Gudi Padwa Puja, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon (India), 13 April 2002.
The festival of Gudi Padwa that we celebrate is also celebrated in other places, even in south(India). Everywhere this festival is celebrated. The ‘Samvat’ year that was started (By King Vikramaditya) and the ‘Samvat’ year started by Shalivahanas, both start on the same day. That day is today. All over the country this day (New Year) is celebrated. All the important dates in the year are fixed on that basis especially the festivals. […]
2000- 04-05 Gudi Padwa/Navaratri Puja Talk, India
Here, in India, two Navratris (nine nights of the Goddess) are celebrated. One is the Chaitra Navratri (the first month of the Hindu calendar) when She is worshipped in the form of Shailaputri. This is Her first incarnation, and She had taken birth in the Himalayas. That is why She is called Shailaputri (daughter of the Himalaya). She has other names also. But Shailaputri has special significance, because it was the very first time that She took an incarnation. […]
Gudi Padwa, “Meditation in thoughtless awareness”. Delhi (India), 30 March 1976.
We cannot meditate; we only can be in meditation. When we say we are going to meditate it has no meaning. We have to be in meditation. Either you are inside the house or outside the house. You cannot be inside the house and then say that: “Now I’m outside the house.” Or when you are outside the house you cannot say: “I’m inside the house.”
In the same way, […]