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GHHF Organizing “GHAR WAPSI” – Welcoming about 100 Christians back to Hinduism in Vishakhapatnam District on July 12

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) is bringing back more than 100 Christians into Hindu fold on July 12 in Vishakhapatnam District. It is time to assess our strategies and see what kind of measured Hindus must take to stop the conversion of Hindus into other religions and at the same time we all need to work together to bring those converted Christians back to Hinduism. Hinduism is being ambushed from all directions, from different religions, and from diverse groups. Christians and Muslims are doing their best to covert Hindus by different means. Christians have used all kinds of tricks and incentives to convert the poor and rich.

07 Jul 2020

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GHHF Organizing “GHAR WAPSI” – Welcoming about 100 Christians back to Hinduism in Vishakhapatnam District on July 12

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) is bringing back more than 100 Christians into Hindu fold on July 12 in Vishakhapatnam District. It is time to assess our strategies and see what kind of measured Hindus must take to stop the conversion of Hindus into other religions and at the same time we all need to work together to bring those converted Christians back to Hinduism. Hinduism is being ambushed from all directions, from different religions, and from diverse groups. Christians and Muslims are doing their best to covert Hindus by different means. Christians have used all kinds of tricks and incentives to convert the poor and rich. Hindus because of their political and cast affiliations, they are doing more damage because of their selfishness, and because of their fathomless interest in name, fame, power, and wealth. It may not be an understatement to say that these Hindus may be doing more damage than other religions shamelessly appeasing minorities and denying equal rights to Hindus. If you look at what is going on in Andhra Pradesh, it is alarming. We will talk about their strategies to convert Hindus into Christianity soon. Hindu population is shrinking, and the Christian population is increasing. We Hindus have been writing innumerable books, discussing the conversions endlessly, giving lectures profusely, criticizing others with gusto, and blaming others for not doing anything for centuries. If these attempts are going to stop the conversion, stop the destruction of Hindu Temples and Hindu Vigrahas, we are all for it and we will support wholeheartedly. These attempts are NOT producing the desired results. It is time for each one of us to know the ground realities and how to invest our energies and resources to both stop the conversions and reconvert the Christians back to their Hindu Dharma. In 2019, we honored hand full of reconverted Hindus in Tirupati and listened to their stories and how they were duped and converted. Spent more than two hours talking to them. Then GHHF members realized, we have to work at the ground level – meaning we have to go to the villages and talk to them. Pictures are attached taken in Tirupati. Since that time GHHF is doing a few things. Soon we will let you know our plans for the future. In Vishakhapatnam, GHHF is planning the “Ghar Wapsi” program that would be memorable and make them proud of Hinduism. DETAILS of the program will be sent. For any further information, contact: 601-918-7111 Email: ghhfusaorg@gmail.com {{album_65}}
07 Jul 2020

Is TTD promoting Christianity by sending Christian magazine along with TTD magazine Saptagiri.

Hindus are donating money to TTD to promote Christianity and also for the government. It is siphoning Hindu money to transfer it to Government exchequer. Do you want your money to be used for Christians and government? Persons responsible in sending this Christian magazine must be terminated from the position. It is time again to look into the Christianisation of TTD and who would do something like this. TTD should cone out openly announce the names of persons responsible for sending this Christian magazine and remove them. ABN news coverage; https://youtu.be/ECFyjUn2u20 {{album_66}}
07 Jul 2020

[GHHF] Chittoor area Archakas / PRIESTS received TWO weeks Supply of Dry Goods

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation in association with Swami Vivekananda Foundation, has distributed 18 Dry food items to more than 50 Priests surrounding Chittoor area -about 60 Kilometers from Tirupati. Our team headed by Jaya Kumar, who is a lawyer, RSS karyakartha and member of BJP distributed along with many volunteers. As we mentioned earlier, many Archakas in VILLAGES are experiencing hardships and struggling to feed their families. GHHF is planning to distribute these items in Chittoor, Tirupati, Guntur, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam areas. We completed the distribution in Tirupathi and Vijayawada. We have distributed to about 25 priests in Vishakhapatnam. Rest will be completed very soon. Each bag/kit will have the following items: Rice, Wheat flour, Cooking Oil, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Brown Sugar, Tea Powder, Meal Packet, Chilli powder, Soaps, Tamarind, Turmeric, Sugar, Coconut oil, Upma Ravva, Mustard Seeds, and other items. Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals for their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. It is time to help these Priests to meet their basic needs with our generous donation. It is time to acknowledge their invaluable service to Hindu Temples and Hindu Dharma. It is time to protect their dignity and self-respect. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, Archakas/Priests in Villages. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. http://www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-7111 {{album_64}}
03 Jul 2020

Reminiscing Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji during Guru Purnima in 2020

