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Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Feb 2017

On 26th Feb, the last Sunday of the month, Poojya Guruji conducted the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang at Vedanta Ashram, Indore. As usual the program began with lovely bhajans by the Bhajan Mandali, and this was followed by the congregational chanting of Hanuman Chalisa by everyone. Thereafter was the enlightening pravachan by Poojya Guruji.

He first summarized the pravachan of the last month, and also told everyone that the reference of the distance of Sun from Earth as mentioned in the 18th chaupayi is very interesting. Some scholars calculated the distance of Yuga Sahasra Yojan and came to the figure which is exactly as per the calculations given by American Space Agency NASA. The calculation is as under:

1 Yug = 12000 years
1 Sahastra = 1000
1 Yojan = 8 Miles
Yug x Sahastra x Yojan = par Bhanu

12000 x 1000 x 8 miles = 96000000 miles
1 mile = 1.6kms
96000000 miles = 96000000 x 1.6kms = 1536000000 kms to Sun.

NASA also gives a similar distance. 153 million Kms.

Obviously these saints did not have any present day scientific tools to give the exact figure, but nevertheless, their figure is substantiated by today’s research which obviously is amazing and brings about great faith in all their other teachings too.

Entering the 19th chaupayi, Poojya Guruji said that it is indeed amazing how intelligent and also sensitive Hanumanji was. He was not only successful in finding the highly protective Sitaji in Lanka. Sitaji was in such a state in which she could not believe anyone hereafter, as she was deceived by someone in sadhu’s dress. So it was a great challenge, and there was no chance of any failure. He was absolutely amazing in his strategy, and in the first go won over her confidence. He first sang bhajans of Ramji, and then dropped the mudrika, which was so unique that there was no possibility of imitating it. It was this special mudrika because of which he could cross the ocean too. Goswamiji says that he had kept the mudrika in his mouth.

Having told this story Poojya Guruji asked everyone a question. How come Ramji had a ring? He was not one of those who could disobey his respectable father that for these 14 years he should just live bereft of any wealth or ornaments and just live like a tapasvi. Then what is the secret of this amazing & divine mudrika? He asked everyone to reflect on this point and then next month we all shall go into the secret of this mudrika.

This month the recording could not be done, due to some error.

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Mahashivratri Celebrations

This year Mahashivratri was on the 24th Feb (2017). The Vedanta Camp concluded the same day – in the afternoon. We had three special Shiv-Puja’s in our Gangeshwar Mahadev Mandir. The first one was by Swamini Amitanandaji, whose Sanyas Deeksha Day was on this day. The day was also the Sanyas Deeksha Day of P. Swamini Poornanandaji, who did the Guru Paduka Puja.

The evening Puja was done by Sh & Smt Manojbhai of Bharuch. After the puja Bhagvan Gangeshwar Mahadev was decorated as described in the shloka – Karpoorgauram – fully white. The jhanki was beautiful. Then we had the Aarti and lots of devotees came for darshan, did Aarti and partook prasad. Thereafter there was the special program of Shiv-Sahasranama Archana. It was a great program.

The day concluded with the final puja at midnight.

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Vedanta Camp Concludes

A six days Vedanta Camp was organized at Vedanta Ashram from 19th to 24th Feb. Devotees from Lucknow, Mumbai and Goa joined the Camp. The texts were Panchadasi Chapter 15, and Gita based 20 Values.

The day started with a Meditation session conducted by Swamini Samatanandaji. She discussed two kinds of Meditation. The Pratidhwani Japa Dhyana, and then Panchadasi based Dhyana. After this everyday some devotees did the Shiv-Puja underr tthe guidance of P. Swamini Poornanandaji, and then after tea there was the Chanting class in which chanting of Dakshinamurty Stotram was taught. After breakfast there was a marathon session of Panchadasi by Poojya Guruji. Then there was the discussion session in which everyone shared their perceptions on various important issues. Later everyone had lunch together. After some rest & tea there was the Gita Pravachans by Swamini Amitanandaji. Later after dinner there were lovely bhajans and Q&A session.

On the last day all the devotees shared their experiences of camp. It was great to see that everyone enjoyed their stay.

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Russian Sanyasis Leave

After a stay of around three months, Swamini Vidyananda, Swami Asangananda and Alexie left for Russia on the 8th Feb. During their stay here they studied Panchadasi Chapter-1 (Tattva Viveka Prakarana), Vedanta Saar, Sanskrit, Chanting etc. All of them did nice sewa at the Ashram in whatever way they could. They attended the Gita Gyana Yagna at Indore, saw the Gita Jayanti Celebrations, celebrated various special festivals, and also visited various nearby places during this stay. One of their visit was to Janapav Kuti, where they joined the Wandering Walkers World-Record making trek. Before leaving all of them did the puja of Bhagwan Sri Gangeshwar Mahadev.

They stopped in Delhi for few hours before taking their flight back to Moscow.

This entry was posted on February 26, 2017, in Ashram.

Russian Visitors visit Regional Park

Our Russian Sanyasis and devotees visited Regional Park on the 5th Feb. Angad Kapoor and Anagh Sharma took them over to the Park in their car.

They enjoyed the boating in the lake, strolling around the lovely garden, interacting with local people and even singing songs with a local singer whom they met there.

