Description of Bharatvarsha in Markandeya Purana. archive.is/pRuIx
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Description of Bharatvarsha in Markandeya Purana and Bramha Purana archive.is/pRuIx
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Which Purana mentions the story of Lord Siva saving Markandeya?

Har Har Mahadev,

I have a question. We have heard of this story from childhood of Mrityunjaya katha where Bhagavan Siva saves Markandeya from Yamaraja.

My question is, where is this story from?

Which Purana describes the story of Lord Siva saving Markandeya from.death?

According to the link, it is either Brahma or Narasimha who gives Markandeya a long life (with Narasimha Purana describing the popular incident with Narasimha instead of Siva). And that the Siva -centric Puranas do not mention this except that Bhagavan Siva blesses Markandeya with a long life.

Where is the popular incident described?

Har Har Mahadev Jai Siya Ram

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Markandeya Purana ( 1904 ) Translated by F. E. Pargiter ( Hinduism ) | Study eBooks - Free PDF Books for Students studyebooks.com/2021/01/m…
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Markandeya Purana page 237 published by geetapress gorakhpur, a conversation between sage Ruchi and his decreased ancestors clearly indicates that Vedas refuse the ritual of conducting shradhs. - Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj
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Markandeya Purana page 237 published by geetapress gorakhpur, a conversation between sage Ruchi and his decreased ancestors clearly indicates that Vedas refuse the ritual of conducting shradhs. "श्राद्धपूजा क्या है"
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Likewise, the Namdhari Rahitnama requires the presence of seven Sikh officiants to attend the sacred fire. Prayers from Adigranth and Dasam Granth are recited (including a prayer to the Goddess Chandi named Chandi Charitr based on Markandeya Purana) (translation by McLeod) https://t.co/oHNdb8BkX twitter.com/tiinexile/sta…
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Song from The Markandeya Purana - Gaiea Sanskrit youtube.com/watch?v=uDd3i…
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Sanskrit Song From Markandeya Purana youtu.be/uDd3iupKUyI
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A Sikh's understanding of Hinduism

Disclaimer: Long Post TLDR at bottom, and I humbly apologize if this is in the wrong subreddit/section.

My background

I am a 25 year old Sikh, born and raised in the West; with little connection to India outside of my parent's heritage.

I draw a lot of strength from my Sikh heritage (the sacrifice, and courage), and also deeply value the vision for the world outlined in the Guru Granth Sahib (the call for humanism, selfless service, honest work, and meditation).

Until recently, my knowledge of Hinduism was very limited, and I now realize the void that this has left in my spiritual journey.

My interaction with Hinduism

The view of many Sikhs in my life towards Hinduism ranges from apathy to negativity.

Growing up, 'Hindu' practices were laughed at - at the same, I saw the hypocrisy in this.

While Gurudwaras offer a lot of good - if I wasn't a Sikh, there are some things I might laugh at too: Devotees worshiping the Nishan Sahib (the Kesari flag), and people donating clothes to wrap the Sri Guru Granth Sahib in for example.

I understand that Sikhi advocates a type of nirguna bhakti, but I can't see Guru Nanak laughing at someone's devotion, no matter how they practise it.

My question

Were Sikhism and Hinduism even separate religions at the time of Guru Nanak? This was my motivating question.

My seeking has led me to the conclusion that both Sikhism and Hinduism are later inventions - Dharmic concepts (e.g. Karma, Dharma) and Dharmic figures and personifications (e.g. Mahadev, Hari, Chandi, Indra) existed long before Guru Nanak.

And it was within that Dharmic framework, that the Sikh Gurus wrote simple, practical rules for living at the individual and social level, and left behind a legacy that came to be my Sikh heritage.

My current thoughts

Ultimately, this journey started with me coming across a copy of the Bhagavad Gita and choosing to read it, and it opened my eyes towards what Hinduism truly is, instead of what I'd been conditioned to believe.

The parallels between Sri Krishna Ji and Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji really stood out to me as well - particularly in what they insist upon their Sikh/Shishya (i.e. Arjuna or myself).

Revisiting my favourite verses from Sikh scripture has also been an interesting experience:

>"Deh Shiva Bar Mohe Ehe, Shubh Karman Tay Kabhu Na Taro".
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>"Oh Shiva, grant me this blessing, that I don't hesitate from performing good deeds."
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Is Chaitanya Mahaprabhu god?

These are the reasons we believe that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was an avatar of Krishna? Any avatar of Krishna should be mentioned in scripture. The following scriptures give evidence of the appearance of Lord Chaitanya as Krishna Himself. Bhagavat Purana. Adi Puran. Kurma Puran. Garuda Puran Narasimha Puran. Padma Purana. Narada Purana. Brahma Purana. Bhavisya Purana. Agni Purana. Matsya Purana. Vayu Purana. Markendaya Purana. Varaha Purana. Puranaamana Purana. Upa Purana. Ananta Samhita. Mahabharata. Atharva Veda. Sama Veda. Chaitanya Upanisad. Chandogya Upanishad. Svetasvara Upanishad. Purusa-Bodini Upanisad. Prediction of the Lord’s purpose. Bhagavat Purana 11.5.32

In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who constantly sings the names of Krsna. Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Krsna Himself. He is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions.

