Christ-like. The actual world is an illusion." [Hari Quotes, compiled by Aya & Lee] He also said: "The living thing that goes on, always has been, always will be. I am not really George, but I happen to be in this body." Explore more...
Sunday March 2, 2014
The 179th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is being observed by Hindus around the world on March 03, 2014. Sri Ramakrishna was born in Kamarpukur near Kolkata on February 18, 1836. However, each year the date of the anniversary is decided based on the lunar calendar followed by the Hindus. Many events and initiatives were organized by Ramakrishna mission across India and abroad to mark this auspicious occasion. A number of special programs marked the birthday celebration of Sri Ramakrishna at Belur Math, headquarters of the Ramakrishna Math and RK Mission. See Schedule
Sri Ramakrishna represents the very core of the spiritual realizations of the seers and sages of India. His whole life was an uninterrupted contemplation of God. He reached a depth of God-consciousness that transcends all time and place and has a universal appeal. Seekers of God of all religions feel irresistibly drawn to his life and teachings. Read about his life as retold by Swami Adiswarananda of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, New York.