26th of January, 2006 - 1:49
Yesterday's Shattila Ekadashi was viddha, or mixed with dashami. Therefore, fasting takes place today, on dvadashi. We have been doing nirjala-vrata for a bit over a year now.
The observance of nirjala-vrata creates great power on the path of devotion. It clarifies the mind, it purifies the heart, and it provides an opportunity to wholeheartedly engage in acts of bhajan while forsaking the call for bodily comforts.
14th of January, 2006 - 2:52
She wouldn't let us go!
11th of January, 2006 - 3:05
Posted: 14th of January, 2006 - 2:52
Yesterday was Makara Sankranti, the day when the sun begins its northward journey (uttarayana). The tithi coincided with Purnima, so it was a particularly auspicious event. With this in mind, we took an early morning bath in the kunda (quite chilly at this time of the year... brrrr!) and set out for Giriraj parikrama around mid-day. Evidently we weren't alone with the idea, the parikrama road was crowded. Very.
With the switch in the course of the sun, Vraja Journal will also begin a new chapter since a good deal of silence. I have been somewhat in a quandary over what to write, since many of the things I have been at are something I would feel more comfortable discussing in person with trusted devotees rather than airing them out across the cyberspace. What does that mean, then? It means I'll head for more frequent and shorter entries I can put out in five to ten minutes, instead of these extremely long contributions that take forever to write. I just don't have the time, no matter which way I look at it!
Whenever I get an extra bit of inspiration and a moment of extra time, I'll write something on all that has unfolded in the past however-so-long it is since the last entry. Documenting every day of my whole life is just a bit too much to handle!