Happy Raksha Bandhan

What Raksha Bandhan is and What it Means to Me

by Namita Soni

It’s that time of the year again where mothers remind their daughters to start preparing trays lined with sacred threads and their sons to save up their money. Why? Because today, Sunday is the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan. This occasion is usually celebrated on the last day of the Hindu Lunar Calendar which usually happens to be August. It has been observed in my family ever since I could remember. Every year, without fail, I will find myself tying rakhis for my brothers, giving them hugs and then waiting for my presents. I’ve seen my mother doing the same, even going to the extent of sending the rakhis overseas to her brothers whom she could not tie for in person.

As I grew older, the significance of Raksha Bandhan was explained to me. I understood that tying the thread signifies the bond between the siblings, the love and joy shared. In turn, the brother vows to protect his sister, regardless of whether she’s the older one or the younger one. So why celebrate? What’s the big deal? Well, the history of Raksha Bandhan goes back decades, with countless tales of how it came to be. One of the most special ones is about how Krishna had cut his finger and Draupadi had ripped a strip of cloth from her saree and tied it around his wrist to stanch the bleeding. Touched by the gesture, Lord Krishna vowed to protect her.

Eventually, over time, it became a very significant tradition and with all the tales and stories blending in together, Raksha Bandhan became a holy occasion where we tie rakhis around the wrists of our brothers to celebrate our relationship and togetherness with them. So, if we can celebrate Teacher’s Day, Mother’s Day and even Children’s Day, why not celebrate the bonds we have with our siblings? Thank them and remind them that you’ll always be by their side, no matter if distance or years were to separate them. That’s how I feel about it. It’s not even about what I get in return anymore, but the fact that after everything, I can always rely on my big brother to help me out and protect me if I can’t handle myself. So, here’s wishing Happy Raksha Bandhan to all my brothers and thanking them for all the years protecting me and spoiling me. Wouldn’t be here without my bhaiya ❤

Geeta Ashram Youth would like to wish one and all a Happy Raksha Bandhan 🙂

Bhagavad Geeta Classes with Bro Ashok

We are happy to announce that we will be starting Bhagavad Geeta Classes with Bro Ashok Berumal on 04.11.2017. We will be starting from Chapter 1. Details on the classes are as follows:

Date: 04.11.2017, and every Saturday after that

Time: 4.30pm to 6.00pm

Venue: Brickfields Asia College, Jalan Vivekananda, Brickfields

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thursdays With Ashok – Lessons 10 – 13

Dear All,

Our sincere apologies for the delay in uploading the Geeta Lessons by Bro. Ashok.

Lessons 10 – 13 are all up now 🙂 Click here for the lessons!

Lesson 14 will be held on 08.01.2015

If there is any difficulty in loading them, please do not hesitate to contact the youth at gayouth@yahoo.com and we will try to assist you as soon as possible.

JSK.

Thursdays with Ashok – Lesson 7

Dear All,

Last Thursday, we covered Chapter 2: Verses 8 – 12

Enjoy! 🙂

JSK

Thursdays with Ashok – Lesson 6

Chapter 2 begins! 😀 😀 😀

We truly apologize for the delay in putting this up – we were all busy with Diwali! 🙂

We did not have a class on 23.10.2014 and will be resuming class on 30.10.2014 🙂

JSK.

Happy Raksha Bandhan!

There’s no other love like the love for a brother. There’s no other love like the love from a brother.

– Terri Guillemets

Historically, Raksha Bandhan is an ancient concept where queens used to send rakhis to their neighbourhood brothers as a sign of love and token of brotherhood. However, with most traditions, the entire concept of it has changed over time. Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit literally means “the tie or knot of protection“. It is an ancient Hindu festival that ritually celebrates the love and duty between brothers and their sisters. The sister performs a Rakhi ceremony, then prays to express her love and her wish for the well being of her brother; in return, the brother ritually pledges to protect and take care of his sister under all circumstances. The festival is also an occasion to celebrate brother-sister like family ties between cousins or distant family members, sometimes between biologically unrelated men and women.

Rakhi

Having my Rakhi tied!

As with most Hindu festivals, there are a number of rituals that are usually carried out during this auspicious day. The sisters will usually shop for rakhis or even make their own out of colourful thread sometimes adorned with decorations or amulets. Meanwhile, the brothers will buy gifts for their sisters. On the day itself, the sisters will tie the rakhis on their brother’s wrist, followed by a simple prayer for the brother’s prosperity, good health and happiness and an aarti. Then, the sisters will feed their brothers sweets with their hands. In return, the brothers will then gift their sisters with the aforementioned gifts, and of course hugs are given and received left, right and center.

Personally, having grown up with three elder sisters and a number of cousins whom I regard as my sisters, I’ve always looked forward to this day. It’s a simple reminder to me that I am appreciated and I truly feel it does strengthen the bond between a brother and a sister. Only downside I could possibly think of is that my wallet is significantly lighter at the end of the day! 😉

 The Geeta Ashram Youth would like to wish A very Happy Raksha Bandhan to one and all!

by Vithal Narula

We Hold You In Our Hearts, MH17.

kaunteya pratijanihi, na me bhaktah pranasyati

Know that, for certain, My devotee never perishes.

– Chapter 9, Verse 31

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by flight MH17.

As the world mourns the loss of such precious and innocent lives, let us take a minute to step away from condemnation and hearsay, and shower love and support on everyone impacted by this tragic incident. It is in moments like these where we ought to band together in common effort, pray for strength and hope for the very best.

We hold you in our hearts, MH17.

 

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