Saturday, January 7, 2012




DATE : 02nd Jan 2012
Place : KAS Officers Association
Infantry Road,

Importance of celebrating the birthday as per the Hindu lunar calendar

Even though according to astrology, the date of birth as per the Hindu lunar calendar is inauspicious, it is still advisable to celebrate it on that day as the benefits derived are more than if celebrated on the date of birth according to the Western calendar. - Compiler: We advise that the birthday should be celebrated as per the Hindu lunar calendar.

However astrology says ‘No auspicious action should be performed on the date that one is born because that day is inauspicious. So what stand should be adopted?
A Scholar: The implied meaning of the word ‘inauspicious’ in this context is different. The attributes of the embodied soul born on that particular day match with the frequencies present on that date as per the Hindu lunar calendar (‘tithi’). The sorcerers with their prowess to do black magic, can make a replica of an embodied soul and can cause distress upto 70%. Thus this day is considered ‘inauspicious’ due to the probability of suffering which could be maximum  on that date.
In ‘Kaliyug’ this is an excellent example of the misconceptions harboured by people. On this day the probability of harm is more means that, chances of obstacles in any auspicious task is high so the misconception that was formed was that one cannot perform any holy ritual for the embodied soul on this date of the Hindu lunar calendar.  On the contrary, when celebrating the birthday on this date, through the ritual of ‘aukshan’ and a prayer made unto the family deity, the chaitanya generated helps the embodied soul to combat the distressing energy attacks at various levels. Thus, there is no rule that one must not perform any ritual on this day and the statement from astrology is baseless.’- (Through the medium of Mrs. Anjali Gadgil, 4th March 2006, 7.17 p.m.)
Blessings and good wishes endow maximum benefit: ‘The frequencies of the date of birth according to the Hindu lunar calendar match the individual maximally.Since the blessings and good wishes of relatives and well-wishers bring maximum benefit to the individual celebrating the birthday as per the Hindu lunar calendar is more beneficial.
One develops the strength to combat obstacles in life: Since the frequencies in the universe on the birthday as per the Hindu lunar calendar match the temperament of the person born on that date, the ‘sattvik’ and chaitanya-enriched rituals done by an individual on that day leave a deep impression on his subconscious mind. As a result, he derives spiritual prowess to combat problems in his future life.’- A Scholar (Through the medium of Mrs. Anjali Gadgil, 21st January 2005, 9.11p.m. and 28th August 2005, 11.40a.m.)
Benefits of celebrating a birthday as per the Hindu lunar calendar (‘tithi’) as against the date of birth as per the Western calendar

Celebrating birthday as per
date by Western calendar
Celebrating birthday as per
Hindu lunar calendar
1. Body involvedPhysical body onlyPhysical body 5% and subtle
body 95%
2. Effects on bodySince it is related only to the
physical body the embodied
soul benefits from the ‘sattva
frequencies negligibly. As a
result the covering of the
embodied soul by raja-tama
attributes may not get reduced
Sattva’ component of the
subtle body increases
3. Effects on the spiritual
    energy channels (naadii)
Even after ‘aukshan’ the
sattva’ component in the
subtle body does not grow as
much as required; mostly the
sun channel and at times the
moon channel gets activated.
However this does not benefit
the embodied soul spiritually.
After a ‘tithi’ begins, every
moment an embodied soul
derives ‘sattvik’ frequencies
matching his subtle body,
which are necessary for
purification of the body. As a
result of aukshan the
Sushumna’ channel in the
embodied soul gets activated.
If the spiritual level of the
embodied soul exceeds 60%,
the ‘Sushumna’ channel
remains active throughout the
4. Effects on the attitudes of
    an embodied soul
As the ‘sattva’ component in
an embodied soul does not
increase, his extroverted
attitude does.
As the ‘sattva’ component in
an embodied soul grows, so
does his introverted attitude.
Method 1
A. ‘In the first year of life every month and thereafter every year on the date of birth as per the Hindu lunar calendar one should bathe after an oil massage. This should be, followed by application of tilak of kumkum (vermilion)on the forehead.
B. With the resolve ‘आयुरभिवृद्ध्‌यर्थं वर्ष (मास) वृद्धिकर्मं करिष्‍ये’ fistful of rice are placed on a wooden seat or platform in seventeen small heaps in the name of the family deity (‘kuladevata’), lunar asterism at birth (‘nakshatra’), parents, Deities Prajapati, Surya, Ganesh, Parshuraam, Raam, Hanumaan, Shasthidevata, Sages Maarkandeya, Vyaas, Krupaachaarya, Ashwathaamaa, Bali, Pralhad and Bibhishan . The corresponding deity is invoked in each heap and their ritualistic worship with sixteen substances is performed. The Shasthidevata is offered a sacrament (‘naivedya’) of curd and rice which is later fed to a cow or any other animal. The other Deities are offered sugar cubes (‘khadisakhar’) or ‘pedhas’ (a sweetmeat) which is then distributed as holy sacrament.
C. With a prayer, a drink made from a cube of jaggery, a fistful of sesame seeds and half a cup of milk is partaken of by the one celebrating the birthday.
D. Relatives and friends are invited for a meal. Offering of food and other items should be done on this day as much as possible.
E. Avoid receiving money or gifts on this day.

Method 2

The method of celebration is given below.
A. Bath after an oil massage: On the birthday, after an oil massage, have a bath with clothes on (bath taken in this way is symbolic of forgetting the past, with a prayer to The God for constantly remaining in the present.) When bathing the spiritual emotion should be that ‘The pure and holy water of river Ganga is purifying my body and mind’.
B. Wear new clothes after the bath.
C. Offer obeisance (‘namaskar’) to parents and elders in the family.
D. Perform the ritual of ‘abhishek’ (ablution with liquids like milk and water) or ritualistic worship of the family deity wholeheartedly.
E. Ritual of ‘aukshan’: The ritual of ‘aukshan’ is performed on the one whose birthday is being celebrated. Both, the one performing it and the one on whom the ritual is being performed, should harbour the spiritual emotion that, ‘Through our medium, God Himself is performing this ritual and bestowing His blessings on us.’ At the end of this ritual unbroken rice grains (‘akshataa’) are sprinkled on the head of the one on whom ‘aukshan’ is performed after venerating one’s family deity or deity of worship.
F. A gift is presented to the one celebrating the birthday with the following perspective. As one’s duty a child is given a gift to express appreciation. While gifting an adult,one should not have a sense of doership. When one gifts something without expectation, after a while one forgets about it. The gift given on a birthday should be such. If doership or expectations are harboured in the mind when gifting then a give and take account is created between the two. When the one receiving the gift has the attitude that it is the holy sacrament (prasad) that he is receiving with God’s grace, then a give and take account is not created.
G. Clothes worn when bathing should be given away, without any expectations. This offering should be made to one who is deserving hence it is advisable to give it to a devotee of God or to one serving in the mission of betterment of the nation and righteousness, instead of a beggar

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