Germany ( June 22, 2012 – June 28, 2012 )
Divya Tour 2012 commenced with stop over visit in Germany for a week. Pujya Swamiji visited Aachen University and also ancient church which was established in 1758 A.D. Swamiji was brought to a famous town hall of Aachen which is being graced by international personalities like Pope John Paul second, Mr. Tony Blair, Mr. Bill Clinton and other dignitaries. They were recognized for their humanitarian services. Sri Swamiji addressed a gathering organized by protestant church for inter religion dialogue. During his stay Swamiji visited Flower expo 2012 in Venlo (Netherlands). On June 28, 2012 Swamiji departed for U.S.A.
Chicago ( June 28, 2012 - July 1, 2012 )
"Way to Bliss" - Denting of I (ego), Surrendering to the Lord and Selfless Service; are the true ways to achieve Bliss, lasting peace and real happiness", said Pujya Swamiji at evening satsang at Vivekananda center of the HTGC. Swamiji’s satsang on different subjects like “Japa sadhana”, “Inward Transformation”, “Living Yoga way of life” & “Gurubhakti Yoga” were very enlightening to keep listener’s mind hundred percent attentive including sevak, who was moving around with Swamiji all day and exhausted.
Pujya Swamiji’s program at Chicago was great. Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago organized Yoga-Spiritual program of Sri Swamiji Maharaj. Four days of Yoga teaching by Sri Swamiji was of great enthusiasm to Yoga enthusiasts as they all enjoyed very systematic and scientific yoga learning. Sri Swamiji taught essential but light flexibility exercises, yogic poses and pranayam to benefits all and particularly to those who are in sitting positions for long hours in Computer use. Simple variation of Fish Pose, Cobra, Locust, Camel, Half Bow and Full Bow, Sun Salute and more. Also main stream of the posture; head stand, Shoulder stand, Fish, plow were taught with detailed explanation of Science of breathing and art of relaxation. Big auditorium of HTGC was full to its maximum capacity
Pujya Swamiji expressed his thanks to HTGC President Sri Gopalan, Sri Bhima Reddy, Sri Prasadji, Yoga committee chair & other committee members for organizing Yoga-spiritual program. HTGC is serving Chicago community for about twenty five years and it has bloomed into one of the finest religious and cultural centers in Chicago metropolitan area.
Madison : ( July 1, 2012 - July 4, 2012)
It was Pratisha Mahotsav of Sri Shirdi Saibaba Idol at Hindu Temple of Madison. Devotees were singing Bhajans in praise Sri Saibaba. The temple's air was charged with Sainath's presence.
Swamiji was asked to advise parent about Grooming the family. In His words, “To give a birth to children is not enough, give life also to them. The instrument of music is instrument only, not the music, one has to create a music out of the instrument. One year before the birth of the child start grooming the family. Sit together, eat together, pray together, love all, hate none, be kind, be crustaceous, cultivate mutual love and affection and mutual reverence will lead to ideal life of divinity." Other than Yoga teaching, Swamiji shared valuable thoughts on Glory of Gayatri Mantra, Bhagvad Geeta, Patanjali Yoga Sutras.
Pujya Swamiji thanks Sri Mahadh Shashtriji, the holy priest of the temple, Mrs. Manju and Mr. Jagdish Agrawalji for the hard work to organize the programs for benefits of many.
Troy (Michigan) (July 5 - July 11)
As always, Pujya Swamiji was accorded a warm and traditional welcome at Detroit. Swamiji’s satsang program and morning yoga session were organized at multi activity auditorium at Bharatiya Temple of Troy and at ParaShakti Temple. Organizer group selected very interesting and practical topics of Swamiji’s discourses, namely; Modern day struggles of Arjun & living the teachings based on Chapter II and VI of Bhagwad Gita. How to achieve God Realization through Inquiry (Jnana Yoga)? Shiv Upasana – Power of Mrityunjaya Mahamoksha Mantra. Worship of God as Mother, Reflecting on the Delights of Yoga in everyday living.
Revered Sri Swamiji shared his thoughts on the above subjects and enlightened the devotees. To Swamiji, teaching of Bhagwat Geeta is the "Gospel of Swami Sivananda". The essence of Swamiji’s talk in His words; “One should be always active and March towards the realization of the Absolute and for that practice of Karmayoga is essential. If, you rest you will rust, struggle for perfection, ups and downs is the part of the life, embrace them, be witness to the experiences that Lord put you through for your evolution towards perfection. Do not get disturbed, be cheerful always , Plod on steadily bright future will embrace you”. Also, Sri Swamiji talked about Glory of worshiping God as mother, the very power, the Shakti of worshiping, God as Mother itself.
