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That which helps you in your spiritual evolution is right. That which obstructs and hinders your spiritual evolution is wrong. That which leads to unity of Self is right. That which leads to separation is wrong. To do good to others, to serve and to help others, to give joy to others, is right. To give pain to others, to injure others, is wrong. 
-Swami Suryadevananda

That which helps you in your spiritual evolution is right. That which obstructs and hinders your spiritual evolution is wrong. That which leads to unity of Self is right. That which leads to separation is wrong. To do good to others, to serve and to help others, to give joy to others, is right. To give pain to others, to injure others, is wrong. 

-Swami Suryadevananda

Nag Panchami
On this day we worship the snake and revere its importance to this Earth. In Mahabharata, this day is to commemorate the saving of the entire snake species from eradication by a Prince whose father was killed by a snake king. To offer a prayer to a murti or live snake is auspicious on this day. The mantra of this festival is:
Naga preeta bhavanti shantimapnoti via viboh Sashanti lok ma sadhya modate shashttih samh
(Let us be blessed by the Goddess snake, let everyone obtain peace, let us all live serenely without disturbance)
Today we avoid breaking, digging or shoveling Earth so as not to disturb snakes. Vrat is observed either today or the day before for Nag Chaturthi.
USA: July 31st India: August 1st UK: August 1st Australia: August 1stMalaysia: August 1st

Nag Panchami

On this day we worship the snake and revere its importance to this Earth. In Mahabharata, this day is to commemorate the saving of the entire snake species from eradication by a Prince whose father was killed by a snake king. To offer a prayer to a murti or live snake is auspicious on this day. The mantra of this festival is:

Naga preeta bhavanti shantimapnoti via viboh
Sashanti lok ma sadhya modate shashttih samh

(Let us be blessed by the Goddess snake, let everyone obtain peace, let us all live serenely without disturbance)

Today we avoid breaking, digging or shoveling Earth so as not to disturb snakes. Vrat is observed either today or the day before for Nag Chaturthi.

USA: July 31st
India: August 1st
UK: August 1st
Australia: August 1st
Malaysia: August 1st

Hariyali Teej
Hariyali Teej, also called Sindhara Teej symbolizes the union of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. On this day, mostly women worship and pray to Goddess Parvati for spiritual bliss and a happy love life. Many observe vrats on this day. Married or away-living women are encouraged to visit their parents, wear fine outfits (preferably green) and swing on outdoor swings. Families also present gifts to their daughters and married kin.
Happy Teej!
USA: July 29th India: July 30th UK: July 30th Australia: July 30th Malaysia: July 30th

Hariyali Teej

Hariyali Teej, also called Sindhara Teej symbolizes the union of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. On this day, mostly women worship and pray to Goddess Parvati for spiritual bliss and a happy love life. Many observe vrats on this day. Married or away-living women are encouraged to visit their parents, wear fine outfits (preferably green) and swing on outdoor swings. Families also present gifts to their daughters and married kin.

Happy Teej!

USA: July 29th
India: July 30th
UK: July 30th
Australia: July 30th
Malaysia: July 30th

« For the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy. »

- Plutarch~1st-2nd century AD (via lunar-remedy)
Jai Durga Maa!

Jai Durga Maa!

>~ new feature:

The Hindu Blog will now update its followers for important festivals, vrats and holidays from the lunar Hindu calendar, known as panchang. The updates will include panchang event times for Mumbai (India), NY (USA) and San Jose (USA).

If you would like to request additional cities for updates, I will add them by highest demand. Please comment on this post to request a city.

I wish you all a most blessed day. Jai Mata Di!

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"Whether we stand upright or sit, whether we stay quite still or walk, whether we walk with right foot or left, never may we stumble upon Earth!O purifying Earth, I you invoke! O patient Earth, by Sacred Word enhanced, bearer of nourishment and strength, of food and ghee—O Earth, we approach you with upmost praise!”~ Atharva Veda XII, 1, 28-29

"Whether we stand upright or sit, whether we stay quite still or walk, whether we walk with right foot or left, never may we stumble upon Earth!
O purifying Earth, I you invoke! O patient Earth, by Sacred Word enhanced, bearer of nourishment and strength, of food and ghee—O Earth, we approach you with upmost praise!”
~ Atharva Veda XII, 1, 28-29

>What Dharma is (or isn’t.)

thinkinghindu:

What exactly is Dharma ?

