Celebrating Easter 2018!

Happy Easter everyone!

 

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Today is a day that Christians the world over have been eagerly waiting for! As Pope Francis addressed the tens of thousands in St Peter’s Square he appealed to Mass for world peace. With this call comes a need for an end to war and conflict together with a renewal for hope, faith as well as helping each other and looking out for one another.  More so it means a call for the end of injustice and a plea for humanity to be humane.

The Easter story is that has been shared from generation to another and its message continues to hold relevance in our lives day in and day out. Ideally it means listening, heeding and essentially practicing.

In addition to the Easter story something that piques the interest of many is the way Easter traditions vary around the world. In this article by Sasha Ingber one thing is for sure- there is diversity! For Easter Around the World please visit https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/01/598658289/in-photos-easter-around-the-world

Bringing Easter a little closer to home here are some links that will add to the diversity and lend to the richness of our culture.

Have a look at these links which I have included below. The first is a LoopTT article and the second and third are both from the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian’s journalist Charles Kong Soo.

www.looptt.com/content/six-great-easter-picnic-spots-tt

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2018-03-31/dave-and-family-keep-camping-tradition-alive

www.guardian.co.tt/news/2018-03-31/sarika-and-family-have-good-time

 

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Celebrating Hanuman Jayanti 2018!

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Happy Hanuman Jayanti! Om Namo Hanumate Namaha! Jai Veer Hanuman!

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As journalist Seeta Persad so rightly said, Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago surely have eagerly been awaiting the arrival of Hanuman Jayanti. (See article http://newsday.co.tt/2018/03/30/hindus-mark-hanuman-jayanti-tomorrow/)

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Lord Hanuman means so much to so many and this is evident not just here in Trinidad but also in the way many the world over regard Him and give praises to Him. For starters He teaches us strength and patience, He teaches us about courage and humility and He offers us protection but He does so much more!  The list can go on and on and will never stray from the essence that Lord Hanuman is our Blessing and He holds special significance for the thousands and more so the millions that pray to Him.

Here in Trinidad we have the 85 ft Hanuman Murti which was consecrated in 2003 but this is not just any Hanuman Murti. In addition to being the tallest Hanuman Murti in the Western World, this is a Karya Siddhi Hanuman Murti. In looking at the history of this Karya Siddhi Hanuman Murti I found this video that I am sure can provide meaningful insight to many devotees.  It will in many respects help in shedding light on what the Newsday journalist was referring to. On this note I invite you to please have a look at it:

Moving on we can agree that indeed it is a divine blessing to hear the name of Lord Hanuman being glorified and indeed a blessing to be able to offer prayers to Lord Hanuman. Today thousands visited the 85ft Karya Siddhi Hanuman Murti at the Dattatreya Yoga Center in Carapichaima. The chanting of Hanuman Chalisa  was scheduled to begin at 6am this morning and it concluded after 7pm this evening. It was followed by Abhishekam, Puja and Homa. 

Rightfully so there is a lot that we can learn from Lord Hanuman and a simple means of accepting these lessons comes from understanding what the Hanuman Chalisa is telling us.  While the visit to the site http://aumamen.com/stotra/hanuman-chalisa can provide some ready assistance with this the link to Hanuman Chalisa for Parayana below will also provide you with peace, comfort and an abundance of postive energy.  

Many present at the Sri Dattatreya Yoga Center today can attest to the fact that hundreds were able to offer their prayers to Lord Hanuman, sing Chalisa, perform Abhishekam, participate in Puja and Homa and also perform Aarti at the feet of Lord Hanuman.  Today’s Hanuman Jayanti celebrations came after 5 nights of Ramayan Discourses delivered during the past week. The week’s sessions began with Pundit Abhedanand Persad Sharma on Monday and continued with Pundit Hardeo Persad on Tuesday, Pundit Jewan Maharaj on Wednesday, Swami Prakashananda on Thursday. It concluded with Pundit Bimal Maharaj on Friday. 

In compiling this post finding bhajans being sung by His Holiness seemed most appropriate as His voice and His presence do more than words can ever fully express. Thankfully this morning I was able to hear and see His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji on Livestream (Click on Yoga Sangeetaand this evening we were able to be at the feet of Lord Hanuman.

