CREATIVITY FROM OUR LITTLE ANGELS At Nachiketa Tapovan, there are so many aspiring budding artists and poets

and what not! We will showcase strengths of two students each fortnight.

NACHIKETA TAPOVAN
Plot No.70, Phase I, Kavuri Hills, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad – 500 033 Phone No. 040 – 23113887 Mobile No. – 9849168937 Regd. By Govt. of A.P. (Regd. No. 53/IV/99) Volume: 1 25th April, 2009 Nachiketanjali Issue 8 Saturday

J. Dinesh, 3rd Grade
Dinesh is a very good listener. He is very inquisitive and loves to share his experiences. He is very understanding person and helps his mother with the housework.

R. Anand, 3rd Grade
True to his name Anand is a happy child. He is excellent in academics. Besides he is good at drawing and Yoga. He is very co-operative, attentive and hardworking student of Tapovan.

Om Saha Naavavatu Sahanau Bhunaktu Saha Viryam Karavaavahai Tejasvina Avadhitamastu Maa VidvishaavahaiI Om. Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

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Om. May Brahman protect us both! May Brahman bestow upon us both the fruit of Knowledge! May we both obtain the energy to acquire Knowledge! May what we study reveal the truth! May we cherish no ill feeling toward each other! Om. Peace, Peace, Peace! We pay our tribute to all the Gurus. Our Thanks to the Teachers and Best Wishes to the Students on Completion of One More Year of Learning!

NACHIKETA TAPOVAN ASHRAM
Gairan Tanda, Kodgal Village, Jadcherla Mandal, Mahaboobnagar Dist-509301 Ph: +91-40-23113887 • Mobile: 98491 68937• www.nachiketatapovan.org E-mail: admin@nachiketatapovan.org • n_tapovan@rediffmail.com

You cannot heal others unless you are healed yourself.

Burn brightly without burning out.

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CONTENTS

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Spiritual Desk Swamiji's Message Pranayama by Mataji Volunteers' View Vidya Mandir Ashram Dispensary Story of Nachiketa Donations Upcoming Events Publication An Appeal

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EDITORIAL BOARD

Editor
Subhadra K.

Editorial Consultants:
Annapurna R. Sowja A.

EDITORIAL It is now almost four months since we took the first step in publishing ‘Nachiketanjali’- Our Newsletter. We have now published eight issues and the wonderful thing is that every issue was released exactly on the due date, thanks to Divine Grace. We also owe this commendable punctuality to Vipla Printers and we publicly express our deepest gratitude for their sustained assistance in all our ventures. Nachiketanjali has enabled us to reach out to more and more people across the globe with our Spiritual flavor. Slowly, but surely the word is spreading. People are evincing interest in our spiritual and service oriented activities. Wonders will never cease and the way things are going, we will be bringing more sensational news of our Ashram at Jadcherla which is likely to be inaugurated by 2010. Not only this but in many other dimensions we are moving far ahead of what we could have dreamt of. We look forward to newer ways of serving you and before I sign off, I must thank each and every one of you who responded so generously to our Newsletter in so many ways.
Subhadra K.

FROM THE SPIRITUAL DESK After a fun-filled year of teaching, homework, exams, games, festivals and competitions, we have completed another academic year at Tapovan. While some of us will be going out of town some of us shall stay back for the Summer School or Non-Residential Children’s Camp that is going to be held in Tapovan Campus from 3rd May-10th May 2009, for children aged 12-15 yrs. This is one workshop which lets children have enormous fun while imparting character-building values to them. One of the significant programs coming up soon is ‘Vidyanjali’. Swamiji and Mataji will be launching this new ‘reach-out’ program in June ‘09. Through this program Swamiji aims to meet 5,00,000 students in the next couple of years. The objective is to make youth aware of the divinity within and the world around them. In the process they will learn to give back to the society and lead a wholesome life. Until then, Wish You All a Sweet, Mango-filled Summer! By Annapurna R.

WE GET WHAT WE “ NEED”
When I Asked God for Strength He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face When I Asked God for Brain & Brawn He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve When I Asked God for Happiness He Showed Me Some Unhappy People When I Asked God for Wealth He Showed Me How to Work Hard When I Asked God for Favors He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard When I Asked God for Peace He Showed Me How to Help Others

by Swami Vivekananda.
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Life can be complicated, but happiness is pretty simple!

