Celebrations + Traditions

Happy Diwali (Indian New Year’s Eve)

Dear Friends, The week of our Indian New Year's is super special, it's one of my favorite weeks of the year :). The days leading up to Diwali (our Indian New Year's Eve) are super festive. Every morning and evening during those five days, it's tradition to clean the...

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Navratri

Festival of the Goddesses....inside and out. Yesterday was the first day of Navratri, the 9-day Indian festival dedicated to the goddesses Durga Ma, Amba Ma, Annapurna Devi, Saraswatiji, Lakshmiji, Bhavani Ma....and so, so, so many others...including the goddess...

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Shraddh: honoring our ancestors

One of my favorite things about the Indian culture is the vast amount of traditions, ceremonies and customs that are sprinkled throughout the year to honor the gods, our ancestors and the divinity within ourselves. Today marks the first day of Shraddh (Sept 5-19), a two-week period dedicated to honoring our ancestors.

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The Great American Eclipse

Happy August everyone! This month we have two big eclipses happening; a full lunar eclipse on August 7 (not visible in the USA) and a full solar eclipse on August 21, that's already been named as the Great American Eclipse, as it will only be visible in the United...

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Chaitra Navratri: A special kind of New Moon

Honoring the Divine Today is the start of a new moon, that falls in the "special variety" of new moons. For those of you  not familiar with the Indian Lunar calendar, it is the traditional calendar by which yogi's have observed holy days & festivals for thousands of...

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The Greatness of Shiva

EVERYDAY REMINDERS FOR STRIVING MEDITATORS This Friday night is one of my all-time favorite nights of the year; Shivratri; a night dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Lord of Yoga, the ultimate renunciate. This hindu deity, known for his deep states of meditation, ability to...

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Festival of Lights- inside & out

Inviting The Divine Within. I can't believe it's my favorite time of the year already :)! Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals; known as the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) that's marked by...

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Month of Shiva

In Rishikesh, India, there is an amazingly gargantuan murti (statue) of shiva in the middle of the Ganges River. It is not only gorgeous but oh so inspiring! Some parts of the year, the statue is completely submerged into the water and at other times, he sits in all his glory above the water.

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The stillness of Shiva.

This past Saturday night was one of my all-time favorite nights of the year; Shivratri, a night dedicated to Lord Shiva, a hindu deity known to be "the destroyer"  or one who brings about change and transformation. It's an especially prime night for deepening one's...

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Happy Diwali!

Happy (Indian) New Year's! Diwali is certainly the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It's the festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) that's marked by four days of celebration, which literally illumines the country...

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Hanumanji: a lifetime of selfless devotion.

Hanumanji: a lifetime of self-less devotion.  self-less | ˈselfləs | adjective concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one's own; unselfish An act of self-less devotion. devotion | diˈvōSHən | noun love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person,...

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