SIS Aippasi Newsletter
21st October 2020

Dear Patrons,

Our Sponsors

We are into the month of Aippasi and we wish all our patrons a very happy Navaratri and a bright and prosperous Deepavali!

We are in the midst of Navaratri celebrations. Ambal is worshipped in the form of Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswathi. During the first three days, Ambal is worshipped as Durga. She personifies that aspect of shakti which destroys our negative tendencies and endows us with courage. Additionally, to ensure that the seeds of vasanas do not remain within in latent form, we should supplant them with positive qualities. The Bhagavad Gita refers to these qualities as "daivi-sampat", literally “Divine wealth”. Correspondingly, we worship Lakshmi during the next three days. Lakshmi is not just the giver of gross wealth or prosperity; She is the Mother who gives according to the needs of Her children. Only one endowed with "daivi-sampat" is fit to receive the knowledge of the Supreme. Accordingly, the last three days of Navaratri are dedicated to worshipping Saraswati, the embodiment of Knowledge. The tenth day is Vijaya Dashami, or the festival of victory, symbolising the moment when Truth dawns within. Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are not different entities, but different facets of the singular Divinity.

Adi Shankaracharya has prescribed a beautiful form of worshipping Devi in the 27th stotram of SoundaryaLahari - to divinise all acts of oneself by which every ordinary act acquires divinity by dedicating the same to Devi.

japo jalpaḥ śilpaṃ sakalamapi mudrāvirachanā
gatiḥ prādakśhiṇya-kramaṇa-maśanādyā huti-vidhiḥ |
praṇāmaḥ saṃveśaḥ sukhamakhila-mātmārpaṇa-dṛśā
saparyā paryāya-stava bhavatu yanme vilasitam ‖

Let my prattle be the repetition of Thy mantra, my manual work be the gestures (mudras) offered in Thy worship, my movements by Thy circumambulation, my food and drink be the oblation offered to fire (Agni), my resting be prostration to Thee, and all my actions that give comfort to me be dedications to Thee. Let all my activities be Thy worship.

The significance of this is that by offering the everyday ordinary activities as a surrender to the almighty, one would strive to achieve the highest levels of conduct in everyday life.

SIS Navaratri 2020

Time: Sat, Oct 24 at 02:00 PM London

Zoom Meeting: Please join by clicking
by using Zoom meeting id: 842 4818 6036

Virtual Golu display by SIS family and talk on Golu Taatparyam

We are hosting a Zoom session wherein some from our SIS family will be showing everyone a virtual display of Golu from their homes. We will also have an opportunity to hear lovely singing during the Golu sessions. There will also be a special Golu display and talk on Golu "Taatparyam" by Mullaivasal Mrs. Prema Krishnamurthy Maami.

SIS November Satsang

Time: Sat, Nov 7 at 03:00 PM

Zoom meeting details: Please join the Satsang
by clicking
by using Zoom meeting id: 864 9529 4332.

In keeping with the continuing tradition of monthly Satsangs, November 2020 Satsang will be conducted online.

The Satsang will include reciting

  • Vishnu Sahasranaman and Mahalakshmi Ashtakam
  • Lalitha Sahasranaman
  • Bhajans
  • Hanuman Chalisa
  • Short spiritual talk

Please attend with your family and importantly involve the next generation.

SIS WhatsApp group

In addition to continuing with our email communication, we have started a WhatsApp group as a broadcast only group to communicate information regarding SIS events and updates. If you would like to join, please open this email on your phone and click on SIS WhatsApp group invitation link. Alternatively, you may email with your mobile number and we will add you to the group.

The Website

We trust that the articles that we are publishing on the website are interesting and useful. We are encouraged by the number of hits that have gone up multi-fold. Please visit, read the articles and let us know your views. We are very keen to receive your feedbacks and views and will be uploading more interesting articles. We welcome articles written by our members that are relevant to the objectives of SIS, ie., South Indian arts, culture and vedic religion and these will be uploaded after review by the editorial panel. Please feel free to ask for detailed guidelines.

Your Participation

South Indian Society as an organisation has come to shape with lots of hard work and contribution from several veterans of our community in this country over the years. We sincerely thank each and every one who has contributed towards the growth of this organisation. This organisation runs for YOU and without YOUR involvement, contribution and participation it cannot succeed.

SIS Trustees

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