First of all, a question arises:
How or why is the name or concept of Leela relevant in Hinduism?
It's because Brahman is defined as fully omniscient and omnipotent by many Vedic verses. Brahman is defined as being beyond mind and hence to be understood by Neti Neti or Not-this Not-this. So for this powerful and omniscient Brahman there cannot be any ...
Here is one perspective about 'knowing everything' based on some scriptural statements:
I don't think the saints, mystics or bhaktas would know everything in the sense you have described. Only the Supreme Lord knows everything. The sages can know as much as He allows them to know for their service to Him. We see in Bhagavatam/Mahabharata that Arjuna had so ...
Most of the saints or rishis we see are male. Are there any female saints (except devotees through Bhakti yoga)?
We see that many females also follow their husbands, serve them and partake in their tapasya. In Srimad Bhagavatam When Dhrtarastra and Gandhari are missing from the palace Narada Muni tells this to Maharaja Yudhisitira:
SB 1.13.53 — On the ...
They do not know 'everything'. Swami Vivekananda said that a realized soul knows the essence of Reality; it does not mean that he knows every particular aspect of It's infinite manifestations. To know clay does not mean that you know every form of clay. To know Brahman is to know everything as One without a second - without manifestation. To be conscious of ...
Who gives titles to whom?
The Guru gives the title to His student in most of the cases[a]. Sometimes the saint Himself gives Himself a name. Sometimes the disciples give the name. There is no hard and fast rule for this. For example, Sri Ramana Maharishi did not receive His name from any Guru, but rather He was affectionately called so by His devotees on ...
You asked if a person who has become realized can get back to state of 'normal' people again. What you are really asking is: Once a person becomes dehypnotized can he become hypnotized again? No.
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (IV. iv. 23.) says "This is the eternal glory of a knower of Brahman: it never increases or decreases by work. [Therefore] one should know ...
I found multiple scriptural references to this phenomenon. First of all, in this chapter of the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana, when Surpanakha's brother Khara promises to kill whoever cut off Surpanakha's nose:
adya aham mārgaṇaiḥ prāṇān ādāsye jīvitāṃtagaiḥ |
salile kṣīram āsaktam niṣpiban iva sārasaḥ ||
Now, I will take away the lives of that ...
To answer the title question
Are there any female rishis?
Yes, there are many. I would like to give one example here of Lopamudra. She was the wife of Sage Agastya. There are verses in the Rig Veda which are attributed to her.
Also, the Tripura Upanishad of the Rig Veda mentions a mantra attributed to her.
Shashtam saptamamatha vahnisarathimasya ...
As far as I know, Swaminarayana was a saint. One of the most famous temples dedicated to him is the Aksharadham temple in Delhi. I imagine it is one of the largest temples in the country. (Personally, I have been there, it makes for a very nice darshana for anyone visiting Delhi).
Here is a timeline of his life as mentioned on the temple ...
By definition a Saintly person is dear to God so as Bhagwan says in Bhagwad Gita 12.20
ये तु धर्म्यामृतमिदं यथोक्तं पर्युपासते।
श्रद्दधाना मत्परमा भक्तास्तेऽतीव मे प्रियाः।।12.20।।
Those who follow this imperishable path of devotional service and who completely engage themselves with faith, making Me the supreme goal, are very, very dear to Me. ...
Swans separating Milk from water is mentioned in Shukla Yajurveda Samhita - Madhyandin Shakha -Chapter 19 - Mantra 73
अद्भ्यः क्षीरं व्यपिबत् क्रुड.डांअङ्गिरसो धिया।
ऋतेन सत्यमिन्द्रियं विपानं शुक्रमन्धसs इन्द्रस्यन्द्रि यमिदं पयोमृतं मधु ।।73।।
The Prana which drinks the essence (Rasa) of the body is similar to that of the Hamsa (crane) ,who ...
He was a well known name in the upasana mandalis of Sri Vidya in the southern india. He was also the guru of Kanchi Paramacharya before his sanyasa.
Many people from his parampara has become well known upasakas.
Some of the information regarding his life is given below:
Brahmasri Krishnamoorthy Saastry alias Krishna Sastrigal was the son
of Sri ...
The key to every power in Yoga comes from Samyama. If you apply Samyama to other body, then you enter that body. When the mind has attained to that state when it identifies itself with the internal impression of the object, leaving the external, and when, by long practice, that is retained by the
mind, and the mind can get into that state in a moment, that ...
I must have skipped some of the great saint in my answer, I seriously apologies for that.
His works in Sanskrit discuss the unity of the ātman and Nirguna Brahman "brahman without attributes". He wrote copious commentaries on the Vedic canon (Brahma Sutras, Principal Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita) in support of his thesis. His works elaborate on ...
Yes, Swaminarayan is GOD himself.
