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Q&A: What is the puja time for Shivratri in 2009?

Shivaratri, or Mahashivaratri, in 2009 is on February 23. This is as per the Indian Standard Time. In United States and Canada, Shivratri in 2009 begins on February 22 (This is as per the popular Panchagams and calendars that are based on North American timing).In India, the pujas for Shivratri start in the early morning at Shiva temples on February 23 and continues till the morning of February 24.Most of the important rituals and pujas on the day are also held during night.Some devotees observe pujas and rituals from 2000 hrs (February 23) to early morning 0500 hrs (February 24) as it is believed that Lord Shiva appeared during this period. If any of the readers would like to add to the answer or correct it please post it on the comment section or please send to our mail id – hindublog @

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Q&A: Where one who practices Hinduism stands on Socialism

Emily, a reader of Hindu Blog, wanted to know about Hinduism's views on Socialism. Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines Socialism as the set of beliefs which states that all people are equal and should share equally in the wealth of the country, or the political systems based on these beliefs. Thousands of years before modern man thought about Socialism, the great sages of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) taught the lessons of equality of not only of humans but animals and all that is in Nature. The opening stanza of Isa Upanishad (Ishavasya Upanishad) reads like this:Ishavasyam Idam Sarvam Yat Kim Cha Jagatyam Jagat
Tena Tyaktena bhunjitha, ma gradha kasyasvid dhanamKnow that all this whatever moves in this moving world is enveloped by God. Therefore find your enjoyment in renunciation, do not covet what belongs to others. The same idea is echoed in numerous other ancient Hindu scriptures. Gandhiji found in this mantra not just universal brotherhood of all human beings bu…

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa Jayanti

This birthday (Jayanthi) celebration is based on the Hindu lunar calendar, which falls on Phalgun Shukla Dwitiya. According to the English calendar or the general Indian Calendar, Sri Ramakrishna was born on February 18, 1836. The Jayanti celebrations of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in 2018 will be observed on February 17. Numerous spiritual programs and discourses are being organized by Ramakrishna mission in India and in several countries around the world on the day.

Swami Vivekananda about his Guru Sri Ramakrishna
He looked just like an ordinary man, with nothing remarkable about him. He used the most simple language, and I thought, 'Can this man be a great teacher?'

I crept near him and asked him the question which I had been asking others all my life: 'Do you believe in God, sir?' 'Yes.' `How can you?' 'Because I see Him just as I see you here, only in a much more intense sense.'

That impressed me at once. For the first time I found a person wh…

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Thoughts on Science and Spirituality

Science and spirituality are like two ways of looking at the creation. Science regards life as matter and spirituality regards matter as life. Spirituality elevates matter to the level of life, level of divinity and adds a sense of honor. While science brings us material and physical comfort, spirituality gives comfort to our souls. Science cultivates logic and spirituality develops intuition, another faculty of enquiry. Ancient rishis recognized this interplay between science and spirituality and said true fulfillment in life can come only through gyana (spirituality) and vigyana (science). There is a saying in the Upanishads that reads ‘padarth, gyanaat, moksha’. It means that if one understands even one particle in the creation thoroughly, he or she will be liberated. One doesn’t even need to believe in God’s existence. Ancient rishis knew that the entire creation is reflected in each particle as consciousness.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar(Source: An Article Written By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar …