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Chhat Puja 2007

Chhat Puja or Dala Chhath Puja is an important ritual observed after Diwali especially in eastern India. It is observed for four days in the month of Kartik (October – November). The main ritual includes strict fasting and offerings to Surya Bhagvan (Sun God). In 2007, Chhat Sandhya Argh is on November 16 and Chhat Sooryodaya Argh is on November 17.Chhath fasting is mainly observed in Bihar, eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh and in some parts of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. Chhat Puja is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun) and Lord Kartikeya or Skanda. People undertake this upvas for the well being of the family. It is believed that people get their wishes fulfilled, if they observe Chhat. The fast is mainly kept by women but some men also join in the ritual and observe fast.On the first day of Chhat, Hindu devotees take bath in River Ganges – a symbolic act of purification. Houses are thoroughly cleaned and people prepare for the intense austerity. Vegetarian food is preferre…

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Quotes on Stagnation and Stillness

Stagnation is a certain disease. It is anti-life. Stillness is a tremendous amount of life not manifesting itself in any way. It is just there – potent. That is God. God is stillness, not stagnation. The mind is stagnation. Sadhana is a force which moves you from stagnation to stillness, but between stagnation and stillness, when they are together, there seems to be very little difference, since your logical mind only understands in terms of moving and not moving. Not moving is stagnation, but stillness is also not moving. If you look at it objectively, stillness and stagnation are about the same. Physically they could be seen as about the same, but qualitatively they are worlds apart. A person who is meditating and a person who is sleeping may look about the same. One is sitting and sleeping, another is lying down and sleeping, that is all. For a person who doesn’t know the difference, that’s all he sees. Externally there may be no difference between stillness and stagnation. Interna…

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