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Vivekananda in yoga posture
Yoga (Sanskrit, योग Listen) is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. (Full article...)

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  • June 1, 1830 – Death of Swaminarayan, Indian religious leader (b. 1781)
  • June 3, 1963 – Buddhist crisis: South Vietnamese Army soldiers attacked protesting Buddhists in Huế, with liquid chemicals from tear gas grenades, causing 67 people to be hospitalised.
  • June 9, 2017 – Saga Dawa or Saka Dawa (Tibetan)
  • June 12, 1976 – Death of Gopinath Kaviraj, Indian philosopher and scholar (b. 1887)
  • June 14, 1444 – Birth of Nilakantha Somayaji, Indian astronomer and mathematician (d. 1544)
  • June 16, Martyrdom of Guru Arjan, the fifth Sikh Guru
  • June 19, 1947 – Birth of Salman Rushdie, Indian-English novelist and essayist
  • June 21: Solstice
  • June 21: International Yoga Day
  • June 23, 1914 – Death of Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Indian guru and philosopher (b. 1838)
  • June 25, 1975 – Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declares a state of emergency in India.
  • June 27, 1838 – Birth of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Indian author, and poet (d. 1894)
  • June 29, 2011 - Death of K.D. Sethna

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A 12 minute biopic of Shivaji Maharaj produced for Life story of this legendary Maratha king. Enjoy the story right from his birth in Junnar - Maharasthra as a son of a Deccan general to how he carved out his own kingdom from the powerful Mughal empire and Deccan sultanates against all odds. This is an abridged version with highlights of his life. Sincere apologies for not including Guru Samarth Ramdas and getting the role of Dadoji Konddev incorrect as we were not aware at the time of making this movie. Jay Shivaji Jay Bhavani.

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To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.
~ Swami Vivekananda ~

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