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.

Posted in Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, Uncategorized

Valuing Life and Celebrating Blessings!

39970284_1961547637470417_1474214994269700096_nAugust 21st, 2018 will forever be remembered as one of the scariest days and one of the most horrific in the lives of many in Trinidad and Tobago and by extension Venezuela, Grenada, St Lucia and all the other countries that felt the impact of the 7.3 earthquake at 5.31pm.

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Photo Credit: Express.co.uk

As such this post is dedicated to valuing life and celebrating blessings! Everything else that happened during the day seems pale in comparison and the dominant emotion was being thankful but not just thankful (I am always thankful), rather it was being extra thankful for life, for protection and for blessings!  In addition to the 5.9 aftershock that was a painful reminder of yesterday, there have been 31 other aftershocks (as of 5pm this evening). https://www.facebook.com/TTWeatherCenter/posts/1955132281173479. I maintain that here in Trinidad we are truly blessed!

Thankfully they either weren’t felt or as is the case of the 5.9 aftershock were not as scary as the 7.3 magnitude earthquake we experienced yesterday. 

The truth is that experiencing this 7.3 earthquake was one of the scariest realities! It was strong and it was unlike anything any of us had ever experienced and while we are mindful of infrastructural damage across the affected areas, in Trinidad and Tobago at least, we are grateful that there have been no fatalities as a result. What exactly should you do in the event of an earthquake? Here is some information that may be of help to you: http://www.odpm.gov.tt/node/18

Buildings were moving throughout the island and this is a fact that can be attested to by many. At the time of the earthquake I was speaking to my Mom (we were both on different parts of the island- she was South West while I was on the North West) and she was experiencing the same things I was.  Just when it seemed like it was about to stop it became stronger and it felt like things would just begin crumbling (thankfully it did not!) Thankfully we remembered prayers and began to pray and this in itself would have been something many across the island and the other islands would have remembered. Honestly I don’t know if anything else would have gotten us through those moments. In particular we were chanting Mantras. As I said, “Mummy chant mantras,” she said, “Yes, Swamiji said to chant mantras.”

Though we experienced problems with calls either not going through or being delayed across the telephone networks interruptions did not last for long. The good news about social media is that many posted to say they were safe and Facebook was abuzz with activity. Videos were shared from media houses and concerned citizens who were all thankful for life (and some still in a state of shock). As more news comes to hand can tell that yes, there has been a lot of infrastructural damage but thankfully there were no loss of lives.

Here are some images shared by Trinidad Express Newspapers https://www.facebook.com/pg/ExpressNewspapers/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155736033095814

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Photo Credit: CNC3 Television

In addition to this many learned that the Devil’s Woodyard Mud Volcano in New Grant erupted shortly after the 7.3 magnitude earthquake (http://www.looptt.com/content/devils-woodyard-mud-volcano-erupts-again), making this the second eruption for the year.

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If anything these series of events would have renewed the call for everyone to be more prayerful and to keep praying!

Many would have wondered why our Sadguru, His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji opted to visit Trinidad in July and why He opted to spend Guru Purnima here. As I said to one devotee from India earlier, “Hopefully now many understand why Appaji was here for Guru Purnima and why Maha Shiva Yaga.” As I also said, “By Appaji’s Grace we are all safe.”

While here in July His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji asked that we chant ‘Shivaaya Rudraaya Namaha’ as part of the spiritual build up for Maha Shiva Rudra Yaga but also for peace and protection not just for Trinidad but for the world.  This began and it has intensified as many more have started chanting. If you remember my last post, I spoke of the energy and the power of the Mantra that could be felt when chanting. In case you missed it here is the link for easy access:

https://rachaelathomasj.com/2018/08/18/celebrating-appajis-blessings-for-all-datta-devotees

Our Sadguru, Our Appaji His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji saved us! He does so much for us that we really must continue our Humble Prostrations to His Lotus Feet! His Love for us does not waver, He is most compassionate, all Merciful and He always takes care of us and protects us! Appaji thank you so, so much! No amount of words could truly express how grateful we are to you! 

Appaji has done so much for us and we all love Him. Let us unite and let us heed our Master’s call with greater determination!

 For those who still need to get the mantra here is the link you can check on Soundcloud:

For those who are not aware the official launch of the mantra will be held at the Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre on Saturday (25th August) between the hours of 4pm to 6pm.  Please see the official invitation below:

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Photo Credit: Sri Dattatreya Yoga Centre TT

 

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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!)