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Mar 08 2011

International Yoga Festival 2011

The annual International Yoga Festival at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh celebrated its valedictory session on March 6, 2011, by the hands of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Ramesh Pokhariyal (Nishank).  The Festival runs from March 1-7 every year and is jointly organized by Uttarakhand Tourism Department and Parmarth Niketan Ashram. This year there were approximately 400 participants from 36 countries across the world, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Pakistan, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.  The event features world-renowned teachers such as Shiva...

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Jan 06 2011

Formation of the Guru Sangamam in New Delhi

On January 6th, Pujya Swamiji attended the inaugural function of the Guru Sangamam, a newly-formed organization which will promote harmony and cooperation between the indigenous religions of India – Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Some of the most highly-esteemed religious leaders from all over India have come together to serve in this wonderful, new organization, which is commited to usher in a new era of peace and understanding throughout India. The following members were unanimously elected to be the office bearers: Chairperson:  Jagadguru Sri Shivarathi Deshikendraikendra Mahaswamiji – Sri Jagadguru Veerasimhasana Suttur...

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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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Nov 20 2010

Gangotri Program, October 2010

In October of 2010, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji traveled to Gangotri to further His Ganga clean-up program. Outside of Gangotri in Dharali, a special program was held for the bhoomi puja of a new horticultural program by Acharya Balkrishanji and Swami Ramdevji of Patanjali Yoga Peeth. This video includes speeches from that function by Pujya Swamiji, Shradhay Acharya Balkrishnaji, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji, Shradhay Acharya Pradhumnaji, and Shri Surataram Nautiyal....

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Nov 05 2010

Happy Diwali Blessings

At this divine time of Diwali we line our homes, our rooms, our offices and our streets with brightly shining dias. The brightly lit lamps signified the people of Ayodhya’s love for Bhagwan Rama and their joy at his return.  On this day, we must pray that Bhagwan Rama returns to our own hearts and our own lives. In our lives, our greatest welcome to Him can be light not only in the oil lamp, but light in our hearts. If we light the lamp of love, of selflessness, of...

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Nov 05 2010

Forgiveness – Let the Light Shine In Our Hearts

At this divine time of Diwali we line our homes, our rooms, our offices and our streets with brightly shining dias. The brightly lit lamps signify the people of Ayodhya’s love for Bhagwan Rama and their joy at his return. On this day, we must light not only beautiful lamps in our homes, but we must light the lamp in our hearts. The significance and symbolism of the Diwali lamps is that we must allow the Light of the Divine to burn away all our impurities so that our hearts...

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Oct 03 2010

The Life & Message of Mahatma Gandhi

Yesterday we celebrated the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji was truly the saint of the century, and as we pay our tribute to him we must never forget the message of his life. As we reflect on the greatness of Mahatma Gandhiji’s life and the tragedy of his assassination, let us look not only at facts but at meanings.  What was the meaning of his life? What was the message of his death?  What does he have to teach the world of today? We can answer these questions with the word “yagna.” ...

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Sep 28 2010

Bangalore AIDS and HIV Conference

On 27-28th September, Pujya Swamiji was one of the main spiritual leaders at a conference at the Art of Living ashram in Bangalore regarding HIV and AIDS in India, where He gave a keynote address. It was a wonderful gathering of leaders of all the different religions as well as leaders from UNAIDS – India, UNESCO – India and INERELA+. Pujya Swamiji also led a breakout session helping religious leaders from various parts of Punjab and Uttarakhand understand the nature of HIV and AIDS, how it’s transmitted and how all spiritual...

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Aug 22 2010

Ganga Aarti, Yoga Festival & Retreat in Tenerife, Spain

On 22nd August, Pujya Swamiji was the keynote speaker and spiritual leader for the first Yoga Festival in Tenerife, Spain.  Hundreds of people attended, not only to learn the asanas, but also to hear His message on the true meaning of yoga. Later that day, Pujya Swamiji led a beautiful Ganga Aarti on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean in Tenerife.  The event was celebrated as a Festival of Peace, and was graced by the mayor and the consul general, as well as several other local dignitaries.  The Spanish people joined...

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Aug 15 2010

Yoga Festivals in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Pujya Swamiji was the main speaker at two conferences in Brazil in August.  The first was the International Congress on Yoga and Ayurveda in Sao Paolo (August 11-13th) and the second was the Yoga for Peace Festival in Sao Paolo on the 15th August. He gave a beautiful lecture at the International Congress on how to live in peace, not pieces and how to be stres free.  He said, “Suddenly everywhere I go everyone is talking about stress management.  This is amazing!  We only manage things we care about, things we...

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