Report of "Divya Tour" 2008 of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj
(July 29, 2008 - November 21, 2008 )
"Divya Tour 2008" Captured In Slide Show
Oneness with the "SELF"- Absorbed in Vastness (At Calgary)
Concluding of "Divya Tour 2008" report of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj.............
H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji's "Divya Tour 2008" to the West concluded in USA & Canada with wonderful satsang at Chicago, His last stop of this tour in USA. It was a special prayer offered for Sri Harish Kapoor, who is going through pains & sufferings because of terminal cancer. Pujya Swmiji's divine presence and kirtan brought light, joy & hope to Sri Harishji & all the members of His family, who have been depressed and stressed from long standing illness of their beloved Harishji. It brought solace and comforts to them.
During the "Divya Tour 2008", Pujya Swamiji's divine satsang and yoga teaching have brought joy, peace & bliss to countless spiritual aspirants and yoga enthusiasts in the West. People appreciated His simplicity, sincerity and down to earth simple living, a Yoga way of Living, in the true sense. HE received warm welcome everywhere He went. Sri Swamiji worked tirelessly without looking at His own physical comforts. Sri Swamiji's day started around 5.00am / 5.30am and filled with morning yoga session, home stasngs, home visits, bhiksha (to honor devotees' wishes), evening satsangs, special requests, press interviews, TV interviews, visit to sick ones, prayer for depressed ones etc… till the late at night around 10.30pm/11.00pm most of the days. And not to forget, the long distance driving and delay because of road constructions. But, what do you see when you meet Swamiji (at any time of the day), ever Vibrant, Charming, Radiant, Joyful, Peaceful face to inspire others. People asked him the secrets of His ever joyful nature? "Abide In The SELF", He says………." , " In all condition I am Bliss , Bliss, Bliss Absolute…… ", " Adopt, Adjust & Accommodate.........." Each breath of His, is in the remembrance of GOD and in the service of His Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Mahahraj & Gurubhagvan Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. Their ever flowing Grace is the force behind everything …......
Pujya Swamiji conveys His sincere thanks to the organizers & devotees who have joined Him in His Mission of the Service to Humanity. Revered Swamiji Maharaj and Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh (India –US) are highly indebted to Sri Ajit Bhatia for looking after books, CD's & DVD's distribution work, Sri Nitin Desai for auditing work and Smt. Meera & Sri Anil Lal for accounting the entire money transaction work. Revered Sri Swamiji's "Divya Tour 2008" unfolded from Chicago, a mother center for His tours with the Grace & Blessings of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and it took a shape as per His Will only.
Sri Swamiji had three days stop over visit in UK before touched down to India on Nov 21, 2008.
Pujya Swamiji's Thanks letter to organizers
Rev Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj conveys His thanks to Sri Hari & Smt. Aprna of Wisconsin, Sri Jeshbhai Shah of Anoopam Mission Chandramani Tailor , Sri Jogendrabhai Patel , Himmat Swami of UK, Sri Nikunj Mehta , Smt.Pappu Sodhani, Smt.Tejal Shah, Sri Kamlesh Dave, Smt. Anjali Shah of Toronto, Sri Anant Dixit (Shashtriji), Smt Bindu Mistry, Rajesh Laugani of Toledo, Sri Dinesh Patel of Bloomington, Indiana, Sri Jaykishan Patel, Sri Ravi Ponanagi of Atlanta, Smt. Bhabani Sarkar of Charlotte, Sri Indra Soni of Alabama, Sri Ram Jakhotia of Tampa, Florida, Smt. Bhakti & Sri Govind Nadkarni of Corpus Christi, Smt. Myra Romero of New Mexico, Sri Dr.Gulsan & Smt. Neelam Shethi of Tuscan, Arizona, Sri Ashok Bhatt & Sri Vinod Rana of Los Angeles, Sri Salil Nanda & Sri Muni Bir of Calagry, Sri Suren Mehta of Winnipeg, Smt. Meera & Anil Lal , Sri Suneel Shekhari, Smt. Minti & Sri Ravi Kapoor of Detroit for joining in Pujya Swamiji's Mission of Service to Humanity, organizing programs and hosting Rev Swamiji Maharaj.
Sri Swamiji Mahahraj is also highly thankful to all lovers of the Lord and devotees those, who all invited Revered Swamiji to visit their homes for Bhiksha, satsang & visit etc………. Finally Sri Swamiji Maharaj is grateful to Almighty Lord, Sri Sri Sri Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Mahahraj, Gurumaharaj Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj and especially Weather God to be kind & generous at all time, during entire tour, especially for favoring the suitable weather. Om Shanti!
