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8th May 2016 marks the birth centenary of our beloved Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.

 

Chinmaya Mission UK are delighted to announce the events planned for 2016 to celebrate this most special and auspicious of occasions.

Be sure to mark your diaries and keep the following dates free.

A special dance performance on the life of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

Date: 21st February 2016

Venue: Beck Theatre, Hayes

Swami Chidatmanandha, the Acharya in Charge of Chinmaya Mission Hyderabad, and Regional Head of Chinmaya Mission Andra Pradesh, will be visiting the UK from 25th March to 5th April 2016. During Swamiji’s visit, the following programmes have been planned:

26th to 27th March 2016:

Retreat at Chinmaya Vidya Nagari (Oxfordshire) on the topic ‘Be Fearless’.

28th March 2016:

Birth Centenary Celebration (BCC) exhibition and event at Balaji Temple, Birmingham. Swamiji will talk on the topic Sharanagati, The Path of Surrender.

29th March 2016:

A talk on ‘Effective Leadership’ for the Chinmaya YuvaKendra (CHYK), the youth wing (18-35 year olds) of Chinmaya Mission UK, at Chinmaya Kirti in Hendon.

30th March to 3rd April 2016:

Discourses in English in South London on the topic ‘Essential Values of Mahatma Gandhi’.

Gurudev Jayanti Maha BCC Event

Dates: 7th and 8th May 2016

Venues and programme TBC.

Evening discourses in English by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda

Dates: 5th to 9th August 2016

Venue: Logan Hall, Central London

Topic: Chapter 7 of the Bhagavad Geeta

Visit by Swami Swaroopananda in October 2016

Further details of the programme for Swamiji’s visit will be announced in due course.

 

Information courtesy of :- Chinmaya Mission - and correct at the time of publishing.  Please reconfirm times and venue nearer the event.

 

 

Cardiff University has a long and established relationship with India. Students from across the country come to Cardiff to study a wide range of degree programmes resulting in the growth of a large and diverse community of Indian students.

As part of our commitment to develop long-standing links with India, the University has established a regional office based in New Delhi. The office is instrumental in promoting our research activities as well as developing a network of academic and professional partners in India and further strengthening our alumni relations.

For Further information please visit the following website:-

The International Fleet Review 2016 is being held at Visakhapatnam in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee. The Indian Navy is the fifth largest in the world, and was known as the Royal Indian Navy in the British Raj. But it existed even before that, and was first formed by King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Shreya Ghoshal returns once again to entertain her fans in the UK.

An award-winning Indian singer who rose to prominence thanks to the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa TV show, and her vocal performance in the film Devdas.

Since then she has become a major concert draw, having performed in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, which she visited in 2013 on the occasion of Bollywood's 100th birthday. In 2014 she returned for a series of solo headline shows and made an appearance in Manchester in May 2015. 

 

Catch her performances at the following venues:- 

6th May 2016 

Leicester  De Monfort Hall

And On 7th May 2016 @

Eventim Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

For tickets and bookings – contact booking office direct. 

 

The State Bank of India opens branches in Hounslow and Ilford.  

The bank already has branches in Harrow and Golders Green, as well as the City of London.  The opening of these new branches is part of the ambitious business and development strategy by State Bank of India UK to expand its network of branches and provide a greater accessibility to the Indian population across the region.

The bank offers the usual range of savings accounts and mortgages, along with safety deposit box facilities. It also enables customers to transfer money to their loved ones back in India

The new branches are located at :-

196 High Street, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 1HL

And 

Unit 1,  172 – 174 High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1LL 

State Bank Of India UK is authorised and regulated by the Reserve Bank of India and the Prudential regulation Authority and subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and limited regulation by Prudential regulation Authority.  

 

 

 

The Indian Navy will be conducting an International Fleet Review (IFR) from 04 – 08 February 2016, off Visakhapatnam.

The IFR-16 is proposed to be done at a much larger scale than ever done before.