Reminiscing Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji during Guru Purnima in 2020 Prakasarao Velagapudi, PhD Frisco, Texas USA Jai Guru Datta. It has been a customary event to invite Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji to the USA for many years and welcome him to Hanuman Temple and other Centers. The year 2020 is unusual as predicted by His Holiness in his Biography. Politically, culturally, socially, and health-wise, Coronavirus like a thousand-headed cobra, is kneeling the whole world to the ground. Altered our lives, changed our lifestyles, restricted our movements, and imposed quarantine. Nature has no match for technology, inventions, and intelligence.  Millions of people were infected with Covid-19 and more than half a million people lost their lives. The Coronavirus is gripping the mankind, altering their habits, making our normal life into an abnormal life. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji with all his love, compassion, passion, kindness, benevolence, magnanimity, and nobility, He has been giving pravachanams via the internet to millions of his devotees across the globe to make sure their spirits are uplifted, their depression is reduced, their anxiety is minimized, their loneliness is compensated, their faces brighten up, and their smiles are restored. With the vibrations created by daily His activities and special events to engage his devotees and to comfort them, he is creating a safety net around them to make sure that they protected from Corona Mahankali across the globe. Sri Swamiji has been entertaining and illuminating his devotees with unbelievable lectures on various topics, soul-stirring bhajans, and incredible moral stories only to uplift the spirits. His compassion is matchless, unfathomable, indescribable, and incomprehensible.  On this Guru Purnima Day, let us all remember, recollect, reminisce, and recall the greatness, grandeur, magnificence, splendor, and majesty of Sri Ganapathy Sachidananda Swamiji. The full-moon day of the month of Ashada is considered as an exceedingly auspicious of Guru Purnima. It is on this day we celebrate Vyasa Purnima to remember the great sage Sri Vyasa Bhagavan. He has done an unforgettable and remarkable contribution to all mankind by editing the four Vedas, writing all eighteen major Puranas, authoring an incredible Mahabharata, and even penning Bhagavata Purana. In fact, we can celebrate his contribution not by just remembering this great soul but by reading, imbibing, and digesting voluminous literature he compiled. Knowing that it is very difficult for us to spend that much time to read and soak in the literature, Sri Swamiji has shouldered the full responsibility of educating all of his devotees in simple, serene, and sacred lectures sparing us from the unsurmountable task of learning from so many books. Who is Guru? It is my privilege and honor to express my appreciation about the importance of Guru and Guru Tattva. Sri Swamiji has been trekking the world for more than five decades bestowing his unconditional compassion, conferring absolute grace, granting infinite love, and imparting limitless kindness. His invaluable discourses, his abiding interest in chanting Hanuman Chalisa, his enduring passion in preserving Vedic rituals by conducting of Maha Yagnas, his invaluable meditation camps to benefit innumerable devotees, his sole championing efforts to propagate Bhagavad Gita, his long-lasting desire to revive Healing and Meditation music to benefit humanity, and his undaunted and unmatched interest in touching the hearts of Children are very hard to explain, difficult to understand, and tough to grasp. As a Guru and Sadguru, Sri Swamiji has been advising, prodding, guiding, counseling, chiding, molding the personalities of his devotees. Whether in the physical presence or in the subtle formlessness, Sri Swamiji gets connected with his devotees to help them remove the obstacles and in his formless shakti, he is felt by many of his devotees. There is a difference between a Guru and a Sadguru. A Guru is one who is well versed in scriptures and imparts correct knowledge. Sadguru not only teaches the correct knowledge but what he preaches is complete and weighty. Gurus are considered more real than Gods. Devotees can see, hear, touch, feel, absorb, learn, experience, and understand the physical presence while God is beyond the reach of many devotees’ visualization. Guru is God in the human form. As stated in Brahmanda Purana: "Guru is Shiva sans his three eyes, Vishnu sans his four arms Brahma sans his four heads. He is Parama Shiva himself in human form” There is no difference between God and the Guru. From a devotee's point of view, Guru is God. Because of the grace of Guru only, he can experience and reach God. Ramakrishna Paramahansa says that Guru is Sachchidananda – Sat means truth that never changes; Chit to mean Consciousness and Ananda to mean bliss. “Satchidananda alone is the Guru. If a man in the form of a guru awakens spiritual consciousness in you, then know for certain that it is God the Absolute who has assumed that human form for your sake. The guru is like a companion who leads you by the hand. After the realization of God, one loses the distinction between the guru and the disciple. ‘That creates a very difficult situation; there the guru and the disciple do not see each other.” Sri Swamiji is Sachchidananda and a Sadguru who is defined as one who is egoless, selfless, humble, wise, God Conscious, non-dual, spiritual, truthful, and delusion less. He is always soaked in the bliss and supreme consciousness. He possesses countless Siddhis (powers), but rarely exhibited. Name, fame, wealth, and power would not attract him. Neither glamor nor glory will distract him. In the Guru Tattva book, Sri Swami Sivananda declares, “Mere study of books cannot make one a Guru. One who has studied the Vedas and who has direct knowledge of Atman through Anubhava can only be enrolled as a Guru. A Jivanmukta or a liberated sage is the real Guru or spiritual preceptor. He is the Satguru. He is identical with Brahman or the Supreme Self. He is a Knower of Brahman.” Ramana Maharishi (1879-1950) says,  "God will take the form of a guru and appear to the devotee, to teach him Truth so that his mind gains strength and can turn inward. With meditation, the mind is purified yet further and eventually remains still without the least ripple. That stillness is the Self. The guru is both exterior and interior: from the exterior he gives a push to the mind to turn inward and from the interior he pulls the mind towards the Self. That is grace. See? There is no difference between God, guru, and Self.  In Daasabodha, Sant Ramadasa described the true guru: "He alone can be called a Guru who has no desires left in him, and whose determination is as steady as a mountain...He must have extreme dispassion, and his actions should be beyond censure. With him, the spiritual discussion must be a constant pastime. He uplifts the world and becomes an exemplar for the various kinds of Bhakti...Knowledge, dispassionateness, devotion, rightful conduct, Sadhana, spiritual discussion, meditation, morality, justice, and the observation of the mean constitute the chief characteristics of a Guru (V, 2, 44-53). Sant Ravidas praised the greatness of Guru and underscores the importance of being fealty (loyal) to one's own guru. He says: Project the guru's image in your heart Hold it ever steady in your thought Purity, charity, making yourself a name These only bolster your pride, But to utter the name of the guru in your heart Will make you unshakably wise …. As Per Chandra Jnana Agama, "Only the guru is father, mother, and brother. He is also a friend, well-wisher, and a guide. Thus, everything should be surrendered to him. The disciple fully surrendered to the guru, sees him as God, and then becomes God himself." Meerabai, who dedicated her life to devotion to Lord Krishna, composed many ecstatic songs which are still treasured in India. She removed herself from the royal surroundings and surrendered herself to her beloved God. She composed hundreds of songs extolling the virtues of Lord Krishna. In fact, she would worship and play with the image of  Lord Krishna drawing the ire of her husband and the people in the kingdom. We can see how much she was devoted to looking at the poem she composed.   "If by bathing daily God could be realized would I be a whale in the deep. If by eating roots and fruits He could be known would I choose the form of a goat. If the counting of rosaries uncovered Him I would say my prayers on mammoth beads. If bowing before stone images unveiled Him A flinty mountain I would humbly worship. If by drinking milk the Lord could be imbibed calves and children would know Him. If abandoning one's wife would summon God Would not thousands be eunuchs? Mirabai knows that to find the Divine One The only indispensable is Love." Guru Concept is central to Sikhism. Guru Nanak was the founder of this religion. Ten successive gurus imparted the true knowledge from God and eventually, Guru Granth Sahib became the main scriptures to be followed by all the adherents. Guru Gobind Singh instructed his followers to regard it as their Guru. Guru Granth Sahib is a collection of devotional hymns and poetry that proclaims God lays stress on meditation on the True Guru (God) and lays down moral and ethical rules for the development of the soul, spiritual salvation, and unity with God. Adi Granth describes the joy of meeting a guru: Meeting the guru brings joy to the mind Like the earth when renewed by the rains Everything looks so fresh and so green, As the ponds and the lakes overflow. The being within is infused with the Truth, Lake the madder-plat dyeing things red, The Lotus of Truth comes to bloom in the mind, Which the Word of the guru makes glad. Service to Guru reap the benefits of Sri Swamiji, a devotee must be mindful of his responsibility and think of himself as a servant.  serve Guru, one should give up ego, lust, and attachment. One should consider service to Guru is service to humanity. Service to Guru opens up unlimited opportunities to develop spirituality, expands the heart, removes the hardships, keeps the mind alert, destroys jealousy and hatred, develop virtuous values, and experience immeasurable joy and bliss. It is worth remembering Sant Kabir's message: Only he is a real servant, Who is only concerned with rendering service, Who bears- both-pleasure and pain quite unperturbed? (Calm) And continues ever to render service. A good servant waits patiently at his master’s door, Bears insult and rebuff with great forbearance, Hoping that someday the Master will show him a favor. He never leaves the door, is never unfaithful. A servant's duty is to serve, Serve day and night, and night and day, declares Kabir. But a faithless servant Dare not face his Master. O Kabir, we all need a Master, To help us travel on the higher path. But the Master has no need of us. Remember, you can never be a real servant, As long as you -are attached to the body, And think of its pains and pleasures. Guru Tattva To understand the philosophy and his mission if Sri Swamiji, one has to look at all his tireless and vigorous efforts to elevate his devotees to a higher level and see how they help them to cross the samsara (the cycle of birth and death). Guru Tattva means the essence, message, principle, and philosophy of Guru. It is beyond the traditional role of a guru who removed the darkness or ignorance. A guru works at the external and worldly level solving the riddle of life. Teaches them to fertile their mind and broaden their knowledge. It is through lectures, discourses, personal advice, a guru can help the disciple remove the ignorance. Guru teaches you to be spiritual while Sadguru makes you spiritual. Guru will tell you how to be divine; Sadguru makes us to be divine. Guru tells you how to attain vairagya; Sadguru leads you to vairagya. Guru tells you how to enjoy the bliss; Sadguru soaks you in Ananta Ananda (eternal bliss). Sadguru is the one who helps his disciples get direct the spiritual practice sometimes with their knowledge and sometimes without letting the disciple know about it. Guru Tattvam helps us to travel from a relative state of ignorance of Self to self-awareness, self-consciousness, or Self Realization where one basks in joy, bliss, and happiness. Here Guru Tattva teaches us to break the bonds of worldly desires; remove the dual nature of the cosmos; and transcend the worldly matters to experience the spiritual nature. It through the word, sight, touch, smile, and a nod can export one to the spiritual realm. Through this message one’s body consciousness yield to cosmic consciousness. It makes one realize the divine nature that is inherent in every human being. It helps one to cut the ties that are knotted to the pillars of attachments and desires. How can Guru propel one to a higher level where they will experience divine bliss? Because a Sadguru is a realized soul who basks in bliss, peace, joy, happiness, and ecstasy. One has to be qualified to make somebody else qualify. Candlelight only can light another candle. Only a realized soul can make others realize their potential to be realized. Bhakti and Devotee Full, undivided, and unwavering devotion to Sri Swamiji garner his blessings, his protection, and his security. By bestowing his blessings, Sri Swamiji has helped so many devotees who happened to find themselves in pitiable circumstances. Kularnava Tantra says, “Devotion to the satguru is the one main prescription. Without this, all learning, all austerity, family status, and observances are useless. They are only decorations, pleasing to the worldly eye.” Totakacharya will provide as an example of how devotion to Guru can gain his blessings. He is one of the disciples of Adi Shankara who composed Totakashtakam praising the greatness of a Guru. It says that there is nothing equal to Guru, nothing is superior to Guru and no one can remove the ignorance. Sri Sankaracharya has many disciples. Giri was one of his disciples who is less intelligent and used to wash his clothes with full devotion. One day Sri Sankaracharya was waiting for Giri who went to the river to wash his clothes. His other disciples were frustrated at Giri. Another disciple by the name Padmapada pointed to a wall and said that teaching to Giri would be the same as teaching to a wall. Adi Sankara blessed Giri with complete knowledge in all Sastras. Enlightened by the grace of Adi Sankara, Giri composed Totakashtakam praising the Guru. Since that time, he is known as Totakacharya. Few verses are listed below: O the Ocean of compassion! Save me whose heart is tormented by the misery of the sea of birth! Make me understand the truths of all the schools of philosophy! Be Thou my refuge, O Master, Sankara. (2) Knowing that Thou art verily the Supreme Lord, there arises overwhelming bliss in my heart. Protect me from the vast ocean of delusion. Be Thou my refuge, O Master, Sankara. (4) Desire for the insight into unity through Thee will spring only when virtuous deeds are performed in abundance and in various directions. Protect this extremely helpless person.Be Thou my refuge, O Master, Sankara. (5) O, Teacher! For saving the world the great assume various forms and wander in disguise. Of them, thou shinest like the Sun. Be Thou my refuge, O Master, Sankara (6) O the best of Teachers! The Supreme Lord having the bull as banner! None of the wise is equal to Thee! Thou who art compassionate to those who have taken refuge! The Treasure-trove of truth! Be Thou my refuge, O Master Sankara. (7) Not even a single branch of knowledge has been understood by me correctly. Not even the least wealth do I possess, O Teacher. Bestow on me quickly Thy natural grace. Be thou my refuge, O Master Sankara. (8) Requesting Sri Swamiji to Pardon our Mistakes On this Guru Purnima, let us all pray Sri Swamiji to bless us with what we deserve, remove the obstacles we may face in our daily life and also in the world of work, help us to develop Stithipragna, lead us to the path of vairagya, help us to break the cycle of birth and death and enable us to develop full devotion. Let us request Sri Swamiji to forgive us for all the mistakes we have committed either knowingly or unknowingly and pardon us from all the ignorance we accumulated over many lives. Let us request Lord Dattatreya to come to our rescue and pull us out of this wretchedness as narrated in Sri Datta Aparadha Kshamapana Stotram: I salute Dattatreya to please him,  For he is the soul and doer and, Is the God of Gods at the end of Vedas, And he would pardon mistakes done knowingly or unknowingly. (1) Due to your birth and your partiality for the oppressed, You are the only one to be served and worshipped,  But if due to my being confused, I am not remembering you, Oh dear, and great God, please pardon me. (2) There is no one equal to me in doing sins, There is no one equal to you in destroying sins, There is no gentleman who is as pitiable as me, And there is no one who is as merciful as you. (4) You are the lord of the orphans, good friend of the oppressed, The God who is the complete sea of the nectar of pity, And the devotion to your feet, the service to your devotees, And also constant meditation on your mantras and their meaning.(5) May Sri Swamiji shower his bountiful blessings on all his devotees, grant peace of mind, relieve them from the spread of Coronavirus, chart them to the path of righteousness, and restore the normalcy in the material and non-material world. For Sri Swamiji’s compassion, love, caring, kindness, and guidance, all the devotees express their eternal gratitude, convey their deep appreciation, and show their everlasting admiration with humility and humbleness on this Guru Purnima Day in 2020. Jai Guru Datta
03 Jul 2020

