News & Activity Report for the Month of November 2010

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Gurudev Sri Swami Sivannadaji Maharaj's Gujarat visit - Diamond Jubilee celebration / Spiritual Retreat (Nov 1, 2010 – Nov 3, 2010). Just a thought to relive Gurudev’s presence and cherishing the sweet memories of  Holy Master's visit at the ashram bring immense joy and peace, what to think of  living with Gurudev! Blessed are those who stayed with and had live satsang with Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. To mark this occasion spiritual retreat was organized at Sivananda Ashram , Ahmedabad . In the forenoon, afternoon and in the evening, Prayers, Japa, Meditation, Gita Path, group recitation of Sri Durga Sapta Sati and Sri Vishnu Sahasranam performed. Revered Saints and Sages graced public meetings every evening during three days. President of All India Sadhu Samaj, H. H. Mahamandaleshwar Swami Mangalanandaji Maharaj graced the occasion all the three days. He said that he was fortunate to serve Revered Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj 60 years ago and was the host of Sri Gurudev at famous Gita Mandir of Late Sri Swami Vidyanandaji Maharaj. Mahamandaleshwar Sri Swami Bharati Tirthji from Junagadh, H. H. Sri Swami Paramatmanandaji Maharaj, President, Arsh Vidyamandir( Rajkot), H. H. Sri Devprasadji Maharaj, Mahant of Sri Anada Baba Ashram( Jamnagar), H. H. Sri Swami Lalit Kishorji Maharaj, Mota Mandir, and Limdi were the main speakers of evening satsangs during the spiritual retreat. Respected Haribalaben Dave was specially invited to sing devotional song, who was one of the blessed ones to sing in the public meetings of H. H. Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj on Nov 1st & Nov 2nd  in year 1950. Most respected Sri Balkrishna Pandyaji (Rev. Balukaka) of the Divine Life Society, Baroda Branch, was honored  “Guru Bhakti Ratna”. He was the pioneer organizer of Sri Gurudev’s visit to Gujarat in 1950. Feeding to Poor was done to mark this occasion and special issue of Gujarati monthly journal of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh was released by Revered Sri Swami Mangalanandaji Maharaj. It is a special issue covering the details of Gurudev's visit and highlighting His message, teachings etc.  

Deepavali Celebration ( Nov 3, 2010 -Nov7, 2010 ) Sri Sri Laxmi Puja was done by one hundred and ten couples in holy Sri Sri Ashta Laxmi Bhavan on Nov 3, 2010 at night, as it being a special day for worshiping the Goddess of wealth. On Nov 5,2010 a Grand Annakoot, offering of food to Sri Sri Ashta Laxmi Maa at Asthlaxmi Bhavan on the occasion of Diwali. On Nov 7, 2010 more than 10,000 devotees visited the temple and received the blessings from the God as well from Pujya Sri swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. The food Prasad packages were distributed among 1200 poor families on morning of Nov 6th  each containing ½ kg. of sweets and 1 kg spicy snack.

Bhagawat Katha (Nov 8, 2010 – Nov 14, 2010) Sri Bhagavat Katha was organized by Kothari family from Nov 8th   to Nov 14th. Puny Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj, Presided on Vyas peeth. All seven days were agog with divine vibrations from singing of sweet name of Hari. Katha was inaugurated by Acharya Mahamandaleshwar 1008 Sri Swami Vishwadevanandaji Maharaj of Nirvani Akhada. At holy concluding Sri Natvarlal Upadhyay(100 years old) presided over and graced the occasion.

Ashram has continued its regular activities namely Yoga sessions for beginners and advanced students, Reiki, Feeding to Poor, Yoga for Medicare, Satsang, Vedant class etc throughout the month. Service to needy, poor and down trodden as well regular prayers and meditation are the essence of ashram’s regular activity.

Other News:  On Nov 12th Sri Swamiji was invited to address a grand assembly of youth get-to-gather from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. This personality development program for youths was organized by Rotary Club, Ahmedabad, under their ‘RYLA’ program.

Revered Sri Hitruchi Vijayaji Maharaj, Jain Monk who was staying at ashram for his four and a half monbths retreat with his fourteen disciples left for his next abode on  Nov 21st morning. He expressed great satisfaction of his peaceful, meaningful and purposeful stay at the ashram.

Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji's Tour and Satsang Programs during Month of November 2010 

Haridwar Revered Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji arrived here on Nov 15, 2010 at early dawn to attend 61st Self discipline week organized by Sri Sri Maa Anandamayee Sangh.  Pujya Swamiji had program at Vedanta Sammelan of Parmananda Bhandar and also at BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited), Ranipur, Haridwar during his stay at Haridwar.

Rishikesh On Nov 18, 2010 Sri Swamiji joined the concluding session of discipline week and spiritual retreat of Sri Swami Narayan Gurukul Vishwa Vidya Pratisthan on the bank of holy Ganga at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh.  

Lucknow On Nov 20, 2010 honoring generous invitation of Lucknow Management Association, Rotary Club and All India Bhojpuri Samaj Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji arrived here from Haridwar. He addressed the august gathering at hotel Taj Regency in the company of H. E. President of Mauritius Mr. Anirudha Jagnath, Mrs. Sarojini Jagnath, Mr. Prakash Jayaswal, and Minister for Coal, Government of India, Mr. Ramnaresh Yadav, Ex-chief Minister of Utter Pradesh, and other prominent dignitaries were on the podium. Sri Swamiji was invited for Lunch and dinner also with H. E. President of Mauritius. During his stay at Lucknow Sri Swamiji conducted three work-shops on stress management at Lucknow Management Association, which was jointly organized by Lucknow Rotary mid-town. House warming of Dr. Rajesh Kashyap was done by Sri Swamiji Maharaj during his visit to Lucknow.

Yamunanagar( Nov 23, -Nov 24, 2010) On the occasion of installation of new machinery, Havan and feeding to poor were organized by Laxmi Industries. Pujya Swamiji's satsang and discourses were organized at Dayananda Education Institute on On Nov 23rd and Nov 24th. Satsangs were organized at famous Sri Raghunath Temple of Sri Banke Bihariji. Thanks to Mrs. Monica Alakha and Mrs. Amisha Sachdeva for arranging these programs. 

Karnal (Haryana) (Nov 25, 2010) Upon very humble and sincere invitation of Sri Karna Yoga Institute of Yoga learning Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji visited Karnal for short stay of one day on Nov 25th. Yogacharya Vinyl Kohali organized program at Nirmal Ashram, which was presided by Baba Amriksinghji Maharaj.

 Ambala ( Nov 26, 2010 ) President, Dr. Om Prakash Sharma of the Divine Life Society of Ambala organized a day long program at Sivananda Satsang Bhavan on Nov 26th at Ambala. Rev. Swami Adhyatmanandaji graced the retreat and also visited number of houses upon the request of devotees. 

Ludhiana (Punjab)( Nov 27, 2010 -Nov 28, 2010) Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj’s annual satsang and visit were organized at Rakh-Bagh, Ludhiana. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Darshan Jain for generous and loving care of Sri Swamiji Maharaj.

 Jalandhar– Amritsar (Punjab) Sri Swamiji visited holy Durgayan and holy Harmandir Saheb at Amritsar. Satsang was organized at Late Shri Jiyalal Mohallaji’s residence and also at the residence of Shri Rampal Jetliji Maharaja’ on Nov 30th.     

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