Happy Raksha Bandhan!

Raksha Bandhan: A yearly Hindu tradition

By Trived Soni

I am the only son in my family. I grew up with two sisters. Together we were the three musketeers, going through thick and thin. Most of the time we would enjoy each others company. Occasionally, we prefer keeping to ourselves, as we have different interests or even due to small arguments. As we grow older, we find our own individual paths and are busy chasing our personal dreams. We get separated and although sometimes I am not with them physically, I always know that my sisters have my back, and I have theirs. Likewise, for them.

In a typical Hindu family, once every year, brothers and sisters will be brought together to celebrate this festival. The sister would tie a knot around the brother’s wrist while wishing good health, happiness and goodwill. In return, the brother would promise to take good care and look out for them in any circumstance. After which, the sister would feed a sweet to her brother and he would give her a small monetary gift of appreciation. Growing up, I saw it nothing more than a tradition to follow annually and was naïve to the significance of Raksha Bandhan.

However, as time goes by and one begins to mature, curiosity and questions arise as to why things are done in such a way. Raksha Bandan in its name simply means the ‘bond of protection. It is celebrated on the full moon in the month of Sravana (Shravan Purnima). On this auspicious day, the whole family would get together to celebrate the sacred relation of a brother and a sister. Today, this tradition has gone beyond the siblings’ relationship, and is undertaken between neighbours, close friends, leaders and even army soldiers. This is to promote the feeling of unity and a commitment to all members of society to protect each other and encourage a harmonious social life.

The knot tied is referred to as a ‘Rakhi’ which significance can be derived from many ancient stories. The most common comes from the well-known Sanskrit epic from India, Mahabaratha. According to the epic, one morning, when Lord Krishna was flying a kite, he cut his finger by accident. Draupadi, who was nearby, saw him bleeding profusely and ran to him. She then tore a piece from her sari and tied it around his finger. Lord Krishna was so touched that in return he promised to protect her from all evil, forever. And he did protect her all along, especially during her ‘cheerharan’ by the Kauravas.

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is well thought of and is the only ceremony that celebrates the essence of the brother-sister relationship. In this day and age, everyone is busy with their personal affairs, studies and work and tend to brush of these small occasions or even a chance to spend some time together as a family. With the knowledge I have shared above, I hope brothers and sisters can make time to appreciate this strong life-long bond between them when tying the knot on this special day.

On behalf of the Geeta Ashram Youth, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Raksha Bandhan!

References :
1. http://www.raksha-bandhan.com/meaning-significance-of-raksha-bandhan.html
2. http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/raksha-bandhan-2017-know-the-importance-history-and-significance-of-raksha-bandhan-festival-in-india-4782720/
3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/hinduism/holydays/raksha.shtml
4. https://www.amritapuri.org/3539/rakshabandan.aum
5. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/events/when-is-raksha-bandhan-2017-significance-and-importance-of-the-day/articleshow/59898862.cms
6. Trived’s deep thoughts

Geeta for Daily Living

Haven’t we all been there? Experiencing overwhelming emotions – sadness, anger, frustration and so many others..

What if there was a book that could give us all the answers to life? Well… there is!!

The Bhagavad Gita

We just need to understand it and know where to look for the answers.. Right here, right now is the perfect opportunity!

Join us for a half day seminar on Geeta for Daily Living.
We will be giving a basic introduction and overview on the Bhagavad Geeta and how to apply the knowledge in our lives.

More details on the course as follows:

Geeta for Daily Living Seminar
Date: 26th August 2017
Time: 8.30am – 12.30pm
Cost: RM50/participant
Includes a beginner pack – the Bhagavad Geeta, stationary and course materials. Light breakfast and lunch included.

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If you have any difficulties in registering, or would like to register as a group – please do send an email do gayouth@yahoo.com or WhatsApp 012 253 7197 (anjanna) and we will be more than happy to help you with the registration.

There are limited places only which are getting filled up rather quickly – so sign up now before it’s too late! 🙂

Janmashtmi 2017

It’s our favourite time of the year – Shri Krishna Janmashtmi!! 🙂

This year, the youth and kids have been working very hard to perform for Lord Krishna’s birthday and we look forward to having all of you there with us!

14.08.2017 is truly auspicious and here’s our programme for the day!

Morning : 

9.30a.m. – Sampoorna Geeta Havan
1.00p.m. – Preeti Bhojan (lunch)

Evening :

9.00pm: 
– Guru Vandana
– Recitation of 12th Chapter with samput verse (Ch1 Vs 1): “Dharmakshetre Kurukshetre Samaveta….”
– Geeta Aarti

9.40pm:
Children’s / Youths’ Programme (skits & dances)
– more info coming your way soon!

11.00pm:
Bhajans

11.55pm:
Meditation / Chanting

Midnight:
Sri Krishna Aarti & distribution of Prasad / Snacks

Thursday’s with Ashok – Lesson 108

Hari Aum.

We were introduced to Chapter 18 last week, and now it’s time to continue on our journey through this beautiful, final chapter of the Bhagavad Geeta.

Lesson 108 covering verses 2 – 11 of Chapter 18, is now available here.

JSK.

Hanuman Chalisa Tuesday!

TODAY

Tuesday 25th July 2017

*HANUMAN CHALISA Programme*

At Geeta Ashram.

7.00 pm Sandhya Aarthi

7.30 pm Guru Vandhana followed by Chapter 12

7.45 pm Continuous recitation of Hanuman Chalisa

8.15 pm Aarthi/Prasad

Prithi bhojan (dinner) will be served.

🙏🏻

Jai Shree Krishna

Geeta for Daily Living

“Read the Geeta daily, and you will experience miracles in your life.’

– Swami Hari Harji Maharaj

 

It’s only been a week since we advertised, and we are happy to note that our seats for our Geeta for daily living Seminar are filling up real quickly!

For those who haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late! Click here to register!

We look forward to seeing all of you on 26th August 2017 🙂

Thursdays with Ashok – Lesson 107

Our Thursday and Saturday classes are back and we couldn’t be more thrilled!!

Here’s the link to our most recent lesson!

Jai Shree Krishna.

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