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

Message by Swamiji

ADHYATMIK PRANETA

Every object in this world is trying to convey some message to you, be it a human being an animal, a rock or a tree. A dog which is near you is also trying to teach you something of which you are aware because of your ignorance. Do not confine yourselves to boundaries created by you. Even a criminal person is trying to teach something. You might be a computer engineer but you do not know that even a computer is trying to give you some message. You treat it as a non-living object and your knowledge regarding it is limited.

Your ignorance is sprouting from Ego and ego from greed, selfishness and other shadripus. It is because of your ignorance that you are unable to perceive the beauty of every object. A guru helps you by removing your ignorance. He tries to unfold the knowledge which is already within you, but covered by layers of ignorance. The real Guru tries to remove the upper layers of ignorance and gives you a glimpse of the SELF!

Swami Nachiketananda
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The heart that gives, gathers.

Pranayama by Mataji Prana syedam vyashe sarvam trideavayath pratishtithamI Maateva putraan rakshasva srishcha pragnaamshcha videhi na iti ! Meaning: Whatever exists in three worlds is all under the control of Prana. ( O Prana) Protect us as a mother protects her children. Give us affluence and intelligence. Pranayama consists of two words ‘Prana’ and ‘Ayama’. Prana means life force, Ayama means control or expansion. Prana which is the life force exists in every being of the universe. Without Prana the object is dead. Mother Prana nourishes and takes care of us. These days Pranayama is gaining popularity for different reasons. While some adopt it to be physically fit, some practice it to improve concentration and memory, and others to cure various ailments. The real purpose of Pranayama is to purify all the nadis to experience all psychic nodes. Pranayama is the ‘Science of Breath’ than mere breathing exercise. Fast breathing like in a dog and few other animals reflects on their shorter Change your thoughts and change your world.

life span whereas slow breathing as in the case of a tortoise results in a longer life span. This is the Nature’s illustration that proper breathing can increase your lifespan. There are yogis in the Himalayas who practice Pranayama and live for hundreds of years. According to Patanjali Yoga Sutras Pranayama begins only after preparing your body for higher spiritual discipline through practicing Yama, Niyama and Asanas. For best results Pranayama should be practiced only after purifying the mind and should be done under the guidance of a perfect Guru. Practicing with purified mind will lead to an encounter with the subtle nadis which are otherwise difficult to experience. You can feel the flow of Prana through the Chakras. A fruitful practice of Pranayama also demands a balance of diet, constant watch over thoughts and a strong physical body. Pranayama activates SU dormant energy. In order the JOK THERAPY to sustain the CLASSES activated energy, it is essential to fulfill the requirement of the entire process of purification. Pranayama is the science of Spirituality that helps calm your mind and in the process it pushes you into the deeper state of meditation where you experience the union of various energies. The ultimate purpose of Pranayama should be to unite you with the supreme soul!
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Vidya Mandir - Volunteers' Views

A peek into the young minds…
Some thought provoking questions from the minds of our young thinkers are listed below.Readers are welcome to answer our students’ questions and send them to: nachiketanjali.newsletter@gmail.com. We will pass the answers on to the students seeking them. 1 How should a person lead his life? 2. Why do politicians ask for votes? 3. Who is the richest Indian? 4. Who is Narakasura’s mother? 5. Who were Ravana’s parents? 6. Who were Anjaneya’s parents? 7. Who were Kabir’s real parents? 8. Why was Sita sent to forests? 9. Why did Ravana kidnap Sita? 10. How to control anger? 11. Why do people hit each other? 12. Why does Shiva have three eyes? 13. Who were Ravana’s brothers? 14. Who are Rama’s parents? 15. Why didn't Sita refuse to go with Bhoodevi? 16. Did Rama know Hanuman before he met him? 17. Why did Rama put Sita through Agnipareeksha? 18. What happens if there are no prime minister and other ministers? 19. Why doesn’t our country impose fines on citizens who dirty the place? 20.Why did not Dasharatha get children before the Putrakameshthi yagna? Workshop in progress

My experience at Nachiketa Tapovan Vidya Mandir is one of a kind. I get to see so many different kinds of mentalities, culture and of course reactions. The happiness in the children when I give them a pencil or eraser is so overwhelming. Some kids are laughing, some are crying, few are dull. I see so many different kinds of things happening at one place. I love it when the kids come up to me every morning and say good morning with so much love affection and enthusiasm. I feel that all the children are my own. I have developed such a good rapport with the entire organization that I’m so sure I’ll find it difficult to part my way from it.

