Sivananda Ashram , Ahmedabad

News & Activity report for the month of April 2015



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 Utsav Ganga at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad (April 21, 2015 - May 3, 2015) : It was special worship and satsang time for devotees at the Sivananda Ashram from April 21, 2015 to May 3, 2015. One after another holy satsang kept on refreshing & enlightening devotees with cool & peaceful breeze of Divine, even in hot scorching days of April. Srimad Bhagawat Katha by H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji & Jnana Yajana on Kathopanishad by H. H. Swami Swami Medhanandapuriji Maharaj and Sri Navchandi Yajana on auspicious occasion 14th Brahmotsav of Sri Sri Sri Ashtalaxmi Bhavan & Sri Chidananda Dhyana Mandir concluded with Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji’s Praktya Utsav (Birthday celebration) on May 3, 2015

774th Yogasan, Pranayam, Meditation Camp & Jnana Yajna ( April 21, 2015- April 27, 2015)

Yogasana camp was inaugurated by H. H. Sri Swami Medhanandapuriji Maharaj, Acharya from Brahma Vidyapith, Kailash Ashram at Muni Ki  Reti, Rishikesh. Large group attended   Morning Yoga Meditation & Pranayam sessions by  Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj starting from 5.30am to 7.00am that followed by Spiritual discourses on sacred text  "Kathopanishad" (in Hindi) by Swami Medhanandapuriji Maharaj at Swami Chidananda Yoga – Dhyan Bhavan  from 7.30 am to 8.30 am.

 Srimad Bhagawat Saptah (April 21, 2015 - April 27, 2015) :

Before Srimad Bhagawat Katha commenced devotees joined in for "Pothi Yatra" carried Sri Bal Krishna in procession with traditional orchestra and dancing and singing in praise Sri Lallaji Maharaj. Thirty one young students of Bhagavata learning rendered their services by reading Bhagavata very systematically every day. From the Vyasa Peeth, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj graced the devotees, the nectar of  Srimad Bhagawata for seven days daily from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

The Srimad Bhagavata Maha purana describes the various Avatara of Vishnu. It is the most important among the eighteen Puranas and it is in poetry form. There are ten Avataras of Vishnu. The aim of every Avatara is to save the world from some great danger, to destroy the wicked and protect the virtuous. The ten Avataras are: Matsya (The Fish), Kurma (The Tortoise), Varaha (The Boar), Narasimha (The Man-Lion), Vamana (The Dwarf), Parasurama (Rama with the axe, the destroyer of the Kshatriya race), Ramachandra (the hero of the Ramayana—the son of Dasaratha, who destroyed Ravana), Sri Krishna, the teacher of the Gita, Buddha (the prince-ascetic, founder of Buddhism), and Kalki (the hero riding on a white horse, who is to come at the end of the Kali-Yuga)

The aim of life as being devotion and the realization of God is emphasized. The whole of this Purana is a continuous hymnology on a spirited form of ardent love of God, sung in a variety of ways through stories, mythology, illustration and philosophy.  From the Vyasa Peeth Sri Swamiji Maharaj presented the essence of the Srimad Bhagavata in His own unique style, in-depth and illumining listeners with stories and narrations easy to understand. Pujya Swamiji gets absorbed in a different realm while narrating and singing the Glories of the Lord and make others experience the same. The recording of entire seven days discourses have been done for the benefits of devotees at large. Soon, complete DVD set will be available to all  

 Devotees also, in their overwhelming joy expressed and thanked Revered Swamiji Maharaj. They presented Swamiji a special turban from Mysore, Karnataka. It symbolizes a special honor to "Vidwan" meaning a  learned & scholarly being. President of Ahmedabad Dental Surgeon Association, Dr. Jayant Vasavada with devotee group presented Swamiji Shawl, silver necklace and Rs. 2.5 lakhs as a token of their love.  Sri Swamiji, graciously donated the money for H. H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj’s Birth Centenary Celebration fund. Sri Arunbhai Oza, trustee of  Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh conveyed thanks to every one for their august presence and time sharing. A special thanks were conveyed to Revered Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj for valuable sharing of  Srimad Bhagawata.

