Gita Gyana Yagna, Lucknow

Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji conducted a Seven days GITA GYANA YAGNA at Hariom Mandir, Lucknow from 11th to 17th Sept 2017, Its an auspicious time of Pitru Paksha (Shraddha Paksha). Finally was the Bhandara organized for all devotees at the Mandir by the Mandir authorities.

This time pravachans were in the Mandir where Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna with Radha, Laxmi-Narayana, Devi Ma, Mahdevji and Julelal’s beautiful statues (Vigrahas) are established along with Guru Grantha Saheb, as renovation of Satsang Hall is going on.

 

The subject matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 10 (6.30-8.00 PM) and Kena Upanishad 1 (7.30-9.00 AM). Sh Shekhar & Smt Asha Khanna, President of the VM Lucknow, did the Vyasa Peetha Pooja on the first day.

The10th chapter of Gita, called Vibhooti Yoga presents the Glories of the Ishwar. Eventhough he is all pervasive, and is everything, still the Glory of Bhagwan is visible wherever there is a ray of Glory.

At the end of this chapter Bhagwan concluded that Whatever existent thing there is that has glory, is endowed with any form of wealth, and is distinguished, mighty, that may you know is born of a fraction of my glory. Everything is me. All of this is only one fourth of me in fact, I remain pervading this entire world by only one part of myself.

In the morning session of Kena Upanishad, this Upanishad starts with the question of disciple. Who is the director of the mind? Who impels the mind to alight on its object? At whose command does the Prana proceed to function? At whose command do our sense organs and organs of actions are capable of perceiving and acting? This question shows the state of the mind of disciple that now he is not worried about what is perceived or experienced, this is called “Virakta Mind”. Rishi started showing that “Tattva” with pointers, which is to be experienced as own Self, as a Consciousness, not as an object. The main and important pointer (lakshana) showed that it is beyond “known and unknown” which can be our own Self only. Awakening to that state is the Liberation, the Param Purushartha. One should know this before dying.

2nd last day of Yagna there was a bhandara for all devotees, which was offered by Hari Om Mandir authorities.

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This entry was posted on September 19, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Podcast: Comfort Zone

An inspiring audio clip by Swamini Samatananda – on our Comfort Zones.

We all love our Comfort Zone. It is a comfortable & heavenly place we create for ourselves, where we can get relaxed & refreshed. It is important no doubt that we all have our comfort zones. However, there is also a flip side to it. We should not be so tired that we never come out of our comfort zones to experience this beautiful & amazing life. Many people get so attached to their comfort zones, that thereafter they are afraid to come out of it. At that time our comfort zone becomes like our own self-created jail denying us the very life we need to live & experience.

Do get refreshed and then come out in the sunshine of  life to experience the life given to us on a platter by God himself, and get stronger too. She says that Tapasya is all about coming out of our comfort zones. Check out the podcast.

This entry was posted on September 7, 2017, in General.

Vedanta Sandesh – Sept 2017

The Sept 2017 edition of Vedanta Sandesh is the English monthly eMagazine of International Vedanta Mission, containing inspiring and enlightening articles of Vedanta & Hinduism, and news of the activities of Vedanta Mission & Ashram – has been published. You can check it out from the links below:

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This entry was posted on September 1, 2017, in Magazines.

Short Vedanta Course

A ten days Short Vedanta Course was organized at Vedanta Ashram from 20th to 29th Aug 2017. It was an English language course and the main subject-matter of the discourses was Drg-Dryshya Viveka. Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji conducted the entire course and also conducted one Meditation Class.

Video Recordings: 

Video Recording of the pravachans was also done and uploaded on YouTube. Links of the talks are given below:

Day-1: https://youtu.be/ISonYkRBOIA

Day-2: https://youtu.be/ktTf9cX7jKo

Day-3: https://youtu.be/z0TWOtGcpyY

Day-4: https://youtu.be/cBpk-LWBj08

Day-5: https://youtu.be/t3q7eeraypg

Day-6: https://youtu.be/qirSmbrAKWM

Day-7: https://youtu.be/9f-Z015YoFM

Day-8: https://youtu.be/RvoajafsrNs

Day-9: https://youtu.be/MFbGcVW_ltU

Day-10: https://youtu.be/jap1NSNCkBE

YouTube Playlist Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuSvZrG7a-I1mPs4jgtP0oux1b0FjoOK_

Audio Recordings: 

