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Vagh Baras – Vagh Baras during Diwali in Gujarat

Diwali celebrations in Gujarat and parts of Rajasthan begin with Vagh Baras, or Vagh Barash. It can be considered as the first day of Diwali celebrations of Gujarati people. In 2018, the date of Vagh Baras is November 4. Vagh Barash is also known as Govatsa Dwadashi and Guru Dwadashi. Cows and other domestic animals are worshipped on the day. It is also the last day of transactions in the financial year for businesses and those who maintain account books.

Vagh during Diwali also refers to clearing of all financial deals and debts. New transactions begin only from Labh Pancham day.

At Nathadwara, Navnit Priyaji (Lord Krishna) appears newly dressed before the devotees on the day. Temples and sacred places are decorated beautifully on the day in all places.

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Rama Ekadashi

Rama Ekadasi is observed during the waning phase of moon in Kartik month (October – November). In 2018, the date of Rama Ekadashi is November 4. The smarta tradition will be observing it on Nov 3. The importance of this Ekadasi was narrated to Yudhishtira by Lord Krishna and is recorded in the Brahmavaivarta Purana. Ekadashi is an important day dedicated to Lord Vishnu in a Hindu lunar month and it occurs twice in a month. Devotees fast on the day and it is believed to absolve sins committed.

It is said that once a weak prince observed Rama Ekadasi fast after his marriage. The wife of the prince used to observe the Ekadashi from her childhood and the prince was emulating his wife. But the weak prince could not survive the fast and he died at night.

But his determination to observe the Ekadasi was rewarded and he became the king of temporary kingdom in heaven. The prince realized that with just observing a single Ekadasi he was able to attain this temporary kingdom and by bringing his…

Vaishvanara Agni

Vaishvanara is one of the names of Agni, the fire god in Hinduism. There are Rig Vedic mantras (IX. 66) dedicated to Vaishvanara Agni.

Vaishvanara Agni has various forms and lives in three abodes. He is described as having red tongues, seven faces, a huge mouth, red neck, tawny eyes, bright hair and golden seed. He is the dispeller of darkness.

He destroys demons and hostile powers, possesses excellent qualities and transcendental powers.
Vedas also state that fire by the name of Vaishvanara resides in the stomach of each being; this is combined with the life force (prana) causing the activity of digestion and assimilation of food.

Vajra Deha – Human Body as Strong as Diamond

Vajra Deha is an unusual type of yogic achievement mentioned in the Yogasutra. Vajra deha is a human body, which has attained the strength of a diamond.

The human body is made out of Panchabhutas or five elements. When the earth element responsible of hardness attains special dominance, the body can attain the hardness of a diamond.

The belief is that such a body becomes so strong that no weapon made of any metal can harm it.

Sage Dadhici is believed to have attained such a body by the power of his penance.
It is also believed that in Ayurveda there are specific medicines that can give a person Vajra Deha.

Convert your stumbling block into a stepping one – Swami Rama Tirtha

Vedanta says that your relations and connections ought to be an aid to you and not an obstacle. Everything you meet in this world should be a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block. Convert your stepping stone into a stepping one.

People are ambitious because they cannot go against the all possessing nature of the soul or true self.

… he owns nothing, but on his face you find the bloom of happiness, and you find his muscles so strong and his arms so well built. He goes about in such a happy, cheerful, jolly mood, humming tunes of joy.

The more you get, the more you become greedy, niggardly and less happy. Happiness lies not in accumulation of wealth but in content only.
– Swami Rama Tirtha