This entry was posted on February 26, 2017, in General.

Narmada Jayanti Celebrations

On 3rd Feb was the Narmada Jayanti. Every year on the Saptami Tithi in the Shukla Paksh of the month of Magha, is the Narmada Jayanti. This day is also called as the Ratha Saptami day. On this day is suppose to be the Jayanti of Surya devata, and is as auspicious as the Surya Grahan. At Vedanta Ashram, the inmates celebrated the occasion with great devotion.

A special altar of Narmadaji was made inside the Hari-Kuti on the Mandir Terrace, and was decorated appropriately. All the inmates sang bhajans, chanted Narmada Stotram and then had a small feast on the occasion.

The feast was organized on the Terrace Garden, and was simple – Idli & Sambhar, the lovely South Indian dishes. It was made by Swamini Poornanandaji. It was a pious & lovely evening.

Vedanta Sandesh – Feb 2017

The Feb 2017 edition of Vedanta Sandesh is the English monthly eMagazine of International Vedanta Mission, containing inspiring and enlightening articles of Vedanta & Hinduism, and news of the activities of Vedanta Mission & Ashram – has been published. You can check it out from the links below:

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This entry was posted on February 2, 2017, in Magazines.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: Jan 2017

On 29th Jan, the last Sunday of the month, there was the monthly satsang on Hanuman Chalisa by Poojya Guruji. The evening program began as usual with lovely bhajans, and then after the arrival of Poojya Guruji there was first the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa, then there was the hour-long enlightening pravachan by Poojya Guruji. After briefly recapitulating the talk of last month, he entered the 18th chaupayi – जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानु। लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू ।। 

First P.Guruji told the story of why & when Hanumanji went towards Sun to gobble it. The story began with Anjana when she was in the service of Brahmaji, and Brahmaji was very happy with her service & devotion, and asked her to take any boon, and she asked him to free her of a curse of a tapasvi wherein he had cursed her to have monkey-face when she falls in love with anyone. Brahmaji said that while that cannot be fully undone, but he can add a component of blessing in that. He said that she will mother a manifestation of Lord Shiva, and then be free of her curse. She was delighted.

Later when the time came and she was born on Earth, once she saw a very strong man fighting a tiger, she fell in love with him, and that very moment she became monkey-faced and kept hiding her face, later she came to know that, that strong man was Kesari, the King of Vanaras, who also fell in love with her, and both were thus happily married. Then when she begot a child, who was a manifestation of Shivji, she nicely brought him up, and then the time came for her to leave her mortal coil. She called Anjaneya, and told him that she will soon leave this body. The child was sorry, and asked how he will live his life without her love, care & guidance. Who will feed him etc. To that Anjana replied that he need not worry, his father was the great Kesari, who will nicely take care of him, Pavan devata is his protector, and whenever he felt hungry he will find ripe fruits, like the rising sun, all over the forest. She told him that everyone has to leave one day, and we should live a life wherein both living & leaving is never an issue. Later she departed.

One day when he got up early morning, he felt hungry, and went around the house and did not find anything. He was missing his mother, then he came out and saw the rising sun. He remembered the words of his mother that he could eat fruits as red as a rising sun, so he thought why not eat this only, and off he flew in that direction. He kept on flying high in the sky, and finally reached near the sun. At that time Rahu too was going to eat Sun. Anjaneya kicked him aside and started moving towards the sun, both Rahu and Sun were surprised to see this monster like creature and called for Indra’s help. Indra, the king of devatas immediately came for help, and had to finally use his Vajra to keep Anjaneya away. Vajra is a terrible thunderbolt like weapon, and only very few survive to tell their tale. However even as a child he was so strong that he was just knocked out temporarily. He fell on the ground below and became unconscious. Seeing all this Pavan devata, became very angry, and stopped the flow of wind all over. With no air to breathe people started getting suffocated and dying. They again reported the matter to Indra, who asked all devatas to go and ask for forgiveness from Pavan devata, and also bless the child with your choicest boons. This finally appeased Pavan devata, and in the process Anjaneya got blessings & boons from all the devatas. That which was a great tragedy turned out to be one of the greatest boon. Anjaneya was blessed with infinite powers, and the only mark left was his slightly bigger jaw. Jaw is called Hanu, and thereafter he came to be called as Hanuman – one with a bigger jaw. He stood apart from everyone physically and even power-wise.

Poojya Guruji later told the moral of the story. One of the most important lessons was that when we look at the mind of a child, it is so open, innocent and can believe just anything without any doubts. Any other person would have raised doubts as to how can I reach out to the skies and ‘eat’ sun, but here is the power of right education, wherein there was nothing called ‘impossible’ in his dictionary. Initially all of us are similarly open & unconditioned, but later our so called ‘education’ makes us believe in our limited identity, based on identification with our body-mind complex. Then starts our chapter of fears, incompetencies & self-imposed limitations. All our spiritual gurus tell us that greater part of their challenge is to assure unlearning & de-hypnotizing of all such self-imposed limitations & notions about ourselves. If we are basically Brahman, and the creation is just our projection, then all this will make sense, and there will be nothing impossible in our lives. We will be able to achieve anything whatsoever. Thinking alone will be the limit, if we can think big, then we shall certainly be able to achieve big – is the moral of the story.

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