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Friday, July 29, 2016

Kaamika ekaadasi 2016

Dear Members:

The auspicious Kaamika ekaadasi is to be observed throughout the world on July 30, 2016.

Exceptions to the above:
Those living in U.S.A., Canada, and other countries of the American continents must observe this on July 29, 2016 itself.

Merits of this ekaadasi (from Brahmavaivarta puraanam)....

Observing the kaamikaa ekaadasi gives one the merit that accrues out of bathing in sacred rivers. Offering Tulsi to Lord Mahaavishnu on this day pleases our Lord more than offerings of even the Nine Gemstones of rarest quality! A devotee who does proper worship of Lord Vishnu with Tulsi leaves on this ekaadashi day reaches Vaikuntam directly after the end of this life. Proper observanace of this ekaadasi will please Yama Dharmaraaj also. It is customary to donate a ghee lamp/ sesame oil lamp to a Krishna temple on this ekaadashi day. Such a devotee will be blessed by all celestials. The merit accruing out of this ekaadashi is equivalent to that accruing out of recital of all Holy Scriptures.

Elsewhere, it has been mentioned by Lord Brahma to Sage Narada that the merit of observing this ekaadasi is equivalent to that obtained by donating a healthy cow along with her calf and one year's feed to a worthy vedic scholar. So, those who have vamsay Kshaya doshas in chart (yogas indicative of end of lineage due to past sins) might benefit by this ekaadasi which gives go-dhaana punya.

May our members observe this holy fast and become recipients of Divine Grace.

Blessed be.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Aadi krithikai today - July 28, 2016

Dear all:

The auspicious Aadi Krithigai festival is observed today.

Krithikai star is always auspicious for worship of Lord Skanda, BUT the Karthikai of Aadi month (Sun in sidereal Cancer) and Krithika star (Karthikai) of the month Karthika (sun in Sidereal Scorpio sign - Vrischika rashi) are the most important of those. 

This is observed with enthusiasm in all major temples following Tamil Culture, and propitiating Lord Skanda in whatever way you can on this day can help you to overcome lethargy, fear, ignorance, unnecessary discrimination, baseless anger, and meaningless confusions.

You may fast on this day per your capacity and recite the following mantra with Faith to add enthusiasm and energy into your life and banish negative energies around you!

Om Shakti Hastaaya Shanmukhaaya shad ripu naasanaaya namah. (This may be chanted 32 times, 64 times, 108 times, or more depending on your time availability and ability to focus with a devoted frame of mind).

Blessed be.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Guru Poornima - 2016

Dear All:

Today is Guru Poornima.

Guru Poornima is an auspicious day when we offer our respects to the Guru Paramparaa - the unbroken line of Gurus beginning from Lord Sadashivaa Himself to our individual Gurus. [Vaishnavas might remember the Guru Parampara beginning from Shriman Naarayanan Himself, followed by Devarishi Narada, and down the lineage to their own Gurus].,

Sanyaasis of aamnaaya mutts offer Vyaasa pooja on this occasion.  Remembering our mentors whoever guided our lives in ever-so-small ways, or did poojas on our behalf for our welfare with gratitude is the recommended activity today. Small offerings out of gratitude may be offered to family preceptors or people who have offered guidance to you in some way in the previous year if you can afford such offerings.

We are planning to do special austerities in this connection, and will pray for Universal Welfare.

Those who are initiated into Moola mantras of Shri Veda Vyaasa, Gorakhnaath, Sage Agasthya, Shri Medha Dakshinamoorthi, Shri Hayagreeva, Dattatreya, Hanumaan, Skanda, etc. can meditate on those Gurus with those mantra recitals.  Others may simply remember whomever they consider as their Gurus with devotion and gratitude today.

May Guru's Grace show us the light with which we can trace our way forward in our lives.

Best regards to everyone,

Blessed be.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Deva Sayani Ekaadasi 2016

This is about Sarva Sayana Ekaadasi (also known as Padma Ekaadasi, Hari Sayani ekaadasi, Aashaadi ekaadasi).

Sarva Sayana Ekaadasi falls on the bright fortnight of the month Aashaada. It is also known as Vishnu sayani ekaadasiIt is believed that after this Ekaadasi, Lord Vishnu goes to sleep along with the demi-gods (Yoga Nidra - not merely the senseless sleep of us mortals; the Lord's sleep is Yoga Nidra - a yogic trance where His Will is still active!) till He wakes up on Prabhodini Ekaadasi after 4 months.


1) Sarva ekaadasi throughout the world - except for those living in Fiji islands - July 15, 2016.
2) Sarva ekaadasi (for both Smaarthas and Vaishnava traditions) for those living in Western Australian state - July 15, 2016.
3) Sarva Ekaadasi (for both Smaarthas and Vaishnava traditions) for those living in Fiji - July 16, 2016.
4) Vaishnava ekaadasi for those living in Australia, New Zeland, and Fiji - July 16, 2016.

Observance of this ekaadasi should be mainly for getting the Grace of Lord Vishnu. We should not fast on this day with any material gains in mind . Material gains like abundance and happiness of mind will follow automatically; but we are not supposed to make a sankalpa to this effect according to established traditions. We have seen that the other ekaadasis can also be observed with material gains like birth of child, or gain of fame or other material ends as sankalpa - but not this sayana ekaadasi. This ekaadasi automatically removes residual sins committed unknowingly.

To illustrate this effect, there is the legend of a great famine during the rein of the Great Surya Vamsha king Maandaata who was known for his righteousness. There was a minor sin in the kingdom due to transgression of a natural law of dharma which had resulted in famine in the kingdom. On the advice of Sage Aangirasa, the King instructed all his subjects (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyaas, and Sudras - i.e. all castes) to observe this ekaadasi fast on Sayana Ekaadasi for obtaining the Grace of Lord Vishnu. Due to the observance, the kingdom was relieved from the grips of pestilence.

Those who cannot afford to observe a full fast may fast by just avoiding rice and grains, and by consuming uncooked fruits/ vegetables or by drinking fruit juices or milk. But, please observe this important fast in some form and meditate on Lord Hari on this day with the pure intent of becoming recipients of His Grace.

Blessed be.

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