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Ashad Month 2010 – Ashada Mahina in Traditional North Indian Calendar

Ashada Month, or Ashad Maas, is the fourth month in the traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India – especially in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. In 2010, Ashada Mahina begins (date) on June 27 and ends on July 26. The current Vikram Samvat year in traditional North Indian calendar is 2067. It must be noted here that Ashada month in calendars followed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat begins on July 12, 2010 and ends on August 10, 2010. - you can find more details of it here - Ashada MasamSome of the important auspicious days in the month are Gupt Navratri, Guru Purnima, and Chatur Mas Vrat Begins in Ashad month in North India calendars. Ashada Mahina Krishna Paksha is from June 27 to July 11, 2010.Ashada Mahina Shukla Paksha is from July 12 to July 26, 2010.Other auspicious days in the month are Yogini Ekadashi, Deva Shayani Ekadasi and Jagannath Rath Yatra.

Women in Hinduism

Hindu Scriptures see women as equal (not just women but all living beings) but in real life equality is missing and is conveniently ignored. Recently I came across an article titled ‘Original Hindu scriptures saw women as equal’ in The Huntsville Times by Dr. Narayana P. Bhat, a secretary of the board of trustees of the Hindu Cultural Center of North Alabama. In a very short article he describes how various Hindu scriptures see women and why Hindus should return to the Vedic tradition which treated women equally. A highlight of the article is that Mr Bhat is not oblivious of reality and states that there are Hindu scriptures which have writings denigrating women and also about the present status of women in Hindu society, which is not very encouraging. Here are some excerpts from the articleThe documentary account of women in Hinduism is dependent on the specific scripture and the context.
That women and men are equal in the eyes of dharma (righteousness) is made explicit in a beautifu…

Arjun – The Warrior Prince – Animated Movie Based on Arjuna of Mahabharata

Arjun – The Warrior Prince is based on the life of Arjun, the third Pandava brother, in the Mahabharata. Arjun is directed by Arnab Chaudhari and is produced by UTV Motion Pictures. From the trailer available it looks like this animated movie based on a character from Hindu scriptures is different from the earlier ones at least on the quality of animation.

Champak Dwadasi Vrat

Champak Dwadasi, also known as Chambak Dvadashi, is observed on the 12th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the moon) of Jyeshta Month (May – June). Champak Dwadasi Vrat is observed by many Vishnu devotees and it is the second day of the Rukmini Haran. The day is also of great importance at the famous LordJagannathTemple in Puri. In 2018, the date of Champak Dwadasi is June 24.

The leaves and flowers of Champak flowers are used for the puja on the day. This observance is limited to certain Hindu communities. The main event on the day is held at JagannathTemple.

Jiddu Krishnamurti Thoughts on Mind

From awareness comes attention. Attention flows from awareness when in that awareness there is no choice, no personal choosing, no experiencing...but merely observing.And, to observe, you must have in the mind a great deal of space.
A mind that is caught in ambition, greed, envy, in the pursuit of pleasure and self-fulfillment, with its inevitable sorrow, pain, despair, anguish – such a mind has no space in which to observe, to attend. It is crowded with its own desires, going round and round in its own backwaters of reaction. You cannot attend if your mind is not highly sensitive, sharp, reasonable, logical, sane, healthy, without the slightest shadow of neuroticism.
The mind has to explore every corner of itself, leaving no spot uncovered, because if there is a single dark corner of one's mind which one is afraid to explore, from that springs illusion...Jiddu Krishnamurti