Namadwaar Newsletter – December 2010

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They Spoke to the Lord in Song

December is music season in Chennai, India. Classical musicians and music enthusiasts gather there at this time every year to immerse themselves in an ocean of rhythm and melody, and to celebrate the music of India that has none other than the Supreme Being Itself as its source.

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Begging for Our Sins

A close aide of Swami Gnanananda Giri once asked him, “Swamiji, why are you taking the sins and sufferings of devotees and giving them punya (merits) in return?” With a smile, Swamiji answered, “We often see in streets men who come door to door to collect waste paper, bottles and other trash from each house, don’t we? The householders also collect the trash from their house at regular intervals and wait for the person to come and collect it. When the person shows up, both are happy. Read on…

Answers and beyond… December 2010

The Shastras say ‘Matru-devo bhava’ and ‘Pitru-devo bhava’. Some say “My parents don’t want me to practice spirituality and since the parents are the first Guru, then following their order is highest Dharma”. Furthermore, when one surrenders to a Guru, they may come across instructions from parents and other ‘revered’ people in society which may conflict with the orders of the Preceptor. How is one meant to deal with such situations to maintain harmony inside and outside? Read more…

The Birth and Message of the Bhagavad Gita

The Pandavas were very pious, brave, lived a righteous life and were adored by all. Above all they were ardent devotees of Lord Sri Krishna, who was their cousin, and hence had Him on their side. The Kauravas, who lacked all these qualities, envied the Pandavas and never wanted to let go of the throne of Hastinapura which was then ruled by their blind father, Dhritharashtra. Read on…

Kids Quiz – Gautama Buddha Trivia

December 8 is celebrated in some countries as the day that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. In commemoration of this day, let’s test your knowledge of Sri Gautama Buddha and Buddhism. Click here

News of the month

His Holiness Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji’s Jayanti was celebrated in a grand manner across different cities in the United States on the 6th of November, 2010. Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, and SFO Bay Area satsangs celebrated it. Nov 14th marked Gopashtami, a day of celebration for the Gopas. The Gopa Kuteeram centers in Boston, Chicago, Dallas and Houston Namadwaar each celebrated this event in different and colorful manner.

Upcoming Events

  • Seattle GOD Satsang conducts “Sampradaya: Indian Heritage Camp—Winter 2010” in the Seattle area from Dec 20-24, 2010.
  • Dallas GOD Satsang will host a 3-day satsang program from Dec 24-26, 2010 that will include Srimad Bhagavatam parayanam, bhajans, Nama sankirtan and discourses.
  • NAMA SAPTAHA UTSAV (the 3rd Annual G.O.D. USA Utsav) will be held at the Houston Namadwaar (3642 Bailey Ave, Manvel, TX 77578) from Dec 27, 2010 to Jan 2, 2011. Events include Srimad Bhagavatam Parayanam, Mahamantra Sankirtan, Discourses, Divya Nama sankirtan, Gopa Kuteeram children’s programs, a special New Year’s eve satsang, and more.

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