News & Activity Report for the Month of March 2010

 Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad

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Sivananda Udyan ( garden) at the Ashram is a cooling and soothing place in the midst of scorching heat. It seems that summer has started a little early in March this year here in Ahmedabad.

Chaitra Navaratri Worship (March 16, 2010 - March 24, 2010) -   It is Sadhana time during nine days of Chaitra Navaratri at the Ashram. A group recitation of  Sri Ramcharit Manas was performed daily for nine days (4.30 pm – 7.30 pm) by Devotees at the Ashram with Srimat Swami Adhyatmanandaji. On the Eighth day devotees participated in holy Yajna and the nine days worship concluded  with Sri Ram Navami festival – rejoicing the Birth of Lord Sri Rama. A special worship offered to Lord Sri Rama at Holy Sri Rama Temple of the Ashram. 

Lord Rama is the supreme idol of the man of dharma, dutifulness and  discipline. He shone more with the adornment of virtues than with royal reign. His grand personality and his flawless life of supreme dignity, humility and rectitude are a perennial inspiration to mankind for all times. Rama’s reign has become immortal as the welfare state par excellence based upon ethical conduct of life. The secret of the glory of Rama’s rule is the conception of duty that holds sway over all other factors. The people of the time, from the highest the Monarch Rama, down to the humblest and the lowest and the least of the citizens were governed by their sense of duty in their walk of life, private as well as public. The Ramayana is presented with the unique spirit. More than anything else this earnest urge is to fulfill one’s moral obligations and do one’s own duty at any cost in the interest of dharma and human welfare which inspired each one of the main personalities in this divine drama of Sri Rama Leela that was witnessed in the golden age of the Solar Dynasty, Raghuvansha.

Man today speaks of the Law and order. In Rama Rajya the duty prevailed. This rule of duty governed even the personal life of Sri Rama himself. This is the need of the entire world today, the need to turn your attention more and more towards what you have to do for you. What is your duty? Not what is due to you should be your prime concern of life. Human relations were regulated by the feelings of duty and obligation and not emphasis on rights and privileges. The former made the later unnecessary. Duty calls for sacrifice. Sacrifice is possible through Selflessness. Selflessness springs forth from love for others. Such love arises in a pure heart. Purity of life is the greatest treasure. It is the root and fountain source of human welfare, peace and progress. A pure life is a rich mine of untold blessings. Dharma and devotion to God form the basis and the source of pure life. The fulfillment of dharma purifies your heart. Worship of God is the supreme purifier and destroys the defects of mental and moral imperfections of man. Thus through a life of faith, devotion and dharma grow one into the ideal man. Sow the seeds of permanent human welfare and supreme dutifulness. ‘Usher is the Rama Rajya of truth, love and service unto mankind. This is the silent message of Sri Rama’s life and reign. This is the immortal and eternal loving message of Sri Ramnavami, the sacred day that commemorates this Divine Superman of holy Ayodhya by Sarayu Stream.

Sri Hanuman Jayanti (March 30, 2010)

On March 30, 2010, a full moon day Holy Sri Hanuman Jayanti, a birth  of  Lord Hanuman was celebrated at Sri Dukh Bhanjan Hanuman temple of Ashram. A Maruti Yajna with Archana and Path of Sunderkand was organized and great number of devotees participated in this special worship to Sri Hanumanji.

Birthday Celebration Dr. Patani Saheb - On March 24, 2010 Dr. M. J. Patani Saheb’s 89th birthday was celebrated in his honor at the Ashram.

Revered Sri Patani Saheb has earned love, respect and admirations of one and all at the Ashram. He is honored as a Grandsire of the ashram. Having served various colleges in the capacity of a professor and retired as a principal of C. U. Shah Science College, Ahmedabad in 1982, Rev Sri Dr. Patani Saheb has been selflessly  serving  the Divya Jivan Sangh for the past three decades. His contribution to the Divya Jivan Sangh in the form of administrative duties, publication work and over all management of the ashram is immeasurable over all these years and it is still continued even at the age of 89 years. He has been a life member of the Divine Life Society and was given Mantra Diksha by Guru Maharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj on March 23, 1981. He is also an associate editor of "Divya Jivan" Gujarati Monthly Journal of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh. 

