Experiences of Devotees
At the Holy Feet of my Gurudev ; "Light of my life & Life of my life", says Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. Yes, this is a verbatim truth, Guru Smarana is unbroken in HIS heart. Narrating life incidences of Gurumaharaj are so spontaneous and heartfelt that touches the heart of listeners and brings them to tears sometimes. We know that the Guru never dies even though He might not be in the physical form, we observe that Pujya Swamiji incessantly feels the presence of Guru Maharaj. His devotion to Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj & Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj is unparallel. HE taught us to surrender to SIVA. Jai Ho! Jai Gurudev!
Chidananda Birth Centenary Tour 2015 of Pujya Swami Adhyatmananadji is a
Chidananda Birth Centenary Celebrations planned by Sivananda Ashram,
Ahmedabad during birth centenary year of Gurumaharaj (Sept 24, 2015 - Sept 24,
2016). It is indeed a rare opportunity to be a part of this memorable occasion.
The key organizers of HIS past tours joined together and coordinated Centenary
Tour 2015 itinerary.
The tour commenced from Chicago on June 1, 2015 holy Sannyasa day of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj with satsang organized by Gita study group members. Tour itinerary took Swamiji to Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte (NC), Bloomington (IN), Detroit, Windsor, Toronto, New Jersey, San Jose, Milwaukee, Madison, Toledo, concluding on Aug 5th in USA and will continue to UK before reaching back to ashram on Sept 1, 2015.
Some of the highlights of Chidananda Birth Centenary Tour 2015……
Pujya Swamiji’s holy presence at Maharudram & Navchandi Yagya at Hindu Mandir of Greater Chicago, Yoga work out on International Yoga day, June 21st (at Detroit in the morning & at Windsor, Canada in the afternoon), Satsang at Chinmaya Mission (Atlanta), Yagya ceremony at Kula Kamala ashram (new) of Sharon (Sudha) Alitt, Satsang & blessings to devote couple, Smt. Rakshaben & Sri Prafulbhai Patel on their happy 75th birthday and more……..
Here, we bring sentiments of deepest gratitude, wonderful experiences of peace and joy of devotees and organizers to Pujya Swamiji Maharaj in their own words...........All are unique in their own ways, expressing their core feelings touching to the hearts of others...... and the Bhav that is expressed through the words brings Pujya Swamiji amongst their midst, again and again.
"Swamiji radiates peace, he radiates love, he radiates the inner beauty that comes from someone who is happy inside and what he shows to you is what he feels. So it’s one of those rare individuals that you come across that immediately attracts you, not because of showmanship, not because of all honors that he have, deservingly received. None of that. Simply you sitting before Swamiji, normal conversation, nothing serious, but very profound at the same time, that’s what strikes me to think about Swamiji" – Dr. Ravi Sharma
"Swamiji's inspiration for healthy and positive thinking will leave long lasting effects in people's mind, In His words," Think positive, Be Bold, Fear Not, Abide in Truth, Stand by Truth and rest will follow naturally. Pray fervently and ceaselessly. Remember God and Gurudev. Do your daily Spiritual Sadhana. Abide in the Supreme" – Ravi Ponanagi, PR India Tribune
Atlanta (June 3, 2015 - June 8, 2015)
By Ravi R Ponangi (PR India Tribune)
Atlanta, (Georgia): Swami Adhyatmanandaji, President of the Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh, Sivananda Ashram, Ahmadabad, India, was here from June 3-8 as a part of his Centenary Tour 2015 marking the birth centenary celebrations of His Holiness Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj to West (USA, Canada and UK) from June 01 to September 01.
His Holiness Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj (1916–2008) was well known in India as a yogi, jnani and spiritual leader. He succeeded as President of the Divine Life Society in 1963, after the death of his predecessor, Swami Sivananda, who founded the Divine Life Society. H.H. Swami Chidanandaji, right from the beginning worked and served the cause of Sivananda's mission tirelessly, and to spread his Divine Life message far and wide, not only in India but also in countries outside. He inspired others through the practice of self-discipline. He practiced a non-denominational, universal form of yoga. He often led group chanting that named and elevated all of the prophets and sages of all of the world religions equally (Lord Jesus, Ahura Mazda, Lord Buddha, etc.).
Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji has conducted a five-day yoga, meditation classes and delivered discourses at Rotary Club of Emory Druid Hills, Chinmaya Mission of Atlanta, North America Shirdi Sai Temple of Atlanta (NASSTA), Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale, Siddhi Vinayak.
