ātmano mokshārtham jagad-hitāya chaThe core of the Vedantic Centre Geneva is a spiritual community. The particularities of this Centre are its openness vis-à-vis different faiths or spiritual groups, the accent given on the interior transformation without forgetting the duty towards the marginalised, and its engagement in the inter-religious dialogue. The community around us is attracted by the harmony between the Vedantic vision and modern findings in the domain of physics, and the potentiality of applying this vision in modern lives lived in the midst of almost perpetual stress. A committee, consisting of persons living in the Greater Geneva zone, looks after the organisational aspect of the Centre, and a monk caters to the spiritual need of the community
Durga Puja is organised this year in Centre Vedantique in a particular format, determined by
the precautionary and sanitary measures.
Durga Puja Schedule
|Maha Ashtami||Puja||23 Oct 2020 at 10:30 – 12:00|
|Maha Ashtami||Darshan (Anjali and bhog prasad distribution)||23 Oct 2020 at 12:30 – 18:00|
|Maha Navami||Puja||24 Oct 2020 at 10:30 – 11:30|
|Maha Navami||Darshan (Anjali and bhog prasad distribution)||24 Oct 2020 at 12:30 – 18:00|
|Vijaya Dashami||Darshan and Anjali||25 Oct 2020 at 11:30 – 15:00|
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The 26 th October 2020
VIJAYA GREETINGS FROM SWAMI AMARANANDA
नमो देव्यै महादेव्यै शिवायै सततं नमः। नमः प्रकृत्यै भद्रायै नियताः प्रणताः स्म ताम् ॥
Salutations to the Devi, to the great Devi; salutations always to Her
who is the Auspicious One. We prostrate always in submission to Her, the matrix of the physical and the psychical universes as well as
Dear All, We worshipped Mother Durga in the clay image on 23 rd and 24 th Oct. Totally 128 people came to the Centre and partook of the consecrated food on the three days from 23 rd to 25 th Oct. The weather was rainy on the first day and fairly good on the other days. We had to apply strict restrictions for visitors, like distancing and imposing rules of hygiene, because of the rise of Covid in Geneva and near-by France. Apart from the pujas, there were cultural functions of which the most prominent features were dance by children and devotional songs, hymns by the local artistes. Some of our members and friends took leadership duties of the teams looking after various aspects of the worship and festival: IT questions related to the live broadcasting and YouTube channel, cultural programmes, decoration, and the cooking and serving of food, and last but not the least, the logistics of holding a big gathering inside a city in compliance with Government rules to contain the current pandemic. Please receive our greetings during this auspicious Devi-Paksha. We invoke the blessings of the Mother so that She gives us all peace in spite of the tumult around us! Yours in the Divine Mother, Swami Amarananda
What is the mythological basis of Durga Puja? Several mythological legends have commingled to form the basis of Durga Puja. These are mentioned below: Before fighting Ravana, Sri Ramachandra was advised by Narada to propitiate Devi Durga. According to Hindu mythology, during the six months of the sun’s southward journey the gods remain asleep. (They remain awake … Continue reading What is the mythological basis of Durga Puja?
Worship of God as Mother has prevailed in India from prehistoric times. It was perhaps in vogue in Mohenjodaro-Harappa civilization. In the Rig Veda, there is a wonderful hymn known as Devi-Suktam (which is chanted during Durga Puja days) in which the Divine Mother declares that She moves with the Rudras, Vasus, Adityas, and all other gods, … Continue reading Mother Worship in India
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