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[GHHF] Bhajans are sung to show gratitude to Gods and Goddesses in various places to create faith, pride, and peace of mind.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation was started to protect Hindu Temples and to preserve and protect Hindu culture. Not only distribution of the importance of preserving Hindu culture, organizing several meetings across the States, we strongly believe that every Temple should conduct Bhajans glorifying the Gods and Goddesses. It is decided that all the Hindus should be brought back to the Temples. One way of bringing them to the Temple is to conduct Bhajans in the Temples.

21 May 2024

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[GHHF] Bhajans are sung to show gratitude to Gods and Goddesses in various places to create faith, pride, and peace of mind.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation was started to protect Hindu Temples and to preserve and protect Hindu culture. Not only distribution of the importance of preserving Hindu culture, organizing several meetings across the States, we strongly believe that every Temple should conduct Bhajans glorifying the Gods and Goddesses. It is decided that all the Hindus should be brought back to the Temples. One way of bringing them to the Temple is to conduct Bhajans in the Temples. Bhajans play an important role in Sanatana Dharma. Bhajans are sung to show our gratitude and love for God. Singing or listening to devotional songs removes all negativity in one’s mind and fills one’s heart with joy, peace, and contentment. It elevates one’s mood and creates inner equilibrium. There is a lot of difference in the feeling when you sing for yourself and when you sing for God. When a devotional song is played or sung, it cleanses the atmosphere and fills the place with positive energy. Bhajan is a Sanskrit word, the meaning is “to serve, honor, revere, love, and adore.” The Sanskrit word bhajan or bhajana is derived from the root bhaj, which means "divide, share, partake, participate, to belong to". The word also connotes "attachment, devotion to, fondness for, homage, faith or love, worship, piety to something as a spiritual, religious principle or means of salvation". Bhajan also refers to a spiritual practice, originating in Vedic times (Sama Veda) in India and now used all over the world, in which names of God are chanted by a lead singer and repeated by the congregation. Shrimad Bhagavatam states that Kaliyuga is an ocean of faults, people have disturbed minds, they live in polluted environment, and face disturbing situations. However, there is one very great virtue in Kaliyuga. By lovingly chanting the melodious kirtans of the Lord, one can easily get liberated from material bondage. Singing Bhajan is an action of interlocking the five senses to pour our devotion, love, compassion to God.  Now, let us look what our scriptures says about Kirtan & Bhajan kalerdoṣhanidhe rājannasti hyeko mahān guṇaḥ kīrtanād eva kṛiṣhṇasya muktasaṅgaḥ paraṁ vrajet (Shreemad Bhagavatam 12.3.51) This verse from the Shreemad Bhagavatam states that Kaliyug, the present era, is an ocean of faults - people have disturbed minds, unsound health, they live in polluted environment, and face disturbing situations. However, there is one very great virtue in Kaliyug. By lovingly chanting the melodious kirtans and Bhajans of the Lord, one can easily get liberated from material bondage. Benefits of singing Bhajans Devotional singing, known as bhajans or kirtan, can help to quiet the mind so that the heart can open to the divine, allowing us to taste the blissful reality that is our true nature. It is a participatory spiritual practice in which everyone is encouraged to sing and express their inner joy. Devotion, not musical ability, is the most important aspect of kirtan. To gain concentration in this age of materialism, bhajan is easier than meditation. By loud singing, other distracting sounds will be overcome, and concentration will be achieved. Bhajan, concentration, and meditation, this is the progression. Bhajan is important for the devotee because it is intimate and free in expression. Bhajan preserves India’s rich legacy of devotion, wisdom, and mysticism from saints like Mirabai, Tulsidas, Kabir, Surdas, Thyagaraja, Purandaradasa, Tukaram, Namdev, and many, many others. Many Spiritual leaders and gurus in recent times have stressed the importance of bhajans and as such this is an integral part of many traditions. It happens that the Narada once asked Lord Vishnu about His whereabouts, as to where does the lord lives. The answer from Lord Vishna was: “Naham Basami Baikunthe, yogina hriday nacha, Mad bhakta yatr gavanti, tatra tishthaami, Narada.” It means that hey Narada, I don’t reside at Vaikuntha, nor I live in the hearts of Yogis, but I reside at place where my Bhakta(devotees) are singing. So, it is apparent that bhajans when sung create an atmosphere which is energized, and the mental state of all participants become receptive where the divine descend becomes very much possible. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji is famous for his Divya Namasankeertana or singing of the divine names. He sings the bhajans he composes himself by using the synthesizer known as Modern Veena with the support of outstanding musicians playing classical Indian instruments. Sri Swamiji sings very powerfully, soulfully, devotionally, enthusiastically, with gusto. He explains the meaning of these bhajans in a vivid, realistic, and humorous manner to convey the essence of the song to touch the hearts of the devotees. Sathya Sai Baba has said, “Realize that there is nothing greater than bhajan. What bliss is there in bhajans! What a demonstration of oneness is it when myriad throats join in uttering the name of God! The vibrations emanating from them make the heart vibrant. If you sing alone in your shrine, the vibrations return to you as a reaction. But in community singing, what you have is not a reaction but a wave of vibrations. They enter the atmosphere and purify the polluted air. (SS, Jan. 1995, 26) Singing and listening to Bhajans impart serenity, peace of mind and calmness. They can transform our way of thinking and our way of living. It also promotes immunity and increases energy levels. Positive vibrations created by Bhajan singing can relieve anxiety and lower depression. According to research, listening to Bhajans increases the activity in cells which releases feel good hormone called “Dopamine.” The meditative nature of bhajans can enhance our focus and concentration, enabling us to dive deeper into our tasks and activities.  DONATIONS are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979. {{album_1104}}
21 May 2024

[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras – Students learned a story about Crane and Snake with a moral to Think Before You Act. 