The organizers of His "Divya Tour 2008" feel highly honored & grateful to Swamiji Maharaj to grant the request of visit here in the West this summer for the benefits of people in the West.
UK Visit (Nov 16, 2008 - Nov 19,2008) Sri Swamiji Maharaj arrived here on Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 forenoon. Sri Swamiji attended satsang at Sri Anoopam Mission and after spending three days at central London as well at Bristol, He departed on Nov 20, 2008 early morning, arriving back to Motherland India on Nov 21, 2008 at dawn. Om Shanti!
Chicago:( Nov 13, 2008 - Nov 15, 2008) On Nov 13, 2008 auspicious Dev Diwali evening, Rev. Sri Swamiji Maharaj arrived here at Chicago, His last stop of His Divya Tour 2008 US, on the way to UK and finally to Sivananda Ashram, India. Pujya Swamiji Maharaj was received by Minal & Bharat Naik at the airport. As always, they are ever ready for Swamiji's Darshan, Satsang & to receive His Blessings. During, His two days stay, he was scheduled to have a thorough medical check up by Dr. Dilip Parikh, an eminent cardiologist & Swamiji's physician. Sri Swamiji Mahahraj has paid his homage to Sri H. H Sri Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj at Sri Swami Narayan Temple (BAPS' ) here in Chicago.
Pujya Swamiji's Divya Tour 2008 concluded with wonderful satsang at Smt.Rama & Harishji Kapoor's home. It was for a special prayer for Sri Harishji, who is going through sufferings because of Terminal Cancer. Pujya Swamiji's holy presence & Kirtan brought light, joy & hope to Sri Harishji & all the members of his family. It brought solace and comforts to all. Pujya Swamiji departed for UK on night of Nov 15, 2008 by United Airline at 9.05 pm.
Troy (Michigan) (Nov 6, 2008- Nov 13,2008) Most Worshipful and Revered Sri Adhytamanandahi Maharaj arrived to Detroit Metro airport from Winnipeg on Nov 6, 2008 afternoon. A formal reception was given to Sri Swamiji Mahahraj at Bharatiya Temple. Sri Swamiji's discourses were organized at Sri Balaji Temple on Karma, Bhakti & Jnana Yoga for three days. Revered Swamiji Maharaj shared his knowledge at Smt. Manjula & Dr. Arvind Patel, Smt. Rashmi & Sri Sunil Shekhri , Smt. Minti & Sri Ravi Kapoor, Smt. Dr. Jayshree & Dr. Jagmohan's holy abode. On holy Devothan Ekadashi, Sri Swamiji Mahaharj performed Sri Tulsi Vivah and Sri Satya Narayan pooja – katha at Smt. Meera & Sri Anil Lal's holy abode.
Free Yoga workshops were conducted at Troy community center on Nov 7th, 9th 10th & 11th morning from 6.00am – 7.15 am. Revered. Sri Swamiji was invited to grace the holy abode of number of devotee's homes namely, Smt. Rashmi & Sri Nitin Desai, Smt.& Sri Sridhar. May God bless all of them. May God be with them. May God protect them all. Om Shanti.
Winnipeg (Oct 28, 2008 - Nov 5, 2008) Rev Sri Swamiji Maharaj arrived here on auspicious Deepavali day on Nov 29, 2008. Hindu Temple had organized Laxmi Punjan & Diwali celebration in holy presence of Sri Swamiji Mahahraj.
Here, Pujya Swamiji met Dr. Pravin Sagar a well- known Physician. His own life experience is worth sharing with others, perhaps it may be of inspiration to someone else. Twenty years back on one cold evening, while shoveling snow, he suffered an injury on his back and subsequent more problems related to arthritis, which made him crippled. After suffering for six years and treatment of various kind and from many doctors, taking so many pills daily etc.., he was inspired by his friend to start swimming. He never before went to swimming pool even. Oct 28, 1994 he started water exercises & swimming, slowly improving on his pains that he could cut down on his medication to none over the period of time. He is fit and back to normal work schedule. On Oct 28, 2008, he celebrated fourteen years of his non-stop swimming schedule for an hour daily, in presence of Sri Swamiji's Maharaj. Pujya Swamiji Maharaj congratulated Dr. Pravin Sagar for his sincerity, tenacity, loyalty and regularity in his daily swimming exercise. With the life story of Sri Pravin Sagar Swamiji brought beautifully the thought of Daily Spiritual Sadhana and put emphasis on regularity, sincerity & tenacity to reach the goal of Life the "God Realization" through daily sadhana.
