God is the basic and ultimate element of the cosmos. It is considered that almighty God prevails everywhere. Each and every pore of the cosmos is pervaded by the cosmic matter. Thus, God is basic and subtle element and is considered as formless. Since, God has created this beautiful universe, God has formed aspect too. Continue Reading
Among the most important festivals in the Christian calendar, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Sunday, also known as Resurrection Sunday, marks the end of a 40-day period of fasting, called Lent, which marks repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.The date of celebrating Easter is not fixed; it is linked to the first Sunday of a full Moon day between March 21 and April 25, around the time of the Spring Equinox. The dates follow the Gregorian ecclesiastical rules established in 325 CE by the First Council of Nicaea. This ensures that Easter Sunday is observed all over the world on the same day and the dates can be calculated for an indefinite period in future. Most churches observe Easter according to the Gregorian calendar, but a few still follow the Julian calendar.Sacred Occasion On Easter Sunday, devotees attend church services and remember the sufferings that Jesus went through for the sake of humanity. The week preceding Easter is known as the Holy Week. The Friday before Easter Sunday is observed as Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified.The festival is celebrated by Christians across the world. In India, the festivities are more visible in regions that have a large Christian population. Kerala, Goa, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram are among states that celebrate Easter with great religious fervour.
Holi is celebrated during the spring season in India and is among the biggest Hindu festivals, especially in the northern region. It falls on the first day of krishnapaksh(dark fortnight) of Phalgun month according to the Hindu calendar, which coincides with February or March of the Western calendar. On the previous day — purnima or full Moon day — devotees observe Holika Dahan by setting alight large bonfires to signify the burning of evil. In different parts of India, Holi is called by different names. In West Bengal and Odisha, it is observed as Dol Jatra. Continue Reading
This is the misfortune of our society that it neither forgives nor gives a chance to repent. To err is human. If we do not give a man the chance to repent, how would he improve? For example, does a thief who has already been punished by the law not have the right to be forgiven? Continue Reading
Before we ponder into this intriguing topic, it’s of utmost importance to analyze the matter of overwhelming curiosity. As science has thick blanket of mathematical calculations, underneath this lies a thick blanket of mathematical calculations. As mentioned in the holy bible pertaining Adam and Eve. How they started their life by eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. Adam started differentiating between himself and the material world. Possessing an increased awareness, Adam and eve learned how to adapt to the environment, and how to exploit the resources of nature. Subsequent generations also developed skills of hunting and farming. The next leap was the emergence of metal tools, about 5000 years ago. Which proved to be crucial step in the development of industry? If we think back to the era of Greco Romans, a civilization from which the western world derived the basic structure on which modern science has made such a gigantic progress. Henceforth, the wise began to philosophies about the existence of man, and this gave birth to modern science.
Getting inquisitive to know about the True meaning of words scientific and spiritualism is not an old concept. As per the formal definitions, the former stands for something which is technical, systematic, logical, precise, exact, controlled etc. whereas, the latter stands for religious, holy, saintly, pious, sacred, devout and divine etc. so as per the dictionary meaning of these two words, they seem to be the antonym of each other. It does rather seem that word logical stands for one end of the spectrum, while the divine for the other end of it. It further leads to the generation of an idea that the person with divine qualities lacks logic and precision in the thoughts, and does not live systematically by controlling his way of life. Further pondering into the matter, it can be analyzed that the word pious means virtuous, dutiful and moral; devout is dedicated, committed ; and saintly is flawless and perfect .i further realize that then why does a discrepancy does creep in while differentiating science and spirituality ? a person who knows science may also be pious, holy , sacred, devout and divine, and above board , saintly also pertains flawless and perfect. Hence one can say that these two words are not at variance with each other.
As we have Vedas and so many other scriptures which are the creation of the God realized sages. Each and everything about the God has been written in detail in them. In my opinion, if we study them, and adopt the methods explained therein, we would automatically realize God. This way we can save ourselves the strain of going from place to place in search of someone who has god knowledge. Continue Reading
There are many ways to pray: prostration, prayer, wheels, pilgrimages, kneeling in church, circumambulating all using the body. Also chanting, verbal prayers and silent or interior prayers. Different people pray in a different way. Like Austere monastic prefer the silent, interior prayers. Whether some work better than others is a matter of how you look at it. Take the example of the prayer wheel. The Tibetans live in icy cold place. Sometimes at 18000 feet above sea level. They have to engage in some sort of physical activity to stimulate the blood circulation. Hence, the rotating of the prayer wheel. Lord Jesus once said that pray ceaselessly. The Tibetans also do this by fixing somewhat bigger sized prayer wheel atop a structure or a post specially set up for this so that it catches the blowing wind and keeps on rotating day and night.
The topic of love carries immense importance as the love itself is a word which is impossible to define and further explain. The love for God is understood in a way which is actually farther from the real goal. Let’s have a brief discussion of how people express their love. A person who recites the spiritual mantras is considered holy but is it a sufficient evidence to express or feel the real love for God? The answer would not be in the favour. Then what can be considered as a measure of this?