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Sep 09 2016

Selfless Service: Give more, want less

This article was published in The Speaking Tree, here. The key to removing the ‘want’ from our lives is to give more, serve more and sacrifice more. One of the most common Hindu rituals is a yagna fire.Devotees sit in a circle around the sacred fire and place offerings into the flames.With each offering, after each mantra, the priest chants, idam namamah. This means, ‘Not for me,but for You’.The purpose of this is to remind ourselves that everything is for God.We must offer every thought,every action,and every breath at His holy...

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Aug 25 2016

Krishna Janmasthmi Blessings

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 holy time of Janmasthami. Krishna Janmasthami is the celebration of the day that Bhagwan Krishna incarnated in human form upon the Earth. It is celebrated at midnight on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). The day is celebrated by worshipping Bhagwan Krishna, fasting and chanting devotional kirtan and bhajans until past midnight. The Bhagavad Gita says that whenever there...

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Jun 04 2016

Stop Pollution: Your choices have an impact

This article was published in The Speaking Tree, here. There is a beautiful saying which is used frequently by those who spend time in the forests and woods:“Take only memories and leave only foot-prints.”The Earth is here to sustain our life,not for us to extinguish her.Yet, through the way we are polluting the air, the water and the ground that is exactly what we are doing. Everything we use which is not biodegradable — each item,each piece of packaging,each container,each garment — will someday end up taking precious space in our...

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Mar 24 2016

Holi – The Holi-day to Let Go & Flow

Dear Divine Souls, Today is the sacred and beautiful day of Holi, a day celebrated across India with great joy, gaiety and festivity. There are many meanings and much significance attached to this day. For some, it is the festival of Springtime, the heralding of warm weather and bidding farewell to the winter. It is also seen as a festival of love, the return of fertility. The Puranas describe Holi as a celebration of virtue over vice. It is a time when we rejoice in the victory of pure, divine Prahlaad...

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Mar 01 2016

Meditation: Multivitamin For Spiritual Health

This article was published in The Speaking Tree, here. In order to maintain inner peace, calm and stability regardless of external circumstances, we need a daily multivitamin of meditation, no reaction and introspection. Meditation is the best medication for all agitations. People have so many troubles today, mainly related to the stress in their lives. To address this anxiety, sleeplessness and discontent, people take pills and fill their lives with excessive, material “pleasures”. For example, when people feel stressed they frequently attempt to forget about it by going to the movies,...

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Dec 25 2015

Good Governance Day Message by Pujya Swamiji

Here is a beautiful, insightful and inspiring article by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji on the topic of Good Governance on which He spoke also during the #SachBharatConf in Delhi recently. Dear Divine Souls, It is so wonderful that under the visionary leadership of our dynamic and dedicated Hon’ble Prime Minister, Respected Shri Narendra Modiji, the slogan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ is encouraging and inspiring every citizen to join these efforts of collective and sustainable development. The active participation and ownership of every stakeholder and every individual is truly the key...

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Nov 10 2015

Diwali Blessings from Pujya Swamiji

It is that sacred time of Diwali, the Festival of Light! On this day as we light beautiful lamps in our homes, we must not only marvel at the glory and splendor, but we must also take the significance of the light into our lives.  We must warmly welcome the Divine into our hearts and into our lives, as the people of Ayodhya welcomed back Bhagawan Rama The Divine Light Within As we light the oil lamps in our homes and temples we must also remember to kindle the lamp within. Within...

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Jul 31 2015

Guru Purnima Blessings from Pujya Swamiji

Dear Divine Souls, I hope that — by God’s grace — this finds you and all of your families and loved ones in the best of health and happiness. It is the sacred time of the year in which we give thanks and offer our humble gratitude,love and devotion to our Gurus.  What is a Guru?  A Guru is one who removes our darkness. In Sanskrit, Gu means “darkness” and ru is”that which removes,” so a Guru is one who removes the darkness in our lives, who shines the light of Truth...

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May 03 2015

Buddha Jayanti Blessings

Dear Divine Souls, Tomorrow is the sacred and beautiful day of Buddha Jayanti – the day on which the Divine Buddha incarnated on Earth to bring wisdom, inspiration and blessings to humanity. There are so many beautiful lessons to learn from the life of the Buddha. His life is the epitome of enlightenment in action. When he was born, an astrologer told Buddha’s father that his son would either be an emperor or a sanyasi (holy renunciant). The king understood that in order to prevent his son from renouncing the material world in...

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Feb 26 2015

Yogic Healing Of Mind, Body And Spirit

The practice of Yoga was intuited, channeled, perfected and codified by our rishis and sages for the attainment of total health in body, mind, and spirit, so that the material human body may be a vehicle for spiritual awakening and enlightenment.  The word ‘yoga’ means ‘union’.  Yoga is that which we become, that which unfolds and awakens when the body, mind, thoughts, motions and intentions are joined together. Today, joyfully, the practice of yoga is burgeoning throughout the world. Yet, there is rampant competition amongst styles, lineages and “brands” of yoga. “Which is the best?”...

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