Mandir of Atlanta and Sanatan Mandir, Smyrna from June 3-8. Swamiji conducted
yoga asanas, breathing and meditation classes in the morning at Siddhi Vinayak
Mandir in Global Mall and discourses on spiritual and other pertinent subjects
like "Chanakya -- for strategy and decision-making," and “Stress management.”
Swamiji has also conducted a special class for yoga teachers.
As Dr. Ravi Sarma, a well-known Oncologist of Atlanta said while introducing Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji at Rotary Club of Emory Druid Hills (RCEDH), in Atlanta for the past several years it has become a spring, early summer tradition to look forward to a visit from Swami Adhyatmanandaji. Any time you meet Swamiji, you are stuck by what all other people have met him before said... These include the sages and monks from all faiths, administrators etc., whom we revere. Seen the same attitude to describe how it feels to be with Swamiji.
The way the description goes like this, he radiates peace, he
radiates love, he radiates the inner beauty that comes from someone who is happy
inside and what he shows to you is what he feels. So it’s one of those rare
individuals that you come across that immediately attracts you, not because of
showmanship, not because of all honors that he have, deservingly received. None
of that. Simply you sitting before Swamiji, normal conversation, Nothing
serious, but very profound at the same time, that’s what strikes me to think
about Swamiji. Listening to him is learning. He speaks many languages. Swamiji’s
mission, message is one universal. Human beings, we are, what he calls external
cover being what it is inner human being; real people and we communicate each
other using the language of love and means of service, to serve people.
The worldwide propagation of the Wisdom Teachings of Yoga and Vedanta and the effective spread of the knowledge of scriptures that Swami Adhyatmanandaji has been doing over the past more than 40 years, has brought about an effective spiritual awakening amongst innumerable people of all age groups and varied sectors of our present day international society.
Pujya Swamiji has delivered a birth centenary lecture titled “Saints of India and their contribution to world” at Chinmaya Mission of Atlanta. The topic “Saints of India” is not only meaningful, but also very appropriate as birth centenaries of two patriotic saints of India, Swami Chinmayanandaji (b.1916) and Swami Chidanandaji (1916) are being celebrated world wide in a big way through 2016. Both swamijis are disciples of Swami Sivanandaji, founder of the Divine life society & Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, India. Being known to both swamijis, Swami Adhyatmanandaji has shared many incidents from the lives of both Swamijis.
Swamiji also delivered a discourses on Guru Tatva and Guru Mahima in Shirdi Sai temple, Suwanee, Stress management in Siddhi Vinayak temple in Global Mall, Siva Tatva and Siva Mahima in Hindu temple, Riverdale and finally swamiji graced the Sarvadeva yagna in Sanatan Mandir at Smyrna.
Swamiji's inspiration for healthy and positive thinking will
leave long lasting effects in people's mind, In His words," Think positive, Be
Bold, Fear Not, Abide in Truth, Stand by Truth and Rest will follow naturally.
Pray fervently and ceaselessly. Remember God and Gurudev. Do your daily
Spiritual Sadhana. Abide in the Supreme"
Pujya Swamiji's discourses and yoga teachings have brought joy, peace and bliss not only to spiritual aspirants and yoga enthusiasts but also to other people in different walks of life.
Charlotte, NC (June 8, 2015 - June 10, 2015)
By Santanu, Bhabani & Chitra
Pujya Swamiji’s presence and discourses to adults and children
in Charlotte were very inspirational, lively and delivered lots of love to his
On the first evening, during Satsang Pujya Swamiji told stories in such simplicity, specifically to the children about openness of mind and how parent’s life reflects on children. It touched everyone's heart. He showed he loves no matter whether they are sick, disable or different race or religion, they are all children under one God. He taught the fragrance of inner soul, to have love in the heart and pray for all.
On the second evening, Pujya Swamiji discussed holistic healing in "Palmetto Medical Center ". Senior citizens, doctors, Buddhist monks and People from Laos attended Buddhist monks performed Buddhist prayer. Swamiji had audience practice Pranayam and Omkara with him. He taught how to meditate and dive deep in the ocean of heart by sitting straight, with crossed leg (Padmasan) like Lord Buddha, chanting of Omkar and how this simple steps help to heal the disease, stay healthy, strong and young. He left Charlotte with the pearls of peace, bliss and hope for the best.
