Editor's Message

Dear Readers,

For this edition of Sumiran, the theme is 'All Souls Believe in God.' In the first article, 'What Do We All Desire in Life?' we explore the one thing that is the common thread uniting us. Then, from Maharajji's lecture 'All Souls Believe in God,' we come to understand the role of happiness and how it drives our behavior.
As usual, we share highlights from Swamiji's recent USA tour and BM contributions. Learn about Home Remedies for Prickly Heat in our Wellness section. And finally, enjoy a bhog recipe to cool down during this hot summer!
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In This Issue

जग सुख झूठा है मना, हरि में ही सुख अपना |

jaga sukha jhooṭhā hai manā,
hari meṅ hī sukha apanā 
The pleasures of this world are false (being both fleeting and limited). The pleasure which we are seeking (which is both infinite and eternal) is to be found in Shyamsundar alone.
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What do we all desire in life?

What is it that we are all seeking? There is a businessman who lives in US. Now his health is bad.

He says, "Swamiji, I used to work all the time." Of course, he is wealthy but he admits he was constantly working. So this is the amount people apply themselves to their work. You ask him, "Why do you work so hard?" 

He says, "So that I can enhance the production of my company."

"Why do you wish to enhance the performance of your company?"
"So that I can earn a lot of money." 

"I see! So, it's all about money. But why do you want money?" 

"Why do I want money? It will give me the things of the world."

"What kind of things?"

"Things to taste, things to touch, things to see, things to smell, things to hear..."

God has given us five senses and we want the objects of these senses.

"All right, so why do you want these five kinds of things?"

"It will give me happiness." 

'Ah ha! So ultimately, you are searching for happiness!"

The series of questions: "What do you want? Why do you want it?" - ended in happiness. Ask anyone the same series of questions in any country of the world practicing any profession, and each time the end result will be happiness. In other words, the united common desire of all of us is happiness.

It's a different matter that we are searching for happiness in different things. Somebody's intellect has decided,  "If I can have the Cadillac car, I will be happy." Somebody's intellect has decided, "If I can get the bungalow by the beach, I will be happy." Somebody's intellect says, "If I can travel around the world, I will be happy."

The intellect of everyone is different but the goal is one. Now, one last and simple question, "Why do we want happiness?"

"Swamiji, I've never thought of that. I know I want happiness but why, I don't know."

Is there anyone who wants misery, in opposition to happiness? There is nobody like that! Otherwise we are all different - we all have different facial appearances, we have different fingerprints, that's the reason behind biometrics nowadays - electronic fingerprints. That's the extent of variety the Creator has filled into this world.

We have got different voices; everybody's bodily smell or aroma is different. You may not realize it but the dog does. The dog has been given a very powerful nose; it recognizes people more by smell than by sight. That is why when you go to your friend's house who has a pet dog and the dog sees you and barks. However, when you go close, he smells you and realizes, "Oh! This smell is in my memory file; he is an acquaintance of mine."

So we are different in every way. Why then are we all the same in this question of desire for happiness? Has it been programmed within us? After all, we were not taught to seek happiness in childhood. As children, we were taught: "Always speak the truth, never speak lies, never steal other's property," etc. Did we also receive this teaching? - "Look son, you must only seek happiness. It should not come about that you make misery the goal of your life." This instruction was never given to us. In other words, without being taught by anyone, this desire for happiness, awoke within us. And it was the first slogan we raised upon birth. When we were born, the first thing we did was to raise the slogan, "Give me happiness! Give me happiness!"

What did we do when we were born? We cried. All of us cried. We've forgotten now but we did. And why did we cry? Because in the process of birth we experienced pain and by crying we gave vent to our emotions. "I have not come in this world for pain, I have come for happiness. Give me happiness!" And from there till today-twenty years, thirty years, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy years-all we have been seeking is happiness. And the variety of things we do is for the same purpose. Apparently, we do different contradictory things-sometimes we sit, sometimes we stand. Suppose, right now we are sitting. But after some time we get bored of sitting and then we stand. Getting up gives us happiness.

When the performance of an activity resulted in boredom and lack of happiness, now the person wishes to do the reverse but the goal still remains happiness. So sometimes we sit because it makes us happy. Sometimes we stand because it makes us happy. Sometimes even though it gives us unhappiness to sit, we continue to sit because in future it will make us happy.

But that goal remains forever with us. So the Vedas tell us that in order to control the mind, we must first understand the answer to this question, "Why do you seek happiness?" They inform us that we are a tiny fraction of the ocean of happiness. Why? Our source, the eternal father, is an ocean of infinite happiness, infinite bliss.

ānando brahmeti vyajānāt, ānandāddhyeva khalvimāni bhootāni jāyante,  
ānandena jātāni jīvanti, ānandaṁ prayantyabhisaṁviśhantīti 
Taittiriya Upanishad of the Yajur Ved states, "That Supreme Lord who has created us is an ocean of infinite bliss. It is from Him that we have emanated, it is within Him that we are situated." So because we are fragments of the ocean of bliss, we are naturally drawn to bliss. This desire for bliss has been indelibly inked into the blueprint of our personality when we were created at the beginning of eternity. And until we find that perfect bliss which will satisfy us, we will never be contented. This quest will go on. 
All souls believe in God 
This article is an excerpt from Shree Maharajji's lecture on the above topic given in Bhubaneswar in 2002. 
Every soul in this world is a theist i.e. a believer of God. A devotee of God. Every soul! Not only humans but animals, birds, insects, reptiles - all Creation is a believer of God. And they are eternal devotees.
Ask any person, ask a small child, what do you want? "Me? I wish to pass my exams." Why? "So that I can go to the next class" Why? "So that by passing all my classes, one day I can become a M.A., Ph.D., D. Lit." Really, why? "So that I get a good job." Why? "So that I earn a good salary, lots of money." Ok, why? "Because money can buy all the things that will make me happy." What kind of happiness? "Happiness. I will get all sorts of items, that satisfy the senses. So, if I get everything that makes me happy, then I will be happy." Meaning, that whatever we desire from this world, is for our happiness. But why do you want happiness? Silence. No response.
Everyone wants happiness. Some should wish for sorrows too. There are a lot of species besides dogs, cats, donkeys, humans. At least someone should become of this principle that I want sorrows, I do not want happiness, I want unrest and tension. But there is no one like this. Meaning that all humans in this world seek only one thing. Happiness. One answer. And all the things that are desired are for happiness. The aim or goal is happiness. And all items are the means for attaining it. Now some find happiness in one thing, others find it in something else. But the aim for all is happiness alone. Why is this? And how wondrous is it that the entire world seeks only happiness! There is science to this. Vedas state:

ānando brahmeti vyajānāt, ānandāddhyeva khalvimāni bhootāni jāyante,  
ānandena jātāni jīvanti, ānandaṁ prayantyabhisaṁviśhantīti
One name of God is happiness. Just like a lotus has different names, water has different names, likewise, God too has different names.
It is not that happiness lies in God but God is happiness. ānando brahmeti.Brahman is God. And everyone is a part of him.
mamaivāṅśho jīvaloke jīvabhootaḥ sanātanaḥ (Gita 15.7)
Īśhvara aṅśha jīva avināśhī, chetana amala sahaja sukharāśhī ( Ramayana)
All the scriptures say this soul, meaning all of us people, are parts of God. So, we are parts of happiness. Because God and happiness are synonyms. We are parts of happiness. So? So, every part seeks to become one with the whole and loves only that whole. Suppose we hold a clump of mud in our hands. This clump of mud is a part of what? Earth. So, this clump of mud loves the Earth. Why, this is different from the Earth. It is different because we are holding it in our hand. If we let it go from our hand, the Earth will pull it towards itself. Meaning, the part naturally loves the whole. Therefore, we all seek happiness. Why dear, do we not find happiness in this world? We find it everyday. Who says we do not get it? From our mother, father, brother, sister, wife, husband, rasgulla, we get happiness. Yes. But the happiness of God, whose part we are, happiness from that whole and the happiness from this world, what is the difference between them, understand this first.
God has one name - sat-chit-anand. Pick one word from sat-chit-anand, anand. Sat and chit, both are adjectives of anand. The adjectives of anand are sat and chit. For example, a black horse. The adjective for horse is black. Likewise, in sat-chit-anand, the adjectives of anand are sat and chit. Sat means eternal. The bliss (anand) of God is forever. And the anand of this world (happiness) does not last forever. That mother, father, brother, sister that you embraced yesterday, day before, etc. You love them, but you soon forget and your happiness finishes. This happiness finishes so quickly. It is destructible, it is not eternal. And how much ever you get, it keeps diminishing. Eat one rasgulla - yes, it is very good. Second - yes, this is also good. Third - good. Fourth - now have mercy on me! Now more - not looking good any more. I'll throw up. If the rasgulla brings you happiness, then you should get the same amount of happiness from eating each rasgulla - similar to the first rasgulla you ate. But it is changing.

The son of a mom is lost and found after two days. With tears in her eyes and arms spread out, mom runs to embrace her son. Yes happiness. Second time - less, third time more less, fourth time more less. Go son, play. What kind of a drama is this? That happiness that the mother received the first time, why didn't she get it each time she hugged her son? It (happiness) kept decreasing. The love of husband/wife is also like this - understand this always. It keeps decreasing by the minute. And the love of God is eternal. It does not decrease.

