GAYATRI MANTRA Om bhur bhuvah svaha tat savitur varenyam bhargo devasya dhimahi dhiyo yo nah prachodayat Try this wonderful mantra with your japa mala for peace, happiness and removal of obstacles. Say your mantra on each of the 108 beads … Continue reading
I have recently discovered the complete joy of making malas. And guess what…it’s really easy! So why make your own mala? You can choose exactly the colour, type and size of beads you want. You can personalise your mala to be a … Continue reading
“Prestige or grandeur is not important at all; faith and devotion are of the utmost importance ” Sri Sakthi Narayani Amma
Padma, my darling Ma, celebrated her birthday on the weekend. Padma is so special to me and I wanted to find her a present that she would really love. I have been thinking for a while what that perfect gift might be. Suddenly it dawned on … Continue reading
Yesterday afternoon I went to pick up my mail and was very excited to see my Guru had arrived by post. Well not exactly…but nearly as good. My newest issue of the magazine, Sri Sakthi Gnanadeepam, was waiting in my box.
Each year when I stay at the Sripuram Ashram in India I renew my magazine subscription. Then each month I receive this delightful magazine packed with photos, quotes, news and discourses by Amma. It fills me with happiness each time one arrives. It is as if I have returned to the ashram without even leaving home.
These spiritual magazines are a great way to catch up on what is happening at the ashram while you are not there. They are a fantastic tool to refocus you on your spiritual path. Most importantly they remind me of my goal to be of service to others.
Another spiritual magazine I subscribe to is Yoga. This wonderful magazine is all about Satyananda and comes from the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, India. It gives some lovely insights into living a more genuine yogic life.
A PRECIOUS HUMAN LIFE
Every day think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself. To expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others. I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.
H. H The XIV Dalai Lama…
A few weeks ago my Thought For The Day was this poem by Rumi…
The Guest House
This human being is a guesthouse.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and attend them all.
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing…and invite them in.
I have just watched a lovely performance by my friends Edo and Jo where they have put these lyrics to music. It is divine ~ I hope you enjoy it…
Satyananda Ashram shop at Mangrove Mountain, NSW, Australia… As you know I adore India, shopping and spirituality. Is it possible to combine all three? Well…I’m going to let you in on a little secret…YES…ashrams have shops too! Amazingly enough nearly every ashram … Continue reading