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MEDITATION & WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOUR HEALTH What Is It?Meditation. You hear it everywhere; it’s the one thing doctors have been recommending a lot recently. But what is it? Meditation is the use of mindfulness and focusing one’s mind on an object or thought to train your brain to be aware and alert in order to achieve emotional calmness and a solid state. The History of Meditation Meditation has been practiced for many years in numerous religions. There are early records of meditation, also known as dhyana, in Hindu texts that are very ancient, these texts are known...

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Holi -

Introduction1 Holi, known as the festival of colours and love, is all about the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated predominantly in India, but Hindus around the world celebrate it as well. Significance1 Holi is known for being a day to get along with others, wash away past sins and forget & forgive. There are many legends describing Holi’s significance, let us have a look at a few of them. First there is the Lord Krishna legend. It is said, according to Hindu mythology, that Krishna was poisoned by Putana (a demoness) and his skin colour turned out...

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Maha Shivaratri -

Introduction1,2,3 What is Maha Shivaratri, and why do we celebrate it? Who is Shiva, and what makes Him so special? All these questions come to mind when thinking of the festival Maha Shivaratri. Let us take a deeper look into Maha Shivaratri. Falling on March 11 of 2021, Maha Shivaratri is a religious festival observed by Hindus around the world in honour of Lord Shiva. This festival lands on the fourteenth night of the new moon and usually falls between February and March. We celebrate Maha Shivaratri to remember the overcoming of darkness and ignorance, in hopes of bringing light...

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Diwali is about opening gifts, sharing mithai sweets, dressing up and placing diya lamps along our walkway so that Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, could find her way to our home on the night of the new moon.  Diwali is all about the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. With our public health crisis which has disrupted our lives beyond recognition, caused so much disappointment, and wrought an incomprehensible number of deaths in our communities, we ask ourselves, can light be found in all of this darkness? Family celebrations will look different. There will...

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An Introduction1 Naraka Chaturdashi, more commonly known as Kali Chaudas, is a Hindu festival that falls on Friday, November 13 this year. It is a Hindu festival that falls during the Hindu month Kartik and is the second day of the five-day long festival of Diwali. The word Kali means darkness or black, and Chaudas means the fourteenth. For some parts of India, Kali Chaudas is the worship of Shakti or Mahakali, as it is believed that on this day Kali assassinated the demon Narakasura. This is where the name Naraka Chaturdashi came from. Significance2,3 This festival is celebrated around...

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