Prediction of Lord Gauranga's advent in the form of a brahmana. In the Adi-Puran and in the Narada Puran, the Supreme Person says:

I shall advent in the form of a Brahmana devotee [aham eva dvija-srestho] and I shall hide my factual identity [prachanna vigrahah]. I shall deliver all the worlds [lokam raksami sarvada].

Prediction of His advent as a sannyasi. In the Upa-Puranas, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna speaks to Srila Vyasadeva:

O Brahmana, I occasionally take the Sannyas Asram [sannyasa asrama asritah] in an attempt to bring the fallen people of Kali Yuga to take up the path of Bhakti or devotional service to Lord Krishna [hari bhaktim grahayami].

Prediction of His actual time of incarnation. In the Kurma-Purana, it is stated:

The Supreme Person will appear in the first part of the age of Kali [janma prathama sandhyayam]. He will appear in the home of a Brahmana [bhavisyati dvijalaye], to save the embodied conditioned souls [uddharaya tanu-bhrtam] burning in the troubles of Kali-Yuga.

Prediction of the purpose of Sri Chaitanya's incarnation. Prediction of the name of His mother and the actual name of His future Coming Soon the Garuda-Purana, the Supreme Person says:

In the first part [prathama sandhya] of the age of Kali, I will come among the brahmanas [karisyami dvijatisu] to save the fallen souls, [paritranaya tanu-bhrtam] who are being burned by the troubles of the age of Kali [kalina dahyamananam].

I will take birth as the son of Sachi [bhavisyami sachi sutah],

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18 Maha Puranas and a way to remember them

There are 18 Maha Puranas and many Upa Puranas.

What are the Puranas?

Puranas are the like the magnifying glass of the Vedas due to which our Sanatana Dharma and Vedic Society is still prevalent.

Puranas highlight the great history and geography of Bharatavarsha with the help of Dharmic stories like that Raja Harishchandra, Dhruva, etc.

It is because of the Puranas that everyone in our country irrespective of Jati and Varna knows and follows our Vedic Dharma and its Values.

In Devi Bhagavata there is a sloka with which we can easily remember the 18 Maha Puranas.

The sloka goes like this;

Madwayam Bhadwayam chaiva

Bratrayam Vachatustayam |

A NA PA LINGA KU Skani

puranani prudhak prudhak ||

As you can you see certain letters in the words are highlighted.

The first letter of each word is the key.

  • Madhvayam- ‘Ma’ is the starting letter.

There are 2 Puranas which start with letter Ma.

  • Matsya Purana
  • Markandeya Purana
  • Bhadwayam- ‘Bha’ is the starting letter.

There are 2 Puranas which start with letter Bha.

  • Bhavishya Purana
  • Bhagavata Purana
  • Bratrayam- ‘Bra’ is the starting letter.

There are 3 Puranas which start with letter Bra.

  • Brahma Purana
  • Brahmanda Purana
  • Brahma Vaivarta Purana
  • Vachatustayam- ‘Va’ is the starting letter.

There are 4 Puranas which start with letter Va.

  • Varaha Purana
  • Vayu Purana
  • Vamana Purana
  • Vishnu Purana
  • A na pa lin ga ku skani- Each letter highlights one Purana.
  • A - Agni Purana
  • Na - Narada Purana
  • Pa - Padma Purana
  • Lin - Linga Purana
  • Ga - Garuda Purana
  • Ku - Kurma Purana
  • Skan - Skanda Purana

This sums up all the 18 Maha Puranas.

Each of these 18 Maha Puranas have some common characteristics. They are called Lakshanas.

There are 5 such common lakshanas which can be highlighted with the help of a sloka.

The sloka goes like this;

Sargascha pratisargascha

Vamso Manvantarani cha |

vamsaanucharitam chiva

puranam panchalakshanam ||

The pancha lakshanas are;

  1. Sargascha - Creation
  2. Pratisargascha - Periodic Annihilation and recreation of the Universe
  3. Vamsah - Vamasas or dynasties of Rishis and Devatas
  4. Manvantarani - Cosmic cycles presided over by various Manus.
  5. Vamsaanucharitam- Historical accounts of the Royal Dynasties.

Check out the videos where I talk about Manvantara and Sankalpa Mantra.

