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Jabali in Ramayana and other Hindu Scriptures

Jabali is the name of a counselor in the Ramayana. Jabali is also the name of numerous other people in Hindu scriptures especially the Puranas. In Ramayana, Jabali was the saint counselor of King Dasharatha. Here are some of the important stories of Jabali in Hindu scriptures.
Jabali in Ramayana He accompanied Bharata to bring back Bhagavan Sri Ram from his exile. Jabali was an atheist and he argued with Rama to return to Ayodhya. Taking a rationalist view of life, he argued that there was no such thing as the other world and therefore he should not worry about the word he had given to his father.
He argued that what is important is the world as we know and he should not be bothered about the unseen world. He also attempted to convince Rama about the futility of human relationships. Rama was not happy with the arguments and he stressed on the need to uphold Dharma. He completely negated the atheistic thoughts.

Jabali thus failed in convincing Bhagavan Sri Ram.

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Jagaran in Hinduism – Religious Importance of Staying Awake at Night

Jagaran is a Sanskrit term used to refer to staying awake at night during certain nights in a month or year in Hinduism. This keeping of vigil at night is associated with important monthly vrats like Ekadasi and yearly festivals like Mahashivratri. Jagaran is also observed as part of certain vrats only followed in certain regions and by certain communities. Religious importance of it is mainly associated with Ekadasi fasting dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Jagarana on Ekadasi It believed that those who observe Ekadasi fasting dedicated to Lord Vishnu should keep vigil at night and meditate on Lord Vishnu. Ekadasi is observed on the 11th day of a fortnight as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar.

As per the legend associated with Ekadasi fasting, demon Mura attempted to harm Vishnu at night and suddenly a young girl appeared from the body of Bhagavan Vishnu and she annihilated the demon. Vishnu called her Ekadasi. Jagaran on ekadasi night is based on this incident.

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Swami Venkatesananda on the Perfected Ones

The perfected ones have abandoned the illusion of duality of the observer and the object, and the consequent movement of thought. Their gaze is fixed and unwinking.

Though these sages are active in this world, they do not entertain the least notion of illusory existence.

They are firmly rooted in the abandonment of the relationship between the knower and the known.
Their consciousness is absolutely pure, purified of all images, concepts and notions.
Swami Venkatesananda

Today’s Hindu Calendar – April 19, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 (Today) – Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Ashtami Tithi or the eighth day during the waning phase of moon till 11:35 PM on April 19. Then onward it isKrishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon on the entire day on April 20 and till 12:10 AM on April 21. All time based on India Standard Time.
How is April 19, 2017 as per Hindu Panchang? – It is a good and auspicious day. Nakshatra – Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra till 8:23 PM on April 19. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatram till 9:39 PM on April 20.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), it is Uttarashada or Uthiradam Nakshatra on the entire day on April 19 and till 12:20 AM on April 20. Then onward it is Shravan or Thiruonam or Sravana Nakshatra.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Dhanu R…