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Arogya Vrat in Chaitra Month in North India

Arogya Vrat is observed on the first day during the waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month as per traditional North India calendar. The vrat is dedicated to Surya. In 2023, Arogya Vrat is observed on March 22. The vrat is observed for good health. The important ritual on the day includes offering prayers to Surya, chanting of Gayatri Mantra and taking bath morning and evening with local herbs. Devotees only take hot vegetarian food on the day. Food is donated on the day to poor children. It must be noted that Arogya Vrat is mainly observed on the Magh Shukla Paksha Saptami day – seventh day of Magh month (January – February). This particular vrat observed on Chaitra Shukla Paksha Pratipada is only observed in North India .

Anybody Can Have a Mystical Experience – Swami Ranganathananda

When we speak about mystical experience, we have an idea about something far away, meant for an ascetic somewhere. This is absolutely wrong! Anybody, from any walk of life, can have a mystical experience because the profound philosophy of Vedanta tells us that the divine spark is in every one of us. We can come in touch with it, manifest it, and in the light of that truth we can deal with other people in a happy way. Therefore a mystical experience must walk hand-in hand with work and with the human relationships we establish. Swami Vivekananda calls this practical Vedanta. What was the privilege of a few in the past will become the privilege of everyone in society when people understand it correctly. This is the truth, but unfortunately we neglect it. In the future we should put a stop to this sort of carelessness. When I work in society, I can work from my ego and create friction with others, or I can manifest a little of my divine nature and feel oneness with others. The