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Shivratri 2009 celebrations of Sri Sri Ravishankar and Art of Living at Kollam in Kerala

The 2009 Mahasivarathri celebrations of Sri Sri Ravishankar and Art of Living Ashram Bangalore will be held in Kollam (Quilon) in Kerala. The Art of living foundation is expecting nearly a million people to participate in the Shivaratri celebrations which will be held at the Asramom Maidan in KollamTown. The program will be telecast live on Sanskar TV around the world.A major highlight of the celebrations this year is the Mass social marriage of 52 couples will be held on February 22. The couples will be provided with gold ornaments, fixed deposits, dress etc. On Mahashivratri day, February 23, there will be Mahasivaratri Maharudrapooja and Mahasatsang Maha Sudarshan Kriya. An interesting program that the Art of Living is initiating at Kollam during Shivratri is the Vidyalaya 2009, in which a total of 52 deserving schools will be adopted and their infrastructure facilities will be improved - to provide basic necessities like buildings, books, toilets and computers.Another project is H…

Phalgun Mas – Falgun Month 2009 in Gujarati Calendar

Phalgun Mas, or Falgun Month, is the fifth month in traditional Gujarati Calendar. Holika ka Dahan and Holi are the two important festivals in the month. In 2009, Falgun month in traditional Gujarati Calendar begins on February 25 and ends on March 26. The Phalgun month as per traditional Hindu Calendar followed in North India began on February 10. Phalgun Shukla Paksha in Gujarati Calendar is from February 25 to March 11.Phalgun Krishna Paksha is from March 12 to March 26.Phalgun Mas in traditional Marathi and in Kannada and Telugu calendars also begins on February 25. In these calendars Phalgun is the last month.

Sri Aurobindo Thoughts on Buddha as an Avatar of Lord Vishnu

As to whether one accepts Buddha as an Avatar or prefers to put others in his place (in some lists Balaram replaces Buddha), is a matter of individual feeling. The Buddhist Jatakas are legends about the past incarnations of the Buddha, often with a teaching implied in them, and are not a part of the Hindu system. To the Buddhists Buddha was not an Avatar at all, he was the soul climbing up the ladder of spiritual evolution till it reached the final stage of emancipation – although Hindu influence did make Buddhism develop the idea of an eternal Buddha above, that was not a universal or fundamental Buddhistic idea. Whether the Divine in manifesting his Avatarhood could choose to follow the line of evolution from the lowest scale, manifesting on each scale as a Vibhuti is a question again to which the answer is not inevitably in the negative. If we accept the evolutionary idea, such a thing may have its place. If Buddha taught something different from Krishna, that does not prevent his…