50 Years of a Life of Love
Our birthdays are celebrated within our circle of family and friends. Birthdays of leaders and politicians are celebrated by larger groups of people and by entire regions. The birthday of a motherland is celebrated by an entire nation. Festive days such as Deepavali and Navaratri are celebrated by millions of people, not just within a nation, but across the world. Special days such as New Year’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Valentine’s Day are celebrated universally by everyone in the whole world.
However, it is said that the “jayanti” or the day of birth of mahatmas and sadhus is cause for joyous celebration, not just in this world, but even in the higher realms and the heavens. Because it is only through them that humanity is truly uplifted.
On October 27 this year, as the Swati star is on the rise, we celebrate the 50th jayanti of our beloved Guru Maharaj, His Holiness Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji.
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A Season of Celebration
Fall brings color to the world. Trees everywhere turn golden, brown, red and yellow, making even mundane surroundings suddenly rich with beauty. Fall is also a season of celebrations across the world—right from fall festivals, Oktoberfest and Halloween in the West, to Navaratri/Dussehra and Diwali in India and Hindu households—that , in turn, make mundane days suddenly rich with life, laughter and joy.
Pearls from the Ramayana — A True Celibate
Periyazhwar becomes Hanuman himself when he speaks of a unique episode of intimacy between the Divine Couple. At Ashoka Vana, giving Lord Rama’s finger ring as a token of his identity as Rama’s messenger, Hanumanji narrates to the Divine Mother, this secretive episode as one shared with him by Lord Rama.
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Food for Thought
Some of the fishermen placed their hands on his stomach and chest, pressed hard and brought out the water that had gone into him. Mahaprabhu came down to this plane of consciousness, got up and walked away singing the Mahamantra!
But that was not really surprising. What was truly a miracle was that the fishermen who had touched Mahaprabhu now began to do Mahamantra kirtan!
Navaratri Quiz – Lakshmi Trivia
We just enjoyed the season of Navaratri, a celebration of the Divine Mother Goddess in all her different forms. We have already published trivia quizzes on Durga Devi and Saraswati in earlier issues. So here is a quiz on Lakshmi Devi, the third form of the Divine Mother.
News of the month
**A Nama sankirtan and Bhajan satsang was conducted at Sri Venkateshwara Temple in Corpus Christ, TX, by members of Houston GOD satsang. Click here to read the report and see pictures.
**13-year-old Muktha Nair from Houston GOD satsang performed a unique Hari Katha in English during the Navaratri celebrations at Houston’s Sri Meenakshi Temple. Read the full report and see photos here.
**Chicago GOD satsang conducted a Navaratri-themed monthly Gopa Kuteeram session last month. Read the report here.
**California Bay Area also conducted its monthly Gopa Kuteeram program at the Fremont Temple along the colorful theme of Navaratri. Read the report here.
Houston Oct 27-29 (Thu-Sat): Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji’s Jayanthi Celebrations in Houston Namadwaar
Oct 27 Thursday, 7 AM to 7 PM: Akhanda Mahamantra sankirtan followed by Sri Paduka Pooja
Oct 28 Friday, 6-8.30 PM: Mahamantra chanting, Madhura Gitam (singing Sri Swamiji’s kirtans), Pravachan on Guru Mahima
Oct 29, Saturday, 9 AM to 1 PM: Mahamantra chanting, Anna Daanam, Quiz contest for children, Discourse on Greatness of Sadguru
For more information, call 281-402-6585 or email email@example.com
Chicago Oct 29 – Akhanda Mahamantra sankirtan to celebrate Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji’s jayanti. For more info, call 630-851-8578
Milwaukee Oct 16, 8 AM to 2 PM: Satsang with Nama sankirtan, bhajans and discourse. For more info, call 262-264-5938
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