Happy New Year – 2023!

What makes someone take the time to clear the boulder and the fallen rock to make the driving safer for others? Is it unattached active engagement? Please see: https://sipractce.com/2018/01/01/on-altruism/
I wrote this blog post wishing all readers a Happy New Year in 2018! It is truly serendipitous that I came across this video five years later, on Facebook this morning: https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=721192209512930

Happy New Year – 2023 everyone! Wishing each of you and everyone in your families the very best of health and happiness as the new year rolls in. Please keep in mind that life is always a balancing act between (a) our Physical / material conditions (b) our emotions or social conditions and hence how we relate to each other and (c) our thoughts or conditioning of the mind and the peace / harmony that comes with it inside each of us as well as with everything that surrounds us. We call the third leg as Spirituality in Practice!

I am a bit behind in posting this New Year greetings since I was away on travel most of Dec. and in the first week of January. This travel gave me a chance to visit Dharamsala at the foot hills of Himalayas. An amazing and serene experience to this peaceful Buddhist and Hindu sanctuary, where every house seems to be built on hill side and every road is a narrow lane built on a steep slope! The food was amazing. Our host was the most delightful blessing for us in our life! When we were there the Buddhist Monastery where his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama lives celebrated the 33rd anniversary of his receiving the Noble Prize. It was nice to be part of the large throng of audience and also enjoy the butter tea served for every one!

We also had the chance to visit Chinmaya Mission at Sidhbari, 12 Km from Dharamsala. Situated and administered by Chinmaya Tapovan Trust in Sidhbari, Himachal Pradesh, this is the second of Chinmaya Mission’s Vedantic institutes in India. It is a well laid out and welcoming facility, relatively quiet at this time as all the residents and monastics were away for the winter season. I had a chance to read one of the quotes by Swami Chinmayananda, founder of the Chinmaya Mission: “Don’t go to the peak to meditate; reach the “peak” in meditation”. This call to action in our daily life is indeed Spirituality in Practice.

For more on this trip to India, please see: https://stimsinstitute.com/2023/01/09/happy-new-year-2023/

We are in the process of compiling the blog posts into a book titled Spirituality in Practice.
We expect this book to be published by end of February, 2023! Stay Tuned !!

Best wishes to all!

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