Faith and Nama – Cure For All Miseries
Excerpts from Sri Swamiji’s extremely inspiring Mass Prayer talk on Jan 1, 2016 at Madurai.
I often ask a standard question to people from different walks of life. “What will you do in times of crisis?” The common answer I receive is that they will visit an astrologer and perform the required remedial measures. There are others who blame fate for these bad times and get depressed. To my surprise, not one of them say that they will pray to God.
Prayer is such a beautiful thing and we have forgotten this beautiful concept. Where the prayer is intense, there God’s presence is felt.
Cherished Memoirs 32
How Sri Swamiji’s Mass Prayers Began
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.
Sri Swamiji’s Mass Prayers inspire simple, sincere and powerful prayer through the Mahamantra. In this article, Dr. Bhagyanathanji (Sri Swamiji’s personal secretary) shares how Sri Swamiji was inspired to organize such mass prayers.
Madhura Geetam – Prayer Series: 6
Surrender through Prayer
In this series, we present, each month, a prayer kirtan composed by His Holiness Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji. These kirtans underline the importance of prayers and beautifully show us how we should pray.
Surrendering to the Lord, although it seems easy, is in fact, very difficult to practice. It is only through ‘His Grace’ that we can completely surrender.
This month we present a song of Sri Swamiji, “Thiruvadi Thamarayai”, in Aberi Raga, in which he seeks refuge under the Lotus Feet of the Lord and pleads with Him to bestow the spirit of surrender.
Young Reader’s Contribution
The Story of Parikshit
Srimad Bhagavatam was narrated by Sage Shuka to King Parikshith. Who was Parikshith? Why did he hear the stories of the Lord from Sri Shuka? Young Madhura Sriram from Houston, TX narrates to us the story of King Parikshith.
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Quiz Time – Paarkadal
There are 108 Divya Desams – temples/abodes of Lord Narayana that have been sung by the Azhwars. Of these, 106 are on this earth, while two are beyond this world. Those two are ThiruPaarkadal or Paarkadal (the Ocean of Milk) and Paramapadam (Vaikunta). Take this quiz to learn more about these, the Divya Desams and the Azhwars. Click here to take the quiz.
News of the months Dec 2015 & Jan 2016
Sri Ramanujam ji’s Satsangs across US
Srimad Bhagavata Saptaham in Bay Area, CA
**Srimad Bhagavata Saptaham was celebrated in a grandeur by the Bay Area GOD chapter from Dec 9 – 15 with Sri Ramanujamji. Click here for the detailed report
Krishnanubhavam, A music & dance ensemble at Bay Area, CA
** Global Organization For Divinity, presented a fundraiser event, Krishnanubhavam, a music dance ensemble for the support of important social and spiritual causes through Sri Sandeepani Gurukulam Trust on Sunday, 13th December 2015 at the CET-SOTO theater in San Jose California… Click here for the detailed report
Workshop at Lawrence & Berkeley Labs. at Bay Area, CA
** The Scientific Networking Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s(LBNL) invited Mr M K Ramanujam to conduct a 2 hour workshop on “Harmonious Communication for Effective Conflict Management” on December 10, 2015. Click here for the detailed report
Madhura Utsav in Namadwaar Houston, TX
** The eighth annual Namadwaar Madhura Utsav and Srimad Bhagavata Katha was celebrated joyfully by devotees from Houston and all around the USA from December 18 to 27, 2015. Click here for the detailed report
Mantra Meditation at MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX
** On Thursday December 17 2015, at the Main Hospital Building of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Mr. Ramanujam – Lead Speaker of LTSFA, led a meditation session addressing a distinguished and diverse group. Click here for the detailed report
Anger Management workshop in Houston, TX
** On Friday,December 18th 2015, 2015, 15 people assembled at the New Life Plaza in Houston, TX to gain better understanding on one of the most fundamental yet one of the most complicated and potentially harmful emotion – anger. Click here for the detailed report
‘Purpose of Anger’ – A Workshop in Seattle, WA
** On Sunday, December 6th 2015, at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse, Sri Ramanujamji lead a “Purpose of Anger” workshop from 2PM to 4PM. Click here for the detailed report
Other News Events
2016 Global Nama Relay
** For the 5th consecutive year, thousands of devotees carried forward the beacon of Mahamantra around the world, beginning from New Zealand in the East to Seattle and California in the West over a 24 hour period from Saturday, January 2nd 2016 to Sunday, January 3rd 2016. Several cities in the USA participated in this Relay. Click here for the detailed report
New Year Celebrations in Richmond, VA
** By the divine grace of Sri Swamiji and Madhuri Sakhi sametha Sri Premika Varadhan, Virginia GOD satsang celebrated year end satsang from Dec 31st 2015 through Jan 2nd 2016. Click here for the detailed report
Sri Hanumath Jayanthi Celebrations and Sri Andal Kalyanam in Richmond,VA
**Virgina GOD satsang celebrated “Sri Hanumath Jayanti” from Friday, January 8th – Sunday, January 10th, through “Sri Sundara Kanda Parayanam”(Recital of Slokas from Valmiki Ramayana) at various devotees residences.
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New Year Satsang in Orlando, FL
** On Dec 31st, Orlando GOD Chapter conducted a 4 hour Akandanama chanting from 8am-12pm at the residence of Sri.Nagarajanji and Smt.Ranjaniji. Click here for the detailed report
Radha Kalyanam in Atlanta, GA
** A grand Radha Kalyana Mahotsav was conducted in Atlanta on Saturday, January 2nd 2016 at the residence of Sri.Kishore and Mrs.Jeya Kishore. Click here for the detailed report
New Year Celebrations in Atlanta, GA
** GOD chapter of Atlanta began the New Year 2016 with satsang on Friday, January 1st 2016. Close to 50 devotees took part in the divine celebrations. Click here for the detailed report
New Year Celebrations in Seattle, WA
** Seattle GOD satsang was blessed to ring in the new year with two satsangs.
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New Year Special Satsangs in Bay Area, CA
** By the immense grace of Sri Swamiji, Bay Area GOD Chapter commemorated New Year 2016 with an AkandaNama Sankirtan on Friday, January 1st 2016 from 7am-7pm at the residence of Sri.Srinivasamurthy G.B and Smt.Ramya Srinivasan in San Jose. Click here for the detailed report
Namadwaar Houston, TX :- 48 – Day Prayer Nama Chanting at different homes. Feb 4th to Mar 22nd. Click here for details and to sign up. Call 281-402-6585 for more information.
Bay Area, CA – Feb 6, 7am-7pm Akhanda Namasankirtan in Fremont, CA. Contact 408-431-5688
Redding, CA – Feb 10-16, Srimad Bhagavata Saptaham and Madhura Utsav. Contact 530-222-2326.
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