Chicago ( June 10, 2015 - June 15, 2015)
It was indeed a "Blissful" experience to be a part of
Maharudra and Navchandi Yajana (June 13 & June 14) at Hindu Temple of Greater
Chicago in the presence of Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji and so many Saints &
Mahatma. Congregation of Vedic exponents from all over the world chanted the
Veda mantras synchronously and the vibrations generated by this divine
recitation invoked the very presence of the Lord that elevated higher level of
consciousness which was felt by all. It was indeed a Divine experience.
तन्मे मनः शिवसङ्कल्पमस्तु॥ meaning "Let the mind be immersed in Shiva (Auspiciousness)" - the devotees, whoever tried sincerely with concentrated mind at the Maharudra Yajana, surely did achieve the prasad of Shiva and got absorbed in THAT Auspiciousness.
Sri Bhima Reddyji, President of HTGC & Sri Lakshman Agadi ji, president of Maharudra Committee thanked Pujya Swamiji for HIS presence at Maharudra & Navchandi Yajana, honoring their invitation.
Sri Swamiji enlightened the devotees of Bharatiya Temple of NWI on the subject of "Glory of Gayatri Mantra" on the occasion of their Mandir Mahotasav celebrations.
Pujya Swamiji wrapped up the "Essence of Gita - Karma, Bhakti and Jana yoga", so beautifully at the satsang programs at Gayatri Parivar and Swadhyay Parivar devotees.
It was blessed occasion for a devote couple Smt. Rakshaben & Sri Prafulbhai to receive Pujya Swamiji’s blessings on their 75 th Birthday, it was a surprise birthday celebrations organized by their friends. They have been arranging Swamiji’s bhiksha & satsang from the first visit of Pujya Swamiji in USA. Their Mom, Nandu Baa was very pious soul and was bonded to Swamiji Mahahraj so much. She had kept Pujya Swamiji’s all the letters as a treasure and used to read again & again. She passed away two years ago and what a coincidence ! That the day she passed away, Swamiji was here in USA and attended her condolence meeting!
As always, "Morning Yoga" sessions at HTGC was appreciated by all. And a new Chidananda Centenary Yoga DVD was (is) well received. They love it. It contains 84 yoga postures. It indeed is "Yoga teacher comes to your home " in a true sense. People will reap the benefits of it forever. People expressed thanks to Swamiji for making this treasure.
Bloomington, Indiana ( June 15, 2015 - June 17, 2015)
By Sri Dinesh Patel
Swami Adhyatmananda came to Bloomington Indiana for very brief
visit on June 15 and 16, 2015. Swamiji held public satsang at Tibetan Mongolian
Buddhist Temple in presence of H H Lama Geshe Kunga.
There was good size of crowd came to listen to Pujya Swamiji. It was an inspiring talk and everybody present was very attentive. Swamiji talked about how to control mind and explained thought process behind it from Hindu and Buddhist perspective. He also talked about life of lord Buddha. At the end there was one on one meeting and Prasad was distributed.
We are very thankful to Swamiji and hope he visits us again."
Troy, Michigan ( June 17, 2015 to June 21, 2015 )
By Meera & Anil Lal, President DJJS( USA)
Pujya Swami Ji conducted a Yoga-Shibir and bestowed the
community with his blissful pravachan sessions for four days here in June 2015.
Swami Ji Yoga-Shibir was conducted at Troy Community Center - a new beautiful
location and was attended by the City of Troy Police Officers, City Manager, and
City Employees. On the final day of the Yoga-Shibir, which was the International
Yoga Day (June 21, 2015) Swami Ji was greeted by the Mayor of the City, Dane
Slater. Mayor stayed with Swami Ji for over two hours. Mayor Dan Slater received
the message of “universal-love, harmony, peace, and being one with the nature”
from Swami Ji. To mark this meeting and the occasion of International Yoga-Day
Swami Ji & Mayor Dane Slater planted a tree in the City-Campus and named the
tree “Yoga”. Swami Ji worked tirelessly to teach yoga and provide beautiful
pravachans at various place and to great audience at the Bhartiya Temple on the
final day before leaving for Canada for the next leg of his programs.
With love & Namoh-Narayan!
Windsor, Canada (June 21, 2015 - June 23, 2015)
By Jayesh Bhatt.
