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Ex-investment Banker Adapts Hindu Teachings to Escape Greed and the Prison of Wall Street

Rasanath Das, an ex-investment banker, is now a Hindu Saint and was helping Occupy Wall Street protesters in meditation. So what pushed the ex-banker to take up Hindu teachings? – greed, unethical competition and remorseless methods adopted to reach the top by people in his business.
He now aims to build character in managers and help avoid disastrous decisions made for short-term goals.  Reuter’s reports
"Anger won't solve anything," he told Reuters. "We have to work from the heart ... there is so much distrust now." A native of Mumbai, Das studied at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and moved to the United States in 2000 to work as a consultant with the accounting firm Deloitte.
After earning a masters of business administration (MBA) at Cornell, he started at Bank of America in 2006. His specialty was the technology, media and telecoms sector and he dealt in so-called structured products, including mortgage-backed securities -- "the things that blew…


Ellamavasya or Ellu Amavasya, is an important ritual observed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. In 2017, date of Ellamavasya is December 18.  It is observed on the no moon day in Margashirsha month (December – January). Ellu means sesame and Amavasya means no moon day. People offer Tarpan and Shradh rituals on the day to dead parents and relatives.
An important ritual on Ellamavasya is taking bath in sea or river. It is said that after the great Mahabharata war, Tarpanas were given to the dead warriors on Ellamavasya day.
On Ellamavasya day, special food is prepared and is offered to Mother Earth by farmers. An important ceremony on the day is the spraying of sesame and jaggery all around the farmlands. There is a belief that the sesame and jaggery are food for the worms in the farmland.
Special vegetarian dishes using pulses and green leaves are prepared on the day. Some of the dishes prepared include bajje, pundi, chikki, palak, menthe, rajgiri, bartha, jowar kadabu and sajje kadabu…

Sooryaji Thoughts

All inhuman acts are performed in moments of anger. Anger is deadly enemy. Anger makes you lose your sense, power or reasoning, clouds vision and sense of justice. Anger can kill. Acts of hatred and revenge may give the fleeting feeling of winning a battle. But the war is lost, when you lose your self-esteem. Anger affects mind, body and soul, all in a negative way.
Honesty does not stop at merely being truthful and half-truths are not honest enough. Develop courage of conviction, and strength of character. One has to be fearless to be honest, as, in today’s world, negative and corrupt forces are at work. Yes, they can hurt and harm us. But if you shy away from taking a stand, you are in a way supporting them. If you choose to overlook these forces, you are encouraging these disruptive forces to grow stronger. Sooryaji – Sooryayog Teacher

Today’s Hindu Calendar – November 18, 2011 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on November 18, 2011 – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi from 4:27 AM on November 18, 2011. Before 4:27 AM it is Saptami or seventh day. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Ashlesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatra till 1:34 PM on November 18, 2011. Then onwards it is Magha or Makam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 1:34 PM. Then onwards it is Simha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Kalbhairav Ashtami - Kalashtami
Kartik Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Kartik Krishna Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon in Kartik month in calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Margashirsh Krishna Paksha Ashtami or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon in Margashirsh month i…