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The Great Hindu Tradition – Book with Meanings of Hindu Rituals and Why We Perform Them

The Great Hindu Tradition by Sri Sarma Sastrigal attempts to clear the curiosity that arises in the mind of Hindus when they perform a particular ritual. The book gives insights into Vedic principles and Shastras and on why we perform certain rituals in our daily life.  Ancient customs and traditions are explained in simple English in the book. The Hindu reports about the book Swami Dayananda Saraswati described the book as different as it gives answers to common questions. “This is a handbook of Vedic dharma,” he said. Nirmala Lakshman, Joint Editor, The Hindu, said “the book, with smaller to larger examples, reminds us of our links to the community and the world at large.” She said a great deal of clarity about the traditions and cultures had been brought out in the book. Where to buy the book? I wanted to buy the book. So I searched for the publishers name in all the newspapers that published the news of the release of the book. There was no information on who the publisher was or from…

Dashaditya Vrat – Dasaditya Vrata

Dashaditya Vrat is observed in the Margashirsh month in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. Dashaditiya Vrat 2017 date is November 29. It is observed on the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Margashirsh month.

Those undertaking the fast listen to the Dasaditya Vrat Katha.

The vrat is mainly observed in North India especially in Uttar Pradesh.

Motivational Teachings – Swami Chinmayananda

Opportunities in life come to everyone of us almost all the time. They come in streams, in hosts, in knocks at our door - we are either "out" or "sleeping in". Be awake. Be alert. Be prepared to make use of them...." A mere intellectual understanding of any noble ideal will not help us; we must learn to live the ideal. Then only its blessings can be ours. All spectacular steps are achieved in little courageous steps. Everybody exists. It is only the few who live. To live, you should have an IDEAL. The future is carved out of the present moment. Tomorrow’s harvest depends upon today’s ploughing and sowing. The past is dead. The future not yet born. If one is inefficient and unhealthy in the present, he has no hope for a greater future’. Swami Chinmayananda