Celebrating the availability of Appaji’s books to all Datta devotees via Kindle Apps

Jaya Guru Datta!

Today like every other day is a blessed day! We can all agree that we are infinitely blessed! All that His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, our Sadguru, our Appaji does for us and for all humanity is immeasurable and He is Avadhoota!  He is Nada Brahma and is always there for us!  He is Sachchidananda (the manifestation of Truth, Knowledge and Bliss). Today holds greater significance as it is the day when Appaji arrives in Trinidad and it is a day many of us have been looking forward to! 

The focus of this post is somewhat different as it shows us another blessing Appaji has given to us! On this occasion I am very happy to be able to share the gift of reading with all Datta devotees the world over as you will be quite pleased to know some of Appaji’s books are available in Kindle Editions so you can purchase Appaji’s books and download them via Kindle Apps. Together, let us celebrate the gift of reading for all Datta devotees via Kindle Apps!

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Finding Appaji’s books on Amazon in Kindle Edition is a priceless discovery and certainly a treasure and a blessing! I could not wait to share this with you! I was absolutely excited and delighted when I found four (4) of Appaji’s books on Amazon Kindle. I found them yesterday and wanted to ensure that I could share them with you today.

 

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41Y-YNY65PLThe good news is each of these books can be downloaded to a kindle device or kindle app and you can purchase them. Here are the links you can use to embrace Appaji’s books:

·         https://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Absolute-Ganapathy-Sachchidananda-Swamiji-ebook/dp/B075WW53PL/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1531830 (long link) or  https://www.amazon.com/ /dp/B075WW53PL/ (short link)

·         https://www.amazon.com/Elixir-Received-Collection-Discourses-Sachchidananda-ebook/dp/B079VV6SFW/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1531830693&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=swami+ganapathy+the+elixir+of+life (long link) or https://www.amazon.com/ dp/B079VV6SFW/ (short link)

·         https://www.amazon.com/100-Stories-Indian-Heritage-Sachchidananda-ebook/dp/B01LYWQ4FU/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1531830792&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=swami+ganapathy+100+stories (long link) or https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYWQ4FU/ (short link) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AWD0PXW/?coliid=I24MW57SCSZQYT&colid=1R9L3ZZRMPSIZ&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it (long link) or  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AWD0PXW/ (short link)

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The following pieces of information are very important to take note of as they will certainly help.

1.       Each book can be given as a gift so that you can spread Appaji’s teachings and messages with others.

2.      You can download a sample of each book if you do not have funds at this time to purchase them.

3.      You can add each book to a Wish List so that you can find them easily when you can purchase them.

As mentioned in my previous post you do not need a Kindle to read a book that is available in Kindle Edition. Of course having one may be a source of comfort to you but there are several free ways in which you can download Free Apps to read your Kindle Books.

Allow me to clarify one thing: Many people misunderstand what a Kindle is!

What is a Kindle?

A Kindle is a small hand held electronic device for reading books which has been developed by online retailer Amazon. (Source: https://www.digitalunite.com>guides)

As mentioned having a Kindle is not the only way to download a book in Kindle edition. What you can do is download the free Kindle App  

1.       From Android from Google Playstore at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle

2.      From Amazon for PC or Mac, Android or IOS at https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp

3.      From the Apple Store at https://itunes.apple.com/tt/app/kindle/id302584613?mt=8

Further to this you can download the App to more than one device (for example, a mobile phone and a laptop or a laptop and a desktop)

What’s more is that if you live in Trinidad and Tobago when you purchase a Kindle book you don’t incur any charges for online shopping. 

I am happy that I could share this good news with you and I invite you to share it with others! In closing I leave you with Appaji’s itinerary for His visit to Trinidad! 

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 We are indeed blessed to have Appaji here for Guru Purnima and can all agree that we all have a lot to look forward to!

Sri Guru Datta!

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Celebrating the Gift of Reading (Kindle-not a must for Kindle Books but Kindle Apps help!)

Believe it or not you have read the title of this blog post correctly!

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Photo courtesy: https://techforluddites.com/kindle-apps/

You do not need a Kindle to read a book that is available in Kindle Edition. Of course having one may be a source of comfort to you but there are several free ways in which you can download Free Apps to read your Kindle Books.

Allow me to clarify one thing: Many people misunderstand what a Kindle is!

