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July - 2006

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News and Reports from Sivananda Ashram Ahmedabad.

July the month of holy Sri Guru Purnima and Sri Mahasamadhi Aaradhana day of most worshipful and revered Sadgurudev H. H. Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj were celebrated at Sivananda Ashram Ahmedabad in blissful and serene atmosphere.

  Commencing with Jay Ganesh, Guru Stotras, Shanti Path and devotional music and singing in all praise of Sri Gurudev by Smt. Mayurikaben Oza was the highlight of the program. Most respected and revered Dr. M.J. Patni Saheb (trustee and Ex. Acting President of the ashram) conducted the Paduka Pujan. Devotees came from all over joined in this holy satsang and Mahaprasad was served to one and all. About six hundred and thirty devotees were served mahaprasad of Sri Guru Purnima Festival.

Daily Yogasana teachings to beginners and advanced yoga students, medical consultations, Yoga counseling, grocery distribution to the needy and poor senior citizens, healthy food distribution to under privileged children's of city were carried this months also. Day long chanting of Mrityunjaya Mantra on Sunday, Paduka Pujan on Thursday and a daily satsang at night were the regular activities of the ashram during the month.


Continuing follow up Report of "Divya Tour 2006"of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji (July 1, 2006 - July 31, 2006) 

 663rd Yoga & Meditation Camp at Chicago (June 29, 2006 – July 5, 2006)

“Asked about his divine message, Swamiji says that his mission is to disseminate spiritual knowledge based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda. “The gospel of Swami Sivananda is to serve, to love, to give, to purify, to meditate, to realize, be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate and enquire - who am I and know thyself and be free,”

 “The Swamiji, who is known for teaching yoga and meditation for the past thirty years all over the world, says that yoga is joy, peace, harmony, equilibrium, perfection, beauty, awareness, consciousness and supreme bliss. These qualities make a person perfect and balanced.” << More>>

These  are the thoughts Sri. Swami Adhyatmanandaji shared about Yoga and the Mission of His "Divya Tour 2006 " at the interview  with  Sri. Laxmana Rao, a journalist of  leading  newspaper “India Tribune”of Chicago.

Revered Sri Swamiji’s Chicago program commenced with morning yoga sessions (6.00am - 7.30 am) at Hindu temple of Greater Chicago from June 29, 2006 - July 5, 2006. Generous and kind services of Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago continued this year also facilitating and providing their kind support for morning Yoga sessions. As always, people from diverse nationality and culture came from far and wide to learn simple but in depth Yoga teaching from Sri. Swami Adhytmanandaji. Along with the large crowd, trustees, president as well as members of the temple management committee attended yoga sessions honoring Rev. Sri Swamiji Maharaj. 

  Evening satsangs on variety of spiritual subjects were organized at Hindu Temple Great Chicago's auditorium, Sri Hari Om Mandir, Sri Swami Narayan Temple of BAPS, Sri Aurbindo Center, at Milwaukee as well as at Indiana center.  Rev. Sri Swamiji brought spot light upon various subjects like Mrutyunjay Mantra -a  Life Giving Mantra, Devi Mahatmya, Stress Management, Gita in Daily Life, Yoga a Way of Life, Glory of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama and Vedanta in daily life.  Sri Swamiji conducted special yoga workshop at KP convention (for Kashmiri Pandit Association of USA). For all these wonderful programs "Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh" is highly indebted to all these institutions. Thanks also to Dr. Ramesh and Dr. Mrs. Durga Kanuru for organizing lively satsang at Indiana on evening of July3rd. Also thanks to Smt. Hansa and Dr. Navin Patani for organizing satsang as well grand dinner for all the devotees. They all came from long distance for darshan and satsang of Sri Swamiji Maharaj at Fon Du Lac, Milwaukee. During His stay in Chicago Rev. Swamiji was invited by number of devotees for bhiksha and home visits.

Chicago is hub, mother center and ashram as well as holy abode of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Majaraj’s service and mission of mankind. Sri Swamiji Maharaj is personally thankful and He expressed his deep gratitude of their love for the Lord and service to Sri Sad Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.

