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Nyepi: Indonesia Bali Hindu New Year and Day of Silence

Balinese Hindus celebrate the New Year in silence and the day is known as Nyepi. Bali Nyepi symbolically represents the state of the universe before creation. The Bali New Year is based on the Hindu lunar calendar and involves four days of rituals. Nyepi falls on the Amavas (no moon night) . In 2016, Nyepi is on March 9.

The rituals related to Nyepi begin two days before Amavas or the actual Nyepi day. The first day is dedicated to Melasti purification or Mekiyis or Melis. The day before Nyepi is Tawur Kesanga or Tawur Agung. Then it is Nyepi the day of silence. The next day is Ngembak Geni.
The Bali New Year is based on the Saka calendar – the one followed by the Indian government and by some Hindu communities. In India, Saka era begins with the Chaitra month. Kaniska I of India had started this calendar in AD 78. And it was Aji Saka who introduced the Saka era in Bali.
In India the Saka era calendar begins with Purnima and in Bali with Amavas.
On the first day that is the Melasti …

Milky Ocean in Hinduism

MilkyOcean in Hinduism is a primordial Ocean of milk which exists between cosmic eras. Srihari Vishnu sleeps on Adi Shesha, the giant serpent, who floats on the MilkyOcean. This is a famous picture and symbolism associated with Hinduism. It must be noted that it is also believed that Vishnu resides in Vaikunta on the MilkyOcean.

MilkyOcean symbolically means absolute truth – when one attains this there is bliss. It is an attempt to convey to common devotees what is waiting for them when they cross the materialistic world.
In Sanskrit and many Indian languages milky ocean is known as Ksheera Sagara.
The most famous incident associated with milky ocean is that of the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan by Asuras and Devas to attain Amruta or elixir of life.

Allama Prabhu Jayanti

Allama Prabhu is a popular 12th century saint and poet associated with the Lingayata Sect in Karnataka. Allama Prabhu Jayanti is the birth anniversary of the great saint and is observed annually on Ugadi day. In 2018, Allama Prabhu Jayanti is on March 18. Allama Prabhu is counted among the trinity of Lingayatism along with Basavanna and Akka Mahadevi.

Through his poems known as Vachana, Allama Prabhu criticized the social evils and reformed the society. He was against unwanted rituals and practice of caste system.
Allama Prabhu was a contemporary of Basavanna and Akka Mahadevi. Saint Animisayya was his guru and he enlightened him.
Allama Prabhu was against all forms of rituals and evil practices. His poems extolled the important of direct realization.
A poem of Allama Prabhu:
Look here,
the legs are two wheels;
the body is a wagon
full of things
Five men drive
the wagon
and one man is not
like another.
Unless you ride it
in full knowledge of its ways
the axle
will break
O Lord of Cave…

Ananda Navami

Ananda Navami is observed during the Phalgun Shukla Paksha as per Hindu calendars followed in North India. In 2018, Ananda Navami date is February 24. Ananda Navami vrat is observed for a year by some Hindu communities. It is dedicated to Goddess Shakti.

Some people limit the vrat to a single day.
The main vrat rituals include purification on all days, vegetarian meals, staying away from smoking, alcohol and other such items.
The vrat is observed by both men and women.
Apart from this people also perform annadanam or food donation to poor children and elderly people.
Some people adopt an animal especially cow.

Rama Gita Text in English in pdf format for free

Rama Gita is part of Ramayana and in it Bhagavan Sri Ram answers philosophical questions of brother Lakshman. You can download the English translation of the text in pdf format for free. Rama Gita is found in Chapter V of the Uttara Khanda of Ramayana and in Brahmanda Purana. In it Bhagvan Sri Ram teaches about Brahman and ways to win over worldly attachments.

Link – Rama Gita Text in pdf for download

By cultivating free will, one can conquer fate - Ramana Maharshi

Become envious of anyone lower than you. You must become very small. In fact you must become nothing. Only a person who is nobody can abide in the Self.

By cultivating free will, one can conquer fate.
You thank God for the good things that come to you, but you don’t thank him for the things that seem to be bad; that is where you go wrong.
Peace can reign only where there is no disturbance, and disturbance is due to thoughts that arise in the mind… Ramana Maharshi

Today’s Hindu Calendar – March 11, 2013 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on March 11, 2013 (Today) – Amavasya Tithi or the No moon day in Hindu Calendar and Panchang in all places. It is Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi Tithi or the fourteenth day during the waning phase of moon till 2:03 AM. Then onward it is Amavasya Tithi or no moon day.

Nakshatra – Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatra till 12:06 PM on March 11. Then onward it is Purvabhadra or Pooradam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Kumbha Rasi.
Festivals, Vrat and Auspicious days – Amavasya Tithi. Somvati Amavasya.
Magh Amavasya or the no moon day in Magh month in calendars followed in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
Phalgun Amavasya Tithi or the no moon day in Phalgun month in calendars followed in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Jammu and Kashmir.
27th day of Maasi Masam in Tamil Calendar followed in Tamil Nadu. 27th day of Kumbha Masam in Malay…