What is a Kindle?

A Kindle is a small hand held electronic device for reading books which has been developed by online retailer Amazon. (Source: https://www.digitalunite.com>guides)

As mentioned having a Kindle is not the only way to download a book in Kindle edition. What you can do is download the free Kindle App  

1.       From Android from Google Playstore at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle

2.      From Amazon for PC or Mac, Android or iOS at https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/kcp

3.      From the Apple Store at https://itunes.apple.com/tt/app/kindle/id302584613?mt=8 

Further to this you can download the App to more than one device (for example,  a mobile  phone and a laptop or a laptop and a desktop)

What’s more is that if you live in Trinidad and Tobago when you purchase a Kindle book you don’t incur any charges for online shopping. 

If we can all agree that children born in this current generation are born in an age of technology and they live in an age where they are surrounded by it wherever they go, one way of steering them in the right direction is to give them the gift of reading.

Reading gives us knowledge and knowledge empowers us. Now not everything is worth reading but like I have said repeatedly, “To be a writer is a blessing. Similarly to be able to read is a gift.” 

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A quote on what writing and reading mean to me

What’s more is do you know how many kindle books you can get for free on a daily basis and all you need to do is to search for ‘free kindle books’?

How can you do this?

Go on Amazon and in the search bar type in:

“free kindle books”

“free kindle books for children”

“free kindle books for kids”

For example this is the result of a search for free kindle books for kids today:

·         https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078GDDZTM/

·         https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016W3IQVS/

·         https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G00MHFY

·         https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019VM2N02

·         https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PX6HXP6

I urge all parents to search for appropriate books for their kids. This was just a search for free kindle books for kids today but if you are in search of books for yourself or a friend or on a particular subject you can vary your search accordingly.

For example:

·         ‘free kindle cook books’

·         ‘free kindle books for meditation’

·         ‘free kindle books for diabetics’

In closing allow me to share this with you: #savethedate #freebookpromo #grabnsave
July 17th-July 19th my book Eternal Inspiration will be free. It is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C2B84QV

 

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Cover Design for my book Eternal Inspiration: The Power of Positive Thinking & Learning How You Can

Just remember buy it and download it to your Kindle App! Get it at $0.00 and download it to the free Kindle App which is available on Android and Apple Store or the free Kindle App for PC. Use the links above and enjoy the fact that you can purchase free books.

 

From me to you happy reading! 

 

 

 

Celebrating Knowledge: How can we help Persons with Disabilities? (Part 1)

The focus of my thesis for my BA Mass Communication at the Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Public Relations (KGSOJACS) at COSTAATT (College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago) was ‘The Accessibility of the Internet for persons living with disabilities in Trinidad and Tobago.’
This is a topic I opted to examine because it is a topic I am very passionate about. More so it is a topic that touched my heart then and a topic which continues to do so today.
I have been creating several means of helping persons with disabilities and I have faced several challenges along the way. Having seeing a recent post on Facebook stating, “Being differently abled and young is very challenging,” and this was later followed by a post stating, “We want to feel accepted like everyone else!”

My response to this is as follows:
Having met with several persons living with disabilities in Trinidad and Tobago I know a vast majority of them who face several challenges day in and day out. They do not deserve be unfairly treated or like they are unequal in any way. My modus operandi is to treat others as you would like to be treated and I believe that change comes from a conscious decision to want to change.
Of the people I worked with to get the findings of my thesis I found a group of highly educated and qualified persons living with disabilities. They didn’t have the best start or the easy life but they all have one thing in common: They refuse to give up!
To those who have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit I salute them for making that commitment.

The questions which we need to ask is how can each one of us help someone living with a disability? How can we make information more accessible to them? How can we do our part to enrich their quality of life? Here are 4 pointers:

