Posted in Blessings from Appaji, Lotuses at His Holy Feet, Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji

Announcing Lotuses at His Holy Feet (Kindle Ed)

Jaya Guru Datta!

Yes, you have read the title correctly! This post is dedicated to announcing the Kindle publication of ‘Lotuses at His Holy Feet’. For those who are familiar with this book, it is a book of poetry that tells a story and it was written by Sheetal K Prasad, a Trinidadian by birth, who is an ardent devotee of His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji. In this book Uncle Sheetal refers to His Holiness as, “my MASTER, my Lord, my sole reason for being.”

Lotuses at His Holy Feet is non-fiction and it is a testimony of Uncle Sheetal’s experiences as well as his love for His Holiness, his love for JayaLakshmi Maa and his love for Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji who we affectionately call Sri Bala Swamiji. More so it is a testimony and celebration of the greatness of the divinity each represents meaning a celebration of the greatness of our Sadguru who is the epitome of Truth, Knowledge and Bliss, as Lord Dattatreya, as Nada Brahma, as our Saviour, as the Crowning Glory of the Universe as I often times refer to His Holiness, and it is a celebration of His Mother-the Divine Mother-, His Guru as well as a celebration of Sri Bala Swamiji- Junior Pontiff at Avadhoota Datta Peetham who exudes humility, compassion and divinity.

Book Cover of Uncle Sheetal’s book!

Those who know Uncle Sheetal would know of his sincerity, his humility and his immense talent as a singer and musician. His life and messages provide us with a lot to learn. He is well-known and well-loved!

When you click on the link please take the time to read the book’s description aptly reads:

As William Wordsworth once said, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”

The book description goes on to say, “The verses penned here are from Sheetal K Prasad, who is widely known for his love of music, more so his love of the bhajans of His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda. It is a compilation of poetry and represents an emotional outburst that shows the great joy experienced by the author. Here he acknowledges the omnipresence of his Master, His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji.

This is an invitation to join the poet on this journey he narrates and immerse yourself in the peace, tranquility and rush of emotions he experiences.”

This is an invitation I extend to you with more good news! Uncle Sheetal’s book is available in Kindle Edition on all Amazon Marketplaces and these are the links below:

Amazon SiteDirect Link
Amazon USAhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NXG1HMK
Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08NXG1HMK
Amazon Indiahttps://www.amazon.in/dp/B08NXG1HMK
Amazon Canadahttps://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08NXG1HMK
Amazon Denmarkhttps://www.amazon.de/dp/B08NXG1HMK
Amazon Francehttps://www.amazon.fr/dp/B08NXG1HMK
Amazon Spainhttps://www.amazon.es/dp/B08NXG1HMK
Amazon Italyhttps://www.amazon.it/dp/B08NXG1HMK
Amazon Japanhttps://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B08NXG1HMK
Amazon Netherlandshttps://www.amazon.nl/dp/B08NXG1HMKc
Amazon Brazilhttps://www.amazon.com.br/dp/B08NXG1HMK
Amazon Mexicohttps://www.amazon.com.mx/dp/B08NXG1HMK
Amazon Australiahttps://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08NXG1HMK

Even better, the awesome news doesn’t end here! You don’t need to have a Kindle to purchase the book! As I have mentioned time and time again you don’t need a Kindle device but you can click on the link that says, “Read with our Free App” that allows you to download the Free App and it can be read on your phone, laptop, tablet or desktop!

The beauty of having the book online is that all things considered having the book in Kindle format presents you with several benefits. Three (3) of the main reasons are as follows:

It is easily available by clicking on the link and making an online purchase, it doesn’t require physical storage space and considering the current situation we are faced with (the Covid-19 pandemic) having books in Kindle Edition means not having to travel physical distances to access books like this which will offer us peace of mind, tranquility and insight into the greatness of His Holiness, Jayalakshmi Maa and Sri BalaSwamiji.

As always I remind you that this is yours for the taking! Welcome the experience and enjoy the Kindle journey! Sri Guru Datta!