Namo Narayan ! We Windsorites are so lucky that on International
Yoga day June 21st 2015, at WFCU center in Collavino Banquet hall, there was a
session by Yoga Guru, one of the greatest Yoga Master Swami Shri Adhyatmanandaji
Mahraj visited our city and it is our privilege to have such an inspiring Guru
blessed us and showed us how to attain inward peace. There was absolutely free
entry for all and huge crowd attend the session without any barrier of race,
religion, cast and geographical division. This event was just boost yoga and
meditation awareness to our community on International Yoga day declared by
The seminar was light hearted and insightful and met with much gracious applause by the the all mix community. It was two and half hour non stop discourse and questions and answers by Swamiji on stress Management and Relaxation Technique workshop. He deeply explained Pranavnaad Omkara, Pranayam ( breathing technique) and how to overcome stress by simply nectar Accept, Adopt, Adjust and Accommodate theory to the inner and outer life. He showed the intensity of true life that everybody should learn the technique how to meditate as part of a healthy lifestyle about meditation. The other benefits what he showed that it can reduce depression, anxiety and pain, it could also improve hypertension, heart disease and even diabetes. Pujya Swamiji constantly communicated with his ever smiling nice gesture, involved few brothers and sisters with practically demonstration and so on.
After question and answers session there was complimentary pure vegetarian subway dinner with cookies, chips and drinks also were served. Everybody came together to enjoy the meal and felt much happy.
On same day late evening on the bank of Detroit river, he also enjoyed viewing the annual Detroit River fire works best of the best in north America , which runs between Canada and America. Pu. Swamiji would stay in Windsor for 2 nights at our Aashiyana before continuing his further journey to Toronto. Namskar.
Toronto, Canada ( June 24, 2015 - July 1, 2015)
By Kamlesh Bhatt
In the Holy Auspicious Purusottam month, Pujya Swamiji was greeted with deep adorations at Hindu Heritage Centre located at Mississauga, Toronto. Everybody took Swamiji to their hearts.
During the stay of one week, Swamiji conducted yoga shibir as
well as addressed the gathering on delightful topic of "Shrimad Bhagwat and it's
Glory". Topic wise discourse by Swamiji on thesis and theme of "Bhagawat Purana"
was of much elevating height which made the audience to peer back in themselves.
Swamiji also warmed up many houses/families on request and each one was blessed by his prayers. Blessed are those who had had Divine Nectar of "Shrimad Bhagawat".
The 1st of July being the Canada day; the grand celebration was performed and flag hoisting was done by His Holiness along with honorable member of parliament of city of Missassauga at Hindu Heritage Centre.
New Jersey ( July 2, 2015 -July 3, 2015)
By Sharon (Sudha) Allit
OM Namo Narayanaya
Swami-ji visited Community Medical Center in Toms River, New Jersey on the evening of July 2nd where he was welcomed by the financial CEO of the hospital and where he instructed a Yoga practice and held a discourse about the benefits of Yoga. Many repeat students who come to see Swami-ji every year say “It is always a blessed experience to be in His presence and learning about Yoga from such a wise and wonderful teacher. He is a true Master.” New students were feeling inspired and asking when Swami-ji would be returning as He is loved by all who meet Him and His words make such a profound impact on the lives of all who listen.
On July 3rd, Swami-ji visited Kula Kamala Ashram. His Holiness conducted a Divine Yagna to bless this new space and then He spoke with a group of students about the meaning of mindfulness in Yoga. The Blessed event started with a wonderful kirtan led by David Dragonfly. All the beautiful voices raised up to the heaven as this community chanted the Divine Name. So happy to spend time in His company, the evening ended with students saying that they felt their lives shifted toward the better and that they felt they gained a deeper understanding of Yoga. While at the Ashram, Swami-ji planted a tree in celebration and gathered many students together in the kitchen to teach about cooking Indian food. We are always grateful for our time with Swamiji and look forward to his visit next year.
OM Namo Narayanaya! God Bless You!
Sadar Vandan and Hari Om!
New Jersey ( July 5, 2015 to July 12, 2015)
By Tejal Shah
Pujya SwamiJi arrived on NJ on July 2nd,
blessed Shah Family home and local devotees and after refreshing headed to
Toms River with Smt. Sudha (Sharon) and Mr. Ted Alltit.
After completing blessing new facility of Kula Kamla Yoga Foundation and performing Shanti Yagya in Reading, PA on July 3rd, Pujya SwamiJi visited Shee Anoopam Mission Spiritual and Cultural Center, Coplay, PA and blessed the weekly evening Satsang Sabha. On the same late evening SwamiJi visited and blessed Sri Ajitbhai Bhatia and family along with local devotees and enjoyed July 4th Independence Day celebrations and fireworks in the town of East Hanover, NJ.
