Monday, June 30, 2008

What's happening in the garden

What started as a hobby, has now, become a weekly affair and now, proves to be very helpful with the recent increase in price of oil, rice and name it, almost everything....

I am more focusing in starting up the vegetable garden now. My husband has been very helpful... and it is a very healthy family weekend workout.

So what are you planning to plant in your garden... Well, you do not need a big gardening area, a small place, or even pots and contairnes are useful........

Below are some of the pictures from my garden.........


Brinjal,long bean,banana

Curry leave,pandan leave,turmeric,lemon grass

Husband busy at work
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Sunday, June 22, 2008

I had a wonderful experience and gained valuable information in the spiritual retreat last week,15th June, that was held at the PERSATUAN SRI RAMAKRISHNA SARADA MALAYSIA in Petaling Jaya.

The talk by Rev.Swami Samachittanandaji Mj who was from Ramakrishna Mission, Singapore was on ‘What a devotee of Sri Ramakrishna ought to know’, and this was aided with slide shows. For me, this was an eye opener.
I have heard some songs from several of the websites maintained by the SRM in India and outside India. But for the first time I too, had the opportunity to sing some bhajans on Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Ma. This was made possible when Rev.Swami Samachittanandaji leaded us, the devotees, to sing some bhajans in Tamil.

The bhajans by devotees from other Ramakrsihna organization, were also soul stirring. These devotees were from Melaka, Kluang and Nibong Tebal.

The Guided Meditation by Rev.Swami Virabhadranandaji Mj is a unforgettable experience. This was the first time, I have traveled in this path and I am looking forward for the next field trip………… Swamiji also delivered a speech , and made me realize, many things… Sorry, I am unable to detail it here….but the next speech of Swamiji, which, I am eagerly awaiting for, will defiantly be in my blog. As what Rev.Swami Virabhadranandaji Mj, said, those that attended the retreat, were indeed blessed. As for me, what can I say, but BLESS US and GUIDE US……

Below are some video snaps that was taken...I know this are not good.. Pls FORGIVE me..... but I am learning, thanks to my husband who bought me this handphone. Practice makes perfect, and this I will master soon..
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Friday, June 6, 2008

Song

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

SPIRITUAL RETREAT ON SUNDAY, 15th JUNE, 2008

PERSATUAN SRI RAMAKRISHNA SARADA MALAYSIA LOT 36 JALAN 10/7, 46000 PETALING JAYA SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN
Tel: +603-79600385 Fax: +603-79600384 Email: psrs@time.net.my


SPIRITUAL RETREAT ON SUNDAY, 15th JUNE, 2008

Dear devotees and friends,

Namaste. We are happy to inform you that we are holding a Spiritual Retreat on Sunday, 15th June, 2008. You and your friends interested in spiritual life are welcome to take part in the programme and enjoy the spiritual benefit. The details of the programme are given below.

Yours in the Lord,
Swami Virabhadrananda
President


PROGRAMME

1st SESSION

8.30am-9.30am - Registration of participants
9.30am-9.40am - Welcome Address & Vedic Chanting
9.40am-10.30am - Talk by Rev.Swami Samachittanandaji Mj
(Ramakrishna Mission, Singapore)
10.30am-10.50am - Bhajans by Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, Melaka
10.50am-11.20am - Guided Meditation—Rev.Swami Virabhadranandaji Mj
11.20am-11.40am - Tea
11.40am-11.55pm - Bhajans by Ramakrishna Panimandram, Kluang
11.55pm-12.15pm - Talk by Sri Ramesh kumar
(President, Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Vedanta Maiyam, Ipoh)
12.15pm-12.45pm - Bhajans by Rev.Swami Samachittanandaji Mj
12.45pm-1.00pm - Archana—Sri Ramakrishna Ashtottarashatanamavali, Arati
1.00pm-2.00pm - Lunch

2nd SESSION

2.00pm-2.20pm - Bhajans by Sri Ramakrishna Deivige Illam, Nibong Tibal
2.20pm-3.00pm - Talk by Rev.Swami Virabhadranandaji Mj
3.00pm-3.10pm - Reading from Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
3.10pm-3.40pm - Question & Answer by Swamijis
3.40pm-3.50pm - Views of participants
3.50pm-4.00pm - Arati and Ramakrishna Saranam
4.00pm - Tea and Snacks


Important things to note:
1. All participants are to pay RM 15/- as registration fees.
2. Devotees should inform about their participation strictly before or by 10th June,2008
3. Children below 14 years are not allowed to participate
4. Accommodation for outstation devotees-Johor,Penang,Nibong Tebal,Jelapang, Sungai Siput, Kluang - will be provided on 14th night and on 15th night (if needed and only on prior information. Kindly inform us early, preferably by the 10th June 2008)
5. Breakfast will be provided for outstation devotees –Johor,Penang,Nibong Tebal, Jelapang, Sungai Siput, Kluang etc.,- on the 15th June, 2008.

