Archive | December 2015

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Dec 2015

On 27th Dec was the last Sunday of the month, as such this was the Hanuman Chalisa Satsang day. Dot at 6.30 in the evening bhajans were started by the Dass Bagichi Bhajan Mandal. Poojya Guruji started the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa at 7.15, and then there was the pravachan on the 7th chaupayi of Hanuman Chalisa – विद्यावान गुनी अति चातुर, राम काज करिबे को आतुर.

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In his insightful talk Poojya Guruji said that this particular chaupayi is very significant – as it reveals both the most important means and the steps to finally be ready for that enlightening stage & goal. Hanumanji is endowed with knowledge, both worldly & beyond, he is an embodiment of great qualities, and is very smart in dealing with situations & challenges of life. Lastly he is ever-enthusiastic to serve any noble cause. His motivation is always Ram-Kaaj, the work of Ishwar. He always prefers to live as an instrument of God.

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Guruji said that this chaupayi also reveals the ‘way to go’, the sadhana-path. Everyone needs to realize very clearly that being ‘Vidyavan’ is the real goal of life. Whether it is worldly knowledge or of the ultimately truth of life, it is Vidya all the way. We know that whoever has better knowledge is always the leader in every field. All our energy & resources need to be aimed for this ultimate goal. Being wise & enlightened. This is what Hanumanji is, and therefore he is so revered. One needs to start with some apara vidya, some worldly knowledge and be an expert in that field, so that we can serve the world through that means. This not only takes care of all our worldly needs – Artha & Kama, but also brings about the discipline of enquiry & deeper investigation. One who starts understanding things objectively shall start feeling inquisitive about the fundamentals of life too, and this in turn opens a new door of life – the Self-Knowledge. Valid self-knowledge alone liberates man from all superimposed limitations. However for being truly wise, one needs to have positive qualities. We have to be Guni. Objective & deep inquiry needs a quiet & open mind, all positive qualities ultimately bless us with such a mind. This requires great clarity of goals & priorities. The world with its various attractions & distractions tends to confuse our priorities, so one has to be really smart in this world to keep our focus on our priorities, so Hanumanji has been called Ati-Chatur. One has to be smart in dealing with all challenges, whether regarding our minds or regarding the world outside. Let there be any challenge, it is the truly smart & intelligent ones, who do not waste their time in complaining or dejection, but discover ways of handling & sorting out the problem. For this intelligence the way to go is selfless & loving service – nishkama sewa. True loving service is by being inspired by someone who is an embodiment of goodness, God himself. This is what Hanumanji does, always open & inspired by anything truly noble – selflessly. So this chaupayi is indeed very beautiful & important. It reveals to us the sadhana & sadhya.

The program concluded with Aarti & prasad.

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Links:

  1. Photo Album
  2. Pravachan

 

Gita Jayanti Celebrations: Indore

The city of Indore has been celebrating Gita Jayanti in a grand way from so many decades. It was started initially by Gita Bhawan (it was the 58th year this time), and thereafter from last 18 years it is also organized in a big way at Agrasen Dham (Footi Kothi). Various small towns around Indore too celebrate this event in a grand way. Poojya Guruji has been inaugurating the celebrations at Agrasen Dham from last 6 years by lighting the traditional lamp. This year the programs started on the 18th Dec, while the Gita Jayanti was on 21st Dec.

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All the Ashram Mahatmas were invited to speak to the devotees on various days.

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Poojya Guruji was invited at Gita Bhawan too on one of these days:

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On 21st, the main Gita Jayanti day, the Ashramites and some devotees chanted the entire Bhagwad Gita. We divided the chanting session in two parts and in all took about four hours to chant the entire Gita.

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Albums:

Poojya Guruji inaugurates the GJ Celebrations

Poojya Guruji at Gita Bhawan

Salil Sandhya – 2015

Poojya Guruji’s birthday was celebrated at Ashram on 15th Dec, with a lovely Flute-Program & Bhandara. We had the lovely SALIL SANDHYA program in the Sankaracharya Sabhagruh on 15th Dec evening. In spite of it being a weekday around 100 local devotees participated. Earlier in the morning Poojya Guruji did the Shiv-Puja. 

