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Contents

  • Sacred places for shrãddh ........................................ 328

FAQ

  • Why should shrãddh be performed?......................... 329

    • 32.

      Vrat - Upavãs (Vows and fasts) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331

  • Seasons ..................................................................... 332

  • Stellar events ............................................................ 332

  • Avatars & Deities ..................................................... 333

  • Origin of Ekãdashi ................................................... 335

  • Glory of Ekãdashi .................................................... 336

  • Ekãdashi rituals in Vaishnav tirths .......................... 336

  • Ekãdashi rituals in the Swaminarayan sampradãy ... 338

  • Effects of fasting ...................................................... 339

  • Vrat-Upavãs in BAPS Swaminarayan sanstha ......... 339

  • Importance of fasting ............................................... 340

  • Breaking a fast (pãrnã) ............................................. 340

  • Upavãs in vrats, utsavs and prãyaschitta ................. 340

  • Jãgran enjoined during vrats .................................... 340

  • Maun vrat (vow of silence) ...................................... 341

  • 33.

    Ãhãr Shuddhi (Diet purity) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343

    • Ideals of diet purity in the Upanishads .................... 343

    • Ahimsã (non-injury) ................................................. 345

    • Pãp karma (sin) ........................................................ 345

    • Tãmasic foods .......................................................... 345

    • Rãjasic foods ............................................................ 347

    • Sãttvic foods ............................................................ 347

    • Four types of doshas (impurities) ............................ 347

    • Diet purity in the kitchen ......................................... 349

    • Diet purity in the home shrine ................................. 351

    • Personal diet purity ................................................... 352

    • Diet purity relative to time and seasons .................. 356

    • Conclusion ................................................................ 360

FAQs

  • How should a Hindu observe vegetarianism? ......... 360

  • Why do some people join their palms in pranãms or press their palms on their chest before and after having a meal? ............................................... 361

  • Why should we not eat or drink anything which has been eaten or drunk (±ıÓ <à / ¡È∆Ê) by somebody else?.. 361

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