Pujya Swamiji expressed his sincere thanks to Sri Anil & Meera Lal, who feel honored and privileged to host Pujya Swamiji for many years. Also, Sri Anilji is handling administrative aspect of Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh (USA)
Toronto: (July 11, 2012 - July 18, 2012 )
It was enlightening experience for all devotees of Vishnu Mandir at Toronto to listen to sacred Bhagwat discourses by Pujya Swamiji. Sri Swamiji explored the holy Bhagavat in very simple and heart touching language. Narrating the Glories of Lord in His words, “ Bhagavat is the song of the God. It brings inner awakening and love for the Lord. The story of Krishna and the Gopies are the story of the individual self struggling to unite with the cosmic self. The teaching of the flute is that empty yourself and be egoless. Be free from lust greed, ego jealousy etc. More pure you are nearer to the supreme you go, so seek purity and attain divinity. Sing the glory of the God. Repeat His holy name. Life is not a straight line. It’s all ups and downs. In all situation in all conditions, repeat the name of Hari and don’t worry. The Sankhya of the Kapil updesh brings the message of sincere effort for the realization of the Absolute truth the practice of Yoga. Discipline of the self, social discipline and discipline of the senses, mind, and intellectual discipline are the only way to merge with the supreme.”
Pujya Swamiji thanks the organizer team including Shree Kamlesh Dave, Shree Yomesh Kapitan and Shree Mayur Upadhyay and Mr. Balkrishna Lodhia for joining in Karmayoga for the benefits of many. Also, thanks to Shree Vishnu temple facility and the administrative committee for all the support and love to provide venue for Swamij’s satsang and Yoga workshops in the temple. Revered Swamiji visited BAP’s Swaminarayan temple and Chinmaya mission new facility. Swamiji had stop over at Windsor before reaching Toledo
Toledo, OH: (July 19, 2012 - July 22, 2012 )
At Hindu Mandir of Toledo, othe ther than his famous Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation sessions in the morning. Sri Swamiji discourses were held in the morning and in the evening each day. Mainly, He brought the spot light on how to bridge the gap between the science and the spirituality. In His Words, “Spirituality itself is the science of the soul and the science without the soul can’t exists and one can’t achieve Realization of the Absolute. Expansion and invention of the material science has unfortunately buried the eternal, essential, awakening of the soul Hence, if the science stands upon the footing and foundation of the spirituality then only it can lead to bridging the gap.”
Pujya Swamiji thanks Revered Acharya Sri Anant Dikshitji, Smt. Bindu and Dr. Arvind Patel, Mr. Rajesh Lungani for organizing Swamiji's program with great enthusiasm.
Bloomington, Indiana; (July 22, 2012 -July 24, 2012 )
"Positives tips for peace of Mind" and " Meditation is the only Way to Peace", thoughts on these two topics were shared by Pujya Swamiji at Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, Kumbum Chamstse Ling temple, Bloomington. In HIS words, " Meditation is a connecting link between the individual Self and the Cosmic Self. Meditation helps to spiritualize your daily duties, enhance your progress towards peace and perfection. Meditation is a mysterious ladder which reaches from darkness to light, from pain to bliss, from restlessness to abiding peace, from ignorance to knowledge, from mortality to immortality. It is a journey from external to internal and from internal to eternal. Meditation is not the process for sitting in silence for some few minutes but it is a continuous process which can lead to calm the mind and achieve the goal of serenity within. Meditation leads to Knowledge of the Self which brings about eternal peace, supreme bliss." Here, Swamiji's talk was attended mainly by American crowd and was well appreciated.
Most Revered Shree Arjiv Rinponche the chief Lama of the Buddha Institute greeted Shree Swamiji traditionally by offering Khatta. The holy cloth used for the service of Shree Amitabh Buddha. Revered Lama requested Swamji to visit Bloomington and his Tibetean Institute again.
Satyanarayan Puja was performed at Sri Dinesh & Smt. Aruna Patel's home Monday of Shravan month. Sri Swamiji said that Satyanarayan Puja is not the ritual but in this iron age the Satya /truth only can protect us and uplift us from the unfortunate downfall.
