Trinity of Summer Eclipses in 2020

Trinity of Summer Eclipses in 2020

The upcoming lunar eclipses on the 5th/6th June and 4th/5th July are penumbral and hence deemed minor. However, they sandwich an annular solar eclipse on 20th/21st June on the summer solstice. Whereas eclipses and their effects have been either closely followed or studied by many traditions and cultures, meditators patiently wait for such moments to come forth. This is because the depth and power...


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New Moon Welcomes New Year and Navarātri Periods in 2020

New Moon Welcomes New Year and Navarātri Periods in 2020

The Mahākāla Saį¹ƒhitā declares that four nine-night periods, based on the soli-lunar calendar, are deemed especially auspicious for the worship of the great śakti in veneration of the Divine Mother. Each of these four periods are popularly celebrated as navarātri, which is a literal translation of ā€˜nine-nightsā€™. These nine-night periods, each starting the day after a New Moon, are celebrated in spiritual traditions by...


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Work is Worship - Five Values of Mindful Service

Work is Worship – Five Values of Mindful Service

Collectively we inspire and set aside time to practice the guiding spiritual values on an ongoing basis, and serve by being an example. Given the services we offer in communities, itā€™s important we articulate the values that define our spiritual identity and what we stand for. When meditation is the founding strength of our organizational community, it is natural for our service to be...


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Light on Wisely Proactive Actions

Light on Wisely Proactive Actions

Upon recognizing non-virtuous actions, an attitude of indifference needs to be cultivated. Such an attitude maintains mental balance. This indifference is a neutral stance that does not indicate inaction. Counteraction can be applied to oppose the non-virtuous activity. However, in this situation, the mind should not be disturbed by a feeling of vengeance or malice.


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Auspicious Navarātri Meditation Times in 2019

Auspicious Navarātri Meditation Times in 2019

The Sanskrit text named Mahākāla Saį¹ƒhitā declares that four nine-night periods, based on the dynamic soli-lunar calendar, are deemed especially auspicious for the worship of the great śakti in veneration of the Divine Mother. Each of these four periods are popularly celebrated as navarātri, which is a literal translation of ā€˜nine-nightsā€™.


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Ganga Aarti at Varanasi

Holiday Blessings 2018

It has been another year and the holiday season is again upon us. Many of us reflect upon these times as a closure, while others consider the oncoming calendar year as an avenue for new affirmations. Some of us are simply content, while some of us feel happy because we made so many others happier. Fortunate are those who are able to smile at...


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Sacred Indic Art Available at Nonprofit Auction

Sacred Indic Art Available at Nonprofit Auction

Houston residents have the rare opportunity to experience an enchanting evening of art and culture offered by the Guidestar Gold and top-rated Nonprofit, Self Enquiry Life Fellowship. The annual benefit auction, known by its Sanskrit name Sattwadharman, takes place on September 29th and features a limited release of 36 rare meditative vintage photographs and antique altar paintings from the Nonprofitā€™s archive collection.


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