All the ten Audio Recordings can also be accessed – from the folder link below:

https://app.box.com/s/67l3eri2vvj72l6z0rsmj42cwas1lzxw

Meditation Link :

https://app.box.com/s/uhygfh3jmt24rkat3nbaetz94jjcwcx5

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Puja by Neena & Manisha: https://goo.gl/photos/vN8SZgPYYiSEF3X87

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This entry was posted on August 28, 2017, in Ashram, Camp.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Aug 2017

The Aug 2017 edition of Hanuman Chalisa Satsang was organized in the Ground Floor Satsang Hall of Vedanta Ashram, on 27th Aug. The program began with lovely bhajans. The bhajans were predominantly dedicated to Ganeshji because of the ongoing Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. Later when Poojya Guruji came on the Vyasa Peeth, he was welcomed with garland by Sunil Kumar Ojha and Gulab Chandra Vyasa, and a congregational chanting of Hanuman Chalisa started. This was followed by an inspiring hour long pravachan – on the same 21st chaupayi – राम दुआरे तुम रखवारे। होत न आज्ञा बिन पैसारे।।

In his pravachan, Poojya Guruji said that Hanumanji is shown sitting at the door of Ramji and guarding it, and all those who come with humility alone get the permission to enter the temple of Ramji and get his darshan. What does this mean? It does not mean that Hanumanji only allows all those people whom he likes, but in fact when we look at the nature of Hanumanji, he is someone who is pro-actively encouraging everyone to go near Ramji and get blessed with his devotion. Here Hanumanji is shown as a Sant or rather a Guru, who in fact initiates devotees to be truly blessed with Ramji.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Ahmedabad

Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji conducted a five days GITA GYANA YAGNA at ‘Samutkarsh Academy’ Ahmedabad from 18th June to 23rd Aug 2017. The 3rd discourse series was organized at this place. Samutkarsh is a premier ‘Center for Holistic Living’. The subject matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 3rd ‘Karma Yog’ in evening session and ‘Shiv Upasana Aadharit Dhyan’ in morning session. Both the sessions were in Gujarati and were appreciated. In her pravachans on the third chapter Poojya Swaminiji talked about the art of doing karma as revealed in the Gita, which was very inspiring for all. The topic of Yagna-Bhava was very fascinating & motivating. All pravachans were in Gujrati language.

 

During one of the days a Shiv Puja and Abhishek was organized at the residence of Radhikaben, were many of his friends & relatives brought their Shiv-Lingas and Swaminiji directed them to do the puja in this holy month of Savan. Abhishek was done with the chanting of ‘Kaivalya Upanishad’ which is also known as ‘Shat Rudri’.

 

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Pravachans:

Gita Chapter 3

Meditation

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Janmashtami Vedanta Camp – 2017

The 2017 Janmashtami Vedanta Camp was organized at Vedanta Ashram, Indore – from 10th to 15th Aug. Campers from Mumbai, Lucknow, Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Jodhpur joined the camp. The subject matter of the camp were Laghu Vakya Vritti by Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji, Gita Chapter-7 by P. Swamini Amitanandaji, Meditation and Chanting classes by P. Swamini Samatanandaji, and Puja under the guidance of P. Swamini Poornanandaji.

 

The day started with Meditation session at 6.00 AM, followed by tea and then Puja, and then there was chanting session. After breakfast there was a marathon session of more than 120 -150 minutes by Poojya Guruji. Later there was the discussion session under the moderation of Poojya Guruji. In this session all the campers expressed their views on some select topic. Then there was lunch. Most of the days someone or the other offered Bhiksha. Devotees kept chanting some shlokas while taking meals. In the evening after tea there was the Gita session, and then after the evening Aarti & dinner there was the bhajan & QnA session.

One of the days everyone sang songs using Karaoke, and on the other day there was a lovely Jokes Session by a devotee – Sh Manohar Agarwal.

 

On 15th Aug, there was the hoisting of the tricolor – by Col Pankaj Misra, and then everyone sang the National Anthem. Later the devotees heard the PM’s address from the ramparts of Red Fort. and after some phalahar was the concluding session of the camp wherein everyone shared their experiences about the camp content and stay at Ashram. It was great joy to see everyone positively benefited & inspired by the camp & ashram stay.

This entry was posted on August 15, 2017, in Ashram.

Vedanta Sandesh – Aug 2017

The Aug 2017 edition of Vedanta Sandesh is the English monthly eMagazine of International Vedanta Mission, containing inspiring and enlightening articles of Vedanta & Hinduism, and news of the activities of Vedanta Mission & Ashram – has been published. You can check it out from the links below:

Links:  Vedanta Sandesh is available on all of the following sites, and can be either downloaded or read online.

