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Alakh Niranjan Meaning

Alakh Niranjan is the term used by sadhus, babas and tantrics of the Nath Sampradaya sect to greet each other. The Nath Sampradaya was founded by Gorakhnath and is dedicated to the worship of Shiva. Alakh as per the Nath tradition means – absolute freedom from all types of bondage; Niranjan is one among the numerous names of Shiva and it means pure. Nath Sampradaya sect believes that Shiva as Adinath taught the secret of the Supreme Being to Matsyendranath and He taught it to Gorakhnath. Gorakhnath is the most important teacher of the Nath Sampradaya tradition. Some scholars are of the view that the term Alakh Niranjan was coined by Gorakhnath. Alakh Niranjan is thus primarily invoking Shiva who resides in all living and nonliving – he is ever pure and beyond all imaginations and thoughts of human beings. Lucky are those who realize this and escape from all types of Karmic bondage. Note - Alakh Niranjan is also used as a greeting term in Sikhism.

Sanskrit Book Fair in Bangalore in January 2011 – Official Website of First World Sanskrit Book Fair

The first world Sanskrit Book Fair will be organized from January 7, 2011 to January 10, 2011 at National College ground, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The fair will feature books, DVDs and CDs on Sanskrit literature and its translation into Indian and foreign languages. The concept of Sanskrit speaking village and Sanskrit speaking market will be introduced in the fair. You can participate and register for the fair and know more about the fair here at the official website of the Sanskrit Book Fair.

Update - Sharath CV went to the book fair and provided this link which contains photos and a small note on the book fair - you can find the photos and write up here. 

Margi Purnima

Margi Purnima is the full moon day that falls during the Margashirsha month (November – December). Margi Purnima 2018 date is December 22. Special rituals, observances and prayers are held by certain Hindu communities on the day.

Not much information is available regarding this full moon day. It is of importance to certain Vaishnava sects in eastern parts of India.

Swami Visharadananda Thoughts on Fear and Expectations

While there are many problems in life, the problem of fear is one of the basic problems. Whatever we are afraid of, we carry it in our mind. If we are afraid of ghosts and scorpions, for instance, we carry them in our mind. We make them a part of our mental baggage effortlessly! It is as if a crowd is always on move with us, and wherever we go, this crowd is following us. It is the crowd of things we are afraid of. Another thing that we carry with us is our expectations from others or from places. These expectations throw open the doors for other undesirable things. Fear and expectations are the two doors through which the world enters our mind. If we do not sort them out, we cannot …lead a happy and peaceful life on earth. Swami Visharadanandais associated with the Ramakrishna Mission