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Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Ganesh. It is a 10-day festival marking the birthday of Ganesh, who is widely worshiped for auspicious beginnings. Ganesh is the patron of arts and sciences, the deity of intellect and wisdom and identified by his elephant head. In 2017, Ganesh Chaturthi, which is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, begins on August 25 and lasts until September 5. Hindus in India and throughout the Hindu Indian diaspora observe the festival, with particularly grand celebrations taking place in Maharashtra, India. Prior to…

Why am I not an Atheist? And, WHY DO I PRAY?

OM! Humble Salutations to the Lord, The Advaitha Guru Parampara (teaching lineage of non-Duality) and my own Guru(teacher) who has blessed me with the content that I put forth !! From my previous blog it is quite evident that I am a Believer alright! But it becomes my duty and responsibility to define what exactly I believe in! Religions may be many, countries many, languages many, cultures many, customs many, traditions many but it is really important for us to see what is the common thread  through the “many-ness”(if I may). M-A-N !  Man himself is…

Hindus to Ritually Immerse Lord Ganesha Statue in Derrymore Waters

PRESS RELEASE                               18/08/2017 Hindus of Ireland are reportedly planning to immerse Hindu deity Lord Ganesha’s painted clay statue in Derrymore waters on August 26 as a conclusion to Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations. Claimed to be the first of its kind in Ireland and open to all, Hindus with Lord Ganesha statue will march few kilometers in procession, walking and dancing, from Kinnegad to Killucan for this ritual immersion. Festival begins with Murthi Sthapana on August 25 and includes traditional pooja by Hindu…

WHY AM I NOT AN ATHEIST? And, why do I Pray?

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, The Advaitha Guru Parampara (lineage teaching non-Duality) and my own Acharya (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! First things first, thank you all for taking the time to come back to my next blog and for all your likes, feedback and encouraging comments so far. Though I write these blogs as a spiritual practice to dwell upon what I have learned to help assimilate the teachings, the truth is, without your views, comments and likes, my enthusiasm to blog regularly would have faded…

REBIRTH, a Vedantic Perspective!

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, The Advaitha Guru Parampara (lineage teaching non-Duality) and my own Acharya (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! In this final blog of a 3 part blog series, we get to a much debated about topic, Rebirth or Reincarnation! So far, in the previous 2 blogs about Life(http://wp.me/p1rn36-1du) and Death(http://wp.me/p1rn36-1ey) we saw that birth is coming together of mind and body while death is their separation. We also saw how the mind is on a journey towards Truth or perfection by going through various experiences, birth…

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Celebrating Lúnasa

Lá Lúnasa (Lughnasa being the more ancient spelling) the first day of August is a day when people celebrate Lugh the Celtic God who would bring a good harvest or who, if not satisfied, could bring his wrath in storms that could destroy the harvest. Halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox Lughnasadh is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Samhain, Imbolc and Beltane. The Irish name of the festival, Lughnasadh or Lughnasa, can…

☠️💀☠️ DEATH ☠️💀☠️, A Vedantic Perspective!

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, The Advaitha Guru Parampara (lineage teaching non-Duality) and my own Acharya (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog ! A good continuity should ideally begin with a recapitulation of what was dealt with previously and continue from there on! Our subject matter being so heavy, if I start with a recap, I just might not make it to the new subject matter at all!…

Our problems are gifts

We don’t often think of problems as gifts. We usually see them as an inconvenience, something that interrupts our life and to be avoided if at all possible. We also think of them as a sign of failure, or a lack of strength and something negative in our lives. These ideas stem from the fact that we think our lives should be a happy, heavenly holiday all the time. It ignores the fact that life…

Death and LIFE, a Vedantic Perspective!

OM! Humble salutations to the Supreme Intelligence, The Advaitha Guru Parampara (lineage teaching non-Duality) and my own Acharya (Preceptor) for the content that I put forth in this blog !   In normal parlance we use the phrase ‘Life and Death’ in that order because ordinarily it is understood as a linear process; first life that ends in death (which is the finality for many). For a Vedantin though, the order makes no difference because…

How to discover the Sound of God

Sounds of God

Have you ever been sitting quietly with your eyes closed and noticed on your inner vision lights glowing or moving? Did you also notice a sound in your ears, like a wind, a jet or a high pitch note? Many of us have these experiences but fail to notice them as a connection to the Life-force or the Holy Spirit. This connection with the Holy Spirit is easy, very beneficial to us and we can…

Celebrating the Summer Solstice

The summer solstice has arrived in the northern hemisphere on June 21, bringing with it the longest day in the year which means lots of extra sunlight for festivities. The day is considered to be sacred by many pagans around the world who celebrate the solstice among their other yearly holidays. The summer solstice is one of four solar holidays, along with the autumnal equinox, the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The other major pagan holidays are Samhain,…