Posted in Being Prayerful, Celebrate Today, Celebrating Existence, Life, Love and Blessings

Celebrating Life’s Lessons!

In this post I am Celebrating Life’s Lessons! Regardless of how many times your brain may feel saturated, at some point something happens that shows you it isn’t but you have time to take in more. 

Quote by Rachael Ann Thomas-Jeremiah (Oct.4, 2020)


Every day is a new one and every day brings a new dawn. Let that be your hope that you are not alone! Your Master, whatever name He is called by, is always with you, guiding and protecting you. 

Every now and again it may happen and you might be flooded with something unexpected! Every now and again someone may show you something you lost sight of or something to snap you out of the illusion you have been living in. Many may think they have the right to judge but in truth and in fact they don’t. That is a fact that remains whether people want to hear it or not. 


Friendship and love should never be mixed with envy. Friendship and love should never be synonymous with being selfish. Friendship and love should never be negative. Friendship and love should never be toxic.


Always give yourself the best chance possible! Always learn not to expect anything from anyone but always focus on being you and focus on being the best you that there is! 
I made a decision a long time ago that giving up or quitting is not an option at least not for me. Those who know me would know why! Those who don’t can question it but they may never understand why. 


Like you I have had my fair share of experiences and I continue to have them day after day. Don’t let life break you and don’t let it trick you into living an illusion or getting entangled in one! Don’t let circumstances get the better of you! 


Being in pain doesn’t mean you are justified in causing someone else pain. Nothing justifies being jealous of someone so don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for what you have or what you deserve. 

Think of every cold shoulder you got, every harsh word you have received, every tear you shed and every ounce of pain you experienced! Thank God you did not let it define you! Thank God you are where you are and Thank God you are existing! 


After you do this I urge you to take the time to do the following:
1. Celebrate every challenge you have overcome!

2. Celebrate every time you have turned a frown upside down.

 3. Celebrate every negative you have walked away from.

4. Celebrate every negative you have turned into a positive. 

5. Celebrate every toxic situation you have walked away from. 

6. Celebrate the fact that you have removed every toxic person who is no longer in your life or you are in the process of doing exactly that. 

7. Celebrate every opportunity you have grabbed and made the most out of. 

8. Celebrate every genuine person who has become a part of your life. 

9. Celebrate every time you have done something for you.

10. Celebrate your growth.

11. Celebrate your strength! 

12. As you focus on your healing celebrate how far you have come on your journey.

13. Celebrate the success and happiness of others.

14. Celebrate every day you survived. 

15. Celebrate every today and every tomorrow you are yet to see. 

Posted in Life, Love and Blessings, Surviving Depression

Celebrating Clarity!

Life is what you make it! Well it certainly is!

Life presents us with so much and it can be a mix of so much- overwhelming, heart wrenching, confusing and complicated. But it can also bring reason and clarity!

An original SWS (Signature Writing Styles) Design and one of my quotes (Rachael Ann Thomas-Jeremiah)

Clarity can be as bright as daylight! Clarity can be as harsh as the coldness that hits your face in winter! Clarity can hit you like a ton of bricks! Clarity can knock you off your feet but you it is important that you stay grounded!

An original SWS (Signature Writing Styles) Design -my design-and one of my quotes (Rachael Ann Thomas-Jeremiah)

Sometimes you need to have a good laugh and sometimes you just need to get rid of the bottled up pain. Whichever it is do what is necessary!

