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Showing posts from January 4, 2007

Boghi Festival

The first day of Pongal Festival in Tamil speaking world is the Boghi Festival. Pongal, a harvest festival, is the equivalent of Makar Sankranti festival. In 2018, Boghi is on January 13.
Boghi is the last day in the Margazhi month. On the Bogi day, people burn old clothes and other unwanted objects.
Symbolically it represents the throwing away of all unwanted and negative thoughts and objects. The burning of unwanted objects in fire also symbolizes purifying oneself to welcome the Pongal.

Polluted Water Keeps Millions of Devotees Away from Ardh Kumbh Mela

Yesterday during Paush Poornima several hundreds of devotees kept away from taking the sacred bath at Sangam, Allahabad, due to the polluted water in GangesRiver. Many people preferred to stay on the banks of Ganga and did not take ‘snan.’ Some decided not to turn up due to the polluted water. Holy Men have threatened ‘jal samadhi’ (suicide) during Ardh Kumbh Mela, if the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) level of Ganges was not restored.Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) is a measure of the oxygen used by microorganisms to decompose waste.Microorganisms such as bacteria are responsible for decomposing organic waste. When organic matter such as dead plants, sewage, and food waste is present in a water supply, the bacteria will begin the process of breaking down this waste. When this happens, much of the available dissolved oxygen is consumed by aerobic bacteria, robbing other aquatic organisms of the oxygen they need to live. (from k12science)The mela administration is trying to cover up …

Quote for the day - Brahman

The supreme is not an object of ordinary knowledge but of intuitive realization. If we think that we know Brahman and we can describe Brahman as an object perceived in nature or as the cause inferred from nature, we do not, in reality, know Brahman. But those who feel that they do not and cannot know Brahman in this manner do have a knowledge of Brahman. Brahman cannot be comprehended as an object of knowledge. Brahman can be realized as the subject in all knowledge.S RadhaKrishnan(Commenting on Kena Upanishad section II Verse 3)(Source: The Principal Upanishads page 585 – HarperCollins 2003 edition)