Nama Dwaar newsletter – November 2011

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God Himself is Grateful!

It’s that time of the year again when people across the US gather together to thank God for his bounty: Thanksgiving Day! A happy time for gratitude, celebration and appreciation of all that God continues to do for us.
Showing gratitude to the Lord is vital for us. But have we ever realized that the reverse is also true?
Click here to read more…


Bharata Pradakshina-Uttar Pradesh

Kabirdas-The Saint who Transcended Boundaries

The message of Bhagavata Dharma—that the path to God has no boundaries—finds its vivid presence in the holiest of lands, Mother India. Many a saint lived his/her life exemplifying this great message and was a source of inspiration to the common man.
Saint Kabir was a Muslim who lived and preached Bhagavata Dharma and showed the world that the easiest and surest way to be in union with God was to chant His divine names.
Click here to read more about Sant Kabir…


Ganga in His Backyard

Sri Sridhara Ayyaval was a great Shiva bhakta who hailed from Karnataka but eventually moved to Tiruvisainallur in Tamil Nadu. He placed great importance on Nama sankirtan (chanting the Lord’s names) and exhorted people to chant the Holy Names of God.
There is an interesting incident that happened in the life of Sri Sridhara Ayyaval.
Click here to read about it.


For a Handful of Love-filled Flattened Rice…

Sudama was a close friend of Krishna. They studied together at Sage Sandeepani’s gurukulam. After their sojourn with their Guru, they parted. Years later, Krishna became the King of Dwaraka while Sudama lived a life of poverty but with intense devotion to Krishna. He could not forget his extraordinary friend even after many years.
Click here to read about Krishna and Sudama


Kids Quiz – Tulasi Trivia

“Tulasi Kalyanam” or “Tulasi Vivah” which commemorates the marriage of Tulasi Devi with the Lord is celebrated on Kaisika Dwadasi (also known as Uttana Dwadasi) in the month of Karthika. This year it fell on Nov 7, 2011. Let’s see how much you know about Tulasi Devi and this auspicious occasion.
Click here to test your knowledge


News of the month

His Holiness Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji’s 50th Jayanti (Oct 27, 2011) was celebrated in several cities across the US in a grand manner. Click each of the city names below to read the corresponding reports of the celebrations.
**Houston Namadwaar
**Atlanta, GA
**California Bay Area
**Chicago, IL
**Dallas, TX
**Milwaukee, WI
**Richmond, VA
**Seattle, WA


Upcoming Events

Houston Dec 26, 2011 to Jan 1, 2012: A Grand Nama Saptaha Utsav will be held at Houston Namadwaar in the presence of Pujya Poornimaji, disciple of HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji. All are welcome, including out-of-town attendees. Accommodation can be arranged.
For more information, call 281-402-6585 or email houston.god@godivinity.org

Seattle
Nov 19 – Gopa Kuteeram Shloka Competition
Dec – Sampradaya Camp
For more information the above Seattle events, email sampradayacamp@gmail.com


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