On March 20, 2010 Ayushya Homam performed for Revered Sri Swami Gurusevanandaji Maharaj on his 92nd Birthday.

Regular Vedanta study class on every Friday conducted by Sri Vinayakbhai Pathak and Holy Sri Navchandi – Durga Saptasati Parayan (Chorus) on every Friday at Sri Sri Sri Ashta Lakshmi Bhavan have gathered a momentum slowly but surely over the last six months. Devotees are participating and enriching their spiritual sadhana.

More than 140 people participated in Shankprakshalan Kriya (Cleansing of Bowel).  It was organized at the ashram under the supervision of Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji on March 14, 2010 and March 21, 2010. It was assisted by the team of yoga teachers of the ashram.

742nd Yogasana Shibir was conducted by Srimat Swami Adhyatmanandaji at famous Kankariya Lake which was organized by Medical Association, Maninagar and was coordinated by Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad. 

On March 12, 2010 Sri Swamiji was invited to inaugurate a new branch of the Central Bank of India at Surendra Mangaldas Road, Ahmedabad

 Monthly grain distribution, feeding to poor on 3rd and 4th of every month, Sri Satya Narayan Katha temple worships, regular satsang, yogic therapy  through Sivananda Clinic run at the ashram, Reiki and yoga classes are routine activities.

Spiritual tours and satsangs of Srimat Swami Adhyatmanandaji during the month of March 2010 

Visit to Mogri ( March 2, 2010 ) - 71st Happy Birthday of Rev. Sri Jashbhai Sahebji of Sri Anoopam Mission was celebrated at Mogri. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji graced the occasion on this day.

 Visit to South Gujarat Centers (March 6, 2010 – March 7, 2010) Srimat Swami Adhyatmanandaji, Sri Arunbhai Oza, Sri Rajiv Shah and Mrs. Poonam Thawani visited the centers of the Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh in south Gujarat. They visited Bharuch, Navsari, Valsad, Surat and Vadodara. Sri Arunbhai Oza requested humbly to all to join in the Karma Yoga and strengthen and support the activities of Sri Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh at various levels. Especially work towards enrolling more subscribers for monthly Divya Jivan spiritual journal and donate money for the project of educational assistance to tribal and under privileged children in the form of distributing school supply, note books etc. that has been already started. Devotees of Sri Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj at various centers have welcomed the project and are supporting the good work in all respect.

Khadada (March 23, 2010) On March 23, 2010 at the temple in  Khadadaa , Mehsana district idol  installation of Sri Hanumanji (anniversary day) was celebrated. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj, Smt. Pramilaben and Sri. Mafatbhai Patel accompanied to the festival honoring loving invitation of H. H. Sri Swami Nischalanandaji Maharaj, a disciple of Reverd Gurudev Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.

Jamnagar (March 26, 2010) - Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji attended a memorial services held for Sri Nawal Shankar Dave, a vice president of the Jamnagar branch of DLS. Revered Sri Nawal Kaka was active member of DLS branch, Jamnagar since 1962. He was Yogi to the core of his heart. He believed in Selfless services. He lived a life of saint in a true sense as a Grihastha. He was gifted with golden voice and had rejoiced in singing the name of Hari. May God bless his departed soul in peace and Sadgati!.

Dwarka (March 27, 2010)-Upon very generous invitation of respected Sri Mulshankar Bhatt Saheb of Dwarka, Sri Swamiji Maharaj visited Dwarka for the holy Darshan of the Lord. 

Bhavnagar (March 28, 2010) -Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji along with group of devotees went to Bhavnagar for the last rites of revered Mother Virbalaben Joshi, a wife of Dr. Sri Narenbhai Joshi a great devotee of H. H. Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Trustee of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh.

Upon a very sincere and earnest request of Mahant Sri Govindramji Maharaj of Chatrabhuj Temple of Chuda, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji graced the auspicious occasion of 30th  Sri Ramayana Gyan Utsav. 

Om Shanti!

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