We then play to play not to win

Our aim in life should be to directly experience the true reality behind all the forms in the universe.

We are impressed and inspired when read or hear spiritual teachings. We decide to follow them. Either we become blind followers or drop following halfway through. We should read and listen to spiritual teachings but stop following them blindly. Think. Contemplate over them. Then chalk out our own path. Then we will be able to lead a better and fruitful life. Only then will we be able to have self realization. Until then what we are having is borrowed realization.


When we realize the unlimited universal Self, we learn more about the limitations of our body, mind and intellect. 


We have been fed this wrong notion that we are an island. In the island, we are supposed to have only certain type of people, ideas and beliefs. This is wrong. By supporting this wrong teaching, we are limiting ourselves. That life force which is present in me is present in all animate and inanimate. This knowledge helps us in widening our horizon. We will no longer be narrowed down by wrong teachings and dogmas. When this knowledge dawns, our tolerance level will increase. We will not then need walls and barbed wires. They might be eating different food, their dress code might be different and their gods might be different but they are all part of that unlimited universal Self. Having said this, please do not try to inject our ideas into another person. Let the person realize it. A major problem that we face today is that people say they are correct and they want other people to follow them. If we know the truth, we should keep it and not go around advertising it or forcefully selling them. Share it only with someone who is eagerly seeking it.

There is no goal to be achieved outside. 


We need not climb a cliff or move a mountain. All we need to do is break free of all limitations and know that we are the Supreme Truth. We are always searching for That. We travel around the world in search of That. We become follower, we unfollow, we again follow, we become blind followers, then we curse and then again we search for someone to follow. All this futile exercise is to know That. But That which we are searching is inside us. We just need to realize it. Perhaps what we need is some quiet time and a quiet and peaceful place. This will help us in diving deep into our true self. Silence the mind. Stop all thoughts. What remains that is the real you. We all experience this in deep sleep. Now we need to experience it in the wakeful state.

Do away with egoism because there is no another here.


There is no one to fight. There is no one to defeat. Success, defeat, achievements all this are illusions. To fight, to defeat there must be a second. There is no second here. There is only That Single Supreme Truth. When we are able to realize this; work becomes easier and our games become real games – we begin to enjoy them. We then play to play not to win. We then work to work not to achieve something.

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Hindu Calendar Today – March 26, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Sunday, March 26, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:28 AM on March 26. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 9:33 AM on March 27. All time based on India Standard Time.

How is March 26, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no good and auspicious time on the entire day
           
Nakshatra – Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatra till 2:50 PM on March 26. Then onward it is Purvabhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatram till 2:30 PM on March 27.

In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatra till 2:50 PM on March 26. Then onward it is Purvabhadra or Pooruruttathi Nakshatram till 3:20 PM on March 27.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rashi.

In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Kumbha Rashi.

Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Varuni Parv

Kali Yuga Year – 5118

Vikram Samvant 2073 – Chaitra Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Chaitra 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 – Phalgun Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Durmukhi nama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1938 – Phalgun Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in Maharashtra and Goa. (It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:29 PM on March 26. Then onward it is Phalgun Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month till 10:45 AM on March 27). This time is applicable only in western parts of India.

Vikram Samvant 2073 - Phalgun Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in Gujarat. (It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 12:29 PM on March 26. Then onward it is Phalgun Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month till 10:45 AM on March 27). This time is applicable only in western parts of India.

13th day of Panguni Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. (Durmukhanama Year)
12th day of Meena Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. (Kolla Varsham 1192)
12th day of Chaitra Month in Calendars followed in Assam and Bengal. (Bengali Year 1423)

Bad Period on March 26, 2017
Rahukalam – 5:07 PM to 6:39 PM
Yamagandam – 12:32 PM to 2:04 PM
Gulikai – 3:36 PM to 5:07 PM
Durmuhurtham – 5:01 PM to 5:50 PM
Varjyam – 12:01 AM to 1:35 AM
Varjyam – 10:34 PM on March 26 to 12:05 AM on March 27

Panchak (bad) – full day

Good Time on March 26, 2017
Abhijita Muhurta – 12:09 PM to 12:57 PM
Amirta Kalam – 9:25 AM to 10:59 AM
Sarvartha Siddhi Yog – not present
Amrita Siddhi Yog – not present
Dwipushkar Yog – not persent
Tripushkar Yog – not present

Yog – Sadhya (good) till 2:31 AM on March 26. Then onward it is Shubha (good).

Karana – Garaja (good) till 1:07 AM. Then onward it is Vanija (good) till 12:29 PM. Then onward it is Vishti or Bhadra (bad) till 11:41 PM. Then onward it is Shakuni (bad).

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.