On April 26, 2015 Blood Donation drive was organized at the ashram ans and sixty six  people donated blood. 

On April 28, 2015 a special Yajna was performed at holy Sri Ashta Lakshmi temple for completion of Sri Bhagavat Katha, which followed Bhandara and serving food to all. Evening was highlighted with a drama " UDAN"  by students of J. G. School of  performing Arts at the Ashram’s lawn garden. It was based on real life story of Arunima "Sonu" Sinha. She is the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. Life story of Arunima is a story of inspiration, braveness and faith in eternal.

15 th Sri  Maa Ashtalaxmi Brahmotsav (April 29, 2015) Large number of devotees participated in full day of worship of Maa Sri Ashtalaxmi, Navchandi Yajana and grand Maha Arati, followed by feeding to Daridranarayan and Bhandara to all. In the evening melodious devotional sangeet by Sri Ajay Yagnikji enchanted the devotees.

On April 30, 2015 Sunderkand recitation was performed by Sri Ajay Yajnikji of Delhi in the evening from 6.00 pm to 9.30 pm. Large number of devotees joined in recitation. Bhandara Prasad was served to one and all after the Parayan.

On May 1, 2015  "Shiva the creator"  Bharat Natyam style dance drama was staged by the artists of Nrutya Bharati, choreographed by Nrutya Guru Smt. Nirali and Sri Chandan Thakor.

Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh Convention (May 2, 2015): About three hundred and sixty members of Sivananda family attended full day activities from 9.00am to 4.00pm, lead by Sri Orunbhai Oza, trustee of the Gujarat Divine Life Society.  Key members of  the most of the centers of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh were present. Sri Ajay Umat, principal editor of leading news paper "Nav Gujarat Samay"  spoke in length about ethics of news papers. Professor Venpati Kutumb Shastri,  Vice Chancellor, Sri Somnath Sanskrit University (Somnath), Padmasri Vaidya Sri Rajesh Kotecha, Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Ayurved University(Jamnagar), Dr. Bansidhar Upadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Lakulish Yoga University and Sri Bhagyesh Jha were the speakers of the day. Sri Arunbhai Oza and Sri Atulbhai Parikh conducted the entire function.

Evening was highlighted with Sri Swami Chidananda Birth Centenary Memorial 3rd discourse " Swami Chidananda -"An Apostle of peace"  by H. H. Sri Sadhu Brahmaviharidasji Maharaj.

Birthday celebration of Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji (May 3, 2013)  With deep devotion and enthusiasm devotees at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad, celebrated 71st the birthday of their beloved  Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. As always, it was celebrated in a spiritual way with more Japa, Meditation and in the presence Holy Saints on May 3, 2015. The day began with group prayers in early morning which followed a special felicitation program by morning yoga attendees. Sri Swamiji Maharaj distributed prasad to all students.

After paying homage at the shrine of Sri Gurudev at Chidananda Dhyan Mandir, Sri Sri Ashta Laxmi Bhawan, Sri Rama Hanuman Temple & Sri Vishwanath Temple, Sri Swamiji Maharaj joined the devotees in  "Guru Paduka Pujan" & "Aayushya Homam" which continued till mid-day. At mid-day a delicious lunch was served to hundreds of the Daridranarayana in underserved area of the town. At the ashram hundreds of devotees were served Mahaprasad.

Saints & Acharya of many organization present on the evening function and honored Pujya Swamiji Maharaj. At night, Kathak dance was performed by Smt. Pallavi Vyas and her group from Rajkot. It earned praise of all. The evening function continued in festive mood and culminated in guided meditation by Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj at midnight. Thus the whole day's celebrations concluded very late at night. 

