Gita Gyana Yagna, Mumbai

A GITA GYANA YAGNA by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji was organized at Mumbai from 26th Nov to 3rd Dec 2016. The venue was Vivekananda Auditorium inside RK Math, Khar, Mumbai. The subject-matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 15 and Panchadasi Ch-3.

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After the Gyana Yagna, there was the lovely annual Musical Fest of ICF – the ‘Anand-Lahari’ on the 3rd Dec evening. The artists who had been invited this year were Sh Mooralala and Sh Makarand Deshpande.

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Check out the playlist of the presentations. Audio quality not so good. Was recorded from far.

Pravachan Links:

  1. Gita Chapter 15
  2. Panchadasi Ch-3

Photo Album Links:

  1. Day-1: https://goo.gl/photos/3c6S1wC92qcXPmhXA 
  2. Day-2: https://goo.gl/photos/SV1RWhVqgMdJCNTw7
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  6. Day-6: https://goo.gl/photos/rPTd9XDG5fMS61MD7
  7. Day-7: https://goo.gl/photos/ghFpmx9KUg8HGyQM7
  8. Anand-Lahari: https://goo.gl/photos/3k5pixVfoymXVGUj9
This entry was posted on December 5, 2016, in al, GGY, Mission.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Ahmedabad

A week-long GITA GYANA YAGA by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji was organized at Ramkrishna Kendra, Maninagar, Ahmedabad. The subject matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 13 and Amritabindu Upanishad.

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This entry was posted on December 5, 2016, in GGY, Mission.

Vedanta Sandesh – Dec 2016

The Dec 2016 edition of Vedanta Sandesh was published as planned on the 1st Dec. 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. The cover page is dedicated to the festival of Gita Jayanti which is coming later this month.

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

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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 December 1, 2016, in Magazines.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Nov 2016

On 20th Nov evening was organized the Nov edition of the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang. The program began with the lovely spirited bhajans by Dass Bagichi Bhajan Mandal, and later when Poojya Guruji came on the Vyasa-Peetha, there was the congregational chanting of Hanuman Chalisa, after which was an hour-long enlightening pravachan by Poojya Guruji on the 16th chaupayi of the chalisa: तुम उपकार सुग्रीवहि कीन्हा। राम मिलाये राज पद दीन्हा।

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Poojya Guruji in his pravachan said that whomsoever Hanumanji met got blessed with the fulfillment of their cherished dreams. Those wishing bhakti got bhakti, and those wishing kingdom got kingdom. He was saving lives, giving hopes and making lives of everyone better. We saw how he saved the life of Lakshmanji and how gratified was even Bhagwan Sri Ram at the impossible feat he did. He blessed him immensely.

Now we see the story of Sugriva. It was the discretion of Hanumanji, the trusted friend & lieutenant of Sugriva that the friendship of Ramji was possible with Sugriva, and that indeed turned out to be the deciding moment in the subsequent turn of events.  In fact Ramji was searching for Sugriva, as per the advise of Kabandha, a demon whose hands were cut by Ramji, he was a cursed person and as he got liberated from his curse, he advised Ramji to go to Rishymuka Parvat and befriend Sugriva, who will be able to help him search for Sita. As Ram & Lakshman approached the Rishyamuka parvat, Sugriva spotted the two princes approaching the mountain and thought that again Vali has sent someone to kill him. He was afraid, and asked Hanumanji to go and investigate. Hanumanji took the form of a Brahmin and met Ramji. It was an eventful encounter, and Hanumanji developed great respect for Ramji and he had devotion swelling his heart. He took both the princes on his shoulder on top of the mountain where Sugriva was, and finally both became friends. Sugriva assured Ramji of help to find Sitaji, while Ramji assured of his help to get rid of Vali.

