Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Aug 2016

The Aug edition of the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang was organized on 28th – the last Sunday of the month. As ususal the Satsang program started with lovely spirited bhajans by the Das Bagichi Bhajan Mandali. Later when Poojya Guruji came on the Vyasa Peetha, he was welcomed by Sh Sunil Kumar Oza, and later everyone chanted Hanuman Chalisa, and lead by Poojya Guruji everyone did Ram-Naam Sankirtan, and then started the main pravachan. Poojya Guruji started & also concluded his pravachan of the 11th chaupayi – लाय  सजीवनि लखन जियाये। श्री रघुवीर हरष उर लाए ।।

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Poojya Guruji first briefly summarized his last discourse (10th chaupayi), and then started the discourse on the next one. Hanumanji represents a completely evolved & wise man – blessed with a holistic personality. Very strong body, a very sensitive heart and also a very sharp intellect – capable of handling any situation in life at the spur of the moment. Such people never wish & pray to change the situations but take is as an opportunity – to further the cause of Ishwar. This proficiency of handling various challenging situations so intelligently & dexterously is being sung here by Goswami Tulsidasji.  In the next chaupayi another almost impossible situation is being mentioned in which only Hanumanji could & did act. That was the life-saving chapter of Lakshmanji – the younger brother of Bhagwan Sri Ram.

Ravana was fast losing the battle with Ramji in his own home turf. Now a terrible news came about the fall of Kumbhakarana. This was extremely shocking for Ravana and also for his Army & people. It was a great morale booster for Ramji’s forces. So Ravana planned to target Lakshman first. For that he deputed his celebrated son Indrajit Meghnad. The mission was to use any weapon or strategy to kill Lakshman. When Meghnad went to the battlefront the next day, a very fierce battle ensued. When all his weapons were proving to be fruitless, he decided to use his special weapon of Shakti on Lakshmanji, and then finally Lakshmanji fell – unconscious. There was celebrations in Ravana’s camp, and they planned to take the body of Lakshman to Ravana. However, inspite of all their efforts, they could not even move the body, and at that time Hanumanji suddenly appeared and flew away with the body of Lakshmanji to his camp. Ramji was terribly shocked with this development and in his profound grief, he even decided to end his life. Vibhashan coaxed him and told him that as the pulse of Lakshman was still there, so he should not give up hope, but try to revive him at the earliest. He told Ramji about a great physician in Lanka, Sushena Vaidya, who could revive & cure just anything & anyone. Hanumanji was given the task of getting him at the earliest. Hanumanji went to Lanka, and requested the celebrated physician to come urgently. When Hanumanji saw that Sushena was showing some reservations of trying to cure an enemy person, then Hanumanji lifted the Vaidya along with his house and brought him to his camp. On seeing Vibhishan there all his reservations vanished and he got to his job. Even though all his medicines were also there with him, as his whole house had been brought, but he said that there is hope for Lakshman if he could be given Sanjeevani booti before sunrise tomorrow morning. He said that this booti was only available on a particular mountain in the Himalayas, and that was Dronagiri. Sugreeva knew that again it was Hanumanji alone who could get this work done, and asked him to go. Sushena Vaidya told Hanumanji of the special characteristics of the herb and he left immediately.

In the meantime Ravana came to know about this development, and asked a Rakshasa called Kalnemi (Ravana’s chacha) to go and obstruct the way of Hanumanji. His mission was clear, just delay Hanumanji. Kalnemi took the form of a tapasvi and was seen doing Bhajan of Ramji. As Hanumanji was very thirsty he stopped at his Ashram, and initially believed the false sage, and went to the river to take a dip, there a crocodile came and a fight ensued in which it was killed, and out of that killed crocodile appeared a dev-kanya. She told him that she was earlier cursed to take up the form of a crocodile and she was told that it will be Hanumanji who will liberate her from that curse. She thanked Hanumanji and told him a secret that this sage is in fact Kalnemi Rakshasa, and has taken this form to kill him with deception. Hanumanji thanked the kanya, and then went to Kapati-Muni and immediately killed him, and threw him far off to Lanka.

