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Showing posts from March 13, 2008

Are Hindu Calendars Faulty?

Based on Hindu calendars Makara Sankranti is celebrated in January 14 or 15 now. But the day the sun shines overhead on the Tropic of Capricorn (Makara) is on December 22 (the winter solstice). Biman Nath, an astronomer and writer, in an article in the Frontline titled ‘the story of India’s faulty calendars’ asserts that the Indian regional calendars are faulty and they are actually 24 days ahead of the correct Indian National Calendar or Saka calendar. To be frank I am always confused with the regional calendars in India. Indian states in the north and the east use a solar calendar in which months are either 30 or 31 days long. Kerala and Tamil Nadu also use a solar calendar. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat use lunar calendars in which months are 29.5 days long. But I don’t know whether they are faulty simply because the explanations that we get on Indian calendars are confusing. It is hard for a common man to understand Indian regional calendars.The article ‘the s…

Recipe to Cook Savoury or Uppu Kara Adai Dish for Savitri Nombu

White Karadai or Savoury or Uppu Kara Adai is the dish prepared as an offering during Savitri Nonbu or Karadaiyan Nombhu. It is also the unique food eaten by married women to break the fast during Karadai Nombu. This Adai is a simple dish and it is believed that Savitri cooked the Karamani Adai in the forest while fasting (vratam) to save her husband’s life from Yama, the god of death. There are two varieties of Kara Adai – Sweet and Savoury. The savoury Ada is white in color and sweet one is brown in color. You can read about the preparation of Sweet Kara Adai here.How to Cook Uppu Kara Adai?IngredientsRice flour – 2 cupsWater four cups¼ cup karamani or cowpeas (you can also substitute cowpea with Tuvar dal)Coconut ½ cup grated or cut into small pieces (quantity depends on your taste)GingerGreen chillies (4 to 5) or depending on your tasteA pinch of asafetida1 tsp mustard seedsSalt 1 to 1 1/2 (Depends on your taste)Curry leaves2 tsp Oil1 broken red chilli (just for taste… you can als…

Swami Tejomayananda Quotes

One can either be a master of circumstances or a victim of them. If one says that he has the inspiration but has no opportunities, then that person is not sufficiently inspired. A truly inspired person will create the opportunities and charge ahead. I heard a joke recently that illustrates what I am saying. It is said that one must learn from Noah. He floated his company when the world was in liquidation!If you are truly inspired by your work or job, then you will be totally absorbed in it, and things or events around you will not distract you. So, most importantly, you have to find that work or job which truly inspires you. Also realize that someone else cannot live your life and you cannot live someone else’s life. You must remind yourself of this and therefore commit yourself to taking charge of your life. This way you will remain focused.Swami Tejomayananda(Swami Tejomayananda, a disciple of Swami Chinmayananda, is the Chairman and spiritual head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide.)