I love all of Appaji’s bhajans and this is one of the first I heard. It is followed by some other bhajans that are filled with meaning and positive energy.  Here is my invitation to you to enjoy each of the Bhajans below and immerse yourself in Appaji’s offering! 

As Hanuman Jayanti 2018 draws to an end continue putting into practice the many lessons Lord Hanuman has shared with us. As Appaji reminds us daily, “Be Good, Do Good”. 

Om Namo Hanumate Namaha! Karya Siddhi Hanuman Ki Jai!

Celebrating Ram Navami 2018!

Today  Sunday 25th March 2018 we joined with Hindus the world over in celebrating Sri Ram Navami! We were immensely blessed to be showered with the blessings and grace of His Holiness whose messages reach his followers in real time as He delivers His messages and reminds us of the abundance of love He has for us.

20180325_092022On this Holy occasion Shiva and I were as fortunate as we always are to be at the Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre in Carapichaima which is home to the largest Lord Hanuman Murti in the Western Hemisphere- the 85ft Karya Siddhi Hanuman Mantra.

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Here is some info for those who may not know Lord Rama’s story:

http://www.navratriday.com/ram-navami.html

Here too is a beautiful rendition from Sooryagayathri whose soulful singing continues to capture many hearts.

Always happy to find past messages from His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidanda Swamiji, I was delighted to find these YouTube videos shared by Hanuman Hoffman who is a very dear Datta devotee and he is also one who is loved by us all. Appaji’s presence and His guidance, grace and teachings are invaluable, priceless and nothing short of an abundance of innumerable blessings. Please have a look at this video:

 

The first video as you would realise is a mantra to Lord Rama that is delivered to us by His Holiness and the second is an important sloka, it is the first sloka from the Sundara Kanda of Valmiki’s Ramayana and it is a Maha Mantra. 

From us to you, Happy Ram Navami! Keep chanting, keep praying, keep doing selfless service! Let Lord Rama’s story and His messages inspire you and remind you of how fortunate we are! 

As His Holiness says to us, “Be good, Do good!” (SGSPosts- Download it today if you haven’t! Also please share it with others!) 

 

 

Celebrating World Happiness Day 2018!

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today (March 20) is World Happiness Day! I hope that your day was filled with happiness and if it was not, I hope that there was some measure of happiness for you today! If it hasn’t been like that yet please know that the day is not over and happiness will greet you soon. It will appear in the form of laughter, a smile or a kind word.

Happiness we can all agree should come from within and can manifest itself through any of the ways mentioned above- in a smile, a kind word, a thoughtful gesture or just pure laughter!

Here is a link to some quotes which I found and I am happy to share:   https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/happiness

Hopefully there is something there which can resonate with you and also something that was able to pique your interest.

In continuing allow me to ask,  have you heard what the UN report said about Trinidad and Tobago’s happiness Index? Please have a look at this video:

Now look at Trinidad and Tobago in relation to the top 10 countries that are the happiest in the world.

Now stop for a minute and ask yourself what makes Finland the world’s happiest country. Then be sure to look at the video below.

In closing this is my message to you: Spread the love, spread the laughter, spread the happiness! 

Stay away from anyone who tries to steal your happiness! If you cannot stay away from the one who tries to steal your happiness just do not let them or their negativity or their nonsense get the better of you!

From me to you, Happy International Happiness Day 2018!

 

Celebrating Life’s Lessons and its Treasures!

It’s been a long time since I posted a message I am sure you will agree! In this post I am opting to focus on life’s experiences. The thing is that I have learnt the hard way not to depend on many persons. I am also sure this will be agreed upon.

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My circle is small but the lessons I have learnt are many. Thankfully my faith has never been in man but in God! My belief has always been in Karma (not in thinking of others suffering for the wrong they do as I do not have energy for that- with me I just pick up and press on- but I believe that we are all responsible for our actions) and being good and doing my best. This is what I always give to the world.

