The 2018 edition of Anand-Lahari was organized on 10th Dec 2018 at the new Rang-Mandir Auditorium, Patwardhan Park, Bandra, Mumbai. Poojya Guruji blessed the occasion with his presence.
The program started with dance presentations by Ms Sanjukta Wagh ans Ms Radhika Sood Nayak, and in the second half there was the Bhajan program presented by Ms Pooja Gaitonde.
In the intermission the Managing Trustee of the Indian Cultural Foundation introduced the objectives of ICF to the guests and then Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmananda ji spoke about the objectives of ICF as the Fund Collector of ICF Programs, Encouraging Cultural Artists and he wished that in future we shall encourage artists who present Vedic Values & Culture.
On 10th Dec 2018, Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji announced an outing at th end of the GITA MAHAYAGNA in Mumbai, and that was an outing called JUNGLE MEIN MANGAL – this was for visiting the Maharashtra Nature Park at Mahim. While the organizers were anticipating around 25-30 people, more than 60 people turned up at the appointed time. It was a great joy to see the enthusiasm of people to go for a walk & satsang in such a place of amidst Natural beauty.
The plan was to walk around a man-made forest patch for an hour or so, and then sit down somewhere below some tree for some Satsang & Meditation. However, going around in the forest was so engrossing & enlightening that all our time went away only in forest walk and learning about the different plants etc by a trained guide provided to us by the Park authorities.
Initially everyone gathered in one of their presentation halls. One senior official briefed us about the history of Park, and then the guide, Mr Prashant briefed us about the proposed tour. We were told that this place was initially a dump-yard for garbage, but then someone had this great idea of creating a park on this garbage. Tons of soil was pot and tree plantation started, and now they have acres of lovely forest. They have butterfly garden, Nakshatra Van – with trees of every constellation, plants & trees of medicinal importance etc. There are more than 100 kinds of birds which have been spotted there.
Finally there was packed snacks for all, which everyone sat together in one of their open halls and enjoyed it.
During Gita Gyan Yagna at Ahmedabad Swamini Amitanandaji was invited by Sh. Dasadia family to bless Sh. Ketanbhai Dasadia & his family. This function was organized on the ocassion of meeting all friends & relatives at Ahmedabad, as Ketanbhai recently shifted from Bhavnagar to Ahmedabad for the further education of his two sons.
This function was in Page One Hotel, Vastrapur. Program was started with beautiful presentation of Bhajans, songs and Gazals on guitar by a young college student Nirdesh Kumar. which was followed by the speech of P. Swaminiji on “Namaste”. The impact effect of this speech was immediately seen and those who attended this function started doing greet by “Namaste” mudra instead of Shaking hands.
The speech was Self Respect invoking to our tradion.
During Gita Gyan Yagya at Ahmedabad, on 29th June Swamini Amitanandaji visited FRIGE (Foundation of Reasearch in Genetic and Endocrinology) in Ahmedabad. This institute is run by Dr. Jayesh Sheth, Dr. Frenny Sheth along with a group of scientists and clinical doctors.This institute was inaugurated by Our Late Pres. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Dr. Jayesh Sheth and his wife Dr. Frenny Sheth are doing exemplary research work at Foundation for Research in Genetics and Endocrinology (FRIGE), Ahmedabad. Dr. Jayesh Sheth has done research on rare diseases of Genetic disorders. He is awarded by Dr. Abdul Kalam.
Dr Frenny Sheth has received Lifetime Achievement Award for Initiatives, Discoveries, and Developments in the discipline of Cytogenetics and Molecular Cytogenetics by Vinus International Research Awards in December 2016″
Poojya swaminiji has interactive session with those scientists & doctors students & FRIGE staff.
The topic of this discussion was “What is the Nature of God & why should we believe in God?” All the members participated nicely and at the end P. Swaminiji concluded this topic. Overall it was enlightening & motivational session.
At the end Dr. Jayesh Sheth delivered thanks to all.
On 26th May, Sh Raghu Iyer, a very dedicated and passionate Wildlife Photographer was invited to Vedanta Ashram to enlighten the Ashram Mahatmas & devotees about the intricacies and tips of Field Photography. After the darshan of Bhagwan Sri Gangeshwar Mahadev in the Ashram Mandir, we had our very enlightening session of more than 90 minutes.
Raghu brought a very helpful chart for everyone to get an idea of Aperture / Shutter & ISO adjustments. He brought his various award-winning pictures and explained them too.
His wife Jaishree and son Ashwin also came. After dinner for which they also brought a lovely dish, Jaishree Raghunandan sang two lovely bhajans in Carnatic music style, which literally had a cool meditative effect.
