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Shradh for Missing Persons – Death Rituals in Hindu Religion for Family Members Who Cannot Be Traced

If a person is missing for several years, some Hindu communities presume the person to be dead and perform the Hindu rituals that are performed for the dead. By most Hindu communities when a person is missing for 12 years, the death of the person is assumed by relatives. The rituals are performed after 12 years. Since the physical body of the person is not available – a body is made using Durva or Kusha Grass. This is then burnt on a pyre. Symbolically, now the person is dead for the family. Rest of the Shradh rituals are then followed as per general rules. Some communities do not perform the burning of durva or kusha grass. Instead the directly do the Shradh ceremony. It must be noted that such extreme step of performing Shradh for missing person is only taken by the family when the person missing is very old or the family is sure that the person has no chance of surviving.

Ego in Our Daily Life and Solution to it in the Bhagavad Gita

A highly thought provoking and inspirational article in The Huffington Post by Ramnath Subramanian, CEO and President, The Bhakti Center discusses Ego in our daily life and about the solution to it in the Bhagavad Gita. The thoughts put forwarded in the article titled ‘The Bhagavad Gita and the Problem of Ego' by Ramnath Subramanian, who has taught Bhagavad Gita at Cornell University and the University of Albany, delves into areas in our day today life where ego sprouts unknowingly and completely devours a person’s ability to be honest. Some excerpts from the article Modern psychology has been wrestling with the vast territory of the human ego for a great while now, and its complexity continues to mystify us. Even before I learned about Freudian ideas on the ego, I first encountered the concept of the ego explicitly mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita. According to the Gita, there is a fundamental difference between "real" ego and what it defines as the "false" ego. …

Kanti Vrata

Kanti Vrata is a unique ritual dedicated to Sri Krishna and his elder brother, Balarama. It is observed on the second day of shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon in the Kartik month in some regions. In some regions it is observed on the second day of waxing phase of moon in Ashwin month.

Note – Some people observe this Vrata from the second day of the Shukla Paksha of Phalgun month (February – March).

The Vrata is observed for a year. For example if a person starts the Vrata on the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in the Kartik month he continues it for one year.

But if the Vrata is observed from Phalgun month, it is only observed for four months.

The rituals involve offering prayers to Balaram and Sri Krishna. After observing fast during daytime, food made using barley flour is eaten at night.

Marathi Ashwin Mahina in 2018 – Ashvina Month in Traditional Maharashtra Calendar in 2018

Ashwin Mahina is the seventh month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Ashvina Month 2018 in Marathi calendar is from October 10 to November 7, 2018. Navratri, Durga Puja, Dasara and Diwali are observed in Ashwin month. Other festivals include Sharad Purnima, Kojagari Lakshmi Puja, Karwa Chauth, Dhantrayodashi etc.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Ganesha in Ashwin Month is on October 27, Saturday – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:22 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Ashwin Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Ashwin Mahina 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from October 10 to October 24 Ashvina Month 2018 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from October 25 to November 7.

Purnima or full moon in Marathi Ashwin Mahina in 2018 Ashwin Pournima or Full moon day is on October 24. The Purnima begins at 10:36 PM on October 23 and ends at 10:14 PM on October 24. Sharad Purnima is on October 24Kojagari Lakshmi Purnima are on October 23. Kartik Sna…

J Krishnamurti Thoughts and Quotes

If one is dead earnest this very seriousness becomes the Guru. As long as you see the Guru as a person, there is attachment. Detach and rely on the inner Guru. All life is Sadhana. You merely exist on the surface. You merely know about physical, emotional and mental which are the fragments of the whole. One should awake to deeper levels. There cannot be both the world and God. On the way there seems to be both, but when you reach God, there is no world left. Gold doe not lose its nature, however many names and forms it may assume as jewelry. When the truth behind the diverse is identified one is aware of Brahman as the prime cause. J Krishnamurti You may also like to read Jiddu Krishnamurti Thoughts on Position in Society