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Thai Amavasai 2008

Thai Amavasai is the new moon day in the Tamil Month of Thai (January – February). The day is dedicated to forefathers and to other relatives who have died. In 2008, the date of Thai Amavasai is marked on two different dates in many calendars. Some calendars are suggesting February 6 and some February 7. It seems that in February 2008, Amavasai starts on February 6 and overlaps into February 7. (In such situations, the local calendar or temple priest or elders will be the ideal guide.)Special prayers and offerings are made to the dead. Hindu devotees take a dip in the various ‘Thirthas’ (sacred water bodies) and food is offered to the forefathers. It is believed that on this day the souls of the dead visit to bless their relations on the earth. Thai Amavasai falls during the Uttarayan period.The day is of great significance at the Rameshwaram SriRamanathaswamyTemple. Thousands of people take dip at Rameshwaram and visit the Agnitheertha kadarkarai in the morning to offer pujas to th…

Quotes Swami Satchidananda

Deep in the middle of the ocean of the mind there is no pollution. It is absolutely pure. That part is always contented. It never likes or dislikes. It accepts everything; it is not proud. And this is the real nature of your true Self. Only knowledge of this true nature will free you from the turmoil of this world. It will free you from the petty-mindedness which divides humanity into thousands of names: ‘I am this; he is that. He is different from me.’ People kill each other because they group and divide themselves. They fail to see and know that they are above all these differences.Swami SatchidanandaSwami Satchidananda – Disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh and founder of the Integral Yoga Institutes.