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[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras in Assam - Learning to chant Slokas for concentration and peace of mind.

“In their purity, austerity and power, the Vedic hymns have appeared to me like fresh, clear streams gushing out of a rocky mountain. The beautiful pictures of life and nature seem to carry some deep, hidden meaning. The very sound often makes a deep, symbolic impression. The wise men of India, from the immediate successors of the Vedic sages right down to our times, have searched for and discovered the revelation of the deepest spiritual truth in the Vedas.”

26 May 2024

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[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras in Assam - Learning to chant Slokas for concentration and peace of mind.

“In their purity, austerity and power, the Vedic hymns have appeared to me like fresh, clear streams gushing out of a rocky mountain. The beautiful pictures of life and nature seem to carry some deep, hidden meaning. The very sound often makes a deep, symbolic impression. The wise men of India, from the immediate successors of the Vedic sages right down to our times, have searched for and discovered the revelation of the deepest spiritual truth in the Vedas.”  Dr. Abinash Chandra Bose (1896 - 1974) Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is committed to transmit the richness of Sanatana dharma to the youngsters in terms of the depth and width of knowledge, the sacrifices of national heroes, miracles of Maha Rishis, science and mathematics, moral stories, and the importance of maintaining the traditions and customs. Learning and chanting appropriate Mantras for humanity as well as for oneself development is a high priority.  The following are three prominent mantras one must chant every day before the class begins which would enable them to concentrate and create a peaceful atmosphere. Also, three other slokas to be chanted every day.   Chant when you wake up by looking at your palms:  Mantra: Karaagre Vasate Lakshmi, Karamadhye Saraswati Karamoole Tu Govinda, Prabhaate Karadarshanam Meaning: I focus on my fingers (Kara: hand; Agra: top/tip) and I visualize the abundant blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, who dwells there. I focus on the center of my palms (Kara: hand, Madhya: middle) and I visualize the abundant blessings of Goddess Saraswati, who dwells there. At the base of my hand (Kara: hand, Moola: bottom), I visualize the infinite blessings of Lord Vishnu, who dwells there. Chant Before taking Bath. Gangge Ca Yamune Cai[a-E]va Godaavari Sarasvati | Narmade Sindhu Kaaveri Jale-[A]smin Sannidhim Kuru || Meaning: O Holy Rivers Ganga and Yamuna, and also Godavari and Saraswati, O Holy Rivers Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri; Please be Present in this Water (and make it Holy). Chant before taking Meals. Brahmaarpanam brahma havih Brahmaagnau brahmanaahutam Brahmaiva tena gantavyam Brahma karma samaadhina Meaning: Brahman is the oblation (fire sacrifice). Brahman is the ghee (clarified butter, used in a fire sacrifice) The oblation is poured by Brahman into the fire of Brahman. Brahman shall be realized by the one who considers everything as (a manifestation or) an act of Brahman. Benefits of Chanting Mantras: •    Soothing the body •    Cushioning the mind from negativity •    Enhancing mental abilities •    Lowering stress levels •    Uplifting consciousness •    Improving concentration and memory recall •    Boosting energy levels and improving mood •    Connecting with intuition and inner self •    Practicing mindfulness and meditation Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979.  {{album_1110}}
26 May 2024

