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May 17 2021

Feeding the Hungry on World Family Day

Each day since the current lockdown started, Parmarth Niketan has been providing food for the saints and monks and the needy and destitute on the holy banks of Mother Ganga. On World Family Day, that food was served with great love by the President of Parmarth, HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, and the SDM for Yemkeshwar, Shri Manish Kumar Singhji, themselves. During the service on the ghat, Pujya Swamiji remarked that, "During this current crisis, all of the destitute, the saints and monks will be served food. Every day, food has...

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May 16 2021

Second Ambulance Flagged Off

A second Ambulance was flagged of this week from Parmarth and offered to the local authorities and doctors to transport oxygen cylinders to needy families as well as Covid positive patients in need in Rishikesh and its surrounding villages and neighborhoods. Shri Chandra Prakashji, one of the Nodal Officers of our region serving the State Government's Covid Care Services, shared that this would a great help to their efforts. In handing the keys to Shri Prakashji, Pujya Swamiji shared that "today, Corona is overshadowing all of humanity. Now more than ever...

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May 15 2021

Akshaya Tritiya Tree Plantation Pledge

“Trees are Nature’s gift that keeps giving. अब बचा है केवल एक विकल्प, वृक्षारोपण का करें संकल्प.पेड़ लगायें प्राण बचायें, पेड़ लगायें पृथ्वी बचायें.” HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji offers a heart-felt appeal on Akshaya Tritiya for all of us to plant more and offer more gift trees, with a poignant reminder of how much the Pandemic has revealed just how important oxygen is to us and to the planet! Together with the Parmarth Rishikumars, Pujya Swamiji pledges to plant more and more trees during the upcoming monsoon season. He adds, “अपना ऑक्सीजन...

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May 15 2021

International Day of Families

Today is International Day of Families, and HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji took the opportunity the day presents to remind us that families are the most important element of any peace-loving society, and unity the backbone of that society. "A family," He said, "is made up of mother, father, sister, brother…but, what unites everyone is the invisible cord made-up of mutual love and sacrifice. We are all like branches of a huge Banyan tree, planted in different countries of the world but held together by our roots. We need to...

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May 14 2021

Pujya Swamiji’s Akshay Tritiya Message, Snan & Yagna

The world is ready for a holy day! And, after more than 14 months of lockdowns and isolation and sickness and loss, what better holy day than the one celebrating New Beginnings and remembering those that are no longer with us? Akshaya Tritiya is an occasion that reminds us that life is not for hoarding more and having more but rather for giving more and sharing more. In this time of pandemic Pujya Swamiji reminds us that the most important thing we can do on Akshaya Tritiya is to offer...

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May 13 2021

Role of the Media During Coronavirus

In the Covid era, the role of the media - television, print and online social platforms - has taken on an even greater role in communicating the status and the needs of those affected by this global pandemic. And, according to HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji - Muniji - the President and Spiritual Leader of Parmarth Niketan - "The media can become the best friend of the people in this time of crisis. The public needs to know how many beds are available in which hospital…where oxygen concentrators are available…what...

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May 12 2021

Tell the Truth

Sometimes we think that simply because something is true, it is correct speech. However, there are many hurtful things which may be true but are neither kind nor beneficial. Telling someone, for example, that they are ugly or stupid or fat may be true, but it serves only to hurt the listener. Alternatively, lying to someone just to be kind is also not tapas of speech. We must speak the truth, but in a way that serves the greater good, not just our own selves or our egos. Today, the whole...

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May 12 2021

International Nurses Day

"The contribution of nurses to social health services," Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji shared today on International Nurses Day, " represents a wonderful example of service, support and dedication. Mental and physical health and care, patients suffering from communicable and non-communicable diseases and emergencies - nurses deal with all of these things. Now, with Corona, nurses are making unprecedented contributions in this era of global health crisis, putting their lives at great risk and reflecting the enormity of their hearts. Because of their sacrifices, we must do all that we can to...

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May 11 2021

Vaccinations at Swami Shukdevanand Charitable Hospital at Parmarth Niketan

"Corona is fear," declares HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji - Muniji. "Vaccination is hope!" These inspiring and motivating words were offered by Pujya Swamiji as He toured the Swami Shukdevanand Charitable Hospital at Parmarth Niketan recently to observe the vaccination program being offered at the facility in cooperation with Parmarth, the Divine Shakti Foundation and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance. While there, He was advised that, in just a few weeks, over 1200 divine souls in the 45-plus age group have received their inoculations, with those in the 18-and-over group eligible...

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May 10 2021

Pujya Swamiji Explains the Meaning and Importance of Fasting

It is always such an incredible honour and blessing to receive the teachings of Pujya Swamiji, especially when they concern our Indian Culture and Hindu Traditions. So, it was a truly auspicious occasion when He provided a meaningful perspective of the ritual of Fasting - a practice that is an important element of the Hindu and other worldwide faiths - during a recent online panel discussion organized by The World Federation of KSIMC. Pujya Swamiji so beautifully shared, "Fasting is a way of sitting near to God....

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