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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Photo Credit: Datta Peetham

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. 



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!


Celebrating Our Book: Tasty Vegetarian Recipes

This post is dedicated to celebrating our first book, Tasty Vegetarian Recipes  which is an Easy to Follow Guide for Preparing Vegetarian Dishes is available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079FHN8PM/



For those who don’t know it is a husband and wife team project put together by Shiva and me! It is a combination of both our expertise and it is a celebration of some of the foods we enjoy preparing, eating and sharing with others.

Here is a description of the 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.”

Here are the recipes we opted to include for this, our first book:

·         Mango Chow

·         Pakoras

·         Vegetarian Bar-be-que Sauce

·         Fried Mushroom Wantons

·         Salsa

·         Mushroom Tacos

·         Bean Curd Choka

·         Curried Mushrooms

·         Stir-fry Tofu

·         Tandoori StyleTofu in Bar-be-que Sauce

·         Homemade Paneer

·         Homemade Curds

·         Jasmine Rice

·         Basmati Rice

·         Coconut Bake

·         Homestyle Bread

·         Spinach Lasagna

·         Spaghetti Pie

·         Veggie Hoagie

·         Baked Vegetables with Potatoes

·         Berrylicious Smoothie

·         Strawberry Lassi

This is just the first of many books to come! Hopefully there are a  couple of things in Tasty Vegetarian Delights that you can have fun with. From us to you, Happy Cooking and Happy Eating!


Celebrating Nature: Recyling

Hi all,

It is indeed a blessed occasion when I have the opportunity to share a post with you! This post is dedicated to Celebrating Nature and Recycling (mainly Trini Style) but it’s all about embracing nature, respecting it and protecting it!

We can all agree that protecting our environment and respecting it will help us to minimize the impact of climate change being faced throughout the world. Together, let’s do it!

Here are some sites worth checking out:





Did you know that you can help recycling plastics, glass, paper, tetra packs and lots of other things right here in Trinidad and Tobago? Just imagine if we all do our part or we all do a little, our effort can make a difference and result in less pollution and maybe less flooding and unwanted diseases! Just imagine doing a little may mean that our effort can help save a live or lives as the case may be! Let’s all do something to help!

A simple search on Google for “recycling in Trinidad and Tobago” will produce very useful information.

The iCARE Project is a project of the Environmental Management Agency (EMA). This National Project is aimed at the Collection of Recyclable Solid Waste. At present there are a minimum of 58 iCARE Collection Bins throughout the country where plastic, glass, tetrapaks and aluminium cans can be placed for recycling. To recycle these items here is what must be done:

  • Items must be collected and rinsed.
  • They must be placed in a transparent bag.

For more information on the iCARE Project please visit http://www.ema.co.tt/new/index.php/component/content/article/9-uncategorised/482-icare

For recycling paper you can contact Ace Recycling Limited. You can visit their website at http://www.acerecyclingcaribbean.com/   or you can contact them at (868) 290-2970.  At Ace Recycling they provide a wide range of services which can be found at http://www.acerecyclingcaribbean.com/services.php .

It provides a free cardboard and paper recycling service throughout Trinidad and Tobago and after calling to schedule collection waste paper or cardboard can be collected within 48 hours.

It is to be noted that glass can also be recycled at Carib Glassworks. For more information on this please visit https://www.caribglass.com/recycle

In searching through recycling here in Trinidad and Tobago I found the video that I have included below. Kudos to the students of St. Stephen’s College on this initiative!

In closing allow me to share this video from October 2017:


Celebrating January 6th!

Did you know that there is a lot of History associated with January 6th? Like all other days on the calendar which are associated with a lot of History similarly January 6th is associated with a lot of History. In this post I am opting to share some of the history regarding January 6th with you.

Before continuing however please  allow me to wish everyone who celebrates a Birthday on January 6th a very very Happy Birthday!



Photo courtesy WishAFriend.com




Photo courtesy WishAFriend.com


January 6th marks is the date marked as the Epiphany -the 12th day of the Christmas. It is a major Christian celebration around the world known as the “Feast Day” and “Three Kings Day”.  It is also the date many opt to take down their Christmas trees and it marks the conclusion of the 12 days of Christmas!

