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Kalmaas.....

Kalmaas is the name given to the last forthnight in the Hindu year. This is the dark forthnight in the month of Chaitra and normally corresponds to about the first half of March in the English calendar.

It is recommended that no Poojas,Yagnas,weddings,or other such religious endeavours be attempted during this period called Kalmaas. The building of houses,the moving into a new house or an old one to live,the purchasing of any form of locomotion,are all forbidden at this time.

However,if one is involved in regular activities at a temple,such as everyday worship or a weekly Satsangh etc.,such work can be continued without starting anything that is completely new.
In general,this is a time when one should shelve all pending important projects and wait for a more oppurtuned moment to start or to continue them.

Vasant Panchmi.....

Vasant Panchmi is the fifth lunar day of the bright half of the month of Magh. The month of Magh is usually from the later part of January to about the later part of February. On this day,young children is taught the first letter of the alphabet of their language.It is a very good time for adults who are pursuing studies in arts and or languages to commence their study on this day.

Saraswati Pooja ( the worship of the Goddess of learning)is performed on this auspicious day. In Trinidad,Hindu children who are preparing themselves to write the Common Entrance Examination for admission to Secondary School,performs this wonderful Pooja in order to achieve success.

Older children who are already attending Colleges perform this Pooja to achieve success in writing the Caribbean Examination Council's examination which is the replica of the "O Levels" examination or completion of High School.

Ekadashi.....

If one can control the mind then the other sense organs can be controlled. In the Tatva Upanishad (authorative text)the body is considered to be a chariot,the ten senses are the horses and the mind,the reins.The mind is considered as the eleventh sense.

On Ekadashi (the eleventh lunar day),the centre of the mind is present at the eleventh horizon division of the moon,hence the eleventh lunar day or tithi. This day is best suited for the purification of the mind through fasting or Vrat.

The fasting should include the abstainance of eating rice.Of all the grains,rice is almost entirely dependant on water for its growth.The Moon influences the waters to become restless resulting in high and low tides and also causes the mind to become just as restless.As such,rice eaten on this day causes additional imbalances of the mind and should be avoided if the individual wishes to be in a peaceful state.

On the day of fasting,if the tithi(lunar day)continues beyond sunset then fasting should commence at sunrise and should terminate at sunset;if the tithi ends before sunset then the fasting terminates at the end of the tithi.

Pandit Bhadase Maharaj.

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