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Get Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Prasadam through India Post

The Indian Department of Posts has made arrangements for dispatching the Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Prasadam. The prasadam packet known as Swami Prasadam will contain a sealed tin of aravana payasam, one packet of appam, vibhoothi, sandal paste, abhishekam ghee, manjal (turmeric powder), kumkum, pepper, vibhoothi from Vavar Mosque and a small laminated picture of Swami Ayyappa.
The prasadam items are available through post during the mandalapooja and makaravilakku season and on the first few days of the Malayalam months. The devotees wishing to receive the prasadam through post have to remit Rupees 210 by money order in the post offices. The address for remittance is The Executive Officer,
Travancore Devaswom Board,
Sabarimala, 689713,
Pathanamthitta District,

The prasadam packets will be dispatched through registered parcel post. Out of the money order an amount of Rupees 10 will be used for providing ‘annadanam’ (free meal) to the pilgrims. No idea how the Travancore Devaswom Boa…

Swami Chidananda on Spiritual Life and Spiritual Practices

The vast, vast majority of human beings are human animals only. They are totally rooted in body consciousness. They have no idea of being something else, something other. Even their mental function is instinctive. It's all a reaction to whatever happens to them, not a purposeful independent exercise of their mental faculty. They have no time for it. From the moment they get up, they are absorbed by their daily activities.

And the whole of the spiritual life is a gradual elimination, eradication, of the animal within, and the refinement or purification and education of the entire human nature so that it loses its movement in all other directions and starts taking on an ascending vertical direction. Once the human nature is given an upward turn, one simultaneously starts awakening the sleeping Divinity with the help of all one's spiritual practices. If one knows that the spiritual process, the spiritual life, is the elimination of the animal, the refining and directing upward of …