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The Meaning of Ganga Aarti

Each evening as the sun’s last rays reflect off the boundless waters of Mother Ganga, we gather for Ganga Aarti. This divine light ceremony is filled with song, prayer, ritual and a palpable sense of the divine. The “aarti” – an ornate oil lamp, lined with dozens of flames burning in pure ghee – is offered to God. The essence of the aarti ceremony is that all day long God offers us light – the light of the sun, the light of life, the light of His (Her) blessings. Aarti...

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Diwali Blessings – Let Us All Burn Like Diyas – Giving Light & Life to Others

The meanings of the auspicious holiday of Diwali are innumerable. Whether one looks at the story of the return to Ayodhya of Lord Rama or the victory of Lord Krishna over Narakaasuras or the fall of Bali, Diwali is a holiday which symbolizes the vanquishing of evil by good, the return of righteousness and divinity. In past years I have discussed numerous aspects of this holiday, its spiritual and historical significance. This year I will focus on the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, for within this aspect are numerous crucial...

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Shake It Off & Step Up

There is a story of a farmer who had an old mule. One day the mule fell into the farmer’s empty, dry well. As the mule cried for help, the farmer assessed the situation. Although the mule had served the farmer faithfully for many years, the farmer decided that neither the mule nor the well was wrth the trouble. So, he decided that instead of bothering to lift the heavy mule from the well, he would simply bury him in there. The farmer called his friend and together they began...

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