[GHHF] Roundup of activities May 11-20, 2024

1. Three-Day Prana Pratishta of Maramma Goddess in Kalyandurg Concluded with Infusion of Life into Murty, offering of Maha Purnahuti and Annadanam. (5/11) Sri Pandit Gopi Chary has taken the lead in coordinating the three-day Prana Pratishta program in this village. The villagers approached GHHF to help construct the Temple financially as well as conducting a three-day Prana Prathista Program as per Vedi tradition and as per the guidelines of various Puranas. Maremma temple has been newly built in NTR Colony in Kalyandurg town, in this temple, idol prana installation, kalash installation, flagpole installation programs have been done on behalf of the Global Hindu Heritage Foundation organization for three days for the goddesses and the regular puja system has been adapted. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-three-day-prana-pratishta-of-maramma-goddess-in-kalyandurg-concluded-with-infusion-of-life-into-murty-offering-of-maha-purnahuti-and-annadanam.-/1954     2. Remembering Mother as the Pillar and panacea for Humanity (5/12) Hindu religion has given her the highest position any religion can accord.  Matru Devo Bhava is the dictum nobody can forget. Mother is divine. It is important to remember that only Hindus worship God in the form of Divine Mother. In Hinduism we have Sri Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, Saraswati the goddess of learning and knowledge, Parvati goddess who bestows women with long married life, and Kali, the power of time and other goddesses who protected the human race from demonic forces. Women as goddesses are worshipped in all religious festivals.  https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-remembering-mother-as-the-pillar-and-panacea-for-humanity/1956   3. Gharwapsi in Assam – A Four-Member Muslim family Embraced Hinduism – We extended accommodation, legal and financial help; Also Helped secure a Job. (5/13) “Muslim lady Rumi Begum Laskar embraced Hinduism with her three children at village Gosaipur, Assam. Some legal formalities are yet to be done as Muslims after knowing about this Gharwapsi pressuring her to return to Islam. Although we take care of the family and provide all support as required. One year back when they decided to embrace Hinduism, they contacted other organizations but unfortunately, they couldn't finish the legal process. Last week this family contacted me and now I have taken responsibility for this family. GHHF has extended all legal, financial, and other support to this family.” https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-gharwapsi-in-assam-a-four-member-muslim-family-embraced-hinduism-we-extended-accommodation-legal-and-financial-help-also-helped-secure-a-job/1957     4. 34th Day of serving Water and Buttermilk for people to stave off heatwave via Chalivendralu (Water Pandals); Sponsorship Requested (5/14) With all the economic development, there are millions in India who cannot afford to buy a drink or even a bottle of water. Not even 0.01% has public taps to quench their thirst. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has taken up this task in about 20 centers in hour cities providing drinking water for the poor and other living beings also. Foundation believes this task to be very divine. We have witnessed so much life perishing on the streets due to scorching heat and lack of water and trying to save as many as we can. We saw many people faint on the streets as they could not get a glass of water. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-34th-day-of-serving-water-and-buttermilk-for-people-to-stave-off-heatwave-via-chalivendralu-water-pandals-sponsorship-requested/1958   5. Round up of our activities May 1-10, 2024 (5/15) Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is providing Water and Buttermilk in about 20 centers where the heat wave is rampant. May of the members and friends of GHHF are sponsoring these centers to ensure that water and buttermilk are provided to the thirsty villagers and travelers. The correspondent Venkata Ramana reported that our Pracharaks Naga Malleswara Reddy, Ulli Venkata Subbaiah, Ulli Prasad, Ulli Mohan, Bandi Ramachandra Naidu, Nayi Brahmanudu, Maddela Rama Subbaiah and others helped the center near Peddamma Mori in Sirivella Mandalam in Andhra Pradesh. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-round-up-of-our-activities-may-1-10-2024/1959     6. More than 100 pair of Shoes distributed to the needy and poor people enabling them to walk on the hot concrete streets in Bharat. Donations Requested to provide more Chappals. (5/16) GLOBAL Hindu Heritage Foundation is incredibly happy to announce that we distributed more than one hundred pairs of shoes to the poor people who cannot afford to buy. Many of them cannot afford to buy these shoes and suffer silently and walk on the streets that burn their feet. Donors: Sri Bhaskara Devata and his friend provided 100 pairs of shoes to GHHF to donate them to the needy. We thank them for their generous supply of these shoes and helping the villagers who need them. Importance of Charity in Hinduism: Charity is praised as one of the greatest virtues in Hindu Dharma. A gift that is given without any expectation of appreciation or reward is beneficial to both giver and recipient. Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says, “Charity given to a worthy person simply because it is right to give, without consideration of anything in return, at the proper time and in the proper place, is stated to be in the mode of goodness.” (17:20) https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-more-than-100-pair-of-shoes-distributed-to-the-needy-and-poor-people-enabling-them-to-walk-on-the-hot-concrete-streets-in-bharat.-donations-requested-to-provide-more-chappals/1960   7. Bala Samskar Kendras – Students Learned to chant and know the importance of Lingashtakam. (5/17) Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is extremely happy to inform that we are organizing about 200 Bala Samskar Kendras in eight different States in Bharat and Bangladesh. Over the last week they have organized several activities including learning the importance of chanting Lingashtakam. Teachers are helping them to chant properly. Most of the teachers taught the students to chant Lingashtakam. Learning Lingashtaka Stotram. All the students in most of the centers are learning to chant Lingashtakam. Teachers require them to learn by heart to make sure that the children chant Lingashtakam without looking at the book.   https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-bala-samskar-kendras-students-learned-to-chant-and-know-the-importance-of-lingashtakam/1961     8. About 20 Water Tanks for the dehydrated, thirsty animals are placed in different centers to provide Water during this scorching summer. (5/18) Water Tanks for Animals: In this heat when temperature is already making new records, imagine how tough it would be for the stray animals and birds, who have no recourse from the fury Sun god! But there are ways to ensure that our furry and feathered friends make it through the season with ease, if only each one of us becomes a little mindful. In Hinduism, animals occupy an important place. Hindus believe that animals contain the souls of their ancestors or may have been reborn. Thus, they are treated with respect. They are not to be killed for their food. In fact, Cow is regarded as the most sacred animal that needs to be protected, not killed. In fact, the Cows symbolize wealth, compassion, motherliness, righteousness (dharma), motherhood, divinity, sattvic nature, sacrifice, service, purity, and auspiciousness. In ancient India, a person’s social and economic status depended upon the number of cattle he possessed. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-about-20-water-tanks-for-the-dehydrated-thirsty-animals-are-placed-in-different-centers-to-provide-water-during-this-scorching-summer/1962   9. 38th Day of serving Water and Buttermilk for people to stave off heatwave via Chalivendralu (Water Pandals); Sponsorship Requested. (5/19) Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is happy to inform that we are continuing our Chalivendralu in many centers. This is the 38th day of providing Water and Buttermilk in about 20 centers where the heat wave is rampant. May of the members and friends of GHHF are sponsoring these centers to ensure that water and buttermilk are provided to the thirsty villagers and travelers. Sponsors: We thank Manohar Maramaraj, Dipak Patel, Vishnu Percha, Priya Nagendra, Venugopalan Nair, Vasudevan K Iyengar, and Bhargava Pillalamarri for sponsoring the distribution this week. We have another SIX donors who are helping with the distribution, we will recognize them as we continue the distribution in the next few weeks. SPONSORSHIP: One can sponsor one day distribution of water and buttermilk for $116 https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-38th-day-of-serving-water-and-buttermilk-for-people-to-stave-off-heatwave-via-chalivendralu-water-pandals-sponsorship-requested/1963   10. Bala Samskar Kendras – Students learned a story about Crane and Snake with a moral to Think Before You Act. (5/20) Once upon a time, on the banks of a river, lived a crane and a crab. The two were very good friends. The crane had a major problem. There was a bad snake in the region, that was always eating up the crane's eggs. The crane and the crab put their heads together and tried to work out a way out of the problem. The crab had a sudden brilliant idea. "We are not equipped to kill this powerful enemy of ours. To kill the snake, we must invite an enemy of the snake", he said. The crane was thrilled with the idea. But his wife, who was a sensible person, was not too sure. She asked him to go through the plan thoroughly, so that it would not backfire. The crane was, however, convinced that the plan would work great. He picked up a fish and dropped it outside the home of a mongoose. All along the path up to his house, he dropped fish at regular intervals. https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-bala-samskar-kendras-students-learned-a-story-about-crane-and-snake-with-a-moral-to-think-before-you-act/1964 Your donations are appreciated By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979.
25 May 2024

