Shubh Holi

The Geeta Ashram Youth would like to wish each and everyone a blessed Holi!

We had a wonderful celebration in Geeta Ashram earlier tonight, where we recited Chapter 12 and 15 of the Bhagavad Geeta, followed by the Holika Dahan. Here are some pictures!

Reciting Chapter 12 and 15 prior to the Holika Dahan.

Lighting of the Holika Fire

Holika Dahan

Holika Dahan

After the Holika Dahan, we made our way back to the prayer hall to celebrate the 120th birthday of our revered Guruji – Swami Hari Harji Maharaj 🙂

One of our devotees, Mrs Suresh Shukla, shared with us her fond memories with Swamiji. It was truly a wonderful feeling to be with our Geeta Parivaar Tonight.

We also sang bhajans and performed Paad Puja to our revered Guruji.

Devotees performing Paad Pooja to Guruji, led by Panditji

It was truly a blessed night!
We would like to thank each and every one for joining us tonight!

Our Holi celebrations don’t end here though – do join us for #astateofHOLIness on 10th March 2018!
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Happy Holi!!!

Holi 2018 @ Geeta Ashram Malaysia

Jai Shree Krishna. Jai Gurudev.

We are truly excited for this year’s Holi Celebrations! 

We will be having two main programmes – on 01.03.2018 and 10.03.2018

Details of our first programme on 01.03.2018 is as follows:

120th Birthday Celebrations of Pujya Guruji and Lighting of Holi Fire
01.03.2018 (Tuesday)

10.00am – 1.00pm: Full Bhagavad Geeta Havan
7.00pm – 9.00pm: Lighting of Holi Fire with Guru Puja
Looking forward to having all of you with us!

Happy Holi!

the Geeta Ashram Youth would like to wish each and everyone a blessed Holi! 🎉😃🎊

May we all let go of all the negativity and bad qualities as we circumambulate around the Holika fire today! 🔥

May Bhagavan shower His blessings on each and everyone on this auspicious occasion!

Do join us for a spiritual Holi at Geeta Ashram today!

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Holi 2016 – A Spiritual Holi

Jai Shree Krishna. Jai Gurudev.

The Geeta Ashram Youth would like to invite each and everyone to join us for our Holi Celebrations this year!

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We have an exciting evening planned and we look forward to sharing this special day with all of you! 🙂 Hope to see you there!

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The Story Of Holi

As we celebrate the joyous Holi with lots of laughter, colours, fun and frolic, it is truly important for us to know the story behind this auspicious day and why it is of utmost importance to us.

The Story of Holi by Ummeesh Kumar

A long time ago, there was a self centred king called Hiranyakashipu. Hiranyakashipu had done lots of penance and had been given many boons as a result of his penance. The boons were that he could not be killed inside or outsideduring daytime or night time, nor on the ground or in the sky, not by any weapon and not by beast or human. Hiranyakashipu became very arrogant and He declared himself to be the God of the whole universe. He proclaimed that there was no other God but himself, and strictly said that Vishnu should have no worship offered to Him anywhere; instead everybody must only worship him.

Hiranyakashipu had a son called Prahlâd. Now, it so happened, that this Prahlad from his infancy was devoted to God. The monarch became very much enraged when he heard this and called the boy to his presence. He tried by gentle persuasions to dissuade Prahlada from the worship of Vishnu and taught him that he, the king, was the only God to worship. But it was of no use. The child declared, again and again, that Vishnu, Lord of the universe, was the only Being to be worshipped — for even he, the king, held his throne only so long as it pleased Vishnu. The rage of the king knew no bounds, and he ordered the boy to be immediately killed. He tried many ways to kill him such as throwing him off a mountain, poisoning him and many more but all those plans failed because Bhagawan always takes care of his devotees.

One day, Hiranyakashipu thought to himself: ‘I have tried SO many ways to kill him, but to no avail. What am I to do now?

His sister, the evil Holika came to his aid. She tells him, that she was given the boon that she will not burn in fire as long as she is wearing a special scarf. She suggested that she take Prahlad into a fire and he shall perish while she will remain unscathed. Hiranyakashipu thought this was a brilliant idea and they proceeded with their evil plan.

Holika plotting with Hiranyakashipu

Holika plotting with Hiranyakashipu

Treacherously, Holika coaxed young Prahlad to walk with her and she herself took a walk into the blazing fire. Then, there was a sudden gust of wind and the scarf flew off Holika and landed on Prahlad’s arm. Holika then was burnt to death and Prahlad, who kept chanting the name of Lord Naarayana all this while, came out unharmed, as the Lord blessed him for his extreme devotion.

The burning of Holika

The burning of Holika

Thus, Holi derives its name from Holika and, is celebrated as a festival of victory of good over evil.

(During Holi, we walk around the fire and throw in black sesame into the fire to signify us throwing away our evil tendencies)

At this juncture, Hiranyakashipu was enraged and decided to take things into his own hands. He confronts his son Prahlad and shouts at him “Where is your God, Prahlad?”

To this, Prahlad sweetly replies “He is everywhere, father. He is in you, in me, in everybody.”

Hiranyakashipu enraged says “If he is everywhere, is he in this pillar?”

Prahlad bows and says “Of course he is, father”

And with that Hiranyakashipu destroyed the pillar with his sword and out jumped Narasimha. An avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Hiranyakashipu could not be killed by human, deva or animal, Narasimha is neither one of these, as he is a form of Vishnu incarnate as a part-human, part-animal. He comes upon Hiranyakashipu at twilight (when it is neither day nor night) on the threshold of a courtyard (neither indoors nor out), and puts the Hiranyakashipu on his lap (neither land nor sky). Using only his nails as weapons, he disembowels and kills the evil Hiranyakashipu.

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Narasimha kills Hiranyakashipu

Bhagawan says in Verse 7 of Chapter 4.

yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutanna madharmasya
tadatmanam usryjamhyam

O Bharata, whenever there’s is a decline in righteousness and a rise in unrighteousness; then I manifest myself.

Jai Shree Krishna.
Jai Gurudev.

Holi Mubarakh Ho!

The Geeta Ashram Youth would like to wish everyone a very, very HAPPY HOLI!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Here’s how we celebrated at Geeta Ashram PJ!

All geared up for their performance!

All geared up for their performance!

Holika plotting with Hiranyakashipu

Holika plotting with Hiranyakashipu

Our Children performing the story of Prahlad

Our Children performing the story of Prahlad

Prahlad and Hiranyakashipu

Prahlad and Narasimha

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Narasimha killing Hiranyakashipu

 

 

The burning of Holika

The burning of Holika

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Radha Krishna beautifully adorned!

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Our Beloved Swami Hari Harji Maharaj