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is committed to transmit the richness of Sanatana dharma to the youngsters in terms of the depth and width of knowledge, the sacrifices of national heroes, miracles of Maha Rishis, science and mathematics, moral stories, and the importance of maintaining the traditions and customs. This week our teachers talked about the story of Crane and Snake with a moral that we should think before we Act. Once upon a time, on the banks of a river, lived a crane and a crab.  The two were very good friends.  The crane had a major problem.  There was a bad snake in the region, that was always eating up the crane's eggs. The crane and the crab put their heads together and tried to work out a way out of the problem.  The crab had a sudden brilliant idea.  "We are not equipped to kill this powerful enemy of ours.  To kill the snake, we must invite an enemy of the snake", he said. The crane was thrilled with the idea. But his wife, who was a sensible person, was not too sure.  She asked him to go through the plan thoroughly, so that it would not backfire.  The crane was, however, convinced that the plan would work great.  He picked up a fish and dropped it outside the home of a mongoose.  All along the path up to his house, he dropped fish at regular intervals. The mongoose came out of his house, saw the first fish, and was delighted.  "What a wonderful lucky day, this is, to find a juicy fish at my doorstep" he said.  He finished that fish and to his delight, he found another just a little farther away.  He ate up this too.  He soon spotted the whole line of fish and finished eating up all the fish strewn by the crane.  He finally came up to the tree where the crane lived. The snake and the mongoose sighted each other, and a fierce battle ensued between the two bitter enemies.  The mongoose was victorious.  The cranes were delighted to see that the wicked snake had been killed.  The next day they happily flew off to look for food, convinced that the eggs would now be safe. The mongoose came out of his house looking for a gift of fish.  Not finding any, he walked along the whole path in the hope that he would find some fish.  He soon reached the house of the crane.  He climbed the tree and was delighted to find the eggs.  He ate them up. The cranes flew back home only to find that the mongoose had gobbled up their eggs.  They had managed to get rid of one enemy but had unwittingly invited another enemy. "Think before you Act". (Source: Indian-heritage) Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979. {{album_1102}}
20 May 2024

[GHHF] 38th Day of serving Water and Buttermilk for people to stave off heatwave via Chalivendralu (Water Pandals); Sponsorship Requested.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is happy to inform that we are continuing our Chalivendralu in many centers. This is the 38th day of providing Water and Buttermilk in about 20 centers where the heat wave is rampant. May of the members and friends of GHHF are sponsoring these centers to ensure that water and buttermilk are provided to the thirsty villagers and travelers.  Sponsors: We thank Manohar Maramaraj, Dipak Patel, Vishnu Percha, Priya Nagendra, Venugopalan Nair, Vasudevan K Iyengar, and Bhargava Pillalamarri for sponsoring the distribution this week. We have another SIX donors who are helping with the distribution, we will recognize them as we continue the distribution in the next few weeks.    SPONSORSHIP: One can sponsor one day distribution of water and buttermilk for $116   With all the economic development, there are millions in India who cannot afford to buy a drink or even a bottle of water. Not even 0.01% has public taps to quench their thirst. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has taken up this task in about 20 centers in hour cities providing drinking water for the poor and other living beings also. Foundation believes this task to be very divine. We have witnessed so much life perishing on the streets due to scorching heat and lack of water and trying to save as many as we can. We saw many people faint on the streets as they could not get a glass of water.  Thanks to hundreds of volunteers and donors who directly or indirectly contributed to the cause. We are trying to quench the thirst of as many as possible and save a few lives at least with all your help. May God bless you all those who are helping in providing water to all living beings.  The belief that supplying water to the needy people added merit to one's life encouraged people to create water pandals and supply free drinking water to humans and animals in the country. Such practices can be seen on all days, round the year at important places especially in the temple arenas. Historically, many Temples used to arrange Water Pandals for visitors in the villages, on the side of the roadways, near Temples and so on.  Importance of Water in Hindu Dharma Water is very important for all the rituals in Hinduism. For example, water is essential as a cleaning agent, cleaning the vessels used for the poojas (rituals). In fact, water is used for achamana, Abhishekam, Poorna kumbha, sandhya Vandana, tarpan, and for preparing Teertha.  Water is the most common medium of purification. It is considered to have an intrinsic purity and the capacity to absorb pollution and carry it away. Several items used for the purpose of bathing the deities and after use of each item/dravya. Water is used for cleansing the deity. Water offered to the deity and the water collected after bathing the Deities are considered very sacred. This water is offered as “Theertha” or blessed offering to the devotees. Water is an essential element of your survival.  In Vedic texts, water is referred to as Apah, or literally the Waters. The Waters are purifying in a spiritual context. ‘Hail to you, divine, unfathomable, all purifying Waters…’ (Rig Veda). The Rig Veda identifies the Waters as the first residence or Ayana of Nara. Religion validates the timeless human connection with water. ‘In the beginning, when there was darkness, the world was covered by water; there was water alone’.  In India, where both droughts and floods are common, water is regarded by many cultures as the manifestation of divine will. Religious centers are built around or near waterbodies like tanks, stepwells, rivers, and seas. For centuries, these have served ritualistic, spiritual as well as social functions. Rivers are revered as goddesses in India and many faiths hold the belief that they can wash away all sin. The Sanskrit treatise Hari Bhakiti Vilasa describes the power of the great Indian rivers in this way: “River Saraswati purifies one after three days, Narmada River purifies one after seven weeks, Ganga purifies one immediately and the Yamuna purifies one who beholds it.” Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979. {{album_1101}}
19 May 2024

[GHHF] About 20 Water Tanks for the dehydrated, thirsty animals are placed in different centers to provide Water during this scorching summer.

