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Shudhi Panchakam in Hindu Tradition

Shudhi Panchakam is five areas that need constant attention in daily life as per Hindu tradition. The five areas that come under Shudhi Panchakam are cleanliness of the body, keeping the mind calm and clean, keeping panch indirya (five senses - touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing) under control, good speech and cleanliness of one’s house.

Taking bath every day morning and evening in normal temperature water falls under Sharira Shudhi or the cleanliness of the body. Sharira Shudhi also includes keeping teeth, nails, eyes, nose and ears clean.

Next is Mana Shudhi or keeping the mind calm and clean. If we let the mind to wander it is sure to enter Adharmic areas. This will pollute the mind. Ego, angry and jealousy are the main pollutants of the mind. To keep the mind clean one should cultivate love and piety for all living beings, also courage and dharmic thoughts.

Panch Indirya Sudhi means keeping the control over the actions of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. You should use t…

Book – Vishnu Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior

The book titled ‘Vishnu Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior’ explores the murtis (idols), paintings and sculptures of Hindu God Vishnu – including the ten avatars and numerous other minor incarnations – from antiquity to modern times. Illustrations and discussions in the book reveal the influence of the murtis of Vishnu in rituals, art, literature and religious culture in India.
The highlight of the book is the 230 color illustrations of Vishnu from numerous collectors and museums around the world. Articles in the book by noted historians of South Asian art delve deeply into the regional and sectarian traditions of Vishnu worship in India.
A sad part is that most of the beautiful murtis of Vishnu are not in temples but in museums and with art collectors around the world.
Vishnu Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior Edited by Joan Cummins Published by Mapin Publishing Price – Rupees 3500/- / $ 75.00 / £ 45.00
The book is available online at Mapin Publishing at a discount price.
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Osho Rajaneesh Thoughts and Quotes

The more things accumulate the more life is wasted because they have to be purchased at the cost of life.

We go on believing that we are separate. We are not; not even for a single moment. Drop the idea of separation and the fear of death disappears. If you become one with the whole you will live forever. You will go beyond birth and death.

One has just to be oneself. That is my basic message. The moment you accept yourself as you are all burdens, all mountainous burdens simply disappear.

Don’t try to force anything. Let life be a deep let go. See god opening millions of flowers everyday without forcing the buds.
Osho Rajaneesh

Today’s Hindu Calendar – June 24, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on June 24, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Ashtami and Navami – eighth and ninth day of waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami till 5:58 AM on June 24. Afterwards it is Navami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Uttarabhadrapada or Uthritathi Nakshatra till 11:51 AM. Afterwards it is Revathi Nakshatram.

Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rasi.

Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Panchak

Jyeshta Krishna Paksha Ashtami and Navami or ninth and eighth day of waning phase of moon in Jaishata month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Ninth day is marked in many Telugu and Kannada Calendars.

Ashada Krishna Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of waning phase of moon in Ashada month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.

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