  1.  Leave ALL Handicapped Parking Spots for persons who are Handicapped. They are called Handicapped Parking Spots for a reason.
  2. Elevators should be available in all buildings that have 2 floors or more. Imagine my horror on hearing that one of the guys who helped me with the findings of my thesis telling me of the unfortunate experience he endured for a job interview. He went for a job interview in a building that no elevators and his interview was being held on the 4th floor. Can you imagine what he went through? To help you understand it better I will shed some light on his dilemma. He lives with Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease (CMT), he has a lot of difficulty with his mobility and with the use of his hands but uses assistive technology to get by while he can as his condition has been deteriorating. Can you imagine the difficulty he faced in getting up the stairs? Can you imagine the embarrassment he faced on another occasion when he fell and people laughed at him? Surely we can all agree that none of this is right! For more information on CMT please visit: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/172056.php
  3.  Refrain from giving directions to someone who cannot see if you are unsure about the directions. It is really unfortunate that some people do this and create bigger problems as they person who cannot see may get lost and a predicament like can also result in placing that person in danger. The reality is that I have heard of too many incidents like this happening. Thankfully, many are relying on WAZE and Google Maps and both apps are proving to be quite helpful.
  4.  Use Word Documents as far as possible to post online memes, menus, flyers and advertisements or any document with text for that matter. Or just type them out if you choose not to provide them in word. Photographs cannot be read by any of the assistive technologies and the information provided within them cannot be communicated to someone who is visually impaired unless you are there to read it out to them. A popular screen reader most of them use is JAWS (Job Access with Speech) and these are some ways you can make photographs more accessible to them as visually impaired persons will not be able to understand what they contain:
  • Upload text as Word Documents
  • Provide captions which describe what the picture contains or what it is about

In closing I hope that this information is of help and put to good use! Let us continue to be good and let us continue to do good! A little goes a long way; it costs us nothing to be human! Change begins with a decision to change and making the effort to do so!
As mentioned above this is my first post regarding this topic and I look forward to sharing more information with you soon on how we can be of help to persons with disabilities.

Celebrating Appaji’s Birthday: Happy Birthday Sri Swamiji!

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On May 26, 2018 thousands around the world gathered at various Datta Centres to celebrate the 76th Birthday of His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji.

At Mysuru Ashram it was a week of activities and various ceremonies that were broadcasted to audiences the world over by Yoga Sangeeta, filled with priceless memories that we could all treasure. On May 26th His Holiness received His 9th Guinness World Record. This was for the unveiling of the world’s largest stamp (57.9 inches * 77 inches) which depicted the Vishwam Museum of Avadhoota Datta Peetham. 

 

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Photo Credit: Avadhoota Datta Peetham

 

Here in Trinidad there were birthday celebrations for Appaji at the Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre in Carapichaima, the Sri Sachchidananda Yoga Ashram in Penal and the Pranavananda Ashram located at Temple Street, Beaucarro Village, Carapichaima.

Having a Sadguru like Appaji is a true blessing. As I have said time and time again Appaji has done so much for us and He continues to do so day after day! I mean, can we really measure the number of blessings He has showered on us?

It is in every sense an infinite number of blessings that show His love for us all and His love for all humanity.

Appaji has given us:

1.       Datta Centres and Ashrams around the world

2.      Healing music and Kriya Yoga. He is Nada Brahma.

3.      SGS Posts and on a daily basis He has urged us to, “Be Good, Do Good.”

4.      So many apps we could download to our mobile phones and uplift ourselves spiritually 

5.      Countless opportunities to do Seva

He has:

6.      Embraced us all and He sees no class, no colour, no creed and no race

7.      Lived the life that He talks about through His messages. He is the epitome of Goodness, Purity, Truth, Knowledge and Bliss. Not once does He tell us to do something that He will not do.

8.     Blessed us infinitely with messages. Appaji’s messages are always there for us and they are always ours for the taking!

9.      Committed Himself to so many causes around the world.

10.    Composed  so many bhajans and He has shared them with us in so many ways

11.   Shared so many discourses with us and travelled to Centres and Ashrams around the world to take care of us!

Appaji gives so much to us and this is what we need to do:

1.       Receive His messages

2.      Put His messages into practice

3.      Adopt them as a way of life

4.      Be Good and Do Good

Now is this too much? No it certainly is not!

On the occasion of Appaji’s 76th Birthday I take this opportunity to celebrate our Sadguru by way of sharing these bhajans that have been composed by His Holiness with you.

Appaji thank you for all that You have done for us! We are forever grateful for the abundance of blessings You shower on us and continue to shower on us day after day! Please know that all Datta devotees in Trinidad are eagerly awaiting Your presence and to having You here for Guru Purnima!

 

Current Book Promo: Tasty Vegetarian Delights

Save! Save! Save!

That’s what this current book promo will allow you to do!

