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Celebrating Divinity: Appaji’s Trinidad visit 2016!

20160727_221948Jaya Guru Datta!

On July 26th, 2016  His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda arrived in Trinidad.

It was a day devotees and members of the Datta family were looking forward to and many were determined to spend as much time as they could in the divine presence of Sri Swamiji.

Here are some pictures that show the welcome Sri Swamiji received:

 

 

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Many  turned out in their numbers from the night of Appaji’s arrival to the time of His departure and His visit was marked by a number of very memorable occasions, namely:

Witnessing Appaji performing puja on a daily basis was not an opportunity to miss!

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Listening to Sri Swamiji’s discourses were as always very inspiring.

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As always there is a message for everyone and it is important to put it to use! Here are some useful links:

Hearing Appaji singing Bhajans

Receiving Sri Swamiji’s darshan is indescribable! It is a divine blessing and one to cherish!

 

The consecration rituals and ceremony for the murtis of Lord  Rama’s  Parivaar and Lord Satyanarayan at Dattatreya Yoga Centre in Carapichaima.

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Appaji, our Swamiji, His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda was presented with His 5th Guinness World Record

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Epic Hanuman Chalisa ChanTTing here Hanuman Chalisa Chanting was led by His Holiness Sri Swamiji:

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The consecration of the Shiva Lingam and the Murti of Mother Durga at the Datta Shiva Ram Temple in Princes Town and the consecration of the Navgrahas at the Sri Sachchidananda Yoga Ashram in Penal were two more very memorable occasions and these will be shared in a later post. Here are some pictures from these events so you have a great idea of what those posts  will include:

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Many were sad to see Appaji leave but as Appaji says, “I am always here, I am always with you!”

Appaji we love You!  Appaji Thank You for giving us Your continued Darshan! Appaji Thank You for showering us with Your Love  and Thank You for taking care of us! We are proud members of the Datta family! We are proud and humbled to have You as our Appaji, our Swamiji, our Sadguru and so much more!

Sadguru Maharaj Ki Jai! Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ki Jai! Jai Veer Hanuman! Karya Siddhi Hanuman Ki  Jai!

 

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Celebrating Success: COSTAATT Graduation 2015!

Today I Celebrate Success: COSTAATT Graduation 2015!

Do you remember this song? This is how the ceremony started and it truly was a perfect start!

It did not dawn on me until I sat in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt that the theme blends in so perfectly with my blog. I know it’s been a while since I have been here but it’s been a super crazy  period in these past weeks. I know the light is at the end of the tunnel.  I can see it and trust me, it’s beautiful!

I’m here now and I’m celebrating! All days are special but November 22, 2015  was different. Not only does this year mark COSTAATT’s 15th Anniversary but it is also the year with the most students graduating from this dynamic institution (1,400 plus). On  November 22, 2015 I joined with hundreds of other worthy COSTAATT students  who graduated with their degrees. I graduated with the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communications Studies.

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Every part of the ceremony was filled with excellence- COSTAATT Excellence.The decor, the positive and meaningful addresses from each of the  speakers, the powerful musical interludes and serenade as well as the responses from the audience. The truth is that at COSTAATT we have so much to celebrate that some may not see or may choose not to see and it starts from the very helm with the President Dr Gillian Paul and the Board of Trustees.  It is evident at all levels- the Executive Management, Administrative Staff of Main Campus and all other Campuses, the Chairs, Deans, Lecturers, and the Students.

I am sure we each left with more than we know of our esteemed college COSTAATT, our President Dr Paul,  the Board of Trustees, our Lecturers and COSTAATT talent.We were delighted to have as our Keynote Speaker, Dr The Honourable  Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts who served as Senior Lecturer- Chemistry  at COSTAATT from 2009.

Her very powerful speech focused on the importance  of the words”I AM”- As Dr The Honourable  Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts said, “I AM are powerful words…I AM a transformer of lives, I AM the hope for a better country…” and indeed they need to be used wisely!

On this most memorable day too the College Song which was written and composed by  Ms Glenda Charles-Harris, Department Chair-Environmental Studies (our prayers are with her and her family members for her safe return) was sung. We were privileged to be among the first to hear the College Song sung and the Staff members and Students of COSTAATT really did it justice in the true COSTAATT Spirit.

Then a few months ago while I was in the process of compiling a Media Contact list for my internship I approached someone in the Industry and when I identified myself as a COSTAATT Student, I was asked in a tone I did not appreciate, I was asked, “Why didn’t you go to UWI like my son, instead of COSTAATT?”

I smiled and I responded. I told her, “I have always been happy to be a student of COSTAATT. We work hard for our grades and it is because of what I have been learning at COSTAATT that I have been able to establish myself as a writer working for clients internationally.  It is also why I have been able to get the experience I have acquired.” This experience includes Press Release Writing, Content Writing, Article Writing, Blog Writing and “About Us” pieces for websites.

Years ago when I knew that a career switch would be in the making I started calling around to find out about Degree Options which would complement the BA English I earned from the University of London. I did not know much about COSTAATT at that time (some years ago) and thankfully the institution that told me I should go to COSTAATT, and then apply to them set me on a journey I would not deviate from. They did not realize they led me on a different path of realization and discovery I would see through to the very end, confident in my choice. At COSTAATT I feel at home and I know my decision has been the right one.