It keeps increasing every second. The happiness of this world is not happiness, it is an illusion. Like a dog keeps chewing a dry bone, and because of his intense effort, the dog's mouth starts bleeding. So then thinking it to be the blood from the bone, it keeps licking it and believes it is the blood from the bone. In the same way, we people in this world, wherever, whomever, in whom we repeatedly imagine there is happiness, we then derive happiness from that only. The happiness that a beggar woman gets in hugging her deaf son, she does not get in hugging the beautiful son of her neighbor. We see this in the world.
We get happiness wherever we believe it to be. And how much ever happiness we get in obtaining something, we feel the pain to the same extent when we lose it. There is no item in this world that we will not lose or be separated from. That's why we invited the pity party, happily. Whatever happiness we celebrated, the result is pain or sorrow. Father died, son died, wife died, husband died, any one dies, why cry? We got happiness from them. How much did you cry? How much ever happiness you got, you got that much pain too. So, there is no worldly happiness. Whatever experience there is, is not eternal, not stable.  This world itself is not stable and everybody is under the Law of Karma. Who in this world will say, "father, mother, brother, son, daughter - all should die together? No one should feel the pain of separation from anyone else." This does not happen in this world. Yes, if they all drink poison and die, that's different. So everyone will experience pain of separation here.
Therefore, the adjectives used to describe happiness as anand also describe it is as sat (eternal). And it is chit, meaning conscious or sentient. Like this hand of yours is moving. It is alive, it will not move when it dies. It is insentient. So, the happiness of this world is insentient. And the happiness of God is sentient or conscious. It sees, listens, walks, speaks, thinks, knows. That's why God grants that happiness to souls in the human form too. And relishes it himself as well.
raso vai saḥ, rasaṁ'hyevāyaṁ labdhvā''nandī bhavati
The Vedas say God is anand (bliss). That same happiness that God has is also bestowed upon the souls. Therefore, now you have understood why everybody desires happiness. So, everybody is a devotee of happiness. Saints and Sages are intoxicated in the real happiness, we people are intoxicated in worldly happiness. All are mad for happiness. And happiness means God. That's why we all are mad for God. That's why all are devotees of God. Don't say God, you can say anand. Don't say father, you can say mother's husband. It's the same thing. You desire happiness means you desire God. So, every soul in this world is a believer and a devotee of God.

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Florida Retreat with Swamiji    
Devotees had a very memorable time at the retreat in Florida. It  was  an  enlightening,  rejuvenating and blissful experience for everyone. Devotees were immersed in devotional chanting,  lectures,  yoga  and  meditation,
parikrama  all  day  long.  It was an experience to remember!  
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Yoga, Meditation, and Lecture Programs
The Bay Area was very happy  and grateful to have Swamiji back for yet another year. More than two hundred people attended the program daily to listen to Ram Katha in Sunnyvale and the 7 Mindsets for Success in Life and Beyond  program in Milpitas. Click here for photos.

Swamiji successfully conducted yoga and meditation classes and also delivered a 7-day lecture series on the topic of 'Seven Mindsets for Success in Life & Beyond' in Milpitas and Pasadena, CA. For the first time, a workshop was conducted on the last day of the program. It was enthusiastically received as people learned ways to integrate the principles of 'KripaluPadhati' and 'KripaluPrakriya' in their daily life.  Click here for photos.

Phoenix devotees had the pleasure of listening to 'Shrimad Bhagavat Mahapuran' by Swamiji over a period of 7 days. They opened their hearts and held a joyous Krishna Janmashtami  celebration with Swamiji.
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Morning walk with Swamiji
As has been the tradition, devotees accompanied Swamiji for the local morning walk in all cities. Click here for photos.

Picnic with Swamiji
Bay Area devotees also had the opportunity to organize a picnic with Swamiji. It included a short walk at the local nature preserves and kirtans at a beautiful spot that had a waterfall in the background. A walk on the beach and a visit to the very famous Monterey Bay Aquarium rounded off the event.   Click here for photos. 
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Wellness for Life
Home Remedies for Prickly Heat
Summers are welcome after chilling cold yet it might turn out to be a nightmare for those with heat intolerance resulting in prickly heat or heat rash also known as miliaria in medical terms. Excessive sweating gives rise to bacterial infection resulting in blisters or small red round bumps that pricks or sting the skin causing irritation and inflammation. It is very common skin problem both amongst kids and adults in hot summers. These itchy rashes occur more in places where sweat accumulates like on the neck, face, back, chest or thighs.

