Hindu Spiritual Beliefs and Holidays

One of the most important indicia of ‘a religion’ is that the particular collection of ideas and/or practices involves belief in the supernatural, that is to say, belief that reality extends beyond that which is capable of perception by the senses. If that be absent, it is unlikely that one has ‘a religion’. The way the DEA put it is
(1) Ultimate Ideas: Fundamental Questions about life, purpose and death
(2) Metaphysical Beliefs: Beliefs addressing a reality that transcends the physical and immediate apparent world
(3) Moral and Ethical System: Proscription of a particular manner of acting or a way of life that is moral or ethical
(4) Comprehensive Beliefs: An overarching array of beliefs that coalesce to provide the believer with answers to many of the problems and concerns that confront humans
(5) Accouterments of Religion: The presence of various external signs of Religion

 

Spiritual Beliefs of the Shaivite Temple of Colorado

 

The Shaivite Temple believes that Shiva is the Supreme Lord of the Universe, and our Primary Holy book is the Rig Veda, written around 2500 BC. In general, Hinduism has 1 primary Creator God, who takes 3 forms: Creation, Destruction and Preservation; which are the 3 forms of Creation, and these 3 Gods take multiple other forms. For example, various forms of Shiva include: Pashupati, Rudra, Indra, Agni, etc. This is general to all Hindus, and 15% of the World’s Population considers Lord Shiva to be the Supreme Lord of the Universe.

 

The word “Ganja” comes from the Ganges River, the most Holy River in Hinduism. The word “Indica” (a species of Marijuana) means “From India”. “Kush”, a well known breed of Marijuana, comes from the Kush Mountains, which is where it is believed that the first Cannabis seeds were brought down by Humans. Lord Shiva is the Lord of Bhang (Marijuana), the Lord of Dance, and the Lord of the Universe. You may have seen statues of him dancing on the Demon of Ignorance.

 

Shiva invented Meditation, as well as Yoga; this a general belief among all Hindus. Shiva’s 3rd eye was opened when his Wife Parvati covered his eyes, and because the Universe will fall into Chaos if not watched by Lord Shiva, a 3rd eye opened on his forehead, stopping the Universe from falling into Chaos. Shiva’s throat is Blue because he drank poison for us, and his eyes are represented in the Rudraksha beads worn by Shaivite priests. The Shiva Lingam is a Holy symbol of Lord Shiva, and was created by a form of Lord Shiva who came to a village and created it for them. Prayers are said to Shiva in the form of Mantras or Japas, one example is ॐ नमः शिवाय or “Om Nama Shivaya”. There is no afterlife, but reincarnation, and we do not bury our dead relatives, but cremate them.

 

Our priests are required to fast, but may fast at any time. We believe, like most Hindus, that the Holy Soma plant of the Rig Veda is best represented in today’s Society by Marijuana; and the Temple consumes it for Holidays, Festivals and Ceremonies. As Shaivites, and Shiva being the Lord of Bhang (Marijuana), we also consider the plant  to be representative of Shiva’s body and mind on Earth, no different than the Christian God being represented by Wine and Bead.

 

 

Here is an example of Prepackaged Communion.

And during Prohibition, Alcohol for Sacramental Purposes was not illegal (in the Volstead Act). And Prohibition was enacted by an Amendment, the Controlled Substances Act is only a Law. Religious Rights are a Constitutional Amendment. The DEA simply wants us to follow Labeling Guidelines used in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

 

The way this works is that Religion is Ancient, while the Controlled Substances Act has existed only since the 70s. You have to prove that your (1) Sincere (2) Religious Exercise (3) is Burdened by the Controlled Substances Act; to do this, usually someone has to go to jail, or you have to at the very least explain the ever looming threat of Police coming after you for your Religious Beliefs and Practices.

 

An example would be Santa Ria, a Religion invented in Cuba, and which was banned in Cuba; but it was accepted in the American Courts; and they got an Exemption from Biological Garbage Laws (the laws were actually overturned completely because they targeted them); and the Court was helped in their decision by reading about Animal Sacrifice in other Religions throughout History.

 

XVIII Amendment to the United States Constitution

Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all the territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

 

 

The Volstead Act (1920)

Officially titled the National Prohibition Act

Effective Feb 1, 1920

 

TITLE II.

PROHIBITION OF INTOXICATING BEVERAGES.

SEC. 3. 

