Gayatri Jayanti 2020

Gayatri Maa

Gayatri Jayanti celebrates the manifestation of Goddess Gayatri, who is worshipped as Veda Mata (The Mother of Vedas). In 2020, the date of Gayatri Jayanti is June 1. Scholars also indicate that Sage Vishwamitra first uttered the Gayatri Mantra on the Jyeshtha Shukla Dashami day. And this day is observed as Gayatri Jayanti day.

Gayatri is a universal prayer that is addressed to the immanent and transcendent divine. The Gayatri Mantra is sacred and is considered the mother of the Vedas. It is non-denominational and can be chanted by anyone to illumine the intellect. It can be chanted upon waking, before the midday meal and in the evening – alone or in the company of the goodly and Godly.

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Discernment and your Spirit

Decision making and your spiritIn these days of the coronavirus – and threats to public health – as well as your own personal health, we need to be clear-headed about the decisions we make – particularly in the times that create stress and challenge for ourselves and for many, many other people. What is the best way for me to make important decisions at this time? How can I know I am making the right decision? What feelings will I have if I go ahead and do as I wish? What do we do with all this media information about who is right, who is wrong, is there a vaccine, should I take this or that solution? We need to use discernment, along with our common sense, and our spiritual sense. All these – together – can guide us on the path of life.
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Hayagreeva Jayanti 2018

Hayagreeva Jayanti occurs on Shravana Purnima. During year 2018 this event will occur on August 26th. Hayagreeva is one of the minor incarnations of Lord Vishnu. There is much deeper meaning and purpose to Hayagreeva: for this Kali Yuga, let it be known that Hayagreeva, when propitiated, gives very pure knowledge. He is karaka of the intellect, which resides nearest the soul (atma).

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A Note on Yama – Dharmaraja

There is the Hindu deity Yama, mostly known – and feared – as the God of Death: Yama, the god who judges the souls at the end of life. His other name is Dharmaraja, and he is called Lord of Justice, said to be rightly judging souls for their accumulated deeds on Earth. Said to be blue in colour, he rides a he-buffalo, and holds a rope and a stick (danda).

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Hanuman Jayanti

Hanuman Jayanti or Hanuman Janam-Utsav is a Hindu religious festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Sri Hanuman, who is immensely venerated throughout India and Nepal. This festival is celebrated on different days in different parts of India. In most states of India, the festival is observed in the month of Chaitra – usually Chaitra Purnima, the 15th day of the bright half of the month. in year 2018, this translates to Saturday, 31 March.

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Full Moon – March 2018

A full moon occurs in Sidereal Leo on Friday, 2nd March. This Phalguna full moon day which falls in the middle of spring season in India is known as Vasanta Purnima. Vasanta Purnima is very significant day as it coincides with the festival of colors i.e. Holi. As nature displays various colors during spring, Holi which is also the festival of colours synergizes with nature at the same time.
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Hayagreeva Jayanti 2017

Hayagreeva Jayanti occurs on Shravana Purnima. During year 2017 this event will occur on August 7th. Hayagreeva is one of the minor incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Those who seek to dig deeper will find that Hayagreeva is also associated with the Golden Age and the fostering of the Vedas, veda poshana. There is much deeper meaning and purpose to Hayagreeva; for this Kali Yuga, let it be known that Hayagreeva, when propitiated, gives very pure knowledge. He is favourite of students and those who must learn and concentrate for deeper understanding to emerge.

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Ashta Lakshmi

Deep Puja, also known as Deepa Pooja, is observed on the Amavasi (No moon) day in Ashada month in Maharashtra and in some parts of Telengana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The important lamps used for pujas are arranged in the Puja room and special pujas are offered. Devout Hindus believe that the worship of Diya will usher in knowledge and will help in seeking the blessings of Ashta Lakshmi. In Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune, is worshipped in eight forms – Ashta Lakshmi. The eight forms of the Goddess Lakshmi vary from region to region. The most popular widely accepted forms are those found in the Shri Ashtalakshmi Stotram. On this day of Ravi Pushya Nakshatra Yoga we take advantage to commence a new project devoted to climate change.

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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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The Roles of Hanuman

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On this occasion of Hanuman Jayanthi (birth of Hanuman) it is recalled that Hanuman played an important role in the story of Lord Rama and the destruction of evil represented by the demon king Ravana. Hanuman also has another dimension, that of a divine, a divinity, a star-being who had a role of protector of the Earth over 800 million years ago. He is also of the extinct race of Vanara who donated DNA to the being that eventually went on to become the human. In this wise, we look to ancient stories of Hanuman, and the workings of the Mystery School with its revelations from Jalarm the Atlantean, who gave much information about mankind’s past.

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All Planets Direct Meditation

A rare phenomena will occur from 8 January to 7 February when all the planets will take up direct motion, when viewed from the Earth. This event will make the Earth seem like the Sun, where planets are never retrograde (seemingly going backwards). A world meditation for peace, harmony and positivity will be undertaken during this period, for it is a period without major obstructions and blemishes. Any worldwide synchronised meditation on peace and harmony will benefit both all on Earth and those who contribute to the meditation.

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Spiritual Opportunities in the Birth Chart

opportrunities Vedic astrology is essentially the chart of the soul, the soul-contract for this lifetime. It shows what our body will be like, our siblings, our illnesses, our health, our career, our home environment and the influence of others on us, as well as our influence on the world. When we are born, we bring a blessing to our family. The family in turn gives us our nurturance, our love, our strength, and our opportunities to fulfil the soul contract this time. In this reflection, we look to the houses of the birth chart and the spiritual opportunities given therein. Read more

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Looking at Spirituality and Houses

lightbulb In a previous article we looked at Spirituality and Intelligence. While intelligence is said to reside in the 5th House, this overlooks the antarkaranas, the inner instruments of action, which comprise the intellect, the buddhi. The heart is a key; turn it toward the world, it will be bound by the world. Turn the key of the heart towards the divine, and it shall unlock the presence of the divine within. In this post, we look to the astrological significators of the presence of the divine within. Read more

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