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  • NEWSLETTER

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    Swami from Chinmaya Mission Trinidad shared during a talk “God gave you two ears and one mouth, so listen more and speak less.”

    Temple Timings: Sunday

    10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon Arati 10:30 AM Tues, Fri & Sat

    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Arati 6 PM

    Temple website http://htsnm.org/

    Balvihar 2 President’s Message 3 Auspicious days 4 Reminders 5 Past/upcoming events 6-9 Subashita 10

    Table of Contents

    Happy

    2020

    New

    Year

    December 2019

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    Balvihar

    Balvihar is up and running. Please come join us every

    Sunday from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

    In Balvihar the story of the squirrel in Ramayana was narrated.

    We should never make fun of the weak and the small. What matters is the love ,

    with which we accomplish any task, and it doesn't depend upon the strength or

    what work we do !

    When the larger Vanaras made fun of the little squirrel, LORD Rama says “ that,

    the huge stones laid are bonded together only because of the small gaps between

    them, being filled by the tiny grains of sand, got by the squirrel? “And due to this,

    the structure, is strong “.

    Rama thanked the Squirrel for the help, and saying this he gently stroked the back

    of the Squirrel with his fingers , and thus three lines were formed, where Lord

    Rama’s fingers had touched the Squirrel

    Moral of the story :

    Every task should be given importance , however small it may be.

    Have confidence in yourself.

    Never give up in life.

    Don't care for what people say, do your work with dedication.

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    Seasons Greetings, Wishing you all a very happy New Year. We had a very successful, year behind us. The many act ivies that have come to pass in community events at a glance—fundraising event in April, a new priest application submitted, heart walk in May, yoga day in June, Bhandara in September and December, Non-violence walkathon, visit to Congregation Albert, support for Kashmiri Pandit talk held at peace and justice center. We wrap up the year in a very good note of participat- ing in our local community. I would like to also provide an update on the temple relocation project, the com- mittee visited a few sites and is now short listing which ones are of interest. The income assurance committee is proactive in managing the cost and how we intend to attain the amounts. The membership drive will be our next task to start generating some funds to purchase/build our temple. Please support this endeavor—the committee is or- ganizing some benefits to the membership that will be of interest to everyone. Year end function is approaching soon—alternate venues are being considered, if you would like to be part of the planning committee please identify yourself to us and we will put you to work! January has a lot instore for our temple, please come and participate in the Makara Sankranti/pongal, Surya Namskar day, Nikhilanand Bhaiya visit and many more auspicious days that the temple is open on. Wishing you all a very safe and happy break.

    President’s message

    Krishna Jaiswal President

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    Upcoming Auspicious days

    Nov

    23 Friday Pradosham

    24 Sunday Shivarathri

    29 Friday Vinayaka Chathurti

    Dec

    1 Sunday Shasti vratam, Vivah Panchami, Champa Shashthi

    7 Saturday Guruvayur Ekadasi, Gita Jayanti

    9 Monday Pradosham

    10 Tuesday Karthigai Deepam

    12 Thursday Ishti

    15 Sunday Sangada Hara Chathurti

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    1. No footwear allowed in the mandir and on the

    second floor, unless worn due to medical

    reasons. Our Temple requirements are that all

    footwear be stowed in the cubbies provided to

    prevent young children from tripping over

    them.

    2. During temple sponsored events Board

    members and/or Advisory committee members

    will be available to answer your questions.

    3. For renting the HTSNM Community Hall,

    which is available for private functions such as

    birthdays, graduation, get togethers etc. the

    cost is $250 which includes water and trash

    bags. It is up to the organizing committee to

    provide all others. There is a 20% discount for

    members of Our Temple.

    4. Please obey all parking signs to avoid fines.

    5. If you would like to access the temple at any

    time, keys are available to checkout from

    Bombay Spice grocery store (505 232 6661).

    6. Thank you for all you do to help ensure Our

    Temple’s cleanliness.

    Upcoming events Reminders

    • Balvihar 10:00—11:00 Sundays

    (closed for break—restarts Jan 5th)

    • Pongal/Makara Shankranti Jan 18

    (Saturday)

    • Vasanth Panchami Feb 2th

    • Maha sivarathri Feb 21st

    • Bhandara March

    • Year end function April

    • Ekadasi

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    Makara shankranti/pongal

    Place holder

    Pongal, also referred to as Tai Pongal or Thai Pongal, is a multi-day Hindu harvest festival of South

    India, particularly in the Tamil community. It is observed at the start of the month Tai according to

    Tamil solar calendar, and this is typically about January 14. Thanking the Sun God for agricultural

    abundance, it is a four-day-long festival. Of significance are newly harvested rice, sugarcane and

    turmeric.

    It is celebrated as a thanks giving ceremony for the year’s harvest. First day is bhogi festival in

    thanks to Lord Indra for the good rains—on this day useless items of the household are tossed into

    a bonfire. The second day is Thai Pongal where traditional rice kolam (Rangoli) are hand drawn at

    the entrance of the homes and where the Sweet Pongal (boiled rice with lentils and milk) will be

    prepared in an earthen pot tied with a turmeric plant, out in the open as an offering to the sun god.

    The third day is mattu Pongal is the day that is celebrated in the name of the cows, the cattle are

    adorned with bells, garlands and worshiped.

    Fourth and final day is kaanum Pongal where women of the household perform rituals in the name

    of their brothers asking for their prosperity.

    The Albuquerque and surrounding area communities are invited to celebrate this festival on Janu-

    ary 18th Saturday at 10:30 am at our temple. Please bring family and friends and take part in this festival.

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    Visit to Congregation Albert

    In an effort to join hands with the local Jewish community, 10 members from HTSNM visited the Congregation Albert located at 3800 Louisiana Blvd NE on Friday December 13th to attend their Sabbath prayers. It is a Reform synagogue, It was established in 1897 and is the oldest Jewish organi- zation in the state. Their Cantor Mrs. Barbara Finn who led the worship services from 6-

    7:30 pm. It was a very easy to follow service where the lyrics were translated and projected on a screen ,in an upbeat atmosphere. The choir sang in addition to young children of the congregation, accompanied by musical instruments. Afterwards we were invited to share in their evening meal where everyone was very warm and wel- coming. It is our intention to return the favor and invite them to our temple in the near future.

    HTSNM co-sponsored "Kashmir Pandits: An untold Story" By

    Dr. Rinita Mazumdar (Professor at CNM) at Albuquerque Peace and Justice Cen-

    ter (202 Harvard Dr. NE) on Dec 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Along with Dr. Ma-

    zumdar, Ms. Sunanda Vashistha and Ms. Shakun Malik (both being Kashmiri Pan-

    dits) were guest speakers over Skype. Dr. Mohan Sopori, a long-time resident of Albuquerque, who is a Kashmiri Pandit, was present to give his personal

    side of the tragic treatment of the Kashmiri Pandits.

    The event was well-attended by about 75 people from all walks of life. After a brief history and background on Kashmir by Dr. Mazumdar, the guest

    speakers on Skype spoke about the actual happenings. The talks were very in-

    formative and audience listened to the four speakers with pin-drop silence.

    The talks were eye-opening and the audience appreciated speakers sharing

    their personal experiences and suffering. Unfortunately, the informative ses- sion ended prematurely due to disruptions from the audience and side track-

    ing the topic.

    We hope and support the peaceful resolution to the Kashmiri problem that

    is fair to and incorporates all of the Kashmiri people including the minority

    Pandit community. Follow on sessions are planned—please stay turned for up-

    coming dates and venues.

    Kashmiri Pandit talks

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