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Gita Gyana Yagna, Indore

Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji conducted a six days GITA GYANA YAGNA at Manas Bhawan – of Hindi Sahitya Samiti, at RNT Marg, Indore, from 22nd to 27th Oct 2017. This was the fifth year in that location, and as every year P. Guruji is taking a chapter, so this year was the fifth chapter of Bhagwad Gita, the Karma Sanyas Yoga.

All the six days of the Gyana Yagna there was a sponsor, who did the Vyasa Peeth Puja and later the Gita Aarti.

Links of Albums along with other links are given below. The pravachans were recorded, both audio & video, and have since been uploaded.

Album Links:

GGY – Day-1GGY – Day-2GGY – Day-3GGY – Day-4GGY – Day-5GGY – Day-6

Video Links: 

Day-1 / Day-2 / Day-3 / Day-4 / Day-5 / Day-6 

This entry was posted on October 29, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Barbil

Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji conducted a six days GITA GYANA YAGNA at Barbil, in Orissa state, from 2nd to 7th Oct, 2017. This was a first such program in the Divine Life Society Center there. The subject matters were Gita Chapter-1 and Kathopanishad 1-1. The organizers did their best, and it was an overall a very satisfactory program. The place is surrounded by hills and forests. It is well-known for mining. There are lovely sight-seeing places all over and the organizers took P. Swaminiji around too.

Bhubaneswar Airport

Lovely Sandart at the Airport

 Earlier P. Swaminiji reached Bhubaneswar from Indore, by flight, and then next day drove to Barbil, in a 6-7 hours drive by road. The roads were very nice. Alongwith P. Swaminiji, Swami Sreenivasanandaji (from Bhubaneswar) and Sh Rajesh Kumar (from Lucknow) also accompanied. The main host was Sh Ramakant Raut, who has his mining business in Barbil, and is also the President of DLS, Barbil. A very sincere & dedicated person, looking after everyone very nicely. On the way to Barbil, they had darshan of Tarani Mata.

Darshan of Tarani Mata on the way

The stay was in the Ashram campus in the Guest Room. The Sivananda Samskrutik Kendra is a nice open & green place. Next day the pravachans began in the morning.

During one of the days Ramakantji took P.Swaminij and the guests for sight-seeing around Barbil. They went to get darshan of Muruga Mahadev, a lovely temple deep inside forests and having waterfall etc. On another day they went to see the Sunset Point near Kiriburu.

The devotees were very gratified for the enlightening discourses and gave a very warm send-off to the visiting Mahatmas.

This entry was posted on October 29, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Lucknow

Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji conducted a Seven days GITA GYANA YAGNA at Hariom Mandir, Lucknow from 10th to 17th Sept 2017, Its an auspicious time of Pitru Paksha (Shraddha Paksha). Finally was the Bhandara organized for all devotees at the Mandir by the Mandir authorities.

This time pravachans were in the Mandir Hall instead of the main pravachan hall, because of the ongoing renovations there. Here Lord Ganesha, Lord Krishna with Radha, Laxmi-Narayana, Devi Ma, Mahadevji and Jhulelal’s beautiful statues are established along with Guru Granth Saheb, as renovation of Satsang Hall is going on.

The subject matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 10 (6.30-8.00 PM) and Kena Upanishad 1 (7.30-9.00 AM). Sh Shekhar & Smt Asha Khanna, President of the VM Lucknow, did the Vyasa Peetha Pooja on the first day.

The 10th chapter of Gita, is called Vibhooti Yoga presents the glories of the Ishwar. Even though he is all pervasive, and is everything, still the Glory of Bhagwan is more easily visible wherever there is a ray of Glory.

At the end of this chapter Bhagwan concluded that whatever existent thing there is that has glory, is endowed with any form of wealth, and is distinguished, mighty, that may you know is born of a fraction of my glory. Everything is me. All of this is only one fourth of me in fact, I remain pervading this entire world by only one part of myself.

