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True religion is entirely transcendental – Today is Swami Vivekananda Jayanti

Today is Swami Vivekananda Jayanti as per traditional Hindu calendar - His Jayanti falls on the Paush Shukla Paksha Saptami day.

Religion is a realization, not talk, not doctrine, nor theories, however beautiful all these may be. Religion is being and becoming, not hearing or acknowledging. It is not an intellectual assent, but one’s whole nature becoming changed into it. Such is religion. . . this being and becoming is what is religion.

What is the proof of God? Direct perception, Pratyaksha. The proof of this wall is that I perceive it. God has been perceived that way by thousands before, and will be perceived by all who want to perceive Him. But this perception is no sense-perception at all; it is super sensuous, super conscious, and all this training is needed to take us beyond the senses.
By means of all sorts of past work and bondages we are being dragged downwards; these preparations will make us pure and light. Bondages will fall off by themselves, and we shall be buoyed up b…

Today – January 15, 2012 – is Thai Pongal

Pongal is one of the most important Tamil festivals and is an agrarian festival dedicated to Surya – the sun god. The festival symbolically represents the pot of plenty and this is depicted by the boiling over of the cooking rice and lentils. Each Pongal is celebrated with the hope that the new harvest will bring fortune and prosperity to all.

 The four day festival falls in the Tamil month of Thai (January – February). It celebrates the harvest, especially the rice crop, and is considered to be an ancient form of thanksgiving. The festival is named after the rice pudding or Pongal prepared on the festival day.

Pongal is an ancient festival and its origin can be traced back to the Sangam Era (200 BC – 300 AD).
The first day of the festival is known as Bhogi Pongal. The second day is the Suryan Pongal or the Perum Pongal (January 15, 2012). The third day is the Mattu Pongal or the Pongal of cattle. The fourth day is the Kannum Pongal.
Read more about Pongal

Today – January 15, 2012 – is Makar Sankranti

Today  – January 15, 2012 – is Makar Sankranti dedicated to the worship of Surya, Sun God. The day is dedicated to worship of Surya – Pratyaksha Brahman or the Visible God. Sankranti is based on the movement of the Surya (sun) and is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. The day also marks the beginning of Uttarayana Punyakala – the day time of Devas.
In Bengal, Makar Sankranti is noted for the Ganga Sagar Mela and Pithey parban. Bhogali Bihu is celebrated on the day in Assam. Makar Mela is observed in Orissa. In North India, it is the time of Lohri and Khichadi. In Central India, it is Sankranti. In Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti is observed as Pongal. In Andhra Pradesh, it is known as Sankranthi. In Karnataka - Sankranthi In Maharashtra it Makar Sankranti and Til Gul In Kerala, the famous Sabarimala Pilgrimage comes to an end with sighting of the Makaravilakku. In Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is known as Uttarayan and is noted for the kite flying event.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – January 15, 2012 – Tithi, Vrat, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on January 15, 2012 – Krishna Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the waning phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Sashti tithi till 6:02 AM on January 15, 2012. Afterwards it is Krishna Paksha Saptami or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon. Saptami tithi ends at 3:50 AM on January 16. All time based on India Standard Time.
Nakshatra – Uttaraphalguni or Uthiram Nakshatra till 2:33 AM on January 15, 2012. Afterwards it is Hasta or Atham or Hastam Nakshatram
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kanya Rashi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Pongal. Sankranti. Makaravillaku at SabariamalaTemple. Makar Sankranti holy bath in the morning in all places. Swami Vivekananda Jayanti.
Poush Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the dark phase of moon in Poush month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Magh Krishna Paksha Saptami Tithi or the seventh day during the wanin…