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सितम्बर महीने का हनुमान चालीसा सत्संग का कार्यक्रम दिनांक  २४ सितम्बर को वेदांत आश्रम में आयोजित हुआ। कार्यक्रम का प्रारम्भ सूंदर भजनों  से हुआ, और फिर सबने हनुमान चालीसा का पाठ  किया। तदुपरांत  पूज्य गुरूजी ने हनुमान चालीसा की २१वीं  चौपाई पर अपना प्रवचन आगे बढ़ाया। उन्होंने कहा की यह चौपाई जहाँ हनुमानजी रामजी के द्वार में बैठे हैं और उनकी आज्ञा के बाद ही कोई भक्त रामजी के दर्शन हेतु अंदर जा कर प्रभु के दर्शन कर पता है – का अर्थ बड़ा गूढ़ है। भगवन का निवास किसी कमरे अथवा मंदिर के अंदर मात्र नहीं होता है, वे तो कण-कण में व्याप्त हैं – फिर भी बगैर हनुमानजी जैसे संत की आज्ञा और आशीर्वाद के भगवन का दर्शन नहीं होता है।  इसका अर्थ यह है, की भगवन को  देखने की दॄष्टि होनी चाहिए तभी भगवन दिखते हैं। जो भगवन को देखने की दॄष्टि  देते हैं वे तो हम लोगों के गुरु होते हैं, अतः यहाँ हनुमानजी को गुरु रूप से बताया जा रहा है।

भगवन के दर्शन के लिए एक तो हमें भगवन का ज्ञान होना चाहिए, और उससे पूर्व ज्ञान की प्राप्ति के लिए उसके लिए उत्कंठा, इच्छा और उत्साह होना चाहिए। इन सब चीजों का होना भक्ति का लक्षण है।  हनुमानजी एक गुरु की तरह बैठ के शास्त्रों का ज्ञान तो नहीं देते हैं, लेकिन वे हम लोगों के अंदर भक्ति जरूर उन्पन्न कर देते हैं। नारद भक्ति सूत्र में उन्हें भक्ति का एक आचार्य कहा गया है।  भक्ति हमें भगवत ज्ञान हेतु पात्रता प्रदान करती है।  हनुमानजी अपने आचरणों से हमें भक्ति का उपदेश देते हैं।  किसी भी व्यक्ति को भगवत भक्ति के लिए कैसे अपने आप को तैयार करना चाहिए, उस विषय पर पूज्य गुरूजी ने अपने प्रवचन में विशेष प्रकाश डाला। उन्होंने भक्ति की प्राप्ति हेतु राम जी और शबरी के उस प्रसंग की चर्चा करि – जहाँ रामजी खुद भक्ति की प्राप्ति हेतु उपदेश देते हैं।

भक्ति की प्राप्ति हेतु उन्होंने नवधा भक्ति की विस्तार से चर्चा करी।

लिंक : 

प्रवचन 

फोटो एल्बम 

This entry was posted on September 25, 2017, in Ashram.

Short Vedanta Course

A ten days Short Vedanta Course was organized at Vedanta Ashram from 20th to 29th Aug 2017. It was an English language course and the main subject-matter of the discourses was Drg-Dryshya Viveka. Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji conducted the entire course and also conducted one Meditation Class.

Video Recordings: 

Video Recording of the pravachans was also done and uploaded on YouTube. Links of the talks are given below:

Day-1: https://youtu.be/ISonYkRBOIA

Day-2: https://youtu.be/ktTf9cX7jKo

Day-3: https://youtu.be/z0TWOtGcpyY

Day-4: https://youtu.be/cBpk-LWBj08

Day-5: https://youtu.be/t3q7eeraypg

Day-6: https://youtu.be/qirSmbrAKWM

Day-7: https://youtu.be/9f-Z015YoFM

Day-8: https://youtu.be/RvoajafsrNs

Day-9: https://youtu.be/MFbGcVW_ltU

Day-10: https://youtu.be/jap1NSNCkBE

YouTube Playlist Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuSvZrG7a-I1mPs4jgtP0oux1b0FjoOK_

Audio Recordings: 

All the ten Audio Recordings can also be accessed – from the folder link below:

https://app.box.com/s/67l3eri2vvj72l6z0rsmj42cwas1lzxw

Meditation Link :

https://app.box.com/s/uhygfh3jmt24rkat3nbaetz94jjcwcx5

Photo Album: 

Puja by Neena & Manisha: https://goo.gl/photos/vN8SZgPYYiSEF3X87

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This entry was posted on August 28, 2017, in Ashram, Camp.

Janmashtami Vedanta Camp – 2017

The 2017 Janmashtami Vedanta Camp was organized at Vedanta Ashram, Indore – from 10th to 15th Aug. Campers from Mumbai, Lucknow, Vadodara, Ahmedabad and Jodhpur joined the camp. The subject matter of the camp were Laghu Vakya Vritti by Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji, Gita Chapter-7 by P. Swamini Amitanandaji, Meditation and Chanting classes by P. Swamini Samatanandaji, and Puja under the guidance of P. Swamini Poornanandaji.