 664th Yoga & Meditation Camp at Winnipeg (Canada) (July 6, 2006 to July 13, 2006)

 Upon very humble and sincere invitation of Sri Suren Mehta & Smt. Chanrakala Mehta, a devotee family and well- wisher of Sri Swamiji Maharaj for more then three decades, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji visited Winnipeg (Canada) this year.  This was his second visit to Winnipeg. Yoga teaching and evening discourses by Rev Sri Swamiji were organized in grand "Mr. Raj Pande" auditorium of Hindu Temple of Hindu Society of Canada. Free Yoga classes conducted by Swami Adhyatmanandaji from July 4, 2006 – July 13, 2006 attracted many Yoga lovers. Young, old and children from all walks of life participated in these yoga classes enthusiastically. Programs were organized in the morning as well in the evening, People from diverse nations and cultures attended these classes in large numbers including Canadian yoga students and yoga teachers.

  A grand civic reception was organized by "ICCHA"(Indian Canadian Culture and Heritage Association). A life time achievement award was presented to Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji in the very august gathering of about three hundred and fifty citizens of Winnipeg.  Mr. Bidu Jha, M.P. of Winnipeg welcomed Rev. Swamiji.  Mr. Dhillon, President of ICCHA presented the award that so far to whom it was presented earlier. Rev. Sri Swamiji Maharaj was recipient of this prestigious award for the year 2006. 

Swamiji id presented a Plaque by "ICCHA" (Indian Canada Cultural and Heritage Association )
By (Kalwant Dhalla, Jassie Panu & Mahinder Dhillon(President)

Swamiji meeting with Dr. Naranjan S. Dhalla

On this occasion Sri Swamiji Maharaj, in his very thought provoking discourse on the subject of “Stress management’ said that, "Ego is the principal cause of our stress. Ego of power, position, cast, creed, color, sex, money, none of these are permanent. Let us try to be humble, noble and simple, forget and forgive, love all and hate none. We should not forget that we are Indian first. Our culture is based on the foundation of truth and non-violence. Wherever we may be, we should remember that harmony, mutual love, mutual affection, mutual reverence only can bring peace within and without. Kindly do not make independent groups. Be one, get together and think we are Indian.We belong to one family, family of a great land, a land of Himalayas and mother Ganges.We belong to a great heritage of  Vedas, Puranas, Bhagavad Gita, and Holy Granth Saheb. We are linage of Sri Ram, Krishna, Nanak, Kabir, Mira, Tulsi, Tagor and Mahatma Gandhiji. Remember our culture is not Tajmahal or classical music, dance, dramas or caves of Ajanta and Illora. Our culture is Satya, Ahimsa and Universal love. Adhere to truth, be kind and be compassionate.You all will live in peace, bliss and illumination". 

Sri Swamiji emphasized upon daily prayer, meditation and readings of traditional literature of Sri Shankara or Ramanuj etc., to strive for the higher values of the life. This entire function was organized and planned by “Bharat Seva Ratna”, Dr. Naranjan Dhallaji's great efforts. 

One week yoga camp program culminated on last day with a grand pot luck dinner by about three hundred yoga attendees. People had gala time and enjoyed about hundreds of international food varieties. Mrs. Chandrakala and Mr. Suren Mehta with the kind and generous help of Mr. Devang Joshi family organized Sri Swamiji's tour to Winnipeg, for which Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh is highly indebted to all of them. 

Winnipeg broadcasting station interviewed Sri Swamiji Maharaj and broadcasted his message to Mankind. Daily Winnipeg also highlighted his Philosophy based on Gospel of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and teachings of the Divine Life Society, which he is following and propagating to lead and live the life divine. 

 During his stay Sri Swamiji Maharaj was invited to grace and bless as well for dinner or lunch in number of devotees homes. Sri Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh is thankful to the president and members of the board of the Hindu Temple of Hindu Society for hosting Sri Swamiji and his week long program. 

San Francisco (California) (July 14, 2006 - July 16, 2006)

This was Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj's first visit to valley. Dr. Mrs. Usha Belani, Mr. Suresh Belani and Sri Nitin Shah jointly organized Sri Swamiji Maharaj's visit very enthusiastically. On Friday, July 14th and Saturday July 15th Sri Swamiji's discourses were organized at Sunnyvale temple's gorgeous hall on the subject of “Science and spiritually - how to Bridge the Gap” and “Gita in Daily life”. Hindu Temple of Freemont organized Yoga Workshop and Stress management through Yoga, Pranamya & Meditation by Sri Swamiji. The two days program concluded at Freemont Hindu temple on Sunday, July 16th, with a discourse on the most practical and useful subject of “Power of Mantra” at main assembly.  Mr. Arun Thacker, a chief of management of the temple introduced and welcomed Sri Swamiji Maharaj. Rev. Shastri Damodar Prasadaji Maharaj, a great learned scholar and veteran musician of Indian classical music also attended both sessions at Fremont Temple as he is known to Rev. Sri Swamiji Maharaj since 1971.  Number of devotees invited Sri Swamiji Maharaj for bhiksha (lunch) and to receive Swamiji’s blessings.

