The Ten Avatars of Vishnu: a Guide

Avatars are not just a cartoon show or a movie or a video game persona. The word "Avatar" comes from a Sanskrit word that means "descent" and it refers to when a deity manifests in an earthly embodiment.Some believe that there is no limit to possible avatars and God will be born in the world whenever there is a severe need. People with this belief may see Jesus as an avatar, as well as many other respected spiritual teachers.Others believe in the ten avatars of Vishnu: that there are a … [Read more...]


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Maha Shivaratri

The "great night of Shiva" was this past weekend: Saturday overnight into Sunday.Because Shiva is a God of meditation, austerity, and contemplation, this festival is much less about frolicking than many others. This is a night for dedication and discipline. It is traditional to fast during the day and then stay up all night praying to Shiva. Interestingly, even though Shiva is very monk-like, he is also the God that women pray to for good husbands and a happy marriage.Some say that the o … [Read more...]


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