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  • Ganesh Chaturthi

    Posted on September 6th, 2012

    “The worship of Lord Ganesha signifies placing the Divine before each and every one of our actions.” ~ Prabhuji

    You are heartily invited to attend the

    Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration

    at the Prabhuji Sakshi Yoga Center.

     

    Ganesh Chaturthi is the appearance day of Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God and Lord of auspicious beginnings who removes the obstacles from the way and bestows wisdom and prosperity. At the Vinayaka Chaturthi celebration, we will honor Ganesh with ecstatic kirtan chanting, tell his story and pastimes, offer him various items and holy mantras in a Vedic puja ceremony, and serve him laddus — the round sweets that he loves so much!

    Light Prasadam, or sanctified food, will be served.

    Where: Prabhuji Sakshi Yoga Center at 20-29 38th Street, Astoria, NY 11105

    When: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at 7:00 pm

    What to bring: You can bring fruit to offer to Ganesha.

    Suggested donation for the event: $21

    To read more about Lord Ganesh, click here.


     
    If you have a personal deity of Lord Ganesh- you are invited to bring him along. The pujaries will perform an abhishekam (bathing ceremony) to him for a small donation of $51. If you do not have a personal deity, you will be able to purchase one at the center.

     
     
     

    Special opportunity!

    To express your devotion to Lord Ganesh on his special day, you can choose any of the following options:

    Sponsor the entire puja – $108

    The sponsor will receive a special kalash (traditional jar) filled with charanamrita, which is the mixture of milk, honey, water, etc. that was used to bathe Lord Ganesha. This mixture emanates directly from the holy feet of Ganesha, and is blessed with Vedic mantras. It is considered very auspicious and a direct blessing from the Divine.

    Sponsor the Laddu offering – $51

    Laddus are round and very sweet balls that are especially favored by Lord Ganesh. Make this your offering! The laddu sponsor will receive a framed photo of Lord Ganesha as well as a printed recipe to make laddus at home! The offering will be served as prasadam to all the event participants.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Shankara Jayanti

    Posted on April 23rd, 2012

    Adi Shankara Jayanti is the celebration of the Appearance

    On this day we celebrate the great sage Adi Sankaracarya who lived about 2,500 years ago. Shankara is best known for consolidating the Vedantic system of thought known as Advaita Vedanta, or non-duality, which sees all beings as manifestations of the same one, non-dual reality of which God and the self are no different. Shankaras many writings were based on ideas found in the sacred Upanishads.

    Shankara was born to Shivaguru and Aryamba, a previously childless couple that was very pious and prayed to Lord Shiva in a 48-day ceremony, requesting a son. Pleased with their devotion, Lord Shiva appeared to them and gave the option of having either many dull sons or only one who will be highly intelligent but live for just a short time. The couple said the decision was His, and pleased with this reply, Lord Shiva was then born to them by the name of Shankara.   He learned to read and write by the age of three and by the time he was five years old, was initiated into brahmachari. Shankara was a remarkable scholar who mastered the Vedas by the time he was a mere eight years old.

    While still young, he persuaded his mother to allow him to take sannyas, to live a life of renunciation. With her permission, he left his home in Kerala and traveled towards northern India where he met his guru Govindapada, a disciple of Guadapada. Following the instruction of his guru, Shankara, who attracted many with his intelligence and kindness, traveled with his own disciples and propagated the Advaita philosophy.   Shankara supported this philosophy in many significant commentaries on sacred texts including the Brahma Sutra, Principal Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Before leaving his body at the young age of 32, he attained moksha.


    You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating the auspicious day of Adi Shankara Jayanti

    In our program:

    • Puja for Lord Shiva
    • Kirtan (devotional chanting)

    Sponsor Lord Shiva Puja

    We have many opportunities for you to become part of our Vedic celebrations. Join us by helping to sponsor this holiday at the cost that is most fitting for you:

    • Sponsor – $108 Entire puja offered in your name
    • Supporter – $51 Ashtotram offered in your name
    • Participation – $11
  • Maha Shivaratri 2012

    Posted on January 29th, 2012

    o trayabaka yajamahe sugandhi pusi-vardhanam

    urvarukamiva bandhanan mrtyor muksīya ma mrtat

    O. I worship the three-eyed-one (Lord Shiva) who is fragrant and who perfectly nourishes all beings; may He liberate me from death so that I may know immortality, even as a cucumber is released from its bondage (to the creeper).

