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Niyams – 10 observances in Hinduism for a Meaningful and Happy Life - Ten Niyamas

Niyams, or Niyamas, are 10 observances in Hinduism for a meaningful and happy life. Some scholars define the term Niyams as self restraint codes. The ten niyamas are mentioned in the Patanjali Yoga. The shloka that defines the ten Niyams is – Siddhanta – Sravanam danam matirisvara pujanam, Santoshah tapah astikyam hrih japasca tatha vratam. The 10 niyamas as mentioned by the Shloka are – Siddhanta – reading, listening and contemplating to discourses of spiritual scripturesDaan or Dhanam – CharityMati – the ability to differentiate between good and evil. The courage to say NO and move only in the path of dharma.Puja – Worship of GodSantosha - ContentmentTapa – Penance and austerities to stay in the path to Moksha or liberationAstikyam – Belief in the Supreme TruthHri – ModestyJapa – Repetition of MantraVratam – Sacrifice of desires, ego, and sensual pleasures. The Niayamas are primarily meant to discipline the thought and actions of an individual.

What is Hinduism: God, Soul and World – Watch Documentary Film on the Basics of Hinduism Online

What is Hinduism: God, Soul & World is a film by Ajay Shetty and Anasuya Vaidya. The film which simplifies the essential teachings of Hinduism is based on the third chapter of the book ‘What is Hinduism?’ by the editors of Hinduism Today magazine and is inspired by the teachings of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. The film is 27 minutes and 46 seconds and the narrative is in English.

The film ‘What is Hinduism: God, Soul and World’ begins by posing questions of existence like Who am I? – the answers are followed. The film also touches upon the concepts of Maya, Moksha, Mukti and the existence of God. It further explains the four different sects within the religion – Shaivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Smritism. There is also a dramatized meeting between Lalleshwari, Kabir, Mirabai and Ramprasad Sen who discuss the different interpretations of liberation. If you are not able to view the embedded video – you can view it here at youtube. 

Marathi Margashirsha Month in 2018 - 2019 - Margasira Mahina Maharashtra Calendar 2018

Margashirsha Month is the ninth month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra. Margasira Mahina 2018 in Marathi calendar is from December 8, 2018 to January 5, 2019. Champa Sashti, Gita Jayanti, Mokshada Ekadasi and Datta Jayanti are observed in Margasira Mahina.

Margashirsha Lakshmi Puja is observed on the Thursdays in the month.

Sankashti Chaturthi monthly fasting dedicated to Ganesha in Margashirsha Mahina is on December 25, 2018 – Moonrise or Chandrodaya is at 8:56 PM – Indian Standard Time.

Margashirsha Mahina Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha Margashirsha Mahina 2018 Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of moon) is from December 8 to December 22. Margashirsha Month 2018 Krishna Paksha (Waning phase of moon) is from December 23, 2018 to January 5, 2019.

Purnima or full moon in Marathi Margashirsha Mahina in 2018 Margashirsha Pournima or Full moon day is on December 22, 2018. The Purnima begins at 2:09 AM on December 22 and ends at 11:18 PM on December 22. Dattatreya Jayanti …

Rig Veda Teachings on Cooperation

Let us speak together, Let our thoughts be one, Let us be of one mind. Let the place be common, Assembly be common, Mind and thought be common. Let the resolve be the same, And the mind be of one accord. May we live in harmony and agreement. Rig Veda (X, 191-3, 4)
Rig Veda Teachings on Creation