Religion/ Festivals and Spirituality

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‘Onam’ – Harvest festival of Kerala State!

Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala … Continue reading

India Celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is a celebration of the elephant-headed god, and devotees pray to him to get his blessings for their new ventures. Clay idols of Lord Ganesha are worshiped, and the celebration traditionally goes on for 10 days, at the end of which the idols are immersed in a body of … Continue reading

Your Faith Can Move Mountains!

“Have faith in God! If you have faith in God and don’t doubt, you can tell this mountain to get up and jump into the sea, and it will. Everything you ask for in prayer will be yours, if you only have faith.” (Mark 11:22-24 CEV) Faith opens the door to miracles. If you study … Continue reading

My chance meeting with Mormons in stillwater, OK (1988)!

As I was trudging home at the end of a long day, after finishing my classes while I was studying in the graduate school at the Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (1988), I had a chance meeting with a group of Mormons. We had a long discussion on Mormons, Joseph Smith and the book of Mormon. … Continue reading

‘One thinks only to know something!’

I was recently listening to a heated discussion between Philosopher and enlightened being, U.G. Krishnamurti( 1918-2007) and his philosopher colleagues on the YouTube. U. G. Krishnamurti, was an Indian man who questioned enlightenment. Although many considered him an “enlightened” person, Krishnamurti often referred to his state of being as the “natural state”. He claimed that … Continue reading

‘I am unborn. I only exist as a result of your imagination’ – Swami Chinmayananda

‘I am unborn. I only exist as a result of your imagination’ – Swami Chinmayananda I heard this phrase uttered by Swami Swatmananda ( https://www.chinmayamissionmumbai.com/chinmaya/our-acharyas/swami-swatmananda) during my brief attendance of his talk on Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda at the 100th birthday celebrations today ( 8th May 2016) at Sandeepany Sadhnalaya, Powai, Mumbai. Mind and thoughts … Continue reading

Love and Compassion form the basis for Spiritual development!

‘It is because our own human existence is so dependent on the help of others that our need for love lies at the very foundation of our existence. Therefore we need a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.’ – Tenzin Gyatso; The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Most spiritual philosophers … Continue reading

18 Holy Steps (Pathinettam Padi) and its significance!

Pathinettapadi (18 divine steps) to the sanctum sanctorium is divine in all aspects. Every Ayyappa devotee, before he sees the Sanctum Sanctorum, has to lay his footsteps over eighteen sacred steps. Initially the 18 steps were made of granite. It was later covered with Panchaloha (a special composition of gold, silver, copper, iron and tin), … Continue reading

RadhaMadhava Kalyana Mahotsavam at the ‘Harmony Banquet Hall’ Mhada, Thane West, on 10th Jan 2016.

Note: I attended the Raadha Madhava Kalyana Mahotsavam at the ‘Harmony Banquet Hall’, Mhada, Thane West on 10th Jan 2016. It was conducted by ‘Lok Vasant Satsang’ located at Thane west – there were several bhajans sang by several devotees along with Shri Srinivasan and his troupe, and the Radha kalyanam was conducted well so … Continue reading

Attended ‘Aandal Kalyanam’ @ Balaji Mandir, Ghatkopar on 14th Jan 2016!

This being the month of Maargazhi, a post about the unique Azhwar known to the world would be nice. The Azhwar is none other than Aandaal. She is unique in various respectsOf the twelve Azhwars, she is the only female Azhwar. She had an unwavering devotion to Lord Vishnu and married him at Srirangam She … Continue reading

Why this new year 2016 should be different from others?

We look forward to the new year, absolutely at every year end, with lot of hope that we will get what we want at least in this coming new year .. something that’s going to make us more successful, much happier, much richer, much fulfilling in our relationships within the family as well as outside … Continue reading

‘Halo effect’ works in positive as well as negative way!

‘Halo effect is a cognitive bias in which an observer’s overall impression of a person, company, brand, or product influences the observer’s feelings and thoughts about that entity’s character or properties. The term “halo” is used in analogy with the religious concept: a glowing circle that can be seen floating above the heads of saints … Continue reading

Why is the festival Dussehra and Vijayadashmi Day celebrated today?

One of the popular Hindu festivals, Dussehra is celebrated with pomp and gaiety. Since ages, a number of rituals are performed to please the Almighty, on the ceremonious occasion. It is the climax of the nine-day long celebrations of ‘Navratris’, which precede it. The festival commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. Apart from … Continue reading

Visit to Kala Ram Mandir at Nashik yesterday ..

Had a family gathering at Nashik yesterday (Sunday), along with my brothers and their respective family .. drove back home (Thane) by the evening .. pleasant experience .. 🙂 ‘The Kalaram temple is an old Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Rama in the Panchavati area of Nashik City in Maharashtra, India. It is one of … Continue reading

Bharata Natya Arangetram on Sunday, the 19th of April 2015!

I am particularly inspired by the story about Lord Shiva Bhakta, ‘Kannappa Naayanar’ – depicted in the ‘Abhinaya’ section of the Bharata Natya Arangetram performed by Shruthi Mahesh, Sowmya Sriram and Sumita Menon, talented students of the Sanskriti Academy of Fine Arts, conducted at Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruh, Gladys Alwares Road, Near Hiranandani Meadows, Thane … Continue reading

How spirituality can help .. empty your mind?

Human mind is complicated in its design .. because it does not have a definite singular stationary place at all. It can be everywhere as well as it can be no where. One can be a .. too much thinking ‘intellectual’ person from the elite .. or he can be an idiot too. And, both … Continue reading

Tamil New Year – 14th April!

Tamil people celebrate Tamil new year on 14th April. This is the month of Chitterai, the first month of the Tamil Solar calendar. On the eve of ‘Puthandu’, a tray arranged with three fruits (Mango,Banana and Jack fruit), betel leaves and arecanut, gold/silver jewelry, coins/money, flowers and a mirror is placed. This is to be … Continue reading

Sri Ram Navami is on 8th April 2014!

‘Ram Navami (Devanāgarī: राम नवमी) also known as Sri Rama Navami (IAST SriRām-navamī) is a Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya of Ayodhya. Ram is the 7th incarnation of the Dashavatara of Vishnu. The Rama Navami festival falls in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami, the ninth … Continue reading

Happy Gudi Padwa (March 31,2014)!

Gudhi Padva (Marathi: गुढी पाडवा Guḍhī Pāḍavā), is the Marathi name for Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. It is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month to mark the beginning of the New year according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar. This day is also the first day of Chaitra Navratri and Ghatasthapana also known as … Continue reading

A short note on ‘thai pongal’ celebrated yesterday !

In Tamil, the word Pongal means ‘overflowing’ which signifies abundance and prosperity. On the day of Pongal i.e., yesterday, at the time of sun rise there is a symbolic ritual of boiling fresh milk in a new clay pots (preferably) and when the milk boils over and bubbles out of the vessel, people at home … Continue reading

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