New Ashram Project: Video Satsangs

Vedanta Ashram started a new program of preparing and publishing Video Satsangs. In these Video Satsangs, Ashram Mahatmas discuss on any one topic of general interest and these are recording in a make-shift studio made at the Ashram. These videos are edited at the Ashram itself, and later published on the YouTube in its Vedanta Ashram Channel. In a short span of a month we have published five Video Satsangs. Two of Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji, two by P. Swamini Amitanandaji and one by P. Swamini Samatanandaji. A series of talks are in the pipeline, by P. Swamini Poornanandaji also on the topic of ‘Maharashtra ke Sant’.

Ist Vdo Satsang: Prarabdha aur Purushartha – in Hindi:

In our first such publication, we prepared and published a Hindi language video of Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji. It was on the topic of Prarabdha & Purushartha, meaning, Is the direction of our life pre-determined by Fate / God’s Will / Prarabdha, or do we have any Free-Will too, to steer the direction of our lives. This is a very commonly asked question, and the lack of clarity on this topic makes so many people wish to somehow get a peek into their already written fate, and also manipulate it, if possible. It is a very important topic to be very clear about.

2nd Vdo Satsang: Who am I – in Hindi?

In this second release, Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji is asked a question, as to how do we go about knowing our Self. Koham – Who am I? This question is the essence of the message & teachings of Upanishads. He says that in this journey of realizing the truth of ourself, we need to begin with first negating all that we clearly know all that which we are not. Taittiriya Upanishad talks about five layers or Koshas of our personality. Not knowing the truth of our Self, we identify with these koshas and thus create our false identity. A seeker of truth needs to clearly see that I am none of these, these are just our faculties. Once we negate the notion of ourself being these koshas, then alone the clouds get cleared to realize the sun-like self.

3rd Vdo Satsang: Ishwar-Darshan – in English:

In this Video Satsang publication, P. Swamini Samatanandaji answers a question about – How to get darshan of Ishwar? This is in English language. In this satsang P. Swaminiji says that there are different kinds of darshan.

One, pratyaksha, in which we perceive an object by our sense organs. Anything seen by our sense organs is limited, inert and also perishable. Obviously we cannot see God by this way.

Two, the second kind of darshan is intellectual, like in the famous example of smoke & fire. Whenever we see an effect, we definitely know that a cause is also definitely there. This is intellectual seeing. So when we see this beautiful creation then we can easily infer the presence of its creator. Moreover, every creator has to obviously fully knows its creation, so the creator of this entire creation has to be omniscient, and in order to translate the knowledge into a creator, he obviously must have appropriate power & capacity to do so, so Ishwar, the creator has to be omnipotent too. So when we see the world, we ‘see’ God, in this intellectual way.

Three, there is a third kind of ‘seeing’ also, this is neither pratyaksha nor intellectual, but direct. It is called Aparoksha. Like ‘seeing’ our own Self. We don’t see our Atma, by our sense organs nor do we infer its existence by inference etc, i.e. intellectually. Even when our eyes etc are closed, and our mind is quiet, still we know our existence. This is called aparoksha-anubhuti – direct, immediate ‘seeing’. As Ishwar himself says that ‘I am the Self of all’, so God has to be realized as our very Self, that is the way to get Ishwar-Darshan. Of course in this kind of seeing, I the limited individual has to be completely negated.

4th Vdo Satsang: Ishwar Krupa – in Hindi:

Another often asked question by devotees is how to invoke more Ishwar Krupa, so as to make our lives more happy & comfortable. In this fourth release P. Swamini Amitanandaji answers a question to this effect. This Satsang is in Hindi language. She says that there are three subjective adjustments by which we can open the doors of our mind to experience infinite blessings of God.
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One, fully & sincerely believing that ‘every’ situation has blessing in it, because it comes from God himself;
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Two, examining our own parameters by which we see only some situations alone as good or bad; and 
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Three, re-visiting the notions of our own identity – whether notions of our being limited, and thus endlessly expecting, is our truth; or deep-down we are complete – as the Upanishads say, thus making the very expectations baseless.

5th Vdo Satsang: Ishwar-Krupa – in Gujarati:

P. Swamini Amitanandaji talks about invoking Ishwar Krupa – in Gujarati language. She says that there are three subjective adjustments by which we can open the doors of our mind to experience infinite blessings of God.
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One, fully & sincerely believing that ‘every’ situation has blessing in it, because it comes from God himself;
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Two, examining our own parameters by which we see only some situations alone as good or bad; and 
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Three, re-visiting the notions of our own identity – whether notions of our being limited, and thus endlessly expecting, is our truth; or deep-down we are complete – as the Upanishads say, thus making the very expectations baseless.

 

This entry was posted on November 18, 2017, in vdo-satsang.

Vedanta Sandesh – Nov 2017

The Nov 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 November 2, 2017, in Magazines.

