Vedanta Piyush – Mar 2017

The Mar 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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This entry was posted on March 15, 2017, in Magazines.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Lucknow : Mar 2017

Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji conducted a six days GITA GYANA YAGNA  at Hariom Mandir, Lucknow from 5th to 10th Mar 2017. On 11th a HOLI MILAN program organized there, in which Bhajans, QnA and Holi Milan was organized. Finally was the Bhandara organized for all devotees at the Mandir by the Mandir authorities.

The subject matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 8 (6.30-8.00 PM) and Mundaka Upanishad 1-2 (7.30-9.00 AM). Sh Shekhar & Smt Asha Khanna, President of the VM Lucknow, did the Vyasa Peetha Pooja on the first day and then one of our oldest members Sh Govil welcomed everyone.

In the 8th chapter of Gita we first saw the seven questions of Arjuna, and then an elaborate discussion on the last question, which was ‘How do we assure awareness of God when we are about to die?’. Bhagwan said that our last thoughts reveal the direction which we shall take after our death. He however indicated that we should be aware that during our last moments we lose the capacity to manipulate our thoughts and rather it is our most predominant thoughts which shall manifest, so obviously what we need to do is to choose our love much before and try to retain its awareness in & through all our activities. The trick lies in this alone. Mam anusmar yudhya cha. One need to put both his mind & buddhi nicely into that love. So obviously lot of satsang is called for and we need to know the ‘nature’ of God etc. and then develop value, respect & love for it. With such a deep conviction & love we shall be aware of that alone and this alone will lead us to that realm. He then talked about three kinds of death. One, we know our truth and merge in Brahman right here. In this there is no going anywhere. Two, we have done lot of karma & upasana and then are lead very respectfully by devatas to Brahma loka, where we shall stay till Brahmaji completes his full tenure. This is also called as Krama Mukti. Lastly, there is that death wherein our motivation continues to be worldly pleasures & comforts, and not complete devotion & surrender to God. In such cases the person does attain realms of divine comforts & pleasures in swarg loka etc, and then has to return back to appropriate body & birth. The reference of these two kinds of death is just to desist ourselves in these path, and rather aim for the kaivalya mukti here only.

In the morning session of Mundaka Upanishad, the section pertained to Apara Vidya. Angira Rishi told his disciple Shaunak that the various Karma – Yagnas etc as revealed in the Vedas were all right. Tad etat satyam. One should believe in the efficacy & validity of these packages. Taking one example – of Agnihotra Yagna, he told what all is involved in doing one yagna properly. It is not about just one karma, but involves awareness of various occasions and also values. One full package of such karma, if done properly, helps us to wake up nicely, integrate our faculties and intensify our devotion. So they do have a positive role to play not only to fulfill our cherished dreams but also make our inner faculties much finer & better. As our minds become more sattwic, we get blessed with better capacity to think deeper, and then finally also realize that no karma can ever give us lasting karma-phala’s. All fruits of actions are momentary. We do elaborate karma’s diligently, and all for just a moment of joy, so the very economics of spending our time & energy reveal to us that this dos not seem to be an intelligent proposition, and there should be something better & lasting. This is a big realization. However, lest we get dejected by the karma itself, we are suggested that one should not hurry to ‘leave karma’ or resort to action-less dull life. Karma needs to continue, but with a difference. When karma is done just out of self-centered motivation, then it makes us dull, but when the same karma’s are done with magnanimity for the welfare & betterment of others, then it has a different effect on our minds. It makes our minds sharper, subtle & more intelligent. Such karma which is motivated by love, purify our minds and prepares us for deeper deliberations into our inner recesses. Not only the world is blessed by such people, but they also become better people, so it is this turn which we should take.

Betterment of our minds is the highest achievement of karma’s. Just as a stone can sharpen a knife, so also the challenging world can make our mind more awakened & sharper. Having got blessed with such a mind & intellect, the next part of our journey is the journey into the unknown, and for that we need guidance of an enlightened teacher, so that chapter suggests that we should go to a right teacher, who is Shrotriya & Brahma-Nishtha. Approach him humbly and request him for further guidance. The journey beyond is not by karma but by gyana alone. There is something to know rather than something to do. So keeping aside all fascination & habit of doing karma, one should rather discover a quiet & thoughtful mind – the mind of a sanyasi. Sanyasi is one who uses his energy to know things deeper rather than to change something by his karma’s. In karma there is a subtle arrogance that we already know that which is the right & the highest, and just require concerted efforts to achieve it; while a sanyasi has humility that I still need to know something deeper & fundamental. Those who think that they already know shall obviously not be disposed to know anything further while those who know that they still need to know various fundamental things, get disposed for further exploration & meditation. They alone are the ideal students of self-knowledge. Finally the chapter closes with suggestion to the enlightened masters that they should bless the young aspirants with their knowledge and assure the continued flow of the river of knowledge.

This time Poojya Guruji kept one day for Q&A, bhajans and also Holi-Milan. It was a lovely program. Finally the Hariom Mandir authorities kept a Bhandara for everyone.

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Pravachans: 

  1. Gita Chapter 8

  2. Mundakopanishad 1-2

 

This entry was posted on March 11, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Vedanta Sandesh – Mar 2017

The Mar 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 March 1, 2017, in Magazines.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Feb 2017

On 26th Feb, the last Sunday of the month, Poojya Guruji conducted the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang at Vedanta Ashram, Indore. As usual the program began with lovely bhajans by the Bhajan Mandali, and this was followed by the congregational chanting of Hanuman Chalisa by everyone. Thereafter was the enlightening pravachan by Poojya Guruji.