In the morning session of Kena Upanishad, this Upanishad starts with the question of disciple. Who is the director of the mind? Who impels the mind to alight on its object? At whose command does the Prana proceed to function? At whose command do our sense organs and organs of actions are capable of perceiving and acting? This question shows the state of the mind of disciple that now he is not worried about what is perceived or experienced, this is called “Virakta Mind”. Rishi started showing that “Tattva” with pointers, which is to be experienced as own Self, as a Consciousness, not as an object. The main and important pointer (lakshana) showed that it is beyond “known and unknown” which can be our own Self only. Awakening to that state is the Liberation, the Param Purushartha. One should know this before dying.

On the second last day of Gyana Yagna there was a bhandara for all devotees, which was offered by Hari Om Mandir authorities.

Links: 

Photo Album

This entry was posted on September 19, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Ahmedabad

Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji conducted a five days GITA GYANA YAGNA at ‘Samutkarsh Academy’ Ahmedabad from 18th June to 23rd Aug 2017. The 3rd discourse series was organized at this place. Samutkarsh is a premier ‘Center for Holistic Living’. The subject matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 3rd ‘Karma Yog’ in evening session and ‘Shiv Upasana Aadharit Dhyan’ in morning session. Both the sessions were in Gujarati and were appreciated. In her pravachans on the third chapter Poojya Swaminiji talked about the art of doing karma as revealed in the Gita, which was very inspiring for all. The topic of Yagna-Bhava was very fascinating & motivating. All pravachans were in Gujrati language.

 

During one of the days a Shiv Puja and Abhishek was organized at the residence of Radhikaben, were many of his friends & relatives brought their Shiv-Lingas and Swaminiji directed them to do the puja in this holy month of Savan. Abhishek was done with the chanting of ‘Kaivalya Upanishad’ which is also known as ‘Shat Rudri’.

 

Links: 

Pravachans:

Gita Chapter 3

Meditation

Photo Album

Gita Gyana Yagna, Bharuch

A week-long ‘Gita Gyana Yagna’ by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji was organized at Pritam Community Hall, Kasak in Bharuch from 24th to 30th July 2017. The subject-matter of the twin discourse series were: Gita Chapter 2nd and Drig Drisya Vivek.

This yagna was organized by Sh. Manoj Kulchandani & his family. Kulchandani brothers lighted the lamp in the beginning of the Yagna and did Vyas peeth pooja. Mr. Kalapi who is the well-known interior desogner welcomed every one. The 2nd chapter of Bhagwad Gita is about the Sankhya Yoga, in which God revels the whole journey from Samsari to an enlightened person. This is the starting of teaching of Gita, where Arjuna surrendered to God and ask about Dharm

a which leads to freedom. Poojya Swaminiji explained very nicely. The morning text was Drig Dryshya Viveka of Adi Sankaracharya. In this text Acharya revealed seer & seen discrimination. All p

ravachans were in Gujrati language.

During one of the days a Shiv Puja was organized at the residence of Manojbhai, were many of his friends & relatives brought their Shiv-Lingas and Swaminiji directed them to do the puja in this holy month of Savan.

Links: 

Album 1

Album 2

Album 3

Shiv Abhishek

Gita Gyana Yagna, Vadodara

A week-long ‘Gita Gyana Yagna’ by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji was organized at Atma Jyoti Ashram, Vadodara from 18th to 24th July 2017. The subject-matter of the twin discourse series were: Gita Chapter 7 and Kathopanishad Chapter 1st, Valli 3rd.

The senior most main trustee of Atma Jyoti Ashram, Vadodara, Miss Indiraben Shah, Sh. Chhatrsing Chauhan and Sh. Mahendrabhai Kaka lighted the lamp in the beginning of the Yagna, Miss Indiraben Shah did the Vyasa Peeth Puja, and Main Trustee of Atma Jyoti Ashram Sh. Narayanbhai Savasani welcomed everyone. The 7 th chapter of Bhagwad Gita is about the Gyan Vigyan Yoga, in which God revels the secret of Creation by introducing two kind of Prakriti called as Para and Apara Prakriti, which Poojya Swaminiji explained very nicely. The morning text was Kathopanishad Chapter 1, Valli 3. Kathopanishad is a great conversation between Yamaraj – the Lord of Death and Nachiketa. In this chapter Yamaraj compared life as a journey towards our own self and for this purpose God has given this body as a Chariot. All pravachans were in Gujrati language.

