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Jan 19 2013

Green Pilgrimage Conference

On 19th January, His Excellency, Uttarakhand Governor, Dr. Aziz Qureshiji, Pujya Swamiji, distinguished Mayors and Government officials met to discuss ways to make the pathways of pilgrims as clean as the temple they pray in. In bringing together lauded officials from across India, this conference will enable the sharing of information and ideas about how India’s cities and pilgrimage places can become cleaner and greener. “If every mayor gives one solution, imagine, you’ll have 20 solutions. And when you go back, you have not only had a dip in the sangam, but...

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Jan 14 2013

Clean Up of Sangam’s Banks on Makar Sankranti

On January 14th we celebrated Makar Sankranti, a day marking the beginning of the Sun’s ascent into the Northern Hemisphere, as well as the official start to the Kumbh Mela. Before taking a sacred dip in Sangam’s waters, however, Pujya Swamiji declared “Let us first give a bath to Sangam before we take our own bath in Sangam!” Thus, devotees, pilgrims, and yogis joined together to clean trash and other waste from the banks of the Sangam. After thoroughly cleaning the banks of Sangam, removing pounds of plastic, polythene, leftover puja material...

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Nov 13 2012

Diwali Blessings

In celebration of this joyous Diwali occasion, one can see beautifully lit oil lamps and candles glowing in the darkness of night throughout India and wherever Indians have settled in the world. We line our homes, our rooms, our offices and our streets with brightly shining diyas. However, on this day we must not only light beautiful lamps in our homes and offices, but we must light the lamp in our hearts. The Divine Light Within Within each of us shines the Divine Light. The Divine Presence is not only everywhere outside of...

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Nov 04 2012

Pujya Swamiji’s 60th Janam Utsav Celebration

On November 3rd, 2012, Parmarth Niketan Ashram hosted a huge interfaith gathering in honor of Pujya Swamiji’s 60th Janam Utsav, with the top leaders of the world’s religions coming together in the name of Environmental Protection for World Peace. There were leaders of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism and Bahai from India and from across the world, joining together to discuss the crucial role that religious/ spiritual leaders need to play in protecting and preserving our environment. Revered religious/spiritual leaders, distinguished dignitaries and industrialists, politicians from both major parties...

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Nov 04 2012

Inaugurating Portable Sanitation Units

The world’s top Interfaith Leaders, DRDO and FICCI came together on 4 November, at the end of Pujya Swamiji’s 60th Birthday celebration, to inaugurate portable toilets, which will be used in key places of pilgrimage and festivals such as the Kumbh Mela, to keep our Ganga clean while also protecting safety, dignity and health of yatris. [fbalbum url="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.486774708011042.114070.195396983815484&type=1"]...

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Oct 15 2012

Honorable Governor, Ministers Inaugurate GAP Biodigester Toilet Project

On the 15th October, esteemed government leaders, scientists and sevaks gathered together to officially inaugurate the new eco-friendly, bio-digester toilets built at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh through the cooperation and hard work of DRDO, FICCI, and Ganga Action Parivar, of which Pujya Swamiji is the Founder and inspiration.  These toilets, which provide an environmentally-friendly and sustainable solution to the major sewage crisis India is facing, are the beginning of a partnership between these three entities which will help to bring eco-friendly toilets throughout the Ganga River Basin.  In the first...

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Oct 08 2012

The Essence of Spirituality: Service

Spirituality is the essence of life. It is the light that shines on our lives, illuminating our paths, bringing light to the darkness, joy to the sorrow, and meaning to the incomprehensible. And the essence of spirituality? The essence of spirituality is service. As one goes deeper and deeper on a spiritual path and as one gets closer and closer to Realization and Enlightenment, one realizes that the Divine resides in all. One begins to see God’s presence in every person, every animal, and every plant. The first line in the...

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Jul 29 2012

Pittsburgh Hindu Jain Temple – Swamiji 60th Birthday Celebration

On July 29th, there was a beautiful celebration at the Hindu Jain Temple in Pittsburgh in which Pujya Swamiji, who was the inspirer, guide and founder in the early 1980s of the temple, celebrated His 60th birthday year! The morning began with a few of the temple children leading Him on a shobha yatra up the steps of the temple and then a divine havan led by the temple priests. Many of the former temple presidents and chairmen, including three past presidents of AAPI (the Association of American Physicians from India), and...

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