[GHHF] Ghar Waapasi to make Hindus aware of the differences between Christianity and Hinduism; to make them proud of their Heritage.

Of all the systems of religion that were ever invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory, than this thing called Christianity. Too absurd for belief, too impossible to convince, and too inconsistent for practice, it renders the heart torpid or produces only atheists and fanatics. Thomas Paine (1735-1826) Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) organized Ghar Waapasi program for more than four years. We have about 22 Pracharaks working in different States. They carry with them a two-page document that explains the need to protect and preserve Sanatana Dharma and preserve the integrity of Hindu Temples. They prepared a list of points to discuss with them regarding the contradictions in the Bible, derogatory remarks about other religions, the verses that create discord in the families and abuses about Hindu Gods and Goddesses. They distributed the flyers about the rights they have and how they can defend themselves from the pressures from Christian Pastors. They have been continuously talking to the Converted Christians going to villages, talking to them individually and in groups comparing the verses from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita. Our Associates collected so much information about what is happening in the churches, how the Churches are discriminating against the converted Dalits, how they are made to sit in the back seats, and how they are forced to contribute 10% of their income. They even showed how the Pastors live, their houses, and their lifestyles. As you all aware, the Hindu population is declining due to massive Christian efforts to convert as many people as possible. While we keep writing books and articles, engage in endless discussions, organizing Conferences, and participating in demonstrations, we are losing our Hindus day by day. If all the efforts we have been making till now had some impact on reversing the trend, it would have been great. As we concentrate on our intellectual endeavors, Christians are concentrating on conversion. It is time for all the intellectuals and activists to pause a few minutes and look at the ground realities. Our intellectual endeavors and activists’ protests are not reaching the villages where conversion is rampant. We cannot ignore or turn away from what is happening on the ground. Hence, GHHF is doing its dharma to make sure converted Hindus hear the truth about Hinduism and Christians. GHHF has prepared a 60-page booklet that narrates the difference between Christianity and Hinduism. It documents the comparison between the statements found in Bible and Bhagavad Gita. “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters— yes, even his own life— he cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:26) And whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple.     In Hinduism, we emphasize the importance of respecting parents. The Vedas say "mathru devo bhava, pithru devo bhava", and the Thirukkural and Atthi Chudi also emphasize the importance of respecting and obeying parents. The Dharma Sastras also repeatedly emphasize the importance of parents in life, saying that they deserve respect because they are responsible for our birth. Matru Devo Bhava is the dictum nobody can forget. Mother is divine. It is important to remember that only Hindus worship God in the form of Divine Mother. In Hinduism we have Sri Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, Saraswati the goddess of learning and knowledge, Parvati goddess who bestows women with long married life, and Kali, the power of time and other goddesses who protected the human race from demonic forces. Women as goddesses are worshipped in all religious festivals. During Navaratri time, Devi's different manifestations are worshipped for ten days. And no function is complete without the participation of women. The social inconsistencies and injustices in the role of women did not arise from Hindu scriptures, but from the external forces that that constrained the movement of women as well as the foreign rule that forced women to take a protective role. Many Hindu scriptures accorded the highest regard and the highest status to women. Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979. {{album_1107}}
24 May 2024

