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Veda Vyasa Jayanti on Vaishaka Trayodashi

Sri Veda Vyasa Jayanthi is the birth anniversary of Sage Vyasa, the author of the Mahabharata and the Puranas. In 2018, the date of Veda Vyasa Jayanti in Vaishaka month is April 27. Veda Vyasa Jayanti is observed by certain Hindu communities on the 13th day (Trayodashi) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Vaishaka month. This particular Veda Vyasa Jayanti is more popular in South India, especially with some communities in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

It must be noted that Veda Vyasa Jayanti is observed during several dates in a year. This is because it is believed that Sri Veda Vyasa appeared several times to spread Dharma. The dates also differ from region to region and community to community.

Veda Vyasa is the editor of the Hindu scriptures – he has compiled and edited the vast volume of Hindu scriptures. And the vast repertoire of scriptures in Hinduism is primarily due to his efforts.

(This is an answer to a query to one of our readers, Harish Chandra, who was puzzled …

To, We Hindus Are Not Confused About How The World Was Created

Jeninne Lee-St. John, a writer at, unnecessarily mentions about Hindus and takes a dig at us that we are confused about how the world was created. In Jeninne Lee-St. John’s words – Confused about how Hindus believe the world was created? (So are they; the religion has no single canon and there are many, sometimes conflicting, origin stories.) Yes! Hinduism has no single canon and there are many and some are conflicting this is because we are fiercely independent and we believe that each individual is a part of the Supreme Being and has the freedom and right to think about creation and origin and discuss it and write about it. The thought of two individuals can never be the same, if it is expressed without fear and favor. Our ancient seers did not impose an idea, but they sat under a tree and discussed it and you can find those discussions in the Upanishads.Now why did Jeninne Lee-St. John write about Hindus? The writer was introducing a new website (, which explai…

Book: Messages from Amma – In the Language of the Heart

The book titled ‘Messages from Amma – In the Language of the Heart’ contains quotations from Mata Amritanandamayi’s public talks and personal dialogues, and songs. The book is edited and the quotations have been collected by Dr. Janine Canan, psychiatrist and Amma devotee. Jaico Publishing House has released the book in India.Known to millions as Amma (mother) or Ammachi (mother), Mata Amritanandamayi spreads the message of love and compassion through her unique way of hugging and blessing. Dr. Canan has translated Amma’s messages to English so that they are preserved and available for all. Some of themes in the book are “Love, the Cure,” “Surrendering the Ego,” and “Entering the Stream of Grace.”
Messages from Amma
Editor - Janine Canan
Published by Jaico Publishing House
Price Rs.225RelatedAmma’s Thoughts on dealing with Recession and Financial Troubles

Jaishta Maas 2011 in Traditional North Indian Hindu Calendar

In 2011, Jaishta Maas begins (date) on May 18 and ends on June 15. Jyeshta Month, or Jyeshta Maas, is the third month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India – especially in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. The month falls during the peak summer season. Shani Jayanti and Nirjala Ekadasi are some of the most important auspicious days in the month. Jyeshta Mahina Krishna Paksha is from May 18 to June 1, 2011. Jyeshta Mahina Shukla Paksha is from June 2 to June 15, 2011. The current Vikram Samvat year in traditional North Indian calendar is 2068. Other auspicious days in the month are Apara Ekadasi, Savitri Amavasi, Vat Puja, Ganga Dusshera and Aranya Shasti. It must be noted here that Jyeshta month in calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat begins on June 2, 2011 and ends on July 1.

Swami Vivekananda On The Need to develop Physical Strength

We speak of many things parrot-like, but never do them; speaking and not doing has become a habit with us. What is the cause of that? Physical weakness. . . . First of all, our young men must be strong. Religion will come afterwards. Be strong, my young friends; that is my advice to you. You will be nearer to heaven through football than through the study of the Gita. These are bold words; but I have to say them, for I love you. I know where the shoe pinches. I have gained a little experience. You will understand the Gita better with your biceps, your muscles, a little stronger. You will understand the mighty genius and the mighty strength of Krishna better with a little of strong blood in you.Swami Vivekananda(Source - Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda 1: 134)