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” — Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality The temperature is already making new records in many parts of Bharat. Both humans and animals and birds are getting dehydrated and suffering for lack of water.  Chalivendras (Water Pandals) established. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has taken up the challenge and providing water to people in about 25 centers for the last six weeks. Many humans are having difficult to fide cold water and buttermilk.  Water Tanks for Animals In this heat when temperature is already making new records, imagine how tough it would be for the stray animals and birds, who have no recourse from the fury Sun god! But there are ways to ensure that our furry and feathered friends make it through the season with ease, if only each one of us becomes a little mindful. In Hinduism, animals occupy an important place. Hindus believe that animals contain the souls of their ancestors or may have been reborn. Thus, they are treated with respect. They are not to be killed for their food. In fact, Cow is regarded as the most sacred animal that needs to be protected, not killed. In fact, the Cows symbolize wealth, compassion, motherliness, righteousness (dharma), motherhood, divinity, sattvic nature, sacrifice, service, purity, and auspiciousness. In ancient India, a person’s social and economic status depended upon the number of cattle he possessed. Many birds and animals die during summer because of severe heat stroke and dehydration.  Realizing the gravity of the citizens, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has created specialized spaces for these birds and animals to give them shelter from the heat.  We have specially ordered these water tanks, cleaned them and transported to different location s and placed them where the animals congregate the most to ensure they are provided with water. Almost every day our Pracharaks go to these water tanks, clean them and put fresh water to make the animals have enough water to drink.  The belief that supplying water to the needy people added merit to one's life encouraged people to create water pandals and supply free drinking water to humans and animals in the country. Such practices can be seen on all days, round the year at important places especially in the temple arenas. Historically, many Temples used to arrange Water Pandals for visitors in the villages, on the side of the roadways, near Temples and so on.  Thus, for the convenience and comfort of tourists or pilgrims’ various facilities like roads, food and hospitals existed. With the infrastructure, the currency exchange system also prevailed. Moreover, almost all the houses had single or double raised platforms in front of the houses at the entry point called 'thinnai' which helped strangers and travelers to avail themselves for rest and night stay. Generally, the common public were also kind and large hearted to take care and spare food and water to the travelers from far and near. This is how the whole system of tourism functioned in Medieval South India, she added.  Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979. {{album_1100}}
18 May 2024

[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras – Students Learned to chant and know the importance of Lingashtakam.

“Indian students should value their religious culture and of course, the classical Indian culture bears importantly on the meaning of life and values. I would not separate the two. To separate science and Indian culture would be harmful. …I don't think it is practical to keep scientific and spiritual culture separate.” Charles H. Townes. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is extremely happy to inform that we are organizing about 200 Bala Samskar Kendras in eight different States in Bharat and Bangladesh. Over the last week they have organized several activities including learning the importance of chanting Lingashtakam.    Teachers are helping them to chant properly. Most of the teachers taught the students to chant Lingashtakam. Learning Lingashtaka Stotram. All the students in most of the centers are learning to chant Lingashtakam. Teachers require them to learn by heart to make sure that the children chant Lingashtakam without looking at the book. The Lingashtakam Stotram is a prayer formed of eight salutations or invocations offered to the Supreme Deity in his aspect as Linga. Linga is the universal symbol of creation and source of everything. This prayer glorifies the Shiva Linga and details its greatness. Each stanza lists the God’s glory and the benefits of worshipping the Shiva Linga. It states that the Linga is worshipped by Vishnu and Brahma as well. Always filled with peace, it destroys any suffering caused by the cycle of birth and rebirth. Shiva Lingashtakam is a prayer offered to Lord Shiva in the form of Linga (meaning symbol in Sanskrit).  The prayer is a declaration of faith, obedience, loyalty, and devotion towards Lord Shiva. Shivalinga is a symbolic representation of the creation of the Universe from the eternal play of Shiva and Shakti. Shiva Lingashtakam lists Lord Shiva’s glories and the benefits of worshipping the Shivalinga.  The holy month of Shravan (fifth month of the Hindu Calendar) is an auspicious time to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. Shiva Lingashtakam is chanted during the Shiva Puja that is performed every day during this month. Devotees chant this hymn early in the morning or in the evening, preferably during sunrise and sunset, while performing Shiva Puja in front of a Shivalinga or while remembering Lord Shiva. Chanting the Lingashtakam, or Shiva Lingashtakam, is said to have many benefits, including: •    Peace of mind •    Protection from negative energy, evils, and negative thoughts •    Good health, prosperity, and wisdom •    Positivity, confidence, and willpower •    Removal of obstacles in endeavors •    Time management •    Improved punctuality •    Reduced fear and anxiety •    Promotes a sense of inner peace and courage. •    Spiritual growth •    Enhanced concentration and mental focus. WE NEED YOUR HELP Sponsor one Bala Samskar Kendra for $1000.00 per year. Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979 {{album_1099}}
17 May 2024

[GHHF] More than 100 pair of Shoes distributed to the needy and poor people enabling them to walk on the hot concrete streets in Bharat. Donations Requested to provide more Chappals.

GLOBAL Hindu Heritage Foundation is incredibly happy to announce that we distributed more than one hundred pairs of shoes to the poor people who cannot afford to buy. Many of them cannot afford to buy these shoes and suffer silently and walk on the streets that burn their feet. Donors: Sri Bhaskara Devata and his friend provided 100 pairs of shoes to GHHF to donate them to the needy. We thank them for their generous supply of these shoes and helping the villagers who need them.   Importance of Charity in Hinduism Charity is praised as one of the greatest virtues in Hindu Dharma. A gift that is given without any expectation of appreciation or reward is beneficial to both giver and recipient. Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says, “Charity given to a worthy person simply because it is right to give, without consideration of anything in return, at the proper time and in the proper place, is stated to be in the mode of goodness.” (17:20) Lord Rāma said to Lakshmana: "Truly it is said that what is not given by us will not be enjoyed by us in the future! "I (God) abandon that person who eats before sharing his food with others. But I never forsake that person who gives food to the hungry before eating himself. I am the Lord of all food. I take away the food of him who eats without giving; and I nurture and give food in plenty to that person who considers giving food as important as feeding himself." Skanda Purana says, “"Nyāyopārjita Walletasya daśhamānśhena dhīmataḥ, kartavyoviniyogaśhcha īśhvaraprityarthameva cha" (V7).  The verse means "From the wealth you have earned by rightful means, take out one-tenth, and as a matter of duty, give it away in charity. Dedicate your charity for the pleasure of God". It is believed that the entire life of any human being is to benefit others through his possessions, thoughts, and wisdom. Charity done with without expecting anything in return accrue good karma which will stay with the donor forever. Similarly, one who does not do good to others will incur sin.  In Mahabharata, Yaksha asked Yudhishtara, “What is the best charity?  “That which is given to a deserving person,” Yudhishtira said, “Charity must be given to a person who can put it to the best use. Only then is it virtuous.” Why donate these shoes? Donating shoes to the poor is a deserving act. These are the people who need them the most. Imagine waking up in the morning and must go to nearby shops to buy a few food items on foot and walk on the streets that were scorched by hot sun. Now imagine somebody stepping outside without any shoes. The ground feels like it’s on fire, each step sending a burning pain up your legs. This is the reality for many people. As you can see, many of them are old and middle-aged people walking on these hot streets. They expressed their appreciation for free distribution of these shoes.  Our donors feel that all of us can be part of their mission to provide chappals for the poor and help them to walk on the burning streets without fear of burning their feet. Our Pracharaks in Anantapur and Kalyandurg area have taken the responsibility of distributing these shoes to the poor. We express our appreciation to Sri Gopi Krushna Chary, Arju, Anil Kumar and Hanumanthe for distributing these shoes.  DONATIONS REQUETESD TO DISTRUBUTE SHOES Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979 {{album_1098}}
16 May 2024

