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Oct 26 2022

Govardhan Puja Blessings

“When Lord Indra sent torrential rains to punish the people of Goverdhan for not worshipping Him," HH Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji shares on this sacred day of Govardhan Puja, "it was Lord Krishna and Mother Nature that protected them. This divine act shows us how God protects all devotees who take singular refuge in him. "Our mountains, our trees, our animals – all are part of the divine creation. And, just as God protected the people of Goverdhan, we must protect that creation. To honor the natural world for its protection...

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Oct 24 2022

Deepwali Blessings from Pujya Swamiji

On this beautiful Festival of Light, Deepawali, HH Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji so beautifully says: "Instead of asking Maha Lakshmi for the bounty of wealth, let us instead ask how we may restore that bounty for the world. In planting a tree, we are planting the grace of Maha Lakshmi. In cleaning our rivers, we are cleaning Her glorious form. In stopping any instances of violence against women and girls, we are protecting Her. "Each diya that we light tonight not only brings individual light, but it also can be used...

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Oct 23 2022

Happy Choti Diwali!

"We must clean out our hearts," declares HH Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji on the auspicious occasion of Choti Diwali. "We must rid them of darkness and bitterness; we must make them clean and sparkling places for God to live. We must be as thorough with ourselves as we are with our homes. Are there any dark corners in our hearts we have avoided for so long? Are we simply 'sweeping all the dirt under the rug?' God sees all and knows all. He knows what is behind every wall of...

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Oct 22 2022

Dhanteras Blessings

"On this auspicious day of Dhanteras," declares HH Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, "let us understand the true meaning of prosperity and focus on filling only our Self, not only our shelf! In life, you either focus on your shelf or you focus on yourself. If we spend our lives trying to fill our shelves, at the end of it we realize that our self feels pretty empty. “So, we must return to the old values. These aren’t just Hindu values; they are universal values. Values that tell us that True Wealth...

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Sep 28 2022

Navratri Blessings

"The festival of Navaratri," shares HH Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji is a glorious time of the year, filled with joy, celebration, and also with great lessons for our lives. Navaratri means “nine nights". "Indian tradition is one of the few traditions in which the Feminine aspect of the divine is worshipped with as much reverence as the Masculine aspect. Throughout India you will see thousands of temples dedicated to various manifestations of the Divine Mother. You will find hundreds of thousands of people who are 'Shakti worshippers.' Shakti is the energy...

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Sep 21 2022

International Day of Peace

On this International Day of Peace, HH Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji so beautifully shares that, in order to bring deep and lasting peace to our world, we must begin from the inside and move outwards. He says, "In our search for internal peace, we must realize that peace is our true, divine nature and that we must remove the obstacles that are obscuring it from our view – our egos, expectations, desires and emotions. "The more we can free our divine self from ourselves, the closer we will be to...

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Sep 12 2022

Pitru Pasha Blessings

It's Pitru Paksha, a 16–lunar day period in the Hindu calendar when we pay homage to our ancestors, and today HH Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji pays tribute to all of our ancestors, and shares that "Pitru Paksha is an important part of Indian tradition. For the peace of the departed ancestors, Shradh is performed at a holy place or on the bank of a river and, according to our scriptures, the Shradh performed during Pitru Paksha reaches the ancestors immediately and their soul gets peace, while the ancestors bestow...

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Sep 09 2022

Himalaya Diwas Celebrations at Parmarth Niketan

HH Param Pujya Swamiji welcomes Hon'ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Pushkar Singh Dhamiji; Hon’ble Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Former Governor of Uttarakhand Smt Baby Rani Mauryaji, Hon’ble Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Subodh Uniyalji, HESCO Founder Dr. Anil Prakash Joshiji; Speaker of Uttarakhand Assembly, Smt Ritu Khanduriji, MLA Smt Renu Bishtji and Others. For Day-long Celebrations Also a Strategy Session to Address the Needs of the Region. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand leads a pledge to act and serve Himalayas as Hanumanji protecting it for future generations to come. He says that time has...

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Sep 09 2022

Himalaya Diwas Message

"The Himalayas," declares HH Param Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji on this Himalaya Diwas, "are the home of diverse flora and fauna, diverse culture and traditions. And amidst this diversity, the Himalayas teach us unity amidst diversity. For centuries, our Sages and Saints and Rishis have come to these sacred peaks and given us sacred mantras that inspire and encourage us to serve all of humanity. These mantras teach us to live in peace, and not in pieces, and to see all of humanity as one family. "If we are to save...

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Sep 09 2022

Protecting Our Glaciers: A Himalaya Diwas Sankalp

As we celebrate Himalaya Diwas today, we do so recognizing that these majestic peaks that have protected us and nurtured us for thousands of years are in grave danger from the relentless effects of man-made climate change. For millions of years, these sacred mountains have flourished, providing the planet and its inhabitants with literally everything that it needs to survive. And, in just a little over 100 years, humans have created an environment that threatens their very existence. But, it's not just the Himalayas. This is a global issue - one...

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