Sri Ramana Mahrishi & Advaita Philosophy


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Teachings of saint Sri Ramana Maharshi are presented in this video. The background music used has quite a calming effect and stays on mind for a long time.

Ramanasramam is the ashram which was home to this great Advaita Vedanta philosopher Ramana Maharshi from 1922, until his death in 1950. It is based in the foothills of hill Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu (India), it remains one of the most sought after spiritual destination for millions across the world.

You can visit Ashram by requesting accomodation on their website.

To learn more, we recommend you read the book The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi (The Classic Collection).

 


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This Hindu festival, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is observed across India to celebrate Lord Ganesha, who is known as the deity of prosperity. He is also called Vighna Harta – The remover of obstacles. As a rule, every Hindu ritual starts with prayers to Lord Ganesha. His worship symbolizes good omen and new beginnings. This is a ten-day festival, that starts on the fourth day of Hindu Luni-solar calendar month Bhadrapada, which typically falls in Gregorian months of August or September.

An excerpt about the festival is given below.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day Hindu festival celebrated to honour the elephant-headed God Ganesha’s birthday. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Ganesha is known by 108 different names and is the Lord of arts and sciences and the deva of wisdom. He is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies as he’s considered the God of beginnings. He’s widely and dearly referred to as Ganapati or Vinayaka.

There are two different versions about Ganesha’s birth. One has it that Goddess Parvati created Ganesha out of dirt off her body while having a bath and set him to guard her door while she finishes her bath. Shiva who has gone out, returned at that time, but as Ganesha didn’t know of him, stopped him from entering. An angry Shiva severed the head of Ganesha after a combat between the two. Parvati was enraged and Shiva promised Ganesha will live again. The devas who went in search of a head facing north of a dead person could manage only the head of an elephant. Shiva fixed the elephant’s head on the child and brought him back to life.

The other legend has it that Ganesha was created by Shiva and Parvati on request of the Devas, to be a Vighna Kartaa (obstacle-creator) in the path of rakshasas (demonic beings), and a Vighna Hartaa (obstacle-averter) to help the Devas.

This year, September 17th marks the beginning of this festival which is also called as Vinayaka Chaturthi.

You can read the full article here (source): India Today News

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Sheikh Salim Chisti's Dargah

Khwaja Salim Chisti (1478-1571) was a Sufi saint and a revered successor of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti (Ajmer Sharif). A popular legend states that Emperor Akbar visited the mystic to pray for a successor and was later blessed with three sons. He named his first son Salim (Jahangir). On Saint’s demise, the Emperor built the city Fatehpur Sikri around the Dargah, as a mark of his devotion. Although the tomb was originally built with red sandstone, it was later converted into a beautiful marble mausoleum in Mughal architecture. Every year, lots of devotees visit the shrine to pray for a child and tie a thread on the Jalli (carved windows). When their wish is fulfilled, they come back to express their gratitude to the Saint.


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Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Kashi Vishwanath Temple stands on the western bank of river Ganga in Varanasi. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and the holiest of Shiva temples. The main deity is known by the name Vishwanatha or Vishweshvara meaning Ruler of The Universe. The Varanasi city is also called Kashi, and hence the temple is popularly called Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It has been destroyed and reconstructed a number of times in the history. The last structure was demolished by Aurangzeb, the sixth Mughal emperor who constructed the Gyanvapi Mosque on its site. The remains of the erstwhile temple can be seen in the foundation, the columns and at the rear part of the mosque. The current structure was built on an adjacent site by the Maratha monarch, Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore in 1780.


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Venkateswara Temple

Venkateswara Temple (construction going back to 300 AD) is a major pilgrimage destination of Hindus, especially Vaishnavites. It is said that we must visit Adi Varaha Swami temple before visiting Lord Venkateshwara Temple and Sri Padmavathi Ammavari temple after. It’s is dedicated to the Supreme God Narayana / Maha Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga. Hence, the place has also got the name Kaliyuga Vaikuntham and Lord here is referred to as Kaliyuga Prathyaksha Daivam. Temple is located in the hill town of Tirumala, near Tirupati. The Hills (853m above sea level) comprises of seven peaks, representing the seven heads of Adisesha. The seven peaks are called Seshadri, Neeladri, Garudadri, Anjanadri, Vrushabhadri, Narayanadri and Venkatadri. The temple lies on the seventh peak -Venkatadri, on the southern banks of Sri Swami Pushkarini, a holy water tank. Hence the temple is also referred to as “Temple of Seven Hills”. The Temple is constructed in Dravidian architecture follows Vaikhanasa Agama tradition of worship. The Garbagriha(Sanctum Sanctorum) is called Ananda-Nilayam where the presiding deity, is in standing posture and facing east. The temple is one of the eight Vishnu Swayambhu Kshetras and is listed as 106th and the last earthly Divya Desam. The temple is visited by about 50k – 100k pilgrims daily (30-40 mill visitors annually), while on special occasions & festivals, like Brahmotsavam, the number of pilgrims shoots up to 500k, making it the most-visited holy place in the world.



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