A week-long ‘Gita Gyana Yagna’ by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji was organized at Pritam Community Hall, Kasak in Bharuch from 24th to 30th July 2017. The subject-matter of the twin discourse series were: Gita Chapter 2nd and Drig Drisya Vivek.
This yagna was organized by Sh. Manoj Kulchandani & his family. Kulchandani brothers lighted the lamp in the beginning of the Yagna and did Vyas peeth pooja. Mr. Kalapi who is the well-known interior desogner welcomed every one. The 2nd chapter of Bhagwad Gita is about the Sankhya Yoga, in which God revels the whole journey from Samsari to an enlightened person. This is the starting of teaching of Gita, where Arjuna surrendered to God and ask about Dharm
a which leads to freedom. Poojya Swaminiji explained very nicely. The morning text was Drig Dryshya Viveka of Adi Sankaracharya. In this text Acharya revealed seer & seen discrimination. All p
ravachans were in Gujrati language.
During one of the days a Shiv Puja was organized at the residence of Manojbhai, were many of his friends & relatives brought their Shiv-Lingas and Swaminiji directed them to do the puja in this holy month of Savan.
The last Sunday of July was on 30th, and we had our monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang on that day at Ashram. As usual the program began at 6.30 PM with lovely Bhajans by the Bajrangbali Bhaktas. Later after the arrival of Poojya Guruji on the Vyasa Peetha and his swagat, there was the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa and then he continued his pravachan on the chaupayi on the 21st chaupayi – राम दुआरे तुम रखवारे। होत न आज्ञा बिन पैसारे।।
Poojya Guruji said that this chaupayi is one of the finest and has helped him a lot in his sadhana. It says that Hanumanji sits guarding the door to the palace of Bhagwan Sri Ram, and no one can enter inside without his permission. This is a very significant chaupayi, because it reveals the secret of how one can approach & get darshan of the ultimate truth of our self and this entire life. Hanumanji is the key to darshan of Bhagwan Ram. Hanumanji obviously is not someone who can be coerced or bribed to get an entry inside. All his stories reveal that he himself is very happy & enthusiastic when someone approaches Bhagwan and gets blessed by his darshan, yet Hanumanji’s permission is extremely necessary. What does this mean? It means that we need to be blessed with some qualities which a Bhakta & Mahatma like Hanumanji suggests & endorses, and having which qualities Ramji will necessarily be very happy about. If at all there are some blockages, then like in the case of Vibhishan, Hanumanji tries his best to remove those blockages and prepares the person to go and surrender to Ramji. Vibhishan had some doubts about his Rakshas kula, but Hanumanji removed that hesitation and made Vibhishan confidant to go to Ramji and changed the life of a person. So also was the case of Sugriva. Hanumanji was the one who brought about that special friendship.
This chaupayi in fact indicates that for faith & devotion unto God some qualities are required, and a Sant & Mahatma like Hanumanji is one who prepares a devotee for this divine turn. Texts like Narada Bhakti Sutra, reveal to us the requisites of a devotee. While there are certainly some texts which reveal the so called adhikari for Bhakti & Sharanagati, but if one is blessed to have association of a devotee like Hanumanji then we come to be blessed with all the required qualities. We ‘see’ all those qualities – in action, live – and without any doubt that is the best way to appreciate and assimilate all those qualities. There is indeed no better blessing than getting association of a great gyani and devotee. We go to our gurus only to be aware of all the necessary preparations and knowledge which prepare us for the realization of Ramji in our hearts. This is the implication of saying that Hanumanji is sitting outside the door of Ramji’s palace and only after his permission anyone can go inside.
Poojya Guruji elaborated on the word ‘Paisare’, Hanumanji doesn’t allow anyone inside till the person surrenders completely. He said that the unique identity of we Hindus all over the world is Namaskar. Namaskar is a sadhana, it implies seeing the divinity in others, and in the process keeping aside our ego and reveling in the awareness of God. That is called pasarana. It is only those people who can dare to keep aside their ego and become humble, who are as though permitted inside.
This year (2017) the Guru Poornima was on 9th of July. A lovely altar of Guru Parampara was made in the Satsang Hall, and Bhagwan Sankaracharya also was decorated tastefully. In the morning from 10.30 onwards the main puja was organized. Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji Maharaj started the puja by paying respects to the Guru Parampara, and then Sh Kailesh & Smt Taruna Oza, along with their daughter Palak, of Ahmedabad did the Pada-Puja of Poojya Guruji on behalf of all devotees.
The elaborate shodashopachar puja was done by the visiting devotees under the guidance of Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji, along with the Archana by 108 names. Before Aarti Poojya Guruji blessed everyone with a brief pravachan. Then was the Aarti and then various devotees came along with their family members and personally offered their respects to Poojya Guruji. Later there was Bhandara for all in the dining on the second floor. Bhandara was offered by Sh Avinash Datta in the memory of his late wife Smt Ritu Datta, who succumbed to cancer on 30th of June.
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