Date(s) - Apr 17 (Sunday)
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
We will celebrate Birthday of Lord Rama on this day. Kriyavans, non-kriyavans with family, children, and friends are welcome and invited.
9 am – Second Kriya meditation
10:30 am – Chantings/Discourse on Lord Rama
11:30 am – Kriya Meditation (guided)*
12:30 pm – Lunch/Prasad
(* For those who are not initiated to Kriya Yoga general meditation session would be held)
Lord Rama was born to King Dasharatha and queen Kaushalya of Ikshvaku dynasty in the age of Tretaya. He was named as Ramachandra and considered as the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ramate iti Rama – “one who is roaming within us” giving peace and happiness is Rama. In this body, in our life, the soul is Rama. The phrase also means “the one who plays.” Each human life is the playground of the soul. The soul is the catalyst of the action. Rama also represents the state of enlightenment. The breath goes in and out because of the soul within, and that soul is Rama.
Another meaning of Rama is “extremely beautiful” or “pleasing to the eye.” Who is beautiful? We are attracted to the beauty of a flower. Who gives beauty to the flower? We are attracted to a melodious voice. Who give the sweetness to the voice of a person? It is none but God, the one presents in us all.
Rama is also called dasharathatmaja – “the son of Dasharatha.” Dasharatha is the body and without body the soul has no place to play.
Ramo vigrahavan dharmah: “Rama is the symbol of morality, perfection and beauty.”