Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: July 2017

The last Sunday of July was on 30th, and we had our monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang on that day at Ashram. As usual the program began at 6.30 PM with lovely Bhajans by the Bajrangbali Bhaktas. Later after the arrival of Poojya Guruji on the Vyasa Peetha and his swagat, there was the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa and then he continued his pravachan on the chaupayi on the 21st chaupayi – राम दुआरे तुम रखवारे। होत न आज्ञा बिन पैसारे।।

 

Poojya Guruji said that this chaupayi is one of the finest and has helped him a lot in his sadhana. It says that Hanumanji sits guarding the door to the palace of Bhagwan Sri Ram, and no one can enter inside without his permission. This is a very significant chaupayi, because it reveals the secret of how one can approach & get darshan of the ultimate truth of our self and this entire life. Hanumanji is the key to darshan of Bhagwan Ram. Hanumanji obviously is not someone who can be coerced or bribed to get an entry inside. All his stories reveal that he himself is very happy & enthusiastic when someone approaches Bhagwan and gets blessed by his darshan, yet Hanumanji’s permission is extremely necessary. What does this mean? It means that we need to be blessed with some qualities which a Bhakta & Mahatma like Hanumanji suggests & endorses, and having which qualities Ramji will necessarily be very happy about. If at all there are some blockages, then like in the case of Vibhishan, Hanumanji tries his best to remove those blockages and prepares the person to go and surrender to Ramji. Vibhishan had some doubts about his Rakshas kula, but Hanumanji removed that hesitation and made Vibhishan confidant to go to Ramji and changed the life of a person. So also was the case of Sugriva. Hanumanji was the one who brought about that special friendship.

This chaupayi in fact indicates that for faith & devotion unto God some qualities are required, and a Sant & Mahatma like Hanumanji is one who prepares a devotee for this divine turn. Texts like Narada Bhakti Sutra, reveal to us the requisites of a devotee. While there are certainly some texts which reveal the so called adhikari for Bhakti & Sharanagati, but if one is blessed to have association of a devotee like Hanumanji then we come to be blessed with all the required qualities. We ‘see’ all those qualities – in action, live – and without any doubt that is the best way to appreciate and assimilate all those qualities. There is indeed no better blessing than getting association of a great gyani and devotee. We go to our gurus only to be aware of all the necessary preparations and knowledge which prepare us for the realization of Ramji in our hearts. This is the implication of saying that Hanumanji is sitting outside the door of Ramji’s palace and only after his permission anyone can go inside.

Poojya Guruji elaborated on the word ‘Paisare’, Hanumanji doesn’t allow anyone inside till the person surrenders completely. He said that the unique identity of we Hindus all over the world is Namaskar. Namaskar is a sadhana, it implies seeing the divinity in others, and in the process keeping aside our ego and reveling in the awareness of God. That is called pasarana. It is only those people who can dare to keep aside their ego and become humble, who are as though permitted inside.

 

In the end there was Aarti and prasad for all.

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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 Sandesh – July 2017

The July 2017 edition of Vedanta Sandesh is the English monthly eMagazine of International Vedanta Mission, containing inspiring and enlightening articles of Vedanta & Hinduism, and news of the activities of Vedanta Mission & Ashram – has been published. You can check it out from the links below:

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Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: June 2017

On 25th June 2017 was the last Sunday of the month, it was the day of the monthly Hanuman Chalisa Satsang at Vedanta Ashram, Indore. As usual the program began at 6.30 PM with lovely Bhajans by the Bajrangbali Bhaktas. Later after the arrival of Poojya Guruji on the Vyasa Peetha and his swagat, there was a lovely Bhajan by GC Vyasa (given below) – He Mere Gurudev Pranam.

Then there was the congregational chanting of Hanuman Chalisa. Finally Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji continued his yet another enlightening pravachan on the 20th chaupayi – दुर्गम काज जगत के जेते, सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हारे तेते।

Continuing his pravachan on the 20th chaupayi of Hanuman Chalisa, Poojya Guruji said that this chaupayi is right in the center of the chaupayi and is thus having a special place. Its message is also special. Everyone in the world is pursuing some goal or the other, and it should be rightfully be there for all. It is the existence of a goal that life gets to have some meaning & challenge. Whatever we cherish alone becomes the source of our joys & sorrows. So everyone’s life can be summarized in this sentence that first we have a great & durgam goal, and then with hard & intelligent work we make it sugam or attainable. In fact we all should necessarily have some durgam goal and then go about attaining it. That’s the challenge and also the joy of life. Now the question is that how is durgam made into sugam. Here Goswamiji says that belief in God plays an important part in this endeavor. ‘O Hanumanji devotion unto you makes all my durgam challenges so sugam.’ But the question is how?

Do we have to just go & pray to Hanumanji and then he gets the work done. Well, that sounds too childish and is even wrong, obviously there is something more to it. Our devotion & worship etc have no doubt an important but also just a small part to play. That is why we have all the scriptures like Gita etc. Prayers should always be complemented with Self-effort. An intelligent mix of both Prarthana & Purushartha is required. The blessings of faith & devotion is more to be reflected in purushartha. Bhagwad Gita reveals to us that Art of Karma, which has an intelligent mix of both. The point which Poojya Guruji highlighted was firstly the very choice of our goals. Discernment of our goal of life is very critical. It should reflect our deep-rooted inclination. We need to have love to for goal. This has been termed as our ‘swadharma or sahaj karma’, and is as per our varna or prakruti. This is basically that for which the benevolent creator has created us for and sent to this world. We need to look upon us as messengers of God, who has come here for a special mission. If this is how we see ourselves and our goal – then this very perception brings about a paradigm shift in our state of mind & values – all for the better. Whenever love is the foundation of life, then alone man attain the unimaginable, and there are so many examples in the world validating this basic principle. Once a person is a Messenger of God then they shall definitely cherish all that which God teaches us. Our very identity is always associated with God – this is what we see in Hanumanji when he was standing in front of Ravana, and answering his questions about who he really is. Ram-Doota. Ego-centric life alone brings all anxieties & problems in life, and not an inspired loving life in a way by which even the creator is happy. It is this attitude which makes the almost impossible also possible.