Manitoba club of Winnipeg is 150 years old traditional Canadian club. Revered Swamiji was invited to the club to address the members of the club. First time in the history of the club, a Hindu Monk was invited to address the members and no wine or any hard drinks were served. Vegetarian salad fruits and coffee were served after Swamiji's discourse.
Happy Diwali & New Year gathering of Gujarati Samaj, Skandha Shasti of Sri Lankan Family Samaj, Annakoot of Sri Swami Narayan devotees, Sri Jalaram Jayanti and pot-luck of Yoga attendees were celebrated in Swamiji's presence at Hindu temple. During His stay, Sri Swamiji was honored for grand lunch by Revered Dr. Naranjan Dhalla, a well-known physiologist and Director of vascular Research Center Manitoba. Also, Sri Swamiji was invited by number of devotees for satsnag, lunch dinner as well the house warming.
Manitoba Hindu Seniors endorsed the Winnipeg activity. Thanks to Dr. Daya Gupta, who was the major donor. Thanks to Smt. Chandrakala & Sri Sure Mehta for arranging and coordinating Sri Swamiji's program at Winnipeg and also thanks to Smt. Bhoomi and Sri Ketan Joshi for hosting Sri Swamiji Maharaj. God Bless them all.
Continuing of "Divya Tour 2008" report of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandji Maharaj (Sept 24, 2008 - Oct 23, 2008)
Rome, Atlanta ( Sept 24, 2008 - Oct 29, 2008) After morning worship and prayers on auspicious holy birthday of H. H Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj on 24th September from Bloomington Indiana, Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmandaji Maharaj arrived at Atlanta airport by late noon. Sri Ravi Ponanagi (editor, India tribune, Atlanta) and Sri Jekishan Patel received Sri Swamiji Maharaj and drove Him to Rome, Georgia
At Sri Ram Mandir, Sri Swamiji's Spiritual discourses in the evening were organized from September 24th to Sept 28th evening. Sri Swamiji spoke elaborately on Spiritual Sadhana – Shiv Sadhana, Gyatri Mantra Sadhana, Mrutyunjaya Mantra Sadhana and Sadhana from the life and teachings of Sri Rama and Sri Krishna. From Sept 25th to Sept 29th Sri Swamiji conducted in the morning Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation classes. Devotees came to attend this program from far & wide. During His stay at Rome, Sri Swamiji visited Atlanta and had satang at the Global Mall of Mr. Shiv Gupta. A satsang with senior citizens was organized in a very large cafe area was a grand one. Swamiji with His ever charming personality brought joy & vigor to all. Also, Sri Swamiji visited newly constructed Sri Swaminarayan temple of famous BAP's organization.
Thanks to Sri Jekishanbhai and members of his divine family and Sri Ravi Poonangiji for organizing Sri Swamiji's visit to Atlanta, Georgia. On his way to Tampa Florida Sri Swamiji again visited Rome upon a very special request of Sri Jekishanbhai's revered mother to receive Pujya Swamiji's Blessings once again. She will be completing her life's sojourn of 100 year on February 18, 2009.
Charlotte, North Carolina (Sept 29, 2008 - Oct 1, 2008)Upon sincere and loving invitation of Smt. Bhavani Sarkar, Sri Swamiji arrived at Charlotte on Sept 29th. It was a Navaratri worship time. During His stay at Charlotte, Swamiji conducted Durga pooja, Sri Satyanaryan pooja and satsang at various devotees' homes. Charlotte Indian association was to unveil the statue of Pujya Mahatama Gandhiji on Sunday, Oct 5th. But as, October 2nd happened to be Revered Gandhi Bapuji's actual birth date , before leaving charlotte Sri Swami Adhyatmandaji Maharaj worshiped Bapuji and conducted all religion prayer, which gave him heart content of peace & joy, because each year Swamiji leads all religion prayers at Gandhi Ashram, Sabaramati (Ahmedabad)
Birmingham (Alabama) (Oct 2, 2008- Oct 5, 2008)
" I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the yoga classes conducted by Swami Adhyatmanada at the Hindu Temple & Cultural Center in Pelham. I practice yoga on a regular basis in the Birmingham (Alabama) area and getting to the opportunity to take a yoga classes instructed by Swami Adhyatmanadaji has been one of the high points to this date. It had to describe in words but this will offer some insight. It was a wonderfully exhilarating, invigorating, and spiritually uplifting experience. WOW!" - Paul Wolff
Thanks to Sri Indra Soni, who was inspired for organizing Pujya Swamiji's Yoga & spiritual program at Hindu Temple of Pelham, Birmingham. Also, Sri Madhubhai Shah & other members of executive committee welcomed and supported Swamiji's program, Yoga classes & evening discourses from Oct 2nd to Oct 5th at the Temple. The Birmingham leading news paper interviewed Swamiji and brought out three full pages article, all about culture and heritage of India, idol worship, Navaratri, yoga etc…
Sri Indra Soni & his family felt blessed to get opportunity to host Pujya Swamiji Maharaj.
