Vaishnav Devi Yatra

On 11th May Poojya Guruji and P. Swamini Samatanandaji went to Vaishnav Devi Mandir for darshan of Mataji. They started early morning at 5.00 AM in the luxurious Rexton SUV of Grovers (driver Rajesh). They reached Katra before 8.00 and got the necessary passes for the Helicopter flight. The comfortable flight took just 4 mins to reach Sanji Chhat, which is 2.5 Kms short of Bhavan. They took palkis, and then a Police officer took them to the Mandir for darshan of Mataji and were back by 4.00 at Katra. After lunch on their way they were back to Pathankot by evening. A great memorable trip.

This entry was posted on May 21, 2017, in Yatra.

Sidhbari Yatra

On 10th May, Poojya Guruji and P. Swamini Samatanandaji left for Sidhbari, Chamunda Devi & Mcleod Ganj Yatra. They left Pathankot after breakfast in the luxurious Rexton SUV of Grovers. The drive to Sidhbari took about 2 hours. At the Ashram, they met the Manager Sh Gupta, who took the visitors around. Poojya Guruji paid respect at the Samadhi of his Brahmaleen Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji, had darshan of Ram Mandir and Hanumanji and then left for Chamunda Devi Mandir. Then they went to McLeodGanj, where they had darshan of the Tibetian Temple. Later after lunch there they were back at Pathankot by evening. It was a nostalgic Yatra down the memory lanes for P. Guruji.

This entry was posted on May 21, 2017, in Yatra.

Amritsar Yatra

On 8th May 2017, Poojya Guruji and Swamini Samatanandaji drove from Pathankot to visit Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir at Amritsar. Had nice darshan at both places. In the afternoon had lunch and some rest at Hotel Namaskar, which was of a friend of SK Grover, our host at Pathankot. He was Mr Mahajan, an inquisitive & devoted person.

This entry was posted on May 19, 2017, in Yatra.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: April 2017

The April 2017 issue of the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang was organized at Vedanta Ashram, Indore on 30th April. That day was the Jayanti of Sri Adi Sankaracharya and our first program was a procession from Ashram to Sankaracharya Dwar – with Dhol, Bells, Ghanta & Shankh. Lot of devotees and colony people joined the procession. Later the satsang began with lovely bhajans, then we had the samuhik chanting of Hanuman Chalisa and finally the enlightening pravachan of Poojya Guruji. The hall was overflowing with devotees this time, and we may have to think to having the satsang again in the bigger hall above.

In his pravachan Poojya Guruji first briefly summarized the message of the last chaupayi & pravachan and said that the truth of mudrika is basically a mantra given by Ramji to Hanumanji, this alone can be kept in mouth and also brings wonders. Interpreting the mudrika as a ring has many contradictions.

Then he proceeded to the next chaupayi – the 20th one, which is the center of this lovely garland of 40 chaupayis, called chalisa. दुर्गम काज जगत के जेते, सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हारे तेते। meaning “All that which is very difficult & almost unattainable in life, becomes easy & attainable because of your grace”. Goswamiji says that nothing remains impossible for such people, and thus sky literally becomes the limit for such people. In every field of life they attain great heights.

Every person is capable of attaining great heights in life. Some have obviously attained the unimaginable and have become inspirer’s for the world. However, the majority remain mediocre people. They are in fact somehow constrained to even think or dream big. Why do some people impose limitations on themselves so that they cant even dream big. The reason is that they have been relying only on themselves, whom they know to be limited. Various memories come and validate their beliefs that it had been so difficult to attain various things in life. If passing through high school itself was such a problem then how they ever think of getting Brahma-Gyana. The doer gets constrained to think big because of his/her memories. However, if someone takes oneself to be an instrument of God, then obviously the scene becomes different. Belief in God brings wonders, now it is the God who proposes and we just have to dispose. He tickles and our giggles percolate in the world outside. This is a great technique to help someone get free from their own conditioning’s and start thinking big.

Durgam is something which we create for ourselves. We define what is difficult and easy for us, and once defined we just remain in self-defined limits, and think that’s being practical. Here is a proposition of making the durgam also sugam. Think that if God has given us a situation, then obviously he believes that we can do it. If God believes that we can do it, then why should we throw spanner in the works and think contrary. Taking God as our master, as someone who has not only given us hands & legs but also mind & intellect – which can dream big and plan appropriately to make that a reality. Think about various unimaginable things which Hanumanji could do. He could do all that because he took himself as an instrument of Ramji. This is what we also need to do, and keep aside self-limiting constraints. If we dare to go ahead then alone there is any possibility of attaining anything. Even if we do not succeed in the first go then we would have learnt some important lessons and will certainly do it next time. However, if we believe we can do it, then we shall certainly do it. Telling various stories of Hanumanji and others Poojya Guruji effectively communicated this inspiring message & lesson.