On July 5th evening Pujya SwamiJi arrived @ Hindu Community Center, Garfield, NJ - Sri AmbaJi Temple. For the Purshottam (Adhik Maas), SwamiJi selected very good subject - Shree Bhagavad Gita, Chapter15 - "Purshottam Yoga" and explained the all shlokas in very simple language. His profound knowledge and versatile style made extremely complex ("Gudhyatit") subject easy to understand. During the entire week (July 5 to July 11) devotees enjoyed many real life examples, Bhajans, quotations from various Shashtras and Purans in the context of the subject matter. This made the discourses very enjoyable and thorough. Some of devotees approached Pujya SwamiJi and paid great respect, shared their feedback on the program which was very positive and notable. In addition to the Discourse SwamiJi also recited the parayan of Shree Vishnu Shahashra Nama every evening. On the last day of the week SwamiJi planted a Rose shrub in the front yard of the temple and left life long memory for the HCC institute and for all the devotees. Hindu Community Center honored Pujya SwamiJi with Shawl and donation to DJSS as a token of their appreciation.
On July 10th late evening Pujya SwamiJi visited Sri Jayantbhai and RajalBen Patel's home and blessed the weekly Sabha of Anoopam Mission NJ Mandal devotees.
We thank Pujya SwamiJi from for the memorable and joyful Satsang. We are indebted to Pujya Shree and only way we can revert it back is, whatever we have learnt from Him, we put it in action. Even little diligent effort will serve the great purpose Pujya SwamiJi putting selfless effort to serve all the devotees with his teachings, spreading message of His GuruBhgvan Swami SivanandJi Maharaj and Sadguru ChidanandJi Maharaj.
New Jersey (July 12, 2015 to July 16, 2015)
By Sri Ajit kothari, (President, Sanatan Mandir, Parsippany)
Pujya Swamiji arrived at our temple on Sunday, July 10 at 7 pm
for the program starting at 7:45 pm. I arrived a few minutes later and found
Pujya Swamiji already sitting on his asana. We all know how particular he is
about timing. The topic for the satsang was Bhagwad Gita Chapter 6th "Dhyan
Yoga". He started with last verses of Chapter 2nd selected verses from Chapter
3rd to build proper background for Chapter 6th. The subject matter continued to
build as we moved into subsequent discourses on July 13, 14 and 15.
His knowledge of the subject, communication skills and melodious voice are exemplary. Everyone in the audience enters into a sort of trance where they are fully immersed into the divine nectar that is flowing. His sense of humor and use of everyday examples make difficult spiritual subjects much easier to understand. He has a unique ability to put everyone at ease by conversing in their mother tongue and showing genuine interest in their personal welfare.
Since this year is a special centenary celebration of his Gurudev - Swami Chidanandji - he related many incidents from his interactions with his Gurudev to explain how his Gurudev lived Gita and Upanishads in his day-to-day life as he encountered various situations. We found this narration to be the highlight of the discourses since we had no prior knowledge of Pujya Gurudev's personality traits and his deep compassion and love for every living organism around him.
The morning yoga sessions were a huge success as people filled up the hall before 7 am. Pujya Swamiji meticulously organized the asana and pranayam sequence for all four days to ensure full coverage of the subject. He emphasized the medical rationale for the asanas and implored everyone to begin a regular daily practice to derive most benefit from these practices. He also unveiled a new DVD of Yoga asanas recently developed at the ashram in India.
Overall, the program was a huge success and the local community members around Parsippany were able to derive precious pearls of wisdom from Pujya Swamiji's vast knowledge. Pujya Swamiji is always welcome at Shri Sanatan Mandir every time he visits the US.
We would like to thank Pappu and Vimal Sodhani for hosting Pujya Swamiji during his stay here and Tejal Shah for providing overall coordination and direction to the NJ program.
San Jose ( California) July 20, 2015 – July 25, 2015)
Pujya Swamiji was received by Mohit & Puja Thawani. Poonamben Thawani, ardent devotee of Pujya Swamiji happened to be visiting from India on her family vacation with grandchildren. Swamiji had Yoga session on July 22 nd and evening satsang on July 23rd at Freemont HinduTemple organized by Smt. Nartan Patel. Sri Kalyanbabu, a devotee of Pujya Swmaiji arranged satsang/bhiksha at his home on July 24th. Devotees expressed thanks & gratitude to Pujya Swamiji for HIS visit to San Jose area.
