Archive | February 2015

Gita Gyana Yagna, Vadodara

A week-long Gita Gyana Yagna by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji started at Atmajyoti Ashram, Vadodara – on 22nd Feb 2015 evening. This time the pravachans are being organized in a specially built Yagna-Mandap on the ground floor. This helps senior citizens a lot. Earlier the pravachans were organized on the first floor hall.

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The subject matter of the discourse series are: Gita Chapter 3 and Upadesha Saram. All the pravachans are in Gujarati language. Swaminiji will also be conducting two sessions of conducted Meditation based on topics of Upadesha Saram.

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This entry was posted on February 25, 2015, in GGY, Mission.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Feb 2015

The Feb 2015 edition of the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang was organized at the Sankaracharya Sabhagruh of the Vedanta Ashram on the evening of 22nd Feb 2015. The evening began with lovely bhajans presented by the devotees from Dass-Bagichi Bhajan Mandal. Thereafter there was the congregational chanting of Hanuman Chalisa and then was the inspiring & enlightening pravachan on the word ‘Rama-Duta‘ and also on ‘Anjani-putra‘ of the 2nd chaupayi of the chalisa.

Rama-Doota: 

Continuing his reflection on the word Rama-Doota, Poojya Guruji quoted some shlokas which give a list of various qualities required in an emissary.

मेधावी वाक्पटुः प्राज्ञः पराचिंतोपलक्षणः। धीरो यथोक्तवादी च एषः दूतो विधीयते।।
धीरो भक्तो शुचिः दक्षो प्रगल्भोव्यसनी क्षमी। ब्राह्मणः परामर्मज्ञ दूतो स्यात प्रतिभानवान्।।
सकारो निःस्पृहो वाग्मी नानाशास्त्रविचक्षणः। पराचिन्तावगंता च राज्ञो दूतः सः इष्यते।।

A good emissary has to be intelligent, good orator, efficient in reading others mind & intention, patient, truthful, virtuous, loyal to master, pious, efficient, diplomatic, free from vices, tolerant, upright, capable of knowing the secrets of others, presentable, free from greed, eloquent, well-read, knowing not only the philosophy of others but even the psychology. Hanumanji had all these qualities and thus no wonder when all the vanara’s were about to leave in different directions to search for Sitaji, Ramji called Hanumanji and gave the mudrika to him. He had choosen his doota. Just by being a sincere instrument of a master, one transcends one’s ego. Not identifying oneself with the limited individuality implies freedom from all the limitations of the ego too. So no wonder he is being called here as अतुलितबलधामा – one having infinite power & strength.

Anjani-putra: 

The second word on which Poojya Guruji gave enough time was the word Anjani-putra. Greatmen are created not merely by individual efforts. Even though individual efforts is obviously required but they all are aware how many people have blessed them to be what they are today – that is why with greatness comes humility. It is our belief & tradition to believe that out of the various people who bless us profoundly, the role of one’s mother is greatest, before our personal efforts & purushartha. No wonder it is said that ‘the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world’. If one wants to understand the glory of Hanumanji then the story cannot be complete without knowing the resolve & tapasya of his mother Anjana Mata for making his son whatever he was.

Anjani Mata in her earlier life was a very pious apsara called as Punjiksthala and was in service of devatas. However, due to some unintentional inadvertance was cursed to become a vanari. So she later was born as a princess to King Kunjar – a vanara raj, who ruled on Mount Sumeru. She was later married to King Kesari, another very brave, strong & pious vanara raj. Kesari was a great devotee of Bhagwan Shiv. However as luck would have it, they could not beget any children, which obviously made Anjani sad. Once she happened to meet Matang Rishi, to whom she expressed her woes. He advised her to go to Akashganga teertha near Narayan mount and do tapasya there for sometime, and then she will definitely be blessed with a good son. She followed his advice and went there, and thus started the groundwork of the advent of a great soul – in the form of Hanumanji later on. She served various tapasvis & rishis there for twelve years and was blessed by them to be a mother soon. In the meantime after the marraige of Shiv-Parvati, there was a question as to who can wield the profound ojas of Shivji for being born as his son. Pavan devata due to his magnanimity was choosen, and thus he was passed on the creative power of Shivji to be passsed on to some appropriate instrument. Pavan devata was very impressed by the austerities & sewa of Anajani mata, and once when she was strolling around, she felt as though someone is touching her. She got angry and ordered the person to manifest. Then pavan devata manifested and told her that she has been choosen to become mother of a Shiv-avatar, who will thereafter assist another avatara of Bhagwan Vishnu here on the Prithivi loka for some important work of Lord. He told her that her son will be very wise, strong and will become very famous too. Thus the years of her tapasya bore fruit and the seeds were sown for the birth of Hanumanji. She shared this with Kesari, who too was fully devoted to Shivji. Even after Anjana Mata became pregnant, she reveled in all the wisdom and thus impregnated her son with all possible goodness & good health in her womb itself. So even before Hanumanji was born, so much resolve & tapasya went into his making. The mere name ‘Anjaniputra’ speaks so much to all those who care to go into all this history – and in the end humbly bow down to his mother too to make Hanumanji all what he was. As Pavan devata too was an instrument for this transmission of grace, he is also called as Pavansutanama.

