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.
A week-long Gita Gyana Yagna by Poojya Guruji was organized at RK Math, Mumbai from 8th to 14th Dec. The subject matter of the discourse series were Gita Chapter 11, and Mundakopanishad 2-2. Before the Gyana Yagna, there were very nice programs of ‘Anand-Lahari’ and ‘Prerna-Talks’.
The first edition of ‘Prerna Talks’ was organized at Terapanth Bhavan, Kandivili, Mumbai on 7th Dec 2014. The topic of the talk was ‘Hindutva – for National Integration & International Peace‘. The main speaker invited for the talk was Dr Subramanian Swamy along with Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji. The whole program was organized very meticulously and nicely. Kudos to the Convener Satish Sharma and his whole team – which had so many youngsters too.
It was a house-full program with so many guests who could not get the seats too. There was great enthusiasm to hear the speakers on this interesting topic. The Master of the Ceremony was Ms Suman Sharma, who did a great job. The Convener of the Program Sh Satish Sharma welcomed everyone and also told everyone about the objectives of the program – which was to inspire the younger generation with noble & inspiring goals & thoughts. Hindutva needs to be presented as a magnanimous thought and that was the motivation behind the topic, which was specially appreciated by Dr Swamy also.
Complete Video Recording of the program – uploaded by Aashish Shetty
The first to be invited for the talk was Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji, who said that it is the spiritual dimension of ‘Adhyatma Gyana’ as revealed in vedic scriptures, which is the real essence of Hindutva, and this needed to be presented & magnified in a big way, because this alone inspired & also integrated the whole country and was direly needed in the whole world too. The root of social disintegration & disharmony is our own limited, insecure & fragmented self-identity. This alone is the singularly most important factor to cause of all discomfort, problems & grief. The great Acharyas of yore diagnosed this alone as the root cause of all human ills. The wise always go to the roots, while the ignorant waste their time tinkering with the superficialities. This being simply an erroneous perception can be set right just by right & valid knowledge, so no wonder all our scriptures and acharyas have been laying great stress on this dimension & knowledge, that is why our culture is called as Adhyatmic Samskriti. We need to do something fundamental & far-reaching in this regard – something which a visionary leadership alone can do. Not only the country but the whole world is suffering from this malaise, so this message of our country will help bring lasting peace all over the world. Many people come to this ancient land just looking for this knowledge. India needs to take some initiative in this field. We need to establish some nice international class Center of Adhyatmic Knowledge in the country and work to inspire one & all through this instrument.
Dr Swamy said that we need to start by first bringing the focus on to the common language, which was Sanskrit, to integrate the country – Hindutva will automatically follow later. Regarding the Interntional Peace, he said that it is the growing population of Muslims which is becoming a threat to peace all over. He presented statistics that wherever they become majority there is no place for others to survive. So we need to get together and first present a unified front, and then they automatically present a more human face.
Dr Swamy was honored & presented with a citation and the upadhi of ‘Bharat Gaurav‘ for all the great work done single-handedly by him for the country by Poojya Guruji along with all the ICF Trustees. Dr Swamy was very happy with the efforts of the Prerna Team for organizing such a program. In the end there were refreshments for all.
The 2014 edition of the Anand-Lahari was organized at Manik Sabhagruh, Bandra, Mumbai on 6th Dec evening. The MOC was Ms Asha Bacchani ,, she very nicely welcomed everyone, and then the program started with Bharat-Natyam & Odissi presentation by Raul & Mitali Dsouza and their group.
Thereafter the Convener of Anand-Lahari and the Managing Trustee of ICF Sh Avinash Datta welcomed everyone. Poojya Guruji then addressed the gathering with his best wishes. and after a short break was the second half of the program, wherein Ms Bindhu Malini and Mr Vedanth Bharadwaj presented their lovely bhajans.