On 25th Dec 2016 was organized the Dec issue of the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang. The program began with lovely bhajans and then there was the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa by everyone. Thereafter Poojya Guruji started the hour long pravachan, this month on the 17th chaupayi, which was: तुम्हरो मन्त्र बिभीषन माना। लंकेश्वर भए सब जग जाना।।
In his pravachan, Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji first briefly recapitulated the earlier talk, and then continued to the next chaupayi which dealt with how Vibhishan got profoundly blessed with the association & friendship of Hanumanji. All the three brothers of Lanka – Kumbhakarana, Ravana & Vibhishana were great tapasvis, but their motivation were different. They were embodiment of Tamo, Rajo & Sattva Gunas respectively. The cherished desire of Vibhishan was always devotion towards God. He always treaded the path of dharma. In his earlier life he was the famous minister of King Pratapbhanu, named Dharmaruchi. So his inclinations were very deep-rooted and old, and thus was very sincere.
The chaupayi says that his ‘mantra’ was accepted by Vibhishan and therefore he was blessed by all what he was blessed with later on. Mantra word basically means advice or suggestion, and not merely some mantra for japa etc. Even though the advice of our guru’s may include the religious chanting of some mantras but this alone is not what mantra is all about. There are many people who have sraddha & bhakti, and they keep doing various tapasyas too, yet inspite of all their endeavors, there are various deep-rooted impediments which keep blocking their spiritual unfoldment. Here is the role of some wise & benevolent masters & saints, who ‘see’ our impediments and thereafter reveal the exact sadhana which becomes instrumental to remove our impediments and thus open the gates of all blessings. While Vibhishanji had great respect & devotion for Ramji, but he had some deep-rooted doubts, because of which he could never take any initiative to even go & meet Ramji himself. This doubt pertained to his antecedents, that I am born in the family of Rakshasas, demons and therefore God will not accept me. His satsang with Hanumanji removed the very root of this problem, and it was because of the blessing of this knowledge that he could dare to go & meet Ramji later on. Hanumanji gave his own example, that O Vibhishan! please look at me, I am a vanar, and it is said that if someone sees a monkey in the morning then he/she may not even get food that day, yet look at the magnanimity of Ramji, gave me place not only at his feet, but in his heart. This removed all the hesitation in the mind of Vibhishan and history was made later on – and Vibhishan was coronated as Lankesh on the very first day he met Ramji.
On 18th Dec, Sunday, the Ashramites & devotees of Ashram organized a big annual program – the Salil Sandhya to commemorate the birthday of Poojya Guruji. In this Sh Salil Datey, a well-known local artist, presents an hour long Flute Rendition Program. He was accompanied by his three friends, on Tabla, Synthesizer and Drums. This was the fourth year of this program in a row. He organized special mike system for the program.
Later there was a grand bhandara, hosted by Kusumakar family. Chetan Kusumakar, s/o Subhash Kusumakar has just got married sometime back.
A GITA GYANA YAGNA by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji was organized at Mumbai from 26th Nov to 3rd Dec 2016. The venue was Vivekananda Auditorium inside RK Math, Khar, Mumbai. The subject-matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 15 and Panchadasi Ch-3.
After the Gyana Yagna, there was the lovely annual Musical Fest of ICF – the ‘Anand-Lahari’ on the 3rd Dec evening. The artists who had been invited this year were Sh Mooralala and Sh Makarand Deshpande.
Check out the playlist of the presentations. Audio quality not so good. Was recorded from far.
A week-long GITA GYANA YAGA by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji was organized at Ramkrishna Kendra, Maninagar, Ahmedabad. The subject matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 13 and Amritabindu Upanishad.
The Dec 2016 edition of Vedanta Sandesh was published as planned on the 1st Dec. 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 Gita Jayanti which is coming later this month.
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