My name is Usha. I have been volunteering at Nachiketa Tapovan’s Vidya Mandir for 8 months. I have been teaching U.K.G. I like being in Tapovan very much. I find it full of positive vibrations. I find that the kids are quite intelligent and all they need is some guidance. My contribution to the organization could be very small but the amount of satisfaction it gives me is very large. I find rest of the staff and volunteers very energetic and positive with a hearty involvement in the activities of Nachiketa Tapovan.

Usha, Volunteer
Suharika , Volunteer Teacher U.K.G Teacher 1st Grade. No man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

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Enjoy life how it is as it comes.

At the Ashram
Tranquility reigns supreme in the vicinity of our Ashram at Kodgal Village, Jadcherla Mandal in Mahboobnagar District. Away from the urban pollution and deafening noise, the place provides the much needed peace. First phase of construction is under progress and thanks to the

Lord’s grace, we are able to continue with our construction activities even in these times of recession. Dhyana Mandir, Residential Campus and Karmayogi Kuteers are nearing completion. Temple Complex is the ongoing project and with the support of donors and well wishers we are expecting to start our operational activities from 2010.

Temple Foundation

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Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction.

Upward and downward swings are inevitable in Spiritual life.

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Story of Nachiketa

Free Dispensary The goal of our Health Camps is to deliver the best health care possible to the economically weaker sections of the population constantly and completely free of charge. The Free Medical-aid has been making stupendous difference in the lives of our patients as well as our numerous supporters, associated in this sacred endeavour. We duly acknowledge the commendable services rendered by Dr. Amulya, Dr. Leela, Dr. Sudhakar, Dr. Ramesh, Dr. Ishwara Chary and Dr. Ranga Rao. They are the perfect examples of

Swamiji’s perspective of ‘Silent Workers’. Dr. Amulya has graduated from Osmania University and has worked with the Central Government for more than 30 years. She has retired from Government services but continues to serve the humanity. She is a great supporter of our cause of serving the underprivileged and is rendering free services at Nachiketa Tapovan and also Shiridi Baba temple at Dwarakapuri Colony. We highly appreciate her services.

Thank you Techtran! Our heartfelt thanks to Sri K.V. Rao of Techtran for sponsoring the prescription eye glasses to the patients of the Nachiketa Eye Camp. Your generosity has made a great difference by giving the patients a clearer vision of this beautiful world. Your support is much appreciated by the patients as well as all of us at Tapovan.
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A young seeker of truth, dares go to the God of Death- Yama, for knowing the truth about the nature of human soul and its destiny. What is more, he elicits from Yama, the full course of the pathway to the Realization of the great truth. Let us traverse with young Nachiketa, the hero of our story on this pathway and experience and understand how he has gained the mystic knowledge about the Soul and Supreme Spirit. Nachiketa was the son of Maharshi Uddalaka who once decided to perform a yagna to gain name and fame. It was customary in those days to donate cows to the Brahmins at the end of the Yaga. Uddalaka was a miser and he donated old and weak cows which disturbed Nachiketa. He asked his father repeatedly, “Father, to whom would you give me in charity?” This made his father lose his temper and said, “I give you to the Yama”. Hearing this Nachiketa went to the kingdom of Yama to obey his father’s command. Yama was absent from his home and Nachiketa decided to wait at his doorstep for three long days without food. When Yama returned he was

