News & Activity Report for the Month of
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
Divya Jivan - November 2010
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Month of October was full of Spiritual
activities at the Ashram including Navaratri festival, Gita Jnana Yajna, Hirak
Jayanti of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj's visit of Gujarat.
Navaratri Festival ( Oct 8, 2010 - Oct
17, 2010 )
is traditionally time for Devi worship, a period of introspection and
purification. It was an intense Sadhana time at the ashram during nine days of
Navaratri. Each day commenced with early morning prayers & worship services at
Sri Sri Sri Ashtalaxmi Bhavan, followed
by recitation of Bhagavad Gita by devotees, led by Pujya Sri Swami
Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. In the afternoon, group recitation of "Sri. Durga
Saptashati" was truly enriching for all. Durga Saptashati is Devi Mmahatmaya of
seven hundred Mantras, considered very potent. It forms a part of the Markandeya
Purana, one of the 18 important puranas of Hinduism.
Also, Television channel broadcasted half an hour talk by Rev. Sri Swamiji
Maharaj on ‘Durga Saptsati’ and " Devi Mahatmaya" during all nine days for the
benefits of People at large.
Nights were rejoiced in praise of Mother Durga in
the form of traditional garba and dandia-ras by devotees and singers alike.
Amongst them were renown singers Amul Chhote Ustad, Ms. Aishwarya Majmudar, Sri
Nitin Mukesh and his son a leading film star Sri Neil Nitin Mukesh. They brought
a special fervor in the joyous Garba time. There was a Havan, Kanya Pooja and
Samapan on Dussera.
On eighth day of Navratri Government of Gujarat organized a vibrant
Garba-ras competition program. Prizes were distributed to the best Garba Raas
team of Gujarat by the worthy hands of Pujya Sri Swamiji. Chief Minister of
Gujartat Sri Narendra Modi joined for the conclusion of the program and Aarti.
Diamond Jubilee festival of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj's visit to
Ashram / Spiritual Retreat ( Nov 1, 2010 - Nov 3, 2010 ) :
Sivananda Ashram celebrated diamond jubilee of visit of Holy Master Gurudev Sri
Swami Sivavandaji Maharaj in sivanandaic spirit.
Eight thousand and five hundred children from thirty seven schools of
Ahmedabad city (West) took part in various competitions like elocution,
essay writings, paintings, Surya Namaskara, the field game kabadi etc. The
finals were organized at the ashram ground on Oct 23rd & Oct 24th.
This entire program was guided and structured by Sri Arunbhai Oza, a trustee and
Vice- President of the Ashram and Mr. Maulik Shah the owner of A-1 School.
Certificates and prizes were awarded to all participants and the winners
received special honor.
Gita Jnana Yajana ( Oct 29, 2010 - Nov 3, 2010 )
Swamiji Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj conducted Gita Jnana Yajna starting from Oct
29th. It is on the ‘Adhyatma Yoga’, Chapter eighth of Gita. This Satsang will
conclude on Nov 3, 2010 with Spiritual Retreat and a Special Satsang.
World Blood Donation day ( Oct 1, 2010 )
special meeting was organized by Gujarat Red Cross on World donation day
celebrated World blood donation day by meeting October 1st being World Blood
Donation Day, it upon the patronage of Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj.
Justice B. J. Diwan was the Chief Guest of the program. This program was
sponsored by the famous Adani Group. Smt. Dr. Priti Adani and Sri Sridhar Tamra
Parni, vice president of Adani group also were present on the stage. Sri Mukesh
Patel, President of Gujarat Red Cross praised Pujya Sri Swamiji and said that
Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji is not only Centurion Blood Donor himself but he keeps
on inspiring hundreds of young people to come forward for this noble cause. On
this occasion a rickshaw driver Mr Rohit Upadhyay donated his blood for 100th
times. One thousand thirty nine people donated on this day. It is a matter of
pride for the fact that with this total of sixty six centurion blood donors
credited in Ahmedabad city alone so far.
Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti (Oct 2, 2010): Nation
celebrated Pujya Bapuji, Mahatma Gandhiji's birth anniversary day on Oct 2,
2010. At well known Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad all religion prayer meeting was
held which was led by Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji .
On Oct 20, 2010 Air Marshal Anil Chopra AVSM, VM, VSM (in charge Southern
Command) and Air Marshal Dinesh Chandra Kumaria AVSM, VM, VSM (in charge Western
Command) visited Sivananda Ashram. They had darsan and satsang with Pujya Sri
Swami Adhyatmanandaji. Tree plantation was done by them at the Ashram.
On Oct 20, 2010 the laying of the foundation stone of Sri Sri Anandamayi
Maa”s Mantra Mandir was done in the holy presence of Pujya Sri Swamiji Maharaj.
Famous Himalayan Yogi Pilot Baba visited Ahmedabad for his eleven day long Sri
Chakra Yajna. Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji was invited to preside over the
welcome function on Oct 21, 2010 .
On Oct 22, 2010 H. H. Sri Swami Tadrupanandaji Maharaj of
Manan Ashram, Bharuch visited Sivananda ashram and graced and shared his
views on Vedanta with the devotees during their regular weekly gathering.
On Oct 23, 2010 International Education Institute Swami Narayan Gurukul
Vishwavidya Pratisthan organized their first convocation for their thirty two
students who have learnt Veda, Sanskrit and Upanishads for twelve years and
completed the post graduation study. They were honored. Sri Swamiji Maharaj
enlightened the mammoth gathering the purpose of celebration.
On Oct 24, 2010 Dr. Pravin Togadiaji the President VHP visited the ashram.
He was greeted by Revered Sri Swamiji.
On Oct 31, 2010 in the early dawn the a mega session of all regular yoga
classes was held. It was one and a half hour session of Trataka, Yogasana and
Pranayam guided by Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji. After the session Blood
Donation Camp was organized and a great number of blood donors donated the
Visit to Bhavnagar : Honoring generous invitation of Dr. Narenbhai Joshi,
trustee of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh Sri Swamiji and Sri Upendrabhai Purohit,
Secretary of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh visited Bhavnagar from Oct 17th to
Oct 19th . Two Satsangs were organized by Sri Narenbhai Joshi and Dr. Sri
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