Like many people I have had my fair share of experiences and I have learnt many valuable lessons:

  1. People will always think what they want. They may even call you names because they don’t know you or like you.
  2. You cannot force anyone to do anything. You can try to help others but only people who want your help will accept it.
  3. Be careful who you talk to! Talk to God knowing He always hears and He always answers.
  4. Never let yourself be disappointed! People will always do as they wish.
  5. Always focus on what you are sure about. Those are the things that will keep guiding you.
An original SWS (Signature Writing Styles) Design-my design- and one of my quotes (Rachael Ann Thomas-Jeremiah)

Reality presents us with so many harsh truths that sometimes they may feel hard to swallow but here are some useful things which should be of help:

  1. Always keep your focus. It’s easy to get distracted but keep your goal in sight and always work towards it.
  2. Never resort to treating people the way they treat you! Nothing good can come from that! Focus on being you and always being a better you! Let people deal with the karma they create.
  3. When you get clarity embrace it! Celebrate the things that didn’t work out and celebrate the toxic people that get removed from your life!
  4. Never give up on prayer. Let God be your comfort and your solace!
  5. Always look to each new day as a new dawn! Remember every moment matters!
  6. Always accept reality for what it is! Some circumstances cannot be changed and people need to want to change in order to effect change.
  7. Don’t allow yourself to be a pawn in anyone’s game. Let them keep playing their games and reap the rewards of their actions.
  8. If you ever feel alone don’t. Close your eyes and allow yourself to feel all that is good and also allow yourself space to remember that you are beautifully made and designed by the Master.
An original SWS (Signature Writing Styles) Design -my design- and one of my quotes (Rachael Ann Thomas-Jeremiah)

Be clear! Be firm! Be resolute! Be you and love yourself! Repeat!

#celebratelife #celebrateclarity #livelovelaugh

Posted in Celebrating Existence, Happiness, Life, Love and Blessings, Uncategorized

Announcing my Newsletter: Celebrating Existence!

Hi

Celebrating Life-Surviving Depression

Are you in need of interesting content?

Are you in need of reminders about why you should be celebrating existence?

Are you in search of positivity?

Are you in search of inspiration?

Are you in search of an avenue through which you can find out newsworthy information on several areas of interest?

Are you in search of a way to spread positivity?

Then you need to subscribe to my newsletter-Celebrating Existence!

It’s been in the making for so long and today I take this opportunity to invite you to subscribe to my Newsletter!

All you need to do is to click on this link:

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Posted in Celebrate Today, Education, Learning Opportunity, Life, Surviving Covid-19

Announcing my Online Classes: CSEC & Professional Development

Hi,

 
Have you been looking for alternatives to help you, your friends, children or other close loved ones access tuition online?
In the event that you are wondering why online options are better at this point, it is because of the very fact that Covid-19 has placed several challenges and restrictions around the world. These have created so many trying options that many have not expected.
Schools have been adjusted to the new ‘normal’, children have not been able to prepare for their exams- (at least not the way they want to) and parents have been put in a position to help them get their education and help them prepare (challenges like lack of finance, lack of facilities etc).
 
Rest assured that I am offering many great options. Those courses which I am presently providing are CSEC English, Mathematics, Conversational Spanish, POB, OA, Résumé Writing and Interview Preparation as well as Social Media: Effective Use & Management for Business. Bridging the Gap- Maximizing Website Accessibility is also being offered.  The first five (5) courses are available at a monthly price while the remaining three (3) are offered at a fixed price.
 
 
My online classes are available to persons from several Caribbean countries and surrounding countries namely Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda, Jamaica, Belize, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Suriname.
 
What benefits are in store for those who join my classes other than online tuition?
 
1. Videos on demand and ample notes
 
2. Opportunities for individual attention & personalized feedback
 
3. Lessons, assignments & quizzes that are easily accessible
 
4. Courses that are offered at great prices
 
5. An opportunity to benefit from discounted offers when provided
 
6. An opportunity that will help them realize that they should not give up
 
7. Having me as your Lecturer- means having someone who is dedicated, committed and passionate about teaching and helping others as well as a host of other benefits including my years of experience.
 
Here is your invitation to join me for any of my online classes!
 
I urge you to make full use of this opportunity and to share it with others! It is in every sense, yours for the taking!
 
I look forward to seeing you there and looking forward to working with each person who signs up. Here is a video I created regarding my English A Classes. Bear in mind it will also inform you of my overall dedication and provide some insight into who I am as an individual.
 
