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Why God Helps Us Himself?

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One day King Akbar asked Birbal, “Why is it that Hindu Gods behave so strangely?”
Birbal thought, “Our king respects Hinduism and Islam equally. He must be trying to tease me by asking such a
question.”
King Akbar continued, “Lord Krishna is a fine example of that. Doesn’t your Lord Krishna have any servants?
Each time a devotee calls for help, the Lord runs himself to see the devotee’s needs. Surely he can employ others
to do such work?”

“Oh yes, surely he can,” Birbal replied, but he already had a plan to explain the facts to the King.

Birbal knew King Akbar loved his grandson, Khurram, very much. Birbal asked a statue-maker to make a wax
idol of Prince Khurram in his exact image. When the idol was ready, he called Khurram’s guardian and said,
“Take this idol and dress him up in the Prince’s clothes and jewels. Go to the lake in the royal garden with the
idol in your hand. At my signal act as if you have slipped, then let the idol fall in water.”

The Prince’s guardian agreed. Birbal came…

Tips For Joyful Parenting by Swami Tejomayananda

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At some point in our lives, most of us have been or will be parents.

This is the most important job we will have and often we spend the least time preparing for it.  Being a parent
is not always easy. Raising a child, and guiding them on their life path to empower them to fulfill their own
potential is a subtle art, there can be many trials along the way. However, the rewards of successful parenting
are immeasurable, both to you and society. Over the years, many have approached Pujya Guruji Swami
Tejomayananda for advice on parenting. Here are some of his tips: Set an example If we want our children to be nice, intelligent, well behaved, cultured and obedient, we will
have to start by developing the same qualities in ourselves. Often parents who want their children to be cultured
send them to our Bal Vihar cultural classes for children. The parents say, “You go to BV - we will watch TV!”
So they want culture only for their children, and not for themselves. There is the famous saying, …

Why Do We Blow The Conch?

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In temples or at homes, the Conch is blown once or several times before ritualistic worship (Pooja). It is sometimes blown while doing aarti or to mark an auspicious occasion. It is blown before a battle starts or to announce the victory of an army. It is also placed in the altar and worshipped.
What Happens When the Conch Is Blown? When the conch is blown, the primordial sound of Om emanates. Om is an auspicious sound that was chanted by the lord before creating the world. It represents the world and the truth behind it.
To watch the Significance of Blowing a Conch click here.
The Story As the story goes, the demon Shankha Asura defeated the Devas, stole the Vedas and send to the bottom of the ocean. The Devas appealed Lord Vishnu for help. He incarnated as Matsya Avatara - the “fish incarnation” and killed Shankha Asura. The Lord blew conch-shaped bone of his ear and head.
The Om sound emanated, from which emerged the Vedas. All knowledge and enshrined in the Vedas is an elaboration of…

Why Do We Say ‘Shanti’ Thrice?

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Shaanti, meaning “peace,” is a natural state of being. Disturbances are created either by us or others. For example, Peace already exists in a place and then someone makes a noise. Therefore, peace underlies all our agitations.
When agitation ends, peace is naturally experienced since it's already there. Where there is peace, there is happiness.
Therefore, everyone without exception desires peace in life. However, peace within or without seems very hard to attain because our own agitations cover it.
A rare few manage to remain peaceful within even in the midst of external agitation and troubles. To invoke peace, we chant prayers.
By chanting prayers, troubles end and peace is experienced internally, irrespective of the external disturbances. All such prayers
end by chanting Shaanti thrice. Read about Prayer - An Invocation.
Why do we say Shaanti thrice?It is believed that Trivaram Satyam- that which is said thrice comes true. For emphasizing a point, we repeat a thing thrice.
In the…

Why Do We Offer Food to the Lord Before Eating It?

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In western tradition, food is partaken after a thanksgiving prayer- grace. Indians make an offering of it to the
Lord and later partake of it as a prasaada – a holy gift from the Lord. In temples and in many homes, the
cooked food is first offered to the Lord each day. The offered food is mixed with the rest of the food and then
served as prasaada. In our daily ritualistic worship (Pooja) too we offer naivedyam (food) to the Lord. Why do we do so? Why Do We Offer Naivedyam?The Lord is omnipotent and omniscient. Man is a part, while the Lord is the totality. All that we do is by His
strength and knowledge alone. Hence, what we receive in life as a result of our actions is really His alone.
We acknowledge this through the act of offering food to him. This is exemplified by the Hindi words tera
tujko arpan from the arati “Jai Jagadisha Hare”- I offer what is Yours to You. Thereafter it is akin to His gift
to us, graced by His divine touch. Knowing this, our entire attitude to food and the …

Many Problems One Solution - Swami Tejomayananda

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This title may kindle your curiosity, and some of you may wonder how there can be a single solution to the variety of problems in the world.
Let me warn you at the outset that I do not possess any magic potion or instant cure. I can only give you something to work on, the seeds of a solution.
Once a hungry person went to a shop to buy apples. Instead of apples, he was given the seeds that he could plant, that would grow into trees yielding apples in abundance.
In the same way, I shall give you the seeds of thought that can remove all your problems if only you will work on it.
The Nature of Problems: Let us first focus on problems. If we analyze and observe, we will find that the situations in life are what become problems.
If you are comfortably sitting in your own house and begin to feel hungry, the hunger does not pose a problem. There is food in the kitchen; if not, you just go to a restaurant. But if you are in a remote place and food is not available, or you don’t have enough mon…