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Holidays Tag

Dec 30 2013

New Year Blessings: A New Year – A New You

At this time of the New Year inevitably people make resolutions, vows, promises and goals to become “new” in some way.  We are always looking for some pill, some book or some practice we can use to become “newer and better.”   These days there is talk everywhere about the “Secret to Youth.” Advertisements, commercials, billboards and magazines coax us to purchase their products, subscribe to their services or attend their retreats in order to attain the elusive Fountain of Youth. It is not merely wrinkle-free skin and shiny black...

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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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Jun 18 2013

The Message Ganga is Giving Us

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. The 18th of June marked Ganga Dussehra, the day we lovingly refer to as “Gangaji’s Birthday.” It is the day on which we commemorate the time when, answering the tapasya and incessant prayers of King Bhagirath, Ganga flowed down from the heavens to the Earth. Ganga did not flow down merely because She wanted to, but rather with a very specific purpose –...

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Mar 27 2013

Holi – The Holi-day to Let It All Go

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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Feb 14 2013

Make Ganga Your Green Valentine Everyday

As people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day this week with gifts of chocolate and roses, as symbols of their love and devotion, it is the perfect time to renew our commitment to our Mother Ganga. Children all over the world will make Valentine’s Day cards for their mothers. Here in India, every day, not only February 14, should be an opportunity to show love and devotion to our Mother Ganga. Standing on the banks of the Ganga at this year’s Kumbh Mela, my heart is filled with gratitude to a...

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Nov 13 2012

Diwali Blessings

In celebration of this joyous Diwali occasion, one can see beautifully lit oil lamps and candles glowing in the darkness of night throughout India and wherever Indians have settled in the world. We line our homes, our rooms, our offices and our streets with brightly shining diyas. However, on this day we must not only light beautiful lamps in our homes and offices, but we must light the lamp in our hearts. The Divine Light Within Within each of us shines the Divine Light. The Divine Presence is not only everywhere outside of...

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Feb 19 2012

Maha Shivratri 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 at this holy and sacred time of Maha Shivratri.  There are many important messages and meanings to take into our hearts on this divine occasion.  I will share a few with you. Shiva as Divine Destroyer: In the trinity of the divine manifestion – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva – Lord Shiva is the one who destroys or dissolves that which is old and impure, in order to...

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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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Oct 26 2011

Diwali Blessings

At this divine time of Diwali we line our homes, our rooms, our offices and our streets with brightly shining diyas. The illuminated lamps signify the people of Ayodhya’s love for Bhagawan Rama and their joy at his return.  On this day, however, we must light not only beautiful lamps in our homes, but we must light the lamp in our hearts. Within each of us shines the Divine Light. The Divine Presence is not only everywhere outside of us, it is also within us. In the Bhagavad Gita, Bhagawan Krishna...

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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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