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Dos and Donts While Using Darbha Grass in Hindu Pujas

Darbha Grass is an important item in many Hindu pujas and rituals. There are certain things that should be kept in mind while using Darbha. Below are the dos and donts while using Darbha Grass.

The tip of the Darbha should be intact. The grass leaf without the tip is useless.
When we take Darbha from a bundle, we have to do it from the lower/root side and not from the top.
When we set it down, care must be taken to see that its tip faces east or north. The Darbha should not be placed on bare earth.
Darbha cannot be reused; or and if it is trampled it should not be used again.
Darbha grass should not be cut with our nails.
Note - The article originally written and contributed by Sarma Sastrigal. It is found in the book titled ‘The Great  Hindu Tradition’ written by Sarma Sastrigal.
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Importance of Milk Abhishek on Shivling – Pouring Milk on Shivling

Pouring milk (abhishek or abhishekam) on Shivling is an important ritual dedicated to Shiva in temples and at home. After jal abhishek or ritual pouring of water, the next most important ritual is doodh or pal (milk) abhishekam. This ritual is performed especially by those married couples who are not having children.
The popular belief is that Rudra Abhishek with milk fulfills the desire of having children.
It is also recommended for those couple who are having difficulty with conceiving second child.
It is also believed that those couples who had lost their child during pregnancy or still birth will be blessed with healthy children after performing milk abhishek.
The milk that is to be used for the purpose should be cow milk.
Another belief is that performing abhishek with milk and sugar will help in improving intelligence. It is said that this ritual is so meritorious that a dumb witted person will become intelligent after this offering to Shiva.

Bhagavad Gita Text in French – Download Bhagavad Gita Book in French in Pdf format for free

Srimad Bhagavad Gita Text in French in Pdf format for free is provided by Swami Shri Adgadanad Ji’s of Yatharth Geeta. This downloadable French Bhagwad Geeta Book is strictly for personal use. You can only download the eighteen chapters in French separately and not as a single book.
The French Bhagavad Gita is in pdf format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or any other pdf reader installed on your computer.
You can download the Bhagawad Gita in French from this link – French Bhagavad Gita.
Note – the chapter headings are given in French. On clicking each chapter you will get the French Gita.

Book – Hinduism: A Way of Life and a Mode of Thought

Hinduism: A Way of Life and a Mode of Thought is written by Professor Usha Choudhuri and Professor Indra Nath Choudhuri and published by Niyogi Books. According to the authors, the book is a search for true Hinduism which is beyond any kind of definition of religion.
From the flyer of the book
“Here the secular and the sacred meet. Truth and untruth, spirituality and materialism, gods and demons, life here and life beyond are complementary to each other. Here one does not know when philosophy turns into devotion and devotion into philosophy. This is the core ethos of Hinduism. There is a vast range of scriptures, a huge array of ritualistic procedures and traditions of brahminical orthodoxy, varied interpretations coupled with multiple views. There is a variety of theological explications, ultimately leading to the celebration of life while searching for the divine and realizing the self.”
Hinduism: A Way of Life and a Mode of Thought Authors - Professor Usha Choudhuri and Professor In…

One who has a pure mind, considers everyone pure - Holy Mother Sarada Devi Teachings

One who has a pure mind, considers everyone pure.
You must work, of course. Work keeps the mind in order. But Japa, meditation and prayer are quite essential. At least once at dawn and again at dusk one must sit down for spiritual practices. It is like the rudder of a ship. When you sit at dusk, you get to think of all that you have done and not done during the day. Then you have to compare the states of your mind yesterday and today. . . Along with this work, if you don’t meditate morning and evening, how can you understand whether you are working in the right lines?
Far better is it to work than to let the mind loose to indulge in riotous thinking. If the mind is allowed a little laxity, it will create such turmoil.
Reasoning, questioning, Japam and meditation—all are for purification of the mind. To withdraw the mind from unreal, to concentrate the mind, to purify the mind—all are for sincere hankering after God. But by love alone will you get His grace.
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Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 24, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 24, 2012 – Shukla Paksha Navami or the ninth day of waxing phase of moon in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or ninth day during the waxing phase of moon till 12:44 PM on September 24. Then onwards it is Shukla Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.

Nakshatra – Purva Shada or Pooradam Nakshatra till 3:29 PM. Then onward it is Uttara Shada or Uthiradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu Rashi till 9:09 PM. Then onwards it is Makar Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days –
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha NavamiTithi or the ninth day of waxing phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day of waxing phase of moon inBhadrapad month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryan…

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