वेदांत आश्रम में दिनांक 18/२ को फरवरी मॉस के मासिक हनुमान चालीसा सत्संग का आयोजन हुआ। प्रारम्भ में पूर्ववत भजनो का कार्यक्रम हुआ, और फिर हनुमान चालीसा के पाठ के बाद पूज्य गुरूजी श्री स्वामी आत्मानंदजी महाराज का प्रवचन प्रारम्भ हुआ। इस बार २४वीं चौपाई पर प्रवचन हुआ – भूत पिशाच निकट नहीं आवे। महावीर जब नाम सुनावे।। प्रारम्भ में गाया हुआ एक सुन्दर भजन :
उन्होंने बताया की भूत और पिशाच तामसी योनियां होती हैं, जो की मूल रूप से काम और क्रोध के अतिरेक की अग्रिम रूप और अभिव्यक्ति होती हैं। हमारे मन में जो भी विकार होते हैं वे जब प्रबल हो जाते हैं तब वे बाहर भी अभिव्यक्त हो कर दिखने लगते हैं। ईश्वर की भक्ति से युक्त होकर उनका अपने आखों से दर्शन भी इसी सिद्धांत के अनुरूप होता है। दुनियां में होती तो बहुत सारी चीजें हैं लेकिन दिखते वो ही है जिसका हमारे मन में महत्त्व होता है। जो भूतकाल की अतृप्त कामनाओं से व्यथित होते हैं उन्हें उनका भूतकाल अपनी चिंताओं और डर से युक्त होकर भूत के रूप में प्रगट होकर डराता रहता है। और जो अपनी अपूर्त आकांक्षाओं के कारण किसी न किसी बाह्य हेतु को उसका जिम्मेदार समझते हैं वे क्रोध की आग में जलते हैं और यह ही अपने अग्रिम रूप में पिशाच बनकर उन्हें डराता रहता है। ऐसे लोगों की दृष्टि से भूत पिशाच निश्चित रूप से होते हैं और उन्हें न केवल दिखते हैं बल्कि उन्हें डराते भी हैं। इन सब सिद्धांत का प्रमाण यह है की ये ही भूत आदि दूसरों को दिखते भी नहीं हैं। वेदांत का सिद्धांत है की हमारी दृष्टि ही सृष्टि उत्पन्न करती है, अतः जिन लोगों को दिखते हैं वे सब उनके लिए निश्चित रूप से सत्य होते हैं, और उनका उचित उपचार करना आवश्यक होता है।
नकारात्मक सोच के शारीरिक अथवा मानसिक दुष्परिणाम किसी औषधियों से नहीं बल्कि सकारात्मक सोच से ही स्थायी रूप से दूर करे जा सकते हैं। अतः गोस्वामीजी कहते हैं की जो-जो लोग ऐसे दुष्परिणामों के शिकार हैं उनके लिए हनुमानजी का नाम ही पर्याप्त है। अच्छाई के अस्तित्व की आस्था बुराई की निवृत्ति का पहला कदम होती है। अतः हनुमानजी के नाम मात्र का उच्चारण इन भूत और पिशाचों को दूर भगा देता है। हनुमानजी जैसे भक्तों के चरित्र का चिंतन आगे चल के हमें काम-क्रोध आदि विकारों से ही मुक्त करके भक्ति का प्रसाद प्रदान कर देता है। यह ही बात इस चौपाई में बताई गई है।
On 11th Feb night, in place of the after dinner bhajans, there was a Karaoke Session. Most of the participants opened up and gave presentation. It was fun seeing everyone relaxed and at home. There were some very lovely presentations.
The Mahashivratri Vedanta Camp at Vedanta Ashram started on 8th Feb 2018, with campers from Mumbai, Lucknow, Bhavnagar and Ahmedabad. The subject matter of the main discourse by Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji is Kaivalyopanishad. P. Swamini Amitanandaji is conducting discourses on Shiv-Sankalpa Sukta, while P. Swamini Samatanandaji is taking sessions on Meditation and also Chanting. P. Swamini Poornanandaji is directing devotees in the daily Shiv-Puja.
Apart from these sessions there is a session of Discussion in which the campers put forward their views on some topic presented to them. In the night there is a lovely session of bhajans, before we call off the day.
