SWAHA International

Hindu based non-profit organisation based in Trinidad & Tobago

Usako Naheen Daykhaa

5223Usako naheen daykhaa hamnay kabhee

Para uskee zaroorata kyaa hogee

Ai Maa, ai Maa, tayree soorata say alaga

Bhagavaana kee soorata

Kyaa hogee, kyaa hogee


Insaana to kyaa dayvataa bhee

Aanchala mayn palay tayray

Hai svarga isee duniyaa mayn

Kadamo kay kalay tayray

Mamataa hee lootaayay jisakay nayana

Aisay koyee moorata

Kyaa hogee, usako…


Kyon dhoopa jalaayay dukhon kee

Kyon gama kee ghataa barsay

Yay haatha duvaao vaalay

Rahatay hain sadaa sara po

Too hai to andhayray patha mayn hamayn

Sooraja kee zaroorata kyaa hogee…


Kahatay hain tayray shaana mayn jo

Koee oochhay bola naheen

Bhagavaana kay paasa bhee maataa

Tayray pyaara kay mola naheen

Hama to yahee jaanay tujhasay bareeha

Sansaara kee dowlata kyaa hogee…

We have never seen the face of God.

O Maa, but what is the need to behold a face that would, in no way, be different from Yours?

Not only ordinary beings, but great personalities were fondled in Your lap. 

Heaven on earth is found at Your feet.

What other being can reflect mother’s love in the eye?

When your hands are placed on our heads to bless us, how can pain and distress ever touch us? 

What need is there for sunlight when you are there to guide us in times of emotional distress?

No one can compare with you in greatness and majesty. 

Even God cannot fathom your love. 

No richness in the world can supercede you, O Mother.

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A Mother’s Love

maxresdefaultOnce upon a time there lived a boy named Rajiv. He lived with his mother, Sita, in an old house. His mother sold vegetables in the market near to their home. She worked whole day and never took a rest. She lived only for her son but her son only lived for alcohol. He hated his mother for being poor. Every night and day he would drink excessively. His mother would beg him to stop but he never took heed to what she said.

One night, while drinking in the bar, he felt a heavy feeling in his chest, which was followed by unbearable pain. Beads of perspiration ran down his face. He felt as if his heart wanted to jump out of his chest. He was soon lying motionless on the ground, unable to say or do anything. In a split second he saw his entire life flash before his eyes.

This was interrupted by a bright flash of light. He saw a beautiful lady all dressed in a yellow saree, sitting on a fierce but tame tiger. Silver sparks shimmered in the pitch black background that surrounded her. She had a wonderful warm smile, which spread over her face. ‘Deeyas’ surrounded her. She talked directly to Rajiv. She said, “Rajiv, why are you doing this? Why Rajiv? Why?” He opened his mouth to answer but nothing came out.  Tears were the only thing that came out, buckets of tears. A smile came over Maa Durga’s face. She said, “Son, you don’t have to say anything. I understand everything.” She continued, “The person you need to apologize to is your mother. You have hurt her son. You have hurt her.”

Just then the room went pitch black. Nothing could be seen and nothing could be heard. He awoke on a hospital bed unable to move. The doctors told him that he had a heart transplant and that a generous donor gave her heart willingly. Rajiv asked the doctor who donated the heart and the doctor replied that it was his mother. Rajiv froze in astonishment, tears filled his eyes. The only thing he wanted to do was to apologize to his mother but it was too late. Her mother gave him a heart filled with love but all he had given her was hatred.

All of a sudden the electricity went, the room went pitch black. A gold spark shimmered like a diamond in the dark. It was the soul of his mother. She said, “Son you never gave me love, only hatred, but a mother always forgives.” She continued, “I have loved you and I will always love you my son. I will always be with you. You have my heart forever. Bye son, bye.” Rajiv cried and cried his eyes out.

Moral of the story: Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short time but hold their hearts forever. Never treat you mother badly and never think you have all the time in the world because people don’t last forever and time waits for no one. You will never miss the water until it runs dry.


By: Radha Sookram, Student of Swaha Hindu College

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Hinduism’s perspective of Mother

devi_trinity1According to Hinduism, God creates, maintains and destroys the universe but the power with which these functions are performed is called Shakti (universal energy), the Divine Mother. This is the origin of mother worship and thus the idea that the human mother is worthy of reverence and worship just as the Divine Mother or Shakti. The saying, “Maatri Devo Bhavah” is therefore a maxim that speaks to the seemingly boundless, endless and all-encompassing power of the earthly or biological mother, a power that equates with that of Divinity.