Satsang & Tours of  H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj During the Month of May 2015

Sarkhej, Ahmedabad (April 1, 2015) Mahamandaleshwar Sri Swami Vishwambhar Bharati Bapu’s 78th Birth day was celebrated with great devotion and enthusiasm at Sri Bharati Ashram, Sarkhej. Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Sri Swami Vishokanandaji Maharaj and Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj were chief guests of the function. Grand satsang and Bhandara was organized in the forenoon and in the evening devotional music enchanted the devotees. 

Maktampura, Ahmedabad (April 2, 2015) A grand function was organized to felicitate Mrs. Meghna, Director of Sahitya Mudranalaya. Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj was specially invited for the function as Mrs. Meghna’s father and late grand father are devoted to Rev. Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.

Sola, Ahmedabad (April 3, 2015) Gujarat University held get to gather for University and its alliance institutes of education of various departments. Pujya Swamiji was invited for his august presence. 

Surendranagar (April 4, 2015)  Surendranagar branch of Divya Jivan Sangh organized  H. H. Sri Swami Chidananda Birth Centenary Memorial Lecture. H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji  and Most revered Jain Sadhu Sri Jinchandraji Maharaj (Bandhu Triputi, Valsad ) presided over the function. He spoke elaborately on the subject “ Path to Divine Life “. In spite of solar eclipse and Sri Hanuman Jayanti, function was well attended by a great number of people.  Credit goes to Sri Govindbhai Bharwad, trustee of Gujarat Divine Life Society for his efforts to make entire function a grand and memorable event. Sri Arunbhai Oza, thanked everyone and informed about the planned activities of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh in general and Gurumajharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj's birth centenary celebrations in particular.

Bilkha, Junagadha (April 5, 2015)  Pujya Sri Swamiji Maharaj, Sri Arunbhai Oza and Sri Harkantbhai Vachharajani travelled at early dawn from Surendranagar to Bilkha at Junagadh . Function was organized by devotees of most worshipful Sri Nathuram Sharmaji Maharaj. Late Sri Maharanidas Desai’s book " Vedant in day to day Life" was released by Sri Swamiji Maharaj. In His speech
at the functions, Pujya Swamiji emphasized on living Vedanta in day to day life and establish in the "SELF ". Be sincere in your daily swadhyaya and sadhana and realize the Truth.  

Rajkot (April 5, 2015)  Second spiritual discourse in the series of H. H. Sri Swami Chidananda Birth Centenary Memorial was organized at ‘ Atmiya ‘ institute of Sri Swami Narayan order. H. H. Sri Jain Sadhu Sri Jinchandraji Maharaj of Shanti Niketan, Valsad, spoke at length on the subject of “ Nine Steps for Peace “.  He said that there are three steps in each frame of life. To elevate, we have to assent slowly and steadily physically, mentally and spiritually. One should be careful about food, friends and function. Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji enlightened audience by prescribing formula of Peace, He said that if, you are peaceful then you transmit Peace around you.  Think of peace of mankind, pray sincerely for peace of world at large and you will be peaceful. Selfless service to underserved, tribal, to known and unknown will being you peace. 

Function was conducted by program executives of All India Radio, Rajkot. Revered Sri Haribhai Antaniji of The Divine Life Society, Rajkot was among the main people to organize the function. Sri Arunbhai Oza spot lighted the activities of Gujarat Divine Life Society. Special thanks to H. H. Sri Swami Tyag Vallabhdasji Maharaj.

During HIS stay at Rajkot, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj graced and blessed number of  devotees upon their request and attended condolence meeting of bereaved family.

