Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tenerife - Dec. 2009

Happy New Year from sunny Tenerife!
If you happen to hate cold and snow and to adore the sunshine, please treat yourself to these naive but sincere photos from the Land Far-Far away.














Fasting days 2010

Fasting Chart - Year 2010

Time Zone = GMT+1

dateeventstartend
Jan 10 (Sun)Ekadashi01/10 05:3101/11 00:11
Jan 14 (Thu)Amavasya01/14 05:4201/15 08:12
Jan 26 (Tue)Ekadashi01/25 22:1701/26 20:19
Jan 29 (Fri)Purnima01/29 11:0201/30 07:18
Feb 8 (Mon)Ekadashi02/08 15:1702/09 17:21
Feb 13 (Sat)Amavasya02/13 01:1102/14 03:51
Feb 24 (Wed)Ekadashi02/24 10:0202/25 07:29
Feb 28 (Sun)Purnima02/27 21:2102/28 17:38
Mar 10 (Wed)Ekadashi03/10 09:4103/11 12:22
Mar 15 (Mon)Amavasya03/14 20:0203/15 22:01
Mar 26 (Fri)Ekadashi03/25 18:5703/26 16:11
Mar 29 (Mon)Purnima03/29 06:3503/30 03:25
Apr 9 (Fri)Ekadashi04/09 04:5304/10 07:24
Apr 13 (Tue)Amavasya04/13 12:4204/14 13:29
Apr 24 (Sat)Ekadashi04/24 01:4004/24 23:04
Apr 26 (Mon)Purnima04/27 15:2404/24 23:04
May 9 (Sun)Ekadashi05/08 23:1005/10 00:55
May 13 (Thu)Amavasya05/13 02:3805/14 02:04
May 23 (Sun)Ekadashi05/23 07:1705/24 05:17
May 27 (Thu)Purnima05/27 00:4805/28 00:07
Jun 7 (Mon)Ekadashi06/07 15:4006/08 16:10
Jun 11 (Fri)Amavasya06/11 14:0506/12 12:15
Jun 21 (Mon)Ekadashi06/21 13:1706/22 12:15
Jun 25 (Fri)Purnima06/25 11:4406/26 12:30
Jun 22 (Tue)Ekadashi07/07 05:3606/08 05:07
Jul 11 (Sun)Amavasya07/10 23:3407/11 20:40
Jul 21 (Wed)Ekadashi07/20 21:0707/21 21:17
Jul 25 (Sun)Purnima07/25 00:4207/26 02:37
Aug 5 (Thu)Ekadashi08/05 17:3508/06 16:05
Aug 9 (Mon)Amavasya08/09 07:4508/10 04:08
Aug 19 (Thu)Ekadashi08/19 07:5708/20 09:19
Aug 23 (Mon)Purnima08/23 15:3808/24 18:05
Sep 4 (Sat)Ekadashi09/04 03:4409/05 01:26
Sep 7 (Tue)Amavasya09/07 15:2309/08 11:30
Sep 18 (Sat)Ekadashi09/17 22:1909/19 00:35
Sep 22 (Wed)Purnima09/22 08:0009/23 10:17
Oct 3 (Sun)Ekadashi10/03 12:2610/04 09:40
Oct 7 (Thu)Amavasya10/06 22:3510/07 19:45
Oct 18 (Mon)Ekadashi10/17 15:5810/18 18:32
Oct 22 (Fri)Purnima10/22 01:0510/23 02:37
Nov 2 (Tue)Ekadashi11/01 20:1611/02 17:28
Nov 5 (Fri)Amavasya11/05 08:3211/06 05:52
Nov 16 (Tue)Ekadashi11/16 11:5211/17 14:06
Nov 21 (Sun)Purnima11/20 18:0711/21 18:27
Dec 1 (Wed)Ekadashi12/01 04:0312/02 01:46
Dec 5 (Sun)Amavasya12/04 19:5312/05 18:36
Dec 16 (Thu)Ekadashi12/16 08:3212/17 09:56
Dec 20 (Mon)Purnima12/20 10:1812/21 09:13
Dec 30 (Thu)Ekadashi12/30 12:5112/31 11:32
notes:
  • Starting and ending times are obtained from the Ananda Marga Diary.
  • The actual fasting day is calculated as to include most of the indicated lunar phase.
  • Calculations follow the Indian convention of starting the days at dawn rather than midnight.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati Mahasamadhi 5 Dec. 2009

Text below quoted from here.

Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati took Mahasamadhi today in Rikhia, India. He was a great disciple of Swami Sivanananda of Rishikesh and the founder of the Bihar School of Yoga among other prominent and beneficial institutions.

Paramahamsaji brought many practical and authentic Tantrik teachings to people around the world through his teaching centers and numerous books. Later in life, he performed an ancient, multi-year Tantrik fire ceremony – the panchagni. When he completed that arduous sadhana, he handed over the lineage to his successor, Paramahamsa Niranjanananda Saraswati.

Subsequently, Paramahamsaji embarked on a great expansion of the charitable works of the lineage. He became a more pronounced proponent of Bhakti, and undertook the economic and social upliftment of 50,000 villagers in and around Rikhia. Two recent movies have documented the annual Sat Chandi festival at Rikhia and the unique and thoughtful manner in which charitable works are carried out by the lineage.

Although I never met Paramahamsaji in person, his writings, especially his early books on the Guru-disciple relationship, shaped me profoundly. He also helped me at several crucial moments in my life through dreams and in other ways.

Now is a wonderful time to meditate on this great Guru, to offer your prayers for his future unfolding, and to open to the never-ending flow of Guru’s grace.

In Ma’s love,
Shambhavi

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Govardhana Puja and Dipavali Festival - 18 October. Radhadesh, Belgium


The term "Govardhana' has two meanings. The word "Go' means cows, and "vardhana' means nourishment. In the other meaning "Go' stands for senses and "vardhana' means to increase the diversion of the senses towards Sri Krishna. Both these jobs are done by Sri Giriraja. He kindly blesses the devotee by increasing his devotion. Thus by residing in the foothills of Sri Giriraja, all the senses and their respective duties of a soul attain divinity and are inclined to serve the Lotus Feet of Krishna.

While Diwali (Dipavali) is popularly known as the "festival of lights", the most significant spiritual meaning is "the awareness of the inner light".

Central to Hindu philosophy is the assertion that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. Just as we celebrate the birth of our physical being, Diwali is the celebration of this inner light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness (removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance), awakening the individual to one's true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality. With the realization of the Atman comes universal compassion, love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things (higher knowledge). This brings Ananda (inner joy or peace).

The gunas are the underlying forces or tendencies which one needs to have unaffected, direct relation with in order to find effectiveness and righteousness in life: they are lines of potential and illuminate thought and action, thus the inner meaning of Diwali being the festival of lights.

Diwali celebrates this through festive fireworks, lights, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship. While the story behind Diwali varies from region to region, the essence is the same - to rejoice in the inner light (Atman) or the underlying reality of all things (Brahman).