I remember my entrance into COSTAATT and it started with Gabrielle Alfonso in COSTAATT’s Admissions Department. She was the first person I spoke to at COSTAATT regarding starting my BA Mass Communication Studies there. From there on it was a journey I have never regretted being on!

Here are some pics from Graduation Day:

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Students from South Campus-all students of the Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies-  ( Class of 2015 BA Mass Communication; AAS Journalism & PR): Earl Edmund, Alette Williams. Marissa Marjadsingh, Nicholas Lutchmansingh, Wavel Fraser

 

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From left: Rachael Ann  Thomas-Jeremiah (me), Tara Ramsingh, Anniesha Alexander (front), Earl Edmund, Misha Garcia, Nicholas Lutchmansingh, Brendon Julien; Back row: Alette Williams, Marissa Marjadsingh, Wavel Fraser, Germine Carlotta Alexander Rivas, Carla Britton-Procope,

Happy to join other Students from South Campus- all Students of the Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies – ( Class of 2015 BA Mass Communication;  AAS Journalism & PR)

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We were delighted to be joined by Mrs Sophia Edwards-Knox, Department Chair -Communication Studies with Students of the Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies

 

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Here’s another picture my darling husband Shiva took after the Graduation Ceremony

 

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A happy couple aren’t we…Shiva and me after the ceremony!

Congratulations to our Valedictorians:

Arnold Ramkaran- BSc Environmental Health

Rachelle Deonarine- AAS Environmental Health

Congratulations COSTAATT’s Class of 2015! I am a proud COSTAATT Student! Fellow Graduates another chapter in our journey has started! Let’s embrace it and let’s enjoy it!

 

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Commemorating the One Year Anniversary of Celebrating Existence!

Today marks the one year anniversary of this blog, Celebrating Existence. I have been looking forward to this day so much I cannot believe it is nearly over. I am thankful, so very thankful!!!

This blog has grown so much and trust me when I say how grateful I am for all the support it has received, all the comments, the views and all of the feedback.

The nervousness I experienced when I started is one I would never forget as I wasn’t sure how it would be received. Today, 47 posts later it has been viewed in 37 countries  around the world 1,903 times.

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Celebrating the life of my grandfather, the late Mr Ramlal Dookie! 122
Celebrating our Union! 117
About 79
Celebrating Family! 44
Celebrating Love: My Grandparents & the bond they shared! 44
Celebrating Courage! 42
Celebrating ” What’s your Childhood Memories?”- Celebrating the artist behind the creation- Diana John! 35
Celebrating Me! 30

Allow me to remind you of some of the posts that have been shared via these links:

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https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/what-does-celebrating-existence-mean-to-me/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/about/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/celebrating-me/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/celebrating-nature/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/celebrating-our-diversity/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/celebrating-others-part-1-my-comm-350-classmates/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/celebrating-my-comm-350-classmates-part-2/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/celebrating-today/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/celebrating-our-union/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/celebrating-life/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/celebrating-life/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/celebrating-courage/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/celebrating-multiculturalism/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/celebrating-growth/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/celebrating-ms-gayle-simmons-and-lets-learn-mandarin/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/celebrating-life-part-2/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/celebrating-music-what-is-the-beat-of-the-drum-who-is-krystian-garner/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/celebrating-spirituality-celebrating-pujya-his-holiness-sri-sri-sri-ganapati-sachidananda-swamiji/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/celebrating-existence-looking-within-what-does-celebrating-existence-mean-to-you/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/celebrating-childhood-memories-celebrating-the-artist-behind-the-creation/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/celebrating-comm350-classmates/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2014/12/25/celebrating-christmas-2014/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/2014-in-review/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/celebrating-2015-a-new-dawn/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/celebrating-my-existence/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/celebrating-daily-living-what-does-it-mean-to-get-through-a-day/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/celebrating-vidya-jeremiah-pettersson-who-is-she-whats-the-story-behind-her-success/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/celebrating-good-corporate-citizens/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/celebrating-love/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/celebrating-maha-shivratri-2015-at-sri-sachidananda-yoga-ashram-in-penal/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/celebrating-spirituality/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/celebrating-family/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/celebrating-the-life-of-mr-ramlal-dookie/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/celebrating-my-grandparents-and-the-bond-they-share/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/celebrating-rama-navami-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/celebrating-hanuman-jayanti-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/celebrating-easter-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/celebrating-entrepreneurship-featuring-wired868s-lasana-liburd/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/celebrating-san-fernando-teaching-hospital-level-16-ward-12-suite-5-doctors-nurses-support-staff-on-duty-from-feb-23-2015-mar-19-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/celebrating-mothers-day-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/celebrating-love-laughter-and-life/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/celebrating-fathers-day-2015/

https://rachaelathomas.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/celebrating-life-every-minute-matters/

In case you missed any along the way. here’s your chance to enjoy it now! Thank you for your views, your feedback and your support. I look forward to continuing to share information with you, inspire you, give you courage and faith when they are needed, and to Celebrate Existence every step of the way! Let’s take it day by day! Enjoy this moment and celebrate it!

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In case you missed some you can enjoy them now!