GHHF In GUNTUR area, Archakas / PRIESTS were provided with TWO weeks Supply of Dry Goods

On June 28, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has distributed 18 Dry food items to about 25 Priests around the Guntur area. Our team headed by Anil Kumar distributed along with three invited Guests. Sri Srinivas, Headmaster of Vidyabharathi Sri H Nagaraj of Shiva Sakthi Sri Parasuram  of RSS. VILLAGES: They distributed the DRY items to these priests who belong to IPO colony, Old Guntur, Korika Padu, R Agraharam, Dandipalem, C R Nagar, Pothur, 5th Mile, Changizkhan Peta, and other areas.   Our team will resume once Coronavirus spread is under control. As we mentioned earlier, many Archakas in VILLAGES are experiencing hardships and struggling to feed their families. GHHF is planning to distribute these items in Chittoor, Tirupati, Guntur, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam areas. We completed the distribution in Tirupathi and Vijayawada. We have distributed to about 25 priests in Vishakhapatnam. Rest will be completed very soon. Each bag/kit will have the following items: Rice, Wheat flour, Cooking Oil, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Brown Sugar, Tea Powder, Meal Packet, Chilli powder, Soaps, Tamarind, Turmeric, Sugar, Coconut oil, Upma Ravva, Mustard Seeds, and other items. Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals for their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. It is time to help these Priests to meet their basic needs with our generous donation. It is time to acknowledge their invaluable service to Hindu Temples and Hindu Dharma. It is time to protect their dignity and self-respect. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, Archakas/Priests in Villages. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible.   https://www.savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-711 {{album_63}}
01 Jul 2020

[GHHF] TWO weeks supply of DRY Items to Archakas / PRIESTS in Agency areas and Villages were provided in Tirupati and Visakhapatnam

On June 26, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) in association with Sri Saidatta Mansa Peetham  has  distributed 18 Dry food items to about 25 Priests. On June 19 and 20, GHHF / Savetemples distributed two weeks supply of dry goods to 50 Priests in three Mandalas: Chandragiri Mandalam, Ramachandra Puram Mandalam, and Veduru Kuppam Mandalam As we mentioned earlier, many Archakas in VILLAGES are experiencing hardships and struggling to feed their families. GHHF is planning to distribute these items in Chittoor, Tirupati, Guntur, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam areas. We completed the distribution in Tirupathi and  Vijayawada. We are in the process of completing in Vishakhapatnam. Each bag/kit will have the following items: Rice, Wheat flour, Cooking Oil, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Brown Sugar, Tea Powder, Meal Packet, Chilli powder, Soaps, Tamarind, Turmeric, Sugar, Coconut oil, Upma Ravva, Mustard Seeds, and other items. Sri Saidatta Manasa Swamy coordinated the event, who bought the items, and packed them into a big bag and distributed to the needy Brahmin families. Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals for their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. It is time to help these Priests to meet their basic needs with our generous donation. It is time to acknowledge their invaluable service to Hindu Temples and Hindu Dharma. It is time to protect their dignity and self-respect. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, Archakas/Priests in Villages. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. For more information, call 601-918-7111 Tirupati Pictures: {{album_61}} Visakhapatnam Pictures: {{album_62}}
28 Jun 2020

GHHF More Priest Families were provided with TWO weeks supply of DRY Items to Archakas / PRIESTS around Tirupati area, Newspaper and TV Coverage

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has distributed 18 Dry food items to the Priests in three Mandalams near Tirupati area: Chandragiri Mandalam Ramachandra Puram Mandalam Veduru Kuppam Mandalam As we mentioned earlier, many Archakas in VILLAGES are experiencing hardships and struggling to feed their families. GHHF  has completed distributing the Dry Items in the village around Vijayawada and Tirupati. We are planning to distribute to about 25 Priest families on June 27 around GUNTUR area. Because of the fear of Coronavirus, we will pause distributing for a week and find aa appropriate time to distribute them in Chittoor and Visakhapatnam, Each bag/kit will have the following items: Rice, Wheat flour, Cooking Oil, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Brown Sugar, Tea Powder, Meal Packet, Chilli powder, Soaps, Tamarind, Turmeric, Sugar, Coconut oil, Upma Ravva, Mustard Seeds, and other items. Our Savetemples Office personnel K. Reddappa and K Subbanna coordinated the event around Tirupati area. They brought the items, and packed them into a big bag and distributed the to the Priests Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals for their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament.   MEDIA COVERAGE:  Andhra Prabha, Sakshi and Enadu papers covered the distribution of the items to the priests. Voice of Andhra TV Channel showed the distribution also.   DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, Archakas/Priests in Villages.   PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. {{album_61}}
26 Jun 2020

