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:

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 February 2, 2017, in Magazines.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Jan 2017

On 29th Jan, the last Sunday of the month, there was the monthly satsang on Hanuman Chalisa by Poojya Guruji. The evening program began as usual with lovely bhajans, and then after the arrival of Poojya Guruji there was first the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa, then there was the hour-long enlightening pravachan by Poojya Guruji. After briefly recapitulating the talk of last month, he entered the 18th chaupayi – जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानु। लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू ।। 

First P.Guruji told the story of why & when Hanumanji went towards Sun to gobble it. The story began with Anjana when she was in the service of Brahmaji, and Brahmaji was very happy with her service & devotion, and asked her to take any boon, and she asked him to free her of a curse of a tapasvi wherein he had cursed her to have monkey-face when she falls in love with anyone. Brahmaji said that while that cannot be fully undone, but he can add a component of blessing in that. He said that she will mother a manifestation of Lord Shiva, and then be free of her curse. She was delighted.

Later when the time came and she was born on Earth, once she saw a very strong man fighting a tiger, she fell in love with him, and that very moment she became monkey-faced and kept hiding her face, later she came to know that, that strong man was Kesari, the King of Vanaras, who also fell in love with her, and both were thus happily married. Then when she begot a child, who was a manifestation of Shivji, she nicely brought him up, and then the time came for her to leave her mortal coil. She called Anjaneya, and told him that she will soon leave this body. The child was sorry, and asked how he will live his life without her love, care & guidance. Who will feed him etc. To that Anjana replied that he need not worry, his father was the great Kesari, who will nicely take care of him, Pavan devata is his protector, and whenever he felt hungry he will find ripe fruits, like the rising sun, all over the forest. She told him that everyone has to leave one day, and we should live a life wherein both living & leaving is never an issue. Later she departed.

One day when he got up early morning, he felt hungry, and went around the house and did not find anything. He was missing his mother, then he came out and saw the rising sun. He remembered the words of his mother that he could eat fruits as red as a rising sun, so he thought why not eat this only, and off he flew in that direction. He kept on flying high in the sky, and finally reached near the sun. At that time Rahu too was going to eat Sun. Anjaneya kicked him aside and started moving towards the sun, both Rahu and Sun were surprised to see this monster like creature and called for Indra’s help. Indra, the king of devatas immediately came for help, and had to finally use his Vajra to keep Anjaneya away. Vajra is a terrible thunderbolt like weapon, and only very few survive to tell their tale. However even as a child he was so strong that he was just knocked out temporarily. He fell on the ground below and became unconscious. Seeing all this Pavan devata, became very angry, and stopped the flow of wind all over. With no air to breathe people started getting suffocated and dying. They again reported the matter to Indra, who asked all devatas to go and ask for forgiveness from Pavan devata, and also bless the child with your choicest boons. This finally appeased Pavan devata, and in the process Anjaneya got blessings & boons from all the devatas. That which was a great tragedy turned out to be one of the greatest boon. Anjaneya was blessed with infinite powers, and the only mark left was his slightly bigger jaw. Jaw is called Hanu, and thereafter he came to be called as Hanuman – one with a bigger jaw. He stood apart from everyone physically and even power-wise.

Poojya Guruji later told the moral of the story. One of the most important lessons was that when we look at the mind of a child, it is so open, innocent and can believe just anything without any doubts. Any other person would have raised doubts as to how can I reach out to the skies and ‘eat’ sun, but here is the power of right education, wherein there was nothing called ‘impossible’ in his dictionary. Initially all of us are similarly open & unconditioned, but later our so called ‘education’ makes us believe in our limited identity, based on identification with our body-mind complex. Then starts our chapter of fears, incompetencies & self-imposed limitations. All our spiritual gurus tell us that greater part of their challenge is to assure unlearning & de-hypnotizing of all such self-imposed limitations & notions about ourselves. If we are basically Brahman, and the creation is just our projection, then all this will make sense, and there will be nothing impossible in our lives. We will be able to achieve anything whatsoever. Thinking alone will be the limit, if we can think big, then we shall certainly be able to achieve big – is the moral of the story.

Links:

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Yatra to Janapav Kuti

On 29th Jan 2017, an Indore based trek group called ‘Walking Wanderers’, organized a short trek to Janapav Kuti, an ancient place, which is around 45 Kms from Indore (an hour drive). This place is not only supposed to be the birth place of Chambal River, but is also said to be the birth place of well-known Parashuram Rishi. The trek group aptly named this trek as ‘Lakshya’ – as by this trek they aimed to break a world record to organizing a trek with the largest number of people. They succeeded in their well-organized efforts because they could finally garner around 4000+ people, breaking the earlier record of 2100 people joing a single trek.

Poojya Guruji saw the news of this plan in the newspapers, and took initiative to contact the group and organize a trip for our Russian visitors. Five members connected with Vedanta Ashram were registered for the trip. Swamini Vidyananda, Swami Asangananda, Alexei Rostovtsev, Anagh Sharma and Angad Kapoor went for the trip. Angad Kapoor lead the group on the d-day in his car to the base camp.  The trek was only of 3 Kms, but at places the climb was tough and the weather was hot. Passing through green fields, a small village, small temples the trekkers went on enjoying the trip. The organizers had made good arrangements of drinking water on the way, there was an ambulance of any possible emergency and of course Police arrangements too.

