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Jun 02 2014

Green Birthday for a Green Guru

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar, Divine Shakti Foundation and Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, inspires and guides so many all over the world to serve for the welfare of humanity and the environment. It was His divine message of ‘Giving is Living and Living is Giving’ that has has brought not only the teachings but the divine touch and transformation from the banks of Mother Ganga into people’s everyday lives. He continues to illustrate that by serving to make our environment clean,...

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Boomerang Theory

This article was published on The Speaking Tree, here. The Gita’s messages are just as applicable in the boardroom as in the battlefield, says SWAMI CHIDANAND SARASWATI In the Bhagwad Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna to perform his duties without any attachment to the fruits of his labour. How can one put this advice into practice if one has to perform worldly tasks and not expect any returns? But this piece of advice is so divine and universal that it can apply to every situation in life — worldly and transcendent. The Gita’s...

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May 10 2014

Mother’s Day Celebration

Mother’s Day Celebration Dedicated to Shakti for Shakti and Shakti for Prakriti A very special Mother’s Day was celebrated today at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh (Himalayas). Nearly twenty five members of the Rescue Foundation, including twenty young girls, came from Mumbai to seek the blessings of HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Founder of Divine Shakti Foundation and Ganga Action Parivar, and to be on the holy banks of Mother Ganga. The Rescue Foundation is a non-profit, registered NGO working for the rescue, rehabilitation and repatriation of victims of human...

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Apr 22 2014

International Mother Earth Day

Today Parmarth Niketan Ashram hosted very special International Mother Earth Day Celebrations, inspired and led by H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar and Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA). Pujya Swamiji inspired local schools and colleges to encourage each student to engage in green actions, such as planting and watering trees, environmental drawing competitions as well as slogan writing/awareness raising campaigns, dedicated to Mother Earth during their school day as a symbol of their commitment to make every day a green...

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Apr 18 2014

Hanuman Jayanti – Single-Minded Devotion

Dear Divine Souls, I hope that – by God’s grace – this finds you and all your loved ones in the best of health and happiness at this beautiful time of Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday of Lord Shri Hanuman. The celebration of Hanuman Jayanti is a celebration of devotion, a celebration of sacrifice, a celebration of surrender.  The day commemorates the life of Sri Hanuman, a divine incarnation who embodies the perfect devotee. Hanumanji was the son of the God of wind. History of Sri Hanuman and Hanuman Jayanti In the Heavenly, Divine Realms,...

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Apr 08 2014

Inauguration of Spinal Injury and Physiotherapy Centre

World Health Day was celebrated in a very special way at Parmarth Niketan with the inauguration Uttarakhand’s first ever holistic Spinal Injury and Physiotherapy Centre in Rishikesh. The vision to start such a centre took place a few weeks ago when renowned Spine Surgeon and Past President of the Association of Spine Surgeons of India, Dr. Shekar Bhojraj from Mumbai, his wife, Dr. Shilpa Bhojraj and their team came for a trek to the Himalayas. On their trip they were inspired by the various service projects taking place under H.H....

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Apr 01 2014

Meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister, H.E. Shinzō Abe

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, met with Hon’ble Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Shinzo Abe, recently. They discussed ways in which Japan and India could collaborate to exchange and share ideas and innovative solutions between both countries, especially in regards to WASH and the protection of crucial aquifers, such as the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. During the meeting, His Excellency, the Hon’ble Prime Minister was presented with water from the Ganga River, the life-line for some 500 million people, which is also one of the most threatened rivers in the world. He...

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Mar 22 2014

World Water Day Celebrated at Parmarth Niketan

United Nations World Water Day was celebrated in a colourful, thoughtful and festive ceremony today at Parmarth Niketan Ashram by participants from around the world. The celebrations, organized by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Ganga Action Parivar, were dedicated to the theme of saving energy to save water. Explained Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, co-founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and founder of Ganga Action Parivar, “We are always taking from our water sources, such as the Ganga, and as a result, they are becoming increasingly...

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Mar 14 2014

Holi Celebrations: Local Culture Connects to Global Community

The divine colours and festivities of Holi filled the air at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh (Himalayas). For the special occasion, the Kumaon Cultural Club of Uttarakhand came to Parmarth to celebrate Holi with all of the visitors, yatris and yoga students at Parmarth Niketan, who have come from so many countries from across the world. They filled the air with traditional singing and dancing in which the Indians and the foreigners reveled and played. With the blessings of H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan, Founder of Ganga Action Parivar...

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Feb 28 2014

IYF Opens with Shivratri Puja and Prayers

Today the participants for the 15th annual world famous International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan ashram arrived in time to participate in a special Mahashivratri program. Since 1999, Parmarth Niketan has been hosting this world renowned event which has grown to international acclaim and which grows in size year after year. Yogacharyas, teachers, students and seekers come from every corner of the globe to participate in this program. This year there are more than 550 participants from 46 countries. This evening, the participants joined together a special Shiv Abhishek puja just...

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