[GHHF] International Day of Yoga:Who Established the Yoga roots in USA? – Part 1

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly in September 2014, had asked world leaders to adopt an international Yoga Day, saying “Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.  Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. ” On December 11, 2014, the 193-member UN General Assembly adopted a resolution by consensus, proclaiming June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’. The resolution was introduced by India’s Ambassador to the UN and had 175 UN members, including five permanent members of the UN Security Council, as co-sponsors.                 World Health Organization has also urged its member countries to help their citizens reduce physical inactivity, which is among the top ten leading causes of death worldwide, and a key risk factor for non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. In fact, many Universities and Medical Hospitals have been conducting research and publishing voluminous amount of research on the effects of the physical and mental well-being of the people. UNICEF recommends that kids can practice many yoga poses without any risk and get the same benefits that adults do. These benefits include increased flexibility and fitness, mindfulness, and relaxation.                 Year 2020 is even more important to celebrate the 6th International Day of Yoga because of its very nature to relax the mind, reduce the stress, boost the immune system, and improve the health benefits. Coronavirus has disrupted the routine life, curbed the movements, forced people to maintain social distance,  required some people to maintain physical isolation, compelled people to work at home, cancel almost all air travel and restricted the movements causing more stress, anxiety, restlessness, agitation, irritation, and tension. Yoga comes to the rescue for those who take this rare opportunity to practice it, experience it and benefit from it. Yoga and Meditation in USA The popularity of Yoga is increasing year by year through the number of people practicing Yoga and the number of Yoga centers sprung up in USA. The 2016 Yoga in America Study Conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance is a national study revealed surprising results. Survey highlights: The number of American yoga practitioners has increased to over 36 million in 2016, up from 20.4 million in 2012. 28% of all Americans have participated in a yoga class at some point in their lives. Statista Research Development projects that total number of yoga practitioners will increase to 55 million by 2020. 34% of Americans say they are somewhat or very likely to practice yoga in the next 12 months equal to more than 80 million Americans. Reasons cited include flexibility, stress relief and fitness. 75% of all Americans agree “yoga is good for you.” Why the popularity is increasing year by year? It appears the more stress people experience; more they turn to methods that give them peace of mind. Yoga and meditation are considered the best methods to quiet a busy mind. As one practitioner sated, “But yoga is my medication. I feel good—soul, mind, and spirit in clarity.” Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., Director of NCCIH says, “This reaffirms how important it is for NIH to rigorously study complementary health approaches and make that information easily available to consumers.” Who sowed the seeds of Yoga in USA? As we celebrate the sixth International Yoga Day, let us take this opportunity to trace the history of three stalwarts – Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman - who paved the way in 19th century for the present abiding interest, widespread enthusiasm, and uninhibited fascination toward yoga and meditation in USA. Then came Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda who popularized yoga travelling to many places all across USA. We will examine their contribution to make yoga an acceptable method of exercise in some sectors of  elite community. The roots of Yoga and Meditation can be traced to early 19th century starting around 1840s. Before Swami Vivekananda landed in the US and gave that rousing speech at the Parliament of Religions, the triad of scholars prepared the American soil to experience the benefits of yoga and meditation.Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman have sown the Oriental seed in the Occidental soil preparing for others to reap the fruits of the yield. These transcendentalists have shifted the paradigm by preparing the ground for others. Ralph Waldo Emerson: 1803-1882 “We do not determine what we will think.” Ralph Waldo Emerson The groundwork for this paradigm shift had been established, however, by those Americans who were attracted to the wisdom that they found in those Hindu sacred texts that had been translated into English, some of which were available to American readers as early as the eighteenth century: texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Laws of Manu, Bhagavad Purana, Vishnu Purana and some of the majorUpanishads. The Transcendentalist movement, consisting of such figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman, was deeply indebted to these texts. The Transcendentalists were, in effect, the first American Vedantists. Emerson is considered to be the most influential author of the 19th century; his name was known far and wide. In the 1830s, Emerson had copies of the Rig Veda, the Upanishads, the Laws of Manu, the Bhagavata Purana, and his favorite Indian text, the Bhagavad Gita. “I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-Gita. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.” Repelled by the increasing materialism of the West, Emerson turned to India for solace: "The Indian teaching, through its clouds of legends, has yet a simple and grand religion, like a queenly countenance seen through a rich veil. It teaches to speak truth, love others, and to dispose trifles. The East is grand - and makes Europe appear the land of trifles. ...all is soul and the soul is Vishnu ...cheerful and noble is the genius of this cosmogony. Hari is always gentle and serene - he translates to heaven the hunter who has accidentally shot him in his human form, he pursues his sport with boors and milkmaids at the cow pens; all his games are benevolent and he enters into flesh to relieve the burdens of the world." Emerson, talking of the Upanishads and the Vedas, said that having read them, he could not put them away. "They haunt me. In them I have found eternal compensation, unfathomable power, unbroken peace." His essay on “Over-Soul” published in 1841 was considered the greatest article appears to have been influenced by Vedanta and yogic experience. This term denotes the transcendence of duality, or plurality. It emphasizes the unity and oneness. It clearly described the inner experiences of mysticism. Yoga and meditation ideas are amply imbedded in this article on Over-Soul. “… that Unity, that Over-Soul, within which every man’s particular being is contained and made one with all other… We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal One. And this deep power in which we exist, and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are the shining parts, is the soul. . . . From within or from behind, a light shine through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all. A man is the facade of a temple wherein all wisdom and all good abide. . . . When it breathes through his intellect, it is genius; when it breathes through his will, it is virtue; when it flows through his affection, it is love. . . .” The concept Over-Soul is equated with Paramatma – Parama to mean super and atma to mean soul. Supreme Soul is nothing but Over-Soul. At that level Emerson observed “brief moments” that contain “more reality” than “all other experiences.” He finds solace in the spiritual dimension of India over the materialistic West. "The Indian teaching, through its clouds of legends, has yet a simple and grand religion, like a queenly countenance seen through a rich veil. It teaches to speak truth, love others, and to dispose trifles. The East is grand - and makes Europe appear the land of trifles. ...all is soul and the soul is Vishnu ...cheerful and noble is the genius of this cosmogony. Hari is always gentle and serene - he translates to heaven the hunter who has accidentally shot him in his human form, he pursues his sport with boors and milkmaids at the cow pens; all his games are benevolent and he enters into flesh to relieve the burdens of the world." Thoreau was America’s first practicing yogi. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) spent plenty of time during his seclusion at Walden Pond in 1847, who was probably the first to actually practice silence and yoga. Thoreau adopted an ascetic diet and spent hours, from sunrise till noon, “rapt in reverie…in undisturbed solitude and stillness,” as he put it. He didn’t do yoga poses, but his embrace of meditation, which would have been very odd in his day, is impressive. In those days no record of anyone else practicing Yoga to experience the contemplation. This interest in yoga might have been ignited after reading Manusmriti. He said that “I cannot read a single word of the Hindoos without being elevated.” Practicing yoga faithfully for about two years at Walden and reading a number of Hindu scriptures, he wrote: “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavat Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions. I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! There I meet the servant of the Brahmin, priest of Brahma, and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the River Ganga reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water---jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganga (Ganges)." And” One sentence of the Gita, is worth the State of Massachusetts many times over" The book Walden reals the passion, excitement and inspiration Thoreau derived from the Hindu sacred books. It mentions that he used to keep a copy of Bhagavad Gita on his bedside in his cabin; compared the pond with “Ganges River”; and how retreated to the pond to experience the spirit of the ascetic sages of India. He often mentioned about how Asiatic ideas had transformed him spiritually and intellectually. He even mentioned about how his spiritual ecstasy left him “daily intoxicated” with “an indescribable, infinite, all-absorbing, divine, heavenly pleasure, a sense of elevation and expansion .... I speak as a witness on the stand, and tell what I have perceived. The morning and the evening were sweet to me, and I led a life aloof from the society of men.” Henry David Thoreau “I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a reverie, amidst the pines and hickory and the sumaches in undisturbed solitude and stillness … I realize what the Oriental mean by contemplation and the forsaking of work.” He says that the man’s close relationship with the nature would energize the spirits and heal the natural environment and help stimulate contemplation and meditation. He felt that the peace, silence, and solitude of the natural environment are essential to practice meditation. He stated that “by the time the villagers had broken their fast the morning sun had dried my house sufficiently to allow me to move in again, and my meditations were almost uninterrupted.” The he goes on to say that “Now that the cars are gone by and all the restless world with them, and the fishes in the pond no longer feel their rumbling, I am more alone than ever. For the rest of the long afternoon, perhaps, my meditations are interrupted only by the faint rattle of a carriage or team along the distant highway.” In one of his chapter, “A Pond in the Winter,” he described how his model day would be like in winter. He reads Bhagavad Geeta after he gets up to experience that stupendous and cosmological philosophy. With that mind set, he goes to the pond where he said would meet  “the servants of the Brahmin, priest of Brahma, and Vishnu and Indra who still sits in his temples on the Ganges reading the Vedas … I meet his servant come to draw the water and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well.  The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges.” Thoreau affirmed to Harrison Blake that “to some extent and at rare intervals even I am a yogi. ”How highly Thoreau cherished the inactive life of the yoga, the contemplative life in solitude, can be illustrated by the fact that he devoted two complete chapters of Walden and parts of several others not only to extol the positive virtues of solitude and the meditative life in general, but to show in particular how he himself was a devotee of the yoga while at Walden Pond. Thoreau embarked on his Walden experiment in the spirit of Indian asceticism. He went into seclusion not for Christian repentance but for contemplation on the very nature of himself to be released from the daily drudgery and petty daily routines. He was practicing what was prescribed in the sixth chapter of Bhagavad Gita that explains the ashtanga Yoga and the difficulties of the mind and how to gain mastery over it. In a letter written to H. G. O Blake in 1849, he remarked: "Free in this world as the birds in the air, disengaged from every kind of chains, those who have practiced the Yoga gather in Brahmin the certain fruit of their works. Depend upon it, rude and careless as I am, I would fain practice the yoga faithfully. This Yogi, absorbed in contemplation, contributes in his degree to creation; he breathes a divine perfume, he heard wonderful things. Divine forms traverse him without tearing him and he goes, he acts as animating original matter. To some extent, and at rare intervals, even I am a Yogi. Thoreau read every book on Indian Philosophy available to him in those days after 1855. His praise to these books is extracted thus: What extracts from the Vedas I have read fall on me like the light of a higher and purer luminary, which describes a loftier course through a purer stratum. Whenever I have read any part of the Vedas, I have felt that some unearthly and unknown light illuminated me. In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of the sectarianism. It is of all ages, climes, and nationalities, and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge. When my imagination travels eastward and backward to those re-mote years of the gods, I seem to draw near to the habitation of the morning, and the dawn at length has a place. Like Emerson, Thoreau had mystical experiences that Vedanta helped him to understand. "The texts were a kind of touchstone for his own. Alan Hodder said, "He had moments of euphoria and rapture in nature, but he couldn't really explain them until he started reading the Indian material. Then he actually saw references to what he was experiencing, and he thought, 'Aha! I'm not the only one having this. There's a long tradition to it. The sacred books also taught Thoreau the important distinction between philosophical inquiry and spiritual practice. "One may discover the root of an Indian religion in his own private history," Thoreau wrote in his journal, "when, in the silent intervals of the day and night, he does sometimes inflict on himself like austerities with stern satisfaction." He may have been the first American to call himself a yogi. He even wrote to his friend about what he experiences during those intervals: “The yogin breathes a divine perfume, he hears wonderful things. Divine forms traverse him without tearing him, and, united to nature, which is proper to him, he goes, he acts as animating original matter.” How did he describe the Yogic experiences in Walden? Thoreau practiced yoga and speaks of it in Walden in explicit terms. He even styled himself a "Yogi." In Walden he writes: "I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor." Yoga, as the Vedantist understands it, is not an esoteric practice but meditative discipline, a focusing of consciousness. It is, in the words of the Gita, a conscious endeavor to "lift the self by the self." Only by such mental discipline can one develop the intuitive faculty, which alone will ultimately take one to the deep-lying essence beneath. Thoreau writes, "By a conscious effort of mind we can stand aloof from actions and their consequences; and all things, good and bad, go by us like a torrent. We are not wholly involved in nature." He found in the Hindu scriptures the conceptions of human life and human potential to a higher elevation. He says that there is divine within each soul and similar divinity is also found in the nature. He said on “rare intervals” his consciousness becomes unbound and experience it as a shoreless and island less ocean. Let us look at what he experiences during those rare intervals: If with closed ears and eyes I consult consciousness for a moment, immediately are all walls and barriers dissipated, earth rolls from under me, and I float . . . in the midst of an unknown and infinite sea, or else heave and swell like a vast ocean of thought, without rock or headland, where are all riddles solved, all straight lines making there their two ends to meet, eternity and space gamboling familiarly through my depths. I am from the beginning, knowing no end, no aim. No sun illumines me, for I dissolve all lesser lights in my own intenser and steadier light. I am a restful kernel in the magazine of the universe. . . Men are constantly dinging in my ears their fair theories and plausible solutions of the universe, but ever there is no help, and I return again to my shoreless, island less ocean. (The Selected Journals of Henry David Thoreau, ed. Carl Bode (New York: New American Library, Signet Classics, 1960): 39.) Part 2 of the article will continue on21st
20 Jun 2020