There are 2 parts to it which talks about the

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Shape Described In Ancient Hindu Texts Way Before Modern Science

The shape of the earth is mentioned over various verses in vedas, puranas and other ancient Indian texts. Some of them are-

Shape of Earth is like an Oblate Spheroid’. [Rig Veda]

"Cakracasah parinaham prthivya" [Rig veda 1.33.8]

It says"people who reside on the surface of earth circumference"

"madhye samantandasya bhugolo vyomni tisthati" [12th ch-32 sloka]

It means "In the midst of universe (Brahmanda),the spherical earth stands firm in the space" Over thousands of years ago the earth was accepted as a spherical shaped.

The third Avatar of the Hindu Godhead Vishnu, in the form of a Varaha appeared in order to defeat Hiranyaksha. Beside the story of you look at the general picture. Here the earth is portrayed as a spherical shaped.

Later on the great mathematician and astronomer Aryabhatta (476–550 CE) describes the earth as being spherical and that it rotates about its axis daily, and that the apparent movement of the stars is a relative motion caused by the rotation of the earth, contrary to the then-prevailing view that the sky rotated.

Another remarkable note mentioned in Purana is that-

‘Earth is flattened at the poles’. [Markandeya Purana 54.12] And it is proven by the modern science.

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Question about the Bhagavad Gita

I've started reading The Portable World Bible this week, so far I'm only into the Hindu scriptures. My question is: am I correct in reading that the main moral thrust of the Bhagavad Gita is to seek the balance point of all dichotomy and state of (for lack of a better phrase) active disspassion?

On a side note, I love that the Markandeya Purana includes admonition against satisfying the orders of wicked men.

Thanks for informed answers, I'm an Episcopal Christian working to expand my understanding of other faiths.

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This ancient Sanskrit lullaby helped me while going through tough times recently. Hope it helps anyone in need <3

Madalasa's lullaby is a part of a story from the ‘Markandeya Purana’, an ancient Vedic text. In the story, Madalasa, the enlightened Queen of Ritadhwaja sings this lullaby to her kids. When the child cries, instead of diverting the child’s attention with material objects, she choose to introduce him to the Ultimate Truth. And that truth is sung in the form of a sweet lullaby called Madalasa Upadesha.

I was recently going through alot of trauma in my life, I came across a version of this poem sung by an Indian lady. I would close my eyes and listen to the song in my head while remembering what each line meant. This really helped me so I though that it might help someone in times of need :D

Here's link to my fav version on YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No4O4c44PSg

Stay Strong!

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When confronted with mathematical "miracles" or scientific foreknowledge, present another religions similar claims.

I think this approach should be used more in part, because Muslims can be more rational and critical towards another religions nonsensical claims, and explore the foundation of these types of manipulation.

"Hmmmm is that accurately translated?"

"Hmmm thats quite vague and open ended".

If they are shown that other false religions make similar shady claims....

https://religions.wiki/index.php/Scientific_foreknowledge_in_sacred_texts

Randomly googled link:

https://www.religiousforums.com/threads/scientific-miracles-in-hindu-scriptures-must-see.84199/

Random selections.

&gt; Blue Sky is Nothing but scattered sunlight (Markandeya Purana 78.8)

Now lets see what Modern Science says about it:
The blue color of the sky is due to Rayleigh scattering. As light moves through the atmosphere, most of the longer wavelengths pass straight through. Little of the red, orange and yellow light is affected by the air

&gt; After the formation of the earth planet, Brahama created atmosphere in group of seven , from that formation oceans began to exist, and the first form of life appeared on the earth planet. Atmosphere was created as protective skin of earth (Shrimad Bhagwatam)

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Apun hi bhagwan hai!
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मार्कण्डेय ऋषि
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Puraana - VedicGranth.Org

> The Puraanas are the books of ancient Indian History, culture and civilisation along with mythology of Hindu Religion and its several sects. Along with some description of creation of Universe, moral education, and history of Kings, they emphasise on incarnation of God in different gods and goddesses as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and their incarnations. Each Purana is devoted to the main deity of a particular sect, i.e Vaishnav, Shaiva or Shakti showing supremacy of one over other - reflecting the sectarian approach. On account of gradual additions, alterartions, and distortions for hundred of years continuously in the Puranas, particularly under the influence of upheaval of Buddhism and Jainism and then under the Islamic and Chritian rulers in India, aome irrational, illogical, unethical, unscientific, inhumane and ANTIVEDIC concepts have crept in the Puranas. Such concepts are multiplicity of Gods and their incarnations; their feuds for supremacy, idol worship, social discrimination, casteism, and several other superstitions are totaly UnVEDIC. Therefore their illogical teachings, unbelievable narrations, and unscientific concepts contrary to the Vedas are quite discardable. However, there historic accounts are of great use as ancient culture. Strictly speaking Puraanas need a drastic "purification" through cross examination before they can be acceptable for common public consumption. Even the Pauranics (the believers of the Puraanas) are not unanimous about the number and source of the Puranas.
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>Eighteen (18) Maha Puranas:
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>Brahm
Padma
Vishnu
Shiva (or Vayu)
Shrimadbhaagvata
Narada
Markandeya
Agni
Bhavishya
Brhmvaivarta
Linga
Varaaha
Skanda
Vamana
Koorma
Matsya
Garurha
Brahmaanda
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>In addition, there are eighteen (18) Upa-Puranas, and eighteen (18) Aup-Puranas which are also called Ati-Puranas as follows:
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>Eighteen (18) Upa- Puranas:
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>Bhaagvat
Maaheshvara
Brahmaand
Aaditya
Saura
Nandakeshvara
Saamba
Kaalikaa
Varuna
Ushanas
Maanava
Kaapila
Durvaasas
Shivadharma
Vrehannaaradiya
Naarasinha
Sanatkumaara
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>Eighteen (18) Aup-Puranas or Ati-Puranas:
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>Kaartava
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Water Wheel Art

So I've been revisiting the Water Wheel due to reading /u/SL_Kripkenstein's post from /r/Glitch_in_the_Matrix. I've noticed so many instances of the wheel and its concept in ancient art, especially demonstrated in the Hindu concept of Maya (Illusion).

Do you think the artists delved in Salvia and were trying to express their visions?

[Escher's Vector Waterfall] (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/Waterfall.svg)

Escher's Waterfall

[Vishnu on a fig leaf] (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/06/Kamchipuram_4015.jpg): > In Puranas and Vaishnava theology, māyā is described as one of the nine shaktis of Vishnu. Māyā became associated with sleep; and Vishnu's māyā is sleep which envelopes the world when he awakes to destroy evil. Vishnu, like Indra, is the master of māyā; and māyā envelopes Vishnu's body. The Bhagavata Purana narrates that the sage Markandeya requests Vishnu to experience his māyā. Vishnu appears as an infant floating on a fig leaf in a deluge and then swallows the sage, the sole survivor of the cosmic flood. The sage sees various worlds of the universe, gods etc. and his own hermitage in the infant's belly. Then the infant breathes out the sage, who tries to embrace the infant, but everything disappears and the sage realizes that he was in his hermitage the whole time and was given a flavor of Vishnu's māyā. The magic creative power, Māyā was always a monopoly of the central Solar God; and was also associated with the early solar prototype of Vishnu in the early Aditya phase. - Wikipedia

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A Sikh's understanding of Hinduism

Disclaimer: Long Post TLDR at bottom, and I humbly apologize if this is in the wrong subreddit/section.

My background

I am a 25 year old Sikh, born and raised in the West; with little connection to India outside of my parent's heritage.

I draw a lot of strength from my Sikh heritage (the sacrifice, and courage), and also deeply value the vision for the world outlined in the Guru Granth Sahib (the call for humanism, selfless service, honest work, and meditation).

Until recently, my knowledge of Hinduism was very limited, and I now realize the void that this has left in my spiritual journey.

My interaction with Hinduism

The view of many Sikhs in my life towards Hinduism ranges from apathy to negativity.

Growing up, 'Hindu' practices were laughed at - at the same, I saw the hypocrisy in this.

While Gurudwaras offer a lot of good - if I wasn't a Sikh, there are some things I might laugh at too: Devotees worshiping the Nishan Sahib (the Kesari flag), and people donating clothes to wrap the Sri Guru Granth Sahib in for example.

I understand that Sikhi advocates a type of nirguna bhakti, but I can't see Guru Nanak laughing at someone's devotion, no matter how they practise it.

My question

Were Sikhi and Hinduism even separate religions at the time of Guru Nanak? This was my motivating question.

My seeking has led me to the conclusion that both Sikhi and Hinduism are later inventions - Dharmic concepts (e.g. Karma, Dharma) and Dharmic figures and personifications (e.g. Mahadev, Hari, Chandi, Indra) existed long before Guru Nanak.

And it was within that Dharmic framework, that the Sikh Gurus wrote simple, practical rules for living at the individual and social level, and left behind a legacy that came to be my Sikh heritage.

My current thoughts

Ultimately, this journey started with me coming across a copy of the Bhagavad Gita and choosing to read it, and it opened my eyes towards what Hinduism truly is, instead of what I'd been conditioned to believe.

The parallels between Sri Krishna Ji and Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji really stood out to me as well - particularly in what they insist upon their Sikh/Shishya (i.e. Arjuna or myself).

Revisiting my favourite verses from Sikh scripture has also been an interesting experience:

>"Deh Shiva Bar Mohe Ehe, Shubh Karman Tay Kabhu Na Taro".
"Oh Shiva, grant me this blessing, that I don't hesitate from performing good deeds."
"Pritham Bhagauti Simar Kai Gur Nanak Lain Dhiai"

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