Tampa, Florida (Oct 6, 2008 – Oct 10, 2008) Smt Rashmi & Sri Ram Jakhotiaji organized Sri Swami Adhyatmandaji Maharaj's program at Tampa. Sri Swamiji's yoga learning workshops were organized at India cultural Center. Sri Swamiji attended holy Durga pooja at Hindu temple also and visited devotees there and blessed them, upon their requests. Many thanks to Sri Ram Jakhotiaji for hosting and organizing Tampa program.
Corpus Christi (Texas) (Oct 10, 2008 – Oct 13, 2008) Mrs. Bhakti Nadkarmi and Ms. Neela Patel organized Sri Swami Addyatmanandji's Corpus Christi visit. At Sri Vyankatesh Temple Sri Swamiji conducted yoga seminar at the same time community Sri. Satyanarayna pooja was organized under the direction of Sri Swamiji Maharaj.
Sri Swamiji paid homage and went for holy darshan of Rev. Maniba (wife of late Sri Rambhai Patel). This family is blessed indeed, as they were fortunate to host H. H Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj at corpus as well at London many times in the past.
Sri Swamiji and Divya Jivan Sanskurtik sang is highly indebted to Mrs. Bhakti and Mr. Govind Nandarki for their very generous and extra ordinary services to the Sivananda Ashram, Ahmeadabad. May almighty Lord and Sri Gurudev's grace be ever upon both of them and all the members of their divine family.
Ruidoso (New Mexico) (Oct 13, 2008 - Oct 15, 2008)
"Jai Shree Krishna! On Oct 13th I received Pujya Swamiji at Albuquerque
airport. His flight arrived early, but I was already there. We drove about three
& half hours to Ruidoso, during whole way back, I had a wonderful satsang with
Swamiji and it was such a blessing for me. We had a wonderful class last night
with almost thirty advanced Yoga students. We all welcomed Swamiji and presented
Him with two garlands. And one student, Elliot Topper has offered to play sitar
for Swamiji So, we will have short sitar concert on Oct 14th night after
Swamiji's class. It was raining here & there might be snow on the mountains."
" Jai Shree Krishna! On Oct 14th, we had another wonderful day. We had yoga class in the morning and the second yoga class at night, with over thirty people. We also had a short sitar concert by candlelight. Swamiji had us sit in meditation and sink us into the music. And as Swamiji said, we went into the Self, beyond cause and effect. I am so blessed to have him here. I am soaking up his presence and I feel so full. And I am happy to see my students having the same experience." ...........Myra Romero (Yoga Teacher)
Ruidoso is 7000 feet from sea level. Yogacharaya Mrs. Myra Romero invited Swami Addyatanadaji Maharaj second time to Ruidoso. Swamiji stayed in the town of mountains. Mrs. Myra's yoga students enjoyed and relished respected Sri Swamiji's presence teachings and guidance in meditation. Sri Swamiji guided candle light meditation, where Ellioot Topper played Sitar and brought a special fervor into already charged atmosphere filled with Divine vibrations.
Thanks to Mrs.Manjuben and Sri Hashmukhbhai for hosting Sri Swamiji Maharaj and serving him with lots of love and reverence. God bless them all. Jai Sri Krishna!
Tucson (Arizona) Oct 15, 2008 – Oct 17, 2008) Honoring loving and pending (long standing) invitation by Smt. Neelam and Dr Gulshan Shetty, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj visited Tucson, the land of characters. Sri Swamiji's discourses on the subjects of "Gita in daily life" and "How to Bridge the gap between Science and Religion", were received applause by entire medical community of Tucson medical center.
