Guru Purnima




Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima and marks the birthday of sage Ved Vyasa. This full moon day is celebrated by Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist disciples to express gratitude towards their spiritual teachers and everyone else who has acted as a guide and teacher in their life journey. One pays obeisance to the Guru or teacher on this day, thanking for all the knowledge and life-lessons.


Irrespective of their religions, Indian students celebrate this day by thanking their teachers. Students honor their teachers by offering delicacies, garlands, and sweets. Students often organize functions and fanfares in schools to appreciate the hard work done by teachers. This day is taken as an excellent opportunity to express gratitude and consolidate the bond of teacher-student relationships


The festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadha (June–July). The word Guru is derived from two words, gu and ru. The Sanskrit word gu means darkness or ignorance, and ru denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore, a Guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignorance.


Traditionally the festival is celebrated by Buddhists in honor of the Lord Buddha, who gave His first sermon on this day at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India. In the yogic tradition, the day is celebrated as when Shiva became the first Guru, as he began the revelation and transmission of yoga to the Saptarishis. Many Hindus celebrate the day in honor of the great sage Ved Vyasa, who is accepted as one of the greatest Gurus in ancient Hindu traditions and a symbol of the Guru-Shishya tradition. 


Guru Purnima festival is common to all spiritual traditions in Hinduism, where it is an expression of gratitude towards the teacher by his/her disciple or student. Hindu ascetics and wandering sanyasis or monks, observe this day by offering puja to their Guru. This day also marks the beginning of Chaturmas, four months period, during the rainy season, when these ascetics choose seclusion and stay at one chosen place. 


According to the Puranas and in yogic lore, it is said that Guru Purnima was the day that saw Shiva become the Adi Guru or the first Guru. On the full moon day, Shiva sat as a Guru to seven men. Shiva, the Adiyogi, or the first yogi thus became the Adi Guru. Adiyogi expounded the working and secret of life to the seven disciples, who became celebrated as the Saptarishis and took this knowledge across the world. Guru Purnima is held sacred in the yogic tradition because the Adiyogi opened up the knowledge and possibility for a human being to evolve consciously. The seven different aspects of yoga revealed to these seven men became the foundation for the seven primary forms of yoga, something that has still endured until now.


Buddhists observe Vipassana meditation practice on this day under the guidance of their teachers. Rainy season or Varsha also starts with this day. During the rainy season lasting for about three months from July to October, Buddhist monks remain in a single place, generally in their temples. In some monasteries, monks dedicate this time to intensive meditation. 


Guru Purnima or Vyas Purnima was the day when Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa – author of the Mahabharata – was born to sage Parashara and a fisherman's daughter Satyavati.  Vyasa Puja is held at various temples on this day, and floral offerings and gifts are given away in his honor. Disciples also commit themselves on this day, towards following their teacher's guidance and teachings.


 The Auspicious Guru Mantra 

Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheshwarah
Guru Saakshaata Parabrahma
Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah


Meaning:

"Guru is the creator, Guru is the protector, and Guru is solely the destroyer of evil. 

Guru is the supreme God, and therefore, I bow upon Him and pay my respects."


Devshayani Ekadashi


What is Devshayani Ekadashi

The eleventh day, in the full moon quarter of Ashadh month, is observed as Devshayani Ekadashi or Maha-Ekadashi. According to Hindu mythology, on this day, Lord Vishnu goes into a deep slumber or deep meditation. He wakes up after four months on Prabodhini Ekadashi day. Devshyani Ekadashi comes close on the heels of Puri's Jagannath RathYatra every year. 


The eleventh day of the bright half of Ashadh is also known as Padma Ekadashi. And It is also the beginning of Chaturmas ("chatur" means four, and "mas" means months).


Chaturmas is a collection of four auspicious months which are full of festivals and celebrations. Since these four months fall in the monsoon season, the atmosphere is dense with moisture, and bacterial activities are high. 


Therefore, it is advisable to follow strict rules of sleeping, eating, fasting and praying at this time. The four months in the Hindu calendar that make Chaturmas are AshadhShravan, Bhadarpada, and Ashwin


Significance of Devshayani Ekadashi

1). The Ekadashi puja assumes significance as Chaturmas or a holy period of four months in the Hindu calendar begins from this day. The four months of Chaturmas are Shravan, Bhadrapad, Ashwin, and Kartik and roughly correspond to July, August, September, and October.

2). Chaturmas heralds nearly all the major Hindu festivals like Janmashthami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, and Diwali.

3). By keeping a vrat or fast on Devshayani Ekadashi, a devotee seeks the blessings of Lord Vishnu for this life and beyond.

4). Those who wish to find salvation (or Moksha) by getting rid of the vicious cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, also pray to Lord Vishnu.