After the pravachan there was Aarti and finally prasad was given to all devotees.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Vedanta Sandesh – June 2017

The June 2017 edition of Vedanta Sandesh is the English monthly eMagazine of International Vedanta Mission, containing inspiring and enlightening articles of Vedanta & Hinduism, and news of the activities of Vedanta Mission & Ashram – has been published. You can check it out from the links below:

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Hanuman Chalisa Satsang: May 2017

On 28th May was the last Sunday of the month, it was the day of the monthly ‘Hanuman Chalisa Satsang’ at Vedanta Ashram – by Poojya Guruji. The program started with lovely bhajans by our Bhajan Mandali. AT 7.00 PM Poojya Guruji came on the Vyasa Peetha, and after his welcome started the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa by everyone. and then his hour-long enlightening pravachan.

Poojya Guruji continued his talk on the same chaupayi as last month and threw different light on its message. दुर्गम काज जगत के जेते, सुगम अनुग्रह तुम्हारे तेते। meaning “All that which is very difficult & almost unattainable in life, becomes easy & attainable because of your grace”. While last month it was told that anything durgam is ones personal perceptions and such conditioning’s are formed when when a person just see’s his or her competencies, but when they become an instrument of God then their perception changes drastically regarding their own competencies and thus nothing remains durgam and rather is seen as possible or sugam. All we need to become is God’s instrument, then sky becomes the limit. This month he took the topic of ‘sugam anugrah tumhare tete’. While it is no doubt that with the blessings of God anything & everything becomes possible, but the real question is – how to become a recipient of God anugrah. How to invoke his blessings?

We invoke the blessing of our elders & Guru’s just by having respect towards them and following their precepts. What else does a teacher wish & expect from a student except proper understanding and living as per the teaching. We believe God more than our mind & conditioning’s about ourselves. All limitations are self-imposed, and if we truly believe someone who is just telling that we have infinite capacities to achieve & attain anything in life, then obviously we need to believe them to be a recipient of their grace. God not only reveals to us our competencies, but he alone creates & manages the whole world, he alone is the real karma-phal-data, the giver of every situation in life. So belief in him also requires our changed perception towards every situation we receive in life. A good devotee looks upon every situation in life as a prasad of God. Good or bad, God alone has given us this – for our betterment. Either as a pat on the back or maybe a tough situation to learn something and become more stronger. So to remain in good books of God and assure continuous flow of anugrah requires looking upto every situation in life as his prasad. Just as after darshan in a temple we get prasad, whatever it may be, it take it respectfully and partake it with profound blessedness. So also when a person reveals such positivity in receiving any situation in life, then all fears and complexes effortlessly disappear and the door to achieving great things open in life. So the first thing in life is to have Prasad-buddhi.

Second buddhi is all about how we respond to the situations we get. Normally our motivation is self-centered & ego-centric. Whoever has such a motivation limits their competencies, and thus closes the door of God’s blessings. In a God’s devotee this too changes. When we discover that an omniscient God is taking care of us in & through all situations by showering us with all that which is good for us, then the burden of living our lives just by ourselves & for ourselves changes. Instead the motivation becomes to live for God. So whatever we do should truly & sincerely be for the pleasure of God. This is called Ishwar-Arpan Buddhi. Like a lover doing everything for our respectful beloved God alone. This brings about such a paradigm shift in our attitudes that we become competent to attain the impossible.

These two buddhis – Prasad-Buddhi and the Ishwar-Arpan Buddhi are sure shot means to invoke the anugrah of God, and then alone even the durgam becomes sugam.

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  2. Pravachan

Vaishnav Devi Yatra

On 11th May Poojya Guruji and P. Swamini Samatanandaji went to Vaishnav Devi Mandir for darshan of Mataji. They started early morning at 5.00 AM in the luxurious Rexton SUV of Grovers (driver Rajesh). They reached Katra before 8.00 and got the necessary passes for the Helicopter flight. The comfortable flight took just 4 mins to reach Sanji Chhat, which is 2.5 Kms short of Bhavan. They took palkis, and then a Police officer took them to the Mandir for darshan of Mataji and were back by 4.00 at Katra. After lunch on their way they were back to Pathankot by evening. A great memorable trip.

This entry was posted on May 21, 2017, in Yatra.

Sidhbari Yatra

On 10th May, Poojya Guruji and P. Swamini Samatanandaji left for Sidhbari, Chamunda Devi & Mcleod Ganj Yatra. They left Pathankot after breakfast in the luxurious Rexton SUV of Grovers. The drive to Sidhbari took about 2 hours. At the Ashram, they met the Manager Sh Gupta, who took the visitors around. Poojya Guruji paid respect at the Samadhi of his Brahmaleen Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji, had darshan of Ram Mandir and Hanumanji and then left for Chamunda Devi Mandir. Then they went to McLeodGanj, where they had darshan of the Tibetian Temple. Later after lunch there they were back at Pathankot by evening. It was a nostalgic Yatra down the memory lanes for P. Guruji.

This entry was posted on May 21, 2017, in Yatra.