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Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -16-6.

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15/07/2018
Chapter 16 : The Significance of Ekadasi - 6.
A talk given on the 17th of January, 1970, on the request of devotees.

Ekadasi is a Sanskrit word, which means 'the eleventh'. It refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight in a lunar month. There are two fortnights in a lunar month – the bright and the dark. So, Ekadasi occurs twice in a month, in the bright fortnight and the dark fortnight. The special feature of Ekadasi, as most people know it, is a fast – abstinence from diet.

This is how it is usually understood. "We do not eat on Ekadasi," is what people understand. In this country (India) it has become a routine to be abstemious, if not observe a complete fast on this day. The significance of this particular observance is not merely constituted of a fast, physically, though it is also an essential element; it has other deeper aspects. In fact, the fast is only a practical expression and a symbol of something else that we are expected to do, which is of s…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -16-5.

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22/06/2018
Chapter 16 : The Significance of Ekadasi - 5.
A talk given on the 17th of January, 1970, on the request of devotees.


How is Ekadasi related to the movement of moon and mind? We have certain centres, called Chakras, in the body.

The Chakras are nothing but energy-centres which whirl in some direction, as water whirls in a river. Chakra is a wheel or circular motion. They form in a spiral shape. They are not physical, but are psychophysical and psychological.

These Chakras are neither in the mind nor in the body; they are in the astral body. The moon's influence physically on the body has an influence on the Chakras, which tells upon the mind ultimately. The mind moves through these Chakras.

The passage of the mind is through these Chakras, up and down. When this operation takes place consciously, it is called Yoga. When done unconsciously by the mind, it is just influence. When the moon waxes or wanes, the mind is vehemently influenced.

So people who are not normal in t…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -16-4.

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02/06/2018
Chapter 16 : The Significance of Ekadasi - 4.
A talk given on the 17th of January, 1970, on the request of devotees.

The sun is said to influence the centre of our personality; hence the sun is called Atmakaraka. He is the soul-influencer of the human body. In the Rig-Veda, the sun is identified with the soul of the universe as well as the soul of the individual. The different limbs of our body and different parts of our system are supposed to be influenced by different planets. The sun is capable of influencing the entire being. He is, thus, the Atmakaraka. Karaka is doer, manipulator, director. If there is no sun, we know what difference it makes for us; our digestion becomes sluggish on days when there is no sun. So important is the sun.

The moon is supposed to influence the mind. The mind is also made up of material substance. The mind is not spiritual, but material. How is mind matter? This can be known if we know how, in Homeopathy, the medicine is manufactured. In A…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -16-3.

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16/05/2018
Chapter 16 : The Significance of Ekadasi - 3.
A talk given on the 17th of January, 1970, on the request of devotees.

Ekadasi is a Sanskrit word, which means 'the eleventh'. It refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight in a lunar month. There are two fortnights in a lunar month – the bright and the dark. So, Ekadasi occurs twice in a month, in the bright fortnight and the dark fortnight. The special feature of Ekadasi, as most people know it, is a fast – abstinence from diet. This is how it is usually understood. "We do not eat on Ekadasi," is what people understand.

In this country (India) it has become a routine to be abstemious, if not observe a complete fast on this day. The significance of this particular observance is not merely constituted of a fast, physically, though it is also an essential element; it has other deeper aspects. In fact, the fast is only a practical expression and a symbol of something else that we are expected to do, which is of s…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -16-2.

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02/05/2018
Chapter 16 : The Significance of Ekadasi - 2.
A talk given on the 17th of January, 1970, on the request of devotees.

The sun is said to influence the centre of our personality; hence the sun is called Atmakaraka. He is the soul-influencer of the human body. In the Rig-Veda, the sun is identified with the soul of the universe as well as the soul of the individual. The different limbs of our body and different parts of our system are supposed to be influenced by different planets. The sun is capable of influencing the entire being. He is, thus, the Atmakaraka. Karaka is doer, manipulator, director. If there is no sun, we know what difference it makes for us; our digestion becomes sluggish on days when there is no sun. So important is the sun.

The moon is supposed to influence the mind. The mind is also made up of material substance. The mind is not spiritual, but material. How is mind matter? This can be known if we know how, in Homeopathy, the medicine is manufactured. In A…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -16-1.

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13/04/2018
Chapter 16 : The Significance of Ekadasi - 1.
A talk given on the 17th of January, 1970, on the request of devotees.

Ekadasi is a Sanskrit word, which means 'the eleventh'. It refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight in a lunar month. There are two fortnights in a lunar month – the bright and the dark. So, Ekadasi occurs twice in a month, in the bright fortnight and the dark fortnight. The special feature of Ekadasi, as most people know it, is a fast – abstinence from diet. This is how it is usually understood. "We do not eat on Ekadasi," is what people understand. In this country (India) it has become a routine to be abstemious, if not observe a complete fast on this day. The significance of this particular observance is not merely constituted of a fast, physically, though it is also an essential element; it has other deeper aspects. In fact, the fast is only a practical expression and a symbol of something else that we are expected to do, which is of s…

Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals -15-9.

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31/03/2018
CHAPTER-15.
Lord Dattatreya – Master Par Excellence-9

Dattatreya Jayanti message given in the year 1973. Dattatreya Jayanti falls on the full moon day in the month of Margasirsha (November-December)

Likewise, Dattatreya gives a list of twenty-four Gurus, regarding himself as a humble student of the whole of creation.

He also teaches us the lesson that the higher is one's knowledge, the humbler is that person.
The larger is our wisdom, the smaller we look in the eyes of people.
The nearer we are to God, the farther we appear from people's eyes.


So Lord Dattatreya is here before us as a spiritual magnet and a magnificent embodiment of divine power – the powers even of creation, preservation and destruction.
This three-faced God, Lord Dattatreya, is regarded as an embodiment of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva.

He is regarded as the Guru of Gurus and he is specially worshipped on Brihaspativara or Guruvara, which is the sacred Thursday.
Thursday is supposed to be the Guru'…