Hanumanji continued his journey and reached Dronagiri, and as he could not identify the herbs, and lifted the whole mountain and took it with him. Everyone was desperately waiting for him and he arrived just in time for Sushena Viadya to get the herb and save the life of Lakshman. Ramji was highly elated & obliged to all what Hanumanji had done.

In the end there was sankirtan, aarti and prasad.

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  2. Pravachan Link

 

Janmashtami Celebrations 2016

On 25th Aug 2016 was the Sri Krishna Janmashtami. The Vedanta Camp had just concluded, and campers along with Ashramites decorated a beautiful altar of Bhagwan Krishna on the stage of the Sankaracharya Sabhagruh on 2nd floor of Vedanta Ashram. There was the jhoola of Bhagwan in the center and two scenes of Gokul and Raas Leela on sides.

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The programs began in the evening with the chanting of Chapter Four of Bhagwad Gita, which as briefly explained also by Poojya Guruji.

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Some lovely bhajans followed and at 10 PM started the Vishnu Sahasranama Archana. Around twenty altars (deepak) were prepared and on each 2-4 devotees sat. Poojya Guruji started the chanting of names and all the Ashram Swamiji’s took turns to chant the names. It took more than 90 minutes to complete the elaborate ritual which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

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Later there was a Flute Recital program, presented by Sh Sabhajit Yadav from Lucknow, and thhen the Purusha Sooktam chanting. Later with the song Darshan Do Ghanshyam, sung by P. Guruji everyone welcomed the birth of Bhagwan, and the Maha Aarti was performed.

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Vedanta Camp – Janmashtami 2016

The Vedanta Camp prior to Janmashtami this year was organized from 20th to 25th Aug 2016 at Vedanta Ashram, Indore. It was full house, and we had campers from Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Nagpur & Mumbai. The subject matter of the discourses were Panchadasi-Chapter-3 (Panchakosha Viveka) by Poojya Guruji and Three Gunas in Gita by P. Swamini Amitanandaji. Apart from these there were Meditation session, Chanting session, (conducted by P. Swamini Samatanandaji) Daily Puja (under the supervision of P. Swamini Poornanandaji), Bhajan, Discussion and Q&A.

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In the Panchadasi class, the celebrated author took us from the five layers of our personality to the infinite Self – of the nature of Satyam Gyanam Anantam. In the Gita session was discussed the qualities of every guna discussed in various chapters of Gita. In the Meditation session that which was discussed in Panchadasi was tried to be seen & internalized.

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Everyday there were lovely discussions. Some topic was presented to the campers – with two different options and they had to give their views. It was very lively & enlightening.

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On the Janmashtami day the last session was the Guru Dakshina & Feedback session. Everyone was called upon to share their experiences, and it was great to see everyone thoroughly enjoying the whole camp.

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4th Savan Somvar & Independence Day

On 15th Aug 2016 was not only the fourth & last Savan Somvar but also the Independence Day of the country. In the morning the special Rudrabhisheka was done by Sh & Smt Asha & Krishn Rai.

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Later all the Ashramites gathered on the Ashram terrace to hoist the National Flag and sing the National Anthem.

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Later in the evening a special jhanki of Bhagwan Sri Gangeshwar Mahadev was made in tricolor. Poojya Guruji explained the significance of each color to everyone. The green stands for our respect for prakruti, white stands for Sattva Guna, meaning purity, and the orange color stands for knowledge & tyaga.

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4th Savan Somvar 

Savan Cultural Evening at Ashram

Every Monday in the month of Savan Bhagwan Sri Gangeshwar Mahadev is decorated in a special way, and so also on 8th Aug, the third Savan Somvar Bhagwan as decorated as Neelkantha – the one who saved the world by drinking the poison which came out of Samudra Manthan. He was seen holding a cup full of the terrible Halahal poison in his hand, his neck had become blue for life an in the background were the stars and planets.

