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Opt for an Ecofriendly and Green Holi Festival Celebrations

Holi is a celebration of the myriads of hues that the Mature Nature gifts during the spring season. Everything about Holi festival is rooted in Nature. The colors with which Lord Krishna and Radha and the Gopas and Gopis played Holi were made from flowers, roots, fruits, vegetables and trees. But the followers that great culture knowingly or unknowingly use chemical colors to play Holi, the festival of colors. These chemical colors are pollutants and cause damage to skin and eyes.Chemical colors are cheap and easily available and is considered a blessing by a generation that has no time and patience.
When crass commercialization of Hindu festivals is the order of the day, a few individuals and social organizations are trying to promote natural colors made out of flowers, fruits and vegetables. They are trying to turn Holi festival eco-friendly with natural and herbal colors.One such organization is the eCoexist, a social enterprise registered, in Pune, India, which sells natural Holi c…

What is the real subject matter of the Upanishads? – Swami Tejomayananda

In all the four Vedas there are the three sections of karma, upasana, and jnana. The jnana section is comprised of many Upanishads. Even though there are more that 108 Upanishads in the Vedas, the knowledge taught in them is the same – the knowledge of the self.
For all of us living here in this world, questions such as, “Who am I, what is this world, and where did it come from?” eventually arise. The first question is related to myself and my own true nature, while the second question relates to the nature of the world that I see around me. Our desire for the knowledge that will answer these questions is fulfilled in the Upanishads. They tell us that Brahman is the origin of this creation and is also our own true nature.
The next question we would want to ask is what is Brahman? Brahman is that from which we all beings are born, that by which they are sustained and that unto which they return.
Swami Tejomayananda Source: Hindu Culture – An introduction – Page 42 - 43