Forthcoming Events – Not to be Missed

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Video Clips – Courtesy Belur Math, Ramakrishna Headquarters, Howrah, West Bengal

Maha Shivaratri Celebration at Belur Math on 24 February 2017. Shiva Nritya by Brahmacharins.

Kumari Puja at Belur Math (2016)

National Youth Day – Song by Sri Tanmay Nath, student of Ramakrishna Mission Sikshanamandira.

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Path to Siva- A Catechism for Youth

A richly illustrated catechism of Saiva Siddhanta for youth, drawn from the Master Course Trilogy, exploring how to live life, know the Divine, honor all creation and see God everywhere, in everyone.

In sixty-eight illustrated lessons, this books conveys the basics of a 3000 page Master Course Master Course Triology by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (Gurudeva 1927-2001), a legacy of profound, approchable teachings in three realms: philosophical,clutural and mystical. Path to Siva is a Mini-Master Course created by Gurudeva’s successor to inspire youth, it covers the following:

Self Identity: Who Am I, How can we see God? What are the three worlds?
Philosophy: God Siva, Our Immortal Soul, Death and reIncarnation, Dharma and KArma
Personal Life: A Happy homeL Virtue, Sin and Evil, Religious Tolerance, Hospitality, Harmony with other
Practice: Yoga, Meditation, Appreciating the Temple, Home Puja, Pilgrimige, Caring for the Environment

Welcome to Path to Siva, a Catechism for Youth.

We hope you enjoy this colorful book. It is based on Dancing, Living and Merging with Siva, the Master Course Trilogy created by my Gurudeva, Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. Path to Siva presents all of the important teachings of our Saiva religion, Shuddha Saiva Siddhanta. It is written with youth in mind, but is also ideal for anyone who wants a condensed version of the Master Course. Note that we have reluctantly adopted the English-language style of using masculine pronouns, such as He and His, when referring to God and the Gods, even though they are beyond gender. Other options, for now, are awkward.

For Youth: The sixty-eight lessons in this book cover the most important things a Saivite Hindu needs to know. Each lesson is short—just one or two pages—but packed with information. Here you can fi nd answers to questions about God Siva, Lord Ganesha, Lord Murugan and the devas—how they can help us in our lives, and how to contact them through temple worship and home puja. You will fi nd clear explanations of karma, dharma and reincarnation, and how to use japa, meditation and affi rmations to make your life better. You will learn the best ways to live in order to achieve your most important goals. The lessons include insights on home life, getting along with others, religious tolerance, vegetarianism and caring for the environment. They cover diffi cult philosophical areas, like death and dying, reincarnation, sin and evil. Absorbing these short essays will provide a clear understanding of our practices, beliefs and philosophy and give you a deep comprehension of life that few people have.

For Teachers: This book is intended for youth age 10 and older. As the teacher, you should be sure your students understand all the words of the lesson text. This will make the meaning much clearer in their minds. Encourage them to ask questions.

Book Contents:

1 Who Am I and Where Did I Come From?
2 Where Am I Going? What Is My Path?
3 What Is the Ultimate Goal of Life?
4 What Is a Religion?
5 What Is Hinduism?
6 Is Hinduism a Religion or a Way of Life?
7 What Are the Main Hindu Denominations?
8 What Is Saivite Hinduism?
9 What Is Saiva Siddhanta?
10 What Is Monistic Theism?
11 Who Is Siva?
12 What Are Siva’s Three Perfections?
13 How Can We See God?
14 What Are Siva’s Traditional Forms?
15 What Is the Meaning of Siva’s Dance?
16 What Is the Nama˙ Íivâya Mantra?
17 What Are the Beliefs of Saivism?
18 What Is Our Affi rmation of Faith?
19 What Is the Nature of Life for Saivites?
20 What Are Our Holy Scriptures?
21 What Are the Three Worlds?
22 What Is the Nature of Our Soul?
23 Why Are We Not All-Knowing Like Siva?
24 Are Souls & World Essentially Good?
25 What About Evil, Hell and Sin?
26 Who Is Lord Ganesha?
27 Who Is Lord Murugan?
28 What Is Bhakti?
29 Who Are the Devas?
30 What Are the Path’s Four Stages?
31 What Is Karma?
32 What Is Dharma?
33 What Is Reincarnation?
34 How Do We Prepare For Death?
35 Why Is the Satguru So Important?
36 What Is Our Heritage of Gurus?
37 What Are the Two Paths?
38 Who Are Our Holy Men & Women?
39 Who Are the Four Great Tamil Saints?
40 What Is Our Code of Conduct?
41 What Are Our Five Core Practices?
42 How Do We Use Affirmations?
43 What Is Sadhana?
44 What Is Yoga?
45 What Is Japa?
46 What Is Meditation?
47 How Do We Meditate?
48 Why Do We Practice Ahimsa?
49 Why Are We Vegetarians?
50 How Do We Treat the Environment?
51 What Is the Ideal Home?
52 How Do We Receive Guests?
53 How Do We Use Our Home Shrine?
54 What Are Our Saiva Forehead Marks?
55 What Is Good Conduct?
56 What Is the Hindu Way of Greeting?
57 How Do We Get Along with Others?
58 What Is the Value of Spiritual Friends?
59 How Do We Practice Karma Yoga?
60 What Is the Purpose of the Temple?
61 How Do We Visit the Temple?
62 How Can We Strengthen Our Temple?
63 What Is Our Form of Prayer?
64 How Do We Celebrate Festivals?
65 How Do We Observe Pilgrimage?
66 Why Should We Learn a Cultural Art?
67 How Can We Be Strong Saivite Hindus?
68 How Do We View Other Faiths?

