Archive | October 2016

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Oct 2016

The Oct 2016 edition of the monthly ‘Hanuman Chalisa Satsang‘ was organized at Vedanta Ashram by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji on 23rd Oct, the 2nd last Sunday of the month. The last Sunday is Diwali, so the program was preponed.

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The program started with lovely & spirited Bhajans by the regular Bhajan Mandali, and then after the arrival & welcome of Poojya Guruji the Hanuman Chalisa was chanted by everyone. Then followed his hour-long enlightening pravachan.

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He continued from the topic of 11th & 12th chaupayi where Hanumanji went & brought the Sanjeevani booti, and after the successful treatment of Lakshmanji there was joy all over. Bhagwan Sri Ram was over-joyed and full of gratitude & blessings for Hanumanji. He embraced him with a tight hug.

Poojya Guruji said that it is worthy to be seen that every endeavor we or even gods undertake has its own obstacles. Hanumanji faced two life-threatening obstacles on his way to Himalayas & back. One was of Kaalneemi and other was being shot by Bharatji when he was flying over Ayodhya. With his wisdom he handled both these obstacles very nicely and completed his mission well in time. This is what every devotee needs to learn from Hanumanji. One never fear obstacles, they are part of every journey & goal. In fact bigger the goal, bigger will be the obstacles. Grace of God is not in somehow bypassing an obstacle, and keeping on getting favorable circumstances, but in having the inner strength & wisdom to handle all the obstacles. Obstacles basically come & test us. whether we truly deserve the goal or not. So one should always pray for Bal, Buddhi & Vidya rather than just some fruits of action.

The other point he raised & clarified was that we should know that the happiness of our Gurus & Gods is the only indication of our righteousness, which at times is very difficult to judge. Bhagwan was happy so Hanumanji was happy. He said that it is worthy to be noted that the happiness of Hanumanji was not in his success, but was because of the happiness of Bhagwan Ram. This s very important for every devotee to know. When someone praises us, then we can feel happy & elated, this is the joy of ego-satisfaction, of our self being good, special & important etc, but this is dangerous trap & path to take. When we depend on joy on someone, then we open the gates for inevitable & unnecessary sorrows too. Sorrows come not because someone has said or done something, but basically because it was different from what we expected. Sorrow is just shattering of our personal expectations. While we do not have control on what others do or say, but we do have control on our expectations. We need to learn the art of working without expectations. Just as we are free so also give freedom to others to act & think as they wish. Goal we need to have, but our joys need to come from something deeper & subjective. Maybe in invoking our latent potentials to face any situation, or in  retaining our equanimity in all testing situations. This is the way of wise ones. It is worthy to be noted that while Ramji was so elated and showering all blessings to Hanumanji, there is no mention of any special emotional response of Hanumanji. He takes all this praise very humbly & gracefully. He must be certainly happy – not because of his personal praise, but because of the happiness of Bhagwan Ram. Bhakti is all about Tat Sukh-sukhitvam. When one learns to free oneself from expectations from others, then thereafter we become as though insulated from all sorrows of life. It is this inner transformation which is thee real blessing.

In the end Poojya Guruji wished everyone a very Happy Diwali, and then there was the Aarti & finally the prasad.

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Gita Gyana Yagna, Bhubaneswar

A week-long GITA GYANA YAGNA by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji was organized at Sivananda Samskrutik Kendra, Bhubaneswar, Orissa from 20th to 26th Oct 2016. This is her third GGY there. The subject matter of the twin discourse series are Gita Chapter 3 and Kathopanishad 1-3. She was received at the Airport by ShRajesh Kumar and Swami Sreenivasanandaji of DLS, Bhubaneswar.

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Sh Rajesh Kumar did all the hard work for organizing the pravachan series and its publicity. The arrangements for her stay etc were made very nicely at the Sant Nivas of the Ashram. Slowly & steadily a good group of inquisitive devotees are getting involved in the pravachans – which are all in Hindi.

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This entry was posted on October 24, 2016, in GGY, Mission.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Jalgaon

A week-long GITA GYANA YAGNA by P. Sw. Poornanandaji was organized at Dutt Mandir, Jalgaon from 13th to 19th Oct. The subject matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 7 and Upadesha Saaram. The pravachans were in Marathi.

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This entry was posted on October 20, 2016, in GGY, Mission.

Ashtami / Sanyas Deeksha Day / Dasshera Programs

On 10th Oct was the 29th Sanyas Deeksha Day of Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji. A day before this was the Durga-Ashtami, on which day we do shringar of the Mataji’s statue inside the giant Shiv-Linga on the terrace, and do her puja. We clubbed both these programs together and decided to celebrate on Ashtami, which was also Sunday.

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Lovely shringar was done of Mataji and then lots of devotees & ashramites got together to do prayers & bhajans. Later we did aarti of Mataji and everyone got her darshan. Being Navratri there was phalhari prasad for everyone.

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On 10th Oct Poojya Guruji did the Paduka Pujan of Padukas which were given to him by his Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji.

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On 11th Oct the Dasshera day, which is also the Sthapana Diwas of Ashram, we first did the Puja of the giant Shiv-Linga on the terrace. This is done once a year by some youngster. This year also this was done by Angad Kapoor. Later we did Vahan & Instruments puja.

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Later in the evening a Cultural Program was organized. After some Bhajans, a Jokes Program was presented by Sh Manohar Agarwal. Later there was prasad for all.

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Ashtami Prog

Paduka Pujan

Shivlinga Puja

Machine Puja

Dasshera Prog

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Mahashivratri (Vedanta) Camp – Feb 2017

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 19th to 24th Feb 2017, and the conclusion will be with the celebration of Mahashivratri on the 24th Feb.

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 Brahmanande Vishayananda ( Panchadashi Ch-14); and Pravachans on ‘Values’ in Gita Chapter-13 (sloka 7 to 11)‘.

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 ‘Brahmanande Vishayananda‘ (by Poojya Guruji)

12.30 – Lunch

4.00 PM – Tea

5.00 – Pravachan on ‘Values’ Gita Chapter-13 (sloka 7 to 11)‘ (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 18th Feb evening and can leave by 25th Feb 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 4500/- for the six days stay. You can deposit this amount by going to our Donate Page and choosing any convenient mode of payment.

Note: Pl inform us by email about the mode & other details of the donation at vmission@gmail.com

Venue Map:

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Vedanta Sandesh – Oct 2016

The Oct edition of Vedanta Sandesh was published as planned on 1st Oct 2016. Vedanta Sandesh is the English monthly eMagazine of International Vedanta Mission, containing inspiring and enlightening articles, snippets, quotes of Vedanta & Hinduism, and news of the activities of Vedanta Mission. The cover page is dedicated to the festival of Diwali which is coming later this month.

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 October 1, 2016, in Magazines.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Lucknow

A week-long Gita Gyana Yagna by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji was conducted at Hariom Mandir, Lucknow from 18th to 24th Sept 2016. 

The subject matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 9, and Amrutbindu Upanishad.

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During one of the days P. Swaminiji along with various other members of Vedanta Mission went to the residence of Darshika Misraji who expired just few days back. They paid their condolences by chanting Bhagwad Gita.

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This entry was posted on October 1, 2016, in GGY, Mission.