Distribution of Shoes to the needy and poor people -enabling them to walk on the roads in Bharat.

“What is in your mind when you’re serving? While you are serving, there should not be any competition. You should serve wholeheartedly. We came as servants to God. We have to remember that. But when you forget that you’re serving God and guru, ego takes over and pride arises. When ego and pride come together, one becomes an angry person and can no longer serve.” - Paramahamsa Vishwananda  GLOBAL Hindu Heritage Foundation is incredibly happy to announce that we distributed more than one hundred pairs of shoes to poor people who cannot afford to buy them. Many of them cannot afford to buy these shoes, suffer silently, and walk on the streets, which burns their feet. We thank them for their generous supply of these shoes and for helping the villagers who need them.   Importance of Charity in Hinduism Charity is praised as one of the greatest virtues in Hindu Dharma. A gift that is given without any expectation of appreciation or reward is beneficial to both the giver and recipient. Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says, “Charity given to a worthy person simply because it is right to give, without consideration of anything in return, at the proper time and in the proper place, is stated to be in the mode of goodness.” (17:20) Lord Rāma said to Lakshmana: "Truly it is said that what is not given by us will not be enjoyed by us in the future! "I (God) abandon that person who eats before sharing his food with others. But I never forsake that person who gives food to the hungry before eating himself. I am the Lord of all food. I take away the food of him who eats without giving, and I nurture and give food in plenty to that person who considers giving food as important as feeding himself." Skanda Purana says, "From the wealth you have earned by rightful means, take out one-tenth, and as a matter of duty, give it away in charity. Dedicate your charity for the pleasure of God". It is believed that the entire life of any human being is to benefit others through his possessions, thoughts, and wisdom. Charity done without expecting anything in return accrues good karma, which will stay with the donor forever. Similarly, one who does not do good to others will incur sin.  In Mahabharata, Yaksha asked Yudhishtara, “What is the best charity?  “That which is given to a deserving person,” Yudhishtira said, “Charity must be given to a person who can put it to the best use. Only then is it virtuous.” Why donate these shoes? Donating shoes to the poor is a deserving act. These are the people who need them the most. Imagine waking up in the morning and going to nearby shops to buy a few food items on foot, walking on the streets scorched by the hot sun. Now imagine somebody stepping outside without any shoes. The ground feels like it’s on fire, each step sending a burning pain up your legs. This is the reality for many people. As you can see, many of them are old and middle-aged people walking on these hot streets. They expressed their appreciation for the free distribution of these shoes.  Our donors feel that all of us can be part of their mission to provide chappals for the poor and help them to walk on the burning streets without fear of burning their feet. Our Pracharaks in the Anantapur and Kalyandurg areas have distributed these shoes to the poor. We express our appreciation to Sri Gopi Krushna Chary, Arju, Anil Kumar, and Hanumanthe for their efforts.  DONATIONS REQUETESD TO DISTRUBUTE SHOES Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979. {{album_1106}}
23 May 2024