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Forth-Coming Religious Events 2017

Date Event Details Time
1st April, Saturday Bhagvat Katha Ends
5th April, Wednesday Ram Navmi Ram Janam 12:00
11th April, Tuesday Hanuman Jayanti Hanuman Jayanti celebration 18.45
9th June, Friday Vat Savitri Poonam Pooja from 19:00
9th July, Sunday Guru Poornima Datta Poojan from 19:30
16th July, Sunday Geeta Recital fom 7:00am
23rd July, Sunday Samooh Satya Narayan Katha Katha 9:30
24th July, Monday Shravan Month – Starts Panchayat Devata Pooja – Daily 18:00
30th July, Sunday Sheri Satam Pooja from 07:00
1st August, Tuesday Noli Nem Pooja from 07:00
15th August, Tuesday Krishna Janmashtami Pooja and Bhajans from 19:00
21st August, Monday Shravan Month – Last Day Havan 18.00
25th August, Friday Ganapati Choth Sthapan Pooja 20.00
27th August, Sunday Ganesh Visarjan Procession 15.30
10th September, Sunday Samooh Shanti Havan Havan for Ancestors 10.00
21st September, Thursday Navratri – Starts Garba – Daily 20.00-22.00
28th September, Thursday Matani Athem Havan 18.45
5th October, Thursday Sharad Poonam Garba 20.00-22.00
19th October, Thursday Diwali
20th October, Friday Navu Varsh-New Year New Year Havan 05.30
20th October, Friday Navu Varsh-New Year Annakoot Aarti 12.00
29th October, Sunday Garba for Tulsi Vivah Garba 19.30-21.00
29th October, Sunday Mandir’s 44th Anniversary Flag Hoistng
31st October, Tuesday Tulsi Vivah Tulsi Vivah 17.00
30th November, Thursday Geeta Jayanti Recital in Sanskrit (all 18 chapters) from 18;00 onwards


Download and read the Sundarkand Path (Sri Råmacaritamånasa/Ramayan – Chapter 5) or download and listen to audio below:

A). Read about the significance of the Sundarkand Path – 5th chapter of Ramayan – Sri Råmacaritamånasa

B). Download Sundarkand Path – Explanation

C). Download Sundarkand Path – English/Hindi

D). Download Sundarkand Path – All English

E). Download Sundarkand Path – Gujarati

*** Highly Recommended – download Sundarkand Path Audio Files (4) – Click on link to play or Right-click on link to download file, use option “save link as”

E1). Sunderkand Path, Mp3 file 1 of 4 (large file 34 Mb) by Acharya Kailash Sharma
E2). Sunderkand Path, Mp3 file 2 of 4 (large file 27 Mb) by Acharya Kailash Sharma
E3). Sunderkand Path, Mp3 file 3 of 4 (large file 11 Mb) by Acharya Kailash Sharma
E4). Sunderkand Path, Mp3 file 4 of 4 (large file 42 Mb) by Acharya Kailash Sharma










Schedule of Events

Weekly Activities

Daily Aarti:        06:30 and 18:30

Tuesday – Vedic Chanting:     19:45 – 20:45

Wednesday – Gita Classes:     19:45 – 20:45

Thursday – Bhagvat Classes:   19:45 – 20:45

Friday – Lakshmi Havan:       18:45 – 19:15

Saturday – Hanuman Havan:     06:45 – 07:15

Sunday School: 09:00 – 11:00




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