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Bliss Festival At Vedic Temple

Los Angeles, Dec. 15, 2008
By Dilip Butani

World famous Vedic Temple will be celebrating Bliss Festival from December 23, 2008 through January 2, 2009. This will a grand celebration for a noble cause.

Swami Sahajananda, who is the administrative head of the temple explains how each day of the festival has a unique theme and the events are tailored to the theme of the day. In the temple, decoration and pooja will be done according to the theme of the day as well. Through the festival, a number of special Services such as Vedic Astrology, Medical Seminars on common ailments such as obesity & hypertension and their solutions, Nutrition, Legal consultation, Henna etc happen on various days of the festival.                  

Dr.Kalpana Savla can’t wait for Dec 23rd. It is the start of the 10-day long Bliss Festival happening in Montclair Vedic Temple conducted in collaboration with Life Bliss Foundation. Dr.
Savla is excited to watch all the movies, participate in the sessions, may be give a medical seminar or two, and soak in blissful celebrations, leading up with the Jan 1st, which also happens to be the Jayanthi Day of Paramahamsa Nithyananda, the Founder of the Temple and popularly known as Swamiji. “The ten day Bliss Festival is a celebration of all the beautiful aspects of life and the people in our lives. It is an opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to the existence and everyone around us. We shall usher in the New Year and a New Beginning in our lives with these celebrations”, says Dr.Savla.

The temple volunteers are looking forward to start of the festival, which begins with volunteers day. They are excited about the special awareness based games, which has seen a huge draw and enthusiastic participation in the past. In these days of financial woes and constant news of economic Armageddon, the temple dedicates its Lakshmi day for prayer for wealth, prosperity & abundance. Abhinav Mehta, an entrepreneur from Cerritos thinks title “Investing Now: Devil God is in the details” is promising and hopes will be useful to him. Environment and World Peace are two issues that have gained tremendous bandwidth in the media in the last few years. It is nice gesture on the part of the temple to dedicate a day for this purpose with a peace prayer.
“How is 2 + 2 = 1?” This is not a math puzzle. But a topic of seminar for the Couples day, that promises to be fun and informative. One has to wait and see to find out the solution to an issue that is common in every household – communication between couples.

The temple has been regularly conducting Nithya Yoga classes. “Ma Estelle”, a Yoga Acharya, says it has been a transformational experience not only for those who attend but also for her who has been teaching. She says it is a common misconception among many that Yoga is about pretzel postures. She finds it heartwarming to see so many such people now enjoying its benefits through Nithya Yoga at the temple.

Devotion is an essential quality to lead day-to-day life. Devotion is nothing but intensity. When the intensity expresses itself from the heart, it is called devotion. Dec 28th is dedicated to this day. Lots of bhajans, chanting and devotional stories are in store.

“Show me the food you eat. And I’ll tell you how you are”, says Ma Girijananda, the Anna Daata of the temple. She is planning a massive veggie food fest at the temple with food from 10 different cuisines from around the world. Her classes on saatvic vegetarian cooking on weekends have been a popular draw and she plans to offer it to everyone on the Food day on Dec 30th. Special New Year Pooja and a number of day-long festivities are looked forward to on Jan 1st, which is Swamiji’s Jayanthi day.

Chitra Hariharan, who is an ardent meditator, plans to drive down from Fremont, CA to participate in the festival. Like a number of other folks Chitra is also looking forward to the inspirational movies that will be screened on every day of the festival.

Dr.Nirmala, who is a visiting physician from India is excited that all proceeds from the Bliss Festival go towards supporting medical camps for those in need in India. “The true soul of India lives in its villages. But proper medical care and health services are not always available. Even if it is, most cannot afford it. Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, India is making ardent efforts to bring health care at the doorstep of many it doesn’t reach through its weekly Medical Camps”, says Dr.Nirmala, who is has participated as a doctor and spearheaded many of these camps. Apart from regular check ups and treatments, medical care is also provided in specialty areas such as Ophthalmology, ENT, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Dermatology etc. Traditional and alternative disciplines such as Ayurveda, Siddha & Homeopathy are also provided through these camps. What more can one ask for when the festival happens for a noble cause that impacts the lives of thousands of people in a positive way.




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