Here is some information that has been provided about the Epiphany: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/epiphany

In doing some research on it I came across lots of interesting things that happened on January 6th.

Here are two useful links worth checking both of which are from The Associated Press:


Here is also something that may pique the interest of others- those celebrities who were born on January 6th!

Before ending here is one more thing to add to this post. Did you know that Sherlock Holmes was born on January 6th?  Below is a picture I came across.

sherlock holmes

To confirm it you can do your own search on Google and you will see for yourself.  You can also do a search on any search engine for that matter.

Thank you for taking the time to read! In closing it is my sincere hope that you found some useful information.

Once again Happy Birthday to all those born on January 6th!

Also to everyone the world over Happy New Year 2018 once again!



Celebrating Life: Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year CEHappy New Year to everyone!

As we bid farewell to 2017 and welcome  2018 I wish you a Bright, Blessed and Happy New Year! I hope we can celebrate 2018 together and take it by celebration after celebration!

By no means do I want to make this a long post but I want it to be a true celebration of good things to come for all of us and a celebration of all that we have overcome in 2017! Let’s promise to take it one day at a time and remember that everytime you feel down this is one place you can visit to find something that may cheer you up or inspire you to continue!

cropped-celebrate-your-existence    each day is a blessing

Celebrating Existence Post

All in all this blog comprises of 81 posts. What is my challenge to you for 2018? Find as many posts on my page that can inspire either you or someone you know. Then share them and make someone’s day better! Whether it is one line or one link if it can make a positive difference please share it.

I urge you once again to  please download SGSPosts for positive and uplifting messages if you have not already done this. It is an app which delivers messages by His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji that are based on ‘peace, love,  brotherhood and universal co-existence’ across the world. You can download it using any of these links:

  1. https://bnc.lt/sgsposts
  2. https://itunes.apple.com/tt/app/sgs-posts/id1097382754?mt=8 (For iPhone users)
  3. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.sgsragasagara.sgs_posts  (For Android users)

In closing please enjoy these musical treats:

Allow me also to share what ended 2017 for me on a high note. Below is the link to His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s Healing and Meditation Concert in Taipei, Taiwan yesterday (Dec 31, 2017). Sri Swamiji’s concert was a Nada Gita Raga Sagara and it was viewed by many Datta devotees the world over. Please remember it is a Healing and Meditation Concert so do not open this link if you are driving, going to drive, operating machinery or about to operate machinery.


Once again everyone Happy New Year 2018! Lots of love from me to each of you now and always!



Reading is Knowing!

A book is a gift you can open again and again. —Garrison Keillor

It is books that are the key to the wide world; if you can’t do anything else, read all that you can. —Jane Hamilton

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My last post on reading entitled, “Celebrating Reading the Kindle Way” truly was a pleasure.  To me reading is a gift that can be enjoyed with others and I see my writing (be it via a blog post, social media post, email, my writing projects in the making or even my WhatsApp messages) as a means of sharing with others.

reading quote

From the time it was posted I knew I needed to do a Part 2 of it and here it is:

There are so many avenues where you can access free e-books. Some of course are a bit different to others but all in all will appeal to readers looking for different genres, people of different age groups as well as people from different cultures.

Without further ado here are some links worth checking out:

http://ufdc.ufl.edu/baldwin/all/thumbs (This is a link to 6000 free e-books that allows you to Print, Send, Save and Share)

https://archive.org/details/yrlsc_childrens&tab=collection (This is a link to 1800 e-books which are also free and can be downloaded in various formats such as PDF, ePub and Kindle)


Here are some apps that may pique your interest which are applicable to Android users:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.askneo.android.fbk (  Free E-Books for Kindle) 



Trust me there are lots more apps that are available and this applies to both Android and iPhone users. All you have to do is go to the Playstore or Apps Store and enter this very simple search term “free ebooks” or try searching “free book apps”.   

From me to you, happy reading!

In closing here are also some videos that might lead you to some very interesting finds: