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Purnima Vrat – Fasting on Full Moon

Purnima or Poornima is an auspicious day in Hinduism. Poornima is the full moon day and many important rituals and festivals takes place on full moon day. In South India, the day is known as Pournami. Upvaas (Fasting) is observed on this day by some people.
The Purnima Fasting begins at Sunrise and ends after sighting the Moon. Most people only take food after seeing the moon or after evening prayers.
In some places in South India, the Pournami Vratam is dedicated to Devi, Mother Goddess.
Special pujas are performed in temples on Poornima day including the Pournami Pooja.
Satyanarayana or Satya Narayana Puja is another important Pooja performed on the Purnima day.

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Sky or Space the Third Guru of Dattatreya

This all-pervading and all-embracing space is my fifth guru. Space has room for the sun, moon, and stars and yet, it remains untouched and unconfined. I, too, must have room for all the diversities, and still remain unaffected by what I contain. All visible and invisible objects may have their rightful place within me, but they have no power to confine my consciousness. (Source: The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD)Another Interpretation of the Third Guru of Dattatreya from Srimad BhagavadamA thoughtful sage, even while living within a material body, should understand himself to be pure spirit soul. Similarly, one should see that the spirit soul enters within all forms of life, both moving and nonmoving, and that the individual souls are thus all-pervading. The sage should further observe that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as the Supersoul, is simultaneously present within all things. Both the individual soul and the Supersoul can be understo…

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