Tag: Meditation


2020 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

Divine grace palpably enveloped us throughout 2020 as we responded to unfolding challenges to making our esteemed institution sustainable and yet charitable. We cannot aggressively approach meditation; likewise, we cannot fearfully approach crisis. Both need calmness, which is bred through patience. As we learnt this past year, fortitude yields patience. When individuals like ourselves are being squeezed and challenged, we learn not to give...


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Stillness of Timelessness - MahāŚivarātri Message 2021

Stillness of Timelessness – MahāŚivarātri Message 2021

The annual great night of meditation is here upon us, hailed in the Sanskrit tradition as the MahāŚivarātri. Meditating on this special evening and through the night is a practice of alertness meant to supersede the daytime awake state as a memorable experience. In such a vigilant state there exists the possibility of understanding the play of time and timelessness.


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Healing Mother Earth with Four Navarātri Periods in 2021

Healing Mother Earth with Four Navarātri Periods in 2021

The Mahākāla Saṃhitā 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 ‘nine-nights’. These nine-night periods, each starting the day after a New Moon, are celebrated in spiritual traditions by...


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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 Saṃhitā 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 ‘nine-nights’. 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, it’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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