Archive | November 2014

What is Death & Moksha?

Check out an enlightening Satsang with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudeva at Kashi, were he talks with Prasoon Joshi about What is Moksha, Death etc. Very nice.

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This entry was posted on November 30, 2014, in Inspiring.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Indore Concludes

The week-long Gita Gyana Yagna at Hindi Sahitya Samiti Sabagruh, Indore by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji concluded very satisfactorily on 23rd Nov evening (rather night at 10 PM). Overall the discourse series was very nice from all counts – attendance, subject-satisfaction, publicity, involvement of devotees etc. Members of all important Gita Jayanti Mega Celebration Organizers in Indore (Gita Bhawan, Agrasen Dham & Akhand Dham) also attended the Gyana Yagna and invited Poojya Guruji in their programs.

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The subject matter of the Gyana Yagna was the second chapter of Bhagwad Gita – which is a big chapter with 72 shlokas, so their was some time constrain and the pravachan time had to be extended from 90 minutes to almost double – 180 mins. As the devotees were very sincere & inquisitive – they happily agreed and it became a marathon session. The dynamism, stamina & enthusiasm of Poojya Guruji was highly appreciated by all. The subject was also subtle, but was dealt with very deftly, thoroughly yet simply. After Arjuna surrenders as a student, Bhagwan Sri Krishna tells him that it is only when we are weak that situations become powerful to shake us up, and therefore instead of just trying to change the situations outside one should rather work to diagnose & rectify the cause of our weakness. It all boils down to the perception of our self-identity and also our knowledge of the truth of life. So Bhagwan goes about to reveal these truths from various angles – so as to assure Arjuna that grief is all because of our ignorance alone. Basically he divides the whole journey into two parts Sankhya Buddhi and Yoga Buddhi. In the former our priority & focus is self-enquiry and knowledge, while in the latter the priority if first preparing our minds and then later graduating to the sankhya. A person who has realized the truth and effortlessly abides in it too is called a Sthita Pragnya, by whose elaborate description the chapter concludes.

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This entry was posted on November 24, 2014, in GGY, Mission.

GGY Indore starts

The Gita Gyana Yagna by Poojya Guruji at Hindi Sahitya Samiti Sabhagruh at RNT Marg, Indore was off to a great full-house start on the evening of 17th Nov 2014. The day’s sponsor was Sh Vinod Arora & family. They first did the Vyasa-Peetha Puja and later Gita Aarti. Swamini Samatanandaji compered the program and Sh Rajaram Guptaji introduced Poojya Guruji. The subject matter was the introduction of the second chapter of Gita.

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The newspapers covered the event nicely. The widely circulated Nai Duniya newspaper published the complete news along with the photographs of the event next day in the morning.

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Bhajan n Bhojan: 15th Nov ’14

On 15th Nov 2014, there was a lovely Bhajan n Bhojan Program at Vedanta Ashram – to celebrate the birthday of Swamini Samatanandaji and Smt Swarnlata Dass. Lovely bhajan were presented by Sh Govind Potghanji, a renowned Musician of Indore, who earlier was the Principal of the Music College here. Sh Ashok Jhadav accompanied him on the tabla. Check out the Slide Show of the event.

Playlist of Bhajans:

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1. Bhajans

2. Photo Album

 

This entry was posted on November 16, 2014, in Ashram.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Indore

A week-long Gita Gyana Yagna by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji is being organized at Hindi Sahitya Samiti Hall, RNT Marg, Indore, from 17th Nov 2014. Inauguration of the Gyana Yagna will be at 6.45 PM.

The subject matter of the discourse series will be: Gita Chapter – 2 (Sankhya Yoga). Open to all.

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This entry was posted on November 9, 2014, in GGY, Mission.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Lucknow

A week-long Gita Gyana Yagna by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji started at Hanuman Setu Satsang Hall, Lucknow on 2nd Nov 2014 evening. The subject matter of the discourse series is: Gita Chapter-5 and Atma-Bodha. The Gyana Yagna will conclude on the morning of 9th Nov, and Poojya Swaminiji will leave the same day for Indore.

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Om Tat Sat

 

This entry was posted on November 4, 2014, in GGY, Mission.

Hinduism: the real World Religion

Every Religion has its philosophy – as to how it looks at the world, its truth, its people and the life. Vedanta is the philosophy of Hinduism. Vedanta stands apart from every other philosophy of the world. It is unique, magnanimous, all-embracing and is relevant to all places & times. No wonder the real name of Hinduism is Sanatan Dharma – the eternal & timeless dharma. While dharma is not merely religion, but religion is certainly a part of the definition of dharma. Dharma is basically the truth of empirical things, and a life based on verifiable facts of life which are relevant to all times & places is Sanatan Dharma. We got the name Hindu, by our foreign visitors who wanted to indicate the ‘different’ people living on the other side of Indus river. The word stuck on and today even in our official census we are asked whether we are Hindus or of other prevalent religion.
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Every person whether he or she is a theist or is an atheist, has a definite understanding about the truth of life, and based on this, we all have a ‘plan of life’. Our understanding of the truth of life is what philosophy all about, and a life based on our understanding is our religion. Thus we all can be classified under some school of philosophy and we all follow some religion. Our religion could range from thoughtful conscientious living to whimsical & spontaneous licentiousness. If the religion of some people is not very healthy for themselves or for the others around, then what we need to check out and correct in their philosophy. That has been the thoughtful way of our ancient masters, that is why there was the ancient system of shastrarthas. We don’t just condemn a person, we rather try to appreciate their philosophy of life and have an open discussion on it to set things on a more factual level. Followers may be blind, but their leaders are expected to be thoughtful – so the sect leaders had these open debates.
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Hinduism reveals that basically everyone is divine, good & complete. The Upanishads declare that ‘Ayam Atma Brahman’. The world is not static & permanent, but is rather a realm of change, and what we see around is what our mind considers worthy & important. A way of life based on these fundamental truths of life is the essence of Hinduism. This is Hindutva. It is only when we appreciate that Hindutva is a life based on these facts of life, that the so called Hinduism shall become all-embracing. It will not only integrate the different people of the country, but can also potentially embrace all the people & countries of the world. Belief in such facts alone shall lead everyone to a life of life, peace & lasting fulfillment. Such a way of life is conducive not only to the personal well-being & dignity of everyone, but is even eco-friendly. The world will be saved from thoughtless exploitation. It is time we redefine our understanding of Hinduism – and thus save ourselves and also the world from endless violence, destruction and inevitable collapse. Hinduism alone is truly the real World Religion – it alone assures the well-being of all, whether humans, animals or the whole eco-system. All others fragment, divide, kill or destroy. It alone has the all-embracing magnanimous philosophy, based on time-tested & verifiable facts of life – for the well-being of all. India is a living example of this fact. It is for the whole world to see that the philosophy & values of the people of India – our Bharat-Mata, is such that everyone can live here happily, provided they too equally respect the freedom of others too.
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Vedanta Sandesh – Nov 2014

The Nov 2014 issue of Vedanta Sandesh, the English eMagazine of the International Vedanta Mission has been published. VS contains inspiring and enlightening articles, snippets, quotes of Vedanta & Hinduism, and news of the activities of the International Vedanta Mission and of Vedanta Ashram.

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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:
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May the good values & vision spread to bless the lives of one & all.

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This entry was posted on November 1, 2014, in Magazines.