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Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: May 2017

On 28th May was the last Sunday of the month, it was the day of the monthly ‘Hanuman Chalisa Satsang’ at Vedanta Ashram – by Poojya Guruji. The program started with lovely bhajans by our Bhajan Mandali. AT 7.00 PM Poojya Guruji came on the Vyasa Peetha, and after his welcome started the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa by everyone. and then his hour-long enlightening pravachan.

Poojya Guruji continued his talk on the same chaupayi as last month and threw different light on its message. दुर्गम काज जगत के जेते, सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हारे तेते। meaning “All that which is very difficult & almost unattainable in life, becomes easy & attainable because of your grace”. While last month it was told that anything durgam is ones personal perceptions and such conditioning’s are formed when when a person just see’s his or her competencies, but when they become an instrument of God then their perception changes drastically regarding their own competencies and thus nothing remains durgam and rather is seen as possible or sugam. All we need to become is God’s instrument, then sky becomes the limit. This month he took the topic of ‘sugam anugrah tumhare tete’. While it is no doubt that with the blessings of God anything & everything becomes possible, but the real question is – how to become a recipient of God anugrah. How to invoke his blessings?

We invoke the blessing of our elders & Guru’s just by having respect towards them and following their precepts. What else does a teacher wish & expect from a student except proper understanding and living as per the teaching. We believe God more than our mind & conditioning’s about ourselves. All limitations are self-imposed, and if we truly believe someone who is just telling that we have infinite capacities to achieve & attain anything in life, then obviously we need to believe them to be a recipient of their grace. God not only reveals to us our competencies, but he alone creates & manages the whole world, he alone is the real karma-phal-data, the giver of every situation in life. So belief in him also requires our changed perception towards every situation we receive in life. A good devotee looks upon every situation in life as a prasad of God. Good or bad, God alone has given us this – for our betterment. Either as a pat on the back or maybe a tough situation to learn something and become more stronger. So to remain in good books of God and assure continuous flow of anugrah requires looking upto every situation in life as his prasad. Just as after darshan in a temple we get prasad, whatever it may be, it take it respectfully and partake it with profound blessedness. So also when a person reveals such positivity in receiving any situation in life, then all fears and complexes effortlessly disappear and the door to achieving great things open in life. So the first thing in life is to have Prasad-buddhi.

Second buddhi is all about how we respond to the situations we get. Normally our motivation is self-centered & ego-centric. Whoever has such a motivation limits their competencies, and thus closes the door of God’s blessings. In a God’s devotee this too changes. When we discover that an omniscient God is taking care of us in & through all situations by showering us with all that which is good for us, then the burden of living our lives just by ourselves & for ourselves changes. Instead the motivation becomes to live for God. So whatever we do should truly & sincerely be for the pleasure of God. This is called Ishwar-Arpan Buddhi. Like a lover doing everything for our respectful beloved God alone. This brings about such a paradigm shift in our attitudes that we become competent to attain the impossible.

These two buddhis – Prasad-Buddhi and the Ishwar-Arpan Buddhi are sure shot means to invoke the anugrah of God, and then alone even the durgam becomes sugam.

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Vaishnav Devi Yatra

On 11th May Poojya Guruji and P. Swamini Samatanandaji went to Vaishnav Devi Mandir for darshan of Mataji. They started early morning at 5.00 AM in the luxurious Rexton SUV of Grovers (driver Rajesh). They reached Katra before 8.00 and got the necessary passes for the Helicopter flight. The comfortable flight took just 4 mins to reach Sanji Chhat, which is 2.5 Kms short of Bhavan. They took palkis, and then a Police officer took them to the Mandir for darshan of Mataji and were back by 4.00 at Katra. After lunch on their way they were back to Pathankot by evening. A great memorable trip.

This entry was posted on May 21, 2017, in Yatra.

