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Important News & Announcements
CHANTING THE DIVINE MOTHER’S NAME:
Dear Devotees and Friends,
My loving greetings and best wishes for you all.
Following the inspiration and foot steps of Revered Swami Swahanandaji Maharaj, we invite and encourage the devotees everywhere to pledge for extra “Jai Sri Durga” Japam during this coming auspicious Navaratri to Vijaya Dashami (20 to 30 September) of this year 2017.
The idea is to pledge a certain amount of Japam (repetition of a mantra) for each day, above one’s regular number. This has at least two benefits:
1) It helps us to stretch ourselves to have a greater capacity for spiritual practice.
2) The spiritual energy produced and the merit that it brings for each 100,000 repetitions is equal to one Grand Durga Puja performance.
Though it is best to be as consistent to do japa everyday, as far as possible, yet if one gets behind the number pledged one day, one can make up that difference the next day.
Counting may be done by using a Mala (Rosary) or by tally counter or simply by observing how long it takes to do one thousand (thereby one does not have to focus on the counting but can know the number by watching the time only).
PS: Request from Br. Shankara — Please email me right away at firstname.lastname@example.org, so I can let Swami Saravadevanandaji how many of our devotees are participating, and the amount of each devotee’s pledge. Your cooperation with the Swami’s request will be very much appreciated!
Tip from Br. Shankara: For most people, it will take five minutes to chant “Jai Sri Durga” 300 times (1 per second = 60 per minute times 5 minutes = 300). This calculation was suggested by Swami Swahanandaji.
‘BUDDY, CAN YOU SPARE A CAR?’
You could be of great service to your Vedanta Center. The Center’s car, a 21-year-old Honda Accord, needs replacement. After some routine maintenance last week, our mechanic said the Honda — at its age — is likely to need more, relatively expensive repair work within the next year or so.
This is our request: If you have an automobile you are no longer in need of that you would be proud for the Center to own, please consider donating it to us. Your gift to the Center is, of course, fully tax-deductible according to IRS regulations. Any car offered to us will be taken to our mechanic for evaluation, prior to acceptance.
Thank you for considering this request.
AND SPEAKING OF TRANSPORTATION…
Br. Shankara still needs volunteer drivers for Saturday afternoons to take him to and bring him back from the Athen’s Class. Progessive macular degeneration makes it unsafe for him to make this drive on his own.
Please consider an occasional Saturday afternoon to serve in this way. We have a signup form on the website now so that you can pick the dates that are convenient for you. Click here for full details and signup form. Thank you in advance for your much needed and appreciated service!
Tai Chi and Qigong Class for Beginners
This class is led by James ‘Jim’ Hamilton, an experienced instructor. Jim has taught Tai Chi for more than 20 years, from beginning to advanced levels, at Kaiser Permanente and elsewhere.
There is a modest fee – $15 per class – which Jim has offered to share with the Center. Class members are encouraged to commit to four weeks at a time in advance; exceptions can be made if necessary… just come and talk to Jim.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
American Vedantist* News
The theme of the upcoming Issue #72 – Fall 2017 is:
“Spiritual Life: Spiritual Life: How Do I Keep the Main Thing
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* American Vedantist is a not-for-profit online journal dedicated to developing Vedanta in the West and to facilitating companionship among Vedantists. Find out more at americanvedantist.org
This Sunday’s Talk
September 24th, 11am-12noon