Some things to remember:

  • Have confidence in yourself.
  • Never give up.
  • Know that many people will show you want they want but the reality of what they are depends on their words and more so, their actions.
  • Remember that with every negative experience you should always look for the positive that comes out of it.
  • Change comes when people make a conscious effort to want to change.
  • If anyone makes you angry do not give them that anger. You suffer the most as you work yourself up and they do not deserve that satisfaction. Take care of yourself and pray for them to learn from their bad ways or pray to have less of that to deal with.
  • Nothing lasts forever. Believe that today is a present and tomorrow will get better. Today is your challenge for tomorrow and helps you better appreciate the good things when they come your way.
  • Being afraid never got anyone anywhere. Believe in yourself.
  • Take it bit by bit and day by day!
  • Make every moment count.
  • Putting of something always makes it harder to do it.
  • When in doubt always work with what you are sure about. This helps to clear away the uncertainties.
  • Take care of yourself.  Nobody can do this as well as you really well as you can.celebrate you today

Celebrating Appaji’s Diamond Jubilee Year (His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji!)

His name, His messages, His teachings, His music, His divinity and His purity are known by Devotees the world over! He is praised by many and when devotees praise His name it is with prayerful supplication, humility and an abundance of love.

His presence warms the heart of many and from Him bliss and purity radiate. He is not just Swamiji but He is Sadguru, He is Nada Brahma, He is Maha Avatar, He is Appaji and He is Lord Dattatreya- the Holy Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

This post is dedicated to the celebration of Appaji’s 75th Birthday! Appaji- His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda  Swamiji! Happy 75th Birthday Appaji!

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Some may say that I have missed it but Appaji’s birthday continues to be celebrated around the world in the various places He visits. This post has been in the making for some time now and it is finally published. My question is, ‘What do you give a Sadguru who has given so much? ‘

Appaji Humble Pranams to Your Lotus Feet! You have done so much for us that the words Thank You seem inadequate. What we can do is to listen to Your Divine Messages, say Thank You, practice what You share with us, heed Your instructions, lead better lives and become better people.  As You say in SGS Posts, “Be good, Do Good”.

Appaji has given us so much and He has not only given so much but day after day He keeps blessing us with His messages and His Divine Darshan. What we need to be disciplined as we read, as we  listen, as we put into practice what we read and listen and try each day to be our best versions of ourselves.

Those who read Appaji’s autobiography will know Appaji’s life, His struggles, His uniqueness and they will understand why He is Avadhoota.  Those who follow His journey will also understand it and those of you who are Datta devotees will understand how blessed we are.

Following the start of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Mysore, His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda  Swamiji continued His journey of selfless service to mankind, His service to Dharma and to the world.

His Holiness was awarded Three World records on His 75th Birthday. These three records added to the previous five Guinness World. They were for:

1. The World’s Largest Hindu Smruti, Bhagavad Gita book in 18 languages was achieved by Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji. Measuring 7 feet by 5 feet this, the World’s Largest Bhagavad Gita book weighs over 800 kilos.

2. The most bird species in an aviary (Shuka Vana) having 468 species.

3. The largest display of bonsai trees (Kishkhinda Moolika Bonsai Garden) which consists of 2649 trees.

The previous five awards were given to His Holiness at the places listed:

1.       Most people chanting (31 January 2015)-Hanuman Chalisa Chanting in Tenali, Andra Pradesh,  India

2.      Largest Music Therapy Session (6 April 2015)- Sydney Opera House in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Session lasted 2 ½ hours.

3.      Longest Marathon Chanting (Team) of 24 hours, 10 minutes and 8 seconds- (1 August 2015)-–Hanuman Chalisa Chanting, Frisco, Texas.

4.      Largest Breathing Exercise (Pranayama) Lesson- (July 10, 2016)- India Community Center, Milpitas, Bay Area, USA

5.      Largest Online Video Album with over 40,000 people from 30+ different countries dedicating a prayer chant for the universal brotherhood (July31, 2016)- Dattatreya Yoga Center 85 ft Karya Siddhi Hanuman Murti, Carapichaima, Trinidad.

Following the ceremonies and festivities in Mysore His Holiness travelled to Bengaluru and Hyderabad in India then to Kenya, Frankfurt and London outside India for important tasks. Those who know His Holiness can attest to the fact that His travels are never for leisure but always to help mankind and His followers the world over. His return to India saw the continuation of such work as is always undertaken by Him (His Holiness) and Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji (Sri Bala Swamiji). It included the Nakshatra Ishti 2017 ceremonies, the Ati Rudra Yagya, the National Conference on the Shaastras, Hanuman Jayanti Celebrations and Dattatreya Jayanti Celebrations.

