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Vivekananda in yoga posture
Yoga (Sanskrit, योग Listen) is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. There is a broad variety of Yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. (Full article...)

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  • August 1: 1920 – Death of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Indian lawyer and journalist (b. 1856)
  • August 3: Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
  • August 3 1929 – Jiddu Krishnamurti, believed to be the "World Teacher" by C. W. Leadbeater, shocked the Theosophy movement by dissolving the Order of the Star.
  • August 4: Varalakshmi Vrat. Varalakshmi Vratam is very popular fasting and Puja day in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
  • August 7 (Full Moon): Raksha Bandhan. Rakhi, which is also known as Raksha Bandhan, is a Hindu festival which is celebrated across India. Raksha Bandhan is recognized and celebrated among Hindus for its symbolic significance. Raksha Bandhan draws it significance from a sacred thread which is known as Rakhi. It is believed that the thread protects the one who wears it, especially during the auspicious time of Shravana Purnima.
  • August 7: Hayagriva Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Hayagriva who is considered the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
  • August 7: Shravana Purnima
  • August 7: Raksha Bandhan
  • August 7: Sanskrit Diwas. In modern India, Gayatri Jayanti day during Shravana Purnima is observed as Sanskrit Diwas, a day to mark the importance of Sanskrit language.
  • August 7: Gayatri Jayanti. Gayatri Jayanti is observed as the birth anniversary of Goddess Gayatri, the Goddess of Veda. Being the Goddess of all Veda, Goddess Gayatri is also known as Veda Mata. Devotees observe Gayatri Jayanti by making special prayers to Gayatri Mata and by repeatedly chanting Gayatri Mantra.
  • August 7: Chandra Grahan *Anshika.
  • August 8: The Festival of the Tooth: In Sri Lanka there is a temple that houses a tooth relic of the Buddha. It can't be seen, but once a year there is a procession for it on the full moon in August
  • August 8: Procession Guru Ka Bagh (Sikh)
  • August 10: Kajari Teej. Teej festivity is observed with much fanfare by women in North Indian states, especially in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.
  • August 12: 1831 - Birth of H. P. Blavatsky, an idiosyncratic figure who popularized Hinduism and Buddhism in the West
  • August 13: 2016 – Death of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu leader (b. 1921)
  • August 13: Obon (Japan)
  • August 14: Krishna Janmashtami
  • August 15: Janmashtami *ISKCON
  • August 15: 1872 – Birth of Sri Aurobindo, Indian guru, poet, and philosopher (d. 1950)
  • August 16: 1886 – Death of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Indian mystic and philosopher (b. 1836)
  • August 16: 1946 – A day of widespread riot and manslaughter (Direct Action Day) took place in the city of Calcutta as a result of the Muslim League's call for an independent Pakistan.
  • August 16: Simha Sankranti.
  • August 17: Aja Ekadashi
  • August 18: Gauna Aja Ekadashi
  • August 18: 1945 – Death of Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian activist and politician (b. 1897)
  • August 18: Jor Mela (Festival) Baba Bakala (Sikh)
  • August 19: 1967 – Birth of Khandro Rinpoche, Indian spiritual leader
  • August 20: 2014 – Death of B. K. S. Iyengar, Indian yoga instructor and author, founded Iyengar Yoga (b. 1918)
  • August 20: Martyrdom Sant Harchand Singh Ji Longowal (Sikh)
  • August 21: Somvati Amavas, Surya Grahan *Purna
  • August 22: 1877 - Birth of Ananda Coomaraswamy
  • August 24: Hartalika Teej. Hartalika Teej Vrat is observed during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month. On this day, makeshift statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are made with the sand and worshipped. Hartalika Vrat is known as Gowri Habba in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and it is a significant festival to get blessing of Goddess Gowri.
  • August 25: Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh.
  • August 26: Rishi Panchami
  • August 27: 1931 – Birth of Sri Chinmoy, Indian-American guru and poet (d. 2007)
  • August 29: Radha Ashtami. Rasha Ashtami is commemorated as birth anniversary of Goddess Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna.
  • August 29: Completion of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikh)

Today's featured video

The Right and Left in India - Dr. David Frawley - India Inspires Talks

In this Talk, Dr. Frawley clearly explains the intellectual roots of "The Right" and "The Left" in India. He states that in India, the political terminology of right and left is defined by Marxists, who like to call anyone that opposes them right-wing or fascists. According to their view anything traditionally Hindu would have to be right-wing on principle, just as only their views are deemed progressive, even if supporting Stalinist tactics. This means that in India such subjects as Yoga, natural healing, vegetarianism and animal rights are all automatically right-wing because they are causes of the Hindu mind, with antecedents in ancient Indian culture. Great Hindu yogis and sages from Shankaracharya to Sri Aurobindo are classified by modern Marxists as right-wing, if not fascist.

Today's featured quote

Swami Vivekananda-1893-09-signed.jpg  
To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.
~ Swami Vivekananda ~
 

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