[GHHF] “Jai Sri Ram on every door - Jai Sri Ram in every roar” program in Andhra Pradesh.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is extremely happy to start a program "Prati Inta Ramanaam - Prati Nota Ramanaam" in Seesam Guntala village of Nandyala district, with the help of Tirupal, a full-time worker of the GHHF and the youth of the village committee, where "Jai Sri Ram" sing was imprinted on the Hindu houses as they chant Si Rama name. The "Jai Sri Ram" slogan has been chanted for centuries since the Treta Yuga where Sri Rama was born. It is believed that Sri Rama reached the shores, he threw a stone with Sri Rama written on it. It happened to float on the water instead of sinking. Hanuman and other Vanaras built Rama Sethu in five days as they keep Chanting Sri Rama. After completion, they started chanting Jai Sri Ram. The sign is being printed in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal and in Bangladesh and USA. More than 200 people have taken the initiative to the villages and paint the slogan in the houses as well as on the walls and electric poles. Countless hours are being spent by these volunteers with passion, zeal, and gaiety. Their bubbling excitement and enthusiasm was immeasurable. Jai Sri Ram has become a very powerful and revered mantra in Hinduism that holds profound religious and cultural significance. It is a symbol of devotion, righteousness, and the triumph of good over evil. The utterance of these three words resonates deeply within the hearts of millions of people, transcending religious boundaries and fostering a sense of unity. In this article, we will delve into the historical, cultural, and spiritual aspects of "Jai Sri Ram." This slogan can be traced back to Ramayana written by Sage Valmiki and people chanted thus mantra to show their reverence, and faith to Sri Rama. It is believed that chanting of this mantra invokes the blessings of Sri Rama and establishes direct connection with the divine. At the societal level, it has become a unifying force bringing all the Hindus together. It has become a rallying cry for the liberation of the Ayodhya Temple where a Mosque was built nearly 500 years ago.   This mantra continues to inspire millions, transcending religious and cultural boundaries. As people continue to chant "Jai Sri Ram" with devotion and reverence, they contribute to a legacy that celebrates the triumph of good over evil and fosters a sense of unity and cultural pride. Additionally, chanting Jai Sri Ram has become a way to relieve fear, sorrow, stress, worries, and at the same time chanting gives strength and freedom from the cycle of birth and death that is the real reality of the child for the mother Is like crying. The chanting of Jai Sri Ram is believed to usher in the concept of Rama Rajya. ‘Ram Rajya’ visualizes a society in which virtue, morality and justice are the core ideals around which day-to-day interactions between citizen and citizen and state and citizen occur. Since it is impossible to imagine such a perfect situation, Ram Rajya, in the modern sense, is often thought of as an idealistic goal which governments should keep in mind when policies are developed.  Rama's reign is known as the Rama Rajya which lasted for 11,000 years. During this period, people were happy, healthy, holy, satisfied and lived with complete peace and harmony. There was no evil, no wars, no natural calamity, and no diseases. Rama ruled the whole earth without using military force as all kings submitted themselves to him. During Rama’s reign, all the citizens are happy and are employed where they can feed their families. During that time, no terrorism, no theft, no communal riots, and no citizen ever needed to sleep hungry. Rama was considered wise, selfless, and honest. He was able to protect its citizens from foreign invasions and selfless and hardworking. Rama Rajya is described in Yuddha Kanda of Ramayana: •    While Rama was ruling the kingdom, there were no widows to lament, nor there was no danger from wild animals, nor any fear born of diseases. •    Every creature felt pleased. Everyone was intent on virtue. Turning their eyes towards Rama alone, creatures did not kill one another. •    While Rama was ruling the kingdom, people survived for thousands of years, with thousands of their progeny, all free of illness and grief. •    While Rama ruled the kingdom, the talks of the people centered round Rama, Rama and Rama. The world became Rama's world. •    The trees there were bearing flowers and fruits regularly, without any injury by pests and insects. The clouds were raining in time and the wind was delightful to the touch. •    All the people were endowed with excellent characteristics. All were engaged in virtue. https://youtu.be/HkGoRFskwMs Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979 {{album_1105}}  
22 May 2024