Vali, the elder brother of Sugriva, was a very powerful vanara-king. He had strength of 60,000 elephants, and he even helped devatas to churn the Mandara parvat for amrut. His wife Tara was said to have come out of ocean, and he got this divine present. She was very wise, devoted & beautiful. He was basically a very good & righteous king, but slowly he got arrogant about his power, and this arrogance became instrumental for his unjust behaviour towards his younger brother Sugriva, and also the usurping of his wife Ruma. Ramji asked to go and challenge Sugriva for a fight, which he did, even though very fearfully. Tara got doubtful and advised discretion to Vali, but he said that he will never turn his back towards any challenge, even if called for by God himself. He finally came out of the gates to fight Sugriva. Sugriva was very sure that Ramji will come to his aid, but in the first round Ramji did nothing and he got beaten very badly, and somehow came out with surprise in his eyes as to why Ramji did not help. Ramji told that it was because both brothers were so similar he could not do anything, and then put a garland in the neck of Sugriva and asked him to go back to fight again. Finally Ramji shot an arrow and Vali fell. When Ramji and others came near he angrily asked Ramji as to why did he try to kill him, and that also from behind. An enlightening samvad ensued.

Ramji said that Vali had committed a great sin of taking the wife of his younger brother as his wife, even when he was alive, and he also wrongly fully was against Sugriva to the extent of trying to kill him for no fault of his. So he was worthy to be killed by someone who is the preserver of dharma, moreover, Vali had a boon that whomsover came in front of him for a fight, half his strength would go to Vali and thus he would always win. So such a person has to be killed in this way alone. Vali realized his mistakes and became purified, and even when Ramji gave him an option to live, he denied and accepted such a death. He asked Angad to assist Sugriva and asked Sugriva to take care of Tara & Angad, and then gave his necklace to Sugriva – because of which he got such powers – and peacefully died. Ramji thus fulfilled his words of helping Sugriva get his kingdom. It was all indeed the blessings of Hanumanji that all this almost impossible thing could happen.

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Links:

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Bhajan n Bhojan : 15th Nov

On 15th Nov was the birthday of Swamini Samatanandaji. In the morning she did the puja of Bhagwan Sri Gangeshwar Mahadev, and later took blessings of Poojya Guruji & P. Swaminiji. Later the Ashramites offered their respects to her.

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Later in the evening, a Bhajan & Bhojan program was organized for ashramites & select few devotees. We had Jwar ki Roti & Baigan ka Bharta, plus some tit-bits baked on fire. Later there was the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa, some bhajans and prayers.

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This entry was posted on November 21, 2016, in Ashram.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Indore : Nov 2016

A six days GITA GYANA YAGNA  by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji was organized at Hindi Sahitya Samiti Sabhagruh, RNT Marg, Indore, from 4th Nov to 9th Nov 2016. This is the fourth consecutive year of organizing a Gyana Yagna on this location. Every year one new chapter is taken in sequence.

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This year the subject matter of the pravachan series was Gita Chapter 4 (Gyana Karma Sanyas Yoga), and the whole topic was very well received by the public.

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Following the last years system, we got six sponsors who sponsored one day each of the program. They did the Vyasa Peetha Puja and also lead the way in doing the Gita Aarti in the end. They lovingly brought the prasad of everyday too, along with the Mala etc for the puja & aarti.

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In the pravachans the whole chapter was dealt with thoroughly. It started with the Avatara principle, and then was discussed the Yagna-bhava, finally the last topic was going to the Guru after the purification of antahkarana.

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Links:

Pravachan Folder – 6 Talks

Photo Album – Day-1

Photo Album – Day-2

Photo Album – Day-3

Photo Album – Day-4

Photo Album – Day-5

Photo Album – Day-6

This entry was posted on November 11, 2016, in GGY, Mission.

Vedanta Sandesh – Nov 2016

The Nov 2016 edition of Vedanta Sandesh was published as planned on the 1st Nov. 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. The cover page is dedicated to the festival of Diwali which is coming later this month.