Corpus Christi (Texas) (July 16, 2006- July 19, 2006)

South Texas Hindu Society at Corpus Christi organized Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj's three days long yoga teaching program at Hindu Temple Corpus Christi (TX).  Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji arrived at Houston Airport on July16th night at 0 hrs. He was driven by Mr. Govind Nadkaniji and Mr. Bhanukant Patelji, which brought him to Corpus Christi at early dawn on July 17th at 4.30am.

It was nice to see Sri Swamiji Maharaj with his ever smiling and fresh mood after hectic overnight travel from California to Houston and to Corpus Christi. Number of medical practitioners and experts of medical sciences attended the yoga sharing. 

On July17,2006 Sri Swamiji spoke at evening satsang upon the subject "Continuing our rich Hindu tradition to future generations". On July 18th Sri Swamiji Maharaj conducted  group Sri Satya Narayan Pooja.

Thanks to the president and members as well as both learned priest of Sri Sri Sri Venkateshwar Temple to host Sri Swamiji's program. Sri Swamiji Maharaj is personally thankful to Smt. Bhakti & Sri Govind Nadkarniji and Ms. Nilaben Patel & Sri Bhanukant Patel to support Sri Swamiji's program at Corpus Christi. Also loving and sincere invitation of number of devotees brought Sri Swamiji to visit their homes and blessed them.

New Jersey (July 20, 2006 – July 23, 2006)

 H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmananandaji’s New Jersey visit was planned systematically, meticulously, and purposefully by Smt. Joann Bhatia & Sri. Ajeet Bhatiaji, Mr. Karan, and Ms. Kevna. Yoga classes were conducted at Durga Mandir, Sri Ved Mandir and late Sri Swami Rama's (Himalayan Institute, Rishikesh) yoga center at South Brunswick, Milltown, and Bounton, New Jersey. Sri Swamiji's discourses were organized at South Brunswick, (East Hanover), at Sanatan Mandir- Parsippany (Berkley Heights) and at Kearny Mandir of New Jersey. Meeting of H. H Sri Swami Nityanandaji Maharaj, Mahamandaleshwar Shanti Mandir, (Bulsar- India) and disciple of Brahmleen Revered  Sri Baba Mukatanandaji Maharaj of Ganeshpuriji, Mumbai was a great moments for all who witnessed the sight.  

Respected Sri Haribhai, Sri Ajeet Kothariji, Smt. and Sri Vimal and pappu, Smt. and Sri Pinki and Deepak, Smt. and Sri Dimple and Dipak, Sri Pravin Shasthri, and Sri Sanjay Pandya supported the programs. Ms. Divyanka and Ms. Priyanka need a special thanks to look after publication and sale of CDs, DVDs, and ect. They were hardly ten and twelve years old but their efficiency, love and commitment for service were remarkable. May God and Gurudev bless both of them. Mrs. Roma and Mr. Ramesh Vazirani drove Sri Swamiji Maharaj from New Jersey to Coplay on Sunday, July  23 July early morning.

Coplay (Allentown, PA) July 23, 2006

Honoring a loving and sincere invitation of Revered H. H. Sri Sahebji of Anoopam Mission, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj arrived on Sunday, July 23rd at Sri Swaminarayan spiritual and cultural centre, Coplay, Allentown PA.

 A week long holy Srimad Bhagwat Katha by most famous Kathakar Sri Bhupendrabhai Pandya was concluded at noon on Sunday. Congressmen Mr. Kent, head of the district, his wife Mrs. Kent and Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj were honored by Rev. Sri Sahebji as well by Sri Bhupendrabhai Pandyaji


With H. H. Sri Sahebji at Anoopam Mission (USA)
On Vyasapith Rev. Sri Upendrabhai Pandya

 Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj gave concluding speech and said, "Sri Bhupendrabhai by explaining the Tenth Cant of Srimad Bhagvatam has brought the very Vaikutha here at the Anoopam Mission." In Sri Bhupendrabhai Sri Swamiji found a great divinity incarnated. After Mahaprasad Sri Swamiji Maharaj was drove to Lansdale by Jayant Patel.  

