Makar Sankranti, Lohri & Pongal

Wish you and your family a happy Lohri, happy Pongal, happy Sankranti. Lohri marks the culmination of winter, and is celebrated on the 13th day of January in the month of Paush or Magh, a day before Makar Sankranti. For Punjabis, this is more than just a festival; it is also an example of a way of life. Lohri celebrates fertility and the spark of life. People gather round the bonfires, throw sweets, puffed rice and popcorn into the flames as an offering to the Sun God, the giver of all life, sing popular songs and exchange greetings.

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Mahashivaratri by Swami Sacchidananda

In our religious tradition, Lord Shiva is represented as an aspect of God, the Almighty. He presents before us the ideal of supreme renunciation born of Divine Realisation. Renunciation born of Divine Realisation, not born of frustration, not born of an escapist attitude, not born of defeatism, but born of an insight into the nature of things, a clear understanding of the nature of life and the wisdom of existence in its completeness.

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Guru Poornima message from Swami Saccidananda

Hari Om to all on this auspicious Gurupoornima day. Sri Gurubhyo Namah...

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Holi

Holi is the festival in which we celebrate the killing of Hiranyakashyap's sister Holika. The story goes like this...

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Vision of the millennium

Poem by Swami Swaroopananda

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Diwali message

Diwali is a contraction of the word Deepavali which means 'a row of lights' or 'billion lights'. All festivals in India have a special social, cultural and religious significance. Most of our festivals in the Hindu Culture are to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

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Swami Chinmayananda’s Jayanti & Mahasamadhi

You are aware of two most important aspects of Chinmaya Mission, namely, one’s own spiritual growth and positive contribution to society. Keeping this in view, in a recently held meeting of senior Swamis, it has been decided that Pujya Gurudev’s Jayanti (Birthday) – 8th May and His Aradhana (Mahasamadhi Day) – 3rd August will be observed by all of the Chinmaya Family as Seva Day and Sadhana Day respectively.

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Festivals

An important topic of discussion is India's religious festivals. What is the need for them? How are they celebrated? What is their significance and how can we make the best use of these occasions?

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Sri Ganapati – Vinayaka

Lord Shiva's first son is described as the Supreme Leader (Vinayaka) or as the Leader of the "Ganas" (Ganapati) who attends upon and follows at all times Lord Shiva, as the Lord of all Obstacles (Vighneshwara).

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Sri Krishna Janmashtami

Sri Krishna is not a historical person; Bhagavad Geeta is not written by a historian. The birth of Krishna is a fact repeated every moment in everybody's life.

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