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Dhulandi Holi in March 2008

Holi, the Hindu festival marked by colors, fun and gaiety, falls on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun (February – March). Playing with Holi colors takes place on the next day. In 2008, the date of Holi Dhulandi is on March 22. Holika Dahan or lighting of bonfire is on March 21. Holi is largely associated with Lord Krishna. It is said that Krishna in his childhood and teenage played Holi with his Gopas and Gopis. Gulal made up of colors likes pink, magenta, red, yellow and green are an indispensable part of Holi. Tesu, or ‘flame of the forest,’ the flower of the Palash tree is another important material used in Holi. Dried Tesu flowers when mixed water creates a beautiful saffron-reddish color. It is said that Krishna played Holi with a pichkaris (a brass syringe which sprays water). Holi celebrations begin on Rang Pashi, three days earlier to Holika Dahan. All family members gather at home; and gulal is sprinkled on all by the eldest family member. Women wear their special Hol…

Swami Sivananda on the Concept of Death in Hinduism

Death is separation of the soul from the physical body. Death becomes the starting point of a new life. Death merely opens the door to a higher and fuller form of life. Birth and death are jugglery of maya. He who is born begins to die. He who dies begins to live. Life is death and death is life. No one comes, no one goes. Brahmn or the eternal alone exists.

Just as you move from one house to another, the soul passes from one body to another to gain experience. Just as a man casting off worn-out garments takes new ones, so the dweller in this body, casting off worn-out bodies, enters into others which are new. Life is a continuum. Death is necessary for further evolution. Dissolution of the body is no more than sleep. Birth is like waking up. Death brings new life. A man of discrimination is not afraid of death. Death unlocks the door to a wider existence. The soul is a circle whose circumference is nowhere but its centre is in the body. Death means the change of this centre from one b…