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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

Art of Living Rudrabhishek Puja in Lucknow

Rudra puja Lucknow

Rudra Puja is an ancient practice followed in India since time immemorial. ‘Rudra’ means ‘Shiva - the Benevolent', ' the Destroyer of Evil'. 'Puja' means that which is born out of fullness. This Puja aims for inner peace and fulfillment. In this Puja, Lord Shiva is worshipped in his Rudra form. It is hailed by all Vedic scriptures as one of the greatest Pujas to remove all evils, to attain all desires and for all-round prosperity. Scriptures on Astrology prescribe this emphatically as a remedy for several planetary doshas.

When:
Where: 4/69 G Vineet Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Contact: 9839666706

Spiritual Search

      ~Sri Sri Paramhansa Yogananda

In the beginning of one’s spiritual search, it is wise to compare various spiritual paths and teachers. But when you find the real guru destined for you, the one whose teachings can lead you to the Divine Goal, then restless searching should cease. A spritually thirsty person should not go on indefinately seeking new wells; rather he should go to the best well and drink daily of its living waters.

Why do we ring the bell in a temple?

Q: Guruji, Why do we ring the bell in a temple?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Because there are so many thoughts wandering in your mind, with the sound of the bells you come into the present. Your thoughts come to a halt.
The drummers beat large drums, play the Naadaswaram, shehnai, bells, and conch. All these sounds are made so that your mind becomes quieter.
Your mind is like a kid. When a kid is crying, you cry louder than the kid and the kid becomes quiet. Have you noticed that? In the same way, when there is so much noise in your mind and too many thoughts, they blow the conch, ring the bell and with all the sounds, the mind comes to the present moment.
With so much noise around, the mind cannot think. It cannot wander. So it is used as a technique.
All outside sounds suppress the sound of the mind for a little while. This short-term suppression should lead the mind to silence. Once it goes into the depths of meditation, all words feel burdensome. But when the mind is full of words, and you are troubled by too many thoughts, these sounds bring relief. Have you seen in the Buddhist monastery, there is a big gong? They ring the gong and that vibration will keep you silent. So, from sound to silence, the journey is very important.

Ways to be Free :) : Sri Sri

Q: Gurudev, in the world there are many paths to enlightenment. Please tell me the definitive way to be free.

Sri Sri: That's what I am doing, I think! I thought I am just telling you the definite way to be free! What is bothering you now? 
Read this book 'An Intimate Note To A Sincere Seeker'. When you feel bothered, when the negative emotions take over, then you feel stifled and uncomfortable. How to handle the negative emotions? There are six of them, excessive lust, greed, jealousy, anger, arrogance and attachment or delusion. The mind is entangled, it is not giving you any joy but you cannot get away from it because getting away from it becomes even more painful, this is called delusion. We call it moha in sanskrit. It means an attachment, like something stuck in the throat. You can neither spit it nor swallow it. Such a situation is called moha. There are a number of ways to handle these negative emotions. If you can handle these emotions, that's it. Then you are free! And pranayama, meditation is one of those ways.

Confidence and Humility : HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Q: Guruji, how can confidence be developed in one who is humble, and humility in one who is confident?

Sri Sri: 1. When you see your life from a bigger context of time and space, then you realize your life is nothing. 
2. When you are humble, you need to see that you are unique and dear to the Divine, which brings confidence, and when you realize you are insignificant, that brings humility. 
3. When you have a Guru, you cannot be arrogant. Your guru gives you confidence and also brings humility in you. The weakness in humility, and the arrogance in confidence are removed. You are left with confidence and humility! One of the rarest combinations in the human personality is the co-existence of confidence and humility. Often people who are confident are not humble and people with humility are not confident. Confidence blended with humility is most appreciated by everybody.

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