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    Join us for a night of chanting, meditation, and worship as we celebrate the Maha Shivaratri Festival, also known as the “The Great Night of Lord Shiva.” Shiva is the God of yoga and meditation, the deity of dance, the destroyer and transformer, and one of the Divine beings in the Hindu Trinity.

    Our program includes:

    ●       Shiva Puja, abhishekam: Worship ceremony and bathing of the Shiva Lingam deity

    ●       Shiva katha- A talk about the life and qualities of Lord Shiva

    ●       Pranayama and guided meditation

    ●       Instruction of Japa practice (A mantra meditation with prayer beads)

    ●       Rudraksha Alankar – Offering of Rudraksha malas (Prayer beads) to Lord Shiva

    ●       All night devotional chanting and kirtan, along with Japa practice of the “Om Namah Shivaya” mantra, one round every hour

    View the Event Page in our Astoria Hindu Temple

  • Diwali 2011 – Celebrate in the new Astoria temple – Queens New York

    Posted on September 28th, 2011

    diwali

    Diwali, the festival of lights, perhaps the most known and celebrated of all Hindu Holidays.

    Like every year, we celebrate Diwali with a festive puja followed by offering of Ghee lamps. Join us on this auspicious day.

    For more information, visit the Ramakrishnananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Astoria – home to the new temple.

  • Happy Guru Purnima

    Posted on July 14th, 2011

    The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as Guru Purnima, an auspicious day to celebrate the guru.

    We celebrate guru Purnima in honor of our Guru – Swami Ramakrishnananda.

    Sri Vyasa

    Sri Vyasa

    Guru Purnima is a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa, the guru of gurus and ‘father of our scriptures’. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata.

  • Holi Celebration 2011

    Posted on March 14th, 2011
    The festival of “Holi” marks the beginning of spring. It was originally known as “Holika” as it commemorates the victory of Lord Vishnu over the demon King Hiranyakashipu and his sister Holika. Hiranyakashipu’s own son Prahlada was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Prahlada’s demon father attempted to burn Prahlada to death on a pyre by ordering him to sit in the fire on the lap of his aunt, Holika, who was to be protected by a magic shawl. Praying to Lord Vishnu, Prahlada was unharmed in the fire but his aunt perished. The destruction of Holika by the Lord is symbolized on Holi with the burning of the demoness in huge bonfires. Holi is also called the Festival of Colors and people celebrate this spring festival with folk songs, dancing and lighthearted pranks.
    Holi has a special significance for devotees of Lord Krishna, who celebrate the divine love of Radha for Krishna in joyful festivities that last for several weeks in Vrindavan and Mathura, the towns where Lord Krishna grew up, and where He first celebrated the festival by playing pranks on the gopis.
    There are many stories associated with the holiday. Holi is also the celebration of the death of the ogress Pootana, who tried to kill Krishna when He was an infant by feeding Him poisonous milk. In southern India, one popular story associated with Holi is about Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva. People there celebrate the sacrifice of the Lord of Passion, Kaamadeva, who risked his life to revoke Lord Shiva from meditation and save the world. Another popular story revolves around the ogress Dhundhi, who used to disturb children in the Raghu kingdom. The children played pranks on her on Holi and chased her away.
    In honor of this, you are most welcome to celebrate this auspicious day with us.

    In the program:

    • Sri Radha Krishna Puja Abhishekam (bathing ceremony) - abhishekam is Sanksrit for ‘sprinkling’ or ‘wetting around’, and is used to indicate a bathing ceremony with sacred water, such as the one we will do in our Sri Radha Krishna puja. This will be one part of the puja, a service of worship, during which deities are also called, seated, greeted, dressed, fed and praised.
    • Bharatanatyam  performance – a Vedic dance of devotion. On this evening, the specific dance will be the ‘Krishna Tilana’.
    • Lecture about Holi Festival
    • Vedic music performance – Sitar
    • Serving of  Prasadam (blessed food)

    Sponsor Holi:
    We have many opportunities for you to become part of our Vedic celebrations.
    Join us by helping to sponsor this holiday at the cost that is most fitting for you:
    Supporter-$108 (Ashtotram offered in your name)
    Benefactor-$251 (Nevidyam offered in your name)
    Sponsor-$501 (Mantra Pushpam offered in your name)
    Patron-$1,108 (Entire puja offered in your name)
    Live Streaming of the Event
    For all our friends around the world – we are glad to announce a new service that will allow you to participate in events that take place in our New York temple. On special events and occasions, we will be streaming a live video feed of the event. These streams will be only available in real-time, as we are not saving the stream for later viewing.