[GHHF] International Day of Yoga: Contribution of Whitman and Swami Vivekananda – Part 2

NOTE: Please read Part - 1 of the article by clicking on the link below: https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-international-day-of-yogawho-established-the-yoga-roots-in-usa-part-1/694 Walt Whitman: Did he experience Kundalini Shakti? “If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred.” Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was a poet, essayist, humanist, journalist, transcendentalist, and a yogi. He was influenced by Emerson and Thoreau in his philosophical outlook toward nature, life, his affinity to Vedanta and yogic experience. Whitman was clearly describing an experience of transcendence. He was considered as a poet of mysticism, cosmic consciousness, and religion. He describes his experience as follows: Only in the perfect uncontamination and solitariness of individuality. . . . Only here, and on such terms, the meditation, the devout ecstasy, the soaring flight. Only here, communion with the mysteries. . . . The soul emerges, and all statements, churches, sermons, melt away like vapors. Alone, and silent thought and awe, and aspiration — and then the interior consciousness, like a hitherto unseen inscription, in magic ink, beams out its wondrous lines to the sense. Bibles may convey, and priests expound, but it is exclusively for the noiseless operation of one’s isolated self, to enter the pure ether of veneration, reach the divine levels, and commune with the unutterable. Whitman wrote: “There are divine things well enveloped, I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell.” In many of his writings one would notice Whitman’s evolution to the awakening of the Self within and his glimpse of the One Spirit that pervades the universe. In order to achieve this kind of spirit he suggested that “re-examine all you have been told at school, or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its word but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body. “ Whitman’s approach was holistic in the sense of establishing connectivity to everything that exists. Everything has a meaning and ever thing is connected. He wanted to remove all barriers to make visible the connectivity between body, spirit, and soul; change the mindset; know yourself through knowing others; focus on the present; and experience the moment. He admonishes his readers: Whitman never set high value on a successful career or worldly aggrandizement; instead his aspiration had always been for the immortal. Looking back on his past life, he wrote in 1871: Walt Whitman is now 52 years old. No worldly aim has engrossed his life. He is still unmarried. None of the usual ardors of business ambition, of the acquisition of money, or the claims of society, pleasure, nor even the attractions of culture or art seemed to have enslaved him. The thought and the making of this work has spanned the whole horizon of his life, almost since boyhood. (Complete Works VI.I: 38) Furthermore, Whitman's realization of the transcendental self-enabled him to overcome his inhibitions and helped the enlargement of his vision; the inversions of his sexual nature were transmuted into a spiritual passion for the mass of humanity. Whitman has written extensively not only about his capacity to disassociate himself but also detaching himself from all surrounding activities so that he can extract thoughts and experiences of his own mind. V K Chari writes that “Whitman is conscious of a certain trance-like state leading to the suspension of the conscious intellect and accompanied by a strange feeling of exaltation and joy and a transformation, as it were, of the whole being; a state in which the mystic experiences a new awakening, the awakening of the spiritual vision, and, like the sage in the Upanishad, understands the being whose essence is joy. (Whitman in the Light of Vedantic Mysticism: An Interpretation; p: 104) In that condition the whole body is elevated to a higher state consciousness. At this level there is more illumination both inside and outside, more serenity and purity. It is only through mental discipline and concentration; one can dive deep into the self. At that level duality is dissolved. Sorrows and disappointments cease -- there is no more borrowing trouble in advance. A man realizes the venerable myth -- he is a god walking the earth, he sees new eligibilities, powers, and beauties everywhere; he himself has a new eyesight and hearing. The play of the body in motion takes a previously unknown grace. Merely to move is then a happiness, a pleasure -- to breathe, to see, is also. . . . All the beforehand gratifications, drink, spirits, coffee grease, stimulants, mixtures, late hours, luxuries, deeds of the night, seem as vexatious dreams, and how the awakening; -- many fall into their natural places, wholesome, conveying diviner joys. (Complete Writings, IV, 26-27.) Whitman, however, sometimes insists that during this state of meditation the "senses are not lost or counteracted" but maintained intact: a trance, yet with all the senses alert -- only a state of high exalted amusing -- the tangible and material with all its shows, the objective world suspended or surmounted for a while, and powers in exaltation, freedom, vision yet the senses not lost or counteracted. (Clifton Joseph Furness, Walt Whitman's Workshop (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1928), p. 21. There is some evidence that Whitman underwent certain types of the experiences that are usually accompany the practice of Yoga. He may have used such terms as trance, consciousness, sensation, rapture, contemplation, and others. There is no question that he experienced a revolutionary transformation in his life. It may have happened when he was about 29 years old. In fact, Geeta Khadka described a remarkable insight into the experiences of trance like status and consciousness as described by Whitman. In an article entitled “Song of Myself as Kundalini Yantra” she described as to how Whitman may have experienced the Kundalini Shakti. She divided the Song of Myself into different locations in the physical body to represent different chakras; Muladhara, Svadhisthana, Manipura, Anahata, Visuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara Chakra. Sahasrara Chakra means thousand petalled lotus. Kundalini Shakti moves from the base chakra known as Muladhara to final chakra where one experiences tranquility, peace, joy, and wisdom. Arguments become irrelevant and nonsensical. At this stage one is released from the time and space and experience the true nature of oneself. The following passage would resemble that of transcendental illumination he may have experienced: Swiftly arose and spread around me the peace and knowledge that pass all the arguments argument of the earth, And I know that the hand of God is the promise of my own, and I know that the spirit of God is the brother of my own, And that all the men ever born are also my brothers, and the women my sisters and lovers, And that a keelson of creation is love. This passage should not have been written by anyone who did not experience the kundalini power. Whitman’s experience is similar to that described by Gopi Krishna: “Suddenly, with a roar like that of a waterfall, I felt a stream of liquid light entering my brain through the spinal cord . . .. I felt the point of consciousness that was myself growing wider, surrounded by the waves of light." (Higher Consciousness: The evolutionary thrust of Kundalini). At this level, all barriers disappear, all duality dissolves, everything appears equally important and everything has relevance. Everything looks beautiful, serene, and sacred. Everything pulsates with energy. I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars, And the pismire is equally perfect, and a grain of sand, and the egg of wren, And the tree-toad is a chef-d'oeuvre for the highest, And the running blackberry would adorn the parlours of heaven. Whitman recognizes the essential unity of matter and body, which find no opposition between the body and soul I am the poet of the body and I am the poet of the soul. I have said that the soul is not more than the body, And I have said that body is not more than the soul, And nothing, not God, is greater to one's self is. Similarly, his poems “Passage to India” and “Leaves of Grass” reveal how much he was able to absorb and digest the essence of Vedanta philosophy with his transcendental experiences. He lived his life meaningfully without escaping from it. He thought one should outgrow from all the dilemmas; integrate the body, mind, and soul; experience the nature; and dissolve the dualities to enjoy the present moment. Let us appreciate the groundwork prepared by Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman to introduce yoga and meditation to America and changing the landscape forever. Swami Vivekananda fortified Yoga by teaching about the philosophy behind yoga, need for the practice of yoga and necessity of developing spirituality to connect to the divine. Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Swami Vivekananda visited USA in 1893 and by giving his momentous speeches and conducting his subsequent engagements, he is largely credited with introducing Hinduism and yoga to the Western world. We can only speculate what would have happened to the yoga movement if Vivekanand had not spoken at the Parliament of Religions. There, went on to decry "sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant fanaticism," which, he said, "have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often . . . with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair." Patience, tolerance, and knowledge based yoga should be established for peaceful living. Vivekananda’s speeches centered on Raja yoga, the yoga of the mind, which is practiced through meditation and mental discipline. He believes that “Raja-Yoga is the science of religion, the rationale of all worship, all prayers, forms, ceremonies, and miracles.” The main purpose of yoga is to quiet the mind, and gain control over the mind. The practice of meditation with concentration will allow one to connect to the divine, understand the importance of uniting with the Supreme and liberate from the cycle of birth and death. In the Preface of Raja Yoga book, Swamiji said:“Raja-Yoga declares that each man is only a conduit for the infinite ocean of knowledge and power that lies behind mankind. It teaches that desires and wants are in man, that the power of supply is also in man; and that wherever and whenever a desire, a want, a prayer has been fulfilled, it was out of this infinite magazine that the supply came, and not from any supernatural being …” In his speeches he explained yoga as described in Patanjali Yoga Sutras:Yogahcittavrttinirodhah(“Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind”).  In Cambridge University he explained concisely the nature of Raja Yoga: Yoga is the science by which we may stop Chitta from assuming or becoming transformed into, several faculties. As the reflection of the moon on the sea is broken or blurred by the waves, so is the reflection of the Atman, the true Self, broken by the mental waves. Only when the sea is stilled to mirrorlike calmness, can the reflection of the moon be seen, and only when the “mind-stuff,” the Chitta, is controlled to absolute calmness, is the Self to be recognized.”             Basically,  he believed that is the stilling of changes in the states of mind. While comparing Hatha Yoga, he felt that it could give occult powers. But he maintained distance with Hatha Yoga by saying that these asanas are “nothing but a kind of gimmicks.” Later he even mentioned to his followers that, “We have nothing to do with it … because its practices are very difficult, and cannot be learned in a day and, after all, do not lead to much spiritual growth.” Thus, he concluded that  kriya yoga (meditation based) is a safe, practical, and scientific way for Western people.  Controlling the mind is essential to be successful to establish peace and patience to grow spiritually. Hence, he stated that, “The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature; then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance.” He also spoke of the Eight Limbed Yogic Path, also described in the Sutras . The eight limbs include yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana(meditation), and samadhi (absorption, unification with the whole). Vivekananda focused largely on the last three limbs and quite little on asana. (Yoga was far from the fitness craze it has morphed into in America today.) He also talked much about the need to do works of charity and service (Karma yoga), saying that meditation meant little without them. He talked about Yamas and Niyamas. He said that the first stage of Yoga is to master five things necessary to learn yoga. The first is Yama - non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence, and non-receiving of any gifts. Next is Niyama - cleanliness, contentment, austerity, study, and self-surrender to God. He talked about the Asana/ posture and why it’s necessary to fins a posture suitable for a person.  Certain posture may be easier for one while s different one may be easier for another. He said that  one thing necessary for the posture is to hold the spinal column free, sitting erect, holding the three parts - the chest, neck, and head - in a straight line.  After one has learned to have a firm erect seat, one has to perform, according to certain schools, a practice called the purifying of the nerves. This part has been rejected by some as not belonging to Raja-Yoga, but as so great an authority as the commentator Shankaracharya advises it, I think fit that it should be mentioned, and I will quote his own directions from his commentary on the Svetashvatara Upanishad: "The mind whose dross has been cleared away by Pranayama, becomes fixed in Brahman; therefore Pranayama is declared. First the nerves are to be purified, then comes the power to practice Pranayama. Stopping the right nostril with the thumb, through the left nostril fill in air, according to capacity; then, without any interval, throw the air out through the right nostril, closing the left one. Again inhaling through the right nostril eject through the left, according to capacity; practicing this three or five times at four hours of the day, before dawn, during midday, in the evening, and at midnight, in fifteen days or a month purity of the nerves is attained; then begins Pranayama." Vivekananda wanted to t spread the awareness that science and religion are  do not contradict each other. They complement. Yoga established firm traction after Vivekananda’s lectures and the classes he conducted over the year in USA.  David  Gordon White “Yoga philosophy was for Vivekananda an ideal platform from which to assert the antiquity and superiority of Indian science over that of the West, of Hinduism over Christianity.”             Nineteenth Century has sowed the seeds to establish the ancient and scientific knowledge about Hinduism and the Yoga. Transcendentalists have played vital role in disseminating the Vedanta philosophy and even started practicing Yoga as taught by Lord Krishna to Arjuna and Upanishads. Then came Swami Vivekananda who solidified the concept, gave numerous lectures on Raja Yoga, taught Yoga to a number of Americans across the United States and left indelible mark on the American soil. The fact the that the whole world recognizing June 21st  as an International Yoga day is a testimony to the acceptance and popularity of yoga where millions and millions yoga enthusiastic are reaping the physical and mental benefits.  NOTE: Please read Part - 1 of the article by clicking on the link below: https://www.savetemples.org/post/ghhf-international-day-of-yogawho-established-the-yoga-roots-in-usa-part-1/694
20 Jun 2020

