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Showing posts from October 16, 2007

Navratri Dandiya Raas and Sex

For the past couple of years, newspapers and visual media have been reporting about the rise in the sexual activity during Navaratri Dandiya Ras in Gujarat. In the past week, this blog has attracted several visitors on the topic even though the Dandia Ras related post had nothing to do with sex. So what’s the whole issue of this Dandiya Sex? Young boys and girls make use of the freedom they get during the Navratri nights to indulge in sex. The Dandiya dance goes on till midnight and into the wee hours of the morning. And it is no more a secret that a minority of teenagers make use of freedom provided by the religious festival to indulge in sex with their girlfriends. Reports appearing the newspapers and visual media suggest that there is an increase of 25 to 30% condom sale during the Navratri period in the cities in Gujarat. Hotels too make huge profits during the period as room rates for an hour ranges from Rupees 200 to 500. There is also a rise in the number of abortions in Guja…

Official Website of Mahakaleshwar Temple in Ujjain

The famous Lord Shiva temple in Ujjain now has an official website. The MahakaleshwarTemple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, is one among the twelve Jyotirlingas and is also famous for the Kumbha Mela.
The Mahakaleshwar website has a Hindi and English version and the front page has a slide show of the famous Shivling of Ujjain. There is also soothing bhajan in the background. 
If you are using a dial-up internet connection, then you will have to be a bit patient as the web site will take some time to load. 
You will need Shockwave Flash Embedder installed to view the slide show.
The official website is

Swami Mitrananda on the Bhagavad Gita

Lord Krishna's teaching accommodates diverse levels of learners – from the most elementary to the most philosophical or the most profound. While the Lord explains to Arjuna the sacred secret that is the greatest and ultimate knowledge (Raja Vidhya), He points out that despite it being inaccessible and difficult, it is still directly attainable (provided it is understood clearly) to those who are keen to gain access to it through meditation. The desire to understand has to be matched with the determination to be engaged in regular study and reflection. The mysterious and impenetrable nature of Truth and the limitations of the human intellect together make its comprehension difficult. Human intellect at best is able to get only glimpses of Truth and, failing to grasp its entirety, remains prejudiced. In this context, Arjuna exemplifies the ideal disciple, for he is willing to listen patiently, and remains unbiased. The Lord reinforces that only with tremendous faith in the teaching …