Archive | June 2015

‘Yoga Day’ Celebrations at Ashram

The first ‘International Yoga Day‘ was symbolically celebrated at Vedanta Ashram too – on the 21st June 2015. A Yogacharya was invited to give a demo of a package of Asanas which could be practiced daily by the devotees in their homes. Sh Jagdeesh Joshi and his wife Smt Sunita Joshi jointly conducted the program which was organized in the Sankaracharya Sabhagruh from 4.30 PM in the evening. More than 20 devotees came over for the program on a short notice to attend the program.

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Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji welcomed the visiting Yogacharyas and also the devotees. He congratulated the Indian initiative by PM Modi to celebrate the Yoga Day all over the world on 21st June every year. A record number of 177 countries co-sponsored the resolution at the UN – which is a record by itself. Such an initiative will go a long way to help bring about a more healthy, harmonious & a stress-free world.

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After a brief introduction, the Yogacharya duo started thier demo and guided all the participants nicely. Later they were honoured by offering them a shawl, some books and Dakshina. Joshiji also presented his books to Poojya Guruji.

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Later there was a tea break and then after Aarti we had a lovely interactive session on the topic of ‘Significance of Yoga’ in the Satsang Hall on the ground floor.

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This entry was posted on June 24, 2015, in Ashram.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Lucknow

A week-long Gita Gyana Yagna by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji was organized at (Sankatmochan) Hanuman Setu Mandir Hall, opp Lucknow University Campus, from 8th to 14th June 2015. The subject matter of the twin discourse series were: Gita Chapter 6 and Atma-Bodha-2.

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While at Lucknow, Poojya Swaminiji paid home visits to dedicated old devotees who now cant come for pravachans. She visited Sh DN Misra and then Smt Darshika Misra. Both felt very happy & blessed.

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One of the days she held meeting of devotees who work behind the screen for organizing these discourses. The committee was reorganized and recharged with fresh blood & energy.

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The monsoons are just round the corner, so it was decided to get a plant planted by Pojya Swaminiji. As such Vaibhav Dubey organized a Vriksha-Roopan program in the garden just opposite to his house, and Swaminiji planted a Ficus tree there.

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The Gita pravachans concluded on 14th evening while Atma-Bodha concluded on 15th morning. It was nice to see the new members taking nicely the job assigned to them. On 14th was also the birthday of one of the members – Sh DN Srivastava, who was not only blessed by Poojya Swaminiji but she asked him to assist her in distributing the prasad, which he had lovingly brought for all.

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Thus ended yet another satisfying Gita Gyana Yagna at Lucknow. The next program will be by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji at Hari om Mandir during Sraadha later this year. Before that many devotees will be coming over to the Ashram to attend two Camps. Poojya Swaminiji takes the flight back to Ashram in the afternoon of 15th itself.

This entry was posted on June 15, 2015, in GGY, Mission.

Testimonials for Dr Amitabh Goel by Poojya Guruji

The Problem: 

My stomach was lately giving me problems. Indigestion, acidity and occasional stomachaches. Kept on resorting to symptomatic treatment which included taking antacids & various ayurvedic & gharelu medicines regularly. One of these days I had a terrible spasmodic abdominal pain, which could be handled only by getting immediate Inj Voveron. I somehow had some sleep in the night, and then decided to get the problem checked properly. Few years back Dr Ravi Kusumakar, a well-known Radiologist and an equally good person, and also a close acquaintance had told me about a Gall Bladder stone, and that is what I suspected; so I went to him and he confirmed not only the existence of one large stone, but more smaller ones plus thickening of the Gall Bladder wall. He immediately referred me to a well known Surgeon Dr Amitabh Goel. MS., for further opinion. The doctors suggested immediate operation – Cholecystectomy, complete removal of Gall Bladder. Dr Amitabh Goel specializes in Laproscopic surgeries, so we decided to go for it immediately.

