01 – 28 May 2021
And Narad slowly answered to the queen:
“What help is in prevision to the driven?
Safe doors cry opening near, the doomed pass on.
A future knowledge is an added pain,
A torturing burden and a fruitless light
On the enormous scene that Fate has built.”
Banks of Ganges, Foothills of Himalayas, Haridwar, India
01 May is anniversary of Narada Rishi and the month is observed as Better Speech and Hearing Month. Narada is the messenger amongst gods and divine beings. He is mentioned in Mahabharata, written by Vyasa in Haridwar.
Narada recited Srimad Bhagavatam on the banks of the Ganges, near the sacred place — Haridwar. Great sages like Bhrigu, Vasistha, Gautama, Medhatithi, Markandeya, Dattatreya and Pippalada came to Haridwar to listen to the Srimad Bhagavatam being recited. Sacred rivers were present too, as were mountains like the Himalayas.
In 1913, Rabindranath Tagore received the Nobel Prize for literature for his work ‘Gitanjali’ that was partly composed in the Uttarakhand state to which Haridwar belongs. He was the first non-European to receive this prize.
Listen to the Introduction to Gitanjali by W.B. Yeats (Duration 14.31 minutes, File size 6.65 mb) below.
Listen to the Verses 1 to 10 (Duration 07.10 minutes, File size 3.28 mb) below.
The last verse of the book of poems ‘The Gardener’ (1915) by Tagore is given below.
“Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence?
I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the
spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds.
Open your doors and look abroad.
From your blossoming garden gather fragrant memories of the
vanished flowers of an hundred years before.
In the joy of your heart may you feel the living joy that sang
one spring morning, sending its glad voice across an hundred
Ganga Jayanti (also known as Ganga Saptami) is the day when Ganga was reborn. Ganga Dussehra also known as Gangavataran, comes about a month later. It is the day when Ganges descended from heaven to earth, just near Haridwar. This has influenced the culture of India. The first sound picture in India ‘Gangavataran’, was made on this theme, about a decade after Hollywood.
- Sanskrit / Hindi
- Visual art
- Performance art
- New media
- Art of Life
- Visiting Ganges ghats,temples, ashrams
- Pilgrim interactions
- Local collaborations
- Print media coverage
- Local music instruments
- Conditional access to a Braille printing press
- Arts mentoring
- Life coaching
- Drawing / writing / performing projects
- En-suite room
- Shared studio
- Twice daily Yoga teaching
- Om & mantra chanting initiation
- Daily lecture & discussion
- Options at other cluster-locations
- 3 meals, 2 herbal tea + snacks
- Sachet tea/ 24hrs
- Daily small basket of fresh flowers
- Towels, bedding
- Ayurveda doctor visit after every 3rd day
IMPORTANT DATES – May
11 Ganga Jayanti
03 UN World Press Freedom Day
07 World Password Day
17 World Telecom & Info Soc. Day
21 World Day for Cultural Diversity
for Dialogue and development
07 Rabindranath Tagore Anniv’sary
05 (Netherlands) Liberation Day
UN International Day of Families
17 (Norway) Constitution Day
18 International Museum Day
20 World Bee Day
21 World Turtle Day
365 Arya Nagar Jwalapur
(C) Images left to right and top to bottom: Narada by Watchalen Mudkrathok, Narada by Sergey, Tagore’s self-portrait, Ganga and Shabtanu and Gangavataran both by Raja Ravi Varma.