 

The day started with Meditation session at 6.00 AM, followed by tea and then Puja, and then there was chanting session. After breakfast there was a marathon session of more than 120 -150 minutes by Poojya Guruji. Later there was the discussion session under the moderation of Poojya Guruji. In this session all the campers expressed their views on some select topic. Then there was lunch. Most of the days someone or the other offered Bhiksha. Devotees kept chanting some shlokas while taking meals. In the evening after tea there was the Gita session, and then after the evening Aarti & dinner there was the bhajan & QnA session.

One of the days everyone sang songs using Karaoke, and on the other day there was a lovely Jokes Session by a devotee – Sh Manohar Agarwal.

 

On 15th Aug, there was the hoisting of the tricolor – by Col Pankaj Misra, and then everyone sang the National Anthem. Later the devotees heard the PM’s address from the ramparts of Red Fort. and after some phalahar was the concluding session of the camp wherein everyone shared their experiences about the camp content and stay at Ashram. It was great joy to see everyone positively benefited & inspired by the camp & ashram stay.

This entry was posted on August 15, 2017, in Ashram.

Guru Poornima Celebrations

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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Link of Complete Photo Album – Puja & Bhandara

Link of Photo Album – Bhajan & Aarti – Evening

 

This entry was posted on July 10, 2017, in Ashram.

Vedanta (Janmashtami) Camp, Indore 2017

A five days residential Vedanta (Janmashtami) Camp is being organized at the Vedanta Ashram, Sudama Nagar, Indore. The Camp will be of six days from 10th to 15th Aug 2017, and the conclusion will be with the celebration of Sri Krishna Janmashtami on the 15th Aug. On next day to Janmashtami i.e on 16th Aug a short trip to nearby place will be organized depending upon weather. Expenses for this trip will by contribution. One can leave by 17 th Aug as per convenience.

Camp Acharyas:

The pravachans will be conducted by Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji and Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji. The Meditation and Chanting sessions will be by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji, while the Puja sessions will be guided by Poojya Swamini Poornanandaji.

Venue :

Vedanta Ashram, E/2948, Sudama Nagar, Indore-452009 (MP). Ashram on Google Map: https://goo.gl/82lPLi

Subjects :

Pravachans on ‘Laghu Vakya Vritti ; and Pravachans on ‘Gita Chapter 7‘.

All the sessions will be in Hindi.

Who can apply:

Any healthy, sincere devotee who can live in the simple & austere atmosphere of an Ashram, without any complaints & problems, and wish to study Vedanta at the feet of traditional teachers can apply. The campers will have to stay inside the venue for all these six days. They will be given rooms with twin sharing. There are few rooms with attached bath/Lat, while others have common bath/lat facilities. No outing during the camp is allowed, and if at all there is some emergency they will take permission of the Acharyas to go out. After the camp, if weather permits, there may be a short yatra organized for everyone. Expenses for this trip will by contribution.

No outside food is permitted. The timings of food & tea is fixed, and the menu is simple & sattwic. Clean filtered water is available 24×7.

Campers should be ready to serve in whatever way necessary to help keep the place clean & quiet.

All campers will have to attend all the classes and should be punctual to be in the class few minutes before.

Campers will just have to bring their minimum necessary clothes and toiletries. Bedding will be provided by the Ashram.

Routine :

6.00 AM – Meditation (by Swamini Samatanandaji)

6.30 – Tea

6.45 – Shri Gangeshwar Mahadev Abhishek & Aarati (by Swamini Poornanandaji)

7.15 – Chanting (by Swamini Samatanandaji)

8.00 – Breakfast

9.00 – Two Pravachans on the ‘Laghu Vakya Vritti’ (by Poojya Guruji)

12.30 – Lunch

4.00 PM – Tea

5.00 – Pravachan on ‘Gita Chapter 7’ (by Swamini Amitanandaji)

6.30 – Temple Arati

7.30 – Dinner

8.30 – Bhajan / Que & Ans / Cultural events

10.00 – Lights off

Travel Plans:

The Campers will have to reach the venue latest by 9th Aug evening and can leave by 17 th Aug as per their conveniences. Any change will have to be notified earlier.

Registration:

1. Please fill up the online Registration Form by following the link or check out the form below.

2. All the classes are free, but the campers have to take care of the various stay & food expenses etc. The fee for all these logistics, per person, has been fixed at Rs 5000/- for the six days stay. This amount can be deposited in any branch of  HDFC Bank. The account details are:

1. Name: Vedanta Parmarthic Sewa Trust

2. HDFC Bank Savings A/C No. 02811000003766. (Annapoorna Road Branch, Indore)

3. Other methods of Registration payment;

upi – vpst3766@upi or 9302107229

Mobikwik – 9302107229

By Cards

3. You can even simply inform us of your wish to join the camp either by email or WhatsApp. We shall then provide all the required details of completing the formalities personally. Registration will however be confirmed only when the required donation is deposited in the Bank.

Registration Form: 

This entry was posted on April 23, 2017, in Ashram, Camp.

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.

Photo Album 

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.

Complete Album 

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.

Panchadasi Pravachans Link

Camp Albums Links

Day-1

Day-2

Day-3

Day-4

Day-5

Day-6

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.

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.