For details contact Swamiji - 012-3902384 Mrs.Somaskantan—03 2283877
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

SWAMI NIRANJANANDA




Nityaniranjan Ghosh, who later became Swami Niranjananda, was born on 1862 (probable in August) at Rajarhat-Vishnupur; district 24- Paraganas, a few miles from Kolkata.

When Niranjan was in his teens, he as sent to his uncle’s house at Ahirtola, West Kolkata, for higher education. There he was attracted by the group of spiritualists headed by his uncle, Prearychand Mittra. This group used Niranjan as a medium.

In the early part of 1882, this group of spiritualists went to Dakshineshwar, and expressed a desire to use their power to mesmerize Sri Ramakrishna. After trying hard for an hour, they failed. Then Master got up and said privately to Niranjan, “Come here often.”

In his second meeting with Master, Master said, “My boy if you allow your mind to dwell on ghosts, you will become a ghost yourself. If you fix your mind on God, your life will be filled with God. Now which of these are you going to choose?” “Well, of course, the latter,” replied Niranjan. Sri Ramakrishna advised him to sever his connection with the spiritualists, and Niranjan agreed to this.

In September 1885 Sri Ramakrishna had to move to Shyampukur, Kolkata, for his cancer treatment. Niranjan left home and became the Master’s Gatekeeper, as he was strong and heroic by nature.

Maharaj, worked hard to spread the message of Sri Ramakrishna in Sri Lanka. In 1897 Maharaj went to Colombo to receive Swami Vivekananda and received him on 15 January 1898. Afterwards he travelled with Swamiji all across southern India as well as in various parts of North India.

In 1898 Swami Niranjananda went with Swamiji to Almora, then remained there in order to practise further spiritual disciplines. In Varanasi, Maharaj encouraged a group of young men to enter spiritual life and to practise the ideal of service. In 1899 this group observed Sri Ramakrishna’s guidance. Niranjananda inspired them to sacrifice their lives for the good of many and the welfare of all. This group later founded the Ramakrishna Mission Home of Service.

Swami Niranjananda’s devotion to Holy Mother was indeed remarkable. Swami Vivekananda used to say, “Niranjan has a militant disposition, but he has great devotion for Mother so I can easily put up with all his vagaries.” It was partly as a result of Swami Niranjananda’s active preaching that many devotees came to recognize the spiritual greatness of Holy Mother.

Towards the end, he was stricken with cholera. Like a hero, he took shelter on the banks of the Ganges ( Hardwar) and surrendered himself to God. When his attendant offered to serve him, Niranjananda declined. When the attendant nevertheless insisted, he said, “Don’t you want me to die in peace?”

Sri Ramakrishna recognized Niranjan as one of his inner circle, an Ishwarkoti - a godlike soul who is perfect from his very birth and is never trapped by Maya. Once in a vision Sri Ramakrishna saw the luminous form of Niranjan playing with a bow and arrows. Later he remarked that Niranjan had been born as a partial incarnation of Ramachandra.

Swami Niranjananda, a heroic monk of Sri Ramakrishna, passed away in Samadhi on 9 May 1904.

Sayings of Swami Niranjanandaji

Niranjananda left no writings or any recorded reminiscences; but on 18 October 1946 Swami Achalananda described some of the important characteristics of Swami Niranjananda’s life:

“Swami Niranjananda believed that Sri Ramakrishna was the infinite God incarnated in human form; and he who took refuge in him would not have to worry in his life.”

“He believed one should sincerely serve the Master- thinking of him as living, conscious being, and our very own. This is supreme worship. The swami did not put too much stress on rituals and mantra.”

“He had tremendous faith in the doctrine of service as established by Swami Vivekananda and he encouraged people to serve human beings as manifestation of
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