Guru Purnima: What is a Guru? What is a Swami?

what is a guruGuru Purnima is the festival of the guru; it is also known as Vyasa Purnima, as this is the day that Sage Vyasa completed dictating the Bhagavad Gita. On the festival of Guru Purnima, we were asked, ‘What is a guru, What is a Swami?’ We take some space here to consider Sanyasin, Swami, Acharya and Guru.

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Kabir Jayanti 2020

Kabir Das JayantiSant Kabir Jayanti is observed on the Purnima or full moon day in the month of Jyeshta (May – June) as per traditional calendar. In 2020, the date of Sant Kabir Jayanti is June 5. It is believed that Sant Kabir Das was born on this day. The birth anniversary of Sant Kabir is observed in India and around the world. Meetings, satsangs, and recital of Sant Kabir’s poems are held on the day.

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Gayatri Jayanti 2020

Gayatri Maa

Gayatri Jayanti celebrates the manifestation of Goddess Gayatri, who is worshipped as Veda Mata (The Mother of Vedas). In 2020, the date of Gayatri Jayanti is June 1. Scholars also indicate that Sage Vishwamitra first uttered the Gayatri Mantra on the Jyeshtha Shukla Dashami day. And this day is observed as Gayatri Jayanti day.

Gayatri is a universal prayer that is addressed to the immanent and transcendent divine. The Gayatri Mantra is sacred and is considered the mother of the Vedas. It is non-denominational and can be chanted by anyone to illumine the intellect. It can be chanted upon waking, before the midday meal and in the evening – alone or in the company of the goodly and Godly.

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Discernment and your Spirit

 Decision making and your spiritIn these days of the coronavirus – and threats to public health – as well as your own personal health, we need to be clear-headed about the decisions we make – particularly in the times that create stress and challenge for ourselves and for many, many other people. What is the best way for me to make important decisions at this time? How can I know I am making the right decision? What feelings will I have if I go ahead and do as I wish? What do we do with all this media information about who is right, who is wrong, is there a vaccine, should I take this or that solution? We need to use discernment, along with our common sense, and our spiritual sense. All these – together – can guide us on the path of life.

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Googling Prayer during Covid-19

Praying with the BibleIn times of crisis, humans have a tendency to turn to religion for comfort and explanation. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Daily data on Google searches for 95 countries demonstrates that the COVID 19 crisis has increased Google searches for prayer (relative to all Google searches) to the highest level ever recorded. This rise amounts to 50% of the previous level of prayer searches or a quarter of the fall in Google searches for flights, which dropped dramatically due to the closure of most international air transport. Prayer searches rose at all levels of economic status, inequality, and insecurity, but not for the 20% least religious countries. The increase is not merely a substitute for services in the physical churches that closed down to limit the spread of the virus. Instead, the rise is due to an intensified demand for religion: We pray to cope with adversity.

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Everyday Masters – The Volunteers

The VolunteersEveryday Masters present the Volunteers – a (non-verbal) narrative video about life on Earth and why we are here. A short video I made with my daughters. Two oversouls having a conversation about what the craziest experience they have ever had was. Going to Earth 🙂 The awakening we are going through right now on the planet is real.

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Dalai Lama on Earth Day: COVID-19 is ‘a lesson in universal responsibility’

The 14th Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day the XIV Dalai Lama told, our planet is facing one of the greatest challenges to the health and well-being of its people. And yet, in the midst of this struggle, we are reminded of the value of compassion and mutual support. The current global pandemic threatens us all, without distinctions of race, culture or gender, and our response must be as one humanity, providing for the most essential needs of all.

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Lonely in Lockdown? Mindfulness Can Help

Sunny DayIn this strange covid-19 world, tens of millions of people around the world are currently in lockdown of some kind, allowed to leave the house only for essential shopping or exercise. Many are lucky enough to be living with their families, loved ones or friends, but for those who live alone, or whose relationship with their household is strained, loneliness is a very real result of social isolation.

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Mikhail Gorbachev: When The Pandemic Is Over, The World Must Come Together

Mikhail GorbachevDuring the first months of this year, we have seen once again how fragile is our global world, how great the danger of sliding into chaos. The COVID-19 pandemic is facing all countries with a common threat, and no country can cope with it alone.

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Goddess Lakshmi Worship for Mental Peace

Goddess LakshmiThere is a widespread belief that Goddess Lakshmi is associated with money, gold and richness. This is not true. True happiness and true richness on earth is for those who have mental peace. A person who is able to enjoy heaven on earth has the true blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. Mother Lakshmi should be worshipped for mental peace.

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Spirituality, Human Purpose and the Coronavirus

Yin YangThe novel coronavirus has captured attention and garnered responses – both positive and negative – around the world in every nation that is affected. Perhaps the only places not to be affected might be the Arctic and Antarctic. We look to spiritual responses to the coronavirus, and to a channelled message reminding us of the nature of the Source and human purpose and how we engage with Source energy.

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Develop Gratefulness towards the Creator and his Creation

Srimad Sai Rajarajeshwari AmmaMuch of the disturbances on the surface of the Earth and in the climate are messages and reminders to those who live on Earth to return to love of God, fear of sin, and love for Mother Earth. Nature, which is His creation, is the greatest teacher. It symbolises forbearance, compassion, patience, empathy, impartiality, selflessness and other noble characteristics.

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Diversity is necessary for human progress

the soul is a thing of light, majesty and beauty It is a law of nature that nothing can be attained without personal endeavour and striving.
We are the fruit of our choices, our karma and our diversity.

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