No person shall on or after the date when the eighteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States goes into effect, manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, furnish or possess any intoxicating liquor except as authorized in this Act, and all the provisions of this shall be liberally construed to the end that—the use of intoxicating liquor as a beverage may be prevented.

Liquor. . . . for nonbeverage purposes and wine for sacramental purposes may be manufactured, purchased. sold, bartered, transported, imported, exported, delivered furnished and possessed, but only as herein provided, and the commissioner may, upon application, issue permits therefor. . . . Provided, That nothing in this Act shall prohibit the purchase and sale of warehouse receipts covering distilled spirits on deposit in Government bonded warehouses, and no special tax liability shall attach to the business of purchasing and selling such warehouse receipts. . . .

 

HINDU FESTIVALS & HOLIDAYS

 

January

Saphala Ekadashi

Pongal, Makar Sankranti

Pausha Putrada Ekadashi

Paush Purnima

Sakat Chauth

February

Shattila Ekadashi

Mauni Amavas

Vasant Panchami

Kumbha Sankranti

Ratha Saptami

Bhishma Ashtami

Jaya Ekadashi

Magha Purnima

 

March

Vijaya Ekadashi

Maha Shivaratri

Surya Grahan

Meena Sankranti

Amalaki Ekadashi

Chhoti Holi, Holika Dahan, Chandra Grahan, Phalguna Purnima

Holi

Basoda, Sheetala Ashtami

 

April

Papmochani Ekadashi

Chaitra Navratri, Gudi Padwa, Ugadi

Gauri Puja, Gangaur

Yamuna Chhath

Solar New Year, Mesha Sankranti

Rama Navami *Smarta

Rama Navami *Vaishnava

Kamada Ekadashi

Hanuman Jayanti

 

May

Varuthini Ekadashi

Gauna Varuthini Ekadashi

Parashurama Jayanti, Akshaya Tritiya

Ganga Saptami

Sita Navami, Vrishabha Sankranti

Mohini Ekadashi

Narasimha Jayanti

Vaishakha Purnima, Buddha Purnima

Narada Jayanti

 

June

Apara Ekadashi

Shani Jayanti, Vat Savitri Vrat

Ganga Dussehra, Mithuna Sankranti

Nirjala Ekadashi

Jyeshtha Purnima, Vat Purnima Vrat

Yogini Ekadashi

 

July

Jagannath Rathyatra

Devshayani Ekadashi, Karka Sankranti

Ashadha Purnima, Guru Purnima

Kamika Ekadashi

 

August

Hariyali Teej

Nag Panchami

Varalakshmi Vrat

Shravana Putrada Ekadashi

Simha Sankranti

Shravana Purnima, Rakhi, Raksha Bandhan, Gayatri Jayanti

Kajari Teej

Krishna Janmashtami

Aja Ekadashi

Surya Grahan

 

September

Hartalika Teej, Ganesh Chaturthi

Rishi Panchami

Radha Ashtami

Parsva Ekadashi

Onam

Anant Chaturdashi, Ganesh Visarjan

Bhadrapada Purnima, Chandra Grahan, Pratipada Shraddha, Kanya Sankranti, Vishwakarma Puja

Indira Ekadashi

Sarva Pitru Amavasya

 

October

Navratri Begins

Saraswati Avahan

Saraswati Puja

Durga Ashtami, Maha Navami

Dussehra, Vijayadashami

Papankusha Ekadashi

Ashwin Purnima, Kojagara Puja, Sharad Purnima

Tula Sankranti

Karwa Chauth

Ahoi Ashtami

Rama Ekadashi

Govatsa Dwadashi

Dhan Teras

Chaudas

Narak Chaturdashi, Diwali, Lakshmi Puja

Gowardhan Puja

 

November

Bhaiya Dooj

Chhath Puja

Kansa Vadh

Devutthana Ekadashi

Tulasi Vivah

Kartik Purnima

Vrischika Sankranti

Kalabhairav Jayanti

Utpanna Ekadashi

Somvati Amavas

 

December

Vivah Panchami

Mokshada Ekadashi, Gita Jayanti

Gauna Mokshada Ekadashi

Margashirsha Purnima, Dattatreya Jayanti

Dhanu Sankranti

Saphala Ekadashi

 

Pradosh Vrat

Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Shani Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Shani Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Bhauma Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Bhauma Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Shani Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Soma Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Soma Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Shani Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Shani Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

Pradosh – Shukla Paksha

Soma Pradosh – Krishna Paksha

 

Masa Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri