Posted in Being Prayerful, Blessings from Appaji, Hanuman Day of Prayer, Love and Blessings, Ram Navami, Trinidad and Tobago

Celebrating Ram Navami 2019 & HDOP in the Divine Presence of Sri Bala Swamiji!

Jaya Guru Datta! The countdown to the visit of His Holiness Pujya Sri Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji (our beloved Sri Bala Swamiji) is officially on and mere hours away. The coming days will without a doubt be days to remember! They will be days of prayer, spiritual upliftment and a spiritually enlightening and rewarding journey!

This is what 10-14 April 2019 will be for Datta devotees of Trinidad and Tobago and Datta devotees from around the world who will be joining with us for what will prove to be a historic Ram Navami celebration and Hanuman Day of prayer.

newpostWe will be blessed to be in the presence of pure Divinity as we will be blessed with the visit of His Holiness Pujya Sri Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji (our beloved Sri Bala Swamiji), Junior Pontiff at Avadhoota Datta Peetham.  His Holiness Pujya Sri Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji (our beloved Sri Bala Swamiji), returns to Trinidad after 14 years to bless us with His presence, His messages and discourses from Sundar Kand. His Holy feet will touch our soil (Dharti Mata) and He will bless this land.

For those who are aware Trinidad holds special significance in Sri Bala Swamiji’s life as this is where He began His life as a Swami (following ceremony at Aripo Datta Ganga) and Bala Swamiji’s visit is one many have been eagerly awaiting for several years now as it is in a very real sense, His return home if we can humbly call it such! Just as we always look forward to the presence of our beloved Appaji (His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji)- His physical presence, His graceful walk, the sound of His voice, His radiant smile, His chanting of mantras, His singing of Bhajans, His discourses and messages- we also wait in eager anticipation with thousands of devotees for Sri Bala Swamiji’s physical presence, His graceful walk, the sound of His voice, His radiant smile, His chanting of mantras, His singing of Bhajans, His discourses and messages.

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It promises to be epic, historic and memorable. The programmes of Thursday and Friday at the Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre will be followed by the Hanuman Day of Prayer on Sri Ram Navami day (Saturday 13th April 2019) which will begin at 5am and conclude at 9pm. This Hanuman Day of Prayer is designed for families to take part in a range of activities which include Yoga, Prayer and Puja, Hanuman Chalisa chanting, a Bhajan concert, Mangal Aarti, a live address by His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji (our beloved Appaji) and a host of activities that are especially designed for kids.

Sri Bala Swamiji’s final day of programmes in Trinidad will be held on Sunday.

 

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Of primary significance is His life of unwavering devotion to Sadguru, His selflessness, His commitment to service and to mankind, His humility, His purity of thought and action which parallel that of Lord Hanuman on so many levels. Permit me to say that on the occasion of Ram Nawami there is no other fitting tribute to Lord Rama than to have Lord Hanuman in physical form, leading the proceedings and marking the occasion with readings from Sundar Kand.

His Holiness Sri Bala Swamiji’s visit is in preparation for Maha Rudra Yagna which His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji (our beloved Appaji) announced will take place in Trinidad in 2020. As you continue chanting “Shivaaya Rudraaya Namaha” be sure to register your count on Yoga Sangeeta.

Be sure to save the dates, visit the Ashrama (DYC, Carapichaima), participate in Pujas and activities, and do everything you can to ensure that you are a part of this historical spiritual occasion.

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Posted in Life, Love and Blessings

Celebrating Awesome Earning Opportunities!

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As Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates!” but we can all agree it’s never quite what we expect and when life gives us lemons the best thing we can do is to make lemonade.

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We can all also agree that good opportunities deserve to be shared! Nothing is more disheartening than knowing people are without jobs, unemployment is increasing and getting by is becoming harder.
This remains the reality for many:
· Money is needed for groceries and other food supplies
· There are children to send to school
· Utility Bills to pay
· Medical Bills to pay
· Loans and other debts
· Those who do not travel by taxis, buses, private vehicles (and so on) have to maintain their vehicles- this can be a large expense depending on the make of the vehicle, age of the vehicle and the way the owner maintains it
All in all, expenses take away from what we can save.
All in all viable options to save and grow should be looked into and credible lucrative opportunities should be invested in.

This first opportunity is for those who live in Trinidad and Tobago. For example many Trinidadians shop locally in places like JTA, Tru Valu, Rodney’s Supermarket, Mario’s Pizzeria, Excellent Stores, Bright Ideas, Persad D’ Food King, Bakery Treatz, Valini’s Drug Mart, Mileage Mack and Low Cost Supermarket.
More so many of them go to TTPost, Bhagan Drugs, Better Deal Supermarket, View Port Supermarket, Super Quality Supermarket, Scotia Bank, Photo World, Save a Buck Food Store, Ishmael M. Khan Booksellers and Ali’s Pharmacy. There are a couple other places also and a few places in Tobago also accept Magna cards.
However many of them are also unaware that they can use a Magna Card at these places. Some may see a Magna card as ‘petty’ with ‘a lil bit a points’ and ‘you spending so much but yuh barely getting anything.’