The Surgeon: Dr Amitabh Goel: 

It was a pleasure to meet Dr Amitabh Goel. He is a warm, positive & ever-smiling doctor. Someone who exudes hope & also good health. Apart from being a good person, he is highly respected as a good surgeon too, who loves his job and has specialized in various new systems & technologies, like Laproscopy etc. It is always a pleasure meeting people who love their jobs and also exude positivity. Dr Amitabh Goel was kind enough to give me a time-slot on a day when he already had three surgeries booked. In the meantime I had got admitted in one Sahaj Hospital, which has good facilities for endoscopic surgeries, and overall had good clean & caring ambiance. I got admitted in the Hospital on 25th May 2015 morning, and immediately various pre-operation tests & preparations started. By afternoon I was declared ready for the operation, and Dr Goel, who was outstation earlier night had come to the city and took up my case first. He earlier explained that while his priority will be to operate by laproscopic method, but he legally needed permission to resort to open surgery in case the situation so required. All formalities over & papers signed, I was taken inside the operation theatre by 1.30 PM. The operation was supposed to last for 15-20 mins, however when the doctor did not come out for more than 45 mins, our devotees & disciples started getting a bit worried. The doctor finally came out after 50 mins with a tray carrying the Gall Bladder and its various precious gems :).

The Operation: 

Dr Amitabh Goel told that the timing of the operation was very good, because the condition of the Gall Bladder had become really bad. One of the smaller stones, and there were dozens of them, had blocked the bile duct thus choking the bladder and also an artery. This not only stopped the blood supply to the bladder, but it got fully inflated. Necrosis and Gangrene had set in one part of the Bladder and it was so full of bile that it could have burst inside anytime creating a possible more serious condition. At one moment the doctor even thought of doing open surgery to handle the situation, but even at the risk of extending the duration of the operation, decided to first give the endoscopy a fair & challenging trial. He punctured the bladder, sucked out the bile with suction pipes, deflated it to make the situation managable. This is what made the operation longer than expected. However Kudos to Dr Amitabh Goel and his team that the operation was successful. Later I saw the video recording of the operation too.

The Hospital: 

The hopital staff took good care of me after the operation, and ofcourse some of my disciples did amazing service & tapasya the following night. Noteworthy are Swamini Amitanandaji and Siddharth Arora, a research scholar at Oxford University and presently on visit to India. Many devotees kept on pouring in and were ready for any service required. Next day morning Dr Goel was there to see me, earlier than expected, and as things were all normal, he permitted me to get discharged by night itself after completing the i/v doses of antibiotics. I was feeling very light, as the main source of the problem was removed. I was taken for a walk around hospital in the evening, and by night I could drive myself back to my Vedanta Ashram, which was around 5 Kms from the hospital.

Follow-up: 

Dr Goel checked the progress after four days and then again after another week when he cut the stiches. Now I am feeling much better. For six weeks I have been advised fat-free & spice-free light diet, which anyways I was taking because of the various stomach problems. So it was all fine for me. One very amazing & positively surprising thing which happened after the operation was a drastic reduction in my blood sugar levels. I am an old diabetic, and was managing my blood sugar with medicines, Inj Lantus and controlled diet. Almost all the medicines became half. So now because of this operation not only my stomach problems are over but even the diabetic condition is much better. Pancreas obviously believed nicely in the age old adage that ‘One should love ones neighbour’, and as the neighbour, the Gall Bladder, was not in good condition, so it was all agitated. No one ever indicated to me that some internal issues could precipitate diabetes too. So it was all a great blessing. In fact on hindsight I see that everything was a great blessing. The timely diagnosis & advise of Dr Ravi Kusumakar, the timely & professional intervention of Dr Amitabh Goel, the sewa of various people – everything was a great blessing in disguise. God is indeed all-pervasive and comes to us in so many forms.

by Swami Atmananda Saraswati
Founder Acharya of the International Vedanta Mission & Vedanta Ashram, Indore

This entry was posted on June 8, 2015, in General.

Vedanta Piyush – June 2015

The June 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.

Links: 

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 June 8, 2015, in Magazines.

Vedanta Sandesh – June 2015

The June 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.

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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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  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 June 1, 2015, in Magazines.