Charlotte, NC: (July 24, 2012 - July 26,
"Devi Worship"- Worship of God as Mother, Kali Puja was performed by Pujya Sri Swamiji Maharaj. Sri Swamiji explained the essence of Bhakti Sadhana stressing the importance of worship, Upasana, Manasic, Puja, etc. Laghu Rudra Havan was organized at home of Illa & Paresh Patel. Mrs. Rama Shinoy (91 year old) welcomed Pujya Swamiji in all reverence, Guru pujan was performed and her students recited Guru Stotram and other composition of Shankara.
Pujya Swamiji thanks to Mrs. Bhavani and Mr. Santanu Sarkar for organizing two days program here at Charlotte.
Atlanta; (July 26, 2012 - July 31, 2012)
Simple formula for Blissful Living, in His Words, “ Be good, Do good, Be kind, Be compassionate, serve, love, be generous, be kind and be pure and be regular in your prayer and selfless service are the only principle keys to live and lead the blissful life.” was the theme of Pujya Swamiji's talk at Atlanta.
Pujya Swamiji five days program was well received at Atlanta. In the morning, Swamji conducted Yoga workshop. About seventy people attended morning session. In the evening, Swamiji gave a series of discourses on a number of topics. Sri Swamiji Maharaj was invited to the lunch organized in honor of Mr. Vayalar Ravi, cabinet minister of foreign affairs of the Government of India, which was hosted by Mr. Ajit Kumar, the consulate general of Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Ajit Kumar remembered and expressed gratitude of his Yoga learning from Swamiji during his training at Mussoorie, India. Sri Swamiji Maharaj had darshan and satsang at Shree Balaji Temple of the Atlanta.
Pujya Swamiji thanks to Sri Ravi Ponangi & Sri Shiv Aggarwalji for organizing five days program here in Atlanta for the benefits of so many people.
More on Swamiji's visit to Atlanta
Article by Sri Ravi Ponangi ( PR/publicity Media India Tribune)
New Jersey (North & South) area : (July
31, 2012 - Aug 11, 2012 )
As always, Pujya Swamiji received warm welcome by trustees and Acharya of Hindu Temple of Kearny, New Jersey.
Three days of Swamiji program included Yoga in the forenoon and satsang in the evening. Swamiji’s satsang here was highlighted with “Dwadash Jyotirling Katha” from holy Sri Shiv Purana as it happened to be holy Shravan month. Sri Swamiji affirmed that the world is pervaded by the presence of the Lord. He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. What is required is our total faith and doubtless surrender. Lord is pleased with simplicity and purity. Lord loves devotion. Devotion to Lord is devotion to His divine creation. Love all and experience His divine presence”. Janmashtami satsang was ( on Aug 10,) was a special treat for the devotees of Lord for they joined the soul stirring Kirtan by Swamiji and felt uplifted. Smt. Tejal and Sri. Amit Shah, Sri Suresh Patel and Respected Sri Nitinbhai Desai coordinated satsang program here.
Gita Mandir satsang at New York ( Aug 3,
2012 & Aug 4, 2012)
Honoring invitation of Revered Mahamandaleshwar H. H. Sri Swami Satyanandaji Maharaj, Revered Sri Swami Adhyatmandaji visited Gita Mandir, New York. During the two days of Adhyatmik Satsang here, Sri Swamiji Maharaj stressed the need for daily study of Gita. He said, " , It is must, samsara is full of problems of mundane life. Sacred Gita has solution for each situation. That man who merely studies daily even a few Slokas is not stained by Karma. Karma would not cause any bondage if, it was performed without the attachment and done in a Yajana spirit for the good of mankind. Live the life and act in the world according to the spirit of the teachings of the Gita. “Dedication, Devotion, and Determination with total commitment can establish an individual soul on the path of Jnana or knowledge".
