My Maha Shivatratri: First Fast and Vigil

I did observe Maha Shivratri last year, but I did it alone and there's no way I can stay up all night when I'm by myself! This year I was able to have a more complete experience by participating in the event with my brothers and sisters at the Sathya Sai Baba bhajan singing group.That was Friday evening, but first was Friday during the day. Perhaps I should have taken the day as a holiday from work, but I was sick recently and missed a couple of days so I wanted to be at the office. At … [Read more...]


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Fasting

The idea of fasting comes up in several different religions which makes me think that there's more to it than meets the eye.Ritual fasting in Hinduism seems to fall mainly into two purposes: pleasing the Gods and focusing the soul.A lot of the stories show the benefits of currying favor with the Gods. When people perform austerities to an impressive enough degree, they are rewarded with favors from the Gods.At the same time, the wise men suggest that these austerities, such as f … [Read more...]


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