The year’s itinerary culminated with a Nada Geeta Raga Sagara Music for Meditation and Healing concert in Taipei, Taiwan on December 31.

Less than 2 months into 2018 His Holiness has continued to share priceless moments and priceless learning opportunities and opportunities to be eternally treasured with the world. Here are some events in 2018 which you surely would not have missed:

·         Hanuman Chalisa Parayana Maha Yagna- Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Serangoon Road, Singapore

·         Sankranti Festival in Vijayawada Ashram (His Holiness and Sri Bala Swamiji)

·         Rapta Saptami Festival

·         Hanuman Chalisa Parayana Maha Yagna in Vizag

·         Music for Meditation and Healing at Ukku Auditorium Vizag Steel plant, Vishakhapatnam

To date Appaji has given us Kriya Yoga, Healing Music, daily Sri Chakra Puja, an abundance of bhajans, daily messages and discourses which have crossed the thousands together with 16 Mobile Apps which I have listed below:

·         SGS Posts

·         Hanuman Chalisa for Pranayama

·         SGS Birds-Shukavana

·         Bhajan Mala

·         Guru Gita

·         SGS MMS

·         Vishnu Sahasranamam

·         Lalita Sahasranama

·         Bhagavad Gita-With Audio and Transliterations in Hindi, Telugu and Kannada

·         Kavacha Manjari

·         Shatashloki Ramayana

·         SGS Quotes Mobile

·         SGS Hindu Hanuman Chalisa

·         SGS Telugu Hanuman Chalisa

·         SGS Panchangam

·         SGS Kannada Hanuman Chalisa

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To access these apps visit either the Apple Store or Google Play Store (depending on your phone type- Apple/Android) search the App and download it.

It is my sincere belief that this video will help many further understand the great work His Holiness is doing and foster a greater appreciation and deeper sense of gratitude for both His Holiness and for Avadhoota Datta Peetham.

In closing I urge all readers to keep following Appaji’s teachings and to keep practicing what His Holiness teaches us. Listen to the messages in His discourses and messages shared through His apps. Practice Kriya Yoga, practice Satwick eating and practice all else that Appaji shares with us and asks us to do!

 

Appaji, Thank You for all that You have done for us and all that You continue to do for us!

We love You Appaji!

Celebrating Tasty Vegetarian Recipes

Great news everyone!

Tasty Vegetarian Recipes is Free on Kindle Unlimited!

In addition to being available on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079FHN8PM/ for $2.99 USD it is also available on 12 other Amazon Sites. 

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Here is a description of our book: “To us food is the spice of life! We believe that the life of a vegetarian can be as interesting and as enjoyable as you want to make it. We firmly believe that you must enjoy what you eat and you should not eat just for the sake of eating. Eating should be enjoyable and the art of preparing food should be equally as enjoyable as well. The truth is that as a vegetarian there are so many things you can eat and they are so many different foods which you can incorporate into your diet.

This book has been compiled with exactly this in mind and for all the vegetarians the world over so that they can have meals they can enjoy but also meals that can be quite nourishing. It is our sincere hope that you will be able to find recipes in our book which you can try and share with others.”

On the other Amazon sites it is being sold for the equivalent of $2.99 USD. To those who are purchasing it thank you very much for investing in an opportunity to add to your cooking repertoire. Thank you also for giving us a chance to share our first compilation with you! Please feel free to provide a review!

Here are the links for each of these respective Amazon Sites:

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079FHN8PM/

Amazon UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079FHN8PM/

Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B079FHN8PM/

Amazon France: https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B079FHN8PM/

Amazon Denmark: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B079FHN8PM/

Amazon Estonia: https://www.amazon.es/dp/B079FHN8PM/  

Amazon Italy: https://www.amazon.it/dp/B079FHN8PM/

Amazon Japan: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B079FHN8PM

Amazon Netherlands: https://www.amazon.nl/dp/B079FHN8PM/  

Amazon Brazil: https://www.amazon.com.br/dp/B079FHN8PM/

Amazon Mexico: https://www.amazon.com.mx/dp/B079FHN8PM/

Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B079FHN8PM/

From us to you, Happy Cooking and Happy Eating!