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.
After nine years of dealing with elaborate pravachans on each chapter of Bhagwad Gita – two every year, all the eighteen chapters were completed in May 2018. As a grand completion of a great program, it was decided that Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji will take the summary of all the eighteen chapters of Bhagwad Gita in one session. As such in the winter session a nine days Gita Mahayagna was planned – and then successfully and very satisfactorily completed – from 30th Nov to 8th Dec.
Poojya Guruji and P. Swamini Samatanandaji reached Mumbai on 29th Non, and from 30th Nov morning, the anushthtan began with the first chapter of Gita. First Poojya Guruji was received at the venue with Poorna-Kumbha and chanting of Vedic Mantras. There was great enthusiasm in the devotees coming to listen to these discourses and slowly the entire hall was jam-packed. Every day there was the summary of two chapters of Bhagwad Gita – one in the morning and one in the evening. The organizers planned the event nicely, in every session there were yajmans who did the Vyasa-Peeth Puja and later the Gita Aarti. Prasad was distributed by them to all devotees.
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.
A week-long GITA GYANA YAGNA by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji was organized at Vivekananda Auditorium, in Ramkrishna Math, Khar, Mumbai, from 4th to 11th Dec 2017. The subject-matter of the twin discourse series were – Gita Chapter 17, and Advaita-Makaranda.
The 2017 edition of Anand-Lahari was organized on 2nd Dec 2017, at Manik Sabha Gruh, Bandra, Mumbai. Anand-Lahari is an annual musical fest organized by Indian Cultural Foundation, a charitable organization encouraging the cultural heritage of our country.
Asha Bachani welcomed Poojya Guruji and all the guests and introduced the artists. This year the program was divided into two parts. The first part was of classical dance, presented by Sanyukta Wagh, and Sruti Viswanath; while the second part was of that of spiritual songs. In the second part we had a nice devotional singer Shabanam Virmani. Both the programs were very much appreciated.
In the interval, the Managing Trustee of ICF, who is also the President of Vedanta Mission, Mumbai, and Convenor of Anand-Lahari, Sh Avinash Datta, welcomed everyone and also the Trust activities. he also introduced Poojya Guruji and requested him to give his blessings.
A GITA GYANA YAGNA by Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji was organized at Mumbai from 26th Nov to 3rd Dec 2016. The venue was Vivekananda Auditorium inside RK Math, Khar, Mumbai. The subject-matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 15 and Panchadasi Ch-3.
After the Gyana Yagna, there was the lovely annual Musical Fest of ICF – the ‘Anand-Lahari’ on the 3rd Dec evening. The artists who had been invited this year were Sh Mooralala and Sh Makarand Deshpande.
Check out the playlist of the presentations. Audio quality not so good. Was recorded from far.
On 12th April 2015, Poojya Guruji invited all the Trustees to Vedanta Ashram, Indore for the meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Indian Cultural Foundation, Mumbai. The Managing Trustee, Sh Avinash Dutta, along with his wife, Smt Ritu Datta, came to the Ashram a day before and spent a day with everyone here and also did an elaborate Rudrabhisheka on 12th morning, while Sh Satish Sharma, arrived on 12th morning after the darshan of Bhagwan Sri Mahakaleshwar at Ujjain. Sh Mohan Lalaji could not make it.
The Trustees had a very elaborate & satisfactory meeting discussing all the past & future programs. For the Prerna Talks it was decided to invite Sh Rajeev Malhotra, (USA) for the Dec program.
Everyone had a lovely lunch together and by evening all the board members left for Mumbai.