Happy Krishna Ashtami greetings!
Swami Vivekananda succinctly gives the central teaching of Sri Krishna when he says that “…the doctrine which stands out luminously in every page of the Gita is intense activity, but in the midst of it, eternal calmness. This is the secret of Work, to attain which is the goal of Vedanta…” On this auspicious occasion of Sri Krishna Ashtami celebration, may the Almighty be ever gracious in enabling us to practice Vedanta in our day to-day life as propounded and practiced by the Holy Trio is my fervent prayer!
This year Lord Sri Krishna allowed me to practice that intense activity without losing my calmness. I repeat here what I wrote last year : In India, in no centre of ours, I had witnessed such an elaborate festival! The devotion of the devotees is worth noting; what a verve and vigour in singing bhajans! And faith and fervour in performing worship! And the day-long fasting and sitting in the temple for such long hours – absolutely maintaining utmost discipline – no chitchat, no gossip and all are tuned to the discourse and songs, well, I was greatly pleased and impressed with a new kind of experience that gave a boost to my devotional practices!
And my tour program was like this:
06 Aug – Estcourt Gayatri Temple
07 Aug – Ladysmith Sub centre
08 Aug – Dundee Sub centre
09 Aug – Morn – Newcastle sub centre
09 Aug – Even – Glencoe Hindu Temple
10 Aug – Even – Pietermaritzburg sub centre
10 Aug – Night – Pietermaritzburg Sri Vishnu Temple
11 Aug – Morn – Phoenix sub centre for the senior citizens
11 Aug – Even – Chatsworth sub centre
13 Aug – Asherville Sri Sarada Devi Ashram
14 Aug – Last session of Krishna ashtami in HQ
Happy news to our readers! This Blog started on January 23, 2008, had crossed 10 thousand hits within a span of seven months and now by the grace of Master, Mother and Swamiji has crossed 30 thousand hits ! I cannot but thank every one of you who avidly reads and sends me interesting comments.
Have a look at AMATOMU. It’s a new service created by the Mail & Guardian Online that tracks the South African blogosphere. Under the category Religion, the first 25 Popular Religion Blogs are listed (of course all South African!). And as readers of this Blog you will be pleased to know that “Vedanta in practice” has climbed up the ladder to come as 3rd by Reads!
Another news too!
IndiRank is a system, built to rank the blogs in the IndiBlogger network. Although every blog is manually verifiable before it’s allowed into the network, the IndiRank system is completely automated. It’s like ‘runs’ in a game of cricket – the higher the score, the higher ranking it means. Blogs are ranked on a scale of 1-100 and this blog now that is as on date, ranks 67!
I give below the Amatomu Charts for further clarification: