Archive | October 2015

GGY Bhavnagar / Satsangs at Vadodara

Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji conducted a week-long Gita Gyana Yagna at Ramdas Ashram, Bhavnagar from 25th to 30th Oct 2015. The subject matter of the discourse series were Gita Chapter 8 and Kaivalyopanishad.

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On her way to Bhavnagar she stopped at Vadodara, where two Satsangs were organized. The first one was on 25th Oct, the inauguration of a Meditation Hall at the Atmajyoti Ashram, and the second one on her way back on 31st Oct at the residence of Ajitbhai Kalaria. In the first one she spoke on the nature & importance of Japa & Dhyana, and also conducted a short session for all.

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This entry was posted on October 31, 2015, in GGY, Mission.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang – Sept & Oct 2015

The monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang is organized on the last Sunday of every month, and as such during Sept & Oct – it was organized on 27th Sept and then on the 25th Oct. The format of the program is fixed, it begins with lively bhajans presented by a regular group of devotees from Das Bagichi, this is followed by chanting of Hanuman Chalisa by everyone, and then Poojya Guruji gives his enlightening discourse. Finally there is Aarti & prasad. The discourses are so deep that even after 26 such sessions we are still on the 6th chaupayi.

27th Sept Satsang: 

On the 27th Sept edition, Poojya Guruji talked on the words Sankarsuvan & Kesarinandan – in the 6th chaupayi. He told that Sankarsuvan commonly means that Hanumanji is son or manifestation of Bhagwan Shiv. When Bhagwan Vishnu decided to manifest as Ram, then all devatas too decided to manifest in some form or the other, so Shivji manifested as Hanuman. While this is particularly true to Hanumanji, but when we look more deeply, then our Upanishads reveal this for every person too. Fundamentally or potentially everyone is ‘Ishwar-Ansha’, an intrinsic part of the cosmic being. The initial realization is that we are part of Ishwar, always connected like a part is with the whole, but as we slowly own up our connectivity with God, and appropriately assimilate the divine values, then we are woken up to still deeper truths by our Guru, and we realize that we are never apart from Brahman, and are basically that one divinity itself. This is the height of knowledge which is revealed in our Vedas, and this is possible only when we are initially ‘Ishwar-Ansha’.

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Poojya Guruji said that all the various qualities manifested by Hanumanji remind us of Bhagwan Shiv, and he also told the story how one day his mother Anjana while roaming in a forest some invisible force touching her and got angry, but then was revealed that Lord Shiv wishes to manifest as your son. As devotees of Hanumanji we too need to emulate him and thus imbibe all the qualities represented by Hanumanji or rather Shivji, and live like a divine manifestation ourselves too.

While revealing this fact Poojya Guruji also told that it is this fundamental point which makes us so unique & different as compared to other religions. Christians go around telling people that all human beings are basically sinners because of the primordial sin of Adam & Eve, who were subsequently cursed by God, that all their progeny will also be born as sinners. Then God said that it is only when my son will come that the redemption will be possible. Taking this message around Christian Missionaries go around with their so called ‘good news’ that God is coming, believe in Jesus and you shall be redeemed. However please remember that all this story first starts by branding all of us as sinners, and here lies the fundamental difference between Hinduism & Christianity. While they begin by branding everyone as sinners, the Upanishads start by revealing the great truth that you all are yourself ‘son of the immortal’, and finally culminate in the mind-boggling revelation that ‘Ayam Atma Brahma’. All Christians desperately need the good news as revealed by Upanishads and not vice versa.

We begin by looking upon Hanumanji as manifestation of God, then with our puja & upasana we emulate his qualities, and thereafter our Guru’s reveal to us that we are Ishwar-Ansha, and finally the one non-dual reality itself.

25th Oct Satsang:

In the Oct edition of Satsang, Poojya Guruji first briefly summarized his last talk, and then took up the first word of the next line of the same chaupayi – which was ‘Tej’ of the line ‘Tej Pratap Mahajagvandan’. Hanumanji is full of Tej, radiance, valor, dynamism, enthusiam. A Tejasvi is highly spirited, motivated & focused person so that all his or her energy is available at every given moment. Their personality stands apart because of their radiance. When a devotee looks upon to Hanumanji in this way, they too inculcate this quality, which becomes the game-changer.

