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Bhagavad Gita for Blind People – Gita in Braille Script

Only limited number of copies of the Bhagavad Gita in Braille Script, meant for the visually impaired people, is published and it is also not easily available. In an attempt to make the Bhagavad Gita in Braille Script available to those who require it, B B Chaudhary, assistant commissioner with Delhi Police, has translated the Bhagavad Gita into Braille script.The small Bhagavad Gita handbook for Blind People is now ready for publication and will soon be distributed around the world. Times of India reportsOn what made him choose the Gita one of the many Upanishads for translation, Chaudhary says, "It's a part of Mahabharata in which Sanjay describes the war to Dhritrashtra, the Kaurava king. The idea came to my mind because Dhritrashtra was blind.'' Chaudhary juggled between his busy work schedule and book translation to come out with the final draft.Hailing from a village near Sasaram in Bihar, Chaudhary came to Delhi to prepare for civil services and got selected in…

Supodan Varna Shasti in Shravan Month - Supodanvarn Sashti

Supodan Varna Shasti is performed on the sixth day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Shravan month. The sixth day in a traditional Hindu calendar is known as Sashti and therefore it is also known as Supaudana Shasti Vrata. In 2018, the date of Supodan Varna Shasti is on August 16.

Supodan Varna Shasti is of importance in Marathi culture. The ritual is only performed by few Hindu communities. Special prayers are offered to Lord Shiva on the day. Food cooked using pulse and rice is eaten on the day. The same is also offered as Prasad.

Quotes from Paramarthasara of Abhinavagupta

A 10th century spiritual work, Paramarthasara of Abhinavagupta is dedicated to monistic Shaivism.Just as juice, jaggery and sugar are only different states of the same thing, namely sugarcane, so do all beings abide in the supreme Lord in different states or forms.In the kindled light of the Self, stirred up by the wind of contemplation, the imaginations of the aspirant are sacrificed and he becomes one with that light.The Supreme Lord seems still when the various elements are still, glad when they are glad, gloomy when they are gloomy, but truly he is not so.When by virtue of the store of gems of supreme wisdom, collected in the treasure house of the mystic heart, the state of Maheshwara is reached; one realizes ‘I am in all. Hence, what misfortunes can befall, and by whom?’Paramarthasara of Abhinavagupta