[GHHF] Near Tirupati 20 Priest Families were provided with TWO weeks supply of DRY Items to Archakas / PRIESTS

On June 20, 2020, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has  distributed 18 Dry food items to the Priests in  Tiruchanur. These Archakas / Priests came from Tirupati Rural, Tiruchanur, Jeeva Kona, Renugunta,  Katakam Adi, Cherloopalli, Durgasamudram, Korlagunta and Thumalagunta villages. As we mentioned earlier, many of our friends in India brought to our attention that many Archakas in VILLAGES are experiencing hardships and struggling to feed their families. GHHF is planning to distribute these items in Chittoor, Tirupati, Guntur, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam areas. Each bag/kit will have the following items: Rice, Wheat flour, Cooking Oil, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Brown Sugar, Tea Powder, Meal Packet, Chilli powder, Soaps, Tamarind, Turmeric, Sugar, Coconut oil, Upma Ravva, Mustard Seeds, and other items. Our Savetemples Office personnel K. Reddappa and K Subbanna coordinated the event, bought the items, and packed them into a big bag. Sri Sridharacharyulu, Chairman of Nava Jeevan Seva Samashta helped distribute the food items to the priests. Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals for their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. It is time to help these Priests to meet their basic needs with our generous donation. It is time to acknowledge their invaluable service to Hindu Temples and Hindu Dharma. It is time to protect their dignity and self-respect. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, Archakas/Priests in Villages. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-711 {{album_58}}
19 Jun 2020

GHHF More Priest Families were provided with TWO weeks supply of DRY Items to Archakas / PRIESTS around Tirupati area, Newspaper and TV Coverage

Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has distributed 18 Dry food items to the Priests in three Mandalams near Tirupati area: Chandragiri Mandalam Ramachandra Puram Mandalam Veduru Kuppam Mandalam As we mentioned earlier, many Archakas in VILLAGES are experiencing hardships and struggling to feed their families. GHHF  has completed distributing the Dry Items in the village around Vijayawada and Tirupati. We are planning to distribute to about 25 Priest families on June 27 around GUNTUR area. Because of the fear of Coronavirus, we will pause distributing for a week and find aa appropriate time to distribute them in Chittoor and Visakhapatnam, Each bag/kit will have the following items: Rice, Wheat flour, Cooking Oil, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Brown Sugar, Tea Powder, Meal Packet, Chilli powder, Soaps, Tamarind, Turmeric, Sugar, Coconut oil, Upma Ravva, Mustard Seeds, and other items. Our Savetemples Office personnel K. Reddappa and K Subbanna coordinated the event around Tirupati area. They brought the items, and packed them into a big bag and distributed the to the Priests Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals for their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament.   MEDIA COVERAGE:  Andhra Prabha, Sakshi and Enadu papers covered the distribution of the items to the priests. Voice of Andhra TV Channel showed the distribution also.   DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, Archakas/Priests in Villages.   PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. {{album_61}}
26 Jun 2020

GHHF Additional 30 Priest Families were provided with TWO weeks supply of DRY Items to Archakas / PRIESTS around Tirupati area

On June 21, 2020 Global Hindu Heritage Foundation has distributed 18 Dry food items to the Priests in three Mandalams: Chandragiri Mandalam: Priests from these villages were given the items: 1. Chandragiri 2. Thondavada 3. Gangudupalli 4. Agarala 5. Kotala 6. Itepalli 7. Narasingapuram Ramachandra Puram Mandalam 1. Rayalacheruvu 2. Kuppambaduru 3. NTR colony 4. Nadavaluru 5. Gangireddypalli 6. Kalepalli 7. Nattikuppam Veduru Kuppam Mandalam 1. Pachhikapalam 2.Vedurukuppam 3.Chavatagunta 4.Perumallapalli 5.Allamadugu 6. Pathagunta 7. Komaragunta 8. Agraharam 9. Kammapalli 10. Devalampeta As we mentioned earlier, many Archakas in VILLAGES are experiencing hardships and struggling to feed their families. GHHF is planning to distribute these items in Chittoor, Tirupati, Guntur, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam areas. Each bag/kit will have the following items: Rice, Wheat flour, Cooking Oil, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Brown Sugar, Tea Powder, Meal Packet, Chilli powder, Soaps, Tamarind, Turmeric, Sugar, Coconut oil, Upma Ravva, Mustard Seeds, and other items. Our Savetemples Office personnel K. Reddappa and K Subbanna coordinated the event, bought the items, and packed them into a big bag. Sri Sridharacharyulu, Chairman of Nava Jeevan Seva Samithi helped distribute the food items to the priests. Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals for their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. It is time to help these Priests to meet their basic needs with our generous donation. It is time to acknowledge their invaluable service to Hindu Temples and Hindu Dharma. It is time to protect their dignity and self-respect. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, Archakas/Priests in Villages. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. For more information, call 601-918-7111 {{album_60}}
22 Jun 2020

[GHHF] TWO weeks supply of DRY Items to Archakas / PRIESTS in Krishna District VILLAGES were provided

[GHHF] TWO weeks supply of DRY Items to Archakas / PRIESTS in Krishna District VILLAGES were provided Global Hindu Heritage Foundation in association with Samarasata Foundation in Vijayawada distributed Dry food items to the Priests in Krishna District VILLAGES the weekend of June 13-14. Many of our friends in India brought to our attention that many Archakas in VILLAGES are experiencing hardships and struggling to feed their families. GHHF is planning to distribute these items in Chittoor, Tirupati, Guntur, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam areas. Each bag/kit will have the following items: Rice, Wheat flour, Cooking Oil, Urad Dal, Moong Dal, Brown Sugar, Tea Powder, Meal Packet, Chilli powder, Soaps, Tamarind, Turmeric, Sugar, Coconut oil, Upma Ravva, Mustard Seeds, and other items. We acknowledge the assistance of Sri Pakala Trinath and Sri Velagapudi Ramakrishna in Vijayawada in distributing these items to these village Priests. Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals for their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. It is time to help these Priests to meet their basic needs with our generous donation. It is time to acknowledge their invaluable service to Hindu Temples and Hindu Dharma. It is time to protect their dignity and self-respect. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, Archakas/Priests in Villages. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-7111 {{album_59}}
19 Jun 2020

GHHF Additional Priests and their families were honored in Vijayawada, Bengaluru and Kochin

GHHF Additional Priests and their families were honored in Vijayawada, Bengaluru and Kochin As many of you know that Global Hindu Heritage Foundation in collaboration with SGS Avadhuta Datta Peetham of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji honored the 116 Priests with their wives at AGS Avadhuta Datta Peetham in Vijayawada on June 2 (Tuesday). We are grateful to Sri Chandra Mohan, who has taken the full responsibility to identify 116 priest, make necessary arrangements, decorate the hall, plan the seating arrangements, and follow Covid – 19 guidelines. He has done a great job by paying attention to every details. Additional 18 Priests were honored in Vijayawada, Bengaluru and Kochin. On this great Occasion, each priest was honored with Rs 5000. F other wives, each one was given one Sari with Blouse, one Fruit, Turmeric, Kumkum, Beetle leaves with nut powder, two Masks and Rs 11. Main program started at 10:00am and continued till 1:00pm.Because of the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government or from the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Consequently, many Pujaris do not have enough resources to meet their daily expenses to provide meals to their families. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. It is time to help these Priests to meet their monthly expenses with our generous donation. It is time to acknowledge their invaluable service to Hind Temples and Hindu Dharma. It is time to protect their dignity and self-respect. {{album_57}}
14 Jun 2020

GHHF Annadanam to Needy Priests in VILLAGES is being planned. Your Support is appreciated.