 

Please feel free to WhatsApp me on 1(868)359-3164 or to call on 1(868) 279-3507 and you can also email me at signaturewritingstyles@gmail.com

Posted in Life

Celebrating the life of Selwyn Joseph

Celebrating the life of Selwyn Joseph
In this post I celebrate the life of my neighbour Selwyn Joseph who died under very tragic circumstances on May 23rd, 2020. 


Many would remember that May 23, 2020 was the last day of fasting for the month of Ramadan. Those who knew Selwyn would know that just about two (2) years ago Selwyn converted to Islam so it means that at the time of his death he was fasting and he would have eagerly been looking forward to Eid celebrations the day after.

Unfortunately he didn’t live to celebrate Eid. May 23, 2020, instead became the day he died under very unfortunate circumstances. 


In the nearly six (6) years that I have been married to Shiva, I have grown to known Selwyn quite well. How would I describe him:


1. Selwyn has always been good to my family- always polite, always ready to help. One of the things I would miss is him passing by and calling out to us. I am sure based on who I knew him as being that he was also a good person to many people. 


2. Selwyn loved his family. That was obvious and his love for his wife and children unquestionable. One of the things many people are quite familiar with was him getting dressed to go to mosque and often times taking his eldest, Stephon with him. Sometimes he would also be seen taking his baby girl for an early morning walk. A sight many of us can recall is him with his family. Mere days before his tragic death he was walking by with his wife and children and their smiles were priceless. No one would expect that just a few days later their family would be shattered.


3. Selwyn was a good friend and he always looked out for those closest to him.  Those who knew him can attest to this. More so Selwyn stood up for what he believed in. 


4. Selwyn lived a very simple life. Selwyn was a serious-minded individual, who everyone knew as one who would look out for those around him. As a Muslim especially he was committed to fulfilling his duty and he spent a lot of his time in the Mosque. A lot of his life also reflected his commitment to Islam.


5. Selwyn was a very talented painter. This was his trade and when he did a job it would be one many would talk of because it was a job that was well done.


Much can be said about how a man lived but in my estimation this description speaks volumes. No man is without flaws but that a man can make a positive impact should be remembered and more so it should be celebrated.


True enough the last moments of a man’s life speaks volumes. The circumstances surrounding Selwyn’s death were without a doubt very tragic. His last moments were spent in prayer and calling the name of Allah. 


It has also left a sound reminder that man has not given life and as such should not take life. Further to this we should always treat people as we would like to be treated and we should always adhere to our values. 


Nobody deserves to be taken advantage of and more so no man should be attacked whether he is weak or in a weakened state. 
Selwyn’s passing has no doubt left a void. His wife has been rendered a single parent and his three (3) young kids now have to grow up without their father’s touch, his comfort and his general presence. 


Everyone who knew him has suffered a loss. In addition to his family (his wife, his children, his mom, his siblings, his neices, his nephews, his in-laws), his neighbours, his friends, his Muslim brothers and sisters have also suffered a loss. 


Though I know I cannot have this dialogue with him now I must say that I am grateful for all that he has done for my family and I can safely say that he will be missed by all who knew him. 


We pray that Selwyn has found peace. His life has been a lesson to us all. 
Selwyn Joseph may be physically gone but he will not be forgotten. 

Posted in Being Prayerful, Blessings from Appaji, Hanuman Jayanti

Celebrating Hanuman Jayanti 2020!

Jaya Guru Datta!

Om Namo Hanumate Namaha! Happy Hanuman Jayanti!

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For those who do not know,

“Karya” means wish or act. “Siddhi” means realizing. Therefore Karya Siddhi Hanuman is one who fulfills your wishes”.

Sri Karya Siddhi Hanuman stands majestically tall at the Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre in Carapichaima. His is the 85 ft Murti which is known by people the world over and it is the largest in the Western Hemisphere. He represents strength and He represents victory. He gives Protection, Courage and He is synonymous with friendship, loyalty, compassion, bravery, purity of mind, thought and action! On a day like today thousands would make their way to the Ashrama to make offerings, give thanks, do puja, chant and glorify His name. Today however is quite different.

