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Sep 23 2019

“Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Faith leaders can play a big role in building a clean and healthy India”, First Post

This article was published in First Post, here. Our spiritual traditions enjoin us to remember our interconnectedness with the world. They exhort us to not only worship the Creator but also to protect, preserve and serve creation. When we meditate, we experience true oneness with God and with the entire universe, but we must then bring that meditation into action because true meditation leads to a vast change in the way we act and live. People turn to their religious leaders for guidance and direction in their lives for the criteria...

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Sep 03 2019

“Become the peace you seek”, LifePositive

To commemorate the International Day of Peace on the 21st of September, HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji discusses the true meaning of peace and ways through which it can be achieved To truly work and plan for peace, we have to want it. This is not as easy or as obvious as it may sound. I believe that 100 per cent of the people in the world would say they want peace. Yet, ironically, our world is being violently battered. How can we all want peace and yet perpetrate war? The answer...

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Apr 12 2019

“Plan For Peace, Get Ready to Sacrifice”, The Speaking Tree

This article was originally published in The Speaking Tree, here. To truly work and plan for peace, we have to want it. This is not as easy or obvious as it may sound. If you ask every single person today whether he wants peace in the world, I believe that 100% of the people polled would say ‘yes’.Yet, ironically, our world is being violently battered. How can we all want peace and yet perpetrate war? The answer is that we want peace, but only if it comes in the specific ‘peace-package’ that...

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Nov 18 2018

“Farm Waste To Reduce Pollution”, The Speaking Tree

Clean, breathable air is not a luxury; it’s a basic human right, says SWAMI CHIDANAND SARASWATI, suggesting that we turn agricultural waste into anaerobic boards to improve air quality This article was originally published on The Speaking Tree, here. This year Deepavali turned bleak and smoggy in Delhi. Instead of brightly burning oil lamps lighting the night sky, the sky was dark with poisonous haze. News of hazardous and toxic air quality made headlines. The effects of firecrackers and burning agricultural waste from the recent harvest have turned the nation’s capital into a gas...

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Oct 26 2018

“Desires that impel us to remain unsatisfied”, The Times of India

This article was published in The Times of India, here. By Swami Chidanand Saraswati Many years ago, before the severe violence in Jammu & Kashmir, we travelled to Kashmir to spend a few days meditating on the Dal Lake. All the members of our group enjoyed themselves so much that we delayed our departure date and remained there for one month instead of a few days as was planned earlier. Each week we would postpone our departure from that heavenly, pristine, glorious environment. “Just one more week,” the devotees would cry, so...

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Sep 14 2018

Unconditional Forgiveness Is The Answer

This article was published in The Speaking Tree, here. Forgiveness means that we must release the pain, anger, and grudges that suffocate us, wrenching out our life force.  Forgiveness allows us to breathe, live, and love freely. When someone hurts us – knowingly or unknowingly, purposely or accidentally – we have three ways of dealing with that hurt. Expression: We can express our anger, hurt and pain if we can do so calmly, articulately, peacefully, and in a productive way.  But, typically, the expression of anger quickly degenerates into shouting, tantrums, and revenge. ...

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Aug 26 2018

Raksha Bandhan: A Festival of Love, Affection and Protection

The holiday of Rakhsha Bandhan, or Rakhi, is a celebration of the bond of love and the bond of family. On this day, sisters tie sacred threads around their brothers’ wrists, symbolizing their love and affection. In return, the brother promises to protect his sister and to always be there for her. Rakhsha means protection or security and bandhan means a bond or relation. Thus, Rakhsha Bandhan symbolizes the bond of security and protection between brothers and sisters. Indian Culture – the world is one family However, on Rakhi, the brothers and...

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Aug 10 2018

“GPS Mantra: Faith In God’s Perfect System”

Published in The Times of India, 10 August 2018 Three men sitting under a tree were talking about God.  One man said, "I don't believe that God is perfect.  In fact, there are so many things that an ordinary, reasonable man would be able to plan better than God.  For example, look at the pumpkin patch where hundreds of pumpkins are growing large and round.  But they are attached to tiny, thin vines that are collapsing under their weight, and hence are on the ground!" Another man agreed and pointed to the mangoes...

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