Swamiji recollected the relation of Gita Mandir’s founder H. H. Mahamandaleshwar Sri Swami Vidhyanandaji Maharaj and Revered Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
Toms River, New Jersey (August 5, 2012 - August 10, 2012)
Pujya Swamiji's presence in our area encouraged all to seek greater peace, conduct deeper self-inquiry and abide in state of compassion. All attendees were blessed with pearls of wisdom and methods to dive deeper into the ocean of the heart. Swamiji instructed students in Yoga asana, breathwork and mediation at Inner Calm, Sacred OM, Spiritual Journey Yoga studios and at Community medical Center. Satsang was held at Freehold Yoga and at kula-kamala-yoga school of Yoga. His Holiness Swamiji also visited Kripalu, which is in Massachusetts, during his stay where he spoke to their community of spiritual seekers on calming the mind, cheering yourself and becoming free and he led a jubilant kirtan wave on the eve of Janma Ashtami. In addition to these events, Swamiji held satsang at the homes of Nick and Hema Mehta and the Khichi and Sodhani families, sharing insights from the ancient scriptures and guiding attendees into the essence of prayerful mantra practice. On August 11, 2012 Swamiji was honored at Bharatanatyam Arangetram. Swamiji uplifted minds and encouraged all to seek purity, be one with God, be good, do good, practice humility, and practice Yoga. - by Sudha allit
Los Angeles (Aug 12, 2012 -Aug 18, 2012 )
Sri Laxminarayan temple, Riverside hosted Pujya Swamiji's program at Los Angeles. It was concluding of holy month of Shravan. Each day Swamiji enlightened the devotees on the different subjects covering Indian ancient scripture namely Vedas, Upanishads, Valmiki Ramayan, Bhagavat and Gita during the evening discourses from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Sri Swamiji said, “These scriptures are the path to blessedness. To read them is to be in the company of sages, saints and God Himself. Ponder the truths contained in them which awaken eternal consciousness and finally lead to the realization of the absolute”. Dr. Hemendra and Smt. Sachi Rana, Dr. Vinod Rana and Dr. Archana Sheth coordinated Swamiji's stay and satsang programs at Los Angeles.
HMEC at San Jose ( Aug 17, 2012 & Aug 18, 2012)
Hindu Mandir Executive Conference was organized at San Jose. Sri Ashok Singhalji of VHP India was present for both the days. More than 300 delegates from far east and west of USA joined the conference. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji was invited for blessings and closing remarks. Following subjects were discussed by a number of learned scholars and executives of the temples – (1) Strengthen and uphold the traditional standards of worship in Mandirs (2) Involve and integrate youth in Mandir (3) Create leadership continuity for annual HMECs to achieve Hindu unity(4) Create a support network for all Mandirs (5) Support the global Hindu forum – world Hindu congress 2014 in India.
Swamiji's Address in full at HMEC
Link to Photos of India day Parade
Sri Swamiji joined the parade organized to mark August 15th at San Jose. Indian Consulate General Mr. Parthsarathi, bollywood actor Mr. Sonu Sood, Mr. Mohit Lalvani and other dignitaries were led the parade. Sri Swamiji chose to pull the chariot of Lord Jagannath. Smt. Mina & Sunil, Mrs. Nartan and her mother Jayshreeben coordinated Swamiji's stay and programs at San Jose.
Phoenix (Arizona) ( Aug 21, 2012 -Aug
23, 2012 )
Sunnie and Mr. Michael hosted Swamiji & organized Swamiji's program at poenix. The couple was blessed by Swamiji at their wedding. They are Jews in their belief. Swamiji's program was organized at their home on Aug 21 and at Pran Gyana, Holistic Health and Wellness Center, Tempe on Aug 23.
Corpus Christi, Texas ( Aug 24, 2012
_Aug 25, 2012 )
Pujya Swamiji had stop by visit and a satsang with family of late Sri Rambhai Patel, who was a great devotee of Revered Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
Fairfield, Iowa ( Aug 26, 2012 -Aug 27,
Mrs. Panna and Mr. Deepak Bakshi, organized Pujya Swamiji's program here. It was attended by Maharishi Mahesh’s community members. Sri Swamiji visited the Vedic University and specifically had a very fruitful meeting with Mr. Raj Rogers, founder and director of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ayurved Arogya Samsthan (Medical Center).
Milwaukee, (Aug 28, 2012 -Sept 1,
As always, devotees here accorded a warm welcome to Pujya Swamiji Maharaj. Yoga Retreat & Spiritual discourses on various subject was organized at the temple. “Calm the mind, Heal the heart”, “Gita in daily life”, “Message of Upanishads”, “Nectar of Srimad Bhagavatam” were the subjects dealt with during the satsang. Swamiji stressed the importance of daily Spiritual Sadhana. He Said, Regular Meditation will make your Mind calm & pure; slowly and gradually it changes the devil mind into a divine one. Finally one becomes desire less and gets established in the Supreme Self. Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and Puranas, in single voice proclaim the Truth- “O man! Wake up from the slumber of ignorance and realize your real nature, the Bliss Absolute.”
Sri Hari & Aparna together with Dr. Manohar Ahuja, Smt. Priya & others coordinated this wonderful program at Hindu Temple of Wisconsin. God bless them all.
On Sept 1,2012 Pujya Swamiji concluded His
US & Canada Divya Tour satsang programs to continue in UK. Swamiji humbly thanks
all the organizers who joined him in His Mission of service to Mankind