The Protection Shield
A person was once given some sweet prasad (consecrated offering) in a bag. The man placed it in a corner, with the intention of eating it a little later. A few minutes later he turned to find a whole horde of little black ants marching towards the bag…
Pearls from the Ramayana — Humility, Thy Name is Sita Devi
Once when Ravana visited Sita Devi at Ashoka Vana to coax her to accede this wishes, out of infinite compassion, the Divine Mother said, “Oh Ravana! Lack of satsang is making you act thus. Unfortunate indeed! Do you think I am powerless? I could burn you to ashes in a split second, if Rama wished me to do so. But I don’t have his consent yet and so I spare you!”
Click here to read more about the greatness of Sita mata
Bharata Pradakshina – Uttarakhand
The divine soil of Bharat has been fertile with innumerable saints from time immemorial.
We find many saints born in one part of India but settled in a different place to propagate Bhagavata Dharma (path to God through singing His Names and listening to His stories). Yogi Ramsuratkumar was born in Varanasi but spent the rest of his adult life in Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. Similarly Hathiram Baba was born in Rajasthan but settled in Tirupati. One such saint was Swami Sivananda, who though born in Tamil Nadu, spent his sanyasa years in Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
Answers and Beyond…
Q: A person sits in solitude and does penance towards God. In what way is this beneficial to the world at large?
Kids’ Storytime – The Little One’s Genius
The scholar was shocked and depressed on hearing these harsh words of the king. He was at a loss! On reaching home, his granddaughter finding her grandpa in an unusually low spirit pestered him for the reason. The scholar too told her all that had happened at the king’s court.
Kids’ Quiz – Teacher Trivia
Sep 5 was celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India.
News of the month
GOD-Houston conducted Life and Soul Health Fair 2011, with free health screenings for those in the Greater Houston area. Click here to read the report and see pictures.
The 8-week long Gopa Kuteeram Summer Camp came to a close in Houston with a joyous Poornotsav celebration. Read the full report and see photos here.
GOD-Dallas group hosted a very successful booth at the annual Anand Bazaar in Dallas, TX that attracts crowds in the thousands.
The first Gopa Kuteeram children’s program in Bay Area, CA was conducted on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami. Read the report here.
A 4-day Krishna Janmashtami Utsav was held in Chicago, IL with events that included Nandotsav, Rukmini Kalyanam, Akhanda Nama sankirtan, discourses, kirtans and more. Read the full report here.
Grand Janmashtami celebrations with children’s programs and performances were also held in Holland, MI and in Seattle, WA.
Read the Michigan celebration report here
Sep 17, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM: GOD-Houston will conduct a Nama Sankirtan satsang with discourse (in English) and bhajans at Sree Venkateshwara Temple, Corpus Christi, TX
Sep 24-25: 2-day Madhura Utsav at Houston Namadwaar (3642 Bailey Ave, Manvel TX 77578) with Valmiki Ramayan parayanam, Divya Nama sankirtan, children’s programs and more.
Sep 10-Dec 17, 11 AM to 12 Noon every alternate Saturday: Gopa Kuteeram children’s program in Houston Namadwaar. Free but registration required. Ages 3-7 and 8-15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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