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Sanyas Deeksha of Br Ram

Vladimir Danchenko, a Russian citizen from Samara, had first come to Vedanta Ashram, Indore in Oct 2013 and slowly got not only interested but fully dedicated to Vedanta philosophy & Sanatan Dharma. He is a grandfather, an old Soviet army personel, a lawyer, buisinessman, but after the sudden death of his father got highly interested to know the secret of life & death. He had been searching for answers for a long time. He studied Buddhism too after visiting Thailand, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal etc, but was not fully satisfied – till he came into contact of Swamini Vidyananda, a Russian disciple of Poojya Guruji, from whom he studied Kena Upanishad & Bhagwad Gita. He was awestruck with the teachings, and wanted to know more, and Swamini Vidyananada later requested Poojya Guruji to accept him as a student at Vedanta Ashram for further studies. Thus he came into contact of Poojya Guruji and first came to Ashram in Oct 2013 – for a four months stay. Poojya Guruji taught him Atma-Bodha, Meditation, Sanskrit etc during this time. Thus began his journey. After one year he again came back to India and this time he was taught Isavasyopanishad – with Shankar Bhashya, and also Laghu Vakya Vritti. This set the stage for his formal involvement into this ancient & glorious tradition. He got fully convinced that this is the way to go, and made up his mind to become a sanyasi and dedicate his life for that which is the truth, and pursue this knowledge full-time. He was first called as Brahmachari Ram at Ashram, and later on the Mahashivratri day on 17th-18th Feb 2015 was given the final Sanyas Deeksha by Poojya Guruji and is now known as Swami Asangananda Saraswati.

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Swami Asangananda is a very sincere, hard-working, physically strong, intelligent and humble person. He won the hearts of everyone at Ashram with his sewa, managing the smallest of work here as part of the gurukula family. A regular Yoga-practitioner, surya-upasaka, meditator he loved to do Shiv-puja also with great devotion. Morning tea by him were a unique experience and shall be missed by all. He always preferred to handle physical ailments with naturopathy. For any disease, whether it is common cold, and muscular sprain, he will just fast and take rest. No medicines, and let the body heal itself the natural way. Maximum we would accept the home-cures. He can live on bananas forever, and can go around the world with just one small bag hanging on his shoulders, for his needs are very limited and his life indeed very simple. Yogi & Isha, the Ashram pets loved him too. He use to take them for walks and would lovingly feed all – dogs or cows. Even though he never played badminton, but became a very good player during this time. Ashramites regularly play this game at Ashram for keeping in good health. He was indeed an all-rounder. He sang lovely English & Russian songs occasionally. Also learnt some Hindi bhajans. He learnt enough sanskrit to chant mantras, shlokas & even read Shankar Bhashya. He visited Mumbai alongwith Poojya Guruji in Dec 2014, and attended the ‘Anand-Lahari’ Cultural Program, ‘Prerna Talks’ Program and finally the ‘Gita Gyana Yagna’ there at the Ramkrishna Math. While he was highly touched by the devotion of the people, he however did not like the clutter & pollution of a big city like Mumbai. His world was the quiet, simple & homely ambiance of the Ashram. Given a choice he would love to live in a village or a forest – quiet, clean and meagre. He studied Vedanta from Poojya Guruji; Sanskrit and Vedic chanting from Swamini Amitanandaji; customs, sewa and some important traditional rituals from Swamini Samatanandaji; and many daily things from Swamini Poornanandaji. He respected all, and his sastang dandawat pranam to Poojya Guruji was an inspiration for all.

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Initiation:

A. Yagnopavita: Before Sanyas it is important to have thre yagnopavit (janeu) , and so the thread ceremony had to be performed before. A qualified priest was called over to the Ashram to get the needful done. This is an elaborate ceremony which took the entire afternoon to complete. A technical problem arose when it was required to have parents of the person whose thread ceremony is to be performed. However, Col Krihn Rai and his wife Asha (from Lucknow) happily volunteered to represent as his parents.

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B. Viraja Homa: The second part of the ritual was the Viraja Homa, which was performed at 11 PM in the night. This was done under the supervision of Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji. After this homa, we give up all rituals and are not required to perform any rituals.

