News & Activity Report for the Month of May 2014

Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad

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 Spiritual festivity continued with Navachandi Yajana and worship of  Maa Sri Ashtalaxmi on April 29, 2014 and concluded with Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj's 70th Birthday celebration on May 3, 2013  

 On May 1, 2014 at evening function, mammoth gathering had great time with Sri Sunderkand parayan by Sri Ajay Yagnikji. Sri Pravin Patel, acting President of Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh felicitated Sri Ajay Yagnikji and his team.

 On May 2, 2014 Evening function was dedicated to the glories of the GURU! Sri Shaishav Shah, Dr. Renu Srivastav (Lucknow), Dr. Archana Kashyap (Lucknow) and Smt. Rupa Majmudar (Reiky Master) expressed their thoughts on the subject. They all expressed their love, reverence and gratitude to Sri Swami Maharaj. Devotees at the ashram are grateful Pujya Sri Swamiji Maharaj for creating Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad a blossoming spiritual center that provides the field to spiritual aspirant to evolve in their spiritual journey Forward, Onward & Godward. Miss. Sangeeta Thawani brought heart touching sentiments and sang a song in praise of Guru. 

And a special prayer was offered to the departed soul of Sri Rajivbhai Shah, who departed suddenly amongst their midst. He was a true karma yogi, Bhakta & a Gyani. Each action of his reflected his deep devotion, commitment and dedication to this spiritual organization of Holy Master Swami Sivananda. He has served as a trustee  and secretary of Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh for last few years of his life and has earned the respect and regards of all. He earned love and respect of all with his gentle, polite and kind nature. He was ever soft spoken, generous and God fearing. He was a man of purity, character and  dedication. People will be cherishing his loving & selfless personality for long time.  Most of the devotees of the ashram were in tears while sharing their memories for Sri Rajiv Shah. Large number of members of Sri Rajiv Shah’s family attended the prayer meeting.

On  May 3, 2014 with great devotion and enthusiasm devotees at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad, celebrated 70th birthday of  H. H. Pujya  Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. Devotees came from all over India to be a part in this celebration. As always, it was celebrated in a spiritual way. The day began with group prayer and meditation during Yoga session conducted by Pujya Swamiji. Then followed Guru Paduka Pujan in all reverence. Devotees in their overwhelming love and devotion offered traditional worship to Pujya Swamiji Maharaj but Swamiji with all humility expressed his core feelings that Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj is getting honored here through Adhyatmanandaji. Holy Master is the Root of a Giant "Divya Jivan Tree". Its branches have spread all over the world and whole humanity is getting benefited through HIS spiritual literature. Swami Adhyatmananda is a little flower of the Giant Tree, it will perish but Root will stay for Eternity. So, let us all worship Holy Master and work for the Root only.   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 "Aayushya Homam" which continued till mid-day. At mid-day a delicious lunch was served to hundreds of the Daridranarayana in their colony. 

Evening Satsang was a special one today. It started with Bhakti sangeet by Pandit Sri Nirajchandra and his group in praise of Maa Ashtalaxmi Maa brought a divine vibrations. Mahaprasad was served to all devotees. Then chanting of Mrityunjaya mantra Japa continued up to midnight. Night stasang was  Night Satsang was concluded by mid night Mediation, Aarti and Prasad.

32 nd YTTC through SIVA ( May 10, 2014 – May 30, 2014)Yoga Teacher Training Course program commenced with grace of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. Twenty one students from Canada, Athens (Greece), Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab as well as Gujarat attended the three weeks of residential Yoga Teachers Training Course.  The subjects covered were Patanjal Yoga Sutra, Yogasana, Pranayama, Kriyas, Mudras, Bandha, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Gita, Ayurveda, relevant anatomy, diet, yoga psychology, yoga Management etc by a team of experts in the field in a well structured time slots. 220 hrs of yoga education was credited to the completion of course. Entire course received a remarkable appreciation by students.  Examinations were held and certificates were awarded, recognized by Gujarat University.

Next YTTC (33rd) will be organized from Dec 10, 2014 to Dec 30, 2014.  Those who are all good at basic Yogasanas namely Surya Namaskar, Sarvangasan, Matsyasana, Halasana, Paschimottan, Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Chakrasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Yoga Mudra and other variation of the basic asanas are eligible to get admission.

20th Anniversary celebration of Sri Vishwanath Mahadev Temple( May 20, 2014): Early morning traditional Shodashopachar was offered to Lord Vishvanath by priest &  Revered Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. Large numbers of devotees joined in  sacred Homatak Laghurudra Havan with Vedic hymns chanting in the forenoon. It concluded with offering final oblation to Yagna Narayan & Maha-Arti by Sri Swamiji. Bhandara followed and about four hundred fifty people had Mahaprasad.

Satsang programs & Tours of  H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji during the Month of May 2014

On May 4, 2014  pilgrimage to Ambaji-Khedbrahma, Ramnagar Kampa:- A group of devotees, who came  to Sivananda Ashram to the festivity and to celebrate Pujya Swamiji's birthday went on pilgrimage  to Sri Ambaji. After holy darshan of Sri Ambaji, entire group went to pay homage to "Mother of Chunri", this enlightened being, who is known as a mother is staying on the mountain top at "Gabbar", near Ambaji living on air and sunlight (no food or water even) for the last sixty five years. He is meditating and ever absorbed in GOD. What a wonderful soul! group were thrilled to have HIs darshan.  Group, on their way had satsang at Ramnagar-Kampa, they all had a lunch and returned back to Sivananda Ashram at dusk. 

Naradipur (May 4, 2014):  Pujya Swamiji was invited to Idol installation ceremony at Bikeshwar Mahadev at Naradipur. Lord Shiva's Idol installed at the temple by Revered Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj, H. H. Sri Swami Vivekanandaji Maharaj of Naradipur and Gita mandir.

Delhi ( May 5, 2014):  at Delhi Sri Swamiji was received by Sri Sandeep Goswamiji at his holy abode. It is indeed a holy abode as our Beloved Guru Maharaj H. H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj used to stay in Delhi. Sri Sandeepji has been a trustee of the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh.

Yamuna Nagar (May 6 to May 7, 2014):  Honoring an warm invitation of Sri Vasudeva family, Sri Swamiji attended their family function at Yamuna Nagar. They were all happy to receive Pujya Swamiji's blessings.

Karnal ( May 8, 2014) On his way back to Delhi from Yamuna Nagar, Sri Swamiji visited Sri Nirmal Dham Ashram to pay homage to Saint Amrik Singhji Maharaj and as always, Swamiji received a warm welcome. Satsang was organized by Karnal Yoga Institue. Thanks to Sri Vinay Kohliji, Sri Ripinji, Sri Anilji and others. Finally, Sri Swamiji again visited Dwarka for the Satsang with Sri Bhartiji at Dwarka, before departing for Ahmedabad.

 Koba,Gandhinagar ( May 16, 2014): It was a jubilation all over India for the victory of (Bhajapa) Bhartiya Janta Party in Parliamentary Election 2014.  Revered .Sri Swami Maharaj and a group of devotees from Sivananda Ashram, greeted newly elected Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi ji at "kamalam," Gujarat Head Quarter of BJP. Sri Swamiji honored Sri Modi ji garlanding him a unique garland made up of Rudraksha rosaries and Shawl. And prayer was offered by a group for Sri Narendra Modi’s excellent health, long life and many many years of his ruling in India to make a difference in people's lives and make India a shining country. 

 On May 25, 2014 Inaugural ceremony of opening of Dialysis unit by Sri Karuna trust was organized. Lighting the lamp was done by H. H. Sri Swami Satyamitranandaji of Haridwar, Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj, Mayor of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation,  Health and Education Minister of Government of Gujarat and others.

 Tithal, Valsad (may 31, 2014) Three days spiritual retreat was organized at Shanti Mandir at Valsad, under guidance of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj.

Om Shanti! 

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