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Basant Panchami

Basant Panchami or Vasant Pancami is a Hindu festival which heralds the arrival of spring season. ‘Vasant’ or ‘Basant’ means spring. In 2017, the date of Basant Panchami is February 1. It is also the day when Saraswati Puja is performed in North and Eastern parts of India. Another specialty of Vasant Panchami is the importance given to yellow color, which symbolizes prosperity and love.
The festival is celebrated mainly in North India. Basant season is the period between sun’s entry into the Meena Rashi and its entrance into the Vrishabh Rashi. There is no major Hindu scriptural story associated with Vasant Panchami. But in the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says that ‘Basant’ is one of his forms. Basant Panchami is essentially a form of nature worship – welcoming the blossoming nature after the harsh winter.
Prayers are offered on the day to Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge), Lord Surya (Sun God), Mother Ganga (Ganges) and Bhu Devi (Mother Earth). The worship of Sun, Earth and Water …

Swami Bodhananda Quotes

Meditation is not opposed to activity; it is not opposed to thought, but on the contrary, becomes nourishment for our thinking and our activities. Activity and meditation infuse energy into one another and create a wholeness of experience. Ultimately meditation is a state of total love for everything in the universe.Every failure becomes a stepping stone toward the higher mountain peak of experience. Failure is not a problem. Lack of effort is the problem. When you make one step forward, God takes ten steps towards you.Enlightenment cannot come as a result of evolution. Awakening is not a result of evolution. Awakening is a 'waking up'.Swami BodhanandaSwami Bodhananda is trained in the Shankaracharya Tradition and has been teaching Vedanta since 1978. He is the Spiritual Founder and Director of several organizations under the umbrella of the Sambodh Foundation, New Delhi.