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67% off! Yes! You can get Tasty Vegetarian Delights for just 99c on Amazon from now to tonight at 11pm.
After 11pm tonight the price will be $1.99 till 11am on May 29! That will mean you will get a 34% discount off the original price!

Even after that it will be priced at just $2.99

What can you find in Tasty Vegetarian Delights? Apart from Vegetarian food you can find:

  • A mix of various cuisines: Indian, Mexican, Italian, Chinese
  • A combination of appetizers, main course dishes and a few drinks
  • Some dishes you can bring together as combination meals
  • Tasty vegetarian dishes you can enjoy preparing and having
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Photos of what your dishes will look like when you are done

 

Also have a look at this customer review: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079FHN8PM#customerReviews

Special thanks to Tamara Simon for buying the book and providing a review to let others know what she found in the book and how she found the information provided within it. The thing is that potential buyers can hear it from me but it always helps when they get a perspective from someone who bought it.

 

It is yours for the taking as always!

From me to you: Happy Shopping,  Happy Cooking and Happy Eating!
To get your copy today visit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079FHN8PM

 

Announcing My Author Page and Book Updates


30730037_1868677273424121_4630183188440809472_oHappy Thursday! Have you visited my Author Page or the links to any of my books?

Maybe you have and maybe you have not! Either way I hope that you can visit soon and that you might be able to share what I am about to share with you!

Please know that I am happy to share some very important information with you.

For starters you can visit my Author Page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRachaelAnnThomasJeremiah/. There you will be able to find the latest updates on my books and current promotions.

For example today my book Eternal Inspiration is priced at $0.99 and tomorrow it will be priced at $1.99. To purchase it today visit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C2B84QV

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More so, it is available on Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. What this means is that those with Kindle Unlimited can read at their leisure and those in KOLL can also access the book. 

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The good news is that Tasty Vegetarian Recipes which is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079FHN8PM is also available on Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

I hope that the pictures are of help to you! What they provide is some valuable insight into what my books contain!

From me to you as always, Happy Reading and Happy Living!

 

Book Release: Eternal Inspiration (The Power of Positive Thinking & Learning How You Can)

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This post is dedicated to the launch of my second book. Entitled “Eternal Inspiration: The Power of Positive Thinking and Learning How You Can” was published on Amazon on April 10th 2018. For all those who wish to purchase this book it can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C2B84QV

The even better news is that it is available for FREE for anyone enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

Some may ask the question what follows after ‘Learning How You Can’ and here is what it means,  “Learning How You Can ?”

  • Adapt positive thinking in your life
  • Become a positive thinker
  • Celebrate who you are and all that you have achieved
  • Dance to the Music
  • Enjoy life and all that it has to offer!
  • Fight back and be a survivor
  • Give yourself a fighting chance
  • Have Happy Days
  • Invite Positivity in Your Life
  • Join in the Fun
  • Keep it real but smile through it
  • Live and love life
  • Make the most of every moment
  • Notice the finer things in life
  • Open your heart and your mind
  • Put the past where it should be
  • Question things properly (scissors of life)
  • Relax and stop being so hard on yourself
  • Shatter the Illusion
  • Thank God for life and all its experiences
  • Use each day as if it were your last
  • Walk the journey and enjoy it
  • ‘X-ray’ the things you need to- one at a time
  • Yell when you need to but not as a habit
  • Zero in on what you need to do for you

From the very first word to the very last it is filled with positivity and positive messages that are directly from the heart, (my heart). All quotes that are not credited to others are original lines from me to each reader who invests the time to read it.

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Some things worth taking note of is:

• It contains a very special dedication to my parents- my Mr Ramchit Thomas (my Dad) & Mrs Doris Thomas (my Mom).
• The title, “Eternal Inspiration” was chosen by my husband Shiva Jeremiah.
• The cover was chosen to reflect all that the book contains- beauty, hope, serenity, life and positive energy.
• The book is meant to inspire, motivate, strengthen and heal.
• I value my gift as a writer and celebrate this as another chapter of my incredible journey.

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For my author page please visit: amazon.com/author/rachaelathomasjeremiah

Many thanks to all those on my Facebook page who are liking the post on this book, many thanks to those who are loving it and many thanks to those who are sharing it and those who are posting comments on it.  All many thanks to the Caribbean Writers who have been offering their congratulations!

As always, Happy Reading and Happy Living!