5). By sincerely observing a fast or vrat on this day, a devotee can seek attainment from the guilt of committing sins in this life and previous lives. 

6). Ekadashi is a time to introspect and realize one's human follies and seek divine guidance. Apart from cleansing the body, the vrat or fast also purifying the mind of negative and evil thoughts and emotions.

7). During the period of Chaturmas, one should observe asceticism, self-discipline, and avoid indulging in sensual pleasures. From Ekadashi day, a period of self-cleansing begins for both the mind and the body, which is indeed very beneficial.


Devshayani Ekadashi Vrat Katha or Story

Story 1:

One of the legends associated with Devshayani Ekadashi vrat dates back to Satyuga. There once lived a demon-king named Raja Bali, who was the grandson of Hari Bhakt Prahlad. He ruled the three worlds - the Devaloka, Prithviloka, and Patalaloka


After seeing him becoming invincible due to his great deeds, the Devas or Gods became worried. They rushed to Lord Vishnu and appealed to him to stop Bali from growing more powerful as he may usurp their authority. Therefore, to protect the gods or Devas, Lord Vishnu decided to take the Vamana Avatar.


Apart from being a just and able king, Raja Bali was also known for his philanthropic and generous nature and activities. Therefore, Lord Vishnu decided to seek alms from Bali in the disguise of a dwarf Brahmin boy. 


Disguised, Vishnu asked the king to give him three pieces of land that he would cover in just three steps. And Bali instantly agreed. However, Bali was unsuspicious that the boy was none other than Lord Vishnu himself. 


Soon after asking for three pieces of land, Vamana Avatar started to expand so big that his head touched the skies. The dwarf was now a giant. With one step, he covered the earth, and with another step, he covered the rest of the universe. And Bali, who by then had realized that it was Lord Vishnu himself, humbly surrendered. 


But the third step of the promise for the third piece of land remained. Therefore, Bali offered his head and asked Lord Vishnu to step on it, thereby completing his wish. Please with Bali's devotion and humbleness, the Lord took his third step on Bali's head.


However, before sending Bali to Patala Loka, Vishnu, pleased by the king's generosity, asked him to seek a boon. And the king made the most of it by telling Lord Vishnu to accompany him to the Patala Loka. Thus, the Lord decided to go to Patala Loka with Bali to honor his promise.


But the Lord's absence left the Devas or gods, and Mata Lakshmi worried. Hence to bring her husband back from the Patala Loka, the Goddess visited Patala Loka disguised as a poor woman seeking help from Bali. She tied a Rakhi to Bali's wrist and bonded with him like his sister. And eventually, she asked him to free her husband from the Patala Loka


Bali, who was known for his generosity, humbly accepted his defeat. Eventually, Lord Vishnu returned to his abode, Vaikuntha.


Story 2:

In the scripture of Bhavishyottara Purana, Lord Krishna narrates the significance of Shayani Ekadashi to Yudhishthira. Once Brahma, the creator-god, conveyed the importance of Ekadashi to his son Narada

As per the story, there once lived a great king named Mandata. The pious king's country had faced drought for three years, but the king was unable to find a solution to please the rain gods. Finally, sage Angiras advised the king to observe the vrat or vow of Dev-Shayani Ekadashi. On doing so, by the grace of Lord Vishnu, there was rain in the kingdom. And once again, Mandata was able to restore peace and prosperity to his country.


Preventions and Precautions during Chaturmas

1). Giving up one or more food items for four months.

2). Fast on every Ekadashi day during Chaturmas.

3). Abstinence from specific grains, beans, vegetables like onions/garlic/certain spices for four months.

4). Regular fasts, performing pooja, singing of Lord's glory, and Reciting hymns.

5). Prayers, meditation, introspection, and chanting.

6). Reading/listening to sacred texts and discourses on the life and teaching of the Lord. 


As per Bhavishyottara Purana:

  1. Vegetables should not be consumed during Shravan
  2. Yogurt should not be consumed during Bhadrapada
  3. Milk should not be consumed during Ashvin
  4. Pulse-beans should not be consumed during Kartik. 

As per Skanda Purana:

  1. Onion, garlic, and other additives should not be consumed during Chaturmas. 
  2. Brinjals, water-melon, radish, and sugar-cane should be abstained from consumption. 

Mahadeva




Shiv is the Adi yogi (or eternal yogi), and he is also the Natraj (or king of dance and drama). Praying to Shiva is a celebration. Shiva can often be seen drinking Bhaang or cannabis-laced drink and dancing with his group of 'ganas' and 'pretas.' He lives in joy, and so should you. For celebration obliterates many of the useless worries that preoccupy us mentally most of the time. 



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According to Feng Shui, what happens by keeping an elephant statue in the house?



