Om Hrishkesaya Namaha, Salutations to the One who is fully in control of the senses and is filled with joy. When one masters the senses, the outward-going mind is under control, fear, desire, attachments all pass away.
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Maha Shivaratri, is the most auspicious day dedicated to Lord Shiva and is popularly known as the night of Shiva. Maha Shivaratri date for 2017 is Friday, February 24. In Panchangs and Hindu calendars followed in Australia, United States, United Kingdom (Britain) and Canada, Shivaratri is marked on February 24. This holy night of Shiva is observed on the night before ‘amavasya’ (no moon night) in the Hindu month of Phalguna (February – March) as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. The corresponding period in other regions is the night before Magha Amavasya.
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Rahu is a shadow planet - a subtle planet without form which has an important function - that of ensuring that events occur as defined in the soul contract, the map of journey through life. Jupiter is the guru - guru of higher learning, sacred teachings and enjoys everything with largesse. The placement of Jupiter in the birth chart can indicate strength (and capacity) of the intellect. The mind derives much - if not all - of its understandings from the intellect. From January through August 2016, Rahu and Jupiter will be closely aligned in Leo. In this article we raise the question, 'What is the effect of Rahu on the mind?"
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Note on Obesity
Obesity is a matter of public health concern. The World Health Organisation says that obesity is a disease. What is obesity, what drives obesity and what does Vedic Astrology have to say about obesity? What is our body, what is the constitution of the body and how is this determined. There are many questions surrounding obesity and the cultural signals which give rise to this. In this article we look at some matters surrounding this topic.
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Today is the second day of the Navaratri celebrations which are held for nine days. All festivals are meant to remind mankind that they should cultivate noble qualities by engaging themselves in activities beneficial to one’s own self and society. Sai Baba made this reference to Navaratri and the Nine Planets:
As part of Navaratri celebrations, people worship different forms of divinity. You should develop sacred feelings and experience divinity. What is the inner meaning of Navaratri celebrations? These nine nights represent nine planets. Each planet has its own significance. However, these planets are not outside, they are within. If your feelings are impure and unsacred, the result also will be the same. You are responsible for the good and bad you think and experience.
As the nine nights represent the nine planets, we will be focussing on Navaratri and the nine planets with an account of one or another the planets for nine nights. The second planet is The Moon. The second day of Navratri is Chandra darshan, darshan of the Moon. The colour for the second day of Navaratri is WHITE, so we will write in white for this second day observance of Navaratri (albeit with a temporary background so that white is actually visible!) .
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