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Later Poojya Guruji dwelled upon this aspect further and asked everyone to think as to why do we not naturally live in this better way – dynamic, enthused & motivated. If this is the right & better way to live then everyone should live in this way alone, but in today’s world we see people so stressed, tensed, insensitive & most of the times thoughtless. He said that we get the answer of this question in Bhagwat Gita, when Bhagwan Krishna says that while everyone does need good results & achievements, but the secret of successfully attaining them is to first discern your goal clearly, then focus on your karma, rather than keep on thinking about the possible results. Obsession with possible results, and that too to such an extent that we cannot even live in the present moment properly is the single most important reason of all the subsequent dissipation & stress. Such people will be anxiety ridden and fearful. All our energy gets depleted in such baseless anxieties and we loose the radiance & innocence of childhood. So if we really want to live a dynamic & enthusiastic life, then we need to correct this bad habit. May our life be in partnership with God, wherein we lovingly do our best in our Karmas, and thereafter receive every fruits of our actions as prasad of God. Such people conserve their energy and finally the natural radiance & enthusiasm is back once again on the face & our eyes. This is what we learn from Hanumanji, as his bhaktas we need to have this resolve that we too will live in this same way as our role model does.

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Ashram Day

Vedanta Ashram was established on the Vijaya Dashami (Dusshera) day in 1995, and every year the Ashramites celebrate this day as Ashram Day. This year was the 20th anniversary of Ashram.

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Early morning we did the puja of the giant Shiv-Linga on the Ashram terrace. Angad Kapoor climbed on top of Shiv-Linga to do the puja. He then changed the Ashram flag on the first floor roof next to Mandir Gumbaj.

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On this day we also do puja of our instruments and conveyance. After the brief pujan of Bhagwan Sankaracharya who presides in the Satsang Hall, Swamini Amitanandaji did a puja of the Ashram Car, and Swamini Samatanandaji did puja of the two-wheeler the TVS Scooty and also of various tech instruments. Later Swamini Poornanandaji did the puja of Kitchen gadgets. Angad also did the puja of his Getz car.

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Later in the evening a lovely altar of Shivji was created on the first floor terrace garden with a big ’20’ written with flowers, indicating the 20th year. Then all the Ashram Mahatmas chanted various stotras and did Archana of Shivji with 108 names. The objective of Vedanta Ashram was brought to mind, and everyone prayerfully resolved to always work & live for the great goal of not only reveling in the knowledge of Vedanta but also make it a center of learning for all sincere aspirants. Light dinner followed.

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This entry was posted on October 31, 2015, in Ashram.

Ashtami Pujan

Every year on the Ashtami day of the Kartik Navratras the Ashramites do ‘Granth-Pujan’ by keeping one of our books, nicely wrapped, at the feet of Saraswatiji inside the main Mandir. We pray to her to bless us & everyone with better & better knowledge. Her idol was nicely decorated and books were kept on a table below. Everyone gathered for a brief puja.

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Two years back we also established a small idol of Durga Mata inside the giant Shiv-Linga on the Ashram terrace – symbolizing the oneness of Shiv & Shakti. Mataji residing in the heart of Shivji. We look upon her in perpetual meditation and so open the cave-like mandir once a year on Ashtami of Kartik Navratras, for paying our respects – with puja, decorations & aarti. This year the Ashtami was on 21st Oct. Mataji’s cave, which is also the lift room, it was nicely cleaned & decorated. and in the evening all the Ashramites gathered on the terrace for the special pujan & bhajans.

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Later in the evening we all had a lovely bhajan session in the satsang hall on the ground floor.

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This entry was posted on October 30, 2015, in Ashram.

Sanyas Day – Poojya Guruji

On 10th Oct was the Sanyas Deeksha Day of Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji. He was given Sanyas on this day by Brahmaleen Poojya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananadaji Maharaj at Sandeepany Himalaya Ashram at Sidhbari – in 1987.

The day started with Poojya Guruji doing Rudrabhisheka of Bhagwan Sri Gangeshwar Mahadev at the Ashram Mandir.

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Later in the evening a ‘Bhajan & Bhojan‘ Program was organized in which various devotees participated. First there were bhajans & chanting, followed by a pravachan by Poojya Guruji on the significance of Sanyas Ashram. Later there was Aarti & Prasad for all.

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This entry was posted on October 12, 2015, in Ashram.

Gita Gyana Yagna – Lucknow

A week-long Gita Gyana Yagna by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji was organized at the Hari om Mandir, Lucknow from 4th to 10th Oct. The subject matter of the discourse series were Gita Chapter-8, and Kaivalyopanishad.

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Everyday in the beginning there was the Vyasa Peeth Aarti and then the Gita Aarti in the end. On the last day a bhandara was organized by the Mandir authorities.

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Vedanta Sandesh – Oct 2015

We are happy to publish the Oct 2015 issue of Vedanta Sandesh – the monthly ezine of the International Vedanta Mission. 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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This entry was posted on October 1, 2015, in Magazines.