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.

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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.

 

Shubh Hanuman Jayanti!

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Hanumanji at Geeta Ashram Malaysia

Hanuman Jayanti, which falls on the full moon day (Purnima) of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra, is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Hanumanji who is commonly depicted in the form of Vanara in the Ramayana. It is believed that he was born from the boon of Vayu, the wind deity and is the son of Anjana and Kesari. He is also known as the “obstacle remover”. Hanumanji is the only deity who has full control over the planet Shani (Saturn). Hence, Hindus offer him oil and leaves on Saturday so that he would protect them from bad effects of Planet Saturn (Shani) (According to Indian astrology, the problems in one’s life are caused by Planet Saturn).

Lord Hanuman is a shape-shifter with magical powers that allow him to take many forms, move mountains and control the clouds. Even more than his magical power is His devotion to Lord Rama. Lord Rama gave this blessing to him when he rejected to accept any rewards after defeating Ravana. Many people all around the world will fast in honor of Hanumanji and give special offerings to him especially on this auspicious day. In times of trouble, it is a common faith among Hindus to chant the name of Hanumanji or sing his hymn – “Hanuman Chalisa“.

Lord Hanumanji teaches us devotion, humility and reminds us of the unlimited power and strength that lies unused within each and every one of us.

Shubh Hanuman Jayanti to one and all!

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