[GHHF] Round up of our activities May 1-10, 2024

" Whenever I look around me, in the vast region of Hindoo Mythology, I discover piety in the garb of allegory: and I see Morality, at every turn, blended with every tale; and, as far as I can rely on my own judgment, it appears the most complete and ample system of Moral Allegory that the world has ever produced." Major-General Charles Stuart 1. 19th day of serving Water and Buttermilk for people facing scorching sun via Chalivendralu (Water Pandals); Sponsor ONE distribution in 20 Centers for $116.00. (5/1) Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is providing Water and Buttermilk in about 20 centers where the heat wave is rampant. May of the members and friends of GHHF are sponsoring these centers to ensure that water and buttermilk are provided to the thirsty villagers and travelers. Sponsors: We thank Suresh Muktapuram and Venu Chintakunta for sponsoring the 19th day of Water Pandals. The correspondent Venkata Ramana reported that our Pracharaks Naga Malleswara Reddy, Ulli Venkata Subbaiah, Ulli Prasad, Ulli Mohan, Bandi Ramachandra Naidu, Nayi Brahmanudu, Maddela Rama Subbaiah and others helped the center near Peddamma Mori in Sirivella Mandalam in Andhra Pradesh MEDIA Coverage: Three TV Stations covered the events saying that GHHF is providing water and Buttermilk to the thirsty. Thay are Jay TV, Idi Nijam TV, and B10 TV station. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-19th-day-of-serving-water-and-buttermilk-for-people-facing-scorching-sun-via-chalivendralu-water-pandals-sponsor-one-distribution-in-20-centers-for-116.00/1944 2. Hindu Advocates Forum (HAF) in Assam is fighting the legal battles to do justice for Hindus and Hindu Causes. (5/2) Hindu Advocates Forum was formed under the banner of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation which is striving to work for the cause of Hindu Dharma and Bharat Mata. Hindu Advocates Forum is an organization of such activist lawyers who want to support the cause of Dharma and who are selflessly working for Hindutva. Hindu Advocates Forum is an organization founded on the principle of sacrifice for the nation and Dharma. Therefore, there will be responsibilities and not rights apart from some crisis for those who want to join us. We can’t stop our legal battles fought using the current legal structures (rather situation of chaos) till we establish Hindu Rashtra and create a legal system of our own based on spiritual science. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-hindu-advocates-forum-haf-in-assam-is-fighting-the-legal-battles-to-do-justice-for-hindus-and-hindu-causes/1945 3. Bala Samskar Kendras Tamil Nadu- Students displayed their talents in dancing, singing and dramas; Prizes distributed. (5/3) Every State has a distinct culture and GHHF is very much interested in promoting the local talent and courage them to display their talents. Tamil music is a unique and beautiful art form because it is rich in melody, rhythm, and expressiveness. Tamil song singing can help you enhance your vocal range, tone, and pitch control. It might also help you improve your language abilities and admire Tamil culture. Additionally, singing Tamil songs can be a great way to express your emotions and connect with others. So, if you’re passionate about music and want to learn something new, consider taking singing lessons for beginners in Tamil songs online to sing your favorite songs. Rukmini Rupa conducted cultural programs and competitions between Bal Sanskar children. Dramas based on Karuppasamy were conducted, dances for traditional goddess songs performed and special dramas like social awareness for public in local issues are special attraction. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-bala-samskar-kendras-tamil-nadu-students-displayed-their-talents-in-dancing-singing-and-dramas-prizes-distributed/1946 4. Assam Rescued another Hindu Girl from clutches of love jihadi. FIR lodged against two Muslim boys; Accused were arrested. (5/4) Sri Samrat Dutt, the Board of Director of GHHF is a practicing lawyer who is spending extraordinary time and resources at the expense of his own practice to ensure that Hindu girls are protected from Muslims who are constantly looking for Hindu girls to be trapped and converted. Love jihad is an Islamophobic conspiracy theory promoted by right-wing Hindutva activists. The conspiracy theory purports that Muslim men target Hindu women for conversion to Islam by means such as such as seduction, feigning love, deception, kidnapping, and marriage, as part of a broader demographic "war" by Muslims against India, and an organized international conspiracy, for domination through demographic growth and replacement. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-assam-rescued-another-hindu-girl-from-clutches-of-love-jihadi.-fir-lodged-against-two-muslim-boys-accused-were-arrested.-/1947 5. GHHF Organizing Three Day Prana Pratishta of Maramma Temple in Kalyandurg; First Day program was successfully completed. Contributions are accepted gratefully. (5/5) Sri Pandit Gopi Chary has taken the lead in coordinating the three-day Prana Pratishta program in this village. The villagers approached GHHF to help construct the Temple financially as well as conducting a three-day Prana Prathista Program as per Vedi tradition and as per the guidelines of various Puranas. Maremma temple has been newly built in NTR Colony in Kalyandurg town, in this temple, idol prana installation, kalash installation, flagpole installation programs have been done on behalf of the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation organization for three days for the goddesses and the regular puja system has been adapted. Our Volunteers Arjun, Anil Kumar and Hanumantu have been helping our Chief Priest in arranging the event and securing the needed items and guiding the villagers for the event. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-organizing-three-day-prana-pratishta-of-maramma-temple-in-kalyandurg-first-day-program-was-successfully-completed.-contributions-are-accepted-gratefully/1948 6. Round up of our Activities April 21-30, 2024 (5/6) Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is organizing several projects in Bharat and Bangladesh such as Bala Samskar to educate the Children, welcoming back those want to return to their original faith, Grama Devata renovation to revive traditional culture, Dhupa Deepa Naivedyam for several Temples, sponsor a priest to manage the closed Temples and others. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-round-up-of-our-activities-april-21-30-2024/1949 7. “Will India Run on Sharia?” Asks Amit Shah; What is Sharia Law and its Consequences to Bharat? (5/7) The question of Sharia law is being discussed, as well as its possible implementation if the Congress Party wins the elections. Responding to Arnab Goswami of Republic World TV, on May 6, 2024, Amit Shah, the Minister of Home Affairs, said, "The country cannot be governed under Sharia law. Those days are gone. Now, the country will run based on UCC.” Why is Amit Shah opposed to Sharia Law? Home Minister Amit Shah said, “Since the time of the British, the Muslims of this country have been separated from Sharia and many Islamic countries have also kept away from Sharia. Even today, when there is a civil case, Muslims do not go to the ‘Qazi’ (judge according to Sharia law), but to the Court. Do they want to bring and implement Sharia law, where a thief’s hands should be cut off, a rapist should be stoned, and a traitor should be hanged at the crossroads, where no Muslim can open a savings account or take a loan.” Shah said that Shariah and Hadith should be lived. Why are Sharia and Hadith used only for four marriages and talaq? https://www.savetemples.org/post/will-india-run-on-sharia-asks-amit-shah-what-is-sharia-law-and-its-consequences-to-bharat/1950 8. Second Day of Prana Pratishta of Maramma Temple in Kalyandurg was Completed– Dwajasthampa Pratishta, Yantra Pratishta, Abhishekam, and Homas (5/8) Sri Pandit Gopi Chary has taken the lead in coordinating the three-day Prana Pratishta program in this village. The villagers approached GHHF to help construct the Temple financially as well as conducting a three-day Prana Prathista Program as per Vedi tradition and as per the guidelines of various Puranas. Maremma temple has been newly built in NTR Colony in Kalyandurg town, in this temple, idol prana installation, kalash installation, flagpole installation programs have been done on behalf of the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation organization for three days for the goddesses and the regular puja system has been adapted. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-second-day-of-prana-pratishta-of-maramma-temple-in-kalyandurg-was-completed-dwajasthampa-pratishta-yantra-pratishta-abhishekam-and-homas/1951 9. Assam - First Skill Development Centre is unveiled to provide opportunity to empower the youth talents needed for their future – with the help of Techno Skill Development Centre, Assam. (5/9) Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, Assam embraces a new beginning by starting its First SKILL DEVELOPMENT CENTRE in Silchar. Sri Samrat Dutt is always looking for opportunities to serve the youth by providing needed skills in various fields. His efforts bore fruit after months of searching. Today we opened this Centre and Samrat Dutt, being coordinator GHHF Assam Chapter signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Gautam Nath, Proprietor and Project In-charge Techno Skill Development Centre, Assam. It’s a Govt registered Institute. Centre In charge Mr. Gautam, who oversees this Skill Development Centre at the State level, has been closely monitoring our work for the last one year. During membership drive I contacted him, and we had a long discussion on skill development issues. We were surprised to know that he already knew about Sri Samrat and the activities of GHHF. Samratji explained the vision of GHHF, Assam and its activities. We wanted to provide an alternative livelihood and income generation initiative for the Hindu youths of Assam. Our youths are totally unaware of the various Skill Development Schemes of Central Govt whereas on the other hand non-Hindus are enjoying all the benefits of these schemes. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-assam-first-skill-development-centre-is-unveiled-to-provide-opportunity-to-empower-the-youth-talents-needed-for-their-future-with-the-help-of-techno-skill-development-centre-assam/1952 10. Illegal Church Construction was stopped by villagers by approaching the Secretary of Panchayat to follow the law. (5/10) Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is happy to announce that Rameswaram Villagers were able to stop the construction of illegal church. When they realized a Church being constructed in their village, they approached Sri Kollu Sreenivasa Raju to help them about the rules and regulations in the construction of Church. This church is not only violating the G. O. 376, but also violating the law that requires the construction of any religious structure to maintain 100 meters distance. Sri Sreenivasa Raju, who has thorough knowledge about different G. Os., different Acts and even Supreme Cour decisions, was approached by the villagers. He explained all the rules and regulations, and what steps to take to see that the law is enforced. He advised them to write a letter to the Honorable Allavaram Police Station House Officer. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-illegal-church-construction-was-stopped-by-villagers-by-approaching-the-secretary-of-panchayat-to-follow-the-law/1953 Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979.
15 May 2024

