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Sashti in November 2008

Sashti, or Shasti, is the sixth day after Amavasi (new moon) and Purnima (full moon) in a traditional Hindu calendar. The Sashti after Amavasi is considered highly auspicious by Muruga devotees. The Sashti that falls in Aipasi month (October – November) is known as Skanda Sashti and a six day Kanda Sashti Vrat is observed during period. In November 2008, the date of Sashti is November 4th. It must be noted here that in some calendars the Skanda Sashti festival is also marked on November 3. Please check with your local temple or local calendar. The Skanda Sashti Vrat begins after the new moon day (Amavasi) in Aipasi month. The Amavasi day was on October 28 and the Skanda Sashti Vrat began on October 29. The six-day Vrat period should have ended on November 3, which also should have been the Sashti day. Pratipada, Dwitiya, Tritiya, Chaturti, Panchami and Shasti are the normal count of days. But occasional in the Hindu calendars days overlap thus there are two Dwitiya in some calendars.

Concept of Evil in Vedanta

Vedanta holds that evil cannot exist outside God, because God is the material cause of the universe. The example is of the spider weaving its web from its saliva. The spider, the cause, is not different from its web, the effect; just as Brahman is not different from the universe.Vedanta discards a separate existence for evil and considers evil to be only a relative viewpoint. For example, poison is generally considered to be bad; but it is also good in a certain context: many life – saving drugs are poisons. Likewise, vitamins may be good, even lifesaving; but consumed in excess they can be fatal.Therefore, good and evil are only relative. All is an appearance, including evil. And the enormous positive energy generated in you can make you go beyond evil and see the truth as Advaita, as the one non-dual reality.Vedanta says that God is energy and intelligence, and that the world, which is matter, is nothing but a part of God.(Source: Excerpts from an article written in Times of India b…