During the Gyana Yagna, Poojya Swaminiji addressed to Yoga sadhakas on International Yoga Day. P. Swaminiji also visited to Goshala in Atma Jyoti Ashram. There are more than 15 kathi (Deshi) cows in Goshala, and all are equally healthy.

Links: 

Pravachans: Gita Chapter 7

Pravachans: Kathopanishad 1 / 3

This entry was posted on June 28, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Mumbai:

A week-long ‘Gita Gyana Yagna’ by Poojya Guruji Swami Atmanandaji was organized at Vivekananda Auditorium, RK Mission, Mumbai from 5th to 11th June 2017. The subject-matter of the twin discourse series were: Gita Chapter 16 and Laghu Vakya Vritti.

President of VM Mumbai, SH Mohan Lalaji lighted the lamp in the beginning of the Yagna, Sh & Smt Vijay Bhaktiani did the Vyasa Peeth Puja, and Anand Chandok welcomed everyone. The 16th chapter of Bhagwad Gita is about the Daivi & Aasuri Sampatti, which Poojya Guruji elaborated very nicely. The morning text was Laghu Vakya Vritti, which is a great text explaining the Mahavakya – Aham Brahmasmi.

 

After the Gyana Yagna, Poojya Guruji visited the Mumbai Mandirs – esp Siddhivinayak Mandir, Mahalakshmi Mandir and Babulnath Mandir. One of the days P. Guruji also went to have a first hand feel of the Monorail and Mumbai Metro.

Links: 

Album: GGY Mumbai Starts

Album: GGY Mumbai Concludes

Pravachans: Gita Chapter 16

Pravachans: Laghu Vakya Vritti

Album: Mumbai Mandir Darshan

This entry was posted on June 18, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Bhubaneswar

There was a week-long GITA GYANA YAGNA at Bhubaneswar from 7th to 13th April, at the same venue – Sivananda Samskrutik Kendra. P. Swaminiji reached Bhubaneswar on 6th afternoon and in the evening addressed the devotees who had gathered there for their weekly satsang. From next day the morning-evening pravachan’s started. The subject matter of the twin discourses were: Gita Chapter 4 and Kathopanishad 2-1.

During this Yagna, P. Swamini Poornanandaji also joined Sw Samatananda at Bhubaneswar – for darshan of various famous pilgrimages in that area. On 11th the host & sponsor of the entire trip Sh Rajesh Kumar took her to Konark and Jagannath Puri. Next two days she visited Lingaraj Mandir / Dhauli and then the famous Nandankanan Zoo.

Some Album Links:

GGY Bhubaneswar

GGY Concludes

Nandankanan Zoo Visit

This entry was posted on April 16, 2017, in GGY, Yatra.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Lucknow : Mar 2017

Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji conducted a six days GITA GYANA YAGNA  at Hariom Mandir, Lucknow from 5th to 10th Mar 2017. On 11th a HOLI MILAN program organized there, in which Bhajans, QnA and Holi Milan was organized. Finally was the Bhandara organized for all devotees at the Mandir by the Mandir authorities.

The subject matter of the twin discourse series were Gita Chapter 8 (6.30-8.00 PM) and Mundaka Upanishad 1-2 (7.30-9.00 AM). Sh Shekhar & Smt Asha Khanna, President of the VM Lucknow, did the Vyasa Peetha Pooja on the first day and then one of our oldest members Sh Govil welcomed everyone.

In the 8th chapter of Gita we first saw the seven questions of Arjuna, and then an elaborate discussion on the last question, which was ‘How do we assure awareness of God when we are about to die?’. Bhagwan said that our last thoughts reveal the direction which we shall take after our death. He however indicated that we should be aware that during our last moments we lose the capacity to manipulate our thoughts and rather it is our most predominant thoughts which shall manifest, so obviously what we need to do is to choose our love much before and try to retain its awareness in & through all our activities. The trick lies in this alone. Mam anusmar yudhya cha. One need to put both his mind & buddhi nicely into that love. So obviously lot of satsang is called for and we need to know the ‘nature’ of God etc. and then develop value, respect & love for it. With such a deep conviction & love we shall be aware of that alone and this alone will lead us to that realm. He then talked about three kinds of death. One, we know our truth and merge in Brahman right here. In this there is no going anywhere. Two, we have done lot of karma & upasana and then are lead very respectfully by devatas to Brahma loka, where we shall stay till Brahmaji completes his full tenure. This is also called as Krama Mukti. Lastly, there is that death wherein our motivation continues to be worldly pleasures & comforts, and not complete devotion & surrender to God. In such cases the person does attain realms of divine comforts & pleasures in swarg loka etc, and then has to return back to appropriate body & birth. The reference of these two kinds of death is just to desist ourselves in these path, and rather aim for the kaivalya mukti here only.

