June Solstice, 2017

Each year is divided into two halves, known as ayana. Uttarayana begins on the day of the (winter or summer) solstice, normally December 21, when the sun begins its apparent northward journey. Dakshinayana begins on the first day of the (summer or winter) solstice, normally June 21, marking the sun’s southward movement. (Which solstice – summer or winter – depends if one lives above or below the Earth’s equator!)

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108 Names of the Sun: Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali #40



Om Rjusvabhavavittaya Namaha, Salutations to the One who is renowned for his upright nature. The essential character of the Sun is incorruptible; in performing its duty as Star of this solar system, and its duty as graha, seizing, grasping, the Sun sheds its light, heat and energy upon all, equally. This is the dharma, the swabhava of the Sun.

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Shani Jayanti 2017

In year 2017 (1939 Hemalambi) Shani Jayanti is marked on Thursday 25 May 2017. Shani Jayanti is marked as birth anniversary of Lord Shani. Shani Jayanti is also known as Shani Amavasya. Lord Shani is son of Lord Surya and rules planet Saturn and Saturdays. It is believed that Lord Shani believes in fair justice and if appeased blesses His devotee with good luck and fortune. People, who don’t have blessing of Lord Shani, toil for years without getting any reward for their hard work in life. In this message on 2017 day of Shani Jayanti, we bring Sanaischarashtakam and Shani stotra (Dashrath krut).

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The Opposites of the Now: mid-late May 2017

Planetary positions during mid-to-late-May 2017 suggest some may be experiencing tiredness, susceptibility to ailments, fatigue, and the common cold or similar ill. One is generally flat of energy, waking up tired. These are times of Ascension and the emergent 5th Dimension. In this reflection we look to the effects of the planets (they disperse energy and light), the darknesses experienced by some and the characteristics of the 5th Dimension. Inner self discipline is recommended to pass through this time of opposites and challenges.

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Narasimha Jayanthi

Narasimha is the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu and is popularly known as ‘man-lion’ or ‘half man – half lion’ incarnation. In 2017, the date of Narasimha Jayanthi is May 9. The main aim of the Narasimha incarnation was to end the tyranny of Hiranyakashipu and restore the path of Dharma, righteousness. Prahlada the young son of Hiranyakashipu and an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu paved the way for the removal of opposition to righteousness, adharma. Here, we bring you both a short narrative and the long narrative of Prahlad, the devotee, and two stotrams to Narasimha, the second composed by Lord Sanischara.

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