This month im­merse your­self in fes­tiv­ity with Ra­maleela, Dussehra and em­brace Lalitha Vi­rat

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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.

Happy Read­ing,

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