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Ratha Saptami

Ratha Saptami is an important Hindu festival associated with Lord Surya (Sun God). Lord Surya riding a chariot driven by seven horses is worshipped on this day. It is also known as Magh Saptami or Magha Saptami, Jayanti or Jaya Saptami, Surya Jayanti and Maha Saptami. In 2018, Ratha Saptami is on January 24.

Ratha Saptami is observed on the seventh day of the bright fortnight in the Hindu month Magh (January – February). It is considered to be the most important saptami in a year. It is believed that in the Mahabharata, Bhishamacharya chose this day to leave his body and attain ‘moksha.’ It is also said that the earth's inclination towards the sun is steepest on the Ratha Saptami day.

Ratha Saptami is observed differently in different parts of India. The day is of great significance in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. An important ritual takes place on this day at the TirupatiBalajiTemple.

In some Tamil communities, people take bath by placing Erukku leaves on the head…

Without desire for fruits of actions, will one be motivated to act?

Intellectuals raise the question: If one does not desire the fruits of action, will he be motivated to act?
In response to this question, the sages who have trodden the path and graciously left their
footprints for us to follow have said: Have a desire so that you perform the action, but do not have a selfish desire, for selfish desire is the very source of misery, but selfless desire
brings joy and makes you free.
When surrendering the fruits of actions becomes the basis of one's life, he knows nothing but giving. And at that stage further knowledge is not needed, for one has already attained the goal of life. He realizes his oneness and lives in that realization. Therefore, give up all the fruits of your actions to others and live in perennial happiness.Swami Rama(Source: Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Rama)