In Vastu, Astrology, and Lal Kitab, Elephant is considered very auspicious. There are many benefits to keeping an elephant statue at home. In the scriptures, this animal is related to Vighnaharta Ganapati Ji. 

Brass Elephant: Differences between husband and wife are eliminated by keeping a brass elephant in the bedroom or by putting a big picture of the elephant there. Keeping the brass elephant in the living room is a factor for peace and prosperity. With this, it gives success in every sphere of life. An elephant is a symbol of wealth and opulence.

 Solid silver elephant: keeping a solid silver elephant in the house or a pocket according to the Lal Kitab is very beneficial. It is the remedy for Rahu sitting in one's kundali or horoscope. Additionally, The silver elephant gives benefits in business. Keeping this elephant in the north direction of the house is considered to be very auspicious.

Feng Shui: According to Feng Shui, keeping an elephant's picture or idol in the house creates positive energy and acts as a charm for increased wealth sources. The elephant whose picture or statue has its trunk bent should be placed in the living area. This pose increases happiness and peace in the house. And if the trunk of an elephant is raised upwards, it helps in the growth of wealth and income increases.

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Gratitude


In the daily grind of life, it is effortless to forget how blessed we are. Our focus tends to be only on what we lack and what we want. This perception is so strong that we often do not see the pleasant and comfortable surroundings we live in and all the resources we have at our command.

Gratitude is the only practice that halts our negative outlook and gives us the divine vision to see how loved and well cared we are. When a grateful heart starts to count its blessings, it is confounding to see how long the list is.

So stop. Please hear me. Close your eyes and focus on God or whatever you believe in most, and say 'thank you.' Thank you for everything you have.

Yes, our nature is such that we always want more, and that is ok. But let us also acknowledge how much we already have in our lives; Our loved ones, food, clothes, house, health, and so-so much more.

So Thank you, God.

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Chaitra Purnima




A day of prayers and festivities. A day that is Purnima or full moon day. It is also Hanuman Jayanti. Hanuman Jayanti is the day when lord Hanuman’s birth is celebrated.

A day that is also the beginning of New Year in many states. In Assam Rongali Bihu is celebrated. In Kerala Vishu is celebrated and in Bengal Phoela Baishakh is celebrated. The Hanuman Jayanti this year is especially auspicious as it falls on a Tuesday. Tuesdays are usually the marked day in the Hindu calendar when devotees offer prayers to Lord Hanuman.

Lord Hanuman is the embodiment of devotion, strength, humility, intelligence and courage. He blesses his devotees with ‘bal’ or strength and courage, ‘Buddhi’ or wisdom and understanding and ‘vidya’ or knowledge, skills, and intelligence. People fast on this day and read the Hanuman Chalisa, offer bananas and ladoos at Hanuman temples and smear sindoor on Lord Hanuman.

It is believed that Lord Hanuman once asked Sita mata why she applied sindoor every day. She replied that it was for the long life and welfare of Lord Ram. Immediately on hearing this Lord Hanuman smeared his entire body with sindoor.

As per the scriptures Hanuman is the only living God who is alive till today. Whenever one chants the name of Ram, Lord Hanuman is sure to come and listen and participate in the prayers. Such is the devotion of Hanuman for Ram.

Lord Ram was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. On Chaitra Purnima day, people also perform Vishnu puja in many ways, like Satya Narayan Puja. So this day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ram and Hanuman.

...Jai Shri Ram...Jai Shri Ram...Jai Shri Ram...

Mahashivratri

Mahashivratri



Shivratri or the 'night of Shiva' is celebrated with both austerities and festivities. This auspicious holy night falls in the month of Phalgun, a night before Amavasya night.
You can offer jal (water or Ganga water), kachcha dudh (raw or unboiled milk), Dhatura, Bilva leaves, Sandlewood paste, Panch Amrit (milk, yogurt, ghee, sugar, honey) etc. to Lord Shiva. Shiva is quick to please and even a little 'jal abhishek' or pouring water on the Shivling suffices. Incase nothing is available, a pure hearted prayer, chanting the Shiva Mantra is also enough to please Bholenath or Lord Shiva.
Usually, one fasts on Shivratri day from dawn till the next day's dawn. The night is spent in chanting, meditation, prayers, and bhajan. It is a night of introspection and realizing the deep connect with Parmeshwar.
Lord Shiva is an ideal householder God and guides one in fulfilling their domestic responsibility with gratitude and care. Devotees seek his blessings for a happy married and family life. Nothing is impossible at the feet of 'Devo ke Dev' or the God of all Gods - Shiva or Mahadev. He blesses his devotees with every fortune and opens the door of enlightenment, wisdom, and knowledge to everyone.
OM NAMAH SHIVAY