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Ambubasi or Fertility Festival 2007 at Kamakhya Temple Assam

Ambubasi festival is held annually during monsoon in the Kamakhya temple at Guwahati, Assam. In 2007, the Amububasi Mela starts on June 22. The festival is closely related to the Tantric cult. It is believed that Goddess Kamakhya goes through her menstrual cycle during these days and therefore the temple remains closed for three days. The festival is also known as Ameti or fertility festival.People in large numbers wait outside the temple for the fourth day, when the temple will be opened. Sanyasins and Pandas from around the country assemble at the Kamakhya temple during this period. Devotees come from far off places to meet the Tantric Sadhus. The Tantric Sanyasins also attract the media and foreigners. Apart from this, the festival is noted for its rural craft fair.

Stuff Magazine – Ganesha with Alcohol bottles and Hanuman with a woman

Stuff magazine, an adult publication in the United States, in its June 2007 issue has illustrations of Ganesha with alcohol bottles and Hanuman with a woman. Another Hindu deity (unable to identify) is also part of the illustration, which is part of a general knowledge quiz that asks readers to identify whether things like a ‘zombie,’ ‘downward facing dog’ and ‘bulldog’ are yoga poses, drinks or sex positions. The illustrations are of offending nature but still Hindus should see it and discuss and should form a public opinion against such illustrations.Hindus in the United States have already protested but the magazine is already in circulation and it seems nothing can be done. Degenerating Hindu deities is the latest trend around the world – two days back it was Goddess Lakshmi in an undergarment. Any sane person should know that it is offending to depict a deity with alcohol bottle and women. That too Lord Hanuman who is a known celibate.Such illustrations keep cropping up mainly…

Quotes from Yoga Vasishta on Liberated Soul on Earth

He who does not have an egoistic disposition of the mind and whose intellect is not tainted whether he is engaged in action or not, is said to be liberated while living.
Whom the world is not afraid of and who is not afraid of the world and who is free from exultation, anger and fear, he is said to be liberated while living. Yoga Vasishta
Related The Essence of Yoga Vasishta