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On 29th Jan morning, a talk of Poojya Guruji was organized by the Rotary Club of Mumbai, Dahisar, in their Rotay Garden Campus, on the topic of BE THE INSPIRATION. More than 100 participants gathered for the talk, and listened to the talk with rapt attention.
The second Prerna Talks was organized on 28th Jan 2018 at Dahisar Vidya Mandir’s new Banquet Hall. The topic of the talks was ‘Ekta ke Sutra ki Khoj – Sabke Kalyanarth’. The speakers were Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji and Dr Sambit Patra. They arrived at right time, and were warmly received with Poorna Kumbh and mantra chanting by the children. School children also presented a band show and took the guests marching to the venue.
After prayers, lighting of the lamp and lovely patriotic song, the speakers were introducted and they spoke very nicely on the given topic. In the end there were some question & answers. Overall it was a great memorable program which everyone praised heartily.
A special Satsang with Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji was organized at Vivekananda Auditorium in RK Math, Khar, Mumbai on 28th Jan morning. It was a session about Vedantic Meditation and QnA. In this session Poojya Guruji first did a conducted Vedantic Meditation. After initial briefing, he got the lights closed and then guided everyone into Vedantic Meditation – into discovering & being our true Self.
He briefed that the most prevalent Meditation is either quietening of the mind or getting overwhelmed by devotion. Both have limited roles to play and do not directly lead to Self-Knowledge. Instead of just wishing to have a quiet mind, one should rather aim for an enlightened mind, by slowly seeing the facts as they are, into our self being pure existence & consciousness.
After the Meditation, there was a short break, and it was followed by an open-house Question & Answer session. There were lots of questions, written on papers and passed on to Guruji, who handled all of them very patiently and satisfactorily.
As the session was expected to be a bit longer, so the VM authorities organized snacks for all. Inspite of the early morning program (starting 7.00 AM) the rush of devotees was more than expected so few got left – which was in a way a good sign. Better the participation more is the satisfaction & success of any program.
On 27th Jan 2018, a Talk by Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji was organized at the GJ Advani Law College in Mumbai. Poojya Guruji alongwith Swamini Amitanandaji, Swamini Samatanandaji, Avinash Datta and Mohan Lala arrived at the premier Law College in Bandra, Mumbai. They were received by Advocate Satish Prabhu, who introduced them to the Principal of the College, Dr Kavita Lalchandani. She received all of them warmly.
Later she introduced the visiting Mahatmas to the students, and Poojya Guruji delivered his enlightening speech. He told how Stress is taking great toll of even the students community. NIMHANS recently said that on an average 10000 students are committing suicide every year. This is very alarming, and every institute and family should wake up to this fact. Students too should realize to handle their problems calmly. P. Guruji said that stress is basically the negative worrisome reaction of the mnd to negative turn of events. Life will continuosly keep on presenting various situations, and they may be good or bad. We need to realize that Good or Bad are our personal perceptions & response, and at the end of the day they may or may not be right. If at all they are imaginary, then it is not worthwhile to put all our eggs in one basket and consider some negative situation as the end of the world. Life is for our pleasure & joy, and no situation is big enough to become so despondent that someone even thinks of ending the life.
As a first aid, one should not let the stress build up, and should take a break often wherein he or she turns to their other interests. It is only the built-up of stress which causes various extremely disasterous psycho-somatic diseases. However, first aid alone never helps any problem to root out. So one should delve deeper. The first requirement to handle stress is to develop equanimity in all ups & downs of life. Both joys & sorrows come & go, we need to retain our cool and be prepared for them to come & go. This samttvam is the essence of all Yoga. Finally it is not Yoga also which is the solution, but a deeper knowledge of life. A premise or the philosophy of life wherein we have the notion that real joy & security comes from the world outside is the basic culprit. This premise is untrue and baseless. It doesnt stand scrutiny & enquiry. The truth is that we are bliss ourselves. True security also is to know & be your self. To the extent we have gone away from this funademtal philosohy of life, to that extent alone we are facing the music of stress. Our stresses are telling us softly that something is fundamentally wrong somewhere, so have a re-look at life, and it shall indeed become a blessing.