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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 1, 2016, in Magazines.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Oct 2016

The Oct 2016 edition of the monthly ‘Hanuman Chalisa Satsang‘ was organized at Vedanta Ashram by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji on 23rd Oct, the 2nd last Sunday of the month. The last Sunday is Diwali, so the program was preponed.

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The program started with lovely & spirited Bhajans by the regular Bhajan Mandali, and then after the arrival & welcome of Poojya Guruji the Hanuman Chalisa was chanted by everyone. Then followed his hour-long enlightening pravachan.

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He continued from the topic of 11th & 12th chaupayi where Hanumanji went & brought the Sanjeevani booti, and after the successful treatment of Lakshmanji there was joy all over. Bhagwan Sri Ram was over-joyed and full of gratitude & blessings for Hanumanji. He embraced him with a tight hug.

Poojya Guruji said that it is worthy to be seen that every endeavor we or even gods undertake has its own obstacles. Hanumanji faced two life-threatening obstacles on his way to Himalayas & back. One was of Kaalneemi and other was being shot by Bharatji when he was flying over Ayodhya. With his wisdom he handled both these obstacles very nicely and completed his mission well in time. This is what every devotee needs to learn from Hanumanji. One never fear obstacles, they are part of every journey & goal. In fact bigger the goal, bigger will be the obstacles. Grace of God is not in somehow bypassing an obstacle, and keeping on getting favorable circumstances, but in having the inner strength & wisdom to handle all the obstacles. Obstacles basically come & test us. whether we truly deserve the goal or not. So one should always pray for Bal, Buddhi & Vidya rather than just some fruits of action.

The other point he raised & clarified was that we should know that the happiness of our Gurus & Gods is the only indication of our righteousness, which at times is very difficult to judge. Bhagwan was happy so Hanumanji was happy. He said that it is worthy to be noted that the happiness of Hanumanji was not in his success, but was because of the happiness of Bhagwan Ram. This s very important for every devotee to know. When someone praises us, then we can feel happy & elated, this is the joy of ego-satisfaction, of our self being good, special & important etc, but this is dangerous trap & path to take. When we depend on joy on someone, then we open the gates for inevitable & unnecessary sorrows too. Sorrows come not because someone has said or done something, but basically because it was different from what we expected. Sorrow is just shattering of our personal expectations. While we do not have control on what others do or say, but we do have control on our expectations. We need to learn the art of working without expectations. Just as we are free so also give freedom to others to act & think as they wish. Goal we need to have, but our joys need to come from something deeper & subjective. Maybe in invoking our latent potentials to face any situation, or in  retaining our equanimity in all testing situations. This is the way of wise ones. It is worthy to be noted that while Ramji was so elated and showering all blessings to Hanumanji, there is no mention of any special emotional response of Hanumanji. He takes all this praise very humbly & gracefully. He must be certainly happy – not because of his personal praise, but because of the happiness of Bhagwan Ram. Bhakti is all about Tat Sukh-sukhitvam. When one learns to free oneself from expectations from others, then thereafter we become as though insulated from all sorrows of life. It is this inner transformation which is thee real blessing.

In the end Poojya Guruji wished everyone a very Happy Diwali, and then there was the Aarti & finally the prasad.

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Gita Gyana Yagna, Bhubaneswar

A week-long GITA GYANA YAGNA by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji was organized at Sivananda Samskrutik Kendra, Bhubaneswar, Orissa from 20th to 26th Oct 2016. This is her third GGY there. The subject matter of the twin discourse series are Gita Chapter 3 and Kathopanishad 1-3. She was received at the Airport by ShRajesh Kumar and Swami Sreenivasanandaji of DLS, Bhubaneswar.

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Sh Rajesh Kumar did all the hard work for organizing the pravachan series and its publicity. The arrangements for her stay etc were made very nicely at the Sant Nivas of the Ashram. Slowly & steadily a good group of inquisitive devotees are getting involved in the pravachans – which are all in Hindi.

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This entry was posted on October 24, 2016, in GGY, Mission.