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In June 2013, the Indian state of Uttarakhand and the surrounding areas received heavy rainfall. The amount was about 375% more rainfall than during a normal monsoon. This caused the melting of Chorabari Glacier and in turn the Mandakini River overflowed, heavily flooding the areas in and near Gobindghat, Kedar Dome, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Western Nepal.
The places hit have cancelled several pilgrimages for the next two years until the area can be rebuilt and made safe. Environmentalists contribute the main cause for such heavy rainfall to the 70 hydroelectric projects that added to the ecological imbalance of the state by restricting river flow and along with their streamside fabrication, increased the number of landslides and flooding.
This year 20 margiis from Australia, Canada, Finland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Maharlika, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, UK, USA and Vietnam attended the second Ananda Nagar Tantra Piitha Sadhana Intensive. Thanks to all the attendees who together created a beautiful flow, family feeling, and strong spiritual vibration that built up in our hearts and minds. This selection of photos attempts to capture the spirit of the month… ... See MoreSee Less
This new moon, the darkest night of the year, is Diipávalii, the festival of lights, the celebration of light over darkness, symbolising the dispelling of the darkness of ignorance by the light of spiritual knowledge, the conquest of good over evil, immortalised in history when Satyabhama, wife of Lord Krsna, defeated Narakasura in battle when he attacked Dwaraka, the ancient city that Krsna built.
“Satyabhámá and Rukmińii, Lord Krśńa’s consorts, were always spoken of together. Satyabhámá was adept in social service, government administration and the art of warfare. Perhaps you know the story of how she once led her country to victory.
“Once, in Lord Krśńa’s absence, a neighbouring king, Narakasura, attacked Dwaraka, Krśńa’s capital. (By the way, the Dwaraka of Krśńa’s time is no more. It long since became submerged under the Arabian sea. The old city of Dwaraka is sleeping under the Arabian sea: I would say about twenty-six miles west of the present-day Dwaraka.)
“Immediately after Narakasura attacked Dwaraka, Satyabhámá lost no time and launched a fierce counterattack against the invading forces. Narakasura’s army was defeated and he died on the battlefield. The day Narakasura was killed was the day before the new-moon day of the month of Karttik [mid-October to mid-November]. The whole city of Dwaraka was transported with joy. They jubilantly celebrated by lighting fourteen candles and, on the following evening, worshipped Satyabhámá with festivities and diipávalii [elaborate lights].”
Interestingly, the remains of the ancient city of Dwaraka have recently been discovered west of present-day Dwaraka (Baba said, “I would say about twenty-six miles west of the present-day Dwaraka”):
On 21 October 1990, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti completed his mission in physical form and left his body, which was cremated on 26 October of that year. From 21-26 October is an opportune time to reflect on the great achievements and contributions of Baba’s life, some of which are:
Tantric Sadguru Sublime ideology (Self-Realization and Service to All) Global organization Ananda Marga (“Path of Bliss”) Complete and comprehensive system of spiritual practice Comprehensive spiritual and social philosophy The Sixteen Points of daily practice Neohumanism, the cult of love for all created beings of the universe Progressive Utilization Theory (Prout), a socio-economic theory for a better world AMURT (Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team) Baba Nam Kevalam kiirtan mantra Kaoshikii and Tandava (physically, psychically and spiritually beneficial exercises) Over 5,000 Prabhat Samgiita (Songs of the New Dawn) Microvita theory (said to be 200 years ahead of its time) Ananda Marga Gurukula (Ananda Marga’s education system) Yogic Treatments and Natural Remedies The sciences of yoga psychology and biopsychology Notes on Ideal Farming Ananda Nagar and many other master units (spiritual ecovillages) around the world