In Hinduism, mother is the one person who is considered to be the most exalted and worthy of respect and service. She is one of the five mothers worthy of worship, according to scriptural injunctions. The unparalleled love possessed by a mother for her children is the subject of praise and reverence in numerous stotras and other scriptural verses. No doubt, mother is the very embodiment of qualities such as love, sacrifice, forbearance and selfless service to her children.

The powerful ideals exemplified by outstanding mothers through the ages and pages of Hindu scriptures have very clearly demonstrated that women, and more so mothers, have been given a pedestal position in a world of many different relationships. And why not? The example of Shri Raam as a child, as a young adult, a married householder and even as king, gives credence to the saying that Mother is the first Guru; she is indeed the first God. He taught by example that Mother’s blessing is integral to success. His first action as he arose early in the morning was seeking His mother’s blessings. He needed her good wishes and benediction before going to the forest. On His return from exile, one of His first actions was to bow at the feet of His mothers. The mere presence of the mother invests one with protection; the reverse deprives one of sustenance and fulfilment. Indeed, such an example of Shri Raam, God in human form, teaches the world that the source of bliss and blessings is at the feet of “Maa” – mother.

The word “Maa” comprises the Hindi consonant “Ma” and vowel “aa”. This consonant pertains to the heart which evokes the emotions of love, joy and happiness while the vowel relates to “aanand shakti” or the power of bliss. It is not by chance, then, that one’s mother is the treasure-house of all bliss, love and success. Like Durga Maataa, the essence of “ichha shakti” (power of will), like Lakshmi Maa, “gyaan shakti” (the power of knowledge) and Saraswati Maataa, “kriyaa  shakti” (power of activity), the earthly mother ensures that her child is a well-nourished child, whose activities are directed by her will and with proper knowledge.

The power wielded by mothers on their children’s lives spread far beyond worldly experiences and the impact created by them starts from the womb. Even before a child is born the mother’s impressions strike deep roots within his consciousness. The example of Prahalad is phenomenal as he was engrained with devotion to Lord Vishnu while still within his mother’s womb. Maha Shiv Puraan also records how Bhagavan Shiva appeared to fulfil the request of child Upamanyu who was taught devotion using the “Panchakshar Mantra” by his mother. Many are the scriptural episodes that prove the unique and effective role of the earthly mother in a child’s upbringing. None can assume her role. She is irreplaceable. The importance of the  mother in her role as educator is aptly summed up in the following scriptural quote: “From the point of view of reverence due, a teacher is ten-fold superior to a mere lecturer, a father a hundredfold to a teacher and a mother a thousand-fold to a father.”

As special emphasis is placed on the earthly mother this month, in celebrating Mothers’ Day, it may be worthwhile for all to reflect on the contribution of mothers since, for seven life-times, one can never repay the debt one owes to one’s parents.

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Maatri Devo Bhavah- Mother is God

Five Mothers that Hindus revere.

I believe in 5 mothers whom I worship.

These 5 mothers are:

1). My Birth mother or the person who gave birth to me



2). Mother Earth or Prithivi Devi

mother earth











3). The Divine Mother or Devi Maataa

devi maa







4). Mother Cow

mother cow







5). The holy books or scriptures in Hinduism

Hindu scriptures



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Title: Save Our Tradition

What is going on in our world today?

Have we no morals and no values, o bache?

Their sacrifices have been forgotten

And our land is home to downtrodden

Hamaare man, easily tarnished

Achha karam kamaai, all banished

Our people have gone astray

And our ancestors, we continue to betray

We have been guided with wisdom that is set

We owe it to our ancestors to repay our debt

Be grateful for our tradition

Yeh hum kul ke Santan!

Stand proud but remain humble

Good teachings are always simple

Go back to our scriptures and seek the truth

Study doha aur katha and guide our youth

Honour your traditions and do not denigrate

The values in our society we must regenerate

Do not forget the past and clean up our Karma

Do what is right and practice your Dharma

Oh my children let us all be thankful

For the path that has been paved for us, let us all be grateful

Let us stand together and proudly say,

Dhanya Dhanya Vaad De!

