Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ritu/Seasons in Indian Calendar System

We learned that there are four seasons viz., Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn. But hardly anyone would have recognized that is not what we have in India. The four season is what is experienced in Britain, not in India.

Indians use Ritu word for season. And there are 6 Ritus in a year.
Sishira  - Mid Dec. to Mid Feb. (Winter)
Vasantha - Mid Feb. to Mid April (Spring)
Grishma  - Mid April to Mid June (Summer)
Varsha   - Mid June to Mid Aug (Monsoon)
Sarath   - Mid Aug to Mid Oct (Early Autumn)
Hemantha - Mid Oct to Mid Dec (Late Autumn/Fall)

Let us start using these names so that our children are familiar with it unlike some of us. This practice of teaching small things which we used to know rather than digesting what Westerners spat out will help us regain our identity and move away from our inferiority complex.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Panchanga or Indian Calendar System

Indian Calendar System (Panchanga)

Age-old Indian calendar system can tell what day it is today just by looking at the sky. (Of course if its not overcast). Lets see how one can understand what day it is today:

One should know basics of Tithi, Nakshatra, lunar month can tell what day it is today.

The full moon indicates Pournima, half moon Astami, quarter moon indicates Chaturthi and so on. The star seen near the moon indicates the day's Nakshatra. The star which rises in the east while sun sets indicates the name of lunar month. A star near the full moon also gives the name of lunar month.

For ex:- If the full moon is near Chitra Nakshatra, its Chaitra Month.

If he looks at the rising Sun he can recognise whether it is Uttarayana/Dakshinayana. From the position of rising Sun on horizon one can recognize the Ritu (season) also. Thus Indian Calendar System is called Panchanga (five parts)

1. Tithi (Lunar day)
2. Nakshatra (Star)
3. Masa (Months)
4. Ritu (Seasons)
5. Ayana (Uttarayana/Dakshinayana)

Thus Indian Calendar System or Panchanga is really eternal and does not follow any person/figure for dating.

Dr.P.V.Vartak MBBS
(Veda Vidnyana Mandala)
521 Shaniwar Peth,
Pune 411030

Publisher of Books such as:
a. The Scientific Dating of the Mahabharata War
b. The Scientific Dating of the Ramayana and the Vedas etc

The above are excerpts taken from the book "The Scientific Dating of the Ramayana and the Vedas"

This article is part of Book review of the same, mentioned above.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

We have lost Purna Kumbha aka Kalasham

This picture is dedicated to all those who believe there is no mass conversion to Christianity from Hinduism. This is a picture shared by one of my google plusser.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

After Indians these monkeys are also civilized !!!

This photo hit me in social networking site today. The immediate reaction prompted me to post this article. My reaction was "At last after Indians, these monkeys can also be civilized as they can read"

According to Westerners Indian history starts with their ability to read and write. Prior to that whatever they managed to do is not considered authentic history. When Wikipedia says Rig Veda (oldest surviving text in the whole world) is composed between 1500-1200 BC they mean the first written account of Rig Veda. They do not consider our oral tradition. The west considers that Indians became civilized only after they knew how to write/read. Before that they were just nomads, no need to understand their civilization. Hence there is no serious studies happening (forget Indians, we wont even learn about ourselves) in era before 1500 BC.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Schools, of what use

Schools are considered to be the only places where you can get knowledge nowadays. It's well known that the schools in India follow the British education system. Our founding fathers who were awed by the British education system forced it upon us.

The education system primarily focuses on the writing system of learning. This is an extension to the western thinking of prominence to writing than to understanding. Due to this, the evaluation system is focused only on writing and not oral explanations. So here is the first flaw, everyone has to be writers who not necessarily understand and write, but memorize and reproduce what they have learnt.

The blind faith kept by Indians on the education system is being "utilized" for aligning our thoughts towards cementing west superiority. This is the next flaw and mind you, it was not an undesirable consequence. It was a forceful intention of our founding politicians. They wanted us to align our thoughts and actions to mimick the West, as they considered them superior than us. In the longer run, we have forgotten out actual history and culture.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

The division of Tamil and Sanskrit

India was a land of rich culture. I have to put force on the past-tense of culture as today what we see is not even the shadow of the original culture. There was a time when in-spite of being in different "princely states", we were Indians.

But today we have reached a stage when we may be living under roof of India as a country. But internally we are divided with so many false notions. One of such false notion is about "Debate of Tamil Vs Sanskrit, which is oldest".

The day we were divided into states based on language, the seed of a new diversity was sown. It reached its highest state when anti-Hindi agitation movement took root in Tmail Nadu. The purpose of this article is to shed some points to the neutral "India" section. I am not biased with either Sanskrit or Tamil. Those who are pro-Tamil or pro-Sanskrit may choose to ignore this post. But read only if you are ready to get fresh perspective.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What is Heaven or Hell?

Most of the religions which exist today believes in a concept of Heaven or Hell. Some believe that if we live a life of goodness, then we will go to Heaven or else to Hell. Some one else believes if we do what is prescribed in holy texts we go to Heaven.

But what is the Heaven or Hell in reality? Is there some place outside this earth where we will travel once dead? Stories intended to fantasize believes so. Even if anybody believes this way, they are guided by immature thoughts of childhood or they have not seriously thought about it. After all all religions have come to existence to make our lives more meaningful which science could not always answer.

Based on Upanishads and some reasoning I am writing this. I may err in my reasoning but I believe that Upanishads can't err just because it is time tested approach to illuminate oneself. The role of Upanishads has been to spread thought to everybody who have not thought otherwise. For instance the Katha Upanishad (Pronounced Katoupanishad) talks about a boy talking to death god (Yama) and understanding what the fuzz is all about. Every Upanishad talks about certain aspects of life.


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