Berlin Yoga Festival: Pledge for all Rivers
Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji were chief guests for the opening keynote lectures at the 10th annual Berlin Yoga Festival, celebrated and hosted by Lernen in Bewegung e.V. at Cultural Park Kladow of Berlin, Germany from July 4th – 6th, bringing together more than 5,000 yoga seekers. Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji gave a special satsang, shared discourses and hosted question and answer sessions on living yoga, both on and off the mat. They are deeply committed to spreading the message and practice of living yoga in every day and every moment of life and being in peace and harmony with the Divine.
In honor of this great event, two of Pujya Swamiji’s books – Peace and Drops of Nectar – were translated lovingly into German by three of His German devotees and yoga teachers. These books were released at the Berlin Yoga Festival and provided for free to all of the participants at the festival
Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati invited all the participants to come and join at the upcoming International Yoga Festival at Parmarth in 1-7th March, 2015. Many of them have made plans to attend.
The annual International Yoga Festival (IYF) at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) every year during the first week of March has attracted and inspired the international community worldwide. Since its humble beginnings in 1999, the IYF has grown into an annual celebrations attended by hundreds of people from more than 50 countries, drawing together some of the greatest and most devoted instructors and yogis from every corner of the world. The light and love of this special Yoga celebration held in the lap of the Himalayas on the holy banks of Mother Ganga, with the blessings of Pujya Swamiji and the leadership of Sadhvi Bhagawatiji, has inspired people all over the world.
In addition to celebrating yoga in all forms at the Berlin Yoga Festival, Pujya Swamiji led a very special Ganga Aarti ceremony on the banks of the Havel River with all the participants of the Festival. Surrounded by the sounds of Parmarth Ganga Aarti, all the participants worshiped with beautiful lamps and aarti thalis. Pujya Swamiji has been the inspiration behind Ganga Aartis ceremony across India and around the world. (http://parmarth.com/
Following the Aarti, Sadhvi Bhagawati led a pledge for all the people to protect and preserve their water bodies wherever they live, and to help serve for Mother Ganga whenever their schedules permit for them to come to India. They pledged to come together and work for these and all rivers worldwide.
The French Emperor Napoleon is said to have called the Danube River the Queen of Europe and a lifeline for Germany. Similarly to the Ganga, the Danube River has been facing the same problems of lessened flow and increased pollution. Today, 19 countries are working together to save and protect the Danube River. Due to the treaty between 14 countries, the pollution has been significantly lessened. The Havel River, where Pujya Swamiji led the aarti, merges into the Danube much like the Yamuna flows into Mother Ganga. Following the model that saved the Danube River, people from all over India should come together in an agreement to work for a clean Ganga.
Join us today for next year’s International Yoga Festival (www.internationalyogafesti