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Modern Notions of Evolution and Ancient Hinduism

In an article titled ‘Ancient Hinduism enlightens modern notions of evolution’ in the Washington Post, Aseem Shukla, Co-founder, Hindu American Foundation, suggest that the concept of modern evolution is nothing new to Hinduism as the concept was detailed in Hindu scriptures.

Excerpts from the article ...cosmology, science, and the ancient Vedas--Hinduism’s sacred scripture--are eerily complementary.  Lord Brahma, the Lord of Creation, often depicted as one of the Hindu Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, is described as creating the universe in an unending cycle over each of his days and nights. If the Big Bang theory is posited to have occurred 13 billion years ago, Hindus would have no trouble at all agreeing that an Intelligent Designer, Lord Brahma, indeed guides the creation of the universe.  Even more, Swami Vivekananda, one of modern Hinduism’s intellectual giants wrote in the early 20th century, whether an intelligence made the material world, or whether, as some scientists…

Thoughts on Radhashtami – Symbolism in Radha – Krishna Divine Love

Today is Radhashtami – Radha’s birthday. Radha is the longing for the Divine, the unknown infinity – Krishna!

If you read Radha the other way round, it is Dhara. Dhara moves away from the source. When it moves towards its source it is called Radha. Coming back to the source, the source is Krishna. When you move towards yourself you move towards Krishna.
Longing for the source is Radha. Without Radha, Krishna cannot be reached, that is why we sing ‘Jai Jai Radha Raman’ in Satsang – moving back to the source.
It is like sweetness in the sugar, sweetness cannot be separated from the sugar. Light and Sun, Water and Fluidity, Gravitation and Earth, Flower and Fragrance, they cannot be separated from each other; such is the bond between Radha Krishna. Sri Sri Ravishankar Information Provided by Deepa You may also like to read
On the Love of Radha and Krishna – its symbolic meaning by Swami Chinmayananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – September 5, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on September 5, 2011 – Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi or eighth day of waxing phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami Tithi till 2:58 PM on September 5, 2011. After 2:58 PM it is Navami tithi. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Anuradha or Anusham or Anizham Nakshatra till 2:23 AM on September 5, 2011. Afterwards it is Jyeshta or Triketta or Kettai Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Vrishcika Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – 16-day Mahalaskhmi Vrat begins in North India. Radha Ashtami.
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of the light phase of moon in Bhadrapad month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Bhadrapad Shukla Paksha Ashtami or eighth day of the light phase of moon in Bhadra month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, …