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Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple to Remain Closed During Chandra Grahanam

In view of partial lunar eclipse, Chandra Grahan, on August 16, 2008, the temple doors of Lord Venkateswara will be closed from 1930hrs on August 16 to 0500 hrs on August 17 (Indian Standard Time). With regard to sevas except for Suprabatham all other sevas are canceled on August 16. Suprabhatham, Thomala, Archana, Archana Ananthara Darshanams are cancelled on August 17. Sarva Darshanam will commence from 8.30 am and will continue up to 7 pm. After one hour break the sarva darshanam commences again by 8 pm.Similarly, all the local temples doors of TTD will be closed from 0105hrs on August 16 and up to 0414 hrs on August 17 due to Lunar Eclipse. (Source: TTD Press release)

What are Brahma Sutras?

Brahma Sutras are aphorisms or sayings which systematize the teaching of the Upanishads. Badrayana is believed to be the author of the Brahma Sutras and it is also known as Shariraka Sutra and Vedanta Sutras. Brahma Sutras 544 (according to Sri Ramanuja) in number occupies the foremost position of authority in the system of Vedanta.It is believed that there were several commentaries on the Brahma Sutras even before Adi Shankaracharya. The earliest commentary available now is that of Adi Shankara but Shankaracharya himself mentions about several other ancient sages and learned men talking about the Brahma Sutras.Lord Krishna mentions Brahma Sutra in the Bhagavad Gita:The sages have described Him in many ways, in various Vedic hymns, and also in the conclusive and convincing verses of the Brahmasutra. (13.04)Brahma Sutras attempt to formulate, elaborate and defend the philosophy of the Upanishads. There is also a widespread belief that the author of Brahma Sutras Badarayana is but Veda …

A Young Woman and her Bangles - the Twentieth Guru of Dattatreya

A young woman whom I met when I was begging for alms is the twentieth Guru. She told me to wait while she prepared a meal. Her bracelets jangled as she cooked, so she removed one. But the noise continued, so she took off all her bracelets, one by one, until only one remained. Then there was silence. Thus, I learned that wherever there is a crowed, there is noise, disagreement, and dissension. Peace can be expected only in solitude. Another interpretationThe twentieth guru was a young girl who was alone at home when she had unexpected visitors. Brought up in a tradition where the unexpected guest, atithi, is regarded as divine, she seated them with respect and then went into the inner room to prepare food for them. While pounding the rice her glass bangles made a noise knocking against each other. One by one she broke them so that the noise would not disturb her guests, until she had just two on her arm. When these too made a noise she broke one so that she had just one.In a flash Datt…