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The Many Benefits of Saraswati Puja

Allowing the cosmic feminine principle to fully express itself through all forms of art, without fear or manipulation, is the essence of true culture.   Saraswati Puja is one of the most important annual events of India or Bharatiya culture going back centuries – a wonderful festival of art and wisdom that can awaken the

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The hidden truth behind Sri Ganesha’s mystic image

Ganesha is said to be the remover of obstacles, which he is most energized to accomplish on Ganesh Chaturthi. Sri Ganesha is one of the oldest and most revered Hindu deities, as well as the most distinctive. His head of an elephant, enigmatic stories and rich symbolism make him recognised worldwide. But what is the

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The Non-Dual Reality of Lord Shiva

Shiva Mahadeva represents the non-dualistic Absolute beyond all the contraries and oppositions of this dualistic world of time, space, and karma. He is the force of transcendent unity that is more than the combination of opposites and holds simultaneously the power of both sides of all dualities. Shiva transcends duality in his very nature, appearance

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Diwali and Rama Rajya

Diwali celebrates the return of Sri Rama to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. This follows immediately after Rama’s great victory over Ravana in Sri Lanka and his recovery of his beloved wife Sita. As such, Rama’s return indicates the triumph of light over darkness and dharma over adharma, truth over falsehood. It marks the

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Shiva and Prana Yoga

  Shiva and Prana Yoga  Prana Yoga is one of the most important Yoga traditions and an integral part of the worship of Lord Shiva, who represents the highest immortal Prana of pure consciousness beyond time, space and karma.   Shiva and the Unitary Prana Shiva is the unitary prana behind the dualistic movements of

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Durga signifies the innermost power of consciousness

The following article by Dr David Frawley was first published by DailyO The goddess is forever taking shape within and around us as the creative and transformative force that is the essence of the cosmic life. Ma Durga is one of the oldest, most powerful and widely worshipped of the great Hindu mother goddesses, claiming

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