[GHHF] 34th Day of serving Water and Buttermilk for people to stave off heatwave via Chalivendralu (Water Pandals); Sponsorship Requested.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is happy to inform that we are continuing our Chalivendralu in many centers. This is the 34th day of providing Water and Buttermilk in about 20 centers where the heat wave is rampant. May of the members and friends of GHHF are sponsoring these centers to ensure that water and buttermilk are provided to the thirsty villagers and travelers.  Sponsors: We thank Manohar Maramaraj, Dipak Patel, Vishnu Percha, and Bhargava Pillalamarri for sponsoring the distribution this week. We have another SIX donors who are helping the distribution, we will recognize them as we continue the distribution in the next few weeks.    SPONSORSHIP: One can sponsor one day distribution of water and buttermilk for $116   With all the economic development, there are millions in India who cannot afford to buy a drink or even a bottle of water. Not even 0.01% has public taps to quench their thirst. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has taken up this task in about 20 centers in hour cities providing drinking water for the poor and other living beings also. Foundation believes this task to be very divine. We have witnessed so much life perishing on the streets due to scorching heat and lack of water and trying to save as many as we can. We saw many people faint on the streets as they could not get a glass of water.  Thanks to hundreds of volunteers and donors who directly or indirectly contributed to the cause. We are trying to quench the thirst of as many as possible and save a few lives at least with all your help. May God bless you all those who are helping in providing water to all living beings.  The belief that supplying water to the needy people added merit to one's life encouraged people to create water pandals and supply free drinking water to humans and animals in the country. Such practices can be seen on all days, round the year at important places especially in the temple arenas. Historically, many Temples used to arrange Water Pandals for visitors in the villages, on the side of the roadways, near Temples and so on.  Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is providing water through these Chalivendralu (Water Pandals) in different locations – Temples, offices, hospitals, MRO Office, and roadside. As many of you may be aware that we provided water in a village where the Jatara festival was taking place.  Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979. {{album_1097}}
14 May 2024

