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Bhagavad Gita in Daisy Format for the Visually Challenged and Blind People

The Bhagavad Gita in Daisy format is the first of its kind and is primarily aimed at people who are blind or cannot read printed material. DAISY is the short form of Digital Accessible Information System and DAISY assists people who, for various reasons, have challenges using (reading) regular printed media or written materials. The Gita in Daisy format is presented by Swami Radhanandji from the USA, together with Dr Dengla, the visually challenged principal of NAB-PNM, Rehabilitation Centre for the blind in MountAbu, Rajasthan, India, with the support of Mukesh Modi, chairman and founder of Adarsh Credit Cooperative Society Ltd, MountAbu. Times of India reports Daisy format is not only for the benefit of the visually challenged or the print disabled but also for the sighted who do not want to read. When Swamiji used to give discourse through Skype from the USA, Dr Dengla religiously recorded the same for two hours daily in the Daisy Recording Studio of the centre, financed by Modi tog…

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in December 2010

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in December 2010 – based on major Hindu calendars used in India. The festivals and auspicious days are based on Indian Standard Time (IST). December 1 – Utpanna or Utpatti Ekadasi Smarta only in some regions December 2 – Utpatti or Utpanna Ekadasi December 3 – Pradosh December 3 – Sant Dnyaneshwar Maharaj Punyatithi

Sankashti Chaturthi in November 2011 – Sankashta Chaturti for Ganesha

Sankashti Chaturthi, or Sankashta Chaturti Vrata, which falls on the fourth day during the waning phase of the moon (Krishna Paksha) in a Hindu calendar, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Sankata Nivarini Chaturthi November 2011 date is November 14. Sankashti Chaturti is the fourth day after the full moon. Ganesha devotees observe a fast on this day from sunrise to sunset.

Fasting on Sankashti Chaturthi  begins at sunrise and ends after sighting the moon. Those devotees undertaking a fast on the day perform evening puja before taking food. Ganesh Temples conduct special poojas on the day.

The significance of Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. It is also detailed in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.

It is widely believed by Ganesh devotees that observing Sankashta Chaturti will bring material progress, happiness and fulfillment of desires.

Sant Sunderdas Teachings

I’m neither angry nor friendly to anyone; Neither attached nor jealous; Neither I’ve enmity towards nor ready to attack on anyone; Neither I start debates nor am aggrieved at someone; There is neither companionship nor inclination towards a person; I speak neither ill nor have any dealings with anyone. I like only to think of Brahman and nothing else. Sant Sunderdas 

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