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Happy Diwali, Everyone!

Hare Krishna!

Happy Diwali to all of you! I wish all of you lots of peace, joy and happiness, and most of all, love of God.

Let’s spend today focusing on the meaning behind our prayers and rituals, which are the means to an end, and not the end itself. Today is a good day, and it comes with a good opportunity to practice this. We must always understand the reasons and intentions underlying all our religious acts and not become mechanic and ritualistic. There is no use of performing any rituals if the reason behind it is not understood. Actually, the reason should always be love. Continue reading

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HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj in Dubai

On 12th September, I was given the opportunity to attend a lecture by HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj. I’m so grateful. I didn’t get to see him at the Janmashtami/Ratha Yatra festival on the 10th so Krishna gave me another opportunity 🙂

We got to the hall and Swami had still not arrived so kirtans were going on. That’s what I love about Hare Krishna festivals. There’s never an idle moment. Every time we have to wait, every time the sound system fails, somehow if something gets delayed, it’s just another opportunity for kirtan. Continue reading

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Janmashtami 2010 + Ratha Yatra 2010 II

I attended the 3rd Janmashtami celebration (this year) yesterday. It was at Regent School. I am so thankful to Krishna. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to go because I just had 2 of my wisdom teeth extracted. I was worried I would have some serious after-effects. But Krishna has been taking good care of me, and I am eternally grateful. The celebration was incredible. Continue reading

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HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj and HH Mahavishnu Swami Maharaj in Dubai!

YES YES YES! HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj and HH Mahavishnu Swami Maharaj are going to be in Dubai! They’re scheduled to arrive tomorrow (September 9th) and on September 10th, there is going to be a grand celebration. I cannot wait!! I am so excited!! It’s going to be so awesome! Here are the details:

What: Rath Yatra

When: Friday, 10th September 2010 [Morning program: 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Evening program: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM]

Where: Regent International School, The Greens

Program Schedule:

6:30 – 9:00     Purusha Sukta/ Sri Sukta/ Ayushyahoma/ Yagna

9:00 – 9:30     Breakfast Prasadam

9:30 – 11:30    Vishnu Sahasranama Laksharcana

11:30 – 12:30   Bhagawat Katha [Lecture]

12:30 – 1:00     Kirtan

4:00 – 6:00      Rath Yatra

6:00 – 9:00      Dance/ Drama & Cultural Programs

BE THERE! It’s going to be awesome! 😀

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Janmashtami 2010

Happy Janmashtami, everyone! 🙂 I hope everyone had a fabulous Janmashtami like I did.

I went to Sindhi Ceremonial Hall for the Janmashtami program. It was really nice. Continue reading

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A bad day, a baptism, a birthday, a book and a blog

I had a horrible day yesterday. I had a class at 8:30 in the morning and so, since I take the metro to Uni, I had to leave my house by 7:15 at the latest, to get the 8 am shuttle bus that my Uni provides. What happened was that I left my house in a fabulous mood. I was even singing. That’s how good I was feeling. My friend’s name ends with ‘lova’ so I was singing Mr Boombastic, exchanging Mr Lova Lova for Miss **lova Lova, while making a mental note to tell her about it have a few laughs.

So I was like “Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic, touch me in me back she say I’m rooooooooooooomatherfacker!!!” Continue reading

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Janmashtami 2009

Vaishnavas all over the world eagerly waited for the appearance day of their dear Kanha which fell on August 14th 2009. It’s 2 days past now but I have still not gotten over the beauty of the Janmashtami festival.

For a quick overview on Janmashtami Today, it is the festival where people climb on top of one another, making a human pyramid to break the “dahi-handi” or “pot of yogurt” which is hung on a string tied to and from building tops. This is one of Krishna’s pastimes enacted on the day of his birth. His birth too is a great story. Devaki and Vasudeva were locked in a prison cell because Devaki’s cousin brother, Kamsa, was destined to be killed by Devaki’s 8th son. So he ordered that all her children be killed upon birth. But when Kanha was born of divine birth, Vasudeva was instructed to Continue reading

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