Today marks Hanuman Jayanti (Hanuman's birthday). Hanuman symbolizes wisdom and strength. Most of all, he is a symbol of absolute devotion, the Monkey God who literally leaps oceans and lifts mountains in the service of his lord Rama. We will honor Hanuman in this Sunday's sadhana by exploring the theme of devotion. We will also listen to and chant the Hanuman Chalisa, a 40-verse hymn in praise of Hanuman traditionally chanted on Hanuman Jayanti. Visit our Resources page to listen to the Hanuman Chalisa, link to its lyrics and translation, and learn more about Hanuman.
Earth, sky, worlds above, quarters and their halves;
Friends in Boston report that they awoke today to a beautiful cool rainy morning. April showers had come to wash the streets clean, to refresh weary souls, to restore life to a city that has been frozen in the grip of terror this past week. This coming Monday is Earth Day. We have been celebrating the return of life and light throughout these past weeks. Earth Day takes us one step further, providing us a time to honor the earth that gives us life and sustains us. Let's take some time this week to sense our profound connection to the earth and all it provides, to draw strength and sustenance from that connection, and to pray that Mother Earth's healing waters wash gently over all those affected by this past week's events.
Come to sadhana tomorrow evening for a community celebration of Earth Day.
Vasant (spring) Navaratri, the nine-day festival of the goddess in her three forms of Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati, will be celebrated from April 11 through April 19 this year. Navaratri is traditionally observed through fasting, chanting, and offering light, incense, and flowers to images of the devis. Here is a suggested Navaratri sadhana practice. You might want to observe all or part of it at home during these next nine days:
Tanmayi Christine Garrison co-facilitates Wise Heart Community devotional activities.