We are a public charitable religious, spiritual and educational trust, inspired and guided by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The Vaidic Dharma Sansthan Trust works for the advancement of religious and spiritual education, irrespective of cast, creed, language and religion. We also promote the Indian culture and educational heritage and undertake projects to promote social, economic, cultural and spiritual development of people at large with a holistic approach.
We offer a wide range of traditional Vedic pujas and homas, that can be booked online as well, as also Vedic Marriages, Upanayanas, and other Vedic ceremonies in the beautiful campus of our Bangalore Ashram and Sri Sri Gurukul Vedapathashala. Besides this we also offer professional Vedic astrology (jyotisha) consultancy.
Our Swamijis are leading various service projects, conducting different workshops for self-development, and conduct padayatras (peace walks), blessing programs (anugrahotsav) and pujas.
With the blessings of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar ji we are happy to inform you that Navaratri will be celebrated from 24th September to 3rd October 2014.
The purpose of all the pujas during Navaratri – is to manifest the unmanifest and unseen energy, the Devi, by whose grace one can transcend the gunas and attain the supreme, undivided, indivisible, pure, infinite consciousness. This is possible when you are immersed in the Guru tatva (principle), only in the presence of the Master.
Navratri is a celebration of the spirit or prana which alone can destroy mahishasura (inertia), shumbha-nishumbha (pride and shame) and madhu-kaitabh (extreme forms of craving and aversion). They are completely opposites, yet complementary. Inertia, deeply ingrained negativities and obsessions (raktabeejasura), unreasonable logics (chanda-munda) and blurred vision (dhoomralochan) can be overcome only by raising the level of prana and shakti, the life-force energy.
The seeker gets back to the true Source through fasting, prayer, silence and meditation. Night is also called ratri because it brings rejuvenation. It gives relief at the three levels of our existence – physical, subtle and causal. While fasting detoxifies the body, silence purifies the speech and brings rest to the chattering mind, and meditation takes one deep into one's own being.
During Navratri, Pujas and Homas are conducted for blessings and benefit of everyone. You are cordially invited to attend with your family and friends. Blessings received from the Pujas and Homas are for everyone. However a person, if he/she wishes, as a token of gratitude, may choose to contribute for the celebrations or take sankalpa for any pujas or homas contact the VDS office at the ashram through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +91-080-65691155.
Importance of Sankalpa
Sankalpa is derived from two words ‘SAT’ (which means Guna) and ‘KALPANA’ (which means imagination). So Sankalpa means a good intention.
During the pujas we bring the mind from the vastness of time and space to HERE NOW. With mind in present moment we identifying our intention and then we take flower and rice in our hand and drop it with water; thus surrendering it to the divine.
The Vedic Mantras which are chanted are also very important part of the process. As every sound has a effect on our being ; the ancient Rishis figured out which sound created what impact on brain and that is how the Mantras were created. The mantras chanted during the puja is the process of making the sankalpa manifest.
Just as Sunlight is present everywhere, but when we keep it under a magnifying glass it creates fire. Sankalpa is like a magnifying glass. Attending the puja’s is definitely very beneficial, but taking a sankalpa makes it more powerful. Taking sankalpa during this Navratri will help in manifestation of good intentions.