News and Activity Report
September  2006

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 As always month of September was full of activities at the Ashram.Yoga teaching is one of the vital activities at the ashram. It is possible only because of selfless services by many yoga instructors of the ashram namely Smt. Surekha Sonar, Sri. Suryakantbhai, Ms.Sangeeta Thawani, Sri.Balram Saha, Smt. Janki Shah, Smt.Yojana Tandon and Miss.Devashree Oza. Yoga sessions for beginner's in the morning were  conducted by Dr. Snehal Amin from Sept.1, 2006 to Sept 10, 2006 and evening sessions were conducted by Miss. Sonal and Miss. Dhara from Sep15, 2006 to Sep 25, 2006. Regular five yoga sessions for the advanced yoga students were conducted at different timings to accommodate working people.

119th Birthday celebration of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj (Sept 8, 2006)

Most Worshipful and Revered Guru Bhagwan H. H. Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaja’s 119th Birthday was celebrated at Sivananda Ashram with Prayers, Meditation, Satsang, Paduka Poojan and feeding to Daridranarayans on Sept 8, 2006. Also devotional songs in the evening by Sri Sanjay Oza on Sept 7th and Smt. Jyotiben Pandya on Sept 8th  were enjoyed by all. 

Navratri Celebration - a festival of Devi or Shakti worship (Sept 23, 2006 –Oct 2, 2006) 

Navaratri is traditionally an auspicious time, a period of self introspection and purification. Devotees here at the ashram celebrated "Navaratri" very auspicious way in holy presence of Sri. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. Each day Maa Sri Ashtalaxmi were adorned in a Grand Shringar. It was an intense Sadhana time during nine days of Navaratri and Devi worship. All nine days, in the forenoon chanting of all eighteen chapters of Bhagavad Gita and in the afternoon, a group recitation of “Sri. Durga Saptashati" was carried out. It was truly enriching and uplifting experience to all. Durga Saptashati is Devi Mahatmaya of seven hundred Mantras, considered very potent. It forms a part of the Markandeya Purana, one of the 18 important Puranas of Hinduism.

Navaratri celebration at Sri Ashtalaxmi Bahvan

On Sept 24, 2006, Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj’s 91st birthday was celebrated with Samuhik Japa, Prayers and Satsang which followed Guru Paduka Pujan and feeding to Daridranarayans. On this occasion two new books were released by Rev. Sri Swamiji Adhyatmanandaji, namely “Guru Gita” (Gujarati) and “Adhyatmic Ratno” as Deepavali Greetings for upcoming festival of Deepavali.

New release of  books (Gujarati) on Gurumaharaj's 91st Birthday (Sept 24, 2006) 

During the Nine days of Navratri, at night people in festive mood and colorful costumes rejoiced singing and dancing in praise of Mother Durga, called traditional Garba and Ras. On first day of Navratri ashram invited Senior citizens from senior citizen home. About six hundred seniors joined in Garba and had gala time. A special orchestra and singing directed by a famous couple Mrs. Seema Trivedi and Mr. Jayesh Naik entertained the crowd with their lively music and singing. On ashtami day a special “Havan- Yajna” and Kumarika Poojan was performed at Shri.AshtaLaxmi Bhavan. Hundreds of children, girls & boys were given traditional pooja (Kanya pooja) befitting the occasion of Durga pooja and given gifts, fruits, clothes and prasad during nine days of Navratri.  

14th Jana Yajna of Ahmedabad Management Association (Sept 25, 2006 - Sept 30, 2006)

AMA celebrated their 14th Annual Jana Yajna ( Sept 25th  to Sept 30th) on the theme of “ Seeking Divine Grace motherly Blessings for fulfillment of Life". Spiritual leaders & learned scholars including Sri Swami Anubhavanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji, Dr. Prema Pandurang, Smt. Jaya Row, and Mr. G. Narayan spoke on the subject during the week. On Sept 27th Rev. Swamiji spoke on the subject 'Maa Saraswati – “for Knowledge and Enlightenment'.

Rev. Swamiji at Jana Yajana (AMA)

 Mother Goddesses or Devi, in Indian wisdom symbolizes adorning the God as Mother. Durga Puja is the greatest Hindu festival in which God is adorned as Mother during the nine days of Navratri. The aim of this celebration is to propitiate Shakti, the Goddess in Her aspect as Power, to bestow upon man all wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge (both sacred and secular), and all other potent powers. Whatever be the particular or special request that everyone may put before the Goddess, whatever boon may be asked of Her, the one thing behind all these is propitiation, worship and linking oneself with Her. Everyone is blessed with Her loving mercy and is protected by Her.

Entire week was truly enriching and enlightening experience for all who attended great speeches by eminent speakers.  

 Yoga Camp at Navsari, Gujarat (Sept 9, 2006 – Sept 17, 2006)

 Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji was invited by Divya Jivan Sangh, Navsari branch. for a week long Yoga camp and Gita Jnana Yajana. It commenced on evening of Sept 9, with lighting the lamp by deputy district governor Shri Sudhirbhai Desai of Lion’s Club. Swamiji’s morning Yoga sessions & evening discourses on the subject of 3rd Chapter of Gita elaborating “Karma Yoga” at holy Ramji Mandir hall were well attended. Midtown Lions Club of Navsari joined to organize this entire program with Divya Jivan Sangh, Navsari. 

  Swamiji’s one week stay at Navsari was full of activities. Swamiji attended many other functions and gave a talk at Science Institutes, Gandhian Institutes, Colleges, Rotary Club, BAPS, Arya Samaj High School, Sindhi Samaj of Navsari and many other private and public organizations. Swamiji inaugurated the “Eye Camp” organized by Rotary Eye Institute of Navsari. Also Swamiji Maharaj visited number of devotee's homes and blessed them.

Visit to Haridwar (Sept 17, 2006- Sept 20, 2006)

 Upon a very loving and generous invitation of Mahamandleshwar Srimad Swami Satyamitranandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji attended 75th birthday Mahotsav of His Holiness. This celebration was attended by number of Governors and Chief Ministers as well as Mahatmas.  

Amrut Mahotsav of Mahamandleshver H. H. Sri Swami Satymitrananji Maharaj

 Swamini Gurupriyananda attained Mahasamadhi (Sept 28, 2006)

 On Sept 28, 2006 Rev. Swamini Guru Priyananda Mataji attained Mahasamadhi. She earned respect and reverence of one and all at the ashram by her gentle, kind and loving nature. Mataji visited Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh for the first time in 1957 and inspired by Holy Master Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, she became a regular visitor of the ashram for many years. She used to spend six to eight months at Sivananda ashram Rishikesh every year. She was initiated in holy order of Sannyasa by H. H. Sadgurudev Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj in the year1992. Her departure has made a vacuum here at the ashram, her sweet smile, gentle face, tender loving approach to one and all and her total dedication to Sri Gurudev and God’s holy name will always be remembered and cherished by all.  

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