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Oct 21 2014

Diwali Blessings: Lighting Lamps, Becoming Light, & Welcoming the Divine

Dear Divine Souls, I hope that — by God’s Grace — this finds you in the best of health and happiness at this sacred and divine time of Diwali, the Festival of Light! From high in the sky, the beautifully burning lights of Diwali can be seen, illuminating the nation of India (and so many nations around the world where Indians live) in a kaleidoscopic symphony of colours. The lights of Diwali are viewable even by NASA satellite! Fascinatingly the division between countries, that which divides us — where one country ends...

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Oct 15 2014

Presentation of Encyclopedia to Pujya Sant Shri Morari Bapuji

On October 15th, Pujya Morari Bapuji came to Parmarth and after his beautiful discourse, where Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji presented him with the new international edition of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Pujya Bapuji had done the first katha in the Kumbha Mela to raise awareness for the Encyclopedia when it was just a divine vision.  [fbalbum url="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152325112125667.1073741866.726135666&type=1&l=c079f59b24"]...

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Oct 09 2014

Launch of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism at the Vigyan Bhawan

The evening of October 10th marked a historic moment in the cultural history of India: the launch of the International Edition of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism at a glorious function in Vigyan Bhavan, organized by India Heritage Research Foundation and Global Citizen Forum. The Chief Guest of the function was the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansariji; the Special Guest of Honour was Mananiya Dr. Mohan Bhagwatji. The program was also graced by the presence of numerous revered interfaith leaders, honourable cabinet ministers, distinguished dignitaries and celebrities...

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Oct 01 2014

Gandhi Jayanti: Join the Clean, Green and Serene Revolution

HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Swamiji), President of Parmarth Niketan, Co-Founder of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and Founder of Ganga Action Parivar, has for the past decade, inspired the Clean, Green and Serene Initiative, organizing several large scale clean-ups and greening activities on major holidays and festivals. He has always consistently encouraged making every holiday, every festival and every day a green one. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti it was no different; having just returned from His trip abroad, He led a team of Parmarth Rishikumars, staff and...

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Sep 28 2014

Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pujya Swamiji Meet During historic first trip to the United States as PM

 Today, Madison Square became Modi-son Square.  What happened? India Happened. – Pujya Swamiji Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji had traveled to New York at the end of September for two major summits on Climate Change and faith leaders (read more on this on page 23). Serendipitously, Shri Narendra Modiji’s plan to visit the United States for the United Nations General Assembly Week was finalized and Pujya Swamiji was invited and requested to stay back in New York for the programs with Shri Narendra Modiji. Those programs included the famous Madison Square Garden...

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Sep 22 2014

Interfaith Climate Change Summits and Meetings in New York

On September 21st and 22nd, Pujya Swamiji took part in the Climate Change Summit organized by Dr. William Vendley, the head of Religions for Peace and Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, head of the World Council of Churches.  The summit was a small, select gathering of 30-35 top religious leaders of the world’s religions from many countries.  The first aim of the summit was to sign a declaration to be handed to Ban-ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, on the stance of faith leaders regarding Climate Change. Pujya Swamiji...

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Sep 21 2014

India’s Diverse Spiritual Traditions with H.H. the Dala Lamaji

From the 20-21st of September, HH the Dalai Lamaji invited hundreds of spiritual and religious leaders for a two-day ‘Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India.’ The interfaith dialogue discussed the promotion of human values with a secular, inclusive and innovative approach as well as suggestions to foster inter-religious harmony. On the occasion HH the Dalai Lama personally welcomed and addressed the participants. HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh), Founder of Ganga Action Parivar and the Co-founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, was warmly welcomed as a...

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Sep 20 2014

Inter-Religious Understanding and Human Values

Pujya Swamiji speaking at India’s Diverse Spiritual Traditions with H.H. the Dala Lamaji ॐ असतोमा सदगमय, तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गामय, मृत्योर्मामृतं गामय । ओं शांति, शांति, शांतिः ॥ Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya, Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya, Mrityor-Maa Amritam Gamaya| Om Shanti, Shanti, Shaantih || Most revered His Holiness the Dalai Lama ji, all of the most revered spiritual leaders, distinguished scholars, my sisters and brothers. A new history is being created today. This was a dream of our Param-Pawan Dalai Lama ji. Whenever we met, he always said we have to bring these spiritual leaders together....

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Sep 18 2014

World Alliance of Religions in Seoul, South Korea

A message of peace, unity and oneness resounded in Seoul, South Korea when over 120 interfaith leaders joined together with ambassadors and representatives of over 24 countries for the World Alliance of Religions to sign a petition for peace and pledge their commitment to serve together for world peace. Over three hundred thousand participants gathered together in South Korea’s capital from over 50 countries, a majority of them from the International Youth Association as well as International Women’s Association. Representing India, HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh),...

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