Madison & Milwaukee ( July 25, 2015 - July 28, 2015)
Swamiji Maharaj arrived at Milwaukee on the night of Saturday,
25th July by about 9:15 pm. The next morning, Swamiji presided over Shiva
Parvathi Kalyanam performed at Mandir of Madison. He enlivened the function and
engaged all devotees in the ceremony by explaining the significance of rituals
as they were being performed by the priest. He explained the significance of
Shiva and Parvathi’s wedding itself. Swamiji narrated the episode of Goddess
Sati taking rebirth as Parvathi, daughter of Parvatha Raja Himavan and
performing intense austerities to attain Shiva as her husband. Mother Parvathi
had one-pointed goal namely reaching Shiva. She was not distracted by anything
else. She abstained from eating pleasing food and subsisted on tree leaves.
Later on she gave up even those leaves which brought her the title, Aparna. The
seven sages came to test her and so did Lord Shiva himself. Moved by her love
and devotion for him, the Lord fulfilled her wish of marrying him. Swamiji
compared the individual soul to Parvathi. The individual soul desiring union
with the supreme soul, performs intense austerities with one-pointed devotion
and in the end merges with the supreme soul. This is the significance of
performing Shiva-Parvathi Kalyanam, explained Swamiji.
In the afternoon of 26th, Swamiji returned to Milwaukee where a 2-day Yoga workshop was arranged at the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin. The focus of the workshop was on those Asanas which particularly help people who spend long hours sitting in front of computers. Swamiji taught flexibility exercises for the wrists, fingers, shoulders, neck and eyes. Asanas for the back were then taught along with those that help vital breathing capacity of the lungs. A very simple but most beneficial breathing technique called Sivananda Pranayama was taught which can be performed literally by anybody and of any age. The asanas taught included – Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana, Baddha Naukasana, Shalabhasana, Uttanapadasana, Paschimottanasana, Uttittha Paschimottanasana, Naukasana, Vakrasana, Ushtrasana, Shashakasana, Shvana kriya, Gomukhasana, Pada Hastasana, Kati Uttasana and Makarasana. Omkara Pranayama was taught along with Sivananda Pranayama. The group of about 30 students appreciated the explanations given by Swamiji on the benefits of these Asanas. On the concluding day, the President and priests of the temple honored Swamiji with a Shawl and thanked him for sharing the invaluable knowledge of Yoga and Pranayama with the Milwaukee community.
Swamiji was invited to the office of General Electric Health Care, the leading manufacturer of healthcare equipment, to share knowledge of Yoga and Pranayama to its employees. In his unique style, Swamiji taught them essential Asanas and breathing techniques that will prove helpful to modern office-goers and impressed upon them that even a little of this practice will protect them from unnecessary medical complications. The coordinators of the event thanked Swamiji Maharaj and presented him a momento as a token of their appreciation.
Apart from the main programs, Swamiji spent quality time with devotees who were eager to listen to his wisdom teachings. Swamiji reminisced with great love episodes from the life of Guru Maharaj Swami Chidanandaji which illustrate how Vedanta is put into action. On one such occasion, Guru Maharaj Swami Chidanandaji went to the dilapidated shack of a poor devotee who was a long-time worker at Sivananda Ashram. Knowing that the devotee was ailing and was in no financial condition to properly receive and honor the great Swami, he carried along with him all necessary items of hospitality. The devotee was greatly pleased and honored Guru Maharaj to his satisfaction. Guru Maharaj then had tea with the devotee treating him all the time as an equal. This was a great lesson in equanimity to the accompanying disciples.
On another occasion, Guru Maharaj was invited to inaugurate a grand Hospital to which a number of dignitaries had been invited. On the way he saw a dog trying to safeguard its newborn babies from strangers. He gave the dog a few biscuits that were offered to him and while doing so noticed that it was behaving strangely. The Guru diagnosed that it was blind and melted with compassion at its plight. He proceeded to the inauguration function and in that gathering of over a thousand people, requested any veterinary doctor that may be present to please come forward to help a sick patient. A kind doctor came forward but expressed his inability to treat ophthalmic cases. Guru Maharaj persisted in finding the right doctor and after several enquiries over next few days, found out that such treatment was available in Ahmedabad. The dog was brought to the proper veterinary clinic, treatment given and its sight restored.
