Celebrations +++: Oktoberfest: Aachman of Celestial Ganges

The United Nations has the most number of observations in the 2nd half of its calendar in the month of October.

The Hindi / Sanskrit term for the Milky Way galaxy (pictured above) is Akash Ganga or the Celestial Ganges alluding to the story of the heavenly Ganges landing on Earth near Haridwar.

The prefix Mahatma or Great Soul got added to Gandhi ji’s name when he was staying at the Gurukul Kangri, the first of the part of the cluster of Arya Samaj institutions, of which Arya Nagar is also a part where AZIMVTH Ashram is situated.

Deepavali (English: Rows of Lights) is the major festival of India. It signifies the spirit Asto Ma Sad Gamaya, Tamso Ma Jyotirgamaya, Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya – ‘Take me from falsehoods to the truth, darkness to light, death to salvation.’ This was part of the closing score of movie Matrix and is taken from Brihat Aranyaka Upanishad (300 BC).

01 Oct International Day of Older Persons
02 Oct International Day of Non-Violence / Gandhi Birthday
05 Oct World Teachers’ Day
10 Oct World Mental Health Day
04 – 10 World Space Week
11 Oct International Day of the Girl Child
12 Oct World Sight Day
16 Oct Ayurveda Day /World Food Day
19 Oct Deepavali
27 Oct World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

“In us too the intuitive Fire can burn;
An agent Light, it is coiled in our folded hearts,
On the celestial levels is its home:
Descending, it can bring those heavens here.”

• Sanskrit / Hindi
• Calligraphy
• Photography
• Visual art
• Documentary
• Spirituality
• The Art of Life
• New media
• Linguistics
• Painting
• Music
• Writing
• Education
• Yoga
• Woodwork
• Everybody

• Visiting Ganges ghats, temples, ashrams
• Pilgrim interactions
• Local collaborations
• Exhibit
• Print media coverage
• Local music instruments
• Conditional access to a Braille printing press
• Conditional access to telescope / space orientation

• Personal room
• Shared studio
• Options to work at other cluster-locations
• 3 meals, 2 herbal tea + snacks
• Sachet tea/coffee 24hrs
• Daily small basket of fresh flowers
• Towels, bedding
• Laundry
• Travel within city
• Music guidance
• Ayurveda doctor visit every 3rd day

Grant of USD 500 liberally available.
28 days USD 1450
07 days USD 500
01 day USD 80

365 Arya Nagar Jwalapur
Haridwar 249407
Uttarakhand India

01 – 28 October 2017 (28 days)
Haridwar, Banks of Ganges, Foothills of Himalayas
One can apply to join for any 28 continuous days, either the dates mentioned above or earlier / later.

Top Image: The Milky Way Galaxy. Courtesy – ESO/S. Brunier / NASA

obama_1413977875_1413977905Image: Deepavali Celebrations at the White House, USA. Courtesy – America.gov

India_israel_deepavaliImage: Celebrating Festival of Lights. Courtesy – India Posts.

gandhi_bardoli_CharkhaImage: Gandhi Charkha. Courtesy – India Posts