हनुमान चालीसा सत्संग : अक्टूबर २०१७

अक्टूबर महीने का हनुमान चालीसा सत्संग का कार्यक्रम दिनांक  २९ अक्टूबर को वेदांत आश्रम के शंकराचार्य सभागृह में आयोजित हुआ। कार्यक्रम का प्रारम्भ पूर्ववत सुन्दर  भजनों  से हुआ, और फिर सबने हनुमान चालीसा का पाठ  किया। तदुपरांत  पूज्य गुरूजी ने हनुमान चालीसा की २२ वीं  चौपाई पर अपना प्रवचन प्रारम्भ किया – सब सुख लहै तुम्हारी सरना, तुम रक्षक कहु को डरना। 

उन्होंने कहा की जो भी हनुमानजी की शरण में जाता है उसे सब प्रकार के सुख प्राप्त हो जाते हैं, तथा उसके सब प्रकार के डर भी समाप्त हो जाते हैं। इस चौपाई में एक बहुत मूलभूत बात कही जा रही है।  एक तो प्रत्येक मनुष्य सुख और सुरक्षा प्राप्त करने के लिए सतत लगा रहता है, दूसरी बात यह है, की ये दोनों चीजें हमारे अभिमान के करना ही अप्राप्य हो जाती हैं, न की किसी बाहरी कारणों  से, और जैसे ही मनुष्य शरणागति की अंतःस्थिति को प्राप्त करता है फिर मनो जिसके प्रति वो शरणागत होता है वो देवता उसे इन दोनों जरूरतों को पूरा कर देता है। सुख और सुरक्षा की प्राप्ति का रहस्य शरणागति के रहस्य में छुपा हुआ है। स्वामीजी ने हनुमानजी के अनेकानेक भक्तों के दृष्टांत दिए जिन्होंने हनुमानजी के प्रति शरणागति के करना जीवन में अकल्पनीय सुख और समृद्धि प्राप्त की। उनमे गोस्वामी तुलसीदास जी भी शामिल हैं, आधुनिक काल में एप्पल कंपनी के स्टीव जॉब्स भी हनुमानजी के ऐसे ही भक्तों में एक हैं।  वे नैनीताल के पास स्थित नीमकरोली बाबा के आश्रम में रहे थे और बाबाजी हनुमानजी के बहुत बड़े भक्त थे, उनके जीवन में उनकी कृपा से बहुत बड़ा परिवर्तन आया।

जब तक मनुष्य मूलभूत सुख और सुरक्षा प्राप्त नहीं कर लेता है तब तक वह निःस्वार्थ नहीं हो पता है, और जब तक निःस्वार्थ नहीं होता है तब तक वो अच्छा और बड़ा सोच भी नहीं पता है।  इस लिए इन दोनों आवशयक्ताओं की पूर्ती जीवन के साफल्य के लिए अत्यंत आवश्यक होती हैं। पूज्य गुरूजी ने कहा की – शरणागति क्या होती है और कैसे करि जाती है – इस विषय में हम लोग अगली सत्र में प्रवेश करेंगे।

इसी दिन अभी दो दिन पूर्व समाप्त हुए गीता ज्ञान यज्ञ के उपलक्ष्य में एक भंडारे का भी आयोजन हुआ। विशेष प्रसन्नता की बात यह थी की उस दिन आंवला नवमी का शुभ पर्व भी था, इस दिन आंवले के वृक्ष की पूजा होती है और इसके निचे बैठ के भोजन भी किया जाता है। इसके बारे में कथा आती है की इस दिन आंवले के पेड़ में भगवन विष्णु और शिवजी दोनों का वास होता है। आश्रम में एक आंवले के पेड़ की व्यवस्था की गयी और उसकी पूजा की तैयारी भी की गयी, अनेकों भक्तों ने पूजा का आनंद लिया और सुंदरता से सजाय गए पेड़ की परिक्रमा की। बाद में श्री सुनील गर्ग जी के द्वारा सभी को भंडारे प्रसाद का आयोजन किया गया।

लिंक : 

फोटो एल्बम 

Gita Gyana Yagna, Indore

Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji conducted a six days GITA GYANA YAGNA at Manas Bhawan – of Hindi Sahitya Samiti, at RNT Marg, Indore, from 22nd to 27th Oct 2017. This was the fifth year in that location, and as every year P. Guruji is taking a chapter, so this year was the fifth chapter of Bhagwad Gita, the Karma Sanyas Yoga.

All the six days of the Gyana Yagna there was a sponsor, who did the Vyasa Peeth Puja and later the Gita Aarti.

Links of Albums along with other links are given below. The pravachans were recorded, both audio & video, and have since been uploaded.

Album Links:

GGY – Day-1GGY – Day-2GGY – Day-3GGY – Day-4GGY – Day-5GGY – Day-6

Video Links: 

Day-1 / Day-2 / Day-3 / Day-4 / Day-5 / Day-6 

This entry was posted on October 29, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Barbil

Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji conducted a six days GITA GYANA YAGNA at Barbil, in Orissa state, from 2nd to 7th Oct, 2017. This was a first such program in the Divine Life Society Center there. The subject matters were Gita Chapter-1 and Kathopanishad 1-1. The organizers did their best, and it was an overall a very satisfactory program. The place is surrounded by hills and forests. It is well-known for mining. There are lovely sight-seeing places all over and the organizers took P. Swaminiji around too.

