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Goddess Kali in New York Neuberger Museum of Art Exhibition and the Unnecessary Controversy

Neuberger Museum of Art at Purchase in New York is currently exhibiting paintings under the title “British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning 1967 – 2009.” A painting by Sutapa Biswas titled ‘Housewives with Steak-Knives’ is being identified with Goddess Kali and a controversy has started over the painting. Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, and Bhavna Shinde, of Forum for Hindu Awakening, have started a campaign to remove it from the exhibition and states that the painting amounts to irreverence and trivialization of the sacred deity, Goddess Kali. I feel this is an unnecessary controversy.On the Goddess Kali Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said she was “highly revered in Hinduism and she was meant to be worshipped in temples and not to be used indecorously.” Kali is looked at as being the Goddess of time and change, as well as personifying divine energy. Zed’s claims are that disrespecting Hinduism by misinterpreting and deforming a “su…

Ekadasi Tithi Calculator – Software to Find the Exact Time of Ekadashi Fasting in Your Country

Ekadasi Tithi and Time in India will not be same as that of United States and that of Singapore. Each country has a different time for Ekadashi fasting. To calculate the Ekadasi time in your region you need to know the following facts – 1) time difference from India and your present residing country. 2) You need to know the sunrise time in your country.The Ekadasi calculator and the software is provided by Sri Ahobila Mutt. You can calculate the Ekadasi time in your region here at the official website of Sri Ahobila Mutt.You may also like to readEkadasi Dates in 2010

Paush Month 2011 or Pushya Maas – Paush Mahina 2011 in Hindu calendar

Paush Month, or Poush Mahina, is the 10th month in a traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Paush Mahina 2011 begins on December 22, 2010 and ends on December 19, 2011. The calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and other north Indian states. It is also known as Pushya Maas and Poush Mas. Note - Paush month in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat begins on January 4, 2011 and ends on February 2, 2011 Paush Amavasya is on January 4, 2011 in North India. Paush Amavasi is on February 2 for calendars followed in other regions. Paush Purnima is on January 19. Some of the important auspicious days in the Paush month include Paush Purnima, Makar Sankranti etc. The famous Magh Mela at Sangam (Allahabad) in Uttar Pradesh begins on the Paush Poornima.

Swami Chidananda Commentary on Amritabindu Upanishad

The desire ridden mind is impure. Other impurities like anger or jealousy are its side products. When obstructed desire becomes anger, when someone else enjoys what one desires, it turns into jealousy. When one gets what one wanted, greed or pride arises.“Mind is considered as two-fold: pure and impure. It is impure with the resolve of personal desire. It is pure when devoid of all selfish desires” – Amritabindu Upanishad Mantra 1.Mind binds, mind liberates! Thoughts are the medium through which the ego, the limited Self, appears and paves the way for all our likes and dislikes, pleasure and pain. Innocence of a child is free from attachment or hatred. As we reach deep within ourselves – we see this childlike nature of pure – undivided awareness due to attachment to sense objects. We pursue pleasure out of mere habit and not as a true need. Paying attention to the subtle ways our mind is indeed desireless state. “Mind alone is the cause of bondage and liberation for human beings. The …

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