Temporary Happiness

Majority of us are satisfied with temporary happiness. This we get from materialistic things, relations and numerous other sources. The life of short-term happiness is very short and we are again in search for it. Temporary happiness also brings with it sorrow, misery, anger, frustration…a whole lot of problems.

We all want to fall into a set pattern. We aim to please many people. We want to be in the good books. We want other people to praise us and notice us. We want recognition. We want to be listened to and obeyed. These and many more such expectations are part of temporary happiness.

Fear is a product of this impermanent happiness. We achieve success and are happy. Next moment we are sacred whether we will lose all this. Fear sets in. Tension follows. We try all means to cling to that which is not permanent. How can we keep that which is fleeting? It is not possible but we try fail…get disillusioned…we live in the past…become diseased…some commit suicide…some become mentally sick.

All this for what…temporary happiness.

This short-term happiness also creates another problem. Dissatisfaction. We achieved what we want, we are happy, we celebrated our success …we went to sleep. But when we woke up the happiness is gone. There are people around us who are more successful. We get ready for the rat race.

As we are constantly chasing this fleeting happiness, we miss the beautiful moments in life. We forget about the present. We forget friends and family.

Our aim should not be temporary happiness but supreme bliss. This we can attain only by gaining the right knowledge.

Now what is right knowledge – first realizing that happiness that we get from an external source is temporary. Once this is understood, one has to start the quest of Supreme Bliss.

This should not be borrowed. We can take the help of a scripture or Guru. Ultimately, we should arrive at our own conclusion. We should experience it. Find a little space and time to contemplate. See the bigger picture. Think about the distant star and about the little flower that you never noticed during the rat race. They all carry the same energy source. That energy source is within all.

Supreme Bliss is not outside. It is within us. But it is hidden behind ego, expectations, desire, anger and fear.

A bit of inner cleansing and we will start getting the taste of supreme bliss.

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Hindu Calendar Today – March 25, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, today, on Saturday, March 25, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:53 AM on March 25. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 10:28 AM on March 26. All time based on India Standard Time.

How is March 25, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – There is no auspicious and good time on the entire day.
           
Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 2:41 PM on March 25. Then onward it is Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram till 2:50 PM on March 26.

In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 4:58 PM on March 25. Then onward it is Shathabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram till 4:28 PM on March 26.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 2:41 AM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.

In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Makar Rashi till 4:57 AM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.

Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pradosh Vrat - Shani Pradosh as it is Saturday.

Kali Yuga Year – 5118

Vikram Samvant 2073 – Chaitra Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Chaitra 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 – Phalgun Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Durmukhi nama Samvatsar/ Shalivahana Saka 1938 – Phalgun Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in Maharashtra and Goa. (It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 1:34 PM on March 25. Then onward it is Phalgun Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month till 12:29 PM on March 26). This time is applicable only in western parts of India.

Vikram Samvant 2073 - Phalgun Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month in Gujarat. (It is Krishna Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waning phase of moon till 1:34 PM on March 25. Then onward it is Phalgun Krishna Paksha Trayodasi Tithi or the thirteenth day during the waning phase of moon in Phalgun month till 12:29 PM on March 26). This time is applicable only in western parts of India.

12th day of Panguni Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. (Durmukhanama Year)
11th day of Meena Masam in Malayalam Calendar in Kerala. (Kolla Varsham 1192)
11th day of Chaitra Month in Calendars followed in Assam and Bengal. (Bengali Year 1423)

Bad Period on March 25, 2017
Rahukalam – 9:30 AM to 11:01 AM
Yamagandam – 2:04 PM to 3:36 PM
Gulikai – 6:27 AM to 7:58 AM
Durmuhurtham – 6:27 AM to 8:05 AM
Varjyam – not present

Panchak (bad) – starts from 2:43 AM

Good Time on March 25, 2017
Abhijita Muhurta – 12:09 PM to 12:57 PM
Amirta Kalam – 6:28 AM to 8:05 AM
Sarvartha Siddhi Yog – not present
Amrita Siddhi Yog – not present
Dwipushkar Yog – sunrise to 11:14 AM
Tripushkar Yog – not present

Yog – Siddha (good) till 4:16 AM on March 25. Then onward it is Sadhya (good).

Karana – Kaulava (good) till 1:49 AM. Then onward it is Taitila (good) till 1:34 PM. Then onward it is Garaja (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.

Four Forms of Goddess Lakshmi when Vishnu appears in Anantasayana Form

Anantasayana is the cosmic form of Lord Vishnu. Narayana rests on the milky ocean in this form atop Anantasesha – the thousand headed snake. Goddess Lakshmi is depicted as seated near his feet. But there are four forms of Goddess Lakshmi when Narayana appears in the Anantasayana Form.

The four forms of are
Goddess Chinta
Goddess Nidra and
Goddess Pushti.