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After the main Aarti everyone gathered in the hall behind the mandir for a special presentation by the Balvihar children depicting the Samudra Manthan. Under the guidance of Ashram Mahatmas the children had worked hard and prepared the skit in just two days. Before the drama children chanted some shlokas and sang bhajans and then welcomed all Mahatmas & guest. They offered flowers to Poojya Guruji and Swamini Amitanandaji whose birthday was also on this day. Poojya Swaminiji first did the puja of Poojya Guruji.

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As the curtain was raised we could see Bhagwan Shankar and Mata Parvati sitting in the back ground, while the devatas and asuras dressed in white & black resp on the front. Mandar Parvat was in the center and the Vasuki Naag was used as the rope.

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P. Swamini Samatanandaji was the comperer. She beautifully narrated the story and told its significance. Her narration was like a commentary and as she took us forward the children did lovely acting and presented the scene. Before the Amrut and the Poison the things which came out were Moon, Kalpa-Vruksha & Lakshmiji. Children had dressed up for these things. Hiding below the ocean covered in white bed-sheets, they surfaced slowly as their name was announced. Manifestation of Lakshmiji was enjoyed by all, as she came and threw flowers as blessings to all.

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Lakshmiji showering her blessings to all

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Vasuki Naag vomiting Halahal Poison

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Shivji going to drink Poison

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Finally Dhanwantariji came out with Amrut Kalash

When poison came out the devatas together went to Bhagwan Shivji and requested him to somehow save the world. Shivji finally decides to drink the poison himself, but when he was drinking Parvatiji caught hold of his neck and the poison could not go down further and that is how he came to be called Neelkatha. The churning again started and finally Dhanwantariji came out with a kalash full of Amrut, and that is where this drama ended. We know the subsequent story as to how Bhagwan Vishnu came as Mohini to distract Asuras and he gave the Amrut to devatas.

After the show, all the children got a chance to come forward and introduce themselves. Later there was the cake cutting and Falhari Bhojan for all.

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Gita Gyana Yagna, Bharuch

The first ever GITA GYANA YAGNA by P. Swamini Amitanandaji at Bharuch was organized from 1st to 7th Aug 2016 at Pritam Society Community Hall. Bharuch is a small town of around 5 Lakh people and is located on the banks of Narmada River just before she joins the Arabian Sea. Before this week-long Gyana Yagna a one day satsang of Poojya Swaminiji was organized at the organizers residence last year. The subject-matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 1 and Kathopanishad 1-1.

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Discourse on Gita were received very nicely, while the attendance in the early morning sessions were average. Apart from the main discourse, it was great to see the youngsters interacting with P. Swaminiji and discussing various issues. DSC_0069

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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.

 

This entry was posted on August 9, 2016, in GGY, Mission.

Vedanta Sandesh – Aug 2016

The Aug edition of Vedanta Sandesh was published on 1st Aug 2016. This is the second issue in the new avatar of VS. The cover page is dedicated to Bhagwan Sri Krishna, because Janmashtami is coming this month.

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

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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, 2016, in Magazines.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: July 2016

The July edition of the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang was organized on 31st – the last Sunday of the month. As ususal the Satsang program started with lovely spirited bhajans by the Bhajan Mandali. Later when Poojya Guruji came on the Vyasa Peetha, he was welcomed by Sh Sunil Kumar Oza, and later everyone chanted Hanuman Chalisa, and lead by Poojya Guruji everyone did Ram-Naam Sankirtan, and then started the main pravachan. Poojya Guruji started & also concluded his elaboration of the 10th chaupayi – भीम रूप धरि असुर संहारे। रामचंद्र के काज संवारे।।

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Poojya Guruji first summarized his last discourse (9th chaupayi), and then started the discourse on the next one. The understanding of every situation of life and thereafter giving an appropriate response is the sign of a truly wise person. At one time Hanumanji is seen dealing with a heartbroken Sitaji and at other times he is seen responding to the pressure tactics of Ravana.

