Nama Dwaar newsletter – April 2014

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The Magnanimous Mahabali

Learnings from Srimad Bhagavatam

Lord and MahabaliKing Mahabali was truthful, steadfast, and charitable; he revered his Guru, protected the brahmanas and above all, had unpretentious love towards Bhagavan. Mahabali was devout like his grandfather Prahlada, steadfast like his father Virochana, but (his only shortcoming) egoistic like his great grandfather Hiranyakashipu. Let us see how the Lord bestowed His grace on His devotee…
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Lord Krishna and Lord Hanuman

Cherished Memoirs

Sundara AnjaneyaThis series chronicles sweet experiences recounted by the devotees of HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji as well as certain divine experiences of Sri Swamiji himself. These articles are translations from the series “Madhuramaana Mahaneeyar” that is published every month in Madhuramurali Tamil monthly magazine, in India.
In this issue – read how Sri Swamiji witnessed the divine presence of Sri Sundara Hanuman in a temple in Bangalore.
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Brindavan

Madhura Geetam – Bharata Pradakshina

BrindavanHoly Brindavan is a place where God Himself – as Lord Sri Krishna – walked in the garb of a cowherd, thousands of years ago. Unlike most other pilgrimage places in India where it is a particular temple or a deity that makes the site hallowed, the very earth of Brindavan is sacred because the Lord’s feet have touched every little spot of this holy land. Here is one of Sri Swamiji’s kirtans where he asks for constant stay in Brindavan…
Click here to read about Brindavan and the kirtan.


The Dog and the Beggar

Story Time

Once a hungry beggar was walking on the streets of Ayodhya. Along came a dog silently trotting with him, matching his gait. “A hungry man is an angry man” it is said; the beggar who had a stick, struck the dog. The dog writhed in pain and went to seek justice at Sri Rama’s judicial court. What was the verdict?
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Ramayana Part – 2

Crossword

Starting from March 31, 2014, Ramayana was recited/read for nine days at several temples and holy places around the world, culminating in the auspicious Rama Navami (birthday of Sri Rama) on April 8, 2014.
In commemoration of this auspicious time of the year, we have a two-part Ramayana trivia for you in our March and April issues.
Click here to work on a crossword puzzle this month.


News of the month

Traditional Treasures Workshop in Chicago, IL
** An exclusive spring workshop on Traditional Treasures for youth and adults was conducted by Chicago GOD Chapter on Saturday April 5, from 10AM through 1PM at the Schamburg Public Library. Read the report here.

Sri Rama Navami Celebration by Gopa Kuteeram kids, Chicago-IL
**Sri Rama Navami was celebrated across 2 weekends by the Gopa Kuteeram kids in Chicago enthusiastically. Click here to read the report.

Sri Rama Navami Celebration in Minneapolis, MN
**Sri Rama Navami was celebrated by Minneapolis GOD chapter in a very great manner on April 6th. Click here to read the report.

Sri Rama Navami Celebration in Richmond, VA
**Sri Rama Navami special satsang was celebrated on Saturday, April 5th with Akanda Nama and divyanama kirtan. Click here to read the report.

Mahamantra Writing Contest Across USA
**Close to 100 children of all ages participated in a Rama Navami special Mahamantra writing contest across the USA. Over a span of a few weeks, the enthusiastic children wrote hundreds of Mahamantras. Below are the names of the top writers in different age groups. To see the complete list of children who participated, click here.

Name, Location, Mahamantra Count
Below 4 years
Trisha, Chicago – 13
Srihitha, Atlanta – 11
Sanjith, Michigan – 8

4 – 5 years
Sidhu, Boston – 252
Tarun, Houston – 108

6 – 7 years
Asha, Chicago – 300
Eshwar, Michigan – 240

8 – 10 years
Abirup, Michigan – 600
Arjun, Dallas – 600
Hrishikesh, Dallas – 600
Milit, Michigan – 600
Nithish, Houston – 600
Nithya, Houston – 600

11 – 14 years
Akila, Dallas – 800
Devi Sabari, Dallas – 340


Upcoming Events

HOUSTON, TX – GOPA KUTEERAM YEAR-END PERFORMANCE
**Namadwaar & Cypress locations, April 26.
Contact: 281-303-5828, houston.god@godivinity.org

SAN JOSE, CA – GOPA KUTEERAM SPRING RECITAL
**Evergreen Library Community center, April 27, 3:00 PM
Contact: 408-431-5688

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – RADHE.. RADHE.. Dance Ballet
**The Southern Theater, June 8, 3:30 PM
Buy tickets at radheradhe.brownpapertickets.com
Visit the Facebook event page here.
Contact: minneapolis.god@godivinity.org

HOUSTON, TX – Gopa Kuteeram Summer Camps @ Pearland and Cypress
**Cypress Gopa Kuteeram Camp – “Ramayana Namayana” – Ages 8 to 12 – June 13-15
**Pearland Li’l Gopas Elementary Kids Camp – “Diverse India, Colorful India” – June 20-22.
**Pearland “Why-5” Young Thinkers Camp – High School/Junior-High/Middle School Youth – July (Dates will be announced soon!)
Contact: houston.god@godivinity.org


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