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Oct 16 2016

Breaking Bread: Faith and Food Forge the way to Zero Hunger

A bhandara (divine feast for all) happens almost everyday at Parmarth Niketan. However, on #WorldFoodDay here is how we are forging a faith-inspired path to Zero Hunger. Here are some highlights of how in coming together and eating together, on the holy banks of Mother Ganga, we are breaking not just bread but borders and boundaries of caste, colour, creed, race, religion and region. Inspired by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji these beautiful feasts (bhandaras) bring together saints and sanitation workers, professionals and pilgrims. In so doing, we are doing...

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Oct 15 2016

Global Handwashing Day Celebrated

On Global Handwashing Day, we celebrate the power of washing our hands with soap to prevent diarrheoa, pneumonia and other waterborne illnesses, which take so many innocent lives every day. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Bharat Mitra, President-Founder of Organic India, and many others visited Prakash Bharati (one of DSF’s schools) to inspire children to pledge to be Sanitation Ambassadors and encourage their communities and families to wash their hands with soap. [fbalbum url="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1791344601104107.1073741869.1483177965254107&type=1&l=34687767eb"]...

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Oct 08 2016

The 2nd Annual International Yoga Festival in Jageshwar

The second annual, three day Jageshwar International Yoga Festival, jointly organized by the Government of Uttarakhand, Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) and Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), took place from the 5-7th October. Parmarth Niketan Ashram is well known for hosting the world famous annual International Yoga Festival at Rishikesh, from March 1-7 each year, attracting more than a thousand Yogis from across India and across the world, which will now be in its 29th year. Jointly organized with the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Government of Uttarakhand, and GMVN it was decided that...

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Oct 02 2016

Gandhi Jayanti: Celebrating the True Meaning of Yoga

Today on the auspicious occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Pujya Swamiji was the Chief Guest and Keynote speaker at the 50th anniversary of Bharatiya Yoga Sansthan. More than 10,000 people gathered together at Chhatrasal Stadium to hear Pujya Swamiji speak on how to LIVE yoga not just do yoga. Pujya Swamiji explained that yoga is not what we do on the mat for 30 or 60 minutes a day, but rather yoga is who we are! He emphasized that the best yogi is an “upyogi” one who is helpful to others and...

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Oct 01 2016

H H Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Address at Parliament of World’s Religions

H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Swamiji), President of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, one of India’s largest and most renowned interfaith spiritual institutions, addresses the Closing Plenary at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah which took place from October 15th-19th. ...

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Oct 01 2016

From Worship to WASH: Religious Leaders Come Together

""From Worship to WASH" Religious Leaders Come together in the name of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene" was presented at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah from Oct. 15th-19th. Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) leaders from India, in cooperation with UNICEF India discuss the crucial shift amongst religious leaders on promoting sanitation through spirituality and faith - from worship to WASH. Presenters: H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni, Ven. Bhikku Sanghasena, Sadvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Maulana Luqman Tarapuri-a-Deobandi Alim, Shree Madhavpriyadas Swamiji, Imam Umer Ahmed...

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Sep 29 2016

How to Live Life Consciously at Golden Bridge in Santa Monica (Part 2)

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji discuss how to live life in a more conscious way. When we live consciously, we then live mindfully. In that mindful living, there is no fear. In this world of ours a lot of things are going on, but we should not forget that spirituality is not only here for practices such as meditation, it is also to provide us with inner peace and we all have it in us. That peace is so important because if we are in peace, then we will manifest peace...

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Sep 29 2016

How to Live Life Consciously at Golden Bridge in Santa Monica (Part 1)

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji advise us how to live in the truth of who we are. In Indian culture they say that the core of who you are is pure, perfect and divine. Yet most of us don’t live like, we suffer. This is due to the ignorance- that is due to forgetting who we are and our identification with the body. Pujya Swamiji also reminds us of how we as individuals, by the power of our thoughts and mantras, can make a difference in the world. Remember you spread...

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