दिनांक २३ मई २०१८ को वेदान्त आश्रम में इंदौर शहर के जाने-माने फोटोग्राफर श्री अखिल हर्डिया जी को आश्रम के अंतेवासियों को फोटोग्राफी का मूलभूत एवं आवश्यक ज्ञान देने हेतु आमंत्रित किया गया। अखिलजी इस क्षेत्र में पिछले तीन दशकों से समर्पित हैं, और अभी वे स्वतंत्र रूप से कार्य करते रहते हैं। इससे पूर्व वे अनेको वर्षो से दैनिक भास्कर समूह से जुड़े रहे, और उन्हें सैकड़ों पुरस्कार से अलंकृत किया जाता रहा है। आज वे देवी अहिल्याबाई विस्वविद्यालय के इंस्टिट्यूट ऑफ़ मास कम्युनिकेशन के विजिटिंग फैकल्टी भी हैं।
उन्होंने निम्नलिखित बिंदुओं पर विशेष प्रकाश डाला:
– कैमरे और लेंस का परिचय
– अच्छी फ़ोटो खीचने के लिए किन बातों के ध्यान रखना चाहिए
– ज्यादा और कम लाइट में कैसे फ़ोटो खिंचे
– कम लाइट में बिना फ़्लैश
– फोकस करने के बावद, कई बार ऑटो-फोकस फोकस ही करता ही रहता है, और समय निकल जाता है
– उड़ते पक्षी आदि की फ़ोटो
– डेप्थ ऑफ़ फील्ड कम-ज्यादा करना
– चलती वस्तु की फ़ोटो
– एक्सपोज़र कम-ज्यादा करना
वे अपने साथ कुछ अपनी विशेष फोटो भी लाये थे, जिन्हे उन्होंने समझा के बतलाया। बाद में कुछ प्रश्न-उत्तर भी हुए। उनके साथ फोटोग्राफी के एक प्रेमी श्री नवीन चंद्र थापक जी भी आये थे। थापकजी स्टेट बैंक ऑफ़ इंडिया के एक सेवा निवृत्त मैनेजर हैं।
An inspiring audio clip by Swamini Samatananda – on our Comfort Zones.
We all love our Comfort Zone. It is a comfortable & heavenly place we create for ourselves, where we can get relaxed & refreshed. It is important no doubt that we all have our comfort zones. However, there is also a flip side to it. We should not be so tired that we never come out of our comfort zones to experience this beautiful & amazing life. Many people get so attached to their comfort zones, that thereafter they are afraid to come out of it. At that time our comfort zone becomes like our own self-created jail denying us the very life we need to live & experience.
Do get refreshed and then come out in the sunshine of life to experience the life given to us on a platter by God himself, and get stronger too. She says that Tapasya is all about coming out of our comfort zones. Check out the podcast.
On 29th Jan 2017, an Indore based trek group called ‘Walking Wanderers’, organized a short trek to Janapav Kuti, an ancient place, which is around 45 Kms from Indore (an hour drive). This place is not only supposed to be the birth place of Chambal River, but is also said to be the birth place of well-known Parashuram Rishi. The trek group aptly named this trek as ‘Lakshya’ – as by this trek they aimed to break a world record to organizing a trek with the largest number of people. They succeeded in their well-organized efforts because they could finally garner around 4000+ people, breaking the earlier record of 2100 people joing a single trek.
Poojya Guruji saw the news of this plan in the newspapers, and took initiative to contact the group and organize a trip for our Russian visitors. Five members connected with Vedanta Ashram were registered for the trip. Swamini Vidyananda, Swami Asangananda, Alexei Rostovtsev, Anagh Sharma and Angad Kapoor went for the trip. Angad Kapoor lead the group on the d-day in his car to the base camp. The trek was only of 3 Kms, but at places the climb was tough and the weather was hot. Passing through green fields, a small village, small temples the trekkers went on enjoying the trip. The organizers had made good arrangements of drinking water on the way, there was an ambulance of any possible emergency and of course Police arrangements too.
After reaching the top, they were greeted with some musical presentations, and were also given Certificates of Participation in this world-record event. While there they saw the ancient kund from where not only Chambal River but also four more rivers were said to have originated. They are: Chambal, Gambhir, Karam, Ajnar and Nakhedi. There must obviously be some perennial spring in the kund for its regular source of water. Out of these the first two become good sized rivers. The government plans to renovate the entire place and make it a good tourist attraction. Then there is a Shiv temple, exactly on the place of the birth place of Parashuram ji. Now some Dharmshala etc have also come up. There were lots of black-faced monkey’s in the area adding to the adventure.
Poojya Guruji was invited at the annual function of the conclusion of Sunderkand Patha which takes place throughout the year. In this function various Bhajan Mandalis are invited to give their presentations. Poojya Guruji was warmly welcomed with chanting of Vedic Mantras. He had the darshan of Hanumanji who had been beautifully decorated, and then later he spoke about Hanumanji.