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Valmiki Jayanti 2017 date

Valmiki Jayanti, or Balmiki Jayanthi, is observed as the birthday of Adi Kavi Maharishi Valmiki, the author of the epic Ramayan. Valmiki Jayanti 2017 date is October 5. Balmiki Jayanthi is observed on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashvin (September – October). The day is also observed as Pargat Diwas by Maharishi Valmiki Community.

Apart from writing the immortal classic Ramayan, Sage Valmiki is one of the greatest saints of the ancient world who through his life and teachings prompted people to think and react against social inequalities.
There are numerous theories regarding Valmiki’s birth and about his spiritual transformation. There is no end to such debates. For a true devotee, what matters more is the teachings of Sage Valmiki and the unparalleled teachings of this great Sage rises above all unnecessary noises created by intellectuals and politicians.

Numerous functions are organized on the day in India and other parts of the world. Special prayers, Shobha Yatras, me…

Vaishnava Achara – Daily Practice or Custom to Attain Moksha or Liberation

According to Vishnu Purana, King Sagara asked Sage Uddhava to enumerate the Acharas, practice or custom that Vaishnava devotees must follow to attain moksha or liberation. Sage Uddhava enumerated the following:

To get up early in morning. Do purification of the body and worship Srihari Vishnu and his incarnations as per one’s means.

To recite the name of Lord 108 times.

Apply religious mark or tilaka. Wear rosary made of tulsi beads.

To read a portion of scriptures like Bhagavad Gita or Srimad Bhagavad Purana.

To eat or drink food only after offering to Lord Vishnu. Meat and Liquor are prohibited. Strictly observe principles of moral conduct.
Repetition of Gayatri Mantra.

Sharad Purnima 2017 date - Sharad Poornima 2017 time

Sharad Poornima is observed on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September – October). Sharad Purnima 2017 date is October 5 as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar – India Standard Time. The popular belief is that Sri Krishna, Radha and Gopis of Vrindavan performed Ras Lila on the day.

There is also a close connection between the moon and the Sharad Purnima day – the moon is believed to be close to the earth on the day and it is believed that moon’s rays contain nourishing elements. People believe that as the moon is nearest to the earth on the day and as moon’s rays has several curative properties it will be helpful to human beings. So people spend the evening under moonlight.

The day is observed as Kaumudi Puja – Koumdui Utsav and as Navanna Purnima.

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Book – Philosophers Crystal by Marcin Dolecki

The book titled ‘Philosophers Crystal’ – The Treacherous Terrain of Tassatarius is a fiction written by Marcin Dolecki – philosopher, chemist and historian of chemistry (PhD) and lives in Poland. The fiction is of interest to Hindus because it is a time traveling journey and the main characters in the novel interact with Adi Shankaracharya.

About the novel by the author Twenty-year-old Philip lives alone in an authoritarian country, his parents arrested arrested after the imperial police find a secret notebook in their apartment. Then one evening Philip meets an uncommon girl, her name Julia, possibly on the run from the police, or sent to him as a secret agent by the state. Despite his concerns, he offers to put her up for the night. In the morning a mysterious person knocks on his door and advises him to escape immediately. This is how the couple’s strange, paradoxical and hazardous journey begins, leading Philip and Julia in a quest through time to the collapsing Roman empire, the…

Katha Upanishad – Nachiketa – Yama Conversation

Having pondered the good and the pleasant, O Nachiketa, you turned away from those desires and objects of desire that are so dear to most people. Unlike many, you did not weigh yourself down with worldly possessions and pleasures.

There is a big difference between ignorance and knowledge. And they lead to two entirely different ends. There is also a vast difference between the knower of truth and the ignorant. I consider you, O Nachiketa, a true seeker of knowledge because that which deludes others does not affect you.

Dwelling in the darkness of ignorance, the ignorant believe themselves to be wise and balance. Like the blind led by the blind, they stagger round and round.
Childish are those who are deluded by the charms and temptations of the world, and consequently they fail to comprehend the higher truth. To them this world is the only reality: beyond this, nothing exists. One who is convinced of this false belief falls in my trap, the trap of birth and death, again and again.

Today’s Hindu Calendar – October 12, 2016 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festival

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (Today) – Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Ekadasi Tithi or the eleventh day during the waxing phase of moon till 4:27 PM on October 12. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Dwadasi Tithi or the twelfth day during the waxing phase of moon. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 12, 2016 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious date till 9:45 AM. Nakshatra – Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 4:03 PM on October 12. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam Nakshatra till 7:32 PM on October 12. Then onward it is Shatabhisha or Sadayam or Chathayam Nakshatram.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Makar Rashi till 4:08 AM. Then onward it is Kumbha Rashi.
In western par…