Causes of prickly heat

It is more prevalent in people living in hot humid weather conditions
. Excessive sweating cause the blockade of pores of sweat glands and when they subsequently burst open it results in small blisters causing skin irritation or prickly heat. Apart from excessive heat, prickly heat is caused in overweight people leading sedentary lifestyle.

Try some home Remedy for prickly heat:

Normally prickly heat cures on its own when temperature cools down but when in hits in the top of summer it bugs, especially the children. 

First remedy is to remain in cool temperature, like air-condition or take cold shower to minimize the impact of prickly sensation on the skin. Applying ice is also effective in cooling temperature.

Ice cubes or cold compress is very effective in reducing inflammation, itch and reducing the prickly sting. Rubbing ice cubes over the rashes 2-3 times a day has a great soothing effect. Alternatively a cold water bath would reduce the intensity of prickly heat.

Oatmeal gives an instant relief from inflammation and itching due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing property. Ground one cup of oatmeal and mix it in a cold water bath tub . Immerse in this for 20-30 minutes twice daily for quick relief. It has a soothing effect on the skin.

Sandalwood powder is an old age remedy for reducing prickly heat due to its immense cooling property. It cools the body temperature. Make sandalwood paste in rose water and apply on the affected areas, let it dry and then rinse with cold water. Never use sandal wood talcum or any powder to treat prickly heat, not advisable medically.
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More than 300 Children exhibited their talents and creativity by participating in 15 different contests while relishing their Indian cultural heritage.  Contests in Classical, Semi Classical, Folk/Culture singing and dancing as well as Fancy Dress and Eco Dress were done on the stage inside the auditorium. Approximately 700 people were there to cheer the talented kids!!  Chess, Impromptu speech, Power Point Presentations, Word Search, Coloring and Drawing contest were run parallel in the cafeteria, where parents get to relish verity of Indian delicacies.

Every child was given participation trophy besides winners in each category was evaluated by talented judges and were rewarded by special winner's trophies.

The money raised from this event after meeting all the expenses, is donated to the charity activities of JKYog.

Sanskrithi will be an annual all-volunteer driven event that serves to strengthen Indian cultural values and heritage among children and families of Connecticut.  It is sponsored by the JKYog's Bal Mukund, and Youth ClubClick here for photos.

Bal-Mukund Bay Area center, celebrated their last class, of the spring semester, showcasing their learnings and it was an extra special event, as it was graced with the Holy Presence of Shree Swamiji.

Children began the program, by offering respects to Swamiji, by offering pushp-arpan and garlands to Swamiji, and each student gave their introduction. The introduction was then followed by Group Shloka recitation - Children recited the shlokas they had learnt last 10 weeks. Kripalu values were explained by children individually, followed by a fun quiz. Swami ji, then enlightened the children, their parents and other attendees, by giving a very wonderful & thought- provoking talk.

Swamiji's talk was followed with Prize and certificate distribution. Kids, Balmukund teachers, the parents, and other attendees then danced joyously, to the names of Lord in the end. All this fun was followed with Lunch served for everyone. Kids also got to play Musical chair, pin the donkey, and a mother's day special scavenger hunt,post lunch, where kids found hidden gifts for their mothers.

It was a wonderful semester commencement celebration, enjoyed by everyone and made extra special with the wonderful presence of Shree Swamiji. Click here for photos. 
Bal-Mukunds of Arizona were enthralled to have Swamiji amidst them. They recited slokhas, sang bhajans, did yogasans and gave an overview of all the beautiful values they gained through this program. They were super excited to get their Bal-Mukund certificates from Swamiji! Great job Bal-Mukunds and this was possible through the selfless and dedicated effort of Bal-Mukund Arizona volunteer team!!  Click here for photos. 

Bhog Recipe

Mango Lassi with Sabja Seeds    
A traditional yogurt-based summer drink with a healthy twist

Total Time:10 minutes  
Soaking Time: if using sabja seeds soak for 2 hours 
Servings: 6

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (whole)
  • 1 cup milk (whole)
  • 1 can mango pulp
  • 2 mangoes diced
  • 4 teaspoons sugar, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons sabja seeds/sweet basil seeds  
  • 1 teaspoon ground green cardamom (save some for garnish if desired)
  • Few strands of saffron (save some for garnish if desired)
  • ice
  • Soak sabja seeds in 4 teaspoons of water for 2 hours.
  • Put ice, mango pulp, yogurt, milk, sugar, cardamom, and saffron into a blender and blend till smooth.  
  • Add the soaked sabja seeds.  Mix and pour into individual glasses. Sprinkle cardamom powder and saffron for garnish.     
  • The lassi drink can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
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