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Follow the Nature to Nurture Your Nature

H H Maa Purnananda
Founder Chairperson
Sree Guru Swami Chinmayananda Sewa Nidhi ®

In India, the months of Jyeshth and Ashaadh (May-July) comprise of summer when sun is shining bright, quite unbearable for most. People prefer to stay indoors to avoid heat. The flora and fauna go thirsty to the extent that ultimately it becomes unavoidable to pray hard for cooling rain-showers. All beings eagerly look up to the sky for drops and drizzles.

The weather forecasters start to predict first showers of monsoon. As soon as the first rains wet Mother Earth, the Nature gets filled with the intoxicating fragrance of the soil and blooming flowers. That is the time when the month of Shraavan (July-August) sets in followed by Bhaadrapad (August-September).

Correlating to the seasons, our scriptures have prescribed certain Sadhanas. In Jyeshth and Ashaadh we have to be contemplative and closely observe our mind’s quality and direction of thoughts. Else, we would be vulnerable to unnecessary arguments, short temper and agitations, even telling upon our physical health. But, being introverted and contemplative will save us from mental and physical health hazards.

While the troublesome months of heat and thirst are about to get over, at the onset of Shraavan, we are guided by the scriptures to read and listen to the discourses on Dharma Shastras such as Sreemad Bhagawad Geeta, Sreemad Bhagwatam, The Upanishads, Sree Ramayanam and Prakaran Granths.

Moreover, we have to engage ourselves in regular Puja and Abhishekam of Lord Shiva seeking His benevolence for the welfare of all beings. The austerities observed and supported with the studies accomplished during this month qualify us to invoke Sree Krishna in Bhaadrapad.

The rains by this month get over, bringing fruits, flowers, greenery, grains and the whole world of beings into full blossom and cheer. In such an enchanting ecology around, with calm and cheerful heart within, the sparks of Divinity knock the Quarters, calling the Supreme Consciousness to bless the Creation with Eternal Enlightenment.

Sree Krishna’s Avataar Leela is amazingly inspiring. Sreemad Bhagwatam portrays Him as the mischievous little darling of Gokul, the young beloved heartthrob of Sree Radha and others in Vrindavan, the friend-philosopher-guide of the Pandavas and most significantly, as the One who is one of the most popular manifestations of Supreme Consciousness as Lord-Incarnate.

Sreemad Bhagawad Geeta, which is Yogeshwar Sree Krishna’s invaluable advice to Arjuna, is the sacred scripture that provides practical, philosophical and Spiritual guidance to Saints, seekers and devotees alike.

Shraavan and Bhaadrapad having thus spent in enriching oneself with Spiritual practises, there develops deep gratitude towards the ancestors. Social norms, cultural traditions, religious beliefs and spiritual heritage promoted by the previous generations, run through each family clan, providing a firm foundation of faith and confidence in the hearts of budding progeny.

Therefore, in the months of Aashwin and Kaartik (October- November), days and nights of rites, rituals, austerities and festivities conclude with the brilliant and colorfully auspicious festival of Deepawali – celebrating the homecoming of Sree Ram - the Self!

So, reach out for your Antaranga Sadhana! Those who wish to pursue such Spiritual practises in a systematic way, SISS is the place to get proper guidance in a conducive environment.

SISS welcomes all to participate and benefit culturally and spiritually through its multifarious programs that include talks, discourses, Spiritual retreats, power point workshops and a wide range of DVDs, CDs, books and other publications.