1) Superstition as a status of mind. The material / object / things around us / idea / thoght is the impression of anything in the mind. The understanding of the things by an individual depends on what he has learned so far and so on. Based on this some people do not believe in some things as they compare with what they believe. Then those which are not matching with their state of mind at that time they consider as superstition.
2) Dharma is the merit of activity of an individual. This is relative. Generally accepted actions that are acceptable to the society is marked as dharmic. In this context any individual have two actions one - for self, and the other - for society. The dharma of an individual to satisfy him and the people around him and the societ that supports him are important and they are classically parted as ishta and poortha.
I follow the definition of Vivekananda et. al. The way of life, a culture, a social binding, a class that defines the rituals for the better life. It is a culture and not be named and classified. It varies and evolves.
4) Prayer is the best way to control breath, get into meditation, lighten the feelings, sooth the pain etc. The different diety and the variety of prayers are for the choice of the individual. Practicing will have a psycho-neuro effect. It unites the feelings of the participants. The sathsang will have a unique thought process when thay are into it.
5) Guru The classic definition is the person who takes us to light. There could be many taking to more bright spots. In todays world, the short interaction and paid membership makes one to follow a 'guru'. But the guru is one who understand the constitution of the sishyan and the sishyan understand the guru. For someone it does not require long time, a click may do. May not be seen too. But they see eachother through the divya drushti. Yes, it do happen.
Common items are mirror (kannadi), lamp (deepam), dress (vasthram), clean rice (akshatham)
The other optional include
filled vessal (nirakutam)
beetal leaf (vettila)
wooden vessal (mara-pathram)
All of them are nice to see and makes us happy too.
Onam is to remumber the great devotee of Lord Vishnu (the Emperor Maha Bali who was the grandson of Prahlada - the great devotee of Lord Narasimha). Mahabali received benediction and liberation with the blessings of the Lord, who had assumed the form of Vamanadeva, the dwarf incarnation.
Onam is celebrated in August-September in Kerala. Onam is a ten-day festival marked by women and kids creating beautiful floral patterns in front of their houses, pujas for Lord Vishnu, feasting and boat races.
Basically Mahabali is an asura and the ruler being asuras, the keraliates must be closer to asura guna, despite being the devotee of vishnu. The people who settle abroad and have a desire to go abroad are asuras (mayans are those who are in America too). Once your birth land is left and the brahmana swabhava is lost. That is the reason why brahmanas were not allowed to cross the sea traditionally. I do not know hoe the ‘vasudaiva kudumbakam’ ; ‘lokaa samastha….’ etc. get along with this vision.
A contradiction in the story is that the mahabali is in the vamana avathara time. The fact that parasurama came after vamana; mahabali must not have ruled kerala. If the vamana story is to be believed the ‘parasurama created the kerala’ cannot be true. Probably mahabalipuram must be the maveli’s kingdome and is in tamilnadu. Hope Maveli knows that kerala is looking forward for him and not the mahabalipuravasikal.
Do not worry about these and try to festive the coming ONAM. New cloths, good sadhya, happy get-togethers etc. - A cheerful life that is what Lord Krishna want us to lead. Geetha also says ‘MA SUCHA (means - do not be sad).
8) Ugadi and Vishu:
Vishu is celebrated in a big way in Kerala. Families wake up in the morning and make sure they feast their eyes on good things like a picture of God, grains, flowers, fruit and gold. It is believed seeing these first thing in the morning of the New Year will bring them prosperity and wealth throughout the year.
These are two festivals that celebrate the New Year in different communities of south India. Ugadi is celebrated in March-April. Vishu is celebrated in mid-April. The word Yugadi means the day of the inauguration of the Yuga or Age. The Year is computed and the starting of the year is considered as vishu. The best things are to be seen on this day as KANI, so that the coming days will have similar sight.
The Vishu / Ugadi must be the same day as the computations/concepts are the same. This year there was a difference of 4 days. The yuga for us and other south Indians cannot be different. There is an error on the computation and that need to be corrected.
Do not worry about the kaala (time/year) computations enjoy seeing good things on VISHU and there after too. All that are prescribed in the ashtamangalyam are good to see. The must are the new cloth, money, gold, book, close relatives like mother, sister et. al., fruits, vegetables, grains (navadhanyam).
Many do believe in rahukalam and such kalas!!
Considering the uniform sunrise time as 6:00a.m.and sunset as 6:00 p.m rahukalam is given as .
Monday 7:30 to 9:00
Tuesday 15:00 to 16:30
Wednesday 12:00 to 13:30
Thursday 13:30 to 15:00
Friday 10:30 to 12:00
Saturday 9:00 to 10:30
Sunday 16:30 to 18:00
The Rahu Kalam will be of an hour and a half duration for every day. Rahukalam is always in the day time only.
“Eleven bays had a good football club”. By heart this and see that seven words are from Monday to Sunday.
Eleven is for Monday.
Count for E from the first alphabet ‘a’; you will get 5
Take one and half times and get 7:30
Thus rahu on Monday is from 7:30 to 9 am
Club is for Sunday.
Count for C from the first alphabet ‘a’; you will get 3
Take one and half times and get 4:30
Thus rahu on Sunday is from 4:30 to 6
MOTHER SAW FATHER WEARING THE TURBAN ON SUNDAY - where Mother is for Monday 7.30 - 9.00 Saw is for Saturday 9.00 - 10.30 Father is for Friday 10.30- 12.00 Wearingis for Wednedsay 12.00- 01.30 The is for Thursday 01.30- 03.00 Turban is for Tuesday 03.00- 04.30 and Sunday as it is 04.30- 06.00
Rahu kalam varies from place to place, changing every day. This is based on sunrise and sunset. The rahu kalam available on your calendar and panchangam is based on the assumption that sunrise is at 6 am and sunset is at 6 pm. One must see the sunset time sunrise changing every day. This variation can change rahukalam more than one-hour in some days.
Get rahukalam timing at your place by adding or subtracting the sunrise time from 6 and buffering the same on rahukalam. For example if the sunrise is at 6:23 and the day is Monday, the Rahukalam on the day will be 7:53 to 9:23 (not 7 to 9).
The above note is only if this makes some meaning and for those who are following and do not correct the timings. I know many following this blind!
I do not have any reason for to believe RAHUKALAM or any other kalam!!
How and why does these time? As per bharatheeya knowledge I do not see the relevance of the day (week) itself. The seven-day concept is not very relevant in any of the computations. These are only for convenience. There can be many more related questions to this – how can be Friday, Monday etc. are found good for one each god? This too is a question!!