Saturday April 19, 2014
Hindus believes in reincarnation. What determines the state of an individual in the next existence is karma which refers to the actions undertaken by the body and the mind.
In order to achieve good karma it is important to live life according to dharma. This involves doing what is right for the individual, the family, the community and also for the universe itself.
Dharma is like a cosmic norm and if one goes against the norm it can result in bad karma. So, dharma affects the future according to the karma accumulated. Therefore, one's dharmic path in the next life is determined by their past karma. Read Full Article
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Monday April 14, 2014
The Hindu calendar follows the lunar month, and Purnima and Amavasya or Full Moon and New Moon are auspicious days. Every fortnight, millions of Hindus observe a 'vrat' or fast on either or both these occasions.
From ancient times, Hindus have come to believe that the fortnightly cycle of the moon exerts a great influence on the human anatomy just as it affects the water bodies on earth resulting in tides and ebbs. So the Hindu scriptures recommend keeping a fast or taking light food on full moon and new moon days as it is said to reduce the acidic content in our system, slow down the metabolic rates, increase endurance. Read Full Article
Sunday April 13, 2014
Hanuman, the mighty ape that aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces, is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu pantheon. The character of Hanuman teaches us of the unlimited power that lies unused within each one of us.
Hanuman's tale in the epic Ramayana - where he is assigned the responsibility to locate Rama's wife Sita abducted by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka -- is known for its astounding ability to inspire and equip a reader with all the ingredients needed to face ordeals and conquer obstructions in the way of the world.
Let's learn more about this simian symbol of strength on the auspicious occasion of Hanuman Jayanti which falls on Thursday, April 15, 2014.
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Friday April 11, 2014
Although India's national calendar is the official almanac for the Hindus, popular regional variants prevail. As a result, we have a host of new year festivities that are unique to the particular regions on this vast country. Characteristic of the Indian cultural mélange, Hindus in various states of India celebrate the new year in their own ways. And not all of these fall on the same day!
In mid-April, Hindus celebrate Baisakhi in Punjab, Poila Baishakh in Bengal, Bohag Bihu in Assam, Vishu in Kerala and Puthandu Vazthukal in Tamil Nadu to welcome the new year. These regional celebrations fall between April 14 and 15 this year.
Learn about these various regional celebrations, and don't forget to wish your friends and family a happy new year, once again!
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