Dear All my English speaking friends,
Many of you keep writing that I should be posting in English as well, as my posts in Hungarian look interesting, even though most of you only make out a few Sanskrit words out of the gibberish of Hungarian.
Plus now I have Rupa Raghunath visiting from Holland, Mr. Sanjay Damrie to some of you, and he is a great inspiration as well. I wrote this post in the exact same style like I do in Hungarian to our Bhakti Kutir community so please bare with me.
So here you are:
Today, 8th of June, 2014 is Ganga Puja. The day Ganga descended from heaven to earth. At least according to Narada Purana, Uttara-bhaga 40.21, which sacred book declares that on the 10th day of the bright moon, in the month of Jyestha, during the constellation of Hasta, and on a Tuesday, Ganga descended to our planet.
As many of you know ancient cultures see their sacred rivers as the continuation of the Celestial Milky Way, Hindus see this way the Mother Ganga, the Chinese the Yang-tze and the Egyptians the Nile. But since I am like the old man in the movie “My big fat Greek wedding”, who constantly says everything originates from Greece, I do the same thing with ancient Vedic culture and say that this tradition comes from India.
And the main reason I am writing all this to you is that now it also happens to be Puskharam, another wonderful ancient tradition. Parasara Muni, who was probably one of the greatest astrologers of all time, says that whenever Jupiter changes an astrological sign, this happens roughly once a year, 12 days prior, and 12 days after this day one should be taking a purifying bath in a specific river.
This year Jupiter will be entering the sign of Karka, or Cancer, on the 19th of June, so Puskharam is already on, and this time Parasara Muni declares that one should bath in the sacred river of Yamuna.
So you have special blessings for this 25 day period, and do remember that next time Pushkaram will be falling on bathing in Yamuna, is going to be 12 years from now. So if you can get the chance, don’t miss out on it.
I thought this would be a pretty nifty time to start posting in English, a time when I can write to you about the wonderful Goddesses Ganga and Yamuna, to all of you.
Om Tat Sat