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Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple to have Television Channel - Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel

Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel is a devotional television channel floated by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the body that administers Lord Balaji Temple at Tirupati. The 24-hour channel aims to propagate the glory of Venkateswara and the teachings of Hinduism.

Newspapers have been reporting about the channel for more than a year including reports about its inauguration. But the launch of the channel was postponed several times. 

It seems the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel will go on air in July 2008, during Amritotsavam – the diamond jubilee celebration of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. 

Hope the channel, apart from the regional language programs, will air some content in English so that youngsters can understand more about the glory of Sri Venkateswara.

Instrumental Music Album Inspired by the Bhagavad Gita

A new instrumental music album titled 'Ocean of Consciousness' by Jeffrey Fisher explores the subjects of war and spirituality in relation to the Bhagavad Gita. The Music Album crosses a variety of styles from jazz to classical. Fisher equates Arjuna’s initial turmoil at the start of the Bhagavad Gita with that of present day soldiers and other people who are faced with war and other challenges.

Jeffrey Fisher is an award winning composer and multi-instrumentalist. The 'Ocean of Consciousness' consists of two discs – ‘The Bhagavad Gita Suite’ and ‘The River’.

The music and concept of the album inspired by the Bhagavad Gita is expected to especially appeal to individuals interested in jazz, classical, world and New Age music, ancient Sanskrit texts, the Indian and Hindu communities, scholars, healers, massage therapists, spiritual writers, green activists, peace activists and Lohas converts.

Disc One: 'The Bhagavad Gita Suite' consists of following tracks:
The Field…

Siddheshvari Devi on How to do Meditation on Sri Krishna

In your daily devotional practice, visualize Shri Krishna standing in front of you. You have complete freedom in choosing how to meditate on Him. If you find it difficult to visualize Him, feel free to take the help of a picture or a statue. Images of God help us concentrate on God. Use the image as a base for your meditation.Many people close their eyes and claim to be meditating on God. They have a picture or statue of God in front of them. They look at it and then with closed eyes visualize that image. This is not meditation on God. It is meditation on an inert object. You must visualize Shri Krishna. Do keep a photo or idol of Shri Krishna in front of you, but keep it only as a base for your visualization. That photo may be very small, but out of that photo, visualize a six-foot tall Krishna coming out and standing in front of you.The important thing is to visualize Him standing in front of you. Not as an inert statue, but as a living personality.Siddheshvari DeviSource: Excerpts …