By Amrika Sepersad-Reemaul, SWAHA Sri Raam Dhaam

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Examination tips

exams1The month of May is the month of examinations, from SEA, to CXC, Cape to tertiary levels.  Review and revise are the techniques that many students will use. Recency and frequency help some to remember well. Here are a few tips that can be most useful in the last study sessions before the examination days:

  • Make short notes on index cards as opposed to having long paragraphs of content.
  • Colour coding and graphic representations are creative ways to remember information.
  • Collaboration and peer teaching are scientifically proven to be helpful. Form little study groups.
  • Information is available with the touch of a button. When you are unsure about a topic or topics, search for YouTube videos or other online websites that are full of resources. If using this approach, please take note of the site and ensure that it is a reliable one.
  • Cleanliness is next to Godliness. When studying, ensure that your work area is free from clutter.
  • Do not study if you are tired. Ensure that you are rested and fed and then proceed to study.
  • Take little breaks during your study sessions. It is advised to take 5-10 minute breaks after 45 minutes of studying.
  • Practice makes perfect. Constant revision and completing past papers are ways to prepare you for the real examination. When doing past papers, pay attention to the word count that is required and the suggested time frame that is given.
  • Before studying, always pray that you will retain what you have learnt and you will be able to apply your knowledge effectively in the examination. Thus, seek the blessings of Lord Ganesh and Saraswati Mata.


Lord Ganesh

Prayer for the removal of obstacles

Om VakratundaMahaaKaaya,


NirvighnamKurumay Deva,



Mother Saraswati

Prayer for Knowledge

Om YaadeviSarvaBhooteshu,

BuddhiRoopena Sang-stitha.

Nmastasyai. NamasTasyai.



Mrs Sunita Maharaj

Teacher 111

SWAHA Hindu College

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Youthful Pt. Dr. Lomas Persad –future of Swaha Inc.

IMG_1600Hindu arrival day is more of an apropos designation than the present Indian Arrival day term. Hinduism has survived and flourished over the last hundred and seventy years because of the Hindu spiritual leaders namely the pundit. From Gathri toting Hindi speaking pundits traversing the land to perform funeral, pujas and yagyas, we have reached the stage of metamorphosis where Swaha pundits are acquiring the highest secular achievements in addition to maintaining the orthodox mritunjai dharma tenets. We pay hommage to the pundits of yesteryear who faced financial and societal pressure in persisting with educating their charges who are today’s pundits.

Swaha extends congratulations to the latest member of the pundits’ body, twenty-eight year old, Pt. Dr. Lomas Persad, who has achieved his Ph.D. in Biomechanical engineering from the Imperial College of London. He joins an illustrious list of Doctorate Pundits in Swaha namely Professor Prakash Persad and Dr. Umesh Persad.

Swaha celebrates 23 years of our existence this year. We have the spiritual leaders of Swaha who are progressing with dispatch to arm themselves with all the elements that are needed to lead a dynamic organization such as Swaha to effectively serve our country in the secular and non-secular field.

While each pundit’s experiences will be different, Pt. Dr. Lomas credits his success firstly to Prabhu Shree Ram and then emphasizes that the blessings of Mataji and Shankaracharya were the foundation of his achievements. He said that by serving them sometimes even at the expense of his final year studies in UWI, has paid him richly in blessings in the form of continued success. He intimates that in this month we should be celebrating such achievements that give tangible and meaningful ancestral accolades to the treasure chest of our rich religious legacy.

Pt. Lomas was assigned to the Swaha Divya ashram before his journey to begin his studies in London. He is now assigned to the Swaha Sukh Shanti temple where he has captured the hearts of the devotees in leading them in Sunday morning devotions and has motivated them to embrace the tenets of Hinduism so as to be enlightened and forward thinking Hindus in this century.

Pt. Lomas wishes to intimate in a laconic manner to all our youths, especially the leadership of the youth arm of Swaha, that in his experience the following are some areas that gave him success.

  1. Be associated with your Swaha temple at all times
  2. Have full faith in Prabhu Shree Ram and in yourself.
  3. Identify your career path and study diligently towards it.
  4. Serve your parents and ancestors at all times.
  5. Play a sport. Play an instrument.
  6. Maintain celibacy until after the vivah sanskar
  7. Have genuine friends.

Pt. Dr. Lomas is a role model.

In this month of Hindu arrival, let us motivate ourselves and our charges to contribute towards our future social and religious treasure chest. Let us celebrate Hindu arrival day by highlighting the achievements of our pundits of Swaha and all our youth.

Swaha Mata Ki Jai

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