He first summarized the pravachan of the last month, and also told everyone that the reference of the distance of Sun from Earth as mentioned in the 18th chaupayi is very interesting. Some scholars calculated the distance of Yuga Sahasra Yojan and came to the figure which is exactly as per the calculations given by American Space Agency NASA. The calculation is as under:

1 Yug = 12000 years
1 Sahastra = 1000
1 Yojan = 8 Miles
Yug x Sahastra x Yojan = par Bhanu

12000 x 1000 x 8 miles = 96000000 miles
1 mile = 1.6kms
96000000 miles = 96000000 x 1.6kms = 1536000000 kms to Sun.

NASA also gives a similar distance. 153 million Kms.

Obviously these saints did not have any present day scientific tools to give the exact figure, but nevertheless, their figure is substantiated by today’s research which obviously is amazing and brings about great faith in all their other teachings too.

Entering the 19th chaupayi, Poojya Guruji said that it is indeed amazing how intelligent and also sensitive Hanumanji was. He was not only successful in finding the highly protective Sitaji in Lanka. Sitaji was in such a state in which she could not believe anyone hereafter, as she was deceived by someone in sadhu’s dress. So it was a great challenge, and there was no chance of any failure. He was absolutely amazing in his strategy, and in the first go won over her confidence. He first sang bhajans of Ramji, and then dropped the mudrika, which was so unique that there was no possibility of imitating it. It was this special mudrika because of which he could cross the ocean too. Goswamiji says that he had kept the mudrika in his mouth.

Having told this story Poojya Guruji asked everyone a question. How come Ramji had a ring? He was not one of those who could disobey his respectable father that for these 14 years he should just live bereft of any wealth or ornaments and just live like a tapasvi. Then what is the secret of this amazing & divine mudrika? He asked everyone to reflect on this point and then next month we all shall go into the secret of this mudrika.

This month the recording could not be done, due to some error.

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Mahashivratri Celebrations

This year Mahashivratri was on the 24th Feb (2017). The Vedanta Camp concluded the same day – in the afternoon. We had three special Shiv-Puja’s in our Gangeshwar Mahadev Mandir. The first one was by Swamini Amitanandaji, whose Sanyas Deeksha Day was on this day. The day was also the Sanyas Deeksha Day of P. Swamini Poornanandaji, who did the Guru Paduka Puja.

The evening Puja was done by Sh & Smt Manojbhai of Bharuch. After the puja Bhagvan Gangeshwar Mahadev was decorated as described in the shloka – Karpoorgauram – fully white. The jhanki was beautiful. Then we had the Aarti and lots of devotees came for darshan, did Aarti and partook prasad. Thereafter there was the special program of Shiv-Sahasranama Archana. It was a great program.

The day concluded with the final puja at midnight.

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Vedanta Camp Concludes

A six days Vedanta Camp was organized at Vedanta Ashram from 19th to 24th Feb. Devotees from Lucknow, Mumbai and Goa joined the Camp. The texts were Panchadasi Chapter 15, and Gita based 20 Values.

The day started with a Meditation session conducted by Swamini Samatanandaji. She discussed two kinds of Meditation. The Pratidhwani Japa Dhyana, and then Panchadasi based Dhyana. After this everyday some devotees did the Shiv-Puja underr tthe guidance of P. Swamini Poornanandaji, and then after tea there was the Chanting class in which chanting of Dakshinamurty Stotram was taught. After breakfast there was a marathon session of Panchadasi by Poojya Guruji. Then there was the discussion session in which everyone shared their perceptions on various important issues. Later everyone had lunch together. After some rest & tea there was the Gita Pravachans by Swamini Amitanandaji. Later after dinner there were lovely bhajans and Q&A session.

On the last day all the devotees shared their experiences of camp. It was great to see that everyone enjoyed their stay.

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Russian Sanyasis Leave

After a stay of around three months, Swamini Vidyananda, Swami Asangananda and Alexie left for Russia on the 8th Feb. During their stay here they studied Panchadasi Chapter-1 (Tattva Viveka Prakarana), Vedanta Saar, Sanskrit, Chanting etc. All of them did nice sewa at the Ashram in whatever way they could. They attended the Gita Gyana Yagna at Indore, saw the Gita Jayanti Celebrations, celebrated various special festivals, and also visited various nearby places during this stay. One of their visit was to Janapav Kuti, where they joined the Wandering Walkers World-Record making trek. Before leaving all of them did the puja of Bhagwan Sri Gangeshwar Mahadev.

They stopped in Delhi for few hours before taking their flight back to Moscow.

This entry was posted on February 26, 2017, in Ashram.

Russian Visitors visit Regional Park

Our Russian Sanyasis and devotees visited Regional Park on the 5th Feb. Angad Kapoor and Anagh Sharma took them over to the Park in their car.

They enjoyed the boating in the lake, strolling around the lovely garden, interacting with local people and even singing songs with a local singer whom they met there.

This entry was posted on February 26, 2017, in General.

Narmada Jayanti Celebrations

On 3rd Feb was the Narmada Jayanti. Every year on the Saptami Tithi in the Shukla Paksh of the month of Magha, is the Narmada Jayanti. This day is also called as the Ratha Saptami day. On this day is suppose to be the Jayanti of Surya devata, and is as auspicious as the Surya Grahan. At Vedanta Ashram, the inmates celebrated the occasion with great devotion.

A special altar of Narmadaji was made inside the Hari-Kuti on the Mandir Terrace, and was decorated appropriately. All the inmates sang bhajans, chanted Narmada Stotram and then had a small feast on the occasion.

The feast was organized on the Terrace Garden, and was simple – Idli & Sambhar, the lovely South Indian dishes. It was made by Swamini Poornanandaji. It was a pious & lovely evening.

Vedanta Sandesh – Feb 2017

The Feb 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 February 2, 2017, in Magazines.