Sidhbari Yatra

On 10th May, Poojya Guruji and P. Swamini Samatanandaji left for Sidhbari, Chamunda Devi & Mcleod Ganj Yatra. They left Pathankot after breakfast in the luxurious Rexton SUV of Grovers. The drive to Sidhbari took about 2 hours. At the Ashram, they met the Manager Sh Gupta, who took the visitors around. Poojya Guruji paid respect at the Samadhi of his Brahmaleen Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji, had darshan of Ram Mandir and Hanumanji and then left for Chamunda Devi Mandir. Then they went to McLeodGanj, where they had darshan of the Tibetian Temple. Later after lunch there they were back at Pathankot by evening. It was a nostalgic Yatra down the memory lanes for P. Guruji.

This entry was posted on May 21, 2017, in Yatra.

Amritsar Yatra

On 8th May 2017, Poojya Guruji and Swamini Samatanandaji drove from Pathankot to visit Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir at Amritsar. Had nice darshan at both places. In the afternoon had lunch and some rest at Hotel Namaskar, which was of a friend of SK Grover, our host at Pathankot. He was Mr Mahajan, an inquisitive & devoted person.

This entry was posted on May 19, 2017, in Yatra.

Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: April 2017

The April 2017 issue of the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang was organized at Vedanta Ashram, Indore on 30th April. That day was the Jayanti of Sri Adi Sankaracharya and our first program was a procession from Ashram to Sankaracharya Dwar – with Dhol, Bells, Ghanta & Shankh. Lot of devotees and colony people joined the procession. Later the satsang began with lovely bhajans, then we had the samuhik chanting of Hanuman Chalisa and finally the enlightening pravachan of Poojya Guruji. The hall was overflowing with devotees this time, and we may have to think to having the satsang again in the bigger hall above.

In his pravachan Poojya Guruji first briefly summarized the message of the last chaupayi & pravachan and said that the truth of mudrika is basically a mantra given by Ramji to Hanumanji, this alone can be kept in mouth and also brings wonders. Interpreting the mudrika as a ring has many contradictions.

Then he proceeded to the next chaupayi – the 20th one, which is the center of this lovely garland of 40 chaupayis, called chalisa. दुर्गम काज जगत के जेते, सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हारे तेते। meaning “All that which is very difficult & almost unattainable in life, becomes easy & attainable because of your grace”. Goswamiji says that nothing remains impossible for such people, and thus sky literally becomes the limit for such people. In every field of life they attain great heights.

Every person is capable of attaining great heights in life. Some have obviously attained the unimaginable and have become inspirer’s for the world. However, the majority remain mediocre people. They are in fact somehow constrained to even think or dream big. Why do some people impose limitations on themselves so that they cant even dream big. The reason is that they have been relying only on themselves, whom they know to be limited. Various memories come and validate their beliefs that it had been so difficult to attain various things in life. If passing through high school itself was such a problem then how could they ever think of getting Brahma-Gyana. The doer gets constrained to think big because of his/her memories. However, if someone takes oneself to be an instrument of God, then obviously the scene becomes different. Belief in God brings wonders, now it is the God who proposes and we just have to dispose. He tickles and our giggles percolate in the world outside. This is a great technique to help someone get free from their own conditioning’s and start thinking big.

Durgam is something which we create for ourselves. We define what is difficult and easy for us, and once defined we just remain in self-defined limits, and think that’s being practical. Here is a proposition of making the durgam also sugam. Think that if God has given us a situation, then obviously he believes that we can do it. If God believes that we can do it, then why should we throw spanner in the works and think on the contrary. Taking God as our master, as someone who has not only given us hands & legs but also mind & intellect – which can dream big and plan appropriately to make that a reality. Think about various unimaginable things which Hanumanji could do. He could do all that because he took himself as an instrument of Ramji. This is what we also need to do, and keep aside self-limiting constraints. If we dare to go ahead then alone there is any possibility of attaining anything. Even if we do not succeed in the first go then we would have learnt some important lessons and will certainly do it next time. However, if we believe we can do it, then we shall certainly do it. Telling various stories of Hanumanji and others Poojya Guruji effectively communicated this inspiring message & lesson.

The program ended with a Bhandara – to celebrate both the Sankaracharya Jayanti and also the Sanyas Deeksha Day of Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji.

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Vedanta Sandesh – May 2017

The May 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 May 1, 2017, in Magazines.