The program ended with a Bhandara – to celebrate both the Sankaracharya Jayanti and also the Sanyas Deeksha Day of Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji.

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Vedanta Sandesh – May 2017

The May 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 May 1, 2017, in Magazines.

Vedanta (Janmashtami) Camp, Indore 2017

A five days residential Vedanta (Janmashtami) Camp is being organized at the Vedanta Ashram, Sudama Nagar, Indore. The Camp will be of six days from 10th to 15th Aug 2017, and the conclusion will be with the celebration of Sri Krishna Janmashtami on the 15th Aug. On next day to Janmashtami i.e on 16th Aug a short trip to nearby place will be organized depending upon weather. Expenses for this trip will by contribution. One can leave by 17 th Aug as per convenience.

Camp Acharyas:

The pravachans will be conducted by Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji and Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji. The Meditation and Chanting sessions will be by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji, while the Puja sessions will be guided by Poojya Swamini Poornanandaji.

Venue :

Vedanta Ashram, E/2948, Sudama Nagar, Indore-452009 (MP). Ashram on Google Map: https://goo.gl/82lPLi

Subjects :

Pravachans on ‘Laghu Vakya Vritti ; and Pravachans on ‘Gita Chapter 7‘.

All the sessions will be in Hindi.

Who can apply:

Any healthy, sincere devotee who can live in the simple & austere atmosphere of an Ashram, without any complaints & problems, and wish to study Vedanta at the feet of traditional teachers can apply. The campers will have to stay inside the venue for all these six days. They will be given rooms with twin sharing. There are few rooms with attached bath/Lat, while others have common bath/lat facilities. No outing during the camp is allowed, and if at all there is some emergency they will take permission of the Acharyas to go out. After the camp, if weather permits, there may be a short yatra organized for everyone. Expenses for this trip will by contribution.

No outside food is permitted. The timings of food & tea is fixed, and the menu is simple & sattwic. Clean filtered water is available 24×7.

Campers should be ready to serve in whatever way necessary to help keep the place clean & quiet.

All campers will have to attend all the classes and should be punctual to be in the class few minutes before.

Campers will just have to bring their minimum necessary clothes and toiletries. Bedding will be provided by the Ashram.

Routine :

6.00 AM – Meditation (by Swamini Samatanandaji)

6.30 – Tea

6.45 – Shri Gangeshwar Mahadev Abhishek & Aarati (by Swamini Poornanandaji)

7.15 – Chanting (by Swamini Samatanandaji)

8.00 – Breakfast

9.00 – Two Pravachans on the ‘Laghu Vakya Vritti’ (by Poojya Guruji)

12.30 – Lunch

4.00 PM – Tea

5.00 – Pravachan on ‘Gita Chapter 7’ (by Swamini Amitanandaji)

6.30 – Temple Arati

7.30 – Dinner

8.30 – Bhajan / Que & Ans / Cultural events

10.00 – Lights off

Travel Plans:

The Campers will have to reach the venue latest by 9th Aug evening and can leave by 17 th Aug as per their conveniences. Any change will have to be notified earlier.

Registration:

1. Please fill up the online Registration Form by following the link or check out the form below.

2. All the classes are free, but the campers have to take care of the various stay & food expenses etc. The fee for all these logistics, per person, has been fixed at Rs 5000/- for the six days stay. This amount can be deposited in any branch of  HDFC Bank. The account details are:

1. Name: Vedanta Parmarthic Sewa Trust

2. HDFC Bank Savings A/C No. 02811000003766. (Annapoorna Road Branch, Indore)

3. Other methods of Registration payment;

upi – vpst3766@upi or 9302107229

Mobikwik – 9302107229

By Cards

3. You can even simply inform us of your wish to join the camp either by email or WhatsApp. We shall then provide all the required details of completing the formalities personally. Registration will however be confirmed only when the required donation is deposited in the Bank.

Registration Form: 

This entry was posted on April 23, 2017, in Ashram, Camp.

Vedanta Piyush – April 2017

The Apr 2017 edition of Vedanta Piyush is the Hindi 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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Vedanta Piyush 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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Gita Gyana Yagna, Bhubaneswar

There was a week-long GITA GYANA YAGNA at Bhubaneswar from 7th to 13th April, at the same venue – Sivananda Samskrutik Kendra. P. Swaminiji reached Bhubaneswar on 6th afternoon and in the evening addressed the devotees who had gathered there for their weekly satsang. From next day the morning-evening pravachan’s started. The subject matter of the twin discourses were: Gita Chapter 4 and Kathopanishad 2-1.

