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Oct 16 2016

Breaking Bread: Faith and Food Forge the way to Zero Hunger

A bhandara (divine feast for all) happens almost everyday at Parmarth Niketan. However, on #WorldFoodDay here is how we are forging a faith-inspired path to Zero Hunger. Here are some highlights of how in coming together and eating together, on the holy banks of Mother Ganga, we are breaking not just bread but borders and boundaries of caste, colour, creed, race, religion and region. Inspired by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji these beautiful feasts (bhandaras) bring together saints and sanitation workers, professionals and pilgrims. In so doing, we are doing...

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Oct 01 2016

H H Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Address at Parliament of World’s Religions

H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Swamiji), President of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, one of India’s largest and most renowned interfaith spiritual institutions, addresses the Closing Plenary at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah which took place from October 15th-19th. ...

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Oct 01 2016

From Worship to WASH: Religious Leaders Come Together

""From Worship to WASH" Religious Leaders Come together in the name of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene" was presented at the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah from Oct. 15th-19th. Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) leaders from India, in cooperation with UNICEF India discuss the crucial shift amongst religious leaders on promoting sanitation through spirituality and faith - from worship to WASH. Presenters: H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni, Ven. Bhikku Sanghasena, Sadvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Maulana Luqman Tarapuri-a-Deobandi Alim, Shree Madhavpriyadas Swamiji, Imam Umer Ahmed...

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Sep 29 2016

How to Live Life Consciously at Golden Bridge in Santa Monica (Part 2)

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji discuss how to live life in a more conscious way. When we live consciously, we then live mindfully. In that mindful living, there is no fear. In this world of ours a lot of things are going on, but we should not forget that spirituality is not only here for practices such as meditation, it is also to provide us with inner peace and we all have it in us. That peace is so important because if we are in peace, then we will manifest peace...

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Sep 29 2016

How to Live Life Consciously at Golden Bridge in Santa Monica (Part 1)

Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji advise us how to live in the truth of who we are. In Indian culture they say that the core of who you are is pure, perfect and divine. Yet most of us don’t live like, we suffer. This is due to the ignorance- that is due to forgetting who we are and our identification with the body. Pujya Swamiji also reminds us of how we as individuals, by the power of our thoughts and mantras, can make a difference in the world. Remember you spread...

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Sep 09 2016

Selfless Service: Give more, want less

This article was published in The Speaking Tree, here. The key to removing the ‘want’ from our lives is to give more, serve more and sacrifice more. One of the most common Hindu rituals is a yagna fire.Devotees sit in a circle around the sacred fire and place offerings into the flames.With each offering, after each mantra, the priest chants, idam namamah. This means, ‘Not for me,but for You’.The purpose of this is to remind ourselves that everything is for God.We must offer every thought,every action,and every breath at His holy...

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Sep 06 2016

Having More and Being More

Pujya Swamiji teaches us about how we can be more than the baggage we hold in our lives. He says that people might buy material goods aiming to have more to fill the emptiness in their lives, but that never works. Having more isn't necessarily bad, but he encourages us to enjoy life. He encourages us to please God by realizing that it’s not you, but others who should be served. He also encourages us not to fall victim to desires that we lose peace and happiness. The truth of...

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Sep 04 2016

Staying Calm Amidst the Chaos/How to Live in Peace at Golden Bridge Yoga in New York, USA

Starting with a wonderful kirtan led by Shivali, prayers stunningly sung by Pujya Swamiji and a beautiful meditation led by Sadhvi Bhagawatji, they then lead a divine satsang at Golden Bridge Yoga in New York, USA. They discuss topics such as staying calm amidst the chaos, how to live in peace and with happiness, bringing love into our lives and the benefits of meditation....

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Sep 04 2016

Gaunts House Retreat – Satsang Part 12 – Meditation and Self Realisation

At their wonderful countryside retreat in Dorset, England, Pujya Swamiji & Sadhviji discusses whether we are able to experience the self after regular meditation practice and whether we should increase the length of meditation in order to reach self realisation. They discuss the power of meditation and use everyday comparisons to help demonstrate their messages....

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