[GHHF] Bhajans are sung to show gratitude to Gods and Goddesses in various places to create faith, pride, and peace of mind.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation was started to protect Hindu Temples and to preserve and protect Hindu culture. Not only distribution of the importance of preserving Hindu culture, organizing several meetings across the States, we strongly believe that every Temple should conduct Bhajans glorifying the Gods and Goddesses. It is decided that all the Hindus should be brought back to the Temples. One way of bringing them to the Temple is to conduct Bhajans in the Temples. Bhajans play an important role in Sanatana Dharma. Bhajans are sung to show our gratitude and love for God. Singing or listening to devotional songs removes all negativity in one’s mind and fills one’s heart with joy, peace, and contentment. It elevates one’s mood and creates inner equilibrium. There is a lot of difference in the feeling when you sing for yourself and when you sing for God. When a devotional song is played or sung, it cleanses the atmosphere and fills the place with positive energy. Bhajan is a Sanskrit word, the meaning is “to serve, honor, revere, love, and adore.” The Sanskrit word bhajan or bhajana is derived from the root bhaj, which means "divide, share, partake, participate, to belong to". The word also connotes "attachment, devotion to, fondness for, homage, faith or love, worship, piety to something as a spiritual, religious principle or means of salvation". Bhajan also refers to a spiritual practice, originating in Vedic times (Sama Veda) in India and now used all over the world, in which names of God are chanted by a lead singer and repeated by the congregation. Shrimad Bhagavatam states that Kaliyuga is an ocean of faults, people have disturbed minds, they live in polluted environment, and face disturbing situations. However, there is one very great virtue in Kaliyuga. By lovingly chanting the melodious kirtans of the Lord, one can easily get liberated from material bondage. Singing Bhajan is an action of interlocking the five senses to pour our devotion, love, compassion to God.  Now, let us look what our scriptures says about Kirtan & Bhajan kalerdoṣhanidhe rājannasti hyeko mahān guṇaḥ kīrtanād eva kṛiṣhṇasya muktasaṅgaḥ paraṁ vrajet (Shreemad Bhagavatam 12.3.51) This verse from the Shreemad Bhagavatam states that Kaliyug, the present era, is an ocean of faults - people have disturbed minds, unsound health, they live in polluted environment, and face disturbing situations. However, there is one very great virtue in Kaliyug. By lovingly chanting the melodious kirtans and Bhajans of the Lord, one can easily get liberated from material bondage. Benefits of singing Bhajans Devotional singing, known as bhajans or kirtan, can help to quiet the mind so that the heart can open to the divine, allowing us to taste the blissful reality that is our true nature. It is a participatory spiritual practice in which everyone is encouraged to sing and express their inner joy. Devotion, not musical ability, is the most important aspect of kirtan. To gain concentration in this age of materialism, bhajan is easier than meditation. By loud singing, other distracting sounds will be overcome, and concentration will be achieved. Bhajan, concentration, and meditation, this is the progression. Bhajan is important for the devotee because it is intimate and free in expression. Bhajan preserves India’s rich legacy of devotion, wisdom, and mysticism from saints like Mirabai, Tulsidas, Kabir, Surdas, Thyagaraja, Purandaradasa, Tukaram, Namdev, and many, many others. Many Spiritual leaders and gurus in recent times have stressed the importance of bhajans and as such this is an integral part of many traditions. It happens that the Narada once asked Lord Vishnu about His whereabouts, as to where does the lord lives. The answer from Lord Vishna was: “Naham Basami Baikunthe, yogina hriday nacha, Mad bhakta yatr gavanti, tatra tishthaami, Narada.” It means that hey Narada, I don’t reside at Vaikuntha, nor I live in the hearts of Yogis, but I reside at place where my Bhakta(devotees) are singing. So, it is apparent that bhajans when sung create an atmosphere which is energized, and the mental state of all participants become receptive where the divine descend becomes very much possible. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji is famous for his Divya Namasankeertana or singing of the divine names. He sings the bhajans he composes himself by using the synthesizer known as Modern Veena with the support of outstanding musicians playing classical Indian instruments. Sri Swamiji sings very powerfully, soulfully, devotionally, enthusiastically, with gusto. He explains the meaning of these bhajans in a vivid, realistic, and humorous manner to convey the essence of the song to touch the hearts of the devotees. Sathya Sai Baba has said, “Realize that there is nothing greater than bhajan. What bliss is there in bhajans! What a demonstration of oneness is it when myriad throats join in uttering the name of God! The vibrations emanating from them make the heart vibrant. If you sing alone in your shrine, the vibrations return to you as a reaction. But in community singing, what you have is not a reaction but a wave of vibrations. They enter the atmosphere and purify the polluted air. (SS, Jan. 1995, 26) Singing and listening to Bhajans impart serenity, peace of mind and calmness. They can transform our way of thinking and our way of living. It also promotes immunity and increases energy levels. Positive vibrations created by Bhajan singing can relieve anxiety and lower depression. According to research, listening to Bhajans increases the activity in cells which releases feel good hormone called “Dopamine.” The meditative nature of bhajans can enhance our focus and concentration, enabling us to dive deeper into our tasks and activities.  DONATIONS are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979. {{album_1104}}
21 May 2024

[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras – Students learned a story about Crane and Snake with a moral to Think Before You Act. 

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is committed to transmit the richness of Sanatana dharma to the youngsters in terms of the depth and width of knowledge, the sacrifices of national heroes, miracles of Maha Rishis, science and mathematics, moral stories, and the importance of maintaining the traditions and customs. This week our teachers talked about the story of Crane and Snake with a moral that we should think before we Act. Once upon a time, on the banks of a river, lived a crane and a crab.  The two were very good friends.  The crane had a major problem.  There was a bad snake in the region, that was always eating up the crane's eggs. The crane and the crab put their heads together and tried to work out a way out of the problem.  The crab had a sudden brilliant idea.  "We are not equipped to kill this powerful enemy of ours.  To kill the snake, we must invite an enemy of the snake", he said. The crane was thrilled with the idea. But his wife, who was a sensible person, was not too sure.  She asked him to go through the plan thoroughly, so that it would not backfire.  The crane was, however, convinced that the plan would work great.  He picked up a fish and dropped it outside the home of a mongoose.  All along the path up to his house, he dropped fish at regular intervals. The mongoose came out of his house, saw the first fish, and was delighted.  "What a wonderful lucky day, this is, to find a juicy fish at my doorstep" he said.  He finished that fish and to his delight, he found another just a little farther away.  He ate up this too.  He soon spotted the whole line of fish and finished eating up all the fish strewn by the crane.  He finally came up to the tree where the crane lived. The snake and the mongoose sighted each other, and a fierce battle ensued between the two bitter enemies.  The mongoose was victorious.  The cranes were delighted to see that the wicked snake had been killed.  The next day they happily flew off to look for food, convinced that the eggs would now be safe. The mongoose came out of his house looking for a gift of fish.  Not finding any, he walked along the whole path in the hope that he would find some fish.  He soon reached the house of the crane.  He climbed the tree and was delighted to find the eggs.  He ate them up. The cranes flew back home only to find that the mongoose had gobbled up their eggs.  They had managed to get rid of one enemy but had unwittingly invited another enemy. "Think before you Act". (Source: Indian-heritage) Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979. {{album_1102}}
20 May 2024

