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    Is Yoga a religion?

    I saw many people saying that yoga is Hindu and hence Non-Hindus should avoid doing yoga, but to tell you yoga is neither religion , nor Hindu or anti any religion. Yoga is basically art of living with healthy body and sound mind.
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    Lord Shiva and Kaliyug

    So Danielou suggested that following Shaivite Hinduism is the only way to avoid the gruesome end awaiting all of us. Clearly that sounds like propagation of a religion, no different from the threats of the fire and brimstone and eternal torment that other proselytising books talk of. It is...
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    Lord Shiva and Kaliyug

    The Hindu cosmology holds that time runs in a spiral pattern. Cycles get repeated but the point of origin and the point of conclusion never meet. According to this belief, creation has happened on earth for six times already, followed by destruction and that we are slowly but steadily heading...
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    TOTAKASHTAKAM

    THE STORY AdiShankaracharya is known to have reestablished the Sanatha Dharma in the midst of rituals and onslaught by the other religions and faiths viz : Budhism, Jaininsm, Islam, Christinaity etc. He is known to have reestablished the faith in Vedas. His four disciples were : Surshwarar...
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    TOTAKASHTAKAM

    ivaidtaaiKala Saas~asauQaajalaQao maihtaaopa inaYatkxiQataaqa-inaQao | =dyao kxlayao ivamalaM carNa Bava SaMkxr doiSakx mao SarNama\ ||1|| VIDITAKILA SASTRA SUDHA JALATHE MAHITOPA NISATKATHI TARTHANIDHE HRDAYEKALAYE VIMALAM SARANAM BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||1|| O THOU, THE KNOWER OF...
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    Detailed Overview of Hindu Samskaras (Sacraments) - Rite of Passage

    Detailed Overview of Hindu Samskaras are as follows: CH. 1 THE SOURCES OF ENQUIRY CH. 2 THE MEANING & THE NUMBER OF THE SAMSKARAS CH. 3 THE PURPOSE OF THE SAMSKARAS CH. 4 THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE SAMSKARAS CH. 5 THE PRE - NATAL SAMSKARAS CH. 6 THE SAMSKARAS OF CHILDHOOD CH. 7 THE EDUCATIONAL...
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    The Meaning And The Number Of The Samskaras

    The Yajnavalkya Smrti also enumerates the same Samskäras except the Kesănta which was omitted from the list owing to the decline of the Vedic studies and its confusion with the Samavartana. The Gautama Smrti, following the tradition of its school, enumerates the forty Samskaras, though it does...
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    The Meaning And The Number Of The Samskaras

    (II) The Dharmasutras being mostly occupied with the Hindu laws and custom, not all of them care to describe or enumerate the Samskáras. They contain rules about the Upanayana. Vivăha, Upakarma, Utsarjana, Anadhyâyas and Asaucha. The Gautama -Dharmasutra gives a list of altogether forty...
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    The Meaning And The Number Of The Samskaras

    Asvalăyana G.S.( I ) Păraskara G.S. ( II ) Baudhŕyana G.S ( III ) 1 Vivăha Vivăha Vivăha 2 Garbhâlambhana Garbhâlambhana Garbhâlambhana 3 Pumsavana Pumsavana Pumsavana 4 Simantonnayana Simantonnayana Simantonnayana 5 Jatakarma Jatakarma Jatakarma 6 Namakarana...
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    The Meaning And The Number Of The Samskaras

    1. The Meaning of the word ‘Samskara’ The word Samskăra defies every attempt at its correct translation into English. Ceremony or Latin caerimonia does not give the full meaning of this word. Rather it corresponds with Sanskrit Karman, religious act in general. Samskŕra does not mean "more...
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    Conclusion of the Samskaras: Life Till Death

    The samskaras helped in the refinement and purification of human life, facilitated the development of personality, imparted sanctity and importance to human body, blessed all material and spiritual aspirations of man and ultimately prepared him for an easy and happy exit from this world of...
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    Conclusion of the Samskaras: Life Till Death

    Life has been a great mystery to man. Its origin, growth, decadence and disappearance have always exercised his thoughts and emotions. The Hindu Samskaras were just an attempt to fathom and to facilitate the flow of this mystery. Through observations and experiences and through faltering and...
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    The Antyesti Samskara - (The Funeral Ceremonies)

    The next special rite is that of a Garbhini or a pregnant woman who dies in her pregnancy. Baudhayana says that she should be carried to the cremation ground. After saving the child she should be burnt properly with the additional gift of an Astakadhenu, a Tiladhenu and a Bhumidhenu. The...
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    The Antyesti Samskara - (The Funeral Ceremonies)

    The Paddhatis on the funeral ceremonies have fully developed this part of the ceremonies. They prescribed for every day after the cremation up to the twelfth, a particular kind of offering for a particular purpose. According to them, on the first day, should be offered a rice ball, a jar of...
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    The Antyesti Samskara - (The Funeral Ceremonies)

    19) Santi-Karma The next ceremony to be noticed is called santi-Karma or the pacificatory rites for the well-being of the living. The formulas uttered during it have regard to life and adverting of death. Effective measures are taken toward off evil and to return to ordinary way of life. The...
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    The Antyesti Samskara - (The Funeral Ceremonies)

    17) Impurity Now the period of Asaucha, pollution or defilement, begins. The death of a person entails a condition which can be adequately expressed by the Polynesian word, "taboo" which means "setting apart a thing or a person as shunned for a religious or a semi-religious reasons." A corpse...
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    The Antyesti Samskara - (The Funeral Ceremonies)

    13) Cremation a Sacrifice When the preliminaries are finished, the cremation begins, which is regarded as an offering into the Sacred Fire, conducting the corpse to heaven as a sacrificial gift. When the pile is ready to be lighted, a fire is applied to it with the prayer, "Agni, consume not...
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    The Antyesti Samskara - (The Funeral Ceremonies)

    10) The Anustarani A most important member of the funeral procession in ancient times, was an animal called Anustarani or Rajagavi. For this purpose a cow of a particular description (which might be substituted by a goat) was chosen. The animal was brought with the following verse: "Protector...
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    The Antyesti Samskara - (The Funeral Ceremonies)

    Later Additions and Omissions The mediaeval and modern Paddhatis and Prayogas generally draw upon these sources, adding new features and omitting obsolete items of the Samskara. Besides tradition plays a great part in these ceremonies. The chronological differences will be noticed in their due...
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    The Antyesti Samskara - (The Funeral Ceremonies)

    There can be no doubt that the foregoing verses refer to the burial of a dead person and not to his ashes or bones after cremation. But it must be admitted that even during the Vedic period this custom was becoming optional and falling into disuse. When the cult of sacrifice was fully...
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