Bellow I have mentioned quotes from Purans written by Ved Vyas, decide yourself.
“I (Krushna) take birth on this earth every time when Dharma
diminishes and Adharma intensifies.”
In this Shloka, Lord Krishna has mentioned that He will take and had taken birth (incarnation) every time whenever Kings, so called ...
People are scared of Aghoris because of traditional myths associated with them..
Some people believe that they have black magic powers, some believe that they eat human flesh, some believe that they are favourite devotes of lord shiva and they have "Saath Khoon Maaf"
Not all Aghoris are really Aghoris.. Majority of them are just wanted criminals from ...
Aghora is one of the 'vaama-marga' in Hinduism i.e. left-hand-path is considered vaamachaara. The normal Hindu rituals are dakshinachara or colloquially called right-hand path.
Aghoris believe that although dakshinachara is more easier, socially accepted and 'saner' way to attain moksha and elevate kundalini it's painfully slow. Aghoris on the other hand ...
Verily, everything is born of will. As the Soul, so the Lord too,
has a Will. Only whereas the Lord Wills out of Plenty, the Soul
wills out of lack thereof: Whilst the Lord creates the World, the
Soul creates limited things. Shiv Rahasya: 6.14.
Any action born out of 1st kind of will is Leela. "Wills out of plenty" is like explosion due to ...
Sri Swami Samarth Maharaj of Akkalkot is considered as an incarnation of Shree Dattatreya. In this incarnation Shree Narasimha Saraswati had also personally manifested.
This is described in a book Guru Charitra – Complete Biography of Shree Akkalkot Niwasi Swami Samarth Maharaj
Sri Swami Samarth Maharaj was the complete incarnation of Lord
No it is not. Powers are a diversion which keeps one bound to this world. Patanjali in his Yoga Aphorisms, Chapter 3 (commentary by Swami Vivekananda; available here under the heading Raja Yoga, sub-heading Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms, sub-sub heading Powers - http://cwsv.belurmath.org/volume_1/vol_1_frame.htm):
By making Samyama on the discrimination ...
Basic meaning of Sadhu and Vairagi is someone who is a complete renunciate, for whom everything on and including earth belongs to them, yet they own nothing.
Sajjan means a virtuous person who takes care to always follow the path of righteousness, but they have not necessarily renounced possessions. Mahadev is the greatest Sadhu / Vairagi. Saints are said ...
Yes, Trailanga Swami displayed various miracles. Paramahamsa Yogananda has written about some of Trailanga Swami's miracles in Chapter 31 (An Interview With The Sacred Mother) Page 218-219 in his book "Autobiography of a Yogi":
Lahiri Mahasaya had a famous friend, Trailanga Swami, who was reputed
to be over three hundred years old. The two yogis often ...
Well, you have talked of desires, fear etc. The answer is that after God-realization, a saint is way out of reach of anger, lust, desires etc. These are the words of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa (here search page 196):
The anger and lust of a man who has realized God are only appearances. They are like a burnt string. It looks like a string, but a mere ...
please have a look at the link to get an idea of female rishis and their contributions.
Vakdevi :composed eight riks of 125 Sukta, Book X and Rig Veda,These riks are known as Devi-Sukta.
Biswavara: She belonged to the Atri clan composed hymns on beauty, loving and ...
1) Swami Swaminarayan is a Gujarat based saint & yogi.
2) Hindus have tendency to name every saint & yogi as a incarnation, without
understanding the terms.
3) The term or titles are given to saints & yogis, only by their gurus or other exalted saints, not by common men like us.
4) Gujaratis consider him to be an incarnation
5) Sri ...
Sri Ramana Maharishi meditated in a cellar-like temple called Pathala Lingam , which is a part of the Arunachala Temple ( A board to this effect, can still be found there. I have visited the temple).
He shifted to an underground vault known as Patala Lingam, where the
sunlight never ...
Many among the devotees who sing such Aarti don't know who is Shivanand Swami !!!!
His actual name is "Shivanand Vamdev Pandya" who later became Swami Shivanand. His life span was during 14-15 th century.
He was from Gujarat and he has written many artis in Gujarati language. Both Arti mentioned above in your question are Hindi translation ...
There is a lot of fancy and myth surrounding mahavatar or Kriya baba. This became very famous from some of the books of Yogananda Paramahamsa and other monks.
However, Lahiri Mahashaya did not refer to his guru as "mahavatar" in his books. Further, there are 5-6 different people in recent times who claimed to have an encounter with kriya baba. Most likely ...
The same question was asked to Lahiri Mahasaya by one of his devotees:
How to identify true saint?
Those whose can place the tongue above the soft palate and into the nasal cavity are real saints.
The above mudra is known as Khechari Mudra which Paramahansa Yogananda described as:
Through the performance of Kechari Mudra, touching the ...