This month immerse yourself in festivity with Ramaleela, Dussehra and embrace Lalitha Virat
An Ayurvedic proverb says “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” It may be reminded that Ayurevda developed in India as scientific and spiritual tools for promoting peace, prosperity, sound health and long life among human beings. Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy emphasise on a particular type of food regimen, drinking habit, life style and detoxification of body for securing a disease free, peaceful and prosperous world to live upon this globe.
This issue announces the International Conference on Ayurveda, Yoga, Medical Astrology, Panchkarma, Naturopathy & Vedic Life Sciences for Peace, Prosperity and Health for All, to be held between 29th to 31st October, 2018 at Baba Mast Nath University, Rohtak, Haryana.
Swami Vivekananda - Swami Vivekananda (18631902) was the foremost disciple of Sri Ramakrishna and a world spokesperson for Vedanta. Swami Vivekananda represented Hinduism at the first World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 where he was an instant success. Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe. In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint and his birthday is celebrated there as National Youth Day.
“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” – Swami Vivekananda.
Dussehra - Next, we move onto the tenth day of the Navaratri festival, which is known as Dussehra. It's devoted to celebrating the defeat of the demon king Ravan by Lord Rama in the holy Hindu text the Ramayana. Dussehra is predominantly a northern Indian festival. Delhi and Varanasi are popular places to witness the celebrations.In northern India, plays and dance performances known as Ramaleela, depicting the life of Rama, commonly take place in the lead up to Dussehra day.Dussehra is considered to be an auspicious time to worship tools used to earn an income.According to mythology, King Mahabali told Ravan to get rid of his negative emotions. However, he refused, claiming that they were important to him to remain complete. As our head controls our destiny, the inability of Ravan to control his emotions and desires led to his ultimate destruction.
Lalita Panchami - Dedicated to Goddess Lalita Devi, Lalita Panchami falls on the fifth day of the ‘Shukla Paksha’ during the month of ‘Ashwin.' Hindus keep a fast on this day in honour of the Goddess. The ritual is known as ‘Upang Lalita Vrat.’According to the legends, Goddess Lalita is one of the ten Mahavidhyas. She is also referred as ‘Shodashi’ and ‘Tripura Sundari.' Goddess Lalita is an incarnation of Goddess Durga. Lalita Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the Navratri festival. Worshiping the Goddess on Lalita Panchami brings happiness, wisdom, and wealth. In Gujarat and Maharashtra, Goddess Lalita is worshipped similarly as Goddess Chandi. The puja rituals involve ‘Lalita Sahasranaam,’ ‘Lalitopakhyan’ and ‘Lalitatrishati.’
Odissi Dance - Odissi or Orissi is one of the pre-eminent classical dance forms of India which originated in the Hindu temples of the eastern coastal state of Odisha in India. Its theoretical base trace back to ‘Natya Shastra’, the ancient Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts.A form of illustrative anecdote of mythical and religious stories, devotional poems and spiritual ideas emoted by dancer with excellent body movements, expressions, impressive gestures and sign languages, its performance repertoire includes invocation, nrita, nritya, natya and moksha. This dance form includes themes from Vaishnavism and others associated with Hindu gods and goddesses like Shiva, Surya and Shakti.
This is a complete spiritual issue. Hence, this month immerse yourself in festivity with Ramaleela, Dussehra and embrace Lalitha Virat.