The era of adopting westernized techniques to ideology to dressing style and so on; the air of western culture is widely dominant in India, since more than a decade. As we are saying that our Indian culture is being modified by western views, here I contradict my own statement by highlighting the Indian traditional and cultural norms still being valued in the form of our enthusiastic and bright Indian festivals.
Have you ever wondered that may be these Indian festivals have some connection with the Western world festivals; or rather few of the festivals hold the same significance and motive for celebrating them. If you say yes, then yea you are absolutely correct because here we have unusual similarities between the ‘horror festival of Halloween’ and ‘Indian festival of Kali Chaudas’.
Eerie essence of Halloween:
The Celtic tribe celebrated Samhain, at the beginning of winter season to please the evil ghostly powers, which are said to dominate over the Sun God on this day. The Druid circle performs their own ceremonies on this day along with offering thanks to the dead for the rich harvest of the season. So the entire kingdom is kindled with fire before the new moon day to welcome the wandering dead spirits and offer them with the grand feast to pacify their hungry souls.
Celebration of good over evil of Kali Chaudas:
The Indian festival of Kali Chaudas falls on the fourteenth day of the moon cycle or one day before the new moon day, marked by the bright festival of Diwali. This festival is associated with the period to celebrate the harvest of this season and offer auspicious homage to their ‘Kul-devta or kul-devi’. Before this festival, Indians pay special reverence to their ancestors by organizing Shradh puja and honouring their Pitras or manes. During this shradh period, families prepare great feasts to pacify the hungry souls of their ancestors and receive blessings from them. The also feed the birds as they are considered to be the spirits of dead and messengers of Lord Yama (God of Death).
Rare mystery of ‘Pumpkins’:
The Halloween gives special importance to ‘Pumpkin’ and devilish faces are painted on it and placed outside the house, to prevent the entrance of evil spirits and wandering souls inside the house. In the same way, Pumpkin was also used by Indians to restrict the wanderers to a particular way and it was also used in magical ceremonies of keeping away the evil spirits.
Opportunity for tiny toddlers:
Both the western and Indian world gives opportunity to the kids to enjoy on this festival and celebrate it with zest. In west, children dress up as evil and devilish characters and go from one house to another to collect funds and similarly the Indian kids dress up in their best attire during the festive season of Deepawali.
Devil form of women:
As the evil ‘witch’ is widely prominent in Halloween and people dress up like them to scare them away, and not let them enter their house or destroy their harvest. The story of Adam’s wife Lilith, turning into a succubus is widely known and since then the demon role of women was evident. In Indian context, the furious and devilish form of Goddess Kali is revered on this day for ending Naraksura (demon). This shows that how a beautiful, elegant lady can transform into devilish form when she has been exploited and failed to get the respect as women.
So the two festivals are almost similar as the idea of feeding the ghosts or ancestors for pacifying their soul and celebrating the pious day of Diwali and All Saints Day and All Souls Day respectively; truly signify the connectivity among humanity and one world as a whole.
Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja
Vedic astrology is accurate and true because it divined by Shrimukh at the time of the creation of this universe. The Jyotisha Shastra states, SAPHALAM JYOTISHAM SHASTRAM CHANDRARKO YATRA SAKSINAU, which means- “As long as the sun and moon shine in this creation, the science of astrology will remain fruitful.” To correctly calculate a person’s astrological predictions, it is best to give predictions by using the person’s exact birth date, time and place.
Astrology consists of a number of belief systems which hold that there is a relationship between astronomical phenomena and events in the human world.
Each person’s life, fortune and its nature is foretold differently, even though they may have been born under the same star. It is because even though a person may have taken his/her birth under a particular astrological star as many others have, they will have different horoscopes because an astrological star stays for a period of time, whereas the astrological planets for a particular star change in minutes.
Though it is important for one to understand, that astrology cannot make precise predictions about your future, it cannot tell you when you will wake up tomorrow when will you trip off the stair-case, but astrology sure will reveal the tendencies of your future. The difference is that an astrologer can tell you about the possibility of some upcoming danger in your life but might not be able to just spell it out.
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In India, Science and Spirituality have always gone hand in hand. Spirituality has been taken as a path to conceive any sort of sciences. Its major attributes, Yoga & Vedanta have always been a way of approaching knowledge by attainting the required inner-peace, serenity and experimentation.
The finest example of the same, Vedas, are at the base of spirituality as well as the sciences in our country. Veda, in itself means Knowledge. There is a whole different branch pertaining to sciences that Vedas contain. These are also popularly known as Vedic Sciences.
Vedic Sciences may refer to a number of disciplines: ancient and modern, scientific, metaphysical, proto-scientific, found in or based in the Vedas. Vedic Sciences do not recognize just the universal consciousness as a background but a cosmic intelligence and a universal life force to explain how absolute consciousness is connected to our world of ordinary experiences.
Any modern scientist would rest his/her logic upon the conscious of being through something which can clearly be known. Vedic sciences however, recognize the importance of sensory perception and reason; it considers that there is clearly another, more reliable source of knowledge, the internal knowledge.
The Vedas are known as the manual of the Universe. All scientific phenomena are ever present in latent or obvious forms in the vast creations of Shri Krishna. As stated in Shrimad Bhagavatam (1.2.32): “The Lord as Super-soul pervades all things, just as fire permeates wood, and so He appears to be of many varieties, though He is the absolute one without a second.”
Some fine examples of the fact that Vedas are, in fact, the first scientific treatise in the world constitute of Albert Einstein stated, “We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.”
Mark Twain admitted, “India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand-mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most constructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”
Today with clear vision it is easy to recognize that the true light of the Absolute Truth has indirectly shone upon many walks of modern life. From ecology to filmmaking, culinary habits to so called New Age philosophical views, from yoga-inspired healthy habits to the very language we speak, the influence of India today is omnipresent.
It is now only upon us to exploit it to the fullest when we have such high form of sciences at our disposal, which are, in fact, the basis of the very modern science which has become an integral part of our lives. We, at www.shubhpuja.com present you with the same high order sciences to know about your life, future, career, marriage and improve personal and professional aspects of our life.