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Sharat Poornima – Sharad Purnima in October 2008

Sharad Poornima, or Sharath Purnima Vrat, is observed during the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September – October). It is believed that divine Raas Lila of Lord Krishna with Radha and Gopis happened on the night of Sharad Purnima. Due to this importance, the day is also referred as Raas Lila Divas or Ras Lila day. A fasting (Vrata) is also observed on the day. . In 2008, the date of Sharad Poornima is October 14. There is also a close connection between the moon and the Sharath Purnima day – it is believed that moon’s rays contain nourishing elements The significance of Sharat Purnima is mentioned in the 10th chapter of the Srimad Bhagavad Purana. It is also said that the moon is close to the earth on the day and due to this the rays of the moon has several curative properties. Sharad Poornima is of importance in places associated with Lord Krishna like Mathura, Braj, Vrindavan and Nathwara.

A Zen Story – Heaven and Hell

A samurai went to Master Hakuin and requested him to tell about heaven and hell. The master immediately started berating him. “What kind of samurai are you?”
“You look like a beggar!!” The master went on like this for a few minutes.The samurai became angry and drew his sword out.“Now opens the gates of hell!!” said Master.Samurai suddenly withdrew his sword and bowed before the master.“Now opens the gates of heaven” said Master.