Lansdale (PA) July 23, 2006 – July 25, 2006 

With great enthusiasm and love Smt. Jankiben and Smt. Padmaben Patel organized Yoga lessons and Satsang programs of Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji at Lansdale (PA).  

On Sunday, July 23rd evening at Bharatiya Temple, Montgomeryville, Sri Swamiji inaugurated the holy Bhagwat Katha by  Pundit Sri Ramlalji Maharaj of holy Barsana ( Holy birthplace of  Sri Sri Sri Radhaji) after visiting devotees' houses at late evening a discourse was organized upon the subject of meditation of Om! Other then Yoga teachings Sri Swamiji conducted workshop upon meditation its theory and practice in daily life, which was attended by a very large number of seekers of truth  On July 25th afternoon Sri Swamiji flew to Charlotte( North Carolina).

Charlotte (North Carolina) (July 25, 2006 –July26, 2006)

  H .H. Sri Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj arrived here on Tuesday, July 25th in late afternoon. He was cordially welcomed at airport by Smt. Bhabani Sarkar and number of devotees of Sri Swamiji Maharaj. 

Satsang, Yagna and Pooja were organized at Smt. Bhabani and Sri Santanu Sarkar's home, Mrs. ILA and Mr. Paresh Patel's office Smt. Samiksha & Sri Gautam Bose's residence, Mrs. Shenoy's holy abode and Mrs. Rohini & Sri Hasmukh Rawal's residence which were followed with Breakfast, lunch and dinner bhiksha. On Thursday July 27th early morning Sri Swamiji Maharaj left for Augusta (Georgia).

Augusta (Georgia) (July 27, 2006)

On Thursday, July 27th Smt. Bhabani & Sri Santanu Sarkars drove Swamiji to Augusta at Sri Arun & Mallica Datta’s home.  Here Vishva Kalyana Yajana was performed by Sri Swamiji Maharaj followed by satsang and lunch Bhiksha. All programs of Charlotte and Augusta were organized by the sincere efforts of Smt Bhabani Sarkar and Sri Paresh Patel. Thanks to both of them. May God bless them all.

Atlanta (Georgia) (July 27, 2006 – July 31, 2006)

Thanks to Sri Ravi Ponangiji for his sincere efforts for organizing Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaji's Satsangs and Yoga teaching program at Atlanta. Sri Raviji is a disciple of H. H. Sri Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. He is a fortunate devotee to have received Grace and Love of Late Sri Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj (Ex. President of Sri Ram Krishna Math and Mission, Bellur Math, Calcutta). Sri Ravigaru is Nishkam-Karmayogi, man of straight forwardness with divine qualities of a devotee, which Lord Krishna has enumerated in Bhagwat Gita. Sri Ravigaru organized Atlanta programs with moral support of Smt. Usha & Sri Dr. Prakash Desaiji and Smt. & Sri Shiv Aggarwalji.

Sri Swamiji Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj commenced his Atlanta program with discourse at Vedanta center of Sri Ramakrishna  Mission on Thursday, July 27, 2006. From Friday, July 28, 2006 to Sunday, July 30th morning Yoga sessions were organized at IACA Smyrna (Georgia) & afternoon Yoga sessions were held from Friday, July 28th to Monday, July 31st at Impact Conference Center of Sri Aggarwalji at Global Mall, Norcross. Sri Swamiji visited Hindu temple of Atlanta at Riverdale, addressed the children on Sunday, July 30 th and received blessings from Sri Swaminarayan temple of BAPS inspired by H. H Sri Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj. On Monday July 31st Sri Swamiji Maharaj addressed a gathering of yoga teachers as well as medical professionals at a special meeting organized at Global Mall's Impact Conference Center.

  Sri Trushar Sanghavi, Sri Nirav Patani, Madam Margot Vaughan also deserve a  special  thanks for joining their support and services for organizing Sri Swamiji Maharaji's visit to Atlanta. From Atlanta Sri Swamiji proceeded to Ruidoso (New Mexico) on. 

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