    Q: How does it work?

    Very simple… whenever there is a live event that is streamed, just open the home page of ramakrishnananda.com, and you will notice a clear box with the link to this page: the live streaming page. Just click on the link and you will be taken to the live stream page. If this is your first time you will be asked to register in order to be able to view it.

    Viewing is free of charge at the present, but you have to register in order to access the live stream.

  • Maha Shivaratri 2011 – NYC

    Posted on February 18th, 2011

    Maha Shivaratri NYC

    The Great Night of Lord Shiva

    Wednesday, March 2, from 9 pm to 5 am
    A night of Chanting, Worship and Meditation

    Join us for a night of chanting, meditation and worship as we celebrate the Maha Shivaratri Festival, also known as the ‘The Great Night of Shiva’.

    Shiva is the Lord of yoga and meditation, the Lord of dance, and he is one of the three main deities in the Hindu Trinity – the destroyer and transformer.

    Where?
    Vishwa Dharma Mandalam – Hindu Temple NYC
    96 Avenue B, New York, NY, 10009
    1-888-474-1218

    Help Sponser Shivaratri:

    We have many opportunities for you to become part of our Vedic celebrations. Join us by helping to sponsor this holiday at the cost that is most fitting for you:

    • Supporter-$108 (Ashtotram offered in your name)
    • Benefactor-$251 (Nevidyam offered in your name)
    • Sponsor-$501 (Mantra Pushpam offered in your name)
    • Patron-$1,108 (Entire puja offered in your name)

    In our program:

    • 9:00 pm – Shiva Puja – Abhishekam ceremony (bathing of Shiva Lingam)
    • 10:10 pm – Bharatanatyam (Vedic dance) performance
    • 10:20 pm – Shiva katha- spiritual discourse
    • 10:40 pm – Pranayama and guided meditation
    • 11:30 pm – Sitar performance
    • 11:45 pm – Guidance to Japa practice (*Mantra meditation with prayer beads).
    • 12:00 am – Rudraksha Alankar-Offering Rudraksha malas (Prayer beads) to Lord Shiva
    • 12:30 am – Kirtan, meditative devotional chanting, and Japa practice (Mantra meditation) every hour.
    *Rudraksha Malas, beads of rudraksha, which translates to mean the eyes or tears of Shiva, are often called miracle beads and they are cherished in India as one of the holiest items with numerous mystical powers such as providing tranquility and concentration. Indian legend relates many stories about Lord Shiva, also known as Rudra, associated with deep states of meditation. Rudraksha is a seed that comes from of a fruit tree grown in India, Nepal, Indonesia and Malaysia.
    A 15 minute Japa Practice session (Mantra meditation), will take place every hour throughout the Shivaratri night. We will recite the “Om trayambakam” and the “Om namah Shivaya” mantra along with the prayer beads.
    (You can bring your own prayer beads, or purchase a mala from our temple store during the event, or pre-order on this page below, and pick it up when you arrive to the venue.)

    The Maha Shivaratri Festival, also known as the ‘The Great Night of Shiva’, is celebrated with devotion and religious fervor in honor of Lord Shiva. He is one of the deities in the Hindu Trinity – the destroyer and transformer. Shivaratri falls on the 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu calendar month of either Magha or Phalgun. In the observation of Shivaratri, devotees fast all day and night, and perform a ritual of worship to the Shiva Lingam. According to the Vedic scriptures, this date marks the night when Lord Shiva danced the Tandava, a vigorous dance that is the source of the cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution. It is also representative of the daily rhythm of birth and death. In honor of this, you are most welcome to celebrate with us this auspicious night in our temple.

    Bharatanatyam (Vedic dance) performance:
    Bharatanatyam is a Vedic dance of devotion. The first dance that will be performed is Pushpanjali and Natesh Cituvam, which represents an offering of flowers and salute to the gods, guru and audience. This will be followed by Natesha Kauthuvam, which praises Lord Shiva, who is also the God of Dance in his ‘Nataraj’ form. The second dance will be Idathu Padam Thooki, in which the devotee describes Lord Shiva’s grace and grandeur when he dances the Ananda Tandava. All who are witness this are fortunate and blessed individuals.

