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Faith Tag

Aug 10 2018

“GPS Mantra: Faith In God’s Perfect System”

Published in The Times of India, 10 August 2018 Three men sitting under a tree were talking about God.  One man said, "I don't believe that God is perfect.  In fact, there are so many things that an ordinary, reasonable man would be able to plan better than God.  For example, look at the pumpkin patch where hundreds of pumpkins are growing large and round.  But they are attached to tiny, thin vines that are collapsing under their weight, and hence are on the ground!" Another man agreed and pointed to the mangoes...

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Jul 09 2017

Guru Purnima

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...

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Oct 16 2016

Breaking Bread: Faith and Food Forge the way to Zero Hunger

A bhandara (divine feast for all) happens almost everyday at Parmarth Niketan. However, on #WorldFoodDay here is how we are forging a faith-inspired path to Zero Hunger. Here are some highlights of how in coming together and eating together, on the holy banks of Mother Ganga, we are breaking not just bread but borders and boundaries of caste, colour, creed, race, religion and region. Inspired by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji these beautiful feasts (bhandaras) bring together saints and sanitation workers, professionals and pilgrims. In so doing, we are doing...

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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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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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Jul 22 2013

Guru Purnima 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 sacred time. Today marks the holy day dedicated to the Guru. The full moon of the Guru.  However, the Guru’s light is always full. The light of the Guru never dissipates or wanes. There is no such thing as the “half-moon” of the Guru or quarter-moon or sliver-of-a-moon of the Guru. The light and grace of the Guru is purna, always full, always constant.   That’s what...

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Dec 31 2011

New Year’s Blessings: Aligning Our Lives with the Universal Flow

Dear Divine Souls, Happy New Year! I hope that – by God’s grace – this finds you all in the best of health and happiness. As a new year dawns upon us, as the morn of 2012 brings the eve of 2011 to an end, it is a good time to reflect upon our lives, our paths and our progress toward the ultimate destination of divine awakening and realization. So much in our lives, at times, feels overwhelming, frustrating, unmanageable….but at these times it is most important to remember that we are...

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Dec 31 2010

The Bhagavad Gita in Our Lives

Dear Divine Souls, Happy New Year! As a new year dawns upon us, as the morn of 2011 brings the eve of 2010 to an end, it is a good time to reflect upon our lives, our paths and our progress toward the ultimate destination of divine awakening and realization. So much in our lives, at times, feels overwhelming, frustrating, unmanageable….but at these times it is most important to remember that we are not alone. God is always with us. There is a beautiful story of a young toddler playing in...

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Guru Purnima Blessings

There is a famous story in our scriptures of Eklavya who dreamt of becoming a great archer. He went to the best and most famous Guru of archery, Dronacharya, and humbly begged Dronacharya to teach him archery. However, for various reasons, Dronacharya refused. Unfazed, resolute in his devotion, Eklavya did not despair. Rather, he went deep into the forest for his sadhana of learning to be an archer. There, he created out of clay the image of Dronacharya. Each day, he offered devout, pious prayers and love to this image of his Guru.  His faith...

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Guru Purnima Blessings from Pujya Swamiji

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. It is the divine time of year when we celebrate Guru Purnima, the day in which we offer our thanks, love and devotion to the Guru. The Guru Gita says that the Guru is Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Verily, the Guru is the Supreme Brahman itself. But what is a guru in practical terms? While in the West, the term has taken on myriad, frequently derogatory connotations, the...

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