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Yesterday and today are the two days given to us in the year to renew our connection with the Vedic tradition of our ancestral rishis. Nariyal Purnima, Sravan Purnima, Avini Avittam and various other festivities celebrated on August 1st and 2nd this year, corresponding to the Anandian calendar date of the Purnima (Full Moon) day in the month of Sravan (Aug-Sep.), all mark the time for Upakarma, which means beginning (again) our study of the Vedas, whether after a temporary break, or after a more lasting one in the case of most people!
Yesterday was the day for Brahmins to purify themselves of adharmic acts and atone for non-performance of acts required by their dharma, propitiate the rishis who gave them the Vedic knowledge, chant for the removal of anger and lust from their lives, remove their old sacred threads and put on new ones, and recite the Mahesvara Sutras and a few key suktas from the Vedas to mark the symbolic start of the next school year at the patashala, the traditional school where this knowledge is imparted from a guru to his sishyas.
And today is the day to chant the Gayatri Mantra at least 108 times, and if possible 1,008 times to recharge our spiritual batteries with the radiance and spiritual light of the Sun, which is a vortex of Brahman overseeing our life and evolution.
In today's VAC broadcast we shall examine some of the current practices and traces of the Vedic culture, and look at some instructive insights they offer on our place in an anandic cosmos.
For background knowledge on all this, read The Age of Ananda by Kumar Sharma, and/or visit www.ageofananda.net.
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