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Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2008 – Organized by Ministry of External Affairs India

Booking for the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra organized by Ministry of External Affairs India has started. The last day of application for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2008 is March 17. Application forms for the 2008 Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is available online at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs web site (details below).Kailash Manasarovar Yatra includes visit to MountKailash – the abode of Lord Shiva – and ManasarovarLake. According to Hindu scriptures, those who take a dip in the Manasarovar and complete the parikrama (circumambulate) around MountKailash are absolved of their sins and are liberated from the cycle of birth and death. They are ultimately united with Brahman (symbolically represented by MountKailash or Shiva).About Kailash Manasarovar Yatra
MountKailash and ManasarovarLake are in China. The Yatra involves high altitude trekking under inhospitable conditions.The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2008 starts from end of May/early June and runs till September 2008. The Ya…

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in February 2008

3rd February 2008 – Ekadashi (In some calendars on February 2)6th February 2008 – Thai Amavasai (Tamil)7th February 2008 – Mauni Amavasya (Amavasi is marked on both 6th and 7th in many calendars. 11th February 2008 – Basant Panchami11th February 2008 – Saraswati Puja 12th February 2008 – Shasti 13th February 2008 – Rath Saptami17th February 2008 – Ekadasi19th February 2008 – Vishwakarma Jayanti (Rajasthan and in some sections of North India)21st February 2008 – Magh Poornima (In Tamil Calendars and some other regional calendars Poornima is marked on Feb 20 also.)21st February 2008 – Lunar Eclipse (In India visible only in certain parts of Kutch and Saurashtra in Gujarat) 21st February 2008 – Masi Magam

Swami Viditatmananda Saraswati on the Permanent and the Transient

In life, the permanent and the impermanent are mixed up with each other. It is not that the permanent is in one place and the impermanent in another, and they can be distinguished easily. The Katha Upanishad says: Shreyas and preyas approach the human being. Having very clearly considered them, the discriminative (person) distinguishes them. (1-2-2)In life, we constantly come across Shreyas and Preyas. Shreyas means that which is permanent and lasting and preyas is that which is impermanent and ephemeral. Shreyas is happiness of the Self or internal happiness, and preyas is happiness derived from sense objects or external happiness. It requires a certain sensitivity to appreciate lasting happiness as opposed to the impermanent, ephemeral happiness in the objects and achievements of the world. This viveka arises in a heart that has become relatively pure by the performance of nitya-karma, naimittika-karma, duty in the spirit of worship, meditations etc.Every moment presents a choice be…

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