S. V. Subrahmanian
svskotra at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 28 20:13:47 CDT 2000
Thank you very much. I did not know about it.
Just out of curiosity, which smruti talks about this ?
----- Original Message -----
From: Anand Hudli <anandhudli at HOTMAIL.COM>
To: <ADVAITA-L at LISTS.ADVAITA-VEDANTA.ORG>
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2000 7:00 PM
Subject: Re: Krishna Janmashtami
> On Sun, 27 Aug 2000 23:12:17 -0400, S. V. Subrahmanian
> <svskotra at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >Yes. xaya thithi can cause confusion. But that happens only when that
> >thithi starts after sunrise and ends before next sunrise. In other
> >thithi for a given day, is decided based on the cycle of the moon at the
> >time of
> >"sUryodaya" (or aruNodaya in some traditions). If the kshaya thithi was
> >operational during the sUryodaya, then that day is considered as the
> >for (that particular) celebration.
> >The naxatra for a given day (for purposes of celebrations) also follows
> >same rules.
> Actually, rather than whether a tithi is xaya or adhika, what is more
> important in general for observances is the concept of viddha and
> shuddha. A titthi, t, is viddhA if on the day of its occurrence,
> also occurs tithi (t - 1) (modulo 15, of course) partially. It is
> shuddhA if on the day of occurrence, (t - 1) does not so occur.
> The importance of viddhA and shuddhA tithi's arises, for example, in
> the case of determining ekAdashI. The bhAgavata (smArta) ekAdashI
> should NOT be a viddhA tithi. Actually, it requires that the
> preceding dashamI should have ended at least 1 hour 36 minutes before
> sunrise on the day when ekAdashI is observed.
> Again, in general, when a tithi for an observance is viddhA, we have
> four possibilities because there are two days which become possible
> candidates for the observance, not one as would be the case for a
> shuddhA tithi. 1) The tithi t, required for the observance, prevails
> during the time for the observance (example, midnight) on both days,
> ie the day on which the tithi is viddhA and the next day. 2) the tithi
> prevails during the time for the observance on the first day but not
> the second day, 3) the tithi prevails during the time for the observance
> on the second day but not the first day, and 4) the tithi does not
> prevail during the time for the observance on either day.
> Depending on the particular tradition, the rule for fixing the date
> of the observance is arrived at. For example, the rule for JanmaShTamI
> is: if condition 1) or 4) holds, then the date of observance will be
> the second day, if 2) holds, the first day, or if 3) holds, the
> second day.
> The same approach is also used for naxatra-based observances.
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