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Why Hindu Saints And Holy Men Are Buried And Not Cremated?

The traditional practice in Hinduism is to cremate the body of a dead person. But the dead body of holy men, saints and children below the age of three are buried. In many Hindu communities, the body of a holy person is buried in the Padmasana Posture (Lotus Position). So why are Hindu holy men and saints buried and not cremated which is the usual practice in Hindu religion. Hindus generally cremate their dead. But there are exceptions: the dead bodies of saints, holy men and children are buried. These practices are based on two related and fundamental tenets of Hinduism — the belief in the transmigration of the soul and reincarnation. The Bhagavad Gita says: “Just as old clothes are cast off and new one worn, the soul leaves the body after death and enters a new one.” Hindus believe that burning the body, and, hence, destroying it, helps the departed soul get over any residual attachment it may have developed for the deceased person.     Holy men and saints, however, are buried

Our Beliefs Weave The Cocoon We Live In

All of us live in a cocoon. What differs is only the size of the cocoon. There are small cocoons, big cocoons, and extremely large cocoons. Mind proves its materiality by being finite. Its finitude is evidenced by the limit of one’s cocoon.   The larger the cocoon of one’s personality the closer one is to the infinite reality. However, it is only the bursting of the cocoon that would enable one to merge with the ultimate reality or Brahman. The world we perceive is a mirror image of our cocoon. Narrow understandings and limited world views are signs of a crunched cocoon. Our beliefs weave the cocoon we live in. They determine what are material or immaterial to us. For the poor, basic needs could often become a luxury. For the rich, luxurious comforts are taken for granted. What one holds as essential to one’s existence is what one is most afraid to lose. Source –  Prabuddha Bharata editorial April 2016

21 March 2021 Tithi - Panchang - Hindu Calendar - Good Time - Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Sunday, 21 March 2021 – It is Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Saptami tithi or the seventh day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 3:05 AM on March 21. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Ashtami tithi or the eighth day during the waxing or light phase of moon till 4:27 AM on March 22. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on March 21, 2021 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time till 7:10 AM.  Nakshatra  – Mrigasira or Makayiram Nakshatra till 3:34 PM on March 21. Then onward it is Ardra or Arudara or Thiruvathira Nakshatra till 5:16 PM on March 22. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, north Karnataka and south Rajasthan), Mrigasi