Bhubaneswar Airport

Lovely Sandart at the Airport

 Earlier P. Swaminiji reached Bhubaneswar from Indore, by flight, and then next day drove to Barbil, in a 6-7 hours drive by road. The roads were very nice. Alongwith P. Swaminiji, Swami Sreenivasanandaji (from Bhubaneswar) and Sh Rajesh Kumar (from Lucknow) also accompanied. The main host was Sh Ramakant Raut, who has his mining business in Barbil, and is also the President of DLS, Barbil. A very sincere & dedicated person, looking after everyone very nicely. On the way to Barbil, they had darshan of Tarani Mata.

Darshan of Tarani Mata on the way

The stay was in the Ashram campus in the Guest Room. The Sivananda Samskrutik Kendra is a nice open & green place. Next day the pravachans began in the morning.

During one of the days Ramakantji took P.Swaminij and the guests for sight-seeing around Barbil. They went to get darshan of Muruga Mahadev, a lovely temple deep inside forests and having waterfall etc. On another day they went to see the Sunset Point near Kiriburu.

The devotees were very gratified for the enlightening discourses and gave a very warm send-off to the visiting Mahatmas.

This entry was posted on October 29, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Vedanta Sandesh – Oct 2017

The Oct 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 October 1, 2017, in Magazines.

हनुमान चालीसा सत्संग : सितम्बर २०१७

सितम्बर महीने का हनुमान चालीसा सत्संग का कार्यक्रम दिनांक  २४ सितम्बर को वेदांत आश्रम में आयोजित हुआ। कार्यक्रम का प्रारम्भ सूंदर भजनों  से हुआ, और फिर सबने हनुमान चालीसा का पाठ  किया। तदुपरांत  पूज्य गुरूजी ने हनुमान चालीसा की २१वीं  चौपाई पर अपना प्रवचन आगे बढ़ाया। उन्होंने कहा की यह चौपाई जहाँ हनुमानजी रामजी के द्वार में बैठे हैं और उनकी आज्ञा के बाद ही कोई भक्त रामजी के दर्शन हेतु अंदर जा कर प्रभु के दर्शन कर पता है – का अर्थ बड़ा गूढ़ है। भगवन का निवास किसी कमरे अथवा मंदिर के अंदर मात्र नहीं होता है, वे तो कण-कण में व्याप्त हैं – फिर भी बगैर हनुमानजी जैसे संत की आज्ञा और आशीर्वाद के भगवन का दर्शन नहीं होता है।  इसका अर्थ यह है, की भगवन को  देखने की दॄष्टि होनी चाहिए तभी भगवन दिखते हैं। जो भगवन को देखने की दॄष्टि  देते हैं वे तो हम लोगों के गुरु होते हैं, अतः यहाँ हनुमानजी को गुरु रूप से बताया जा रहा है।

भगवन के दर्शन के लिए एक तो हमें भगवन का ज्ञान होना चाहिए, और उससे पूर्व ज्ञान की प्राप्ति के लिए उसके लिए उत्कंठा, इच्छा और उत्साह होना चाहिए। इन सब चीजों का होना भक्ति का लक्षण है।  हनुमानजी एक गुरु की तरह बैठ के शास्त्रों का ज्ञान तो नहीं देते हैं, लेकिन वे हम लोगों के अंदर भक्ति जरूर उन्पन्न कर देते हैं। नारद भक्ति सूत्र में उन्हें भक्ति का एक आचार्य कहा गया है।  भक्ति हमें भगवत ज्ञान हेतु पात्रता प्रदान करती है।  हनुमानजी अपने आचरणों से हमें भक्ति का उपदेश देते हैं।  किसी भी व्यक्ति को भगवत भक्ति के लिए कैसे अपने आप को तैयार करना चाहिए, उस विषय पर पूज्य गुरूजी ने अपने प्रवचन में विशेष प्रकाश डाला। उन्होंने भक्ति की प्राप्ति हेतु राम जी और शबरी के उस प्रसंग की चर्चा करि – जहाँ रामजी खुद भक्ति की प्राप्ति हेतु उपदेश देते हैं।

भक्ति की प्राप्ति हेतु उन्होंने नवधा भक्ति की विस्तार से चर्चा करी।

लिंक : 

प्रवचन 

फोटो एल्बम 

This entry was posted on September 25, 2017, in Ashram.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Lucknow

Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji conducted a Seven days GITA GYANA YAGNA at Hariom Mandir, Lucknow from 10th 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 Hall instead of the main pravachan hall, because of the ongoing renovations there. Here Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna with Radha, Laxmi-Narayana, Devi Ma, Mahadevji and Jhulelal’s beautiful statues are established along with Guru Granth 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.

The 10th chapter of Gita, is called Vibhooti Yoga presents the glories of the Ishwar. Even though he is all pervasive, and is everything, still the Glory of Bhagwan is more easily 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.

On the second last day of Gyana Yagna there was a bhandara for all devotees, which was offered by Hari Om Mandir authorities.

Links: 

Photo Album

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:

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 September 1, 2017, in Magazines.