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You never know

here is a beautiful poem by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of Art of Living. enjoy!

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

You Never know
How And When
The Existence Will Start
Using You For Its Purpose

You Never Know
How And When
You Will Be Filled With
Abundance
And You Will Start Raining
Quenching The Thirst of Many

You Never Know
How And When
You Will Be Full Of
Fruits And Shade
And Travelers Will Take
Shelter And Food From You

You Never Know
How And When
You Will Be Full With
Love And Light
And You Will Start Spreading
The Fragrance of Beauty To Everyone

You Never Know
How And When
The Death Will Come
And Make You Deathless
And Life Will Start
Flowing Out Of You

You Never Know
How and When….Really !

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a humanitarian leader, spiritual teacher and an ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people the world over through service projects and the courses of The Art of Living.

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Happy Diwali everyone!
May the light of happiness, love and wisdom shine in your life!
Here is an article by Aparna Chawla on Diwali in the Home News Tribune.
Enjoy!

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012311080018
an excerpt is below

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Originating from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali,” Diwali literally means rows (Avali) of lights (Deepa).

The festival of lights is one of the biggest festivals of the East, and is celebrated on the new moon night (Amavasya) of the Kartik month in the Indian calendar. It symbolizes the vanquishing of ignorance (darkness) by knowledge (light).

The oil-wick lamps are lit in every household. For an oil lamp to burn, the wick has to be partially immersed in the oil. If the wick is completely drowned in oil, it cannot bring light.

“Life is like the wick of the lamp,” according to His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation. “You have to be in the world and yet remain untouched by it. If you are drowned in the materialism of the world, you cannot bring joy and knowledge in your life. By being in the world, yet not drowning in the worldly aspect of it, we can be the light of joy and knowledge.”

There is exchange of gifts and the distribution of sweets during Diwali. Sweets and gift exchanges symbolize the dispelling of the bitterness of the past, and renewal of friendship for the times to come.

Diwali is celebrated for five days according to the lunar Hindu calendar.

In Hinduism, Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom of Ayodhya after defeating (the demon king) Ravana, the ruler of Lanka in the epic Ramayana. It also celebrates the slaying of the demon king Narakasura by Lord Krishna. Both signify the victory of good over evil.

In Jainism, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha by Mahavira in 527 BC.

In Sikhism, Diwali commemorates the return of Guru Har Gobind Ji to Amritsar after freeing 52 Hindu kings imprisoned in Fort Gwalior by Emperor Jahangir; the people lit candles to celebrate his return. This is the reason Sikhs also refer to Diwali as Bandi Chhorh Divas, “the day of release of detainees.”

Diwali is considered a national festival in India and Nepal; which is celebrated by each and every one of any age and every social class.

Any celebration is incomplete without the spirit of service. Whatever we have received from the Divine, we should share it with others because it is in giving that we receive — that is true celebration.
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Dr. Aparna Chawla is a general dentist practicing in Central New Jersey. She has been a member of the Art of Living Foundation since 1986. She has been instrumental in bringing the youth programs into N.J. schools by working in association with its sister organization, International Association for Human Values.

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IAHV (International Association for Human Values) in partnership with United Way is having a food, clothing drive for Hurricane Sandy Relief. please bring generous donations of food and clothing by Wednesday Nov 7th night! Donate online at www.iahv.org

IAHV Hurricane Sandy Relief

 

As you know Hurricane Sandy has wreaked havoc in New Jersey. Many people across the state have lost their homes, belongings and sadly, loved ones. With the shortage of gas and the continued power outage in many areas, people are looking for extended support from organizations like the Red Cross and United Way.

THERE IS A GREAT URGENCY for the basic necessities and more importantly emotional support.

In an effort to do our part to those in need, the International Association for Human Values (IAHV, a sister organization of the Art of Living Foundation) has partnered with United Way to conduct a MEGA FOOD & CLOTHING DRIVE. We have a goal to collect 1 ton worth of donations for the drive which will end this coming WEDNESDAY 7TH AT 7PM.

We will be collecting the below items at the Art of Living Center – 212 Durham Avenue, Metuchen, NJ

non-perishable food gently used clothing (sweaters, jackets, coats, etc.), blankets, new socks, underwear, toiletries, hygiene products, diapers, gently used toys, monetary donations (donate online at www.iahv.org, check can be made to International Association for Human Values)

It’s getting colder in the coming days and shelters are still filled with families and people who have nowhere to go and nothing to eat. We’ve been blessed in abundance to be reading this in the warmth and comfort of our own home. Here’s an invitation for all of us together do something good for our community. The time is now. Please give generously.

For those of you who’d like to get involved in the volunteer efforts in the next 2 days and beyond, please get in touch: 732.429.2312/732.991.0062. We would love to have your help and support.

Keep Warm, Keep Safe
In Gratitude,
Metuchen Volunteer Team

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