Dharma connotes different meanings for different people. I have been told that it is just about duty. I don’t think so.

The word Dharma is not translatable into any language, as such.

It is a combination of duty, ethics, morals and a host of other assorted things.

The scriptures have repeatedly tried to comment on Dharma, yet there seems to be no unanimity in what it stands for.

For instance,

"Verily, that which is Dharma is truth.

Therefore they say of a man who speaks truth, “He speaks the Dharma,”
or of a man who speaks the Dharma, “He speaks the Truth.”

Verily, both these things are the same. —Brh. Upanishad, 1.4.14

The Mahabharata itself states that it is one of the purusharthas, or the ends of human life.

Dharma is the first end of human life followed by Artha (Prosperity), Kama (Desire) and Moksha (Salvation).

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The picture above speaks for itself.

Conflicts in life arise because of the intersections in the different forms of Dharma and it is for us to determine what to choose.

Dharma can be called as the sum of rules, duties and ethics that help us to live a righteous life.

Dharma include this:

1. Ahimsa- Do not harm.

2. Satya- Do not lie.

3. Asteya- Do not steal.

4. Brahmacharya- Do not overindulge.

5. Aparigraha- Do not be greedy.

6. Saucha- Be clean.

7. Santosha- Be content.

8. Tapas- Be self-disciplined.

9. Svadhyaya- Be studious. 

10. Ishvara Pranidhana- Surrender to God.

The concept of Matsya Nyaya clearly elaborates the defintion of Dharma. We are humans who can create a society where everyone can thrive, irrespective of who they are. It validates our existence and enunciates respect for all living beings, unlike the law of the jungle where might is right.

The purpose of life is to grow : Emotionally, Materially and spiritually and Dharma postulates this.

"This is the sum of Dharma- Do not to others what you would not want to be done to you." Mahabharata 5-1517.

It is not just duty, just respect or just blind adherence to law. Rather, it is all of these. It is what that enables us to enjoy freedom that does not impinge on others’ freedom.

"Dharma is a continuous work in progress that validates our humanity"- Devdutt Pattanaik in "Jaya".

« If you long to see God, take to spiritual practices. What is the good of merely crying ‘O God! O God!’? »

- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa
"Know the embodied soul to be a part of the hundredth part of the point of a hair divided a hundred times; and yet it is infinite. It is not female, it is not male, nor is it neuter. whatever body it takes, with that it becomes united. By means of desires, contact, attachment and delusion, the embodied soul assumes, successively, diverse forms in various places, according to its deeds, just as the body grows when food and drink are poured into it.”
-Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter V

"Know the embodied soul to be a part of the hundredth part of the point of a hair divided a hundred times; and yet it is infinite. It is not female, it is not male, nor is it neuter. whatever body it takes, with that it becomes united. 
By means of desires, contact, attachment and delusion, the embodied soul assumes, successively, diverse forms in various places, according to its deeds, just as the body grows when food and drink are poured into it.”

-Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Part I, Chapter V

"There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. The nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”
-Atharva Upanishad

"There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man. 
The nobility is in being superior to your previous self.”

-Atharva Upanishad

«

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.

Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.

Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.

Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you have anyway.

»

- Mother Theresa (via kushandwizdom)
I want to become a Hindu, but I can't simply tell my parents that, and my mother won't let me to go vegetarian, so what do I do? Any answer would help. Much Love and Namaste

Namaste,

I know it is difficult to have a different faith than those who live under the same roof as you. However, it is important to your parents and yourself that you exude confidence in all that you do. Lying to others or selling yourself short for the sake of keeping all involved from change is more destructive in the long run. If you want to start studying psychology, you should do so with much exuberance. Likewise, if you want to become a Christian, Hindu or Buddhist, do so with the most diligence and dedication that you can muster. If others are keeping you from growing, the worst thing you can do is listen.

These are your parents and they are only looking to increase your happiness, if you wish, tell them about your ideals on faith, morality and spirituality. Express to them that this chosen path creates happiness for you. This is completely optional of course, as faith is an extremely personal decision.

