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Yoga as it is, explained by Indian PM Narendra Modi at UNGA 2014

Yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistie approach to health and well being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change.

Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.

Narendra Modi at UNGA 2014

Vedic Navratri Pujas at the Art of Living International Ashram, 2014 schedule

Art of living , Navratri Vedic Puja

This is an 11 day celebration at the Art of Living Bangalore Ashram.

Sri Maha Ganapati Homa:

This homa is offered to that aspect of divinity which removes all obstacles to our growth and success. It is for clearing all impediments before the start of any project or venture and attract auspiciousness in our lives.

Navgraha Homa:

Everything in creation is connected, and all the various spheres in the universe mutually affect each other. This homa reduces negative influences that enter our lives and increases positive influences.

Sri Maha Rudra Homa:

This homa helps to transform stagnancy and for overall prosperity, health, happiness, success and removal of obstructions. It is offered to the one who removes misery.

Sri Maha Sudarshan Homa:

This homa blesses us with the right vision, removes ignorance and ushers to us a new life overflowing with knowledge. It is especially for removing confusion and mental blocks and giving serenity.

Sri Nava Chandi Homa:

The Chandi homa marks the pinnacle of all Navaratri homas. It is performed to remove all negative tendencies and obstacles to growth, both, in ourselves and in the environment.

Rishi Homa:

This homa is done in gratitude to all the enlightened masters. It honors all the seers and sages of the past, present and future.

Vishnu Sahastranama

Sahastranama literally means ‘the thousand names’. This chanting is done for bringing success in life. It is offered to honour the sustaining energy in creation.

Lalita sahastranama

Regular chanting of Shri Lalita Sahastranama will provide a long, contented, healthy life.

Schedule

Day Date Tithi Time Schedule
  Tuesday, 23-Sep Amavasya   Rudrabhishekam
1 Wednesday, 24-Sep Prathipat 7.00pm Rudrabhishekam
         
2 Thursday, 25-Sep Dwitiya 7.00pm Rudrabhishekam
3 Friday, 26-Sep Tritiya 7.00pm Rudrabhishekam
4 Saturday, 27-Sep Chaturthi 7.00pm Rudrabhishekam
5 Sunday, 28-Sep Panchami 7.00pm Rudrabhishekam
6 Monday, 29-Sep Shashti 7.00am
Rudrabhishekam
6 Monday, 29-Sep Shashti 9.00am Shri Maha Ganapati Homam, Shri Subramaniya & Navgrah Homa
      4.30pm Shri Chandi homa Prabhambham
7 Tuesday, 30-Sep Saptami 7.00am Rudrabhishekam
      8.00am Shri Maha Rudra Homam
      5.00pm Shri Maha Sudarshan Homam
Vishnu Sahastranama Parayanam
8 Wednesday, 1-Oct Ashtami 7.00am Rudrabhishekam
Shat Chandi Homa
9 Thursady, 2- Oct Navami 7.00am Rudrabhishekam
Rishi Homam
10 Friday, 3-Oct Dashami 7.00am Rudrabhishekam
Vijay Dashami Puja

During Navaratri days Shri Lalita Sahastranama Parayanam is at 6.00 pm daily

Watch all the ceremonies online. Register here

Hinduism, where it started

Hinduism is only a post-European concept. Europeans have given that name. We do not call ourselves by that name. ‘Hindu’ comes from the word ‘Sindhu’. When Greeks and Persians came to India some years before Christ – Alexander and Jerious, and other Persian kings and Greek invaders came – they crossed the Sindhu, and they wanted to know who these people staying in this country are. They did not know their name. They said that river is called Sindhu, and all those people who are on the other side are Sindhus.

In Persian, ‘s’ is pronounced as ‘h’, so ‘Sindh’ becomes ‘Hind’, so they pronounce it as ‘Hindu’; and in Greek it has become ‘Ind’. The word ‘India’ has come from the word ‘Sindhu’ only. ‘Sindh’ becomes ‘Hind’, ‘Hind’ becomes ‘Ind’. So the words ‘Hindu’ and ‘India’ have both been created by these historical conditions, historical circumstances.

Really, this is Bharatvarsh. We call it Bharatvarsh. Even now they say ‘Bharat’. It is not India. ‘India’ is a historical exigency. Similarly, the word ‘Hinduism’ – there is no such thing as that. It is Sanatana Dharma – eternal religion. It is eternal religion because it accepts every level of religious thought. It does not reject any level, but it does not consider any level as final. That is the whole point.

~ Swami Krishnananda

Why are there differences between religions

Q: Why are there differences between religions?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Religion has three components: symbols, customs and traditions, and values. As far as values are concerned, there is no difference, because all talk about oneness. Customs and symbols are all very different; they have to be, this is what makes the world beautiful, because God doesn't like uniforms!

Nature has been created with such diversity- so many flowers, animals, people. Diversity is the language of God. In India, God can have any number of names and forms, and they all point to one Divinity. So in one sense, there is difference, and in another sense there is unity.

Wise ones celebrate diversity, fools fight over it.

Birds of North and South India

Black rumped flameback in Chennai, IndiaIn an age of so much inconsequential tweeting, it’s worth recalling the advice of yogis: Sit still, they say, so still that a bird can land on your head.

From the cold lakes of the Himalayas to the sand dunes of western Rajasthan to the tropical rain forests in the south, India hosts a dizzying variety of birds, like a dizzying variety of everything else. Residents and visitors, common and rare, more than 1,200 species have been recorded in India, which puts it somewhere between the United States (just under 900 recorded species) and Colombia (more than 1,800 species).

More: The New York Times

Prophecies about India and the world by Swami Vivekananda

India

Swami ji often used to tell his disciples about the past glories of India, but at the same time he said that India in the future would be even greater. One day at the Belur Math he said to them. “ Believe me, I have had a vision in which I saw clearly what would happen to India in the coming four or five centuries.”

On another occasion he made a series of remarkable predictions. He said : “India will be free in another fifty years and freedom will come in an unusual way. A great war will flare up within twenty years, and if the Western nations do not give up their stark materialism, another world war is inevitable.” Swami ji also prophesized that “India, when independent, will embrace the materialism of the West and attain material prosperity to such an extent that it will surpass its past records in that field” He also foretold that “Countries such as America would become increasingly spiritual because they will have realized from the height of material prosperity the simple truth that gross materialism cannot give eternal peace.”

Swami Vivekananda

~ Swami Vivekananda

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