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C. Preshoscharan & Yoga-patta: The final part of the Sanyas Deeksha was performed early morning at 4.30 next day. In this the person gives abhaya-daan to everyone and resolves to live a life of sanyasi pursuing knowledge alone. He gets a new name & robe in this ceremony. Poojya Guruji took Br Ram inside the giant Shiv-Linga on the Ashram terrace, and there cut his sutra & shikha and gave him a new name & robe. Later he came out of Shivji as a new person & a sanyasi – Swami Asangananda Saraswati. He later introduced the new Swami to all the devotees waiting in the hall below. Later in the day he performed Pada-Puja of Poojya Guruji and gave his first discourse to the devotees. He left Ashram on 22nd Feb night – for Moscow via Mumbai, hoping to come back again for further studies and a longer stay.

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Complete Album of Sanyas Deeksha

 

Mahashivratri Celebrations (2015)

Mahashivratri was celebrated with great devotion & enthusiasm at Bhagwan Sri Gangeshwar Mahadev Mandir at Vedanta Ashram, Indore – on 17th Feb 2015. The five days Camp at Ashram was just over and all the campers actively participated in all the functions. The concluding program of the Vedanta Camp was organized on this day – in which all the delegates shared their camp experience with great gratitude.

First Puja:

The first puja at the Shiv Mandir was done by P.Swamini Amitanandaji and P.Swamini Poornanandaji, as this day is also their Sanyas Deeksha Day. Siddartha Arora was also fortunate & blessed to join the two Mahatmas to do the first puja of Bhagwan Shiv on this pious day alongwith them. IMG_5692

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Second Puja:

The second puja of the day was done was Tanmay & Virali Patel from Ahmedabad. The newly married couple are our old time acquaintances. Right after this puja a lovely jhanki of Shivji was made. The theme was Anala-Skandha – pillar of fire. Lord Shiv manifested as a pillar of fire to sort out some issue between Bhagwan Vishnu & Brahmaji. It was on acount of this jyotirmaya manifestation that Mahashivratri is celebrated till today. Lovely automated lights were organized on Shiv Tandav Stotram – with great hardwork of Mayank Arora, who programmed the whole system with computer.

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Third Puja:

The final puja was done at 12.00 in the night. This was done by various devotees together and was done under the supervision of Poojya Guruji. Overall it was a very auspicious day. Devotees fasted the whole day and spent time meditating, doing japa and also later participated in the Yagnopavit Ceremony of Br Ram. In the night a Viraja Homa was done by Br Ram – for Sanyas, which he got the next day early morning.

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Check out the complete Album of the Sanyas Deeksha Ceremony of Br Ram – to Swami Asangananda Saraswatiji

 

This entry was posted on February 23, 2015, in Ashram.

Mahashivratri Camp – Feb 2015

A five days Vedanta Camp prior to Mahashivratri Celebrations started at Vedanta Ashram on 12th Feb. All the pravachans concluded on 16th and the camp formally concluded on Mahashivratri day on 17th with the Guru-Dakshina Program in which everyone shared their Camp/Ashram experience. We had a small group of very devoted & sincere campers from different parts of the country – Lucknow, Vadodara, Mumbai, Bharuch, Bhubaneshwar, Indore and Oxford-UK.

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The camp routine started with a Meditation session at 6.00 AM (by P.Swamini Samatanandaji), then there was Aarti in the Mandir, followed by first session of Advaita Makaranda by Poojya Guruji. There was a second session of Advaita Makaranda after breakfast too. Thereafter was the Discussion Session in which some topic was taken for open-house discussion. It was moderated by Poojya Guruji or Sw Amitanandaji. After lunch – in which everyone chanted lovely shlokas, campers took some rest. Before tea there was a chanting session taken by Swamini Samatanandaji, and this was followed by Gita Pravachan – taken by P. Swami Amitanadaji. She explained the 14th chapter (Gunatrayavibhaga Yoga). Thereafter there was Aarti and dinner. The day concluded with an after-dinner Satsang & Bhajan Program. Devotees not only sang lovely bhajans but there were nice questions & answers too.

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Group Photo of the Campers & Sewaks

The camp was overall very satisfying. All the delegates had a great enlightening & also a very comfortable time. Many see Vedanta Ashram a home away from home – in fact much more enightening.

The pravachans on Advaita Makaranda have been uploaded and can be freely accessed at the link below.

Advaita Makaranda Talks 

Photo Album of MSR Camp

Photo Album: Sanyas Deeksha

Photo Album: Bhajan Sandhya

Jokes by Manohar Agarwal

 

This entry was posted on February 23, 2015, in Ashram, Camp.

Vedanta Piyush – Feb 2015

The Feb 2015 issue of Vedanta Piyush, the Hindi eMagazine of the International Vedanta Mission has been published. VP 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 Piyush is available on all of the following sites, and can be either downloaded or read online.

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Getting VP in your Folder directly:Now that we have Google Drive, our subscribers with Gmail can get the VP 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 Piyush 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 11, 2015, in Magazines.

Vedanta Sandesh – Feb 2015

The Feb 2015 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.

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 1, 2015, in Magazines.