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Vyasa Puja & Chaturmasya (31st July to 28th September 2015 at Kanchipuram)

Chaturmasya Vrata will commence with Vyasa Puja on 31st July 2015 and will conclude on 28th September 2015 with Vishwaroopa Yatra. Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peethadhipathis Jagadguru Pujya Shri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal and His Holiness Pujya Shri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal  will observe Chaturmasya Vrata at Srimatam Samsthanam, Kanchipuram. 

1 Aug 2015 - Jayanthi Mahotsav of HH Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal
27 July 2015 - Shrimatam Camp returns to Kanchipuram
Sama Veda Parayanam commences in Jayantipur, West Bengal - 17 July 2015
Veda Parayan performed at Brahma Sarovar, Kurukshetra - 17 July 2015

Camp Andhra - Updates:

Kovuru - Pushkaram - Video Updates

Kovuru - Pushkaram -Vidwat Sadas held

Machilipatnam- Visit to Ganesh Temple- 3 July 2015

Machilipatnam- Visit to Kanyaka Parameshwari Temple- 3 July 2015

Machilipatnam-Arrival- 3 July 2015

Gurzada visit - 2 July 2015

Temple visit in Guduru

Vijayawada - Pournami at Krishna Ghat - 1 July 2015

Vijayawada -Visit to Vinayak Temple

Vijayawada -Visit to Veda Patashala

Vijayawada -Visit to Kanakadurga Ammavaru Temple - 2 July 2015

Vijayawada -Visit to Sankara Matam - 30 Jun. 2015


Atharva Veda Sammelan held in Gujarat - 10 & 11 Jun. 2015
122 Jayanthi of HH Pujyashri Mahaswamigal Celebrated at Orikkai- 10 Jun. 2015
Camp Nemilicheri - Events - 5 - 10 Jun. 2015
Camp Nemilicheri -Temple Visits- 5 - 10 Jun. 2015
NRI Parents' Meet Held - 4 Jun. 2015
Vaikhanasa Patashala Building Opened - 4 Jun. 2015
Vaikhanasa patashala Building - Gruhapravesham - 4 Jun. 2015
122 Jayanthi of HH Pujyashri Mahaswamigal Celebrated - 2 Jun. 2015
122 Jayanthi Celebrations - Sahasra Suvasini Puja held - 2 Jun. 2015

We speak of three worlds: devaloka ( world of the celestials ), manusyaloka ( this world of ours ), and naraka ( hell ). The first has nothing but pleasure; in the second it is a mixture of happiness and sorrow; and in the third there is nothing but pain and sorrow. According to our sastras a man who has committed terrible sins goes through torments of hell before taking lowly birth again in this world.

Our sastras also have it that this world of ours is better than the others. How? From here we may make the journey to any other world. If a man is condemned to hell he cannot escape from it and will be forced to stay there until he has paid for his sins. If we go to paradise we cannot extend our stay there however much we may wish to do so. When the fruits of our meritorious acts are executed we will have to tumble down to earth. It is only here that we have some freedom and we may earn merit or demerit by our actions. We may use our hands to perform puja - or we may use them to hurt others. We may sing the praises of Isvara - or we may speak ill of people. We have the power to do good and evil in this world. For each of our faculties of action ( karmendriya ) God has given us this twin capacity.

There is not this kind of freedom in the other worlds. Is a cow capable of earning merit? The devas are like cows. So far as the cow is concerned there is neither merit nor sin in its life. On this earth (bhuloka) only those like us human beings can win liberation - we can do so through good actions. Other worlds are like hotels where the denizens eat what we harvest here. There you may enjoy the fruits you have merited here by your actions in proportion to the punya you have earned or the papa you have piled up. Our world alone is karmabhumi (world of works). And even in this world only human beings are capable of thinking and acting on their own. All other creatures live by instinct. Those who live in the other worlds have no right for karma.

A man's actions, his works, together with his character, determine his passage to other worlds. Only in this karmabhumi can we perfect our character by performing virtuous acts and thus qualify to go to another world.

There is a proper time and a proper place for the conduct of a religious rite. Do you think a sraddha can be performed at midnight? There is a right time for it as well as a proper place. It is in India particularly, that is Bharatavarsa, the Vedic karma must be performed, but even in this land it is not permitted during certain periods. It has to be carried out in hallowed places and during sanctified hours.

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"Hindu Dharma" is a book which contains English translation of certain invaluable and engrossing speeches of Sri Sri Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamiji (at various times during the years 1907 to 1994).
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