There will be a South India Sangha Gathering and Retreat in Bangalore in April 2018; registrations will be taken 1 – 28 February. Please see the article in this newsletter.
The 2017 Youth and Children’s Retreat took place in December. Look for the articles with pictures - "Youth & Children’s Retreat" and "Holiday Celebrations at SRSG" - in this newsletter. Yuko Metsugi wrote, “Met so many new friends (仲間) again this time…I simply feel that we are connected under a great power, which is the tradition and the guru lineage.” And Pat Layton noted, “It was so joyful to share practice with children.”
We also share with you in this newsletter a transcript of possibly the last lecture given by Swami Veda before he dropped the body – “Beijing, May 18, 2015”.
Saraswati, salutations to you. Saraswati Namastubhyam. There was a Saraswati puja, and the murti was installation on the first floor porch of the gurukulam building at SRSG on Vasant Panchami, 22 January 2018. For many, the festival is dedicated to Saraswati, Devi of knowledge, music, art, wisdom, learning, philosophy, creativity and nature. Some educational institutions arrange special prayers or pujas in the morning to seek blessing from Saraswati for accomplishment in study. If you put the words “Saraswati Namastubhyam” in a search engine, you can learn more about the Saraswati Shloka.
The full moon on 31st January 2018 will be the 2nd full moon in the month. It will occur when the moon is at perigee, which means the point in the 27 day orbit of the moon at which it is nearest to the earth. In addition, there will be a lunar eclipse; to see if the lunar eclipse will be visible in your area, please click here.
Picture of meditation on Mauni Amavasya by Divya Gupta, picture of the children on Christmas by Jay Prakash Bahuguna, and picture of “Saraswati Namastubhyam” from Pat Layton.
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