[GHHF] 38th Day of serving Water and Buttermilk for people to stave off heatwave via Chalivendralu (Water Pandals); Sponsorship Requested.

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is happy to inform that we are continuing our Chalivendralu in many centers. This is the 38th day of providing Water and Buttermilk in about 20 centers where the heat wave is rampant. May of the members and friends of GHHF are sponsoring these centers to ensure that water and buttermilk are provided to the thirsty villagers and travelers.  Sponsors: We thank Manohar Maramaraj, Dipak Patel, Vishnu Percha, Priya Nagendra, Venugopalan Nair, Vasudevan K Iyengar, and Bhargava Pillalamarri for sponsoring the distribution this week. We have another SIX donors who are helping with the distribution, we will recognize them as we continue the distribution in the next few weeks.    SPONSORSHIP: One can sponsor one day distribution of water and buttermilk for $116   With all the economic development, there are millions in India who cannot afford to buy a drink or even a bottle of water. Not even 0.01% has public taps to quench their thirst. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has taken up this task in about 20 centers in hour cities providing drinking water for the poor and other living beings also. Foundation believes this task to be very divine. We have witnessed so much life perishing on the streets due to scorching heat and lack of water and trying to save as many as we can. We saw many people faint on the streets as they could not get a glass of water.  Thanks to hundreds of volunteers and donors who directly or indirectly contributed to the cause. We are trying to quench the thirst of as many as possible and save a few lives at least with all your help. May God bless you all those who are helping in providing water to all living beings.  The belief that supplying water to the needy people added merit to one's life encouraged people to create water pandals and supply free drinking water to humans and animals in the country. Such practices can be seen on all days, round the year at important places especially in the temple arenas. Historically, many Temples used to arrange Water Pandals for visitors in the villages, on the side of the roadways, near Temples and so on.  Importance of Water in Hindu Dharma Water is very important for all the rituals in Hinduism. For example, water is essential as a cleaning agent, cleaning the vessels used for the poojas (rituals). In fact, water is used for achamana, Abhishekam, Poorna kumbha, sandhya Vandana, tarpan, and for preparing Teertha.  Water is the most common medium of purification. It is considered to have an intrinsic purity and the capacity to absorb pollution and carry it away. Several items used for the purpose of bathing the deities and after use of each item/dravya. Water is used for cleansing the deity. Water offered to the deity and the water collected after bathing the Deities are considered very sacred. This water is offered as “Theertha” or blessed offering to the devotees. Water is an essential element of your survival.  In Vedic texts, water is referred to as Apah, or literally the Waters. The Waters are purifying in a spiritual context. ‘Hail to you, divine, unfathomable, all purifying Waters…’ (Rig Veda). The Rig Veda identifies the Waters as the first residence or Ayana of Nara. Religion validates the timeless human connection with water. ‘In the beginning, when there was darkness, the world was covered by water; there was water alone’.  In India, where both droughts and floods are common, water is regarded by many cultures as the manifestation of divine will. Religious centers are built around or near waterbodies like tanks, stepwells, rivers, and seas. For centuries, these have served ritualistic, spiritual as well as social functions. Rivers are revered as goddesses in India and many faiths hold the belief that they can wash away all sin. The Sanskrit treatise Hari Bhakiti Vilasa describes the power of the great Indian rivers in this way: “River Saraswati purifies one after three days, Narmada River purifies one after seven weeks, Ganga purifies one immediately and the Yamuna purifies one who beholds it.” Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979. {{album_1101}}
19 May 2024

[GHHF] About 20 Water Tanks for the dehydrated, thirsty animals are placed in different centers to provide Water during this scorching summer.