[GHHF] Gharwapsi in Assam – A Four-Member Muslim family Embraced Hinduism – We extended accommodation, legal and financial help; Also Helped secure a Job.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is very happy to announce that a Four-member Muslim family approached Sri Samrat Dutt, the Board of Director of GHHF, and an attorney to help the family to convert to Hinduism. Samratji immediately taken up the case, provided legal help and an Affidavit was prepared to ensure their conversion as per law.     GHHF helped the family with accommodation for three months and found him a job in Ice factory. Now they are living independently.  Following is the summary of the statement sent by Sri Samrat Dutt: “Muslim lady Rumi Begum Laskar embraced Hinduism with her three children at village Gosaipur, Assam. Some legal formalities are yet to be done as Muslims after knowing about this Gharwapsi pressuring her to return to Islam. Although we take care of the family and provide all support as required. One year back when they decided to embrace Hinduism, they contacted other organizations but unfortunately, they couldn't finish the legal process. Last week this family contacted me and now I have taken responsibility for this family. GHHF has extended all legal, financial, and other support to this family.” The Story Behind Conversion Yasin Sultan Barbhuiya was born as a Hindu. Due to extraordinary circumstance, he was adopted by a Muslim family and raised as a Muslim. Still, he could not shake off his Hindu roots. Always remember his past and practiced Hinduism internally without revealing it to the adopted family. Then he married a Muslim lady and had two children. Wife slowly came to know about her Husband’s Hindu background and started knowing more about Sanatana Dharma.  In the Affidavit, Rumi Begum Laskar mentioned that she is a mother of two children. She indicated in the Affidavit that “I have been influenced by the teachings and preachings and customs (Sanatana Hindu Dharma). I have been practicing Hindu way of life since after came and contact with my husband Dipak Chowhan and now I feel I should leave Islam legally along with my children and thus adopted Hinduism, we shall be leading our life as Hindu persons, and we shall be remained as Hindu having full faith in Hindu Religion.” Names Changed They also changed their names legally as follows: Rum Begum Laskar as Dipika Chowhan, Yasin Sultana Barbhuya as Dipak Chowhan, Pompi Begum Laskar as Dipti Chowhan, and Intaj Hussain Laskar as Dipu Chowhan. Applied for New Adhar Card, Pan Card, and Voter Card. Our Board member Sri Samrat Dutt helped them to surrender their Adhar Cards, Pan Cards, and Voter Cards. Now he helped them to apply for new cars.  Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979 {{album_1096}}
13 May 2024

