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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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May 15 2018

From Temples to Toilets

Dusk dissolved into night as we drove. We were on the road to the holy town of Gangotri, driving in delicate spirals through the Himalayan hills. Below, the moon was already dancing across the waters of the Ganges. Ahead, a smattering of isolated villages– split apart by long stretches of nature– was illuminated only by our car lights. Suddenly, something moved, so quickly, from the bushes. It was a human form. Then appeared another one, just thirty seconds later. I asked the driver to stop the car. As my eyes adjusted, I...

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Feb 13 2018

Maha Shivratri Blessings from Pujya Swamiji

Dear Divine Souls, I hope that – by God’s grace – this finds you and all your loved ones in the best of health and happiness at this holy and sacred time of Maha Shivratri. There are many important messages and meanings to take into our hearts and our lives on this divine occasion. Here are just a few: Shiva as Divine Destroyer: In the trinity of the divine manifestation – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva) – Lord Shiva is the one who destroys or dissolves that which is old and impure, in...

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Jan 01 2018

New Year. New You. Be Green.

Pujya Swamiji’s Evergreen New Year’s Blessing Dear Divine Souls, At this beautiful time of New Year, as we say goodbye to 2017 and usher in 2018, let us pledge to give birth to a New Dream and inspire us to live green, more eco-friendly lives, in every moment and in every minute of our lives. This past year, it seems that each day when we see the news, it has been filled with the tragedy of violence, terrorism, polluted air and water, desiccated waterways, and soil contaminated by chemicals and toxins. We may feel...

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