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” — Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality The temperature is already making new records in many parts of Bharat. Both humans and animals and birds are getting dehydrated and suffering for lack of water.  Chalivendras (Water Pandals) established. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has taken up the challenge and providing water to people in about 25 centers for the last six weeks. Many humans are having difficult to fide cold water and buttermilk.  Water Tanks for Animals In this heat when temperature is already making new records, imagine how tough it would be for the stray animals and birds, who have no recourse from the fury Sun god! But there are ways to ensure that our furry and feathered friends make it through the season with ease, if only each one of us becomes a little mindful. In Hinduism, animals occupy an important place. Hindus believe that animals contain the souls of their ancestors or may have been reborn. Thus, they are treated with respect. They are not to be killed for their food. In fact, Cow is regarded as the most sacred animal that needs to be protected, not killed. In fact, the Cows symbolize wealth, compassion, motherliness, righteousness (dharma), motherhood, divinity, sattvic nature, sacrifice, service, purity, and auspiciousness. In ancient India, a person’s social and economic status depended upon the number of cattle he possessed. Many birds and animals die during summer because of severe heat stroke and dehydration.  Realizing the gravity of the citizens, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has created specialized spaces for these birds and animals to give them shelter from the heat.  We have specially ordered these water tanks, cleaned them and transported to different location s and placed them where the animals congregate the most to ensure they are provided with water. Almost every day our Pracharaks go to these water tanks, clean them and put fresh water to make the animals have enough water to drink.  The belief that supplying water to the needy people added merit to one's life encouraged people to create water pandals and supply free drinking water to humans and animals in the country. Such practices can be seen on all days, round the year at important places especially in the temple arenas. Historically, many Temples used to arrange Water Pandals for visitors in the villages, on the side of the roadways, near Temples and so on.  Thus, for the convenience and comfort of tourists or pilgrims’ various facilities like roads, food and hospitals existed. With the infrastructure, the currency exchange system also prevailed. Moreover, almost all the houses had single or double raised platforms in front of the houses at the entry point called 'thinnai' which helped strangers and travelers to avail themselves for rest and night stay. Generally, the common public were also kind and large hearted to take care and spare food and water to the travelers from far and near. This is how the whole system of tourism functioned in Medieval South India, she added.  Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979. {{album_1100}}
18 May 2024

[GHHF] Bala Samskar Kendras – Students Learned to chant and know the importance of Lingashtakam.

“Indian students should value their religious culture and of course, the classical Indian culture bears importantly on the meaning of life and values. I would not separate the two. To separate science and Indian culture would be harmful. …I don't think it is practical to keep scientific and spiritual culture separate.” Charles H. Townes. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation is extremely happy to inform that we are organizing about 200 Bala Samskar Kendras in eight different States in Bharat and Bangladesh. Over the last week they have organized several activities including learning the importance of chanting Lingashtakam.    Teachers are helping them to chant properly. Most of the teachers taught the students to chant Lingashtakam. Learning Lingashtaka Stotram. All the students in most of the centers are learning to chant Lingashtakam. Teachers require them to learn by heart to make sure that the children chant Lingashtakam without looking at the book. The Lingashtakam Stotram is a prayer formed of eight salutations or invocations offered to the Supreme Deity in his aspect as Linga. Linga is the universal symbol of creation and source of everything. This prayer glorifies the Shiva Linga and details its greatness. Each stanza lists the God’s glory and the benefits of worshipping the Shiva Linga. It states that the Linga is worshipped by Vishnu and Brahma as well. Always filled with peace, it destroys any suffering caused by the cycle of birth and rebirth. Shiva Lingashtakam is a prayer offered to Lord Shiva in the form of Linga (meaning symbol in Sanskrit).  The prayer is a declaration of faith, obedience, loyalty, and devotion towards Lord Shiva. Shivalinga is a symbolic representation of the creation of the Universe from the eternal play of Shiva and Shakti. Shiva Lingashtakam lists Lord Shiva’s glories and the benefits of worshipping the Shivalinga.  The holy month of Shravan (fifth month of the Hindu Calendar) is an auspicious time to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. Shiva Lingashtakam is chanted during the Shiva Puja that is performed every day during this month. Devotees chant this hymn early in the morning or in the evening, preferably during sunrise and sunset, while performing Shiva Puja in front of a Shivalinga or while remembering Lord Shiva. Chanting the Lingashtakam, or Shiva Lingashtakam, is said to have many benefits, including: •    Peace of mind •    Protection from negative energy, evils, and negative thoughts •    Good health, prosperity, and wisdom •    Positivity, confidence, and willpower •    Removal of obstacles in endeavors •    Time management •    Improved punctuality •    Reduced fear and anxiety •    Promotes a sense of inner peace and courage. •    Spiritual growth •    Enhanced concentration and mental focus. WE NEED YOUR HELP Sponsor one Bala Samskar Kendra for $1000.00 per year. Your donations are appreciated; By Zelle: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com By PayPal: savetemples.org By Check: Or you can send a check payable to GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. By Rupees: call 601-918-7111; +91 83096 43979 {{album_1099}}
17 May 2024

Upcoming Event

Vedic Astrology & Simplified Rituals
  • P.V.R Narasimha Rao
  • June 22, 2024; Saturday
  • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM CDT
  • 145 AERO COUNTY ROAD, MCKINNEY, TX 75071
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