Today would be a day steeped in history as Hanuman devotees cannot do so! Why? We, like so much more of the global human population, are forced to stay at home to protect ourselves, our families, our communities and others because of Covid-19, the global pandemic that continues to wreak havoc on humanity by its spread and increasing number of deaths. Added to that Tuesday being Lord Hanuman’s Day was celebrated as Lord Hanuman’s Day by most of the Western world.

As I am typing this I have stopped for a view minutes to take in the Facebook Live from His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji! I am blessed to witness Poornaphala, I am blessed to witness Homa and I have been able to see many devotees from Trinidad and around the world being blessed to experience the very same! I have also been blessed to see Lord Hanuman as He stands majestically tall from a beautiful vantage point at Sri Datta Venkateswara Temple. Priceless!

Today, in Celebrating Hanuman Jayanti, I also take this time to celebrate His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji – our dear Sadgurudeva, Appaji, Nada Brahma- and Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji- our dear Bala Swamiji! Both always take care of us. They always guide, They always share, They are always selfless and both show us sincerity, humility and all that is good and kind. They have made it possible for us to keep our focus in this very trying time of Covid-19 when so many are confined to their homes. If I may say, They have provided the oxygen to keep us going!

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Day after day we are given the opportunity to look at various lives from Mysore Ashrama. Appaji has given devotees an opportunity to guess the Bhajan that will be sung, day after day we are invited to participate in Puja, there is daily Kriya Yoga and this is in addition to all the other daily messages and activities to participate in.

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Photo Credit: Avadhoota Datta Peetham

How can we make this a true celebration?

  • Keep being good and doing good by being true to yourself and being your brother’s keeper
  • Chant Sri Hanuman Chalisa. Record your count and submit it on Avadhoota Datta Peetham. Do not just do this today but do it every day!
  • Chant Sri Hanumanji’s Mantras
  • Be thankful for life and for this lifeline we have been given
  • Make today count and let every day after bring added value!
  • Click on the links for each of the videos shared here and sing with Appaji
  • Use the Bhajan Mala App to learn the words for the Bhajans
  • Keep your focus
  • Keep praying and keep giving thanks

As we thank Lord Hanuman for all His blessings, let us also pray for the health of our dear Appaji- our Sadgurudeva- and our dear Sri Bala Swamiji. Appaji and Sri Bala Swamiji, thank You for all that You continue to do for us. Please accept our Humble Pranams and Prostations at both of Your Lotus Feet!

Posted in Being Prayerful, Celebrate Today, Life, Love and Blessings, Love You Daddy, Remembering Loved Ones

Celebrating Life and Our Loved Ones

This post is dedicated to celebrating our loved ones and in particular those who have passed on.

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In life you may see it as winning some and losing some but don’t see it as a race or a contest. See it as a journey with lessons that is meant to be lived to the fullest. Things may come unexpectedly and we can all agree that none of us is sure what tomorrow will bring.

Let us look at it like this: Life is a journey and on that journey there are many experiences. Just as people come into our lives so too we enter other people’s lives. Just as we make our entrances and exits so do they and the exits we make or they make are in preparation for a new chapter of the journey. Not all exits are the same and some are understandably harder than others.

The time we spend with each other gives us time to experience and to learn. In essence it gives us time to do good and to be good. It gives us time to learn, time to love, time to make the most of. It gives us time to celebrate the time we share, the opportunities we are given to learn from each other and to create memories while celebrating the opportunity those in our lives have given us to become better and do better.

This being said it is important to live each day as your last, make the most of each moment, do the things you need to do and give it the absolute best that you can. Life is uncertain and unpredictable if you want to call it such so get in the habit of making each moment matter.

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If you cannot for one reason or another (such as health or immobility) be thankful for all that you have and all that you have done and keep praying. Celebrate all that you are and all that you have accomplished. Take the time too to celebrate all your loved ones and all they have accomplished and all they stood for.

