International Yoga Day

22nd Jul, 2015

The bodily postures or asanas we call yoga today has its roots in a history that is more than 15,000 years old. While in modern times it is more often than not looked on as a form of exercise, yoga is, in fact, a sacred knowledge that lights the path of spiritual progress. It is one of the 6 major schools of Hinduism and is itself constituted of a variety of practices and methods, namely, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, karma yoga, laya yoga, hatha yoga.

The name is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ meaning ‘to bind, join, attach and yoke’; it denotes the true union of the will of God with that of our own. The practitioner of yoga is a yogi or yogin. The Bhagavad Gita describes such a person as one who has mastered his mind. ‘A lamp does not flicker in a place where no wind blows; so it is with a yogi who controls his mind, intellect and self, being absorbed in the spirit within him. When the restlessness of the mind, intellect and self is stilled through the practice of yoga, the yogi by the grace of the eternal Spirit within himself finds fulfilment.’

As with many sacred practices, it is a knowledge passed down from divinity itself, with Lord Shiva being termed the very first yogi, known as Adi Yogi. He passed on his knowledge to 7 disciples known as the Saptarishis. These Saptarishis took yoga to many parts of the world.

Passed down in the guru-shishya tradition, from teacher to disciple, it is a practice that has survived thousands of years. Today, it is practised by hundreds of thousands across the world.

In December of 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21st June as International Yoga Day, in a way acknowledging yoga for the global acceptance it has gained for its secular approach to spirituality and self-improvement.

"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."

- Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly

Under the guidance of Poojya Swamiji, all the chapters organised yoga camp on International Yoga Day.

 



Questions of Existence

31st May, 2015

The Existential Laboratory is in essence a journey of self-exploration guided by Swami Sukhabodhananda. Surrounded by nature and far removed from the stress of ever-day life, it facilitates a process to understand oneself and grow. Through that understanding, one can find a purpose and a meaningful life.

There is much we have to unlearn and forget in order to reach that level of understanding. A return to nature and innocence, a diligent effort at simplifying and 'letting go' instead of 'holding on', are just some of the things that Swamiji explains and explores.

This May, we conducted another successful workshop in Bangalore.

Life is a journey to be explored Management through the Mahabharatha

Applying tales of antiquity to the modern management paradigm, the Management Through Mahabharatha workshop took place in Lucknow on the 21st and 22nd of May 2015.

 



A Time for Celebration

12th May, 2015

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.’
   - Ms. Bhavani Dharmasamvardhini, Hyderabad

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.’
       - Mr. Sudarshan Nagaraj

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.

 



Launch of a new book: ‘The River of Life’

12th May, 2015

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
When does conflict arise? Only when you know ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, but at the same time are confused as to what you should do in a given situation, is it not? Understand that conflict arising out of confusion is the first baby step in one’s life towards transformation. Conflict indicates that you know something and you are not sure as to how to act in that given situation.

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.
How are you treating your deficiencies and frustrations? Do you deal with them with dignity, guilt or with the tantrums of temper? When faced with such situations switch your journey of life to a journey of enquiry and be guided by your master.’

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.

 

 

 



Prasanna Jyothi Silver Jubilee Celebrations

12th May, 2015

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,
       Swami Sukhabodhananda

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. 

 



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