Shalokya – The Abode of Shiva for a Devotee to Attain



Shalokya is a concept in Shaiva Siddhanta. It envisages a four-fold path for a devotee to annihilate evil influence and to elevate the atma to attain bliss or the abode of Shiva. The four-fold path are:

Charya Marga – In this path, devotees take care of the temples and sacred places of Lord Shiva.

Kriya Marga – praising the glory of Shiva in temples and sacred places.

Yogic Marga – is an advanced stage of spiritual experience, in which the devotee finds the entire universe to be equal.

Jnana Marga – is reaching the highest through negation of that which is not truth.

Through one of the above said path, a devotee freely moves into a new domain called Shalokya – Shiva’s abode. The enchantments of this world caused by Maya are annihilated in the abode of Paramatma.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – August 24, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival



Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:03 AM on August 24. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

How is August 24, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is not a good date.
           
Nakshatra – Bharani Nakshatra till 4:55 PM on August 24. Then onward it is Kartika or Krithigai or Karthigai Nakshatram.

In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Bharani Nakshatra till 1:34 PM on August 24. Then onward it is Kartika or Krithigai or Karthigai Nakshatra.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Mesha Rashi till 10:20 PM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi.

In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Mesha Rashi till 7:10 PM. Then onward it is Vrishabha Rashi

Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Sri Krishna Jayanti in South, East and Western parts of India

Kali Yuga Year – 5118

Vikram Samvant 2073 – Bhadrapad Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in North India - Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.

Durmukhi nama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1938 – Shravan Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Durmukhi nama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1938 – Shravan Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month in Maharashtra and Goa. (It is Shravan Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month till 12:39 AM on August 24. Then onward it is Shravan Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month till 10:17 PM. Then onward it is Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month). This time is applicable only in western parts of India.

Vikram Samvant 2072 - Shravan Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month. (It is Shravan Krishna Paksha Sashti Tithi or the sixth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month till 12:39 AM on August 24. Then onward it is Shravan Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month till 10:17 PM on August 24. Then onward it is Shravan Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Shravan month). This time is applicable only in western parts of India.

8th day of Avani Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. (Durmukhanama Year)
8th day of Chingam Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. (Kolla Varsham 1192)
7th day of Bhadra Month in Calendars followed in Assam and Bengal. (Bengali Year 1423)

Bad Period on August 24, 2016
Rahukalam – 12:29 PM to 2:04 PM
Yamagandam – 7:43 AM to 9:18 AM
Gulikai – 10:53 AM to 12:29 PM
Durmuhurtham – 11:21 PM on August 23 to 12:06 AM on August 24
Durmuhurtham – 12:03 PM to 12:54 PM
Varjyam – 12:09 AM to 1:38 AM

Panchak (bad) – not present

Good Time on August 24, 2016
Abhijita Muhurta – not present
Amirta Kalam – 9:05 AM to 10:34 AM
Sarvartha Siddhi Yog – 4:53 PM on August 24 to next day before sunrise on August 25
Amrita Siddhi Yog – not present
Dwipushkar Yog – not present
Tripushkar Yog – not present

Yog – Vriddhi (good) till 1:46 AM on August 24. Then onward it is Dhruva (good) till 10:47 PM. Then onward it is Vyaghata (bad).

Karana – Vanija (good) till 12:39 AM. Then onward it is Vishti or Bhadra (bad) till 11:27 AM. Then onward it is Bava (good) till 10:17 PM. Then onward it is Balava (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.

Your bondage lies here in that you have created another observer – Ashtavakra Gita



Here lies your bondage in that you have installed another observer – instead you being the observe you have created another perceiver.

If only you would separate yourself from the image you have created and the be completely relaxed. Then this minute, here and now, you will be happy, at peace and liberated.

What is that binds you from which you frantically seek your liberation? The answer: Your bondage lies here in that you have created another observer.

If you seek liberation, then leave the objects, as if, they are poison and cultivate forgiveness, straight forwardness, compassion, contentment and the Truth that are like ambrosia.

If you do not identify with the body, you abide in the consciousness, right away, you are bliss, peace and liberated from all bondages.
– Ashtavakra Gita