Reviving the Indigenous Curriculum of India
His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda was graciously hosted by the Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2nd March 2017 in Delhi regarding the fading institutional support for the infrastructure of Sanskrit studies in India. Following an account of that meeting are two proposals aimed at reviving the indigenous curriculum of India.
When Breath Leads the Movement in Yoga
In yoga-vinyāsa, the movements are led by the breath. This is the original style of yoga practice that integrates the prānāyāma stage into the āsana practice, helping the yogin to merge the āsana stage with the prānāyāma.
Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse
The upcoming total lunar eclipse of Wednesday, 31st January 2018 is on a blue moon. A total lunar eclipse is often called a blood moon because of the reddish orange glow the moon exhibits during the eclipse, moreover this full moon also happens to be a super moon. Thus this eclipse is being called the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse.
Four Auspicious Navarātri Periods of 2018
The Sanskrit text named Mahākāla Saṃhitā declares that four nine-night periods based on the dynamic soli-lunar calendar are deemed especially auspicious for the worship of the great śakti or the veneration of the Divine Mother. Each of these four periods are popularly celebrated as navarātri, which is a literal translation of nine-nights.
Healing for Mudslide Tragedy in Montecito
We are living through incredibly tragic events of the recent mudslide and impact from rock debris in our locality. Our hearts are pouring out for those families who lost their loved ones. Within just a few roaring moments on early Tuesday, 9th January 2018 morning, our precious world slid beneath our foothold of those idyllic neighborhoods in Montecito.
Holiday Blessings 2017
Living a mindful life brings a meaningful end to a year. As we approach the closure of a calendar year, we tend to evaluate our achievements and ponder upon the not so great moments. We ruminate on the meaning of it all, especially endearing those who have lost their lives or have had great challenge surviving the unexpected surprises of the year.
Pathway to the Victory Day
The new moon of 19th/20th Sept. is a special day for ascension rites to honour the departed souls of familial lineages, as per the Vedic soli-lunar calendar. This particular new moon (Mahālayā) is immediately followed by the auspicious nine-night period (Navarātri) leading up to the Victory Day. Thereafter, the auspicious Śaradiyā-navarātri or a nine-night period dedicated to the worship of the Divine Mother will...
Solace for Hurricane Harvey Victims
A message of solace from HH Swami Vidyadhishananda for the courageous residents of Texas who experienced the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
Once in a Lifetime Total Solar Eclipse
Eclipses and their effects have been feared by some traditions and cultures, but meditators patiently wait for such moments to come forth. This is because the depth and power of meditation increases manifold during an eclipse.
Mountain Path of the Himalayan Abode
Himalaya literally translates as the abode of the snow, but has also been called the heart and soul of the gods (devatātma) by the famous Sanskrit poet Kālidāsa.