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Durga Puja Starts Very Early for Mitra Sammelani Club in Siliguri

Durga Puja at Siliguri organized by Mitra Sammelani Club began on the Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra day. The original Durga Puja is 90 days way. The Mitra Sammelani committee founded in 1909 organizes the puja at the Chandimandap at Sisir Bhaduri Sarani in Khudirampally in Silguri and follows the rituals of their Puja strictly. Durga Puja here begins with Katham puja (worship of the frame) on the Rathyatra day every year. The idol-maker carries the priest to the chandimandap and performs the ritual, which marks the beginning of Durga Puja.“Ours is a traditional Puja and we follow the “Shastras” in letter and spirit,” said Mr Uday Dubey, general secretary, Mitra Sammelani, the 100-year-old club, which has been organising the Puja, without interruption, since 1927.The stress is on simplicity, with even the celebratory light and decorations missing. The idol is in ‘ekchala’ form and decorated in ‘daker saaj'. The Puja is the oldest community puja in Siliguri and the only place where Kath…

Revival of Sanskrit – Urban Young Indians Enrolling for Sanskrit Classes

Urban young Indians are enrolling for Sanskrit classes in large numbers and the trend is increasing every year. Young Indians who are enrolling for the short-term Sanskrit courses conducted by various organizations include IT professionals, engineers, doctors, MBAs, civil servants, graduates and postgraduates. Some are attracted by Sanskrit's highly logical grammatical structure, which will help them in other their career. Many also take to Sanskrit because it is a high scoring subject in CBSE and UPSC.Rachna Bisht-Rawat writes in Outlook India about this new found interest in the classical languageAs many as 30,000 people have enrolled for countrywide classes that are starting this July under the aegis of the Gita Shiksha Kendra, to help people know the Gita better, through Sanskrit. And 60 per cent of these are in the 18-28 age group. At the Delhi Samvadshala, students from 37 countries come down in winters to learn spoken Sanskrit. And in 2008, 2,000 Delhiites enrolled for spok…

Paramahansa Yogananda Teachings

Paramahansa Yogananda introduced India's age-old philosophy of Yoga to the West through his Autobiography of a Yogi. Here are few teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.
The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must include as necessary the one’s own happiness, the happiness of others. When you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul’s power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God.
Faithfulness in the performance of small duties gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations that life will someday force us to make.

True joy eludes the man who forsakes God, because He is Bliss Itself. 
There are people who depict their Creator as one who imperiously tests man with the smoke of ignorance and the fire of punishment, and who judges man’s actions with heartless scrutiny. They thus distort the true concept of God as a l…