Like faith, vegetarianism is also a personal decision. Your body belongs to nobody but you. If you truly wish to stop consuming the dead bodies of innocent creatures, you must be firm with your family. You don’t have to tell them it’s a matter of faith alone- but a matter of morality and justice. You can get every vitamin, mineral and protein from vegetarian sources that you can from meat, anyways. Do some research and prepare some factoids to share with your mother if she doesn’t agree with your decision. Vegetarianism is not only healthier for you, but for animals, the environment and even to other humans around you!

I hope I’ve helped!

Jai Ambe Maa!

Become a better Hindu: Pancha Mahayajnas
Brahma Yajna or Rishi Yajna  Every man should study daily the sacred scriptures. He should share the knowledge with those whom are interested. By so doing, he pays the debt to Rishis.
Deva Yajna “With this, nourish ye the shining ones, and may the shining ones nourish ye. Thus nourishing one another, ye shall reap the highest good.” -Sri Mad Bhagvad Gita, essentially this Yajna calls for all kindness received to be passed onto another. These sacrifices turn the wheel of life in accordance with the divine will and thus help the evolution of man and the worlds. Deva Yajna is to pay it forward.
Pitri YajnaOffering libations, etc., to the forefathers, regularly, is Pitri Yajna. Prayer and offering to passed on souls of family members, gurus, teachers and revered ones. Thus, we honor their lives and in this way we remember their important teachings.
Bhuta YajnaDistribution of food to cows, dogs, birds, fish, or any animals you can is Bhuta Yajna. Animals of the Earth are our neighbors and friends. Like us humans, animals are also cultivators of the planet and should be revered.
Manushya YajnaFeeding the poor is Manushya Yajna. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving shelter to the homeless, comforting the distressed, etc., are all forms of Manushya Yajna. Any kind of service to the suffering humanity is Manushya Yajna. Feeding a guest is Manushya Yajna.
The benefits of the Pancha Mahayajnas:
By daily doing such acts of kindness and sympathy, man develops mercy. Hatred vanishes. His hard egoistic heart is gradually softened. He cultivates cosmic love. His heart expands. He has a wider outlook on life. He tries to feel his oneness with all beings. His old feeling of separateness on account of selfishness and egoism is gradually thinned and eventually eradicated. He learns that he can be happy only by making others happy, by serving others, by helping others, by removing the sufferings of others and by sharing what he has with others. The five great daily sacrifices teach man his relations with his superiors, his equals and his inferiors. 

Become a better Hindu: Pancha Mahayajnas

Brahma Yajna or Rishi Yajna  
Every man should study daily the sacred scriptures. He should share the knowledge with those whom are interested. By so doing, he pays the debt to Rishis.

Deva Yajna 
With this, nourish ye the shining ones, and may the shining ones nourish ye. Thus nourishing one another, ye shall reap the highest good.” -Sri Mad Bhagvad Gita, essentially this Yajna calls for all kindness received to be passed onto another. These sacrifices turn the wheel of life in accordance with the divine will and thus help the evolution of man and the worlds. Deva Yajna is to pay it forward.

Pitri Yajna
Offering libations, etc., to the forefathers, regularly, is Pitri Yajna. Prayer and offering to passed on souls of family members, gurus, teachers and revered ones. Thus, we honor their lives and in this way we remember their important teachings.

Bhuta Yajna
Distribution of food to cows, dogs, birds, fish, or any animals you can is Bhuta Yajna. Animals of the Earth are our neighbors and friends. Like us humans, animals are also cultivators of the planet and should be revered.

Manushya Yajna
Feeding the poor is Manushya Yajna. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving shelter to the homeless, comforting the distressed, etc., are all forms of Manushya Yajna. Any kind of service to the suffering humanity is Manushya Yajna. Feeding a guest is Manushya Yajna.

The benefits of the Pancha Mahayajnas:

By daily doing such acts of kindness and sympathy, man develops mercy. Hatred vanishes. His hard egoistic heart is gradually softened. He cultivates cosmic love. His heart expands. He has a wider outlook on life. He tries to feel his oneness with all beings. His old feeling of separateness on account of selfishness and egoism is gradually thinned and eventually eradicated. He learns that he can be happy only by making others happy, by serving others, by helping others, by removing the sufferings of others and by sharing what he has with others. The five great daily sacrifices teach man his relations with his superiors, his equals and his inferiors.