October 25-29, 2019 Diwali is one of the most beautiful and joyous times in the Indian calendar, filled with love and rejoicing. Although its origins lie in India, it is a time of new beginnings, a festival of light, abundance, fulfillment and a celebration of good over evil, wisdom over ignorance, which can be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. The word Diwali means “row of lights”, so it is commonly known as the Festival of Lights. For Indians,
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"Nava-ratri" literally means "nine nights." This Indian festival is observed twice a year, once at the beginning of summer and again at the onset of winter. Every year the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter are two very important junctures of climatic change and solar influence. At these times we give thanks to the Divine Energies, which maintain the correct balance in the Universe and within our mental, emotional and physical bodies. For most
In the Vedic Tradition there are two great mantras that stand out from all the rest. These are the Gayatri Mantra for enlightenment and the Mrityunjaya Mantra, the most powerful mantra for healing and longevity. This mantra is addressed to Shiva for warding off untimely death. While its energy protects, it re-links consciousness to its deeper essential nature and repetition of the mantra develops concentration that leads to a transformation of awareness. Whereas the Gayatri Mantra is meant
Guru Purnima or the Full Moon of the Guru is a very special celebration in the spiritual calendar. This is the day when we honor the Guru in all forms. We give thanks for all the blessing we have received in the past and ask for future support in all areas of our lives but particularly with our growth to Higher Consciousness and Enlightenment. The word guru means remover of darkness or ignorance so the Guru can
We don’t really know how old Ayurveda is, although scholars place its formal origins at around 5-6000 years ago. According to Vedic mythology, Ayurveda is as old as time itself. It is said that before manifest creation, the gods were weak and unbalanced. They went to Lord Vishnu for help, who told them to churn the Ocean of Consciousness until the Amrit, Nectar of Immortality, appeared and this would rejuvenate them. The story of what happened has
All traditions and religions describe some form of enlightenment or spiritual awakening. Unfortunately most people are spiritually asleep, some snoring soundly. Meditation is our wake up call, when we rub the sleep of ignorance from our eyes and begin to enjoy the great bounty that awaits us. The good news is that we’re all already enlightened, we’re all perfect in every way. Perfectly happy, perfectly healthy, all our desires are instantly fulfilled. I know you’re rolling your eyes but,
While there are numerous mantras in the Vedic Tradition, there is non greater than the Gayatri Mantra. The Gayatri is dedicated to the aspect of the sun just before sunrise so that all the potential energy emanating from the entire cosmos is contained within Gayatri. It is said that meditation with the Gayatri Mantra burns away all the layers of impurities covering the mind, accumulated through countless births, and bestows upon us the vision of
Guidelines for Bringing More Love into One’s Life The ignorant person desires material objects, the intelligent person desires enlightenment but the wise person just loves and everything comes to him or her As the Beatles told us, “All you need is love” and how sure this is. Our highest vibration, our Essence, who we really are, is Pure Love. When we love, we connect with the deepest part of ourself. The part of ourself which is
The Vedantic Tradition as expressed by Adi Shankara tells us that Pure Consciousness is the only reality, everything else is an experience in consciousness. Pure Consciousness is that in which all experiences occur and out of which all experience is made. In every experience you are creating the world. You are not in the world, the world is in you. There is only Pure Consciousness and its modified forms. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote that, “Awareness
300 Years of Serving Humanity Since 2004 I have been a member of the Shree Satuwa Baba Ashram in Varanasi India. It is a traditional Indian ashram, offering simple but sufficient facilities, which has become like a second home to me. If you are ever in Varanasi, I hope you will visit the Ashram. Tell them Raghavanand sent you and you will be welcomed, whether you choose to just look around, enjoy a basic meal, meet