On yet another occasion, during one of his solitary walks in Rishikesh, Guru Maharaj found a dog lying on the road. It was apparently hit by an automobile. The poor creature was in a helpless condition and vulnerable to further accidents on the road. Guru Maharaj cordoned off the area with a stone boundary, immediately came to the Ashram hospital and took a doctor to the accident spot. The dog with its broken leg was taken to a veterinary hospital and properly treated. When it could walk normally again, Guru Maharaj left it at the same spot where it was found since it would be familiar with those surroundings and not have to fend for itself in new surroundings. Such was his vision of oneness and compassion that no living creature escaped his full attention and love.
Swamiji recounted the day when a prominent dignitary, Shri V V Giri was to visit Sivananda Ashram at Rishikesh. As preparations were swiftly going on, a few lepers came to meet Guru Maharaj. Some dwellings in their leper colony had collapsed due to the prior day’s heavy downpour and a number of lepers had nowhere to go. Guru Maharaj sat with them giving his full attention and listened to their sorrowful tale. He called Swamiji (Swami Adhyatmanandaji) and asked him to draw out the map of the leper colony since he was intimately familiar with it. Guru Maharaj then had the collapsed dwellings identified on the map and assessed the impact of the situation. He then instructed Swamiji to immediately go to the leper colony and arrange to have necessary repairs done, rather than coordinating the dignitary’s visit. Swamiji followed his Guru’s instructions and by end of the day got all the repairs completed. Guru Maharaj keenly enquired into the situation that night and himself visited them the next morning. Such was his equanimity that his treatment was the same towards dignitaries of the society as well as the downtrodden and poor.
What to speak of lepers or dogs, even plants did not escape his care and compassion. On one occasion inmates of the ashram neglected to water the plants that were given as gifts to the ashram. Guru Maharaj abstained from food and water for two days. Seeing him in a weakened condition, Swamiji enquired into the reason. Guru Maharaj told him, “These plants were given to us as gifts and hence they are like guests to us. If the guests are not fed, how can I as the President of the Ashram have food and drink?”. The inmates thus got a reminder about the importance of performing their duties. More importantly they were astounded at the Guru’s vision of the world in which he seems to see no difference between a plant, an animal, a human being or a VIP of the society. “Vidyavinaya sampanne Bramhane Gavi Hastini, Shuni chaiva Svapake cha Panditaah Samadarshinah” meaning, “The sages perceive the same truth in the Brahmana rich in knowledge and culture, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eating outcaste.” – Gita 6.18.
After concluding his brief but highly inspiring stay at Milwaukee and Madison, Swamiji proceeded to Toledo, Ohio on 28th afternoon for his next stop as part of Divya Tour 2015.
Toledo (July 28, 2015 – Aug 3, 2015)
By Bina & Rajesh Laungani
We were once again blessed to have Swamiji with us in Sylvania / Toledo OH area starting the evening of Tuesday July 28th. Our program started promptly at 6:30ameach day starting Wednesday July 29 with Yoga camp. Classes were conducted at The Hindu Temple of Toledo in Sylvania OH. Classes were well attended and included Yoga & Pranayama, along with theory & practice.
Evening Satsang at the Temple included significance of Satyanarayan Katha (on Thursday July 30) and “Excellence in Action” on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. During the course of Swamiji’s discourse on Excellence in action, Swamiji reminded us about the importance of the need to have/maintain interest and diligent practice in any endeavor we choose. On Sunday morning, after Yoga class, Swamiji presided over “Ganga Pujanam” followed by group bhajans at The Hindu Temple of Toledo.
On Sunday evening (Aug 2), at the invitation of India
Association of Lima, Swamiji visited Lima, Ohio and captivated the hearts and
minds of the audience there with his talk on: Meditation- Theory and Practice.
Finally On Monday August 3 we had lunch with Rohit & Priya Laungani and their
kids at their Northville MI residence before Swamiji's scheduled flight to
Pujya Swamiji has concluded HIS tour in USA & Canada on Aug 5, 2015 and continue in UK to be back to the Ashram on Sept 1, 2015
Om Shanti !
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Diwali Prasad booklet - "Kanakdhara Stotram" ( Sanskrit/ Gujarati/ English)
Vishnusahsranama - with meaning
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Amrut Putra" (Gujarati)
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