One who carries his life to the truth he believes has transformed his belief into truth – Swami Ranganathananda

It is not enough to say, ‘I believe’. Any fool can say that. But a man who says, ‘I believe such and such to be true’ and carries his life to that truth level has transformed his belief into truth. He possesses Shraddha. It is a capacity to convert belief into truth and conviction.

What does Shraddha mean in physical sciences? It means a faith in the meaningfulness of the universe. A scientist cannot investigate into the mysteries of nature unless he has a prior feeling that nature is worth investigating, that there is some meaning behind all the confusing mass of data before him.

Without that prior faith, he cannot get even the impulse to undertake his scientific inquiry.

That is why in another place Shankara defines Shraddha as astikya buddhih, which, precisely translated, will mean ‘the positive-attitude-oriented reason’. There is tremendous dynamism in such an attitude, which transforms itself into truth and conviction through direct experience.

Swami Ranganathananda was the 13th president of Sri Ramakrishna Mission


Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 29, 2014 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Saturday, November 29, 2014 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 6:03 AM on November 29. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 6:44 AM on November 29. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi

Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –

Kali Yuga Year – 5116

Vikram Samvant 2071 – Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.

Jayanama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1936 – Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Goa

Vikram Samvant 2071 – Margashirsh Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Gujarat.

13th day of Karthigai Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. (Jaya Year)
13th day of Vrischika Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. (Kolla Varsham 1190)
12th day of Agrahan Month in Calendars followed in Assam and Bengal. (Bengali Year 1421)

Bad Period on November 29, 2014
Rahukalam – 9:32 AM to 10:54 AM
Yamagandam – 1:36 PM to 2:57 PM
Gulikai – 6:50 AM to 8:11 AM
Durmuhurtham – 6:50 AM to 8:16 AM
Varjyam – 11:35 AM to 1:06 PM

Good Time on November 29, 2014
Abhijita Muhurta – 11:53 AM to 12:36 PM
Amirta Kalam – 8:39 PM to 10:10 PM

Yog – Vyaghata (Bad Yog) till 11:16 AM. Then onward it is Harshana (Good Yog).

Karana – Vanija (Good) till 4:38 AM. Then onward it is Vishti or Bhadra (Bad) till 3:36 PM. Then onward it is Bava (Good).

Rest all hours that are not part of Bad Period are Good time. When bad period overlaps into good period, that much time of bad period should be eliminated from good period.


Ekanamsha – About Goddess Ekanamsha

Goddess Ekanamsha is believed to a manifestation of Goddess Durga. Today she is more popularly associated with Bhagvan Sri Krishna and his elder brother Balarama. Thus Ekanamsha is Subhadra, sister of Sri Krishna.


Ekanamsha is usually depicted as standing between Balarama and Sri Krishna. She holds either a lotus or a mirror.

As per Brihat Samhita, the Goddess can be depicted with two, four or eight arms.

In some scriptures she is closely identified with Goddess Katyayani.

The worship of Ekanamsha is more popular in eastern parts of India and is associated with Jagannath cult.


Vedic Math Multiplication Methods

The multiplication methods used in Vedic Maths helps in making the whole process easy and simple. By looking at the numbers one can multiply the numbers in our mind with Vedic Maths methods. 
The New Indian Express Reports
 Today we look at a method to find the product of two-digit numbers with the same first digit and the sum of the second digits is 10. Number pairs like 11 and 19, 12 and 18, 23 and 27 are examples of numbers which have the same tens digit and whose units digits add up to 10.
 Let us break down this method into the following steps.
 Multiply the tens digit (same for both) by the next consecutive number. That will be the first part of our answer.
 Multiply the units digits of the two numbers. That will be the second part of the answer.
 We have to remember that it is similar to the Nikhilam method, which has a base number and where the number of digits in the answer is decided by the number of zeros in the base.
 For two-digit numbers we take 100 as the base, so the number of digits should be two. In particular we have to stick to the number of digits in the second part of the answer. Otherwise the answer may go wrong.
 Example: 33 X 37
 The tens digit of both numbers is 3 and the sum of the units digits is 10.
 Multiply 3 (the tens digit) by the next number 4.
3 x 4 = 12. This is the first part of the answer.
 Multiply the units digits.
3 x 7 = 21.  This is the second part of the answer.
 Therefore, 33 x 37 = 1221


Kurma Purana Teachings

To the enlightened there is neither transitoriness nor illusion; as it is ignorance alone which deceives, for knowledge exhibits the truth undisguised and free from all fallacious appearances.

He who has attained knowledge realizes that I (Supreme Soul - Parabrahman) alone am the supreme spirit, and there is no other god; that I am the universal soul, the universal form, the beginning and end of all things; without eyes I see and without ears I hear; I am the Vedas and all sacred learning relates to me.

But this truth men cannot know as long as they are involved in illusion; and therefore, they ought to addict themselves to devout contemplation, in order that they may obtain identification with my essence; for then they will be liberated from all the effects of Maya, and will, in union with me enjoy supreme and eternal happiness.

From the supreme spirit proceeded Purusha, Prakriti, and Time and by them was produced this universe, the manifestation of the one god. For I am that spirit; and men skilled in the Vedas know that all things, animate and inanimate, of which this universe consists, are merely multitudinous forms which are assumed by that all pervading spirit.
Kurma Purana