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Lunar Eclipse – Chandra Grahan in August 2008 in India

A partial lunar eclipse, Chandra Grahan, will be visible in India from 0106 hrs to 0415 hrs (Indian Standard Time) on August 17, 2008 (Sunday night to early morning). It must be noted here that the Chandra Grahanam takes place during night and therefore it is being referred in some Hindu calendars and panchangam as taking place on August 16. According to NASA, the eclipse will be visible in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. It will be visible in South America, United Kingdom, Europe and in some parts of United States on Saturday, August 16, 2008 (night). In India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Malaysia on August 17, 2008 (Night to early morning). It is a partial lunar eclipse in all places.
A lunar eclipse occurs when Sun, Earth and Moon are in a single line with Earth in the middle. If this occurs, the Moon does not receive light from the Sun because it is in the shadow of the Earth, and thus the Moon becomes invisible.Image courtesy NASA
In Hinduism, the reason f…

Small Bird – Eighteenth Guru of Dattatreya

Dattatreya watched a small sparrow flying with a piece of food in its beak and saw it encounter a big bird. Pursued by the big bird, the little sparrow dropped its food and escaped while the former pounced on the food. He realized the wisdom behind the instinctive action of the bird, that when the enemy is stronger, one should not hang onto possessions. Not only is this true concerning material possessions but also of emotions.

When a strong emotion so overpowers one, it is not wise to fight with the mind at that stage. It is best to let it pass while witnessing it in a detached fashion, so that the energy associated with it settles down.

The sadhak needs to build up his foundation systematically and stabilize it before he or she is ready to face the giant waves of the ocean of the mind. It is said, "Discretion is the better part of valour", and, 'Fools rush in where angels fear to tread". One must be aware of one's limitations in the early stages of sadhana l…

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