Annual GOD USA Madhura Utsav and Srimad Bhagavata Mahotsava
Dec 21 to 27, 2014 was a joyous, blissful week in Houston with the Srimad Bhagavata Mahotsava and Grand Madhura Utsav held at Houston Namadwaar. Along with the numerous Houston devotees, over 100 devotees from across the USA came to Houston for this celebration – from Orlando, Richmond-VA, Raleigh-NC, Boston, New Hampshire, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, Austin, Bay Area-CA, Redding-CA and other cities.
Antima Smaranam – A Guru’s Greatest Gift
This series chronicles interesting 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, and are written by Dr. A. Bhagyanathan, personal secretary to Sri Swamiji.
In this issue – read about how a simple devotee received the greatest gift possible from her Guru.
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Thirumazhisai – Jagannatha Perumal
Madhura Geetam – Bharata Pradakshina
There are a number of ancient temples in and around the city of Chennai. This month we will visit Tirumazhisai, a suburb of Chennai. This place is known for Lord Jagannatha’s temple and is also the birthplace of Tirumazhisai Azhwar.
Story-Time: Beware of Flattery
Each one of us must be aware of our own limitations and strengths. Just as we ignore the criticism of people who are oblivious of our talents and virtues, we should also learn to disregard the comments of flatterers.
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Kid’s Quiz – Margazhi
Margazhi is an auspicious month that falls during Dec-Jan in the English calendar. Our scriptures say that spiritual activities performed during this month yields great fruit.
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Kid’s Contribution – Art by Purush, 11 yrs, Redding, CA
Nama Dwaar newsletter welcomes spirituality-related artwork, essay and poetry contributions by children and youth. Please email your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
News of the month (Nov-Dec 2014)
**Sri Ramanujamji’s Programs in Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and New York
– A mantra meditation workshop for the faculty at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX
– ‘Srimad Bhagavata Saptaham’ – 7 Day Katha in Fremont, CA
– ‘Anchoring Anger’ – Anger Management Workshop in Bay Area, CA
– A captivating discourse on ‘Gaining clarity and confidence in life – The teachings of Bhagavata Dharma’ in Aurora, IL
– Grand Madhura Utsav in Dallas, TX
– Discourse on ‘Sanatana Dharma For Our Growth’ in Rochester, NY
**More Event News
Vaikunta Ekadasi/New Year’s Eve Celebrations
- 7 AM Dec 31st – 7 AM Jan 1: 24-hours Mahamantra Sankirtan
- Call 1-830-446-3325 or email email@example.com for more info.
- 12 Noon Dec 31st – 12 noon Jan 1st: 24-hours Mahamantra Sankirtan
- Call 281-402-6585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Dec 31st – 7 PM to 12 AM: Mahamantra Sankirtan
- Call 804-306-8198 for more info.
LIVE New Year message for USA by Sri Ramanujamji via telecon
- Dec 31 Midnight CST
- Dial 605-475-4000 Passcode: 131581#
LIVE Webcast of HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji’s Annual Jan 1st Mass Prayer from India
- Webcast starts from 5:30 AM CST, Jan 1st
- Go to http://namadwaar.org/home.php for webcast link
- Will be attended live by thousands in Ambattur, Chennai, India and attended online by thousands more. Live telecast of this event will also be done at Houston Namadwaar from 5:30 AM CST.
- Email email@example.com for more info.
Annual Global Nama Relay
- Sat, Jan 3
- Mahamantra will be chanted for 24 hours across 20+ countries and 75+ cities around the world. In the USA, please contact your local GOD coordinator for the local chanting time.
At Namadwaar in Houston, Mahamantra will be chanted from 4 to 6 PM on Jan 3 (as part of this relay). We welcome everyone to join and pray for peace and harmony within our own selves and family, in the community, city, country and the entire world.
For more info about the Nama relay in the USA, contact: 1 (830) 4 GOD USA or firstname.lastname@example.org
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