During this Yagna, P. Swamini Poornanandaji also joined Sw Samatananda at Bhubaneswar – for darshan of various famous pilgrimages in that area. On 11th the host & sponsor of the entire trip Sh Rajesh Kumar took her to Konark and Jagannath Puri. Next two days she visited Lingaraj Mandir / Dhauli and then the famous Nandankanan Zoo.

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GGY Bhubaneswar

GGY Concludes

Nandankanan Zoo Visit

This entry was posted on April 16, 2017, in GGY, Yatra.

Vedanta Sandesh – April 2017

The Apr 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 April 1, 2017, in Magazines.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Mar 2017

The March 2017 edition of the monthly ‘Hanuman Chalisa Satsang’ was organized at Vedanta Ashram, Indore on 26th Mar, the last Sunday of the month. As usual the program began with lovely bhajans sung by Bhajan Mandali, followed by chanting of Hanuman Chalisa, and then there was the inspiring & enlightening pravachan of Poojya Guruji on the 19th chaupayi – प्रभु मुद्रिका मेलि मुख माहि। जलधि लाँघ गए अचरज नाहीं।। The program concluded with Aarti & prasad.

In his pravachan, Poojya Guruji continued his elaboration of the 19th chaupayi. After briefly summarizing the last pravachan he continued on the same chaupayi this month also. Mudrika has generally been translated as a ‘ring’ which Ramji had given to Hanumanji as an identification to be given to Sitaji that he is a messenger of Ramji. Now there is a fundamental question as to how come Ramji had a ring with him? He being what he is there can be no doubt that he would ever go against the wishes of his late father that he has to live for 14 years as an ascetic, which implied being bereft of any wealth or even precious items. He was not supposed to enter any city or even a village too during this period. Even if Sitaji had some ornaments, and she threw them while being kidnapped by Ravana, then also there is no chance that he would keep any such item with him. Anyone who thinks it to be so does not understand the commitment of Ramji to his words and in fact insults him. This being so then what is the secret of this Mudrika?

Ramji certainly gave something to Hanumanji and that was an infallible proof of his being a messenger of Ramji. if we negate the possibility of any ring being with him, then we need to explore other possible meaning of mudrika. The word mudrika literally means impression, signature, identification, currency and even an imprint. Even when the word is used for ring then there also it indicates that it is a unique identification of a person. What that Mudrika was, we get a hint of that in the Hanuman Chalisa itself wherein we it is said that ‘Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahi’, meaning he kept the mudrika in his mouth. Obviously Hanumanji could not have kept Ramji’s ring in his mouth, so it is obviously something which can be kept in mouth. So what we infer is that this mudrika was a secret worthy to be kept in Hanumanji’s mouth. Not only this keeping that mudrika in his mouth made all the difference in his all subsequent karma’s. That secret was a mantra which only Ramji & Sitaji knew. So powerful was the mantra that all the karma’s of Hanumanji were free from all limitations and success assured. This then was the mudrika.

Poojya Guruji also discussed the secret of Karma-phala. What is it which assures success in our lives? Is it destiny or is it karma’s. Well, there are generally two parties to this discussion, the first party faithfully believes that everything that everything is ordained, and that is why they run after astrologers and try to unravel the secret of their future. The other group says that it is karma by which we carve out our destiny. We know that we do get so many things in life without ever wishing for it, and that is what is referred to by the word destiny, and we all know that we do seem to have some freedom of action too. So the truth has to incorporate both these. The shastra’s tell us that both are partially right. Whatever situation we get in life is the component of destiny and how we respond is our karma. We need to learn the secret of performing our karma’s in the best possible way. The art of performing our karmas in the best possible way includes accepting every situation we get with not only equanimity but also as a prasad of the Master of the Universe, and then responding holistically and that also as an offering to that God. Basically it is all about retaining the awareness of God, and in fact being HIS instrument to do whatever we do. This is where the mudrika comes in. It was all about remembering the great grand master while being HIS instrument while doing our karmas. That way karmas can never bring about any stress, and the efficiency is at its best. That alone was the leela of Hanumanji. There was excellence all the way. This was accepted by Ramji too, and when Hanumanji was commended, then very humbly Hanumanji says that it was all HIS grace alone because of which everything was possible.

This is what this chaupayi also says that there is no surprise that Hanumanji could do all these almost impossible things.

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