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Apart from Salil Date on Flute, we had Sunil Kotwale on Tabla, Subhash Rakhonde on the Octopad and Ravi Salke on the Synthesizer. The sound system & mixing was handled by Pradeep Khakri. Salil presented more than an hour of lovely numbers, which included Bhajans & other immortal hindi songs – on flute.  

Anagh & Deeksha later presented a short Sanskrit prayerful poem on the occasion – written by Swamini Amitanandaji. Click HERE to listen to the presentation.

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Later Poojya Guruji in his short blessing message said that we are devotees of Lord Krishna, with whom two things are intimately associated, they are Bhagwad Gita and Flute. Flute is one of the sweetest instrument, its sound touches heart, and so is the message of Gita. He said that we need to take inspiration from Flute and try to become instruments of Ishwar. However for this we will need to be like a flute – empty inside. This is what the teaching of Bhagwad Gita is, to help us make ourselves a flute in the hand of our beloved Lord. Later he presented prasad to all artists.

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Finally there was Bhandara – pudi, sabji & sweets for all.

  1. Album of Shiv-Puja
  2. Album of Salil Sandhya
  3. Audio Link of Sanskrit Song

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Gita Gyana Yagna, Mumbai

Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji conducted a GITA GYANA YAGNA at Mumbai from 7th to 12th Dec 2015. The venue was the same as earlier – Vivekananda Auditorium of the RK Math, Khar, Mumbai. The evening pravachans started on 7th evening, while the morning ones started on 8th morning. The subject matters were Gita Chapter 13 and Mundakopanishad 3-1.

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In the 13th chapter was discussed the viveka of Kshetra & Khetragna, the field and the knower of the field, and in the Mundakopanishad was discussed the chapter with the famous analogy of the two birds sitting on the same tree. The 13th chapter of Gita had six distinct sections.

  • 1. Viveka of the Khetra & Khetragna;
  • 2. Twenty values facilitating knowledge;
  • 3. Lakshanas of Brahman;
  • 4. Nature of problem – Adhyasa, by talking about Prakruti & Purusha;
  • 5. Sadhanas; and finally,
  • 6. Lakshanas of the viveki or the man of knowledge.

In Mundaka, the discussion started with bringing to mind the endless problem of seeking, and its discussed the necessity of Self-Knowledge to end it. It also taked about the importance of values like truthfulness etc for this inner awakening. The famous statement of Satyameva Jayati comes in this section only.

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In the evening session, a new addition was Gita Aarti. Some devotee was choosen as the main Yajman, and he brought Prasad & Mala, that person initiated the Aarti, then others too followed. Devotees were very happy & enthusiastic about this new addition. Overall it was a very satisfying program.

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Both the pravachan series have been uploaded, and can be freely downloaded by anyone from the links below:

  1. Gita Chapter 13 

  2. Mundakopanishad 3-1 

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This entry was posted on December 17, 2015, in GGY, Mission.

Mahashivratri (Vedanta) Camp – Mar 2016

A six days residential Mahashivratri (Vedanta) Camp is being organized at the Vedanta Ashram, Sudama Nagar, Indore. The Camp will be of five days from 3rd to 7th March 2016, and the conclusion will be with the celebration of Mahashivratri on the 8th March.

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Camp Acharyas:

The pravachans will be conducted by Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji and Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji. The Meditation and Chanting sessions will be by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji, while the Puja sessions will be guided by Poojya Swamini Poornanandaji.

Venue :

Vedanta Ashram, E/2948, Sudama Nagar, Indore-452009 (MP)

Subjects :

Pravachans on Ishavasya Upanishad; and Pravachans on ‘Kamna’ in Gita Chapter-3 (sloka 36 to 43)‘.

All the sessions will be in Hindi.

Who can apply:

Any healthy, sincere devotee who can live in the simple & austere atmosphere of an Ashram, without any complaints & problems, and wish to study Vedanta at the feet of traditional teachers can apply. The campers will have to stay inside the venue for all these six days. They will be given rooms with twin sharing. There are few rooms with atached bath/Lat, while others have common bath/lat facilities. No outing during the camp is allowed, and if at all there is some emergency they will take permission of the Acharyas to go out.