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Though we are taught to accept that when there is birth, death is inevitable, life’s journey may shake us in some unexpected ways. God, regardless of how we refer to Him, is caring, loving and forgiving. He nurtures, He protects and He guides so being angry with Him is not an option. Instead ask Him for courage and strength to deal with your loss. I know it is easier said than done but I maintain that I am no expert and I hold firmly to my belief that you cannot tell someone how to feel if you are not in their shoes.

Grief should not be bottled so don’t bottle it.

Just as you celebrate you, take the time to celebrate the loved ones who have passed on.

Remember their smiles, their words, the love they showered you with and the lessons they taught you. Remember the moments you shared and the impact they have had on your life. Thank God for the time you had together. Ask for peace of mind for yourself and courage to face the realities of what is.

  1. Live without regrets.
  2. Make every moment matter.
  3. Create beautiful memories.
  4. Let go of animosity.
  5. Be true to yourself.
  6. Thank God for every moment.
  7. Trust what you know.
  8. Keep your focus and do what you need to.
  9. Continue to do your duty.
Posted in Blessings from Appaji, Life, Nature and the Environment

Celebrating Life: Protecting the Environment

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/plastic-pollution/
A simple click on the above link would help to paint the picture of the reality that mankind faces as a result of plastic pollution.
One very important fact we can all attest to is that the Earth is in trouble because of our use of plastics. This is primarily due to how humans pollute the Earth because of the way plastics are used and more so because of the way plastics are disposed of.

On October 17, 2019 His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda issued a call for all ashramites to stop using plastic. To each His Holiness provided an eco toothbrush.
Those who are devotees and followers of His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda would surely understand that His Holiness does nothing that is against nature and He also does nothing that is against mankind. Instead it is the very opposite and His love knows no bounds. His actions are always filled with thought, love, sincerity and compassion and this is always directed at all of Creation.

His visit to Antarctica https://www.dattapeetham.org/events/2013/sri-swamiji-in-antarctica-29-dec-2013-to-07-jan-2014 is an example of this. The care given to animals wherever His Holiness goes is another indication of this. Shuka Vana which is home to over 475 species of birds, the koi pond, the Bonsai Garden which has a plant for each of the 365 days of the year, the Gau Shala and His visit to various places around the world is proof of this. One particular memory which stands out in my mind is seeing squirrels and monkeys up and down trees and running around the Ashrama. The way that they are comfortable and the way that they are at peace is evident. No questions need to be asked. The truth is they may not be able to live as peacefully as this in any other part of the country.

As humans we owe it to Mother Earth (Dharti Maa) to take care of Her because she has blessed us with the food which sustains and nourishes us and the land where we make our homes. However we should not take care of the Earth because we feel obligated to but it should be because we care and we genuinely want to.
One very real way of doing that is by reducing our use of plastics. It is doable and it is very possible. All it requires is firm conviction (your thought and belief process) and action (actually efforts and measures to reduce your use of plastics).

Here as some ways to help the environment:
1. Recycle- ( glass bottles, plastic bottles, paper, unused books)
You can do this by checking locally in your country of residence for this. Those who live in Trinidad and Tobago can refer to this previous post (https://rachaelathomasj.com/2018/01/23/celebrating-nature-recyling)
2. Reduce wastage meaning use just what is needed. Do not use what is not needed. Do not be complacent and mismanage. Such actions will not help anyone.
3. Support animal relief efforts. Provide help at animal shelters or render assistance by helping however you can – feeding, care and the upkeep of the homes of animals. Share information on protecting endangered species and lead by example. Whether it is leather back turtles, birds, fishes or snakes, help animals that you can help.
4. Switch to eco friendly products. His Holiness set a precedent at the Mysore Ashrama. No use of plastics now means eco friendly toothbrushes, compostable garbage bags and no plastic bottles. In essence it means an opportunity to now use eco friendly water bottles that are BPA free and greater use of copper water bottles. These are products you can adopt in your everyday lives. These products are available online and many businesses in Trinidad have eco friendly bags for when you purchase goods or they allow you to bring your eco-friendly bags.

