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Satha Sahasra Havanam – Part 5
Lalitha Sahasra Nama also called as Rahasya Sahasranama is one of the most revered methods of worshiping universal mother Goddess. Starting the very first mantra as Sree Matre Namah – worshiping the mother, the thousand hymns end with Sree Lalithambikaye namah – respecting all aspects of Devi in between.
Ashram will be conducting 100 rounds of Lalitha Sahasranama homam (havan) on second sunday of each month across 2022. Homam is the highest form of ritualistic worship as prescribed in Hindu traditions. Fifth round of Havans will be conducted on 15 May, 2022 starting at 9:00 AM at Ashram site – 17119 McLean Rd, Pearland, TX 77584, right across Meenakshi Temple in Pearland, TX (Houston).
You are invited to attend the next and fifth all day Lalitha Sahasranama homam at the Ashram site on next Sunday – 15th May 2022. This day is also Vaishakha Poornima!
The Hindu month of Vaishakh is regarded as one of the most fortunate months to perform fast, donation, Homa, and other religiously relevant and significant things. The Purnima that falls in the month of Vaishakh is celebrated as Vaishakh Purnima. Devotees worship and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu on the day of Vaishakh Purnima with utmost dedication and faith.
Skanda Purana is one of the most religious Hindu scriptures which highlight the importance of this day. It is believed that devotees get blessed with abundance, rewards, and peace by worshipping Lord Vishnu on this particular day. By observing a fast of Vaishakh Purnima, the devotees can attain prosperity. The day also holds immense significance as on this particular day people also celebrate Buddha Jayanti.
As per Buddhist texts, Lord Buddha was born in 563 BCE in Lumbini, Nepal on the day of Vesak. Also, it was the day of Vesak when Buddha attained enlightenment under Bodhi tree in BodhiGaya. On the same Vesak day, Lord Buddha left for abode in the eighteenth year of age.
Homam will start at 9:00 AM with Ganapathy homma(Havan), Hanuman Homam Vishnu Sahasranama Homam and then up to 11 rounds of Lalitha Sahasranma Homams, to e finished by 3:30 PM or so – well in advance of the lunar eclispe.
We will continue the efforts of Krishi pooja and Nakshatra Vana (star forest) during this weekend as well. Krishi Pooja is a divine concept introduced by Jagathguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathy Thiruvadikal even on this weekend. Food is the basic requirement for sustaining any life form – including human life. Hence the concept of farming to produce food itself is one of the most basic and respectable forms of worship. Hence this concept of Krishi pooja. Devotees will be planting seeds / plants of herbs and vegetables.
Ashram will continue planting trees of astrological significance for nakshatra vana. Nakshatra vana or star forest is a concept where an individual plants respective plant / tree corresponding to their birth stars. Scriptures advise that nurturing your own plant will protect your body. Southern boundary will have three plants for each star (nakshatra). Eastern and northern boundaries will have Fruits and special plants / trees like Rudraksh, Camphor, Chandan (Sandal wood) etc. Diagram below will give an overall view. Please contact volunteers or write to firstname.lastname@example.org to know your respective plant with details like date of birth and place of birth if you do not know your birth star, and the process involved in setting up a plant.
Those who are willing to volunteer to support Krishi pooja may please email email@example.com with their willingness and availability. Expectation is to spend 4 to 6 hours a week to support planting and watering efforts. No extreme hard work is anticipated.
Homam can be seen via this zoom link from 9:30 AM CST for one hour, assuming logistics will support. https://zoom.us/j/96105607749?pwd=Y1NFOFNlSSt0YXR6S3hYajFtd3BlQT09