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August 30th: Ganesh Chaturti Celebrations


Aum Amriteshwaryai Namah
Ken and Wendy Steben will be hosting the satsang on August 30th
at their home located at: 
Phone: 301-208-1228

We will celebrate Ganesh Chaturti during satsang
  • 3:30 PM: Archana (Chanting the 108 names of Amma and 1000 names of the divine Mother {LalithaSahasranamah}) 
  •  4:30 PM: Procession around the premises singing lively Ganesh Bhajans
  • 5:30PM: Chai and snack break
  • 6:00 PM: Satsang (108 names of Ganesh, talk regarding the significance of worshipping Ganesh,  Devi, Ganesh, Kartikeya, Shiva Bhajans and Arati) 
  • 8:00 PM: Dinner  

Why celebrate Ganesh Chaturti?

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with a belief that Lord Ganesha bestows His blessings on His devotees, on this day.


 Ganesha is the god of wisdom and prosperity and is invoked before the beginning of any auspicious work to remove obstacles. It is believed that for the fulfillment of one’s desires, his blessing is absolutely necessary. According to the mythology, he is the son of Shiva and Parvati, brother of Kartikeya - the general of the gods, Lakshmi - the goddess of wealth and Saraswati-the goddess of learning. There are numerous stories in Hindu mythology, associated with the birth of this elephant-headed god, whose vehicle is the Mooshak or rat and who loves Modaks (droplet shaped Indian sweet).


 Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the fourth day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapada, which falls around August or September. The occasion becomes very lively and enthusiastic with the devotional songs, dances and drum beats being a part of the procession observed by the devotees of Lord Ganesha, as a part of the festivities. Ganesh Chaturthi is the only festival that involves and welcomes the participation of general public in India. 

September 6th satsang is at 
Kanwal and Shashi Kher’s Residence
8608 Cherry Dr, 
Fairfax, VA 22031-2136

September 13th at 4:00PM
Amma’s Birthday Celebrations with 
Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya
Venue: Universalist Unitarian Church, Rockville

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naturalobs3ssion:

pure
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not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material. Meditation is making your mind uncluttered and pure. To me it’s one of the most difficult things, but when I achieve it, I feel in contact with my true self. Lotus pose is my choice for today. Day 8 of #YogaSOULstice is PURE. What pose represents that word for you? Don’t forget to tag us! @nikialicia @daughteroftheuniverse @laiusky85 💚🙏💚

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littleporkchop:

Tibetan Monks living in exile in India flew to Ferguson to show support for Mike Brown and community.

if this doesn’t convince, nothing will!

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Anonymous I strongly feel like I'm lacking awareness. How do I regain that ?

thecalminside:

Conscious breathing:

Take one long breath, on the inhalation, feel it enter through your nostrils, feel it go past the back of your tongue and down your throat, feel it enter your chest. Now exhale and feel it come out of your nostril and flow out of your chest, throat and lungs. Do this once fully, take notice of the space between the inhale and the exhale. If you can do one fully conscious breath you can do two, if you can do two, you can do three and four, you can string together many breaths like this. This will bring awareness into your life.

You regain touch with life with this practice. Life is in each breath. You are breathing in atoms that where once in a star, forged and expelled out of the star only to be pulled into your body billions of years later. You are breathing in and breathing out an ancient far off part of the Universe. This is not a small thing to do, to breathe. It has take billions of years to get where we are; us just sitting here breathing. This is truly special. Try to sense this as you breathe.

Take 5 to 10 minutes out of your day and just breathe like this, take one conscious breath after another and just simply be aware of the room you are in, of your own aliveness, of your own space in the here and now. Peace and stillness will come if you make this a daily practice. If you cultivate peace, stillness and calmness by conscious breathing they will bloom in you. Like a flower that needs only water and sunlight, peace and true happiness just need your consciousness, your true awareness unfettered by the mind and it’s noise making to bloom and flow from you.

~greg

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missbosnian:

The peace that overcomes me when I read the Qur’an…I cannot even explain it. Alhamdulillah for being Muslim. <3

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