Jamnagar (April 6, 2015) : Pujya Swamiji inaugurated Gita Jnan Yajna organized by Sri Gita Vidyalaya, Sadhana Mandir, Jamnagar. Week long Yajna was presided by Gitacharya Dr. Kishorebhai  Dave and attended by large crowd.  In His inaugural speech,  Sri Swamiji Maharaj talked about glories of Gita. It is a  nectar indeed. It is not just the book, it is a nectar and speaking of Lord Krishna’s teachings. Hence, drink it sip by sip, drop by drop. Digest each drop, it will lead the seeker of truth to the eternity and immortality.   

Chharodi, Ahmedabad (April 9, 2015) Holy Brahmotsava of Sri Sri Sri Tirumala Tirupati Balaji temple at Gandhinagar at Chharodi was organized for five long days from April 9, 2015 - April 14, 2015. Pujya Sri Swamiji was invited for the flag hoisting function. H. H. Sri Swami Balkrishnadasji Maharaj of Sri Swami Narayana Gurukul and past Chief Minister of Gujarat Sri Keshubhai Patel graced the function.

Unjha, Gujarat (April 11, 2015) Sri Satya Sai Baba organization organized all Gujarat Convention at Sri Umiyamata auditorium, Unjha at Gujarat. Pujya Swamiji Maharaj inaugurated the convention by lighting the lamp and shared his experiences and memories with Sri Baba. Sri Swamiji gave inspiring speech to Sri Satya Sai Baba devotees and said, “ Gram Seva is Ram seva" service of village is service of Lord Ram himself. Hence, serve selflessly with all humbleness, whole heartedly  and with all loyalty to him . Abide in self-discipline that is the very core teaching of  Sri Satya Sai Baba. Thousands attended the function, National and state level heads of organization all were present.

Sola, Ahmedabad (April 11, 2015) Bhavin Books Publishers annual meet of their book sellers was organized at hotel, Sola. Revered Sri Swamiji Maharaj addressed the gathering.

Ahmedabad (April 12, 2015) Gujarat Parkinson’s Society organized annual day at Sri Vallabh Sadan auditorium. Sri Swamiji released the DVD relating the facts about disease and after lightening the lamp, Swamiji spoke in length for betterment of Parkinson through Yogasanas, Pranayam and Meditation practice.

Sri Swamiji Maharaj arrived at Ahmedabad Management Association’s J. B.  auditorium for the annual gathering of Gujarat Medical Association.  Sri Swamiji inaugurated the function by lightening the lamp and talked on  the subject of  "Healthy Doctor Happy Doctor". It is not only physical fitness but mental health is more important. Mind, body and spirit are connected  for well being of individual. If, person is fit physically, mentally and ethically, he will be always joyful & peaceful. 

A Gujarati title book "Nagar Samaj na Rit Rivajo no Dastavej" by Smt. Anjali Ambarish Pandya was released by Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. Sri Bhagyesh Jha (IAS) also graced the function. Other dignitaries, famous film star Sri Paresh Rawal and others attended the function. Function was organized at J. B. Auditorium of AMA. Large crowd attended the function, in spite  
of heavy hail storm and pouring rains.

Chharodi, Ahmedabad (April 13, 2015) New buildings and premises for Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University was inaugurated by H. E. Governor of Gujarat, Sri Om Prakash Kohliji, Mrs. Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat on the eve of Dr. Babasaheb’s birth day. H. E. Sri Bhupendra Singh Chudasama, Education Minister of Govt. of Gujarat, Smt. Vasuben Trivedi, Minister for Women and Child Welfare and Sri Ramanlal Vora, Minister for also graced the platform. All vice chancellors from Gujarat state attended the function. Revered Sri Swamiji was specially invited for the function. 

Laxmipura, Khedbrahma (April 16, 2015) New hospital premises at Laxmipura was inaugurated by Sri Swamiji Maharaj. Voluntary Blood Donation drive was organized and eighty four people  donated blood.

Bhadaj, Ahmedabad (April 21, 2015) A spectacular and grand temple of Sri Radha Madhav was inaugurated and idols were installed at Bhadaj. Function was graced by all leading saints and sages and political leaders of Gujarat.

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