GHHF Annadanam to Needy Priests in VILLAGES is being planned. Your Support is appreciated. For the last two months many Archakas did not have enough resources to feed their families. Many organizations and individuals have concentrated in honoring the priests and their families. The Global Hindu Heritage Foundation honored about 140 Priest families in Vijayawada, Bengaluru and Kochin. Since the Lockdown due to the fear of spreading Coronavirus, all the Hindu Temples are closed. Now, many Pujaris / Hindu Temple priests are having a hard time meeting their basic needs. Many of them do not have any salaries either from the government of the private Temples. Most of them do not have enough savings to pay their rent and electricity. Furthermore, many private temples do not have enough income to pay their salaries. Recently, newspapers wrote about some priests begging on the streets as they could not provide meals for the family. That news pained so many people and some organizations are helping them financially. They are facing a grim and grave predicament. Now Global Hindu Heritage Foundation in association with Samarasata Foundation decided to provide two weeks of dry groceries for each family living in villages We will be providing dry items enough for two weeks to the family. This distribution will take place mainly in Krishna District in Andhra Pradesh. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to help the needy Priests with Cash Support 5 Priest families for $100. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Support a Priest Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-7111
07 Jun 2020

[GHHF] Annadanam continues in Tirupati

[GHHF] Annadanam continues in Tirupati On 30th, we were honoured to participate in distribution of Annadana to the poor and needy people in Tirupati. Dr. Sundara Murty and Sri Subramany Yadav came to help our mission to feed the hungry. Reddappa, Subbanna, Hari, Ravi and many people volunteered to help serve the meals. The demand for meals started increasing day by day since the end of April. We served about 300 people who lined up by 8:00 am. We are providing the meals in different locations in Tirupati. On May 1st, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) volunteers started distributing Annadana packets to the poor, needy, and infirm individuals. Approximately 500 grams of a food item is packed and distributed. As many of you are aware that TTD was distributing food in Tirupati and nearby needy villages until recently. About a week ago, they discontinued. To fill the vacuum created by TTD, GHHF decides to do annadanam in certain areas and distribute them at their residences. As per guidelines, nobody is supposed to leave the house after 9:00 am. As you can see, they started distributing by 7:30 am and completed the distribution by 9:00 am. As per new guidelines, nobody is supposed to be on the streets after 9:00 am. We also distributed about 1000masks for these people, banana, and water bottles. Please visit http://www.savetemples.org as frequently as possible since we are going to update our activities in all six cities very frequently. All cities are either doing Annadana, feeding animals or serving Kashayam. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, and tribals as well as animals. Sponsor ONE day meals for $250. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-7111 {{album_55}}
01 Jun 2020

[GHHF] 750 Tribal and Poor Ladies mostly Christians were honored in Visakhapatnam

[GHHF] 750 Tribal and Poor Ladies mostly Christians were honored in Visakhapatnam Global Hindu Heritage Foundation in Collaboration with Sri Saidatta Manasa Peetham honored tribal and poor ladies in Vishakhapatnam area on Sunday (May 24th). Sri Sai Datta Swamiji went to few villages and tribal areas and invited them and explained the procedure. As some of you may be aware that many of them have been converted to Christianity.                GHHF is very much interested in reconverting the Christians into Hindu fold. Many of these people in these villages were converted with some inducement and by deception. Not knowing any thing about our culture and due to their lack of education, they converted to Christianity. Christianity prospers where there is ignorance. Christianity declines where there is high literacy. In  European countries, Christianity is declining and may be about 10 percent may be going to Churches.  Similarly, in USA also the number Christians attending the churches are declining year by year.                  It is our duty to look at the rate of conversion and how deceptively they are converting gullible and innocent Hindus is well documented. Many of the converted Christians have no idea why they are converted and have no clue about what they are talking. The Christian pastors have created so much fear among these people that Satan will haunt them if they go back to their ancestral religion.                Out of 750 ladies who came to function about 600 ladies are Christians. Sri Saidatta Swamy explained that they will be received by applying Tilak on their forehead and will also offer Prasadam for everybody to consume.                All the ladies who came to the ashram were given Kumkum, Turmeric, 5KG Rice, and one Saree. They were all given Prasad before they left. May of them even commented that Christianity does not belong to us. It is foreign. Our culture is ours to follow.                             We are very happy to see so many Christian ladies coming and receiving our Prasadam,  applying Tilak and chanting Jai Sree Ram three times. {{album_54}}
27 May 2020

[GHHF] Hanuman Jayanthi celebration followed by Annadanam in Tribal area in Visakhapatnam

[GHHF] Hanuman Jayanthi celebration followed by Annadanam in Tribal area in Visakhapatnam   On behalf of Global Hindu Heritage Foundation, Sri Saidatta Manasa Swamy conducted Hanuman Jayanti in Agency Tribal area near Visakhapatnam. Sri swamy gave Abhishekam to Hanumanji, did alankara, performed puja and also reciting a number of slokas addressing to Sri Hanumanji.   Many people came from the tribal area and spent three hours. Annadanam was distributed to all the attendees.   {{album_53}}
19 May 2020

[GHHF] - Voice of Andhra T V coverage of Annadanam in Tirupati.

[GHHF] - Voice of Andhra T V coverage of Annadanam in Tirupati. TV covered the news that GHHF and Savetemple office have beenn distributing Annadanam for the last 15 days in Tirupati. Realising the need for meal distribution, we have started Annadanam. We are serving the meals for about 300 people every day. The demand for meals starts increasing day by day. On 13th we had about 200 people lined up by 8:00 am. We are providing the meals in different locations in Tirupati. On May 1st, Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) volunteers started distributing Annadana packets to the poor, needy, and infirm individuals. Approximately 500 grams of a food item is packed and distributed. As many of you are aware that TTD was distributing food in Tirupati and nearby needy villages until recently. About a week ago, they discontinued. To fill the vacuum created by TTD, GHHF decides to do annadanam in certain areas and distribute them at their residences. As per guidelines, nobody is supposed to leave the house after 9:00 am. As you can see, they started distributing by 7:30 am and completed the distribution by 9:00 am. As per new guidelines, nobody is supposed to be on the streets after 9:00 am. We also distributed about 100 masks for these people, banana, and water bottles. Please visit http://www.savetemples.org as frequently as possible since we are going to update our activities in all six cities very frequently. All cities are either doing Annadana, feeding animals or serving Kashayam. Global Hindu Heritage Foundation employees went to the area and bought enough Bananas and other fruits and fed them. Sri K Reddappa and Sri K. Subbanna have fed the cows. They will continue the Annadanam to the needy. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, and tribals as well as animals. Sponsor ONE day meals for $250. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-7111 {{album_51}}
17 May 2020

[GHHF] Annadanam on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti in Chittoor

[GHHF] Annadanam on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti in Chittoor On May 16th, Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated with devotion, passion, and dedication at Bhakti Anjaneya Temple located in Devalam Peta. The morning started with Abhishekam, alankaram and puja along with singing devotional songs dedicated to Sri Anjaneya. After the celebration more than 1000 people were served sumptuous meals.                Prayers were offered to Sri Anjaneya to protect people from the deadly Coronavirus and spare them from the potential deaths. Speaking on the occasion, Sri Jayakumar, one of the Board members to do pujas on regular basis to avert from the deadly virus. He also advised the assembled people to work for the welfare of the humanity and establish Hindu Rashtra. He talked about Global Hindu Heritage Foundation’s efforts to preserve and protect our Hindu Temples and also our rich culture.                Sri Jayakumar also reminded people of the importance of charity and to see that we take care of the poor people, animals, and birds. Temple priest Sr Sri Sreenivas, Manager Sri Muniswamy, BJP leaders Sri Govind, Sri Viswanath Reddy, Sri Muniratnam Naidu, Sri Jagannadha Shetty and others participated.                Also, they distributed first and second prizes to those who participated in the competition of Devotional singing. Similarly, they first and second prizes for competing in cricket match. DONATIONS: We would appreciate your donation to continue annadanam to the needy, poor, and tribals as well as animals. Sponsor ONE day meals for $250. PayPal Method: To donate visit our website. Click on the Donate button, then press the Purpose category, and select Annadanam Category or General Donation category. By Check: Or you can send a check payable to: GHHF, 14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco TX 75035. It is tax-deductible. www.Savetemples.org For more information, call 601-918-7111   {{album_52}}
17 May 2020