This April 26th we celebrated Swamiji’s 60th birthday and the silver jubilee of Prasanna Jyothi, a home for girl children. An occasion marked by joy and cheer, it took place at Nirguna Mandir, and was attended by Prasannites from around the city and country.
Many who couldn’t attend the event sent their best wishes to Swamiji through phone, e-mail and social media. Some even organized events in their own city and country. Our chapters in the USA celebrated Swamiji’s birthday in advance, while our Hyderabad chapters celebrated with chanting and bhajans, the hall and prasad bhojan being sponsored by Sri Ratnakar Rai. In fact, in the Hyderabad celebrations, they all came together to light a candle, each candle symbolizing the pool of light that spreads Swamiji’s message.
‘Happy Birthday Swamiji. We celebrated Swamiji's birthday in Hyderbad with all Prasannites in a grand way - with bhajans…mantra [and] chantings. And received Swamiji's blessings.’
Some Prasannites reminisced about how Swamiji’s words had transformed their thinking, leading them towards a happier life.
‘Happy Belated Birthday Swamiji! I am fan of you and clearly understood your speech [on the ] difference between our experience, impression and inner status. Only with that speech, and listening to it for countless times, I have learnt, almost, how to be happy…Repeatedly, I listened to this speech to understand the funda of happiness. Thanks Swamiji.’
At 60, Swamiji is one of the leading spiritual gurus of India, ‘The Week’ magazine placing him in their list of the Top 5 best exponents of spiritual knowledge. His books have sold over 1 million copies in 110 titles in different languages.
A picture speaks a thousand words, or so the saying goes. ‘The River of Life’ is just such a book where pictures speak as much as the words themselves. A coffee table book, the first of its kind by Prasanna Trust, it unfolds the truth behind joyous living, revealing that happiness is not something to be pursued, but rather, realized. Our very nature, as human beings, is filled with happiness. Yet we are unaware of this truth due to our own ignorance. This ignorance covers us, hides us from who we are. The book also explores questions of identity, the ‘I’ by which we define ourselves, revealing the games our Ego plays that entrap us further in a world of suffering. Embarking on a spiritual enquiry into the human condition, it begins by explaining what leads us on such a journey:
‘Conflict: the beginning of true enquiry
Life has become a battlefield in which constantly there is a war between different polarities in us – such as the good and the bad; the angel and the devil; the Pandavas and the Kauravas.
The book's subsequent sections go down memory lane, celebrating the growth of Prasanna Trust as it started from a small tributary of a handful to the family of thousands that it is today.
We wish to applaud Dr. Muralidhar for purchasing books worth over Rs. 35,000/-. We invite Chapter Chairpersons and Seminar Leaders to join us in spreading the message of Swamiji through his publications. Take a peek into a page of the book. Contact us here to buy it.
For over 25 years Prasanna Jyothi has worked to transform the lives of girl children in need, providing them with a safe environment in which to grow and realize their full potential.
A part of the Trust’s social service programs, this home for girl children in Bangalore has given underprivileged girls an opportunity for a better life. Many of them today are married with children of their own.
This April 26th marked the Silver Jubilee of Prasann Jyothi. We wish to thank all the people along the way who have selflessly contributed to taking care of girls at the home. We could not have achieved this milestone without your continual support.
'The greatest stress children go through is the greed to be somebody and the fear of being nobody...Each one is unique. Enjoy this uniqueness. Why become somebody? Why not be you? When you are lost in comparisons, you are caught up in competition...learn to compete with your potential.'
- The Art of Wise Parenting,
At our home for girl children, we work to increase their confidence, to make them realize their own uniqueness and in doing so, achieve their full potential.
During Swamiji’s birthday celebrations and in the run up to it, we reached out to nearly 60 people in need of artificial limbs and calipers.
This initiative is carried out regularly in Prasanna Trust, both in its headquarters as well as various chapters across India.
According to the latest statistical data, nearly 21 million people in India are suffering from some form of disability or other, of which 27.9% are disabled in movement.
By providing them with the support they need, we hope to improve their quality of life. Contact us here to find out how you can contribute to this initiative.
This April, we conducted a blood donation camp at Nirgun Mandir. Blood donation camps are another one of the social service initiatives we carry out regularly.
Annadanam, or providing meals for the underprivileged, is something that many of our chapters carry out. In recent months, we have provided meals for hospitals, schools, old age homes, among others.
Some of our chapter members contribute financially to these initiatives, while some contribute in kind. Smt. Annapurna and Sri. Venugopal, members of our Hyderabad chapter, have been providing hot meals cooked in their home to about 250 attendants of the patients of Govt. Niloufer Hospital for Children. They have been doing so every 3rd Saturday, since July 2014. We applaud them on their efforts.
During Swamiji's birthday celebrations, we were also able to give out scholarships to those in need of financial assistance for further studies.
Contact us to be a part of these initiatives.