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This May There Is the Rare Blue Moon

In May 2007, the full moon will appear twice. The first full moon is on May 2nd and the second full moon is on May 31st. This rare second moon is known as ‘Blue Moon.’ No! The moon will not change its color to blue. A blue moon is the second full moon in a month. This second moon is based Gregorian calendar and therefore this rare sighting has nothing to do with Hindu Calendars. But there will be two ‘poornimas’ (full moon) in May.The blue moon was last sighted on July 31, 2004. Now you must be thinking about the phrase ‘once in a blue moon,’ which means ‘not very often.’ Yes, the phrase is related to this rare sighting of the moon. For a blue moon to appear there must be at least 30 days in a month because the average number of days between two full moons is around 29 days. Because of this, February will never have a blue moon.After the Blue Moon on May 31st 2007 one has to wait till December 31st 2009. Since the date is on 31st, depending on the time zone some countries might not ha…

What does Sanatana Dharma mean?

Sanatana Dharma is the true and original name of Hinduism. So, what is the meaning of Sanatana Dharma? Sanatana means that which cannot be destroyed by fire, water, air, weapons and is present in all living and non living being. The nearest apt English word for Sanatana is ‘Eternal.’ Now for Dharma, there is no apt English word. The nearest explanation for dharma is duty, responsibility of an individual or code of life or law. Roughly, Sanathana Dharma means the ‘Eternal Law.’

Essentially Sanatana Dharma is the sum total of all attempts made by living beings (individual soul) to merge with the Supreme Soul. The experiences of all those who made the attempt before is found in the scriptures.

Sanatana Dharma is an eternally flowing river. The only aim of the river is merge with the Supreme Truth.
The words ‘Hindu’ and ‘Hinduism’ is a later incorrect designation. The above meaning of
Sanatana can be found in the Bhagavad Gita.
It must be noted here that none of the major scriptures of S…