surprised to see a young Brahmin fasting on his doorsteps. He invited Nachiketa to a seat near him and requested him to ask for three boons, one for each of the three days of the fast. Nachiketa declared, “ My first wish is, when I return home may my father welcome me lovingly.” Accordingly Yama granted his wish. Nachiketa went on, “I learn that there is no fear in the heaven. People are not afflicted by old age, hunger and thirst in that happy place. I ask you to give me that Knowledge as the second boon.” Yama was very much pleased with Nachiketa’s question. He gave him the knowledge of a certain Sacrifice, taught him how to perform it correctly and told him that one who performs that sacrifice would go directly to heaven. He further named that particular Yagna after Nachiketa and the fire used in that Sacrifice is 'Nachiketagni.' Nachiketa continued, “My third and last wish is to grant me the Knowledge of the Atma.” Yama who granted the first two boons immediately tried to convince Nachiketa to give up the third wish and instead offered all the riches in the world. Nachiketa was firm in his quest and Yama had to grant him the third boon also. Nachiketa was enlightened with the Knowledge of the Atma. He has inspired us to be strong willed even in the face of difficulties and to seek eternal happiness.
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Be thankful for all that you have in this transitory lifetime…

Let us complain less and give more!

Construction Committees 1. Temple 2. Vidya Mandir 3. Dispensary cum Hospital 4. Ramakrishnalaya 5. Compound Wall 6. Dhyana Mandir 7. Vanaprastha

Ad-hoc Committees 1. Advisory Committee 2. Medical Committee 3.Vidya Mandir Committee 4. Yoga Research Committee 5. Ayurveda Research Committee 6. IT Committee 7. Spiritual Committee

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Learn to count your blessings.
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Do not value the things you have in your life. But value who you have in your life!

Construction Committee Members Our sincere thanks to all the selfless souls who have happily consented to be a part of Ashram's Construction committees... 1. Vijay Kumar K. 2. Rama Devi K. 3. Subhadra K. 4. Leela N. 5. Prasad Y.V.S.S. 6. Sheshagiri Rao 7. Reddy P. S. 8. Manikyamba G. 9. Ram Sandila 10. Pawan Kumar 11. Subha D. 12. Durga K. 13. Annapurna R. 14. Sushma Sharma 15. Anand A. 16. Venkatram Reddy 17. Mallaiah 18. Krishna P. 19. Hema Reddy Y. 20. Chalapathi V. 21. Vijaysena Reddy 22. Sandhya M. 23. Vinay K. 24. Sudha Rani M. 25. Nirmal D. 26. Sowmya C. 27. Madhukar M. 28. Shanti Y. 29. Dr. Ramesh C. N. 30. Dr. Leela K. 31. Dr. Surendra A. 32. Dr. Rohini R. 33. Dr. Amulya 34. Dr.Ishwaracharya 35. Dr. Prafulla Kumar 36. Dr. Priyamvada 37. Dr. Vijay Kumar B. 38. Dr. Sudhakar K. 39. Vijaya A. 40. Ajit N. 41. Prasad T. 42. Nageswar Rao 43. Anuradha K. 44. Sucharita Tathe 45. Swaroopa R. 46. Prashanti K. 47. Dr. Shiva Reddy

AN APPEAL

Dear Atman
Any venture taking shape in the divine presence backed by a noble intent is bound to find fruition. Over the years Nachiketa Tapovan has been witnessing a phenomenal movement; multifarious spiritual as well as service activities! Needless to mention we are rejoiced to receive donations from supporters who are a big part of this spiritual endeavour. Construction of Temples is the current activity at the Kodgal Ashram. Shrines for Lord Ganesha, Shiva, Kali, Holy Trinity, Balaji, Rama, Krishna, Saraswathi and Shirdi Sai will be constructed. The proposed temples are going to be unique in the mode of worship. Estimation of this Temple project was Rs. 2.2 crores. We hereby You can move mountains with Positive thinking.
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make a fervent appeal for generous donations. Please participate in this noble task so that our cultural heritage and religious traditions will be safeguarded for the coming generations. It may kindly be noted that donations to Nachiketa Tapovan are exempted from Income Tax U/S 80 G of IT Act, 1961 of Govt. of India. Donations in the form of cheques/Demand Drafts may please be drawn in favour of Nachiketa Tapovan.We acknowledge the generous contributions made by donors.
Yours in the service of Motherland

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