In the morning session of Mundaka Upanishad, the section pertained to Apara Vidya. Angira Rishi told his disciple Shaunak that the various Karma – Yagnas etc as revealed in the Vedas were all right. Tad etat satyam. One should believe in the efficacy & validity of these packages. Taking one example – of Agnihotra Yagna, he told what all is involved in doing one yagna properly. It is not about just one karma, but involves awareness of various occasions and also values. One full package of such karma, if done properly, helps us to wake up nicely, integrate our faculties and intensify our devotion. So they do have a positive role to play not only to fulfill our cherished dreams but also make our inner faculties much finer & better. As our minds become more sattwic, we get blessed with better capacity to think deeper, and then finally also realize that no karma can ever give us lasting karma-phala’s. All fruits of actions are momentary. We do elaborate karma’s diligently, and all for just a moment of joy, so the very economics of spending our time & energy reveal to us that this dos not seem to be an intelligent proposition, and there should be something better & lasting. This is a big realization. However, lest we get dejected by the karma itself, we are suggested that one should not hurry to ‘leave karma’ or resort to action-less dull life. Karma needs to continue, but with a difference. When karma is done just out of self-centered motivation, then it makes us dull, but when the same karma’s are done with magnanimity for the welfare & betterment of others, then it has a different effect on our minds. It makes our minds sharper, subtle & more intelligent. Such karma which is motivated by love, purify our minds and prepares us for deeper deliberations into our inner recesses. Not only the world is blessed by such people, but they also become better people, so it is this turn which we should take.

Betterment of our minds is the highest achievement of karma’s. Just as a stone can sharpen a knife, so also the challenging world can make our mind more awakened & sharper. Having got blessed with such a mind & intellect, the next part of our journey is the journey into the unknown, and for that we need guidance of an enlightened teacher, so that chapter suggests that we should go to a right teacher, who is Shrotriya & Brahma-Nishtha. Approach him humbly and request him for further guidance. The journey beyond is not by karma but by gyana alone. There is something to know rather than something to do. So keeping aside all fascination & habit of doing karma, one should rather discover a quiet & thoughtful mind – the mind of a sanyasi. Sanyasi is one who uses his energy to know things deeper rather than to change something by his karma’s. In karma there is a subtle arrogance that we already know that which is the right & the highest, and just require concerted efforts to achieve it; while a sanyasi has humility that I still need to know something deeper & fundamental. Those who think that they already know shall obviously not be disposed to know anything further while those who know that they still need to know various fundamental things, get disposed for further exploration & meditation. They alone are the ideal students of self-knowledge. Finally the chapter closes with suggestion to the enlightened masters that they should bless the young aspirants with their knowledge and assure the continued flow of the river of knowledge.

This time Poojya Guruji kept one day for Q&A, bhajans and also Holi-Milan. It was a lovely program. Finally the Hariom Mandir authorities kept a Bhandara for everyone.

Links: 

Photo Album

Pravachans: 

  1. Gita Chapter 8

  2. Mundakopanishad 1-2

 

This entry was posted on March 11, 2017, in GGY, Mission.

Gita Gyana Yagna, Vadodara

A week long GITA GYANA YAGNA by P. Swamini Amitanandaji was organized at Atmajyoti Ashram, Vadodara. The discourse series started on 2nd Jan and concluded on 8th Jan 2017. The subject matter of the discourse series were Gita Chapter 6 and Kathopanishad 1-2.

This entry was posted on January 15, 2017, in GGY, Mission.