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Writings

Nov 30 2018

“Thanksgiving-An Opportunity to Give Life, Not Only Thanks”, The Pioneer

This article was originally published in The Pioneer, here. In America, one of the biggest holidays of the year is Thanksgiving. The feast is in honor of the first good harvest after the pilgrims came to the new land. In theory, this holiday is a beautiful one. The idea of gathering to give thanks, gathering on behalf of the bountiful harvest God has provided, gathering with family, is wonderful. It is one of the few times a year that Americans tend to ensure that the entire family is together. Thus, in...

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Nov 02 2018

“Diwali – Dispelling the Darkness”, The Pioneer

This article was published on The Pioneer, here. Lighting oil lamps are one of the most common daily rituals in Indian tradition. Whether in temples, in homes, in offices or simply in small shrines on a shelf in a dorm room, one will always find a small brass or silver lamp to be filled with oil and lit on a daily basis. However, my Guru, Swami Chidanand Saraswati frequently implores people: “Don’t just light the lamps in your temples, homes and offices. Also remember to light the lamp in your own...

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Aug 26 2018

Raksha Bandhan: An Opportunity for Divine Connection

This article was published on The Speaking Tree, here. On the beautiful holiday of Raksha Bandhan, the holiday of love, brotherhood, sisterhood, friendship and protection, let us use this opportunity to examine the depths of our relationships. Deep connection is one of the most important aspects of human life. We are wired – spiritually and biologically – to thrive on connection, direct connection with the Divine and connection with the Divine through our deep connection with others. Our sisters and brothers, by blood or by heart, are not ours in a...

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Jun 22 2018

Digital Addiction

This article was originally published on The Speaking Tree, here. It’s time to log off, writes SADHVI BHAGAWATI SARASWATI, from Parmarth Ashram, Rishikesh, referring to our increasing dependence and addiction to the virtual world Iwas speaking at an event recently in the hall of an upscale hotel. On both sides of the stage were the large LED screens that have become ubiquitous at programmes these days.While giving my lecture, I kept looking out into the front rows of the audience to make eye contact. However, as I looked out I could not...

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Jun 15 2018

Yoga and the Yoga Sutras

This article was originally published on The Shift Network, here. The word “sutra” literally means a thread. In English, if you fall and hurt yourself and have to get stitches, the stitches are called “sutures.” It’s the same concept. It’s a thread that is weaving together — in sutures, it is weaving together our flesh; and in sutras, it is weaving together our lives. This is what the Yoga Sutras are about. There’s no sutra, even if we went through every sutra, that says, “Here’s how flat your palms have to be...

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May 15 2018

Yoga and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Indian sage Patanjali gave us the eight limbs of yoga, or what are called “ashtanga” yoga.  They include, of course, all of that which we currently identify as yoga: the physical postures or asanas, the breath exercises or pranayama, meditation or dhyana.  However, the foundation  of the eight limbs of yoga, the first two limbs on the eight-limbed tree are called the  yamas and the niyamas. They are the do’s and don’ts of a yogic life. With five of each, they are considered the universal Ten Commandments of a...

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May 11 2018

I Click, Therefore I Am

This article was originally publishing on The Speaking Tree, here. 'Clicking still-lifes of self but no life in my self,' writes  Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati from Parmarth Ashram on the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh A new craze has begun — selfies. It is not actually brand new, of course, but in our cultural evolution, a few years still count as new. Somehow, the intersection of digital cameras, social media and instant feedback, have created a ripe and ready soil for Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z to fuse into Gen...

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Jan 24 2018

“From Selfie to Self – Shifting from Screen Life to Real Life”

'However, as I looked out, even though the lights were on in the hall, I could not find a pair of eyes with which to connect.' This article was originally published on Thrive Global, here. I was speaking at an event recently in Kolkata, India that took place in the hall of an upscale hotel. On both sides of the stage were the large LED screens that have become ubiquitous at programs these days. Cameras not only captured the event for websites and social media but also projected each speaker onto these...

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