[GHHF] Remembering Mother as the Pillar and panacea for Humanity

"Where women are honored there the gods are pleased; but where they are not honored no sacred rite yields rewards," (Manu Smriti, III.56) "Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all." — Oliver Wendell Holmes First, we want to wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. On this Mother’s Day, we should acknowledge the role of the mother in our religion, culture, scriptures, and in many other fields such as science, politics, philosophy, education, music, and economy. Her impeccable role in the family is recognized, her unselfish sacrifice to the family is documented, and her indomitable strength is acknowledged. She is considered the backbone of the family, a stabilizing force, and plays a vital role in preserving the family. Hindu religion has given her the highest position any religion can accord.  Matru Devo Bhava is the dictum nobody can forget. Mother is divine. It is important to remember that only Hindus worship God in the form of Divine Mother. In Hinduism we have Sri Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, Saraswati the goddess of learning and knowledge, Parvati goddess who bestows women with long married life, and Kali, the power of time and other goddesses who protected the human race from demonic forces. Women as goddesses are worshipped in all religious festivals. During Navaratri time, Devi's different manifestations are worshipped for ten days. And no function is complete without the participation of women. The social inconsistencies and injustices in the role of women did not arise from Hindu scriptures, but from the external forces that that constrained the movement of women as well as the foreign rule that forced women to take a protective role. Many Hindu scriptures accorded the highest regard and the highest status to women. Says the Manu Smriti (ii. 45): "From the point of view of reverence due, a teacher is tenfold superior to a mere lecturer, a father a hundredfold to a teacher, and a mother a thousandfold to a father." Mother is considered the pillar of the Hindu family; pinnacle of sacrifice, embodiment of love, affection, and compassion; source of inspiration and encouragement; personification of peace and harmony; foundation of strength and courage; epitome of age-old wisdom and prudence, hallmark of patience and endurance; quintessence of solace and comfort; exemplification of kindness and gentleness; reservoir of inexhaustible blessings; and personification of patience and tolerance.               How can we forget the forbearance of Mother who conceived us and carried us for nine months in her womb, suffered months of morning sickness, saw us grow day by day, fed us through the tube; allowed us to take shape as we developed backbone, skin, fingers, nails, eyelids, eyebrows, nose, ears, hands, legs, toes, heart, head, brain, and so on for nine months; and carried all the weight all these months; endured all the sounds and kicking; spent countless nights without sleep; withstood all the discomforts; and finally gave birth. How can we forget the mother’s endurance and tenacity during those nine months? In fact, the sixth-century Devi-Mahatyam says, “By you this universe is borne, by you this world is created. By you, it is protected, O Devi: It is consumed at the end. You are the Supreme Knowledge, as well as ignorance, intellect, and contemplation...” Look at what Manu Smriti says about the status of women: "From the point of view of reverence due, a teacher is tenfold superior to a mere lecturer, a father a hundredfold to a teacher, and a mother a thousandfold to a father." (II.45) "Women must be honored and adorned by their fathers, brothers, husbands and brothers-in-law, who desire their own welfare." (III, 55) " Where the female relations live in grief, the family soon wholly perishes; but that family where they are not unhappy ever prospers." (III, 57). "The houses on which female relations, not being duly honored, pronounce a curse, perish completely as if destroyed by magic." (III, 58) " Hence men who seek their own welfare should always honor women on holidays and festivals with gifts of ornaments, clothes, and dainty food."  (II, 59) In an old Shakta hymn, it is said - Striyah devah, Striyah pranah "Women are Devas, women are life itself." (Bharata Shakti - By Sir John Woodroffe p. 95). From the early Vedic times, women played vital roles in preserving Hindu heritage. They include such women as Sati, Sita, Anasuya, Arundhatee, Draupadi, Queen Kunti, Shakuntala, Maitreyi, Gargi, Madalasa, Savitri, Ahalya, and others. Many believe that simply reciting their names removes sins, and remembering their names gives invincible strength. Men and women complement each other, just like heaven and earth, lyric and melody. They are equal partners in married life. Sage Agastya tells his wife Lopamudra – “In this world, we will overcome all adversities if we two exert ourselves together.”  A wife is called Ardhaangini (‘half of oneself’), Sahadharaini (a comrade in life), Sahadharmini (an equal participant in performance of and in reaping fruits of good deeds), Pathni (the one who leads the husband through life), Dharmapathni (the one who guides the husband in dharma) and Sahadharmacharini (one who moves with the husband on the path of dharma--righteousness and duty). We call her better half. Mother is seen as the cornerstone and foundation of the family. She is considered the upholder of the family traditions and a supporter of dharma. She is considered the first Guru to her children as she provides the primary care, love, affection, compassion and moral compass. She is the one who transmits and nurtures the morals, ethics, and ideals needed to provide the foundation for the offspring. Stephen Knapp remarked, “Women in motherhood, after giving birth to a child that they have carried for nine months, is the first guru and guide of the child and, thus, of humanity. Through this means, before any child learns hatred or aggression, they first know the love of a mother who can instill the ways of forgiveness and kindness in the child. In this way, we can recognize that there is often a strong woman, either as a mother or as a wife, behind most successful men…. In exhibiting the qualities of motherhood, women must be warm and tender, strong and protective, yet also lay the foundation of discipline and the discrimination of right from wrong.” Sri Swami Vivekananda in the Position of Mother Swami Vivekananda expressed an abundant appreciation and lavish veneration to the women of Bharat, and mother was considered the solid foundation of Hindu philosophy, culture, and civilization. He respected her as the symbol of Divine Motherhood. From childhood until the end of life, Hindus always remember the sacrifices their mother made to shape their personality. He said the ideal woman in India is a mother, the mother first and the mother last. The word mother comes to the mind of Hindu motherhood, and God is called Mother. “The position of the mother is the highest in the world, as it is the one place in which to learn and exercise the greatest unselfishness. The love of God is the only love that is higher than a mother's love; all others are lower. It is the duty of the mother to think of her children first and then of herself. “ He always remembered the love and compassion of a mother toward her children. Nothing is comparable to the love of a mother toward her progeny. Children may disavow their mother, but the mother never deserts her children. Her love is color-blind and never dissipates. She gladly embraces all the miseries of her children and safeguards them against all the misfortunes. “Women as mothers are marvelous, unselfish, all suffering and ever forgiving.” In a lecture delivered in Shakespeare Club House in Pasadena, California, on January 18, 1900, Swami Vivekananda stated, “The ideal woman in India is the mother, the mother first, and the mother last. The word woman calls up to the mind of the Hindu, motherhood; and God is called Mother… To the ordinary man in India, the whole force of womanhood is concentrated in motherhood. In the Western home, the wife rules. In an Indian home, the mother rules…The name has been called holy once and forever, for what name is there which no lust can ever approach, no carnality ever come near, then the one-word mother? That is the ideal in India.” ”Swami Sivananda: “The Mother is a mysterious, indescribable power of the Supreme Being. She is the dynamic aspect of the Supreme, Transcendent Being, which is infinity, eternity, and ineffable peace, beyond the cognizance of the senses and the mind.” Francois Gautier: “Thus, in India—and it is true that it is often a paradox, as women, because of later Muslim influences, have often been relegated to the background—the feminine concept is a symbol of dynamic realization. She is the eternal Mother, who is all Wisdom, Compassion, Force, Beauty, and Perfection. In this way, Hindus have venerated the feminine element under its different manifestations since the dawn of time. Mahalakshmi, Mahakali, Mahasaraswati, Maheshwari - and even India is feminine: "Mother India." “ Bhishma gloried the Mother. According to Bhishma, nothing is superior to serving women. One who respects and serves their mother achieves great success in life. Her blessings are ever present and never evaporate, even if her children reach the oldest age possible as long as she is alive. “The mother is the panacea for all kinds of calamities. The mother's existence provides protection; the reverse deprives one of all protection. The man who, though divested of prosperity enters his house, uttering the words, "O mother!"