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"The chivalrous princes assembled there were so overwhelmed by Rukmiṇī’s beauty that they became almost unconscious and fell from their horses and elephants. Full of lust, they hopelessly desired Rukmiṇī’s hand, comparing their own beauty to hers. Śrīmatī Rukmiṇī, however, was not interested in any of them; in her heart she was simply expecting Kṛṣṇa to come and carry her away. As she was adjusting the ornaments on a finger of her left hand, she happened to look upon the princes and suddenly saw that Kṛṣṇa was present amongst them. Although Rukmiṇī had never before seen Kṛṣṇa, she was always thinking of Him; thus she had no difficulty recognizing Him amongst the princely order. Kṛṣṇa, unconcerned with the other princes, immediately took the opportunity to place Rukmiṇī on His chariot, marked by a flag bearing an image of Garuḍa. He then proceeded slowly, without fear, taking Rukmiṇī away exactly as a lion takes a deer from the midst of jackals." - Kṛṣṇa book by Srila Prabhupada

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"Agni, lord of all power and inexhaustible energy, save us from monsters void of love, loyalty and friendship. Protect us against the wicked, violent and sinful. With you as friend, ally and protector, let me face and overthrow even whole armies of adversaries." - Rig Veda, 7.1.13

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“Whatever you give to others, give with love and respect. Gifts must be given in abundance, with joy, humility, and compassion.” - Taittiriya Upanishad, 1.11.3

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Any being can become purified and blessed by consuming prasadam (food which has been offered to the Gods and sacralized).

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"If out of love, hate or fear an embodied soul fixes his mind with intelligence and complete concentration upon a particular bodily form, he will certainly attain the form that he is meditating upon." - Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.9.22

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Chant and meditate upon your mantra in such a way that it becomes the totality of your reality. The sacred sound vibrations are all that lie in your field of consciousness. Let go of all else, and allow yourself to become absorbed within the mantra. Strive for that state of pure consciousness that lies beyond the false ego, in which the Atman surrenders to and directly experiences the Shakti (Divine energy) of the mantra. Gratitude and deep humility should be among the natural byproducts of such spiritual experiences.

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Nietzsche gets close to great truths but often manages to still sorely miss the mark, and this is no exception. The greatness of traditional man does not come from a sort of pure instinct like the 'noble savage,' but an orchestrated conscious intention. It is instead modern man who is above all driven by instinct alone. The modern phenomenon of the great specialization of man is also responsible for a large part of his great reduction to mere instinctual animal, a collective herd. It is not in specialized lineages of man that artistry of all types finds its outlet; Nietzsche's purely material 'ancestors' did not breed the artists he longs to have return. Instead, the secret initiatory societies of the guilds and their apprenticeships (which are really adoption into a paternal lineage of an art) are not at all hereditary or instinctual, but are still very ancestral and familial in a higher, spiritual, and more important sense.

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"My dear King, Kāliya had 101 prominent heads, and when one of them would not bow down, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who inflicts punishment on cruel wrong-doers, would smash that stubborn head by striking it with His feet. Then, as Kāliya entered his death throes, he began wheeling his heads around and vomiting ghastly blood from his mouths and nostrils. The serpent thus experienced extreme pain and misery. Exuding poisonous waste from his eyes, Kāliya, would occasionally dare to raise up one of his heads, which would breathe heavily with anger. Then the Lord would dance on it and subdue it, forcing it to bow down with His foot. The demigods took each of these exhibitions as an opportunity to worship Him, the primeval Personality of Godhead, with showers of flowers." - Srimad Bhagavatam, 10.16.28-29

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"Just as fire, which burns and illuminates, is different from firewood, which is to be burned to give illumination, similarly the seer within the body, the self-enlightened spirit soul, is different from the material body, which is to be illuminated by consciousness. Thus the spirit soul and the body possess different characteristics and are separate entities." - Srimad Bhagavatam, 11.10.8

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"Vishvamitra was one of the greatest Vedic Rishis, but also the most controversial. He began as a great king and warrior who wanted to add spiritual power to his worldly conquests. This brought him in contact and in conflict with Vasishtha, the greatest and purest of the Rishis. Vishvamitra persisted through all difficulties, including those created by his own ambition, until after a long period of struggle, through his willpower and tapas (yogic austerity), he ultimately achieved self-realization. Vishvamitra’s path, therefore, was more of human effort than Divine grace. His was the path of the warrior, of discipline and struggle, defeat and victory. He shows the development of an indomitable will that can overcome all obstacles and even challenge the Gods.⁣ ⁣ Vishvamitra by his tapas eventually created such an internal fire that it began to threaten the Gods in heaven by its heat. For this the Gods sent the celestial nymph (apsara) Menaka to seduce him and take him off his path. The strategy succeeded, but not for long, and to fulfill another purpose that perhaps the Gods had not planned. From his union with Menaka, Vishvamitra begat a daughter, Shakuntala, who eventually became the wife of King Dushyanta. From the union of Dushyanta and Shakuntala was born King Bharata, from whom the name of India as Bharat arose. The whole country of India, through its determinative dynasty carries the blood and spirit of Vishvamitra, which is closely connected to that of the warrior Goddess Durga."⁣ ⁣ - Sri Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley)

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Vishvamitra and Menaka

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"In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions." - Henry David Thoreau

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Today is Gita Jayanti, the anniversary commemorating the day that Srimad Bhagavad Gita was spoken by Lord Sri Krishna to His dearmost devotee Arjuna. It is considered sacred if you read the Gita or listen to the holy scripture's recitation on this day. Even reading a single verse, or starting to read the book this day onwards is considered very auspicious.

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"O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed." - Bhagavad Gita, 2.14 (Same teaching reiterated by Lord Krishna to Arjuna)

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"And you, Ring-bearer," she said, turning to Frodo. "I come to you last who are not last in my thoughts. For you I have prepared this." She held up a small crystal phial: it glittered as she moved it, and rays of white light sprang from her hand. "In this phial," she said, "is caught the light of Earendil’s star, set amid the waters of my fountain. It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Remember Galadriel and her Mirror!" Frodo took the phial, and for a moment as it shone between them, he saw her again standing like a queen, great and beautiful. - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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“Let him magnify the truth, it will magnify him. Let him strengthen truth, it will strengthen him. Let him guard truth, it will exalt him. For so long as he guards truth, good shall not fail him and his rule shall not perish. For it is through the ruler’s truth massive mortalities are averted from men. Through the ruler’s truth mighty armies of invaders are drawn back into enemy territory. Through the ruler’s truth every law is glorious and every vessel full in his lands. Through the ruler’s truth all the land is fruitful and every child born worthy. Through the ruler’s truth there is abundance of tall corn (grain).” - Instructions for Irish High King Feradach Finn Fachtnach, left by the Druid Brehon Morann Mac Cairbre, recorded in Leabhar na Nuachonghbala (Book of Leinster)

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Don’t think that you will be able to understand everything just by reading books. To understand the subtle and profound interpretations, you have to go to the Mahatmas. - Swami Akhandananda Saraswati

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"Let the Goddess Sarasvati, with the power of all power, the furtherer of our understanding, give us furtherance. Divine stream of inspiration; he who calls you when the wealth is placed becomes like Indra when he slew the dragon. Goddess Sarasvati, like a strong mare aid us in strength. Like the Sun, open out our victory." - Rig Veda, 6.61.4-6

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