No outside food is permitted or encouraged. The timings of food & tea is fixed, and the menu is simple & sattwic. Filtered water is available 24×7.

Campers should be ready to serve in whatever way necessary to help keep the place clean & quiet.

All campers will have to attend all the classes and should be punctual to be in the class few minutes before.

Campers will just have to bring their minimum necessary clothes and toiletries. Bedding will be provided by the Ashram.

Routine :

6.00 AM – Meditation

6.30 – Tea

6.45 – Chanting

8.00 – Breakfast

9.00 – Two Pravachans on the ‘Ishavasya Upanishad‘ (by Poojya Guruji)

12.30 – Lunch

4.00 PM – Tea

5.00 – Pravachan on ‘Kamna’ Gita Chapter-3 (sloka 36 to 43)‘ (by Swamini Amitanandaji)

6.30 – Temple Aarti

7.30 – Dinner

8.30 – Bhajan / Que & Ans / Cultural events

10.00 – Lights off

Travel Plans:

The Campers will have to reach the venue latest by 2nd March evening and can leave by 9th March as per their conveniences. Any change will have to be notified earlier.

Registration:

1. Please fill up the online Registration Form by following the link or check out the form below.

2. All the classes are free, but the campers have to take care of the various stay & food expenses etc. The fee for all these logistics, per person, has been fixed at Rs 4000/- for the six days stay. This amount can be deposited in any branch of  HDFC Bank. The account details are:

1. Name: Vedanta Parmarthic Sewa Trust

2. A/C No. 02811000003766. (Branch: Annapoorna Road, Indore / Acc: Savings)

3. Inform us by email about the date & branch of deposit – along with your details.

Venue Map:

Map URL

 

 

Gita Gyana Yagna, Lucknow

A week-long Gita Gyana Yagna by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji was organized at at a new venue in Lucknow from 27th Nov to 3rd Dec 2015. This was the Sarveshwar Nath Mandir Community Hall in the Sector ‘A’ of the SBI Colony, Sitapur Road, Lucknow. As the area is a new one, the subject-matter of the discourse series were Gita Chapter-1 and Tattva Bodha.

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During one of the days there was a huge Dust Storm in Lucknow and it brought about a major power failure. However, the dedicated devotees still came over to the pravachan venue and there was the ‘Candle-lit Pravachan’ experience.

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During her stay in that area P.Swaminiji started a ‘Gita Chanting Program’ at the houses of different devotees. This was very much appreciated.

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On the concluding day the Administrator of the Mandir Complex Sh RD Mishraji came over and expressed his happiness about the program. He offered to host such programs in future too.

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Overall the Gyana Yagna was a very satisfactory one.

 

This entry was posted on December 5, 2015, in GGY, Mission.

Vedanta Sandesh – Dec 2015

We are happy to publish the Dec 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.

Links:  Vedanta Sandesh is available on all of the following sites, and can be either downloaded or read online.

  1. Issuu
  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 December 1, 2015, in Magazines.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Indore

A week-long Gita Gyana Yagna by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji was organized at the main Hindi Sahitya Samiti Sabhagruh on the RNT Road, Indore from 23rd to 29th Nov 2015. This was the third Gita Pravachan series in Indore from last three years, and the subject matter was Gita Chapter-3. Poojya Guruji has been taking one chapter for detailed elaboration every year.

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All the seven days of the pravachans were sponsored by different devotees. Apart from this there were different Bhajans Groups presenting Bhajans every day before the talks. This year heads of different communities were specially invited too for the Vyasa Peeth Pooja and the final concluding Gita Aarti. On the first day Mahamandaleshwar of Kewareshwar Dham Mahant Dharmendra Giriji Maharaj lighted the lamp.

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In his pravachans on the third chapter Poojya Guruji talked about the holistic art of doing karma as revealed in the Gita, which was very inspiring for all. The topic of Yagna-Bhava was specially very fascinating & motivating.

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This year the dates of pravachans clashed with dates of the marriage season and thus initially the attendance was a bit less, but as the season concluded more people joined in. Overall the whole program was very satisfactory. The pravachans have been uploaded and can be freely heard / downloaded by anyone from the link below:

Pravachans of 3rd Chapter

This entry was posted on December 1, 2015, in GGY, Mission.