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Swami Turiyananda Thoughts on Freedom

There is no freedom, no respite until you have done your duties. That which you have given up without performing, will be waiting for you—only to appear again. Face the brute! You can’t save yourself by flight. You may love all the beings in the world and be not at all under bondage, but the moment you allow your love to be centered on any special object you are bound. If you can get rid of these loads, then only can you attain to peace and liberation. Bondage and freedom are both in the mind. Atman is beyond mind. Brahman alone is real, everything else is unreal and the human soul is that Brahman. The lion shut up in a bullrush cage thinks he is caught, and escape impossible. He does not know that one blow from his mighty paw would demolish the cage and set him free. We are bound by the delusion of ignorance. Tear away the delusion and be free. Swami Turiyananda

Today in Hindu Calendar – January 23, 2011

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 23, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Chaturthi – the 4th day of waning phase / dark phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. Chaturthi Tithi till 1445 hrs (2:45 PM) on January 23. Then onwards it is Panchami Tithi. All time based on India Standard Time. Note – Sankashti Chaturthi Vrat was observed yesterday as moonrise during the Chaturthi period was on January 22. Paush Krishna Paksha Chaturthi or 4th day of waning phase of moon in Poush month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.  Magh Krishna Paksha Chaturthi or 4th day of waning phase of moon in Magha month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.  Rashi or Moon Sign – Simha Rashi for some period. Then onward it is Kanya Rashi. Nakshatra – Purva Phalguni or Pooram Nakshatram till 1415 hrs (02:15 PM).…