  1. Issuu

  2. Scribd

  3. GDocs

  4. Box

Getting VS in your Folder directly: Now that we have Google Drive , our subscribers with Gmail can get the VS directly in their Google Drive Folder – the moment it is published. Interested people can let us know so that we can add their email id’s in Direct Share Facility.

Vedanta Sandesh is a free magazine, and you are welcome to share it with your friends & relatives. May the good values & vision spread to bless the lives of one & all.

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This entry was posted on August 1, 2017, in Magazines.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Bharuch

A week-long ‘Gita Gyana Yagna’ by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji was organized at Pritam Community Hall, Kasak in Bharuch from 24th to 30th July 2017. The subject-matter of the twin discourse series were: Gita Chapter 2nd and Drig Drisya Vivek.

This yagna was organized by Sh. Manoj Kulchandani & his family. Kulchandani brothers lighted the lamp in the beginning of the Yagna and did Vyas peeth pooja. Mr. Kalapi who is the well-known interior desogner welcomed every one. The 2nd chapter of Bhagwad Gita is about the Sankhya Yoga, in which God revels the whole journey from Samsari to an enlightened person. This is the starting of teaching of Gita, where Arjuna surrendered to God and ask about Dharm

a which leads to freedom. Poojya Swaminiji explained very nicely. The morning text was Drig Dryshya Viveka of Adi Sankaracharya. In this text Acharya revealed seer & seen discrimination. All p

ravachans were in Gujrati language.

During one of the days a Shiv Puja was organized at the residence of Manojbhai, were many of his friends & relatives brought their Shiv-Lingas and Swaminiji directed them to do the puja in this holy month of Savan.

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Shiv Abhishek

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: July 2017

The last Sunday of July was on 30th, and we had our monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang on that day at Ashram. As usual the program began at 6.30 PM with lovely Bhajans by the Bajrangbali Bhaktas. Later after the arrival of Poojya Guruji on the Vyasa Peetha and his swagat, there was the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa and then he continued his pravachan on the chaupayi on the 21st chaupayi – राम दुआरे तुम रखवारे। होत न आज्ञा बिन पैसारे।।

 

Poojya Guruji said that this chaupayi is one of the finest and has helped him a lot in his sadhana. It says that Hanumanji sits guarding the door to the palace of Bhagwan Sri Ram, and no one can enter inside without his permission. This is a very significant chaupayi, because it reveals the secret of how one can approach & get darshan of the ultimate truth of our self and this entire life. Hanumanji is the key to darshan of Bhagwan Ram. Hanumanji obviously is not someone who can be coerced or bribed to get an entry inside. All his stories reveal that he himself is very happy & enthusiastic when someone approaches Bhagwan and gets blessed by his darshan, yet Hanumanji’s permission is extremely necessary. What does this mean? It means that we need to be blessed with some qualities which a Bhakta & Mahatma like Hanumanji suggests & endorses, and having which qualities Ramji will necessarily be very happy about. If at all there are some blockages, then like in the case of Vibhishan, Hanumanji tries his best to remove those blockages and prepares the person to go and surrender to Ramji. Vibhishan had some doubts about his Rakshas kula, but Hanumanji removed that hesitation and made Vibhishan confidant to go to Ramji and changed the life of a person. So also was the case of Sugriva. Hanumanji was the one who brought about that special friendship.

This chaupayi in fact indicates that for faith & devotion unto God some qualities are required, and a Sant & Mahatma like Hanumanji is one who prepares a devotee for this divine turn. Texts like Narada Bhakti Sutra, reveal to us the requisites of a devotee. While there are certainly some texts which reveal the so called adhikari for Bhakti & Sharanagati, but if one is blessed to have association of a devotee like Hanumanji then we come to be blessed with all the required qualities. We ‘see’ all those qualities – in action, live – and without any doubt that is the best way to appreciate and assimilate all those qualities. There is indeed no better blessing than getting association of a great gyani and devotee. We go to our gurus only to be aware of all the necessary preparations and knowledge which prepare us for the realization of Ramji in our hearts. This is the implication of saying that Hanumanji is sitting outside the door of Ramji’s palace and only after his permission anyone can go inside.

Poojya Guruji elaborated on the word ‘Paisare’, Hanumanji doesn’t allow anyone inside till the person surrenders completely. He said that the unique identity of we Hindus all over the world is Namaskar. Namaskar is a sadhana, it implies seeing the divinity in others, and in the process keeping aside our ego and reveling in the awareness of God. That is called pasarana. It is only those people who can dare to keep aside their ego and become humble, who are as though permitted inside.

 

In the end there was Aarti and prasad for all.

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