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Swami Mukundananda Talk, Yoga and Meditation JUNE 2-8 IN TAMPA

Swami MukundanandaSwami Mukundananda will address an audience from all walks of life from June 2-8 at the Hindu Temple of Florida, 5509 Lynn Road, in Tampa.

During the seven-day Life Transformation Program (LTP) 2018, he will present “7 Divine Laws for Happiness & Fulfillment.”

The first part of each day’s session will focus on yoga and meditation and the second part includes spiritual discourse and devotional chanting.

Swami Mukundananda’s discourses clarify the deepest concepts of the Vedic scriptures with wit and logic. Over the last two decades, Swamiji has been travelling all over the world, awakening thousands of seekers through true yoga and spirituality. He has been invited to speak at various Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Oracle, Yahoo, and for the youth, he has conducted programs at prestigious universities like Princeton, Stanford, Kellogg, MIT and Duke.

Swami Mukundananda received his degrees in Engineering and Management from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) respectively. However, he renounced his professional career to take sanyas at age 23 in quest for God-realization. He is a senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj and founder of JKYog - a non-profit organization dedicated to the spiritual, mental and physical wellness of humankind.

Timings for the free talks are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday. Prasadam will be served after the discourses. Registration is requested at For information, call Bill at (727) 432-1020 or Sushma at (727) 743-1183. 

hindu sangathan divas MAY 26 IN TAMPA

Story provided by Hindu Sangathan Divas organizers

The Tampa chapter of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh and India Cultural Center are co-sponsoring Hindu Sangathan Divas on Saturday, May 26, at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road, to bring together all Hindus and practitioners of Dharmic religions to examine common challenges, exchange ideas, and search for implementable solutions. The event will bring together Dharmic religions regardless of regional, geo-political, or linguistic affiliations, at a single venue. The daylong program starting at 9 a.m. will conclude with cultural performances and dinner in the evening. 

On the agenda are panel sessions, with topics dealing with women empowerment, community service, raising children in a multi-cultural environment, and identifying a vision in uniting Dharmic religions, where youths will have opportunities to play leadership roles. Several distinguished guest speakers from across the United States will be offering informative and motivational talks. These include: Padma Bhushan Ved Nanda of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh; Swamini Svatmavidyananda of Arshavidya Gurukulam; Bawa Jain, Secretary-General, UN World Council of Religious Leaders; Abhaya Asthana of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America; and Dilip Amin, author of “Interfaith Marriages.” 

To register for the event, which is free, and includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner, visit 

For details, call Nainan Desai at (813) 245-8417 or Madhavan Rangarajan at (813) 598-9000.

Dr. Ramanathan is uwf Department of Social Work chair IN PENSACOLA

Dr. Chathapuram “Ram” RamanathanDr. Chathapuram “Ram” Ramanathan is the new the chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of West Florida College of Education and Professional Studies in Pensacola.

With more than 35 years of social work education and practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed clinical and macro social worker, Ramanathan brings an array of knowledge and expertise. Most recently, Ramanathan served as the chief executive of Human Service Enterprises in Michigan.

“It is exciting to be part of the University of West Florida as it has consistently engaged in innovation, creativity, and collaborative partnerships over the last 50 years,” Ramanathan said. “The faculty of social work and its alumni are engaged in important work contributing to the improvement of human condition in West Florida in particular, as well as across Florida and the nation.”

Ramanathan received his Bachelor of Science from Bangalore University. He received his Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Madras. Ramanathan received his Master of Social Work and his interdisciplinary Doctor of Social Work and Human Resource Management at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

For information about the UWF Department of Social Work, visit


The South Asian Bar Association of Florida will present its first annual Naturalization Day from noon to 3 p.m. on May 19 at the Hindu Temple of Central Florida at 1994 Lake Drive, Casselberry/Orlando. The event is free and open to the public. Immigration attorneys and other trained volunteers will provide assistance to individuals who need help in completing citizenship applications and general information.

The following documentation will be needed:

1. Government issued ID;

2. Passport (even if expired);

3. Green Card;

4. Dates of trips out of the United States since receiving Green Card;

5. Addresses for the past five years;

6. Work and employment information for the past five years.

For more information, call Madhurima Paturi at (772) 480-6883 or email [email protected]

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