- has not to indulge in grief. Nor does decrepitude ever assail him. A person whose mother exists, even if he happens to be possessed of sons and grandsons, and even though he is a hundred years old, in his mother's eyes, he looks like a child of two years of age. Whether the mother is able or disabled, lean or robust, the mother always protects the son. None else, according to the ordinance, is the son’s protector. Then does the son become old, then does he become stricken with grief, then does the world look empty in his eyes when he becomes deprived of his mother? There is no shelter like the mother. There is no refuge like the mother. There is no defense like the mother. There is no one so dear as the mother. For having borne him in her womb the mother is the son’s dhatri. For having been the chief cause of his birth, she is his janani. For having nursed his young limbs, she is called amva (Amma). For nursing and looking after the son she is called Sura. The mother is one’s own body.” (Santi Parva: Mokshadharma Parva; Section CCLXVI) Kunti as Mother Kunti became pregnant after Surya Deva fulfilled her wish to have a son. He promised her that she would remain a virgin after the delivery. With that promise, a boy came out of her ear; hence, he was called Karna. As the promise was fulfilled without anybody’s knowledge, she left him in Ashva River. Mother Kunti puts him in a box and, with so much agony and tears rolling down her cheeks, leaves him in the river. As a mother, she raised her eyes to the scorching Surya Deva and requested him by saying: “Watch over our son, let no evil befall him.” As the box started floating away from her, she blessed her so: “May all your paths be auspicious. May the lord of rivers guard you; may the lord of the air watch over you; may all the Gods protect you. And when I see you again one day, let me know you by your golden kavachas and kundala.” Kunti played a major role as a Mother in influencing her sons to fight the war. She advised her sons to take up arms to preserve dharma and to follow the tradition of Kashatriyas, who were responsible for protecting the people of their land. After the war ended with Pandava's victory over Kauravas, she took Vanaprastha Ashrama along with Dhritarashtra and Gandhari. Yudhisthira was shocked and said you goaded us to wage war, and why are you leaving us at this stage. Bhima also implored by saying “Why this decision to leave when you should be enjoying the riches your sons have acquired?” Her advice should be taken as a role model for all the mothers across the globe and the children to follow: “It is true, son, that I egged you on to fight for your rights when you were roaming about with empty stomachs and grief-laden hearts. Deprived of your rightful patrimony, insulted by your kinsmen, when you were living on the bread of beggary, I did goad you on to fight for your rights. You ask me, why? In order that you may not wait on your inferiors, you are veterans of war and are as noble as the gods. So that you, Yudhishthira, who are righteous and the rightful heir to the throne may not wander about in the woods. So that Bhima, who is far-famed for his prowess, may not suffer humiliation at the hands of his enemies. So that Arjuna, Indra’s son, may not drink the cup of misery. So that your dear younger brothers Nakula and Sahadeva may not know the pinch of poverty and hunger. So that Draupadi, this dear daughter of mine, may not fall prey again to vile molestation. My dear son, it was to rouse you to your own glory that I pushed you into war through the words of Vidula. I encouraged you to fight so that the noble line of the great King Pandu may not end with my sons. There is no hope or future for one who brings about the ruin of one’s family. My children, I have fully enjoyed all the royal pleasures my departed husband had earned for me. Charities without numbers have I performed. And I have sipped the soma juice in solemn sacrifice. I do not crave any enjoyment earned by my sons. I intend to reduce my body through penance and service to my elders. May your mind ever remain steadfast in righteousness; may your mind be noble: Dharme te dhīyatām buddhir­manas­te mahad­astu ca.” Gandhari as Mother Before the war between Pandavas and Kauravas commenced, Dhritarashtra and Gandhari counseled their children to make peace with Pandavas. There is a moral lesson to learn from Gandhari about what happens when the children go against a mother's wishes. It is obvious that the refutation of Gandhari’s advice to her sons wiped out the Kaurava family – all 100 of her sons were killed along with Karna. Gandhari then tried to correct her son, Duryodhana, by saying, “You are a fool! You never listen to wisdom that is meant for your own interest. All the elders have spoken in favor of peace, but you alone desire war, which will destroy our family. You will remember your father's words when struck dead by Bhimasena's mace.” Gandhari even advised her husband to stop the game of dice twice with no success. She even chides Dhritarashtra for not interfering while the Draupadi is being disrobed in court.  This kind of humiliation to Draupati would surely “rekindle a dead fire, topple a bridge re-built” and destroy the Kaurava dynasty. She always advised her sons with words of wisdom and motherly love for them to follow. She pleaded with them to eschew the needless war by sharing the kingdom with Pandavas. She argued that they should avoid the greedy ambition to possess the kingdom. Even Lord Krishna recognized and appreciated her dharmic counsel by saying, “You have, in the open court, repeatedly and rightly spoken words of wisdom and justice for the welfare of both the sides thirsting for war.” Before the battle on the final day, Duryodhana goes to his mother, Gandhari, seeking her blessings.  Her blessings have not blinded her motherly affection. She was on the side of dharma, when she remarked, "Listen to my words, O fool, where there is righteousness there is victory (Srunu mudha vachomyaham yato dharmastato jayah - Salya Parva 63.62). Lord Krishna even lauds Gandhari’s wisdom and the passion for her path of dharma by saying, “O the gracious Lady, there is none comparable to you in the whole world" (tat samam nasti loke sminnadya simantini shubhe - Salya Parva 63.59). Mother’s love in deep and unconditional. It is profound and unfathomable. When Gandhari realized that the war was immanent, knowing fully well that Duryodhana was not as strong as Bhima, in order to ensure success in the war, she asked her loving son Duryodhana, “Before you go into battle, son, come before me without any clothes. When I look upon your body, each part I see will become hard as a diamond, unyielding to weapons.” Feeling shy and uncomfortable to appear totally naked in front of his mother, he covered his groin and hips with leaves around his waist. The first time, she removed her blindfold after her marriage to see her son with the leaves around his waist. She was horrified to say, “Oh my son, what have you done? Now, that covered part of your body will be vulnerable to weapons. Your enemies will not fail to strike you there.” She bitterly cried and she knew that Duryodhana was destined to be killed by striking at the part that was covered with leaves. In the battle, Bhima struck Duryodhana at his hip for his ultimate death. Sri Adi Shankara Praises Mother Adi Sankara Bhagavatpada’s mother, Aryamba, was against his taking up Sanyasa and leaving the house. She finally agreed based on the promise he made to his mother that he would present near her deathbed and also he would perform the obsequies.  When he was at Sringeri, with his siddhi (powers), he realized that his mother was nearing death and reached his mother immediately and performed her funeral services. He also said there is no bad mother; it is only a bad som. At that time, he composed five slokas to reflect the pain they endure and the sacrifices mothers make for their children. First sloka gives the emotional appreciation of mother by Adi Shankara. Oh, mother mine, With clenched teeth bore thou the excruciating pain, When I was born to you, Shared thou the bed made dirty by me for a year, And thine body became thin and painful, During those nine months that you bore me, For all these in return, Oh mother dearest, I can never compensate, Even by my becoming great. On this Mother’s Day, let us all appreciate, applaud, and accolade the role of mother, her importance in rearing the children, instilling everlasting ethical values, sacrificing her life for the sake of children, guiding them through lifelong, and blessing them with incomparable love and compassion.
12 May 2024

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Vedic Astrology & Simplified Rituals
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  • June 22, 2024; Saturday
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