AUM or ओम्
originally ओं = आं , which may be derived from आ,
a word of solemn affirmation and respectful assent,
sometimes translated by ” yes , verily , so be it “
it is placed at the commencement of most Hindu works, most mantras and shlokas, and as a sacred exclamation may be uttered [...]
The full moon day in the month of May, also known as purnima or poornima marks Buddha Purnima. But this is no ordinary purnima, as it is observed worldwide as the day that Gautam Buddha achieved full enlightenment after years of meditation under the Bodhi tree.
Swami Vivekanada, the disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahansa, was a great believer in action. One of his most famous quotes is “Arise, Awake, and stop not till the goal is achieved”. There can be no simpler, yet more powerful call to action. So, what is this “goal” that Swami Vivekananda is challenging us to work towards? [...]
The importance of Amavasya is that it is a day of new beginnings. It is a time to discard the old (habits, thought processes, failures and negative influences) and embrace the promise of new light that the new moon brings to us. The dark side of the moon is revealed on this day as the moon completes its waning cycle of fourteen days. The first day of the waning cycle is actually the full moon day, also called purnima. Read more…
Chaitra Navaratri or the nine (nava-) nights (-ratri) of Durga, are celebrated in the first 9 days of the bright half of the month of Chaitra (starting from the day after Amavasya). According to the Indian lunar calendar, this usually in late March or early April. This period of nine days heralds the onset of spring and also marks the beginning of the new year for the hindu calendar in most parts of India. Read more…
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