 

The Hon’ble President of India being the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, once in his/her term, reviews the Indian Naval (IN) Fleet as part of the ‘President’s Fleet Review’ (PFR). This review aims at assuring the country of the Indian Navy’s preparedness, high morale and discipline.

Many leading nations of the world use the opportunity provided by the Fleet Review to enhance mutual trust and confidence with their maritime neighbours and partners by inviting their ships to participate in the review. Normally called ‘International Fleet Review’ (IFR), this event then allows the host nation an occasion to display its maritime capabilities and the ‘bridges of friendship’ and trust it has built with other maritime nations. The last IFR was conducted in January 2001, off Mumbai with participation from 29 countries. This earned the country widespread appreciation and goodwill.

Article: IFR

For image gallery visit

https://ifr16.indiannavy.gov.in/photo-gallery.htm

The Indian Navy will be conducting an International Fleet Review (IFR) from 04 – 08 February 2016, off Visakhapatnam.

The IFR-16 is proposed to be done at a much larger scale than ever done before.

The Hon’ble President of India being the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, once in his/her term, reviews the Indian Naval (IN) Fleet as part of the ‘President’s Fleet Review’ (PFR). This review aims at assuring the country of the Indian Navy’s preparedness, high morale and discipline.

Many leading nations of the world use the opportunity provided by the Fleet Review to enhance mutual trust and confidence with their maritime neighbours and partners by inviting their ships to participate in the review. Normally called ‘International Fleet Review’ (IFR), this event then allows the host nation an occasion to display its maritime capabilities and the ‘bridges of friendship’ and trust it has built with other maritime nations. The last IFR was conducted in January 2001, off Mumbai with participation from 29 countries. This earned the country widespread appreciation and goodwill.

Article: IFR

for image gallery visit

https://ifr16.indiannavy.gov.in/photo-gallery.htm

Do you feel the need to relax? Most people have busy lives and have almost no time to relax. In their busy lives, people are on the run from the moment they wake up to the time they retire for the day. How can one relax when the whole day is spent in meeting deadlines, pushing schedules, getting to the office and back home with no time left for even having your meals?

In addition, there are different types of stresses that one has to deal with. From financial problems to health problems in family, from lack of emotional support to work pressure, stress can creep into our lives easily. This stress can tire us physically as well as mentally and must be done away with. To get rid of this stress and live a healthier life, practicing yoga everyday can be very helpful.

Yoga for Relaxation

With its deep-rooted philosophy of uniting body and mind, yoga is a great stress buster and certain asanas do just that – fight stress! The pranayamas and asanas clear your mind, ease the muscles, and fill you up with positive energy. Yoga also improves the flow of blood, balances the body and reduces toxins in your body. Further, it improves immunity and makes the body more flexible.

These following yoga poses can help reduce stress and energize you every day:

• Ardha Chandrasana: This pose benefits the lower back, abdomen and chest by stretching and         balancing the body.

• Adho Mukha Svanasana: This pose helps alleviate backache, relieves the body of stress and mild depression, and also revitalizes the body.

• Hastapadasana: This pose works on the hamstrings, spine and abdominal organs. It also improves flow of blood to the brain, thus refreshing you.

• Shavasana: This pose relaxes the body and calms down the mind.

Pranayamas for Relaxation

Voluntary regulated breathing or pranayama is basically mastering the mind through control over breath. Pranayamas are also highly effective in eliminating stress from the body.

The following pranayamas may be practiced to get rid of stress:

• Kapalbhati pranayama: Also known as the Skull Shining Breathing technique, this pranayama energizes the body, eliminates stress, and also helps lose weight.

• Nadi Shodhan pranayama: The Alternative Nostril Breathing technique helps clear subtle energy channels and improves the flow of energy. An effective stress eliminator, this pranayama also helps calm the mind and makes it centered.

• Sheetali pranayama – This pranayama induces muscular relaxation, soothes the eyes and also eliminates bad breath.

• Sheetkari pranayama – This pranayama purifies blood and also keeps blood pressure in check.

• Bhramari pranayama –The Bee Breath technique creates a soothing effect on nervous system. It also reduces anger, anxiety, insomnia and blood pressure; thus relieving the body of stress and cerebral tension.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is basically sleeping but with total awareness! It is a sleep in which we do not lose our consciousness. Due to this unique feature, you experience a much greater physiological rejuvenation and relaxation as compared to normal sleep. It also helps cure stress related disorders such as depression, hypertension, digestive problems and asthma.

In general sleep, that we are accustomed to, we do not unburden ourselves totally. This is because we carry our day-to-day tensions, frustrations, anxiety, pain and turmoil into our sleep also. This results in a shallow sleep and we are not fully refreshed and rejuvenated when we wake up in the morning.

Practicing yoga keeps the body healthy, the mind relaxed and helps you take on the world with new enthusiasm. So, refresh yourself every morning with these asanas and pranayamas and see the difference for yourself!

 

Article Source : Art Of Living

 

Mental Health in the Indian Community

Have you ever kept a secret? A secret kept out of fear of other people’s judgment of you? And has that secret become a heavy burden to carry? Unfortunately that is the case for many, especially in the Indian community. People can walk around in life for 30, 40, 50 and even 60 + years with a heavy bag strapped over their shoulders full of secrets. If you look carefully you can see this heavy bag in the form of sadness, anger, resentment, uncontrolled emotions, false smiles and pretenses in the form of social pleasantries. In my opinion, I feel, as a community we are too afraid of what other people think. Mental health is very much a taboo topic for us. Unfortunately this way of thinking builds a prison like cell, which keeps problems silenced. Many people suffer within this secret cell. Survivors of domestic abuse, children who have survived instances of forced marriages, physical abuse, sexual abuse and years of mental and emotional abuse. The abuse ranges from parents, in laws, husbands and wives. What’s wrong with keeping these things hushed? The problem is… no one gets help… and cycles of distress through generations continue. Who wants to live such an unhappy life? “Kismat” You say? Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita gives full knowledge to Arjuna and then declares “now do as you wish” (18.63). Therefore we all have free will to decide whether we stay in a situation that leads to continued suffering and we decide whether we are happy or not. As humans we have amazing strength and to stay in years of suffering and pain actually takes a lot of strength. But would it not more beneficial if we could begin to live a happier life? To decide that we no longer need to live a lie to impress people we do not like? The great thing is, we have the key to leave our prison cell of secrets. My advice - talk to someone and take off the heavy bag of sadness, addictions and trauma you have so committedly held on to. 

It is time to let go. 

Article by and Courtesy of :- Chaitanya Pankhania (a Psychotherapist and a Community Leader)

Article Source: Sangh Sandesh  

October - December 2015 - Yugaabd 5114

Further Information on HSS

Lord Ganesha embodied in an elegant life-like statue gracing the town of Kuta, Bali, Indonesia.

The golden writing on His trunk includes the Sanskrit Aum.

How sincerely approaching Him as a real being can deepen your relationship with the Lord of Obstacles 

Hinduism in Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist nation, has been the subject of many articles in Hinduism Today magazine over the years. To many people’s surprise, the country has a number of Hindu temples, including a large and ornate Ganesha shrine right in the middle of Bangkok’s financial district. Our journalist asked several Thais why so many in the country worship regularly at Hindu temples. The common answer was, “The worship of Buddha helps us in a purely spiritual way, whereas worshiping the Hindu Gods helps in our daily life.”

My Gurudeva, Sivaya Subramuniya¬swami, stressed this same idea: “Among all the wonderful Hindu Deities, Lord Ganesha is the closest to the material plane of consciousness, most easily contacted and most able to assist us in our day-to-day life and concerns. Worship of Lord Ganesha leads the devotee most naturally to the other great Gods.…Lord Ganesha is a Mahadeva, a Great God, created by Lord Siva to assist souls in their evolution. He is the elephant-faced Patron of Art and Science, the Lord of Obstacles and Guardian of Dharma, the first son of Siva. His will prevails as the force of righteousness, the embodiment of Siva’s karmic law in all three worlds.”

Article: By Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

Full Article here 

 

 

 

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