On 26th Oct evening the Oct’14 edition of Hanuman Chalisa Satsang was organized at the Sankaracharya Sabhagruh of the Vedanta Ashram, Indore. This satsang was organized just a few days after Diwali festival, so the stage was appropriately decorated too.
In his hour long pravachan Poojya Guruji threw light on the word Kapish, meaning the King of Monkey’s (Vanar). He said that while Hanumanji was not technically the King of Kapi’s yet his persona & aura had a very kingly & confident demeanor. The usage of this name suggests that really speaking we dont need any physical kingdom with all its resources & money to entertain such a kingly personality. His strength came from within (knowledge of his Self) rather than from outside, and this alone is the message of scriptures to live a free & liberated life. No change in situation outside can ever shake or break them. Far from depending on any kingdom – he was in fact a king-maker all the time. His guidance & service helped his friends & masters to attain the heights of worldly prosperity & pleasures, while he personally always remained free from any such dependnces or even aspirations. This is what makes him truly reverential.
Discussion on this name is to continue in the next month satsang too – which will be on 30th Nov.
Smt Shweta Shukla, a devoted neighbor, with lamps after the Puja
Diwali was celebrated with great devotion & enthusiasm at Vedanta Ashram. In the evening there was Laxmi Pujan at the Gangeshwar Mahadev Mandir which was performed by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji. Thereafter there was the lighting of the lamps, and burning of some sparklers, and then meeting the devotees. Whole Ashram was lighted up very tastefully.
A week-long Gita Gyana Yagna by Poojya Swamini Poornanandaji was organized at Dutta Mandir, Jalgaon, from 13th to 19th Oct 2014. The subject matter of the discourse series were: Gita Chapter 3, and Kathopanishad 1-3. The pravachans were in Marathi.
The program was organized with the inspiration of a devoted family of Sh Ajitbhai M. Kalaria of Vadodara, who have their industry at Morbi. All the arrangements were done very lovingly. The venue of the Gyana Yagna was a Party Plot, and the arrangements of stay of P. Swaminiji was at the beautiful farm house of one of the organizers.
After the completion of the Gyana Yagna, on 12th Oct, a Vishnu Sahasranama Archana was organized. Even at a short notice more than 35 devotees participated in the grand ritual.
A bus-load of devotees (around 60) from Gujarat came over to Vedanta Ashram for Satsang of Poojya Guruji – on 4th Oct morning. They had visited Omkareshwar, and also had a Camp there, wherein they studied Maneesha Panchakam and Pratah Smaran Stotram. From here the devotees planned to go to Ujjain for darshan of Bhagwan Sri Mahakaleshwar, and then to Rishikesh for a Camp by Poojya Swami Viditatmanandaji.
Poojya Guruji spoke for an hour on the establishment of maryada by the great acharya like Shankara – wherein he even kept aside the necessity of shuddhi when he saw that the chandala in Kashi was speaking the ultimate & profound Vedantic truth of advaita. Here is the talk, which can even be freely downloaded.
Poojya Guruji gave a prasad pustika (Sumiraun Pavankumar – in Guj) to all of them. Later they had some light refreshments an a cup of tea before leaving for Ujjain.
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