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This being said it is advisable to do some research and find out what is available where you live. Go through the internet, go through social media and see what is available for you!
Here are some other things you can also look into using:
1. Bamboo cutlery
2. Compostable plates
3. Bamboo fiber cleaning towels
4. Recyclable storage bags
5. Dissolvable due free detergent
6. Reusable bottles
7. Reusable coffee cups
8. Metal straws
9. Paper wrapping
Every step counts! Every action matters! Do what you can and make a difference! Save a life, help protect our Earth!

Posted in Ati Rudra Yaga 2019, India, Life, Love and Blessings

Celebrating Varanasi 2019!

Jaya Guru Datta

Shivaaya Rudraaya Namaha
Datta devotees the world over can all agree that when His Holiness says to do, you do and you do not question or protest.

Photo Credit: Avadhoota Datta Peetham

Photo Credit: Avadhoota Datta Peetham

Photo Credit: Avadhoota Datta Peetham

It is because His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji does nothing that goes against nature but He does everything with deep love and sincerity. The depth of His love and compassion extends to all of humanity and it is this understanding that has led Datta devotees from India and around the world to heed His call.

Celebrating Varanasi 2019 is the celebration of a true blessing that has brought thousands of Datta devotees together because the Divine Master has willed it to be so. Varanasi which is also called Kashi or Benares is of deep religious significance. November 2019 marks the inauguration of the Varanasi branch of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashrama, Avadhoota Datta Peetham and it also marks the Ati Rudra Yaga being held at Chet Singh Maidan where over 121 pundits are present chanting mantras and doing Homa that has brought together thousands of devotees in one venue for 11 days of worship.

This is because this visit is one which gives all devotees an opportunity to search within and engage in true self discovery. It is not the dusty streets of Varanasi or the narrow alleys that might be called filthy and filled with hundreds of scooters.

It is the entire opposite- the purity of mind and action that begins with self and allows the individual to experience self and develop spiritual growth through yoga and pranayama, chanting of mantra, participation in Puja, reading holy books like Sri Datta Darshanam, doing seva, meditation and availing oneself of opportunities like taking bath in the Ganges- Holy Mother Ganga and visits to Holy Sites that are known for being sacred and also for their deep spirituality. More so it is a time to remember duty and responsibility and it is not a time to deviate from either.

Whether it feels surreal or it doesn’t, an opportunity like this doesn’t come by chance and we can all agree that it must be a blessing for anyone who can be here.

To see the sun set, anyone can tell you that it is a blessing and it is a rich orange shade of the vastrams Datta devotees wear. To see the sun rise over Mother Ganga is priceless. This river which flows from the Himalayas (the home of Lord Shiva) is a confluence of the Alaknanda, Bhagirathi and Gangotri. To be in the presence of Lord Datta Himself who is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva is a blessing and in addition to Lord Shiva, Lord Surya and Mother Ganga who are also in the same place in one of the oldest cities in India that is the home of one of the 12 jyotirlingas (the jyotirlingam at the Kashi Vishwanath temple), Ganapati Temple (Chintamani Ganapati Temple), Khedareshwarnath Temple and Vishalakshmi Temple.

Varanasi is steeped in religious significance for Hindus and being here clearly means you are at the centre of the Universe with the Crowning Glory of the Universe. It is the place where Lord Narayan is present on every street, a place known for several Surya Narayan Temples, Kal Bhairav Temples (as Lord Kal Bhairav is the kotwal- gatekeeper of Varanasi). The vast presence of monkeys are an indication of Lord Hanuman’s presence which together with Mother Gowri’s presence (evident from the hundreds of cows that can be seen on the streets).

As His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, our beloved Appaji has shared with us in the morning speech on November 14, 2019 for Ati Rudra Yaga Mother Goddess is present and so too are Lord Subramanya and 333 crores of deities who come to witness the Yaga.
This is beauty beyond description. This is meaning beyond description. This means keep doing, keep chanting, keep embracing and keep growing. More so this means keep praying and keep giving thanks.

Sri Guru Datta