    Om Trayambakam Prayer:
    This great mantra, also known as the Great Death-Conquering mantra, is dedicated to Rudra (Shiva) and is found in the Rig Veda, (7.59.12). It is one of the strongest mantras used for contemplation and meditation. It refers to Shiva’s three eyes and is a component of the life-restoring practice that was given to the primodial sage Shukra following intense austerities

    oṁ trayaṁbakaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanam
    urvārūkamiva bandhanān mṛtyor mukṣīya mā mṛtāt


    Translation: Oṁ. I worship the three-eyed-one (Lord Śiva) who is fragrant and who perfectly nourishes all beings; may He liberate me from death so that I may know immortality, even as a cucumber is released from its bondage (to the creeper).

  • Celebrating Diwali – the festival of light – Deepawali Puja in NYC

    Posted on October 23rd, 2010
    Diwali Festival of lights

    Friday, November 05, 2010 7:00 pm

    You are cordially invited to celebrate with us on this auspicious day.

    In the program:
    Sri Lakshmi Abishekam
    Lecture about Mother Lakshmi
    Vedic art performance
    Serving of  Prasadam

    Diwali, or Deepawali, is a significant festival in Hinduism which occurs on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartika and is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm. Diwali, or the Festival of Lights is the third day of this five-day festival. People clean their homes thoroughly and open the windows and doors to welcome the goddess Lakshmi to their home. The word diwali means “rows of lighted lamps,” and traditionally people light diyas, which are oil lamps created by inserting string wicks into small clay pots filled with oil, to signify the victory of good over the evil within an individual. The diyas are lit at sunset and a Lakshmi Puja is performed to seek the divine blessings of the goddess. Festive meals are shared and there may also be an exchange of Diwali gifts among family and friends. You are most welcome to come and celebrate with us on Diwali by lighting and offering a diya in our Lakshmi puja.

    Sponsor Diwali Festival of lights
    We have many opportunities for you to become part of our Vedic celebrations.
    Join us by helping to sponsor this holiday at the cost that is most fitting for you:
    Patron….$1,108
    Sponsor……$501
    Benefactor……$251
    Supporter…..$108
    Participation…..$21
    For more information visit our diwali page.
  • Diwali 2010 in New York City

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010

    Join us for 2010 Diwali celebrations in our NYC Hindu Temple!

    Diwali, or Deepawali, is a significant festival in Hinduism which occurs on the fifteenth day of the Hindu month of Kartika and is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm. Diwali, or the Festival of Lights is the third day of this five-day festival. People clean their homes thoroughly and open the windows and doors to welcome the goddess Lakshmi to their home. The word diwali means “rows of lighted lamps,” and traditionally people light diyas, which are oil lamps created by inserting string wicks into small clay pots filled with oil, to signify the victory of good over the evil within an individual. The diyas are lit at sunset and a Lakshmi Puja is performed to seek the divine blessings of the goddess. Festive meals are shared and there may also be an exchange of Diwali gifts among family and friends. You are most welcome to come and celebrate with us on Diwali by lighting and offering a diya in our Lakshmi puja.

    For more information about Diwali Visit our New York Hindu Temple page

  • Devi Navaratri – Durga Puja, Lakshmi Puja, Saraswati Puja – 2010 NYC

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010

    Devi Navaratri is coming – join us for 9 days of pujas for Durga Devi, Lakshmi Devi, and Saraswati Devi.

    The Hindu festival Navaratri — Sanskrit for nine nights — is observed twice a year, in the beginning of summer and again at the start of winter. Nava translates to nine and Ratri means nights.
    For the festival’s nine nights, people worship the different aspects of the Divine Mother, often referred to as Durga, which translates to the remover of life’s miseries.
    Durga is often called Devi, which translates to Goddess, and shakti, which means energy or power. This energy helps God to continue the work of creation, preservation and destruction. In observing Navarati, the energy aspect of God is invoked in the form of the universal Mother.
    As Srila Gurudev writes in the introduction chapter in his book yoga union with reality:
    ” The Saktagamas or Tantras do not accept Sakti as God, but consider Sakti as the creative power that deserves to be worshipped, thought obviously inseparable from the masculine principal , or Siva. ”
    In the first three days of the festival, Durga is called upon as a spiritual force to destroy all our impurities. She is also called Kali, Goddess of Death and Destruction and is the wife of Siva.
    During the following three days, Mother Durga is adored as Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. Lakshmi, the giver of spiritual wealth, is considered to have the power to bestow inexhaustible wealth upon her devotees.
    Sarasvati, the Goddess of Wisdom, who helps with learning and speech, is worshipped during the final three days.
    On the tenth day, called Dassera, all three forms of the Divine Mother are worshiped.

    for more information about Devi Navaratri check out our Hinduism Events Calendar