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Oct 18 2017

Diwali Blessings from Pujya Swamiji

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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Sep 29 2017

Blessings on Dusshera

Dear Divine Souls, I hope that – by God’s grace – this finds you all in the best of health and happiness at this holy time of Dusshera.   We have just completed the sacred nine days and nights of Navratri, the worship of the Divine Mother.  The day after Navratri (frequently referred to as the 10th day of Navratri) is Dusshera, which commemo­rates the day on which Bhagwan Rama vanquished the 10-headed “Demon King” Ravana, thereby rescuing his wife Sitaji who had been kidnapped by this egoistic and passion-filled ruler of...

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Sep 22 2017

Navratri – Worship of the Mother Goddess

The festival of Navratri is a glorious time of the year, filled with joy, celebration, and also with great lessons for our lives. Navratri means “nine nights.” This festival occurs twice a year, at the change from winter to summer in the Spring, and again at the change from summer to winter in the Autumn. The Autumn festival is celebrated from the first day to the ninth day of the bright half of Ashvina/Aswayuja (September-October), while the Spring Festival is celebrated in Chaitra (April – May). The two Navratri celebrations are...

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Aug 13 2017

Janmashtami Blessings

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 time of Janmasthami. Krishna Janmasthami is the celebration of the day that Bhagwan Krishna incarnated in human form upon the Earth. It is celebrated at midnight on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). The day is celebrated by worshipping Bhagwan Krishna, fasting and chanting devotional kirtan and bhajans until past midnight. The Bhagavad Gita says that whenever there...

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Jul 09 2017

Guru Purnima

Dear Divine Souls, I hope that — by God’s grace — this finds you and all of your families and loved ones in the best of health and happiness. It is the sacred time of the year in which we give thanks and offer our humble gratitude, love and devotion to our Gurus. What is a Guru? A Guru is one who removes our darkness. In Sanskrit, Gu means “darkness” and ru is”that which removes,” so a Guru is one who removes the darkness in our lives, who shines the light of...

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Jun 18 2017

Divine Insurance Company

This article was published in The Speaking Tree, here. In one question and- answer session, a woman asked me with tears in her eyes, “How do you overcome fear? I live my life so afraid all the time.The object of my fear changes as time passes, but the fear remains.” In my opinion, this omnipresent fear is the most insidious obstacle to our peace,happiness and progress in life.When I say fear, I don’t necessarily mean terror.Rather,I mean all that makes us anxious, nervous, tense and in need of controlling our surroundings.The...

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