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Post by Nay_ho_tze on Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:43 pm

It was brought to my attention that Krishna's birthday is right around the corner,
and while I have long studied Hindu dogma,
I am sadly uneducated in the traditions of Hindu feasts and festivals --

for instance, how is Krishna's birthday celebrated?
Can it be accomplished in a home setting or is it only communal?
What are the rituals and symbolic meanings in the traditions?

Thank you ahead of time, and please forgive my ignorance.

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Post by maya3 on Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:01 pm

NHT,
What a great idea for a topic!

My Ashram celebrates it with special prayers, and then later we'll have kirtan (singing) and dancing and then finally a midnight celebration of his birthday with special Prasad.

But it's really open, whatever you want to do to honor Krishna is fine as far as I'm concerned.
Do whatever feels right. Krishna will be happy and accept any offering.
Some people fast or avoid meat (if they are not vegetarian already) for that day, or several days beforehand.

Ganesha Chaturthi is coming up on Aug 23:rd! Smile

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Post by Nay_ho_tze on Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:29 pm

Hi Maya -

At Christmas (how funny is that *lol*)
my daughter gave me a beautiful statue of Ganesh for my altar ...
so thank you for that info ...
now I must ask, how does one celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi?
And, please, what does chaturthi mean?

As for Krishna's birthday ...
are there special foods prepared,
or prayers said,
or rituals followed? (I love kirtan - hearing it frees me from myself *lol*)
And special decorations?
I fully adore Krishna,
but have never had the opportunity to learn how to honour him
outside of keeping him in my heart.
He doesn't seem to mind my ignorance, but I should like to know more of his ways...

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Post by maya3 on Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:54 am

Hi,

I found a link with some info about Krishna celebrations, there is a link for recipes too. http://www.chiff.com/home_life/holiday/janmashtami.htm

Sorry, Chaturthi means Day of, So Ganesha Chaturthi means Day of Ganesha.
What a nice Christmas present!
I LOVE Christmas, can you imagine it's only a couple of months left then it's Christmas again santa

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Post by Nay_ho_tze on Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:35 pm

My dear Maya:

Thank you so much for those links -
I popped them into my favourites and have since been devouring the information contained therein -
which has served to remind me of the profound beauty of Hinduism ---
I cannot help but be drawn in by the rituals, symbolism, prayers --

...which has caused me to wonder about other Hindu feasts and festivals ...
if you're inclined, I'd love to hear/read about more celebrations ...
I'd lost touch with that part of me enlivened by the richness of Hinduism.

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Post by maya3 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:37 am

NHT,

My Ashram does not focus too much on rituals and puja (where you give offerings, clothe and bathe a chosen deity).
Our Guru was a scientist and a Sanskrit scholar so we are not really doing a lot of Indian/Hindu rituals.
We do celebrate the holidays but they have more of our own spin on them. We also celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Easter and other holidays. It gives us a reason to have huge feasts. Very Happy
One thing that we do there, that I experience for the first time this year was a dance/theater performance of the Ramayana. It was amazing.

I would love to learn more about the Medicine Path, is there a forum for that? Otherwise maybe you could start a thread for it.

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Post by maya3 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:42 am

Actually what I said is not entirely true we do a Homa (fire) ceremony every morning and evening. That is an ancient Hindu ritual with sacred prayers.

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Post by Nay_ho_tze on Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:30 am

Hi Maya,

You've given me a lot to investigate ... thank you.
I like the idea of celebrating multi-faith ...
IME, there's no better way to foster world unity,
a mighty humanitarian practice,
considering how many times wars have been waged
over religious disputes.
Plus who doesn't love a party, right?
Wink

As to your interest in Medicine Paths ...
TED was gracious enough to open a new board a couple days ago...
it's still young so there aren't many threads yet.
Click here to scope what there is.

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Post by maya3 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:09 pm

NHT,

Any reason for a party is always a great idea Laughing

I agree about multi faith being so important, diversity is the most important thing you can teach people in my opinion.

I will go look at the board. Cool.

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Re: Celebrations

Post by Nay_ho_tze on Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:28 pm

Two days late, I'm ashamed ...
but, my new friend, I still wanted to wish you well
in honour of our Lord Krishna's birthday last Friday...

Click here for a present, of sorts...
(it would make a nice screen saver.)

Again, so sorry this is late...

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Post by maya3 on Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:42 pm

NAT,

Thank you!

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Post by maya3 on Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:20 am

Happy Navarati!

May the Divine Mother bless you!

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