For Guru Poornima this year we were joined by fellow devotees from the Centre in Grenoble and performed a pada pooja to Swamiji’s padukas – in 1998 Swamiji graciously agreed to place his sacred feet on these padukas! The pada …

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(By Surya, India) I grew up in the Ashram and was looking after an elderly bedridden devotee in the Ashram when I got married and moved to a house in the nearby village. My husband was then working in the …

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Q: Swamiji, what is the connection between our personality and our soul before we reach enlightenment? A: What do you mean by personality? The body and mind. Ah, so you want to know the link between the atma, the soul, …

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(by an Ashram resident) During the first year that I lived in the Ashram I was in charge of a larger department that also included the library (then located in the present-day Om Namah Shivaya or meditation room). As was …

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The Absolute Reality, which is called by many names, is truth and knowledge. The understanding gained by achieving the ultimate state of knowledge is called jnanam, which means wisdom. The spiritual path that searches for jnanam is another route to …

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The Youth group of Maastricht organizes regular public abhishekams to their Muruga statue and, on some occasions, the statue of the Youth Group of Rotterdam joins in too! Current social restrictions make that it is not always possible to invite …

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(Extract from a Guru Poornima satsang from the 1980s) Let us make the best of this opportunity to realize God. Repeating the names of God with the tongue while having other thoughts in the mind will not help you in …

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The powerful Krishna statue of the Centre of Newburgh!

Over the past several months members of the Premananda Youth group of Maastricht (the Netherlands) performed many Muruga abhishekams.  Having experienced the strong energy of these rituals, they were eager to share this experience with others. And so they contacted …

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On this day we performed a pada puja for Swamiji and honoured all spiritual teachers and masters. We also prayed for those who were unable to attend because of illness and for world peace. Many in attendance could feel Swamiji’s …

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