In the 10th chaupayi it is being said that at other times Hanumanji revealed his extremely strong form – Bhima roopa. The word Bhima stands for one who is very strong. Hanumanji is incidently the elder brother of Bhima of Mahabharata fame. Bhima was also born with the blessings of Pavan devata. There is an interesting incident of the meeting of both of them in Mahabharata. Hanumanjis strength was such that even Bhima could not raise his tail. His awesome strength was revealed in the battle field. Ravana who as very strong, got a blow from Hanumanji and it literally fainted him, so also the story goes about his blow to Kumbhakarana.

There are situations in life when the weak ones are just swept away in the waves of life. Strength is required even for our existence. Weak ones cannot achieve any great things in life. Whether it is facing challenges, doing your duties, facing evil people, or even fighting health issues, only the strong ones com out with shining colors. Strength is inherent in all, it has to be just invoked. One who can take care of his body & mind properly alone can take care of everything else in life properly. The best part of the chaupayi is that the basic motivation of doing all this was to be a proper instrument of Ramji – God. He gave out everything for sewa.

In the end there was sankirtan, aarti and prasad.

 

Links:

  1. Photo Album
  2. Pravachan Link

Pratah Smaran – Dhyana

A three days Meditation session was organized at Vedanta Ashram by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji on the three shlokas of Pratah Smaran Stotram. These were organized on 21st, 22nd and 23rd July 2016.

Shloka -1:

प्रातः स्मरामि हृदि संस्फुरदात्मतत्त्वं
सच्चित्सुखं परमहंसगतिं तुरीयम् ।
यत्स्वप्नजागरसुषुप्तिमवैति नित्यं
तद्ब्रह्म निष्कलमहं न च भूतसङ्घः ॥१॥

Early morning I bring to my mind that self-effulgent ‘Atma’ which ever reveals in my heart as ‘I’. I am of the nature of Sat-Chit & Ananda – pure existence, Consciousness and bliss. This self alone is where the wise ones always revel in, and this consciousness not only pervades all states but also transcends them. The three states of dream, waking & deep-sleep comes & go in it, and it ever remains the constant substratum of them, knowing & revealing them. I am that infinite Brahman and not this inert mind-body complex.

Shloka-2:

प्रातर्भजामि मनसा वचसामगम्यं
वाचो विभान्ति निखिला यदनुग्रहेण ।
यन्नेतिनेतिवचनैर्निगमा अवोच अवोचु:
तं देवदेवमजमच्युतमाहुरग्र्यम् ॥२॥

I reverentially bring to my mind ‘that’ Self, which while not objectified by our mind & speech, but because of which the mind & speech can illumine their objects. That which is revealed in the scriptures by negating the importance of all ‘objects’, so that our attention is only on the subject – the very consciousness. That essence of all our faculties, the unborn, infallible and foremost is the truth – and that is what I am.

Shloka-3:

प्रातर्नमामि तमसः परमर्कवर्णं
पूर्णं सनातनपदं पुरुषोत्तमाख्यम् ।
यस्मिन्निदं जगदशेषमशेषमूर्तौ
रज्ज्वां भुजङ्गम इव प्रतिभासितं वै ॥३॥

In this early hours of the day I do namaskar to that glorious self-effulgent consciousness which by revealing our various ignorance indicates that it transcends it. It is complete in itself, timeless and is pointed by words like Purushottam. My entire world, without any exception, exists in my consciousness alone, and is comparable to the imaginary snake on a rope.

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This entry was posted on July 23, 2016, in Ashram.

Guru Poornima 2016

Guru Poornima was on 19th July this year. This is always a big day at Ashram. Not only the Ashramites pay their respects to the entire Guru Parampara, but devotees too flock the place to get blessings from their Guru. There is puja & then a grand bhandara for all.

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The day began with Poojya Guruji doing puja of Bhagwan Sankaracharya, Guru Parampara and then the Vyasa Peetha. Later one of the devotees gets a chance to represent everyone to do Pada-Pooja of Poojya Guruji. This year it was the newly initiated Brni. Sakshi Chaitanya. She did the puja under the guidance of Swamini Amitanandaji. Poojya Guruji in his short talk conveyed his blessings to all the devotees, and then everyone got a chance to express their respects personally. Everyone then partook the prasad.

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