Please Help Out Your
Local Food Bank
This time of year is especially difficult for those having trouble making ends meet. Thankfully, there are community centers, food banks and local churches throughout the country doing what they can to feed the hungry. News reports have stated that many, if not most, food banks are dangerously low on food this season, and government food programs have been cut, putting more people in need. Currently, one in five, thatís 22% of children in this country are food insecure at any given time (childtrends.org). Unless our communities reach out with help, there probably wonít be a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, or many meals in between, for hundreds of thousands of people.
Astara is asking its Members to help those in need in your community by donating food to your local food bank, church, or community center. Give reason to the season and enjoy your holidays a little more fully knowing youíve shared the blessings of a bountiful land and bountiful hearts with others.
Ganesha Puja with Maheswara
Saturday, Dec. 29. 1pm, $25
I’m Maheswara and am excited to have been invited to Astara on December 29th,
for a Sunday service talk on the ancient Hindu ceremony called puja, and to perform
one later that afternoon in honor of Ganesha, with an offering of His thousand
names. Ganesha, as the son of Shiva and Parvati, provides a unique blend of masculine
and feminine energies. He is that aspect of God which helps us overcome
obstacles, learn lessons and activate kundalini with which we make our spiritual
journey up the spine. Puja rituals are Sanskrit mantras designed to work through
vibrations of sound and energy. Hundreds of versions have developed over ten
thousand years to express an ethereal understanding of ineffable truths, bringing
these truths into our daily lives and leading toward spiritual attainment and finally,
moksha, or liberation. Over this time pujas have become a complex system of
mantra, sound vibration and practices utilizing the elements passed down to us
that we might attract helpful benefits through these sacred ceremonies. Over time
they have become a complex system of mantras and practices that have worked
Join me Sunday, December 29th and find out more about this ancient, still very relevant
and beautiful ceremony — the puja — and join us as we honor Ganesha with
time-honored ritual and rendering of his ten thousand names. Suggested $25.00
donation for the puja which begins at 1 P.M.
For online registration.