After reaching the top, they were greeted with some musical presentations, and were also given Certificates of Participation in this world-record event. While there they saw the ancient kund from where not only Chambal River but also four more rivers were said to have originated. They are: Chambal, Gambhir, Karam, Ajnar and Nakhedi. There must obviously be some perennial spring in the kund for its regular source of water. Out of these the first two become good sized rivers. The government plans to renovate the entire place and make it a good tourist attraction. Then there is a Shiv temple, exactly on the place of the birth place of Parashuram ji. Now some Dharmshala etc have also come up. There were lots of black-faced monkey’s in the area adding to the adventure.

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This entry was posted on January 30, 2017, in General, Yatra.

26 Jan Programs

On 26th Jan, the Republic Day of the country, the Ashramites hoisted the tricolor and paid their respects to what the country stands for. 

Earlier in the day a devoted couple had their marriage anniversary, and did Shic-Puja on the occasion.

Later there was a grand Samapan Program of the year-long Gita Study Program on WhatsApp, conducted by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji. This concluding program was by organizing a Vishnu Sahasranama Archana followed by a Bhandara.

 

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

Satsang at Das Bagichi

Poojya Guruji was invited at the annual function of the conclusion of Sunderkand Patha which takes place throughout the year. In this function various Bhajan Mandalis are invited to give their presentations. Poojya Guruji was warmly welcomed with chanting of Vedic Mantras. He had the darshan of Hanumanji who had been beautifully decorated, and then later he spoke about Hanumanji.

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This entry was posted on January 15, 2017, in General, Talks.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Vadodara

A week long GITA GYANA YAGNA by P. Swamini Amitanandaji was organized at Atmajyoti Ashram, Vadodara. The discourse series started on 2nd Jan and concluded on 8th Jan 2017. The subject matter of the discourse series were Gita Chapter 6 and Kathopanishad 1-2.

This entry was posted on January 15, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Lucknow

A week-long GITA GYANA YAGNA  by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji was organized at SBI Officers Colony Community Hall (Ram-Naam Bank Colony Community Hall) in the Aliganj Area of Lucknow. The discourse series was from 26th Dec 2016 to 1st Jan 2017, and the subject matter of the pravachans were Gita Chapter 2 and Upadesha Saaram. The cold wave was on, yet a good number of devotees came over for the program, and kept on steadily increasing too.

On the last day of the program was a Vishnu Sahasranama Archana and it also happened to be the first day of the New Year, in which more than 25 couples participated.

 

This entry was posted on January 15, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Vedanta Sandesh – Jan 2017

The Jan 2017 edition of Vedanta Sandesh is the English monthly eMagazine of International Vedanta Mission, containing inspiring and enlightening articles, snippets, quotes of Vedanta & Hinduism, and news of the activities of Vedanta Mission.

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 January 1, 2017, in Magazines.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Dec 2016

On 25th Dec 2016 was organized the Dec issue of the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang. The program began with lovely bhajans and then there was the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa by everyone. Thereafter Poojya Guruji started the hour long pravachan, this month on the 17th chaupayi, which was: तुम्हरो मन्त्र बिभीषन माना। लंकेश्वर भए सब जग जाना।।

In his pravachan, Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji first briefly recapitulated the earlier talk, and then continued to the next chaupayi which dealt with how Vibhishan got profoundly blessed with the association & friendship of Hanumanji. All the three brothers of Lanka – Kumbhakarana, Ravana & Vibhishana were great tapasvis, but their motivation were different. They were embodiment of Tamo, Rajo & Sattva Gunas respectively. The cherished desire of Vibhishan was always devotion towards God. He always treaded the path of dharma. In his earlier life he was the famous minister of King Pratapbhanu, named Dharmaruchi. So his inclinations were very deep-rooted and old, and thus was very sincere.

The chaupayi says that his ‘mantra’ was accepted by Vibhishan and therefore he was blessed by all what he was blessed with later on. Mantra word basically means advice or suggestion, and not merely some mantra for japa etc. Even though the advice of our guru’s may include the religious chanting of some mantras but this alone is not what mantra is all about. There are many people who have sraddha & bhakti, and they keep doing various tapasyas too, yet inspite of all their endeavors, there are various deep-rooted impediments which keep blocking their spiritual unfoldment. Here is the role of some wise & benevolent masters & saints, who ‘see’ our impediments and thereafter reveal the exact sadhana which becomes instrumental to remove our impediments and thus open the gates of all blessings. While Vibhishanji had great respect & devotion for Ramji, but he had some deep-rooted doubts, because of which he could never take any initiative to even go & meet Ramji himself. This doubt pertained to his antecedents, that I am born in the family of Rakshasas, demons and therefore God will not accept me. His satsang with Hanumanji removed the very root of this problem, and it was because of the blessing of this knowledge that he could dare to go & meet Ramji later on. Hanumanji gave his own example, that O Vibhishan! please look at me, I am a vanar, and it is said that if someone sees a monkey in the morning then he/she may not even get food that day, yet look at the magnanimity of Ramji, gave me place not only at his feet, but in his heart. This removed all the hesitation in the mind of Vibhishan and history was made later on – and Vibhishan was coronated as Lankesh on the very first day he met Ramji.

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