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They are entitled to an opinion but the truth remains that at the end of the day they still get back something.
How do you get a magna card? There are 2 options.
1. Call and register over the phone
2. Sign up via email
How do you get Magna points?
When you spend $20 and over you get 1 point for every $10 over that amount. Let’s be real we hardly ever spend $20 alone.
What can you do with Magna points?
You can use your Magna points to pay for your purchases.
Bear in mind 650 points equate to $65.
Similarly 508 points equate to $50.80
Contrary to what some Magna vendors say the minimum is $20 not $25 and I have personally confirmed this with Magna repeatedly. Also the point value is on the full purchase price rather than just the pre-VAT price. I have personally confirmed this and refused to buy from Magna vendors who decide to give me points on the pre-VAT price.
Based on all of this should you sign up for a card? Yes, you should!
Will the points be helpful? Yes, they will. Added to that your points do not expire.
Can they be earned relatively quickly? Yes. groceries are bought sometimes weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Hundreds of dollars are spent on groceries. Think it through for yourself and you will realize it is worth the investment. If you need any further information please email me at signaturewritingstyles@gmail.com or leave a comment for me here.
This brings me to the second opportunity I intend to share.

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Please be reminded of the reality many have to deal with:
· Money is needed for groceries and other food supplies
· There are children to send to school
· Utility Bills to pay
· Medical Bills to pay
· Loans and other debts
· Those who do not travel by taxis, buses, private vehicles (and so on) have to maintain their vehicles- this can be a large expense depending on the make of the vehicle, age of the vehicle and the way the owner maintains it
Now think of a job that provides the following:
· Instant rewards for investment
· No sign up fees
· Instant profits from sales
· Commissions
· Bonuses
· House/Rent allowance
· Paid trips for educational conferences
· Unlimited earning potential
Is this a joke? No, it isn’t.
Is it real? Yes it is!
This is a job you can apply for from anywhere in the world. This can also be a work from home option depending on how you want to do the job. I would not be sharing it if I didn’t know it is legit, lucrative and worth it every step of the way. Those who know me can attest to the fact that I do not share what I do not know about.
How do I know about it? I have taken the opportunity to find out about it. I know people who have benefitted from a lot of the above benefits.
To apply for it all you have to do is to submit your application to exquisitefragrancesboutique@gmail.com. If you want me to provide more information please send me an email at signaturewritingstyles@gmail.com.
I urge you to grab both opportunities!
They are yours for the taking! Don’t waste time and don’t miss out on great opportunities that will help to make your lives much easier!

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Celebrating Love, Life & Blessings!

 

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Special Friday Greetings!
Life and experiences change us!
Always let them change you for the better and not the worse! Live and love life!
Keep being you, keep smiling & always be true to yourself!

 

Today I take this opportunity to celebrate life, love and blessings! Some may think that a post ‘Celebrating Independence Day 2018’ may be ideal but considering the recent turn of events in our country there is a clear contrast in the way I felt last year and the way I feel this year.  I am sure many can understand this and many can also relate to it.

Interestingly enough many have been checking my post from last year in this past week, particularly yesterday and today.  For those of you who are interested in what that post is about please visit https://rachaelathomasj.com/2017/08/31/celebrating-independence-day-2017

I am happy many opted to visit the page. Maybe it was due to a feeling of patriotism, maybe it serves as a reminder of how drastically things have changed, or maybe just maybe, it is a combination of both.


In all honesty (take note that I always write in all honesty)my heart goes out to the many who had to tell their families they lost their jobs and they don’t know where their next income will come from. Bear in mind it is not just workers of PETROTRIN but hundreds who work for contractors that work for PETROTRIN and the hundreds and thousands who are being sent home in other sectors of the economy.

As if things weren’t already tough we continue to see how they are getting tougher and suffering increases. What it does mean though is that the struggle is real and now more than ever we have to be thankful for life and blessings! We have to continue praying not just for ourselves and our families but we have to pray for each other and for our country. We have to pray for peace and for courage to face the current reality and what lies ahead.

As if the earthquake on August 21 was not enough of a ‘shake-up’ (yes, it is an act of nature we could not prevent) but as a country we have been surviving increases in the amount traffic fines are now costing, people continue to lose jobs, cost of living continues to rise and this past week has been filled with heart wrenching news of the realities of the energy sector.

Now more than anything we have to remember that to be humane we have to live like humans.  Now more than ever we have to look out for each other, we have to be steadfast in our prayer and we have to be steadfast in our devotion. Further to that we have to be thankful that our experiences make us wiser and they make us stronger. More so we have to be confident that they will guide us forward and help us to make more informed choices and more practical ones at best.

Let us look at what we can be thankful for:

·         We got up this morning (some did not).

·         We made it through the day in spite of pain, in spite of hurt and in spite of the challenges we have been facing or the challenges we faced today.

·         We are loved and we are blessed by the Divine who has given us life.

·         I got an opportunity to share this post with you and you got an opportunity to read it.

·         I got to tell you that you are not alone and in case you felt you were hopefully now you know you are not.

As Mother Teresa said, “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”

I ask that you be mindful of the fact that survival is a key part of moving forward! Prayer is a key part of surviving and having faith is a key part of why we pray and how we choose to live.  Never believe that you are alone because you are not!

 

In closing please remember this:  His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji always reminds devotees, “If you are a Hindu, be a good Hindu.  If you are a Christian, be a good Christian and if you are a Muslim, be a good Muslim.”

 To those of you who have been chanting “Shivaaya Rudraaya Namaha” as directed by His Holiness I urge you to continue doing so!  To those who are praying please continue to pray and please share the message of peace. Please share the need to pray, to look out for each other and to not give up. Let this be an added  source of motivation to you: