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  • The Power of Rudraaksha Seeds

    A couple of months ago I was fortunate to visit Hrishikesh, and one of the first things I asked our guide was to show us the tree which produces the Rudraaksha seeds. He took me to a farm not too far from the Laxman Jhula. ...Read More

  • Q&A: Hanumanji

    What is your belief of Hanumanji’s birth date? What is the birth place of Hanumanji? Where are the main temples of Hanumanji? In my opinion, Sri Hanumanji was not an ordinary mortal being; He was Parbrahma Himself. Parbrahma cannot be bound by anything since by name and in form He is ‘Shunya’ i.e. He can appear in any form whenever He wants to. ...Read More

  • The Significance of the number 108

    We must agree that all measuring systems are merely reference frames. They give us a starting point. It doesn’t really matter if you call them farenheits or cycles. All science is based on fundamental assumptions of the mechanics of this universe. Yet, these assumptions, if correct, connect like building blocks. ...Read More

  • The Significance of Dipawali

    Dipawali is one of the most important festivals of India which has both social and spiritual significance. It falls in the month of Kartika, the month named after the Commander of the Godly Forces (Dev Sanapati, the elder son of Lord Shiva). Dipawali is celebrated in autumn. Human beings are the legates of their past good and bad deeds which either mar or mark their existence in life, either through fortunes or misfortunes. An escape from this is impossible. ...Read More

  • GuruMaa's Vision Coming Alive

    One of the hallmarks of a great leader (in any field) is to have an audacious vision; and then lead huge groups of people towards achieving the vision. The leaders develop a following, and everyone drives towards achieving the goal. Most leaders do it for personal gain, name or fame. I have not seen anyone do it selflessly – except my spiritual leader, Her Holiness GuruMaa Jyotishanand Saraswati. She went to USA with less than two hundred dollars, and created Vedic Heritage Inc and Sri Hanuman Mandir worth millions. It is not about the money. She realized that the Indians living in USA were forgetting their roots and their rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Vedic Heritage was born. Along the way, a comfortably wealthy Marwari Jain lady became a famous astrologer, took Sanyas under Sanathana Dharma, became a Mahamandleshwar, was anointed as a Parvatyacharya, had dedicated her faith in Sri Hanumanji, founded Vedic Heritage, bought a run-down YMCA building and converted it into Sri Hanuman Temple. The NY Ashram has become an oasis for the Indians living in USA, especially in the Tri-state area. She transformed the lives of hundreds (including mine). She wrote several books, She has left a huge legacy behind in USA. ...Read More

  • Yantras in Vedic Art

    Years ago, when GuruMaa was teaching me the mantras of Sri Hanuman Puja, She would explain the significance of correct pronunciation and rhythm for chanting the mantras. ...Read More

  • How Can We Let This Happen?

    Following are some facts and factoids which make you wonder about women’s safety in our motherland. How can we let this happen? 2012 saw a 23% leap in the number of rapes cases (reported) compared to 2011. India Today reports that Delhi has witnessed around 4 rape case a day in 2013 already, which is double the rate in 2012. What impact is the politician’s statements, police commitments, lawyer action and citizen’s movements having on these deplorable men? ...Read More

  • Power-up Technology with Meditation

    We are living in a world where we are constantly juggling multiple priorities. Many of our work lives have become 24 by 7 due to the advent of mobile phones and tablets. Many of us are leading global lifestyles, with friends and relatives distributed in all the four corners of the world. ...Read More

  • Let Us Look At Ourselves

    When I asked GuruMaa about the path to world peace; She promptly replied that the first step is finding peace within yourself. Look deep within yourself, look for Samdhan (contentment), Santosh (satisfaction) and Samarpan (surrender to God) – and the way to do it is through Prem (love – yourself first and conquer Vikaar or Anger, Jealousy, Lust, Ego etc.), Vishvash (trust – everyone around you) and Shraddha (faith – which will awaken within yourself on its own) and the God or goodness within you will come forward. Nirbhay’s brutal rape and death has awakened the Nation of India in a very democratic manner. ...Read More

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  • With Sight – despite No Sight

    The lady was in Singapore to launch her autobiography: InSight. An hour long Q&A session later I left Miriam Batliwala, filled with admiration for this woman's – Incredible Journey from Darkness to Light. We talk about anecdotes from her book, which she autographs for me expertly!.­­ ...Read More

  • The Art of Spirituality

    In 1988 while posted in Madras (now Chennai) a first-time visitor to our home gave us a wooden Ganesh, saying “May the Lord bless and fill your home with His presence,” advising the statue be placed facing the main entrance. ...Read More

  • A Nostalgic, Musical Journey

    While researching, preserving and writing Rajasthani folk music, besides the new generation of Marwaris in India, Leela also kept in mind the significant Marwari and Rajasthani Diaspora spread across the world – and their need and desire to adhere to their traditions and roots. Leela Somani’s name is synonymous with the propagation and dissemination of Rajasthani folk music. ...Read More

  • Fusion of Faith

    On a recent visit to Bangkok our dates coincided with the anniversary celebrations on 9th November 2012 of the Erawan Brahma shrine adjoining the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel. Enshrined here is the statue of Thao Maha Brahma or San Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of Brahma, the Hindu God of Creation. Erawan is the name of the mythological three-headed white elephant Airavata who carried Lord Indra. ...Read More

  • Interview: Dr. Ramesh Vaish

    Dr Ramesh Vaish is a distinguished economist, chartered accountant and lawyer. He has 45 years’ experience in international finance, taxation and investment. He was Chairman, International Advisory Services – a division of Coopers & Lybrand in India, now merged with Price Waterhouse Coopers. ...Read More

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  • Pink – the Color of Hope

    Breast Cancer is one of the most commonest diseases to impact women (and a very small percentage of men). Most of the information on this page is summarized from The Cancer Research’s material. It is meant to raise awareness, so that you can understand better and seek help sooner. The first symptom of breast cancer for many women is a lump in their breast. But many women have breast lumps and 9 out of 10 (90%) are benign. That means they are not cancers. ...Read More

  • Fighting Winter Ailments

    It is winter time. Sweaters, pashminas, coats and jackets are out Count down for Spring begins. In the meantime, we have to look forward to at least 3 months of chilly weather (for most of the readers). Sniffles, cold, cough, joint aches, dry skin and blues or depression are the most common ailments in this season. I share 'GuruMaa's' and Ayurvedic recipes and treatments for all these common ailments which will keep us hale and hearty this winter. ...Read More

  • Desis: Eat to Die or Die to Eat?

    Health Tips for Indians, and Global Citizens who eat Indian food! Indian food and diet, if balanced, can be extremely healthy. The mostly vegetarian diet full of herbs and spices, which have healing powers can be very beneficial to you. ...Read More

  • Pain, Sadness, Suffering & Greed

    Pain, sadness, suffering, greed – these are qualities that every human being in the world experiences, since nothing other than perfection is perfect. These emotions and feelings make all of us human. In my view the very definition of human beings is imperfection and mistakes. Please note, this is my personal definition as I do believe there is no human that hasn’t made mistakes, or won’t make one at some point in his/her life. ...Read More

  • Art and Meditation

    What is art meditation? In our daily life when we get bored at home, we switch on TV and when nothing interesting comes, we end up even more bored. At work to take a break we start surfing net or get into chat with friends. But there are some who start doodling on paper. Effortlessly. And some times they get so lost in a kind of meditative state, that they forget their surroundings. ...Read More

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  • Holi Talent Celebration in New York

    Her Holiness Pratham Parvatacharya Anant Vibhushit Guruma Jyotishanand Saraswati is the founder of Vedic Heritage Inc. of Long Island New York. She has been a pioneer in promoting and providing worldwide exposure to Indian Classical dance and music in New York and VHI holds two such iconic annual functions every year where the Maestros are invited in Fall and youngsters under 25 years in Spring around the time of Holi. ...Read More

  • On February 29th Vedic Heritage,Inc.,celebrated Maha Shivratri with great enthusiasm and boundless exuberance

    This is an imperative day for the devotees of Shiva, who stay awake throughout the night, praying to seek blessings from him. The Shiv Shakti Mandir looked extravagant, adorned with sculptures, malas and lights. As every year, the main attraction was the stunning Barfani Baba (Shivlinga) ice sculpture. ...Read More

  • Preventive Measures

    On the evening of December 16, 2012, a 23 year old woman was raped in New Delhi. The woman and a male friend were traveling in a public bus after watching a film, when they were attacked by six men. She subsequently died from herinjuries. This tragedy has caught the world's attention. There has been a great deal of talk about self defense training for women. Everybody seems to recommend enrollment in a martial arts class. But might that be a lot of hard work, violence (combat training and combat thinking), and preparation for a singular moment which probably will not happen in any of our lives? In choosing to write this commentary, the idea was not to focus on the assailant, neither on legislation, nor on social misconceptions. ...Read More

  • Baba's Birthday Party at Lonavala

    Each year, since its inception, Vedic Heritage has celebrated the major religious festivals of India both in the USA and now in Lonavala. ...Read More

  • Safety of Women

    After the savage rape and subsequent death of the 23-year-old student shook India and Indians – and many others - all over the world, one of the issues that was being talked about, was how unsafe India, and more so the capital New Delhi, had progressively become over the years. How does the safety of women living in regional cities in Southeast Asia compare with conditions in India? My friends sent in their reports. Compiled by Amita Sarwal, a resident of Safe Singapore (as she calls it), since 1994. ...Read More

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