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Teachings of Sanatsujata in the Mahabharata

The learned are of the opinion that death results from ignorance. Ignorance is death and so, knowledge, the absence of ignorance, is immortality. The pursuit of Brahman or self knowledge is immortality. Swayed by pride, men walk in paths that are unrighteous. None among them succeeds in attaining his real nature. The natural inclination of man towards pursuits that are unreal is alone the cause of the senses being misled. The soul that is constantly affected by the pursuit of objects that are unreal, worships only earthly enjoyments that surround it. The desire for enjoyment first strikes a man. Lust and wrath soon follow behind. These three lead foolish men to death.
Sanatsujata is a Rishi that Vidura introduces to Dhrirashtra and this happens in the Vidhur Neeti Chapter

Today’s Hindu Calendar – May 1, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on May 1, 2011 – Today is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi – 13th day of waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or 13th day of the waning phase of moon till 8:09 AM. Afterwards it is Chaturdasi or 14th day. All time based on India Standard Time. Nakshatra – Revati Nakshatra till 11:07 PM on May 1, 2011. Afterwards it is Ashvini or Ashwathy Nakshatram. Rashi or Moon Sign – Meena Rasi till 11:06 PM. Afterwards it is Mesha Rasi Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Panchak. Shiv Chaturdasi Vrat Chaitra Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or 13th day in Chaitra month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Vaishakh Krishna Paksha Trayodasi or 13th day in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir. 18th day of Chithirai Masam in Tamil Calendar followed i…