Nidra lives in the eyes of Vishnu. She keeps him asleep during his yoganidra – yogic sleep of Vishnu or the sleep of Time. When everything is in a standstill. This happens at the end of a cycle of creation.

Pushti is the owner of all wealth and abundance. She is also associated with fertility. She holds a veena.

Goddess Chinta is the goddess of knowledge. It is she who blesses devotees to escape from cycle of birth and destruction.

As per Hindu beliefs, at the end of a cycle of creation, the cosmic dissolution takes place. The universe then lay dissolved in Ekarnava, the only primordial Ocean. Vishnu stays asleep atop the interminable coils of Anantasesha on the waters of Ekarnava.

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What is Yoga? – Answer is Return to the Source

Yoga is return to the source. We have been taught that we are different from the source and Yoga is an attempt to correct this wrong. In the process of this correction we find answer to questions like ‘Who am I.’ What is the meaning of life? New questions arise and we become seekers. Till now we have been seeking answers outside. But once we started knowing yoga, we realize that the answer is not outside but inside.

What is all this here? Is there a life after death? Am I being constructive by being part of the rat race? What is the source of all that I can see and I cannot? When you sit in a yoga pose you are slowly move towards finding answer to these and many other questions.



Yoga Is Not A Mere Exercise Or Miracle Cure

Yoga should not be seen as a mere exercise or as a miracle cure for various diseases. Yoga can cure diseases but that can only happen, when you are able to realize that the life force in you is present in all animate an inanimate.

Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-Idam Puurnnaat-Purnnam-Udacyate
Puurnnasya Puurnnam-Aadaaya Puurnnam-Eva-Avashissyate ||
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Om, That is complete, This is complete, From the completeness comes the completeness If completeness is taken away from completeness, Only completeness remains
Om Peace Peace Peace

This above said mantra is the base of Yoga.

Yoga is Quest for Truth Not Hinduism

The universal teachings that were put forth in the Vedas and Upanishads by the great teachers of immemorial was put together in one place by Sage Patanjali – Patanjali Yoga Sutra – one of the six orthodox philosophies of Hinduism. (Contentment brings supreme happiness says Sage Patanjali)

When Sage Patanjali composed Yoga Sutras there was noHinduism. There was no concept of religion. There was only quest for the truth.

Yoga is for the welfare of all living beings. It is not to be narrowed down. It should not be compartmentalized as of a particular religion. If you think in such a way then you need to go back to the basics. Yoga is for all.

Yoga is Mastery over the Mind

Yoga is about gaining mastery over the mind. The ‘I’ should be knocked out with the help of Yoga. For this we need to achieve self-realization. Yoga helps us in achieving self realization.

Yoga does not provide instant solutions.

You will be disappointed if you are doing Yoga on the Yoga mat with hope to cut down on weight, to look more handsome or beautiful, or to find immediate cure to a troubling disease. You might have paid a huge amount of fees to learn Yoga in the hope of achieving a particular result. Sorry but you paid the fees in a yoga shop - and shops run on profit. You are just a customer for them.

The knowledge of Yoga is free and it is for all. A true Yoga teacher will never take fees from you. The teacher will also not accept a person as a disciple, if the person is looking for instant solutions. ... when a man becomes pure and perfect, the sweet influence of his character spreads everywhere, and all who seek the Truth are naturally drawn towards him. (says Sri Ramakrishna)

Yoga is correcting all wrong teachings


This body is an extension of the Supreme Truth (God). Dust of ignorance is the covering the light hidden in us. This light is present in all animate and inanimate. We have painted, mismanaged and tortured the body, thinking that it is something different. Something unique. Yoga is correcting all this wrong.

Through the various asanas, Yoga takes us back to our original figure - to our original source. We then realize that the body is our temporary abode and all we need to do is keep it in its natural form.

The body knows how to take care of itself. After a particular period of time, the body prepares itself for transformation (which we wrongly refer as death). This ancient teaching also helps us in leaving the world in grace.

Yoga is not costly. You need not pay a hefty price to learn Yoga. You need not travel to find it. Yoga is inside you.

Taking a long walk and contemplating is also Yoga. Doing asanas in the morning and evening is also Yoga. But doing Yoga with having a particular end result in mind will cause disappointment.

Self-enquiry, discipline, self-control (mastery over anger, ego and desire), self-realization, mastery over the senses and sweating out on yoga mat will surely give you result. And believe me there is no comparison to what you will achieve. It cannot be described in words. You need to feel it to know it.

Yoga is the union of all. See all in one. Realizing that there is no second.

Along with Yoga you should also read the Bhagavad Gita, Katha Upanishad, Yoga Vasishta and teachings of Ashtavakra.

Above all please do not become a pawn in the hands of a Guru, or God men, in the name of Yoga.

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