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  1. What is the significance of karva chauth? What is the story behind it? Can only married women do it? Is it really a good time to meditate on this day?

    There are so many festivals in India, almost as many as the number of Sundays in a year.
    Karva chauth is one festival where women pray for their husband’s longevity, and there are stories associated with it. I don’t know much about these stori ...

  2. I was wondering if this day happens every year?

    It is every year. Akshaya Tritiya is the third day after the new moon. Fifth day after the new moon is when Adi Shankaracharya was born.
    That is why my parents also kept my name Shankar, because I was born on the same day.

    The ma ...

  3. The Symbolism of Ganesha

    Ganesha is the formless Divinity- encapsulated in a magnificent form, for the benefit of the devotee. Gan means group. The universe is a group of atoms and different energies. This universe would be in chaos if there was no supreme law governing these div ...
  4. Ram means the light within me, the light in my heart

    (Festival of Ram Navami, April 1, 2012) Ram means light. The root of words like rays and radiance comes from ram. Ra means radiance. Ma means me, mine, myself. Ram means the light within me, the light in my heart. Ram, of course, is the name of Lord Rama, ...
  5. Why is Mahashivratri called as Mahashivratri (night of Shiva) and not Mahashivadiwas (day of Shiva)?

    Yes, I have spoken about it. Read the book. Raatri means that which gives you comfort, gives you rest; from what? That which gives us rest from the three Taapa (miseries) is Raatri: Aadi bhautika (Physical), Aadhyaatmika (Spiritual) and Aadi Daivika (Ether ...
  6. Gurudev, could you talk on Shivratri and its importance?

    Mahashivratri is the day when the Shiva tattva touches the ground, touches the earth. The consciousness which is always ten inches above the material ground; the aura, the ethereal world which is ten inches above the surface, touches the earth element on M ...
  7. Gurudev, what is the significance of Makar Sankranti and why are we forgetting our festivals?

    The significance of Makar Sankranti is Uttarayana during makar, which means movement of the sun towards the north direction during makar as the winter comes to an end. One crop having been harvested, they sow the seeds for the next crop.
    There are twe ...
  8. Gurudev, today is Dutta Jayanthi. Please tell us something about Lord Duttatreya!

    Today is also Hanumath Jayanthi and today is also Pitaji’s birthday.
    This is the first year he is not physically there but his spirit is here.
    Birthdays are there to celebrate and to remember and recollect what good qualities they possessed.
    ...
  9. Ganesha Rahasya

    The ultimate truth in this existing world is that it is nothing but a collection of molecules. This is called as ‘Gana’ (collective form). Our own body is a ‘Gana’. It is made up of flesh, blood and bone marrow. Thus the Lord of all ‘Ganas’ is ‘GANESHA’. ...
  10. Raksha Bandhan

    This full moon is dedicated to the seers-- the Rishis. It is also called the Raksha bandhan. Bandhan means bondage, Raksha means protection. A bondage that protects you- Your bondage to the knowledge, to the master, to the truth, to The Self, all Save You ...
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