Sri Swamiji was at Tucson during one of the best weather and best full moon day (Sharad Purnima) of the year. Sky was pure blue, Stars were shining with their all effulgence, temperature was just enchanting. Smt. Neelamji organized all together four function with great care and meticulous decoration of flowers; fauna and traditional custom. It was simply remarkable. Both days after Swamiji's discourses Dinner was served to all the guests.
Upon request of medical authorities, Sri Swamiji Maharaj visited new born nursery; especially those who were born very critically ill and prayed for them in the department as well in public meeting also.
One yoga workshop was conducted in the lawn and garden of Mrs. Peggy the regular host of H. H Sri Dalai Lama; and other workshop was conducted in the parking lot of Tucson medical centre to incorporate maximum number of yoga lovers. Thanks to Dr Gulshan and Mrs Neelam for their wonderful coordination and cooperation. God bless them all
Bakersfield (California) (Oct 17, 2008 –Oct 18, 2008) On Oct 17,2008 from Tucson, Sri Swami Adhyatmandaji Maharaj arrived to Bakersfield at late night. Sri & Smt. Ashok Bhatt and Smt & Sri. Satish Desai organized Sri Swamij's visit and programs at Bakersfield. On Saturday, Oct 18th, Yoga &Meditation workshop was organized from 9.00am- 12.00 am at "Gokul", Chianmay Mission. Evening satsang was organized at Mrs.Varsha and Mr. Satish Desai's holy abode. In the afternoon Sri Swamiji visited Sri Ashok & Smt. Sudha Bhatt's home and blessed them. At late night Sri Swamiji were driven to Los Angles.
Los Angeles (California) (Oct 19, 2008 -Oct 21, 2008) On Oct 18, 2008 Swamiji arrived at late night to the abode of Sri Vinod Rana & Smt. Kalpana Rana, a sincere devotee couple who has been organizing LA program and hosting Swamiji Maharaj during all Swamiji's Tours to USA. On Sunday, Oct 19th Sri Swamiji Maharaj visited newly constructed Haveli of BAP's organization. Sri Swamiji visited the site of temple under construction also. Most worshipful and revered Swami Sarvedarshanji Maharaj took round of entire coming of Mandir of BAP'S. Rev. Swami Sarvedarshan honored Swami Adhyatmanda with garland and Prasad, gift etc. Sri Swamiji had a glance of health care fair also before He left to attend Satsang at Sri Laxminarayan Temple.
At Sri Laxminarayan Temple Dr. Archana and Sri Akshayeji organized Sri Swamiji's discourse on the topic of Deepavali and Sri Laxmi Pooja, worship of Goddess of wealth. A grand publicity was done and hence the satsang Hall crowded. Satsang was followed by traditional Indian meal. Before proceeding for Hindu temples satsang Sri Swamiji visited Dr. Archana and Sri Akshayeji's blessed holy abode upon their sincere wish.
Evening satsang at Hindu Vally Temple was organized and planned very meticulously by Smt. Shaila Mehta & Dr. Surekha Vashi.Sri Swamiji spoke here on length on the subject of "Yoga in daily life" as well moderate diet for healthy living. Satsang was followed with grand dinner. Sri Pranav Desai, who was blessed by Pujya Swamiji Maharaj on his wedding two years ago, took charge of sale & distribution counter of Spiritual materials and offered a wonderful seva.
On Oct 20, 2008 Sri Swamiji Mahraj visited number of devotees home and blessed them. In the evening, Swamiji had wonderful satsang with Sri Shankracharya of Bhanupura Peeth (MP India), Srimat Divyananda Tirthji Maharaj at Sri Radha Krishna Temple Norwalk. Next day, Oct 21st Sri Swamiji left for Calgary early in the morning.
Calgary Canada) (Oct 22, 2008 - Oct 28, 2008) Sri Swami Adhyatmanadaji Maharaj's yoga learning and Meditation workshop were organized at Hindu Society of Calgary. During his stay, Sri Swami was invited to grace number of devotees home also. Smt. Jyoti and Sri Muni Bir's family were blessed with Swamiji's stay at their holy abode. Mr. Salil Nanda of the Calgary University with the courtesy of Hindu society of Calgary organized Sri Swamiji's Calgary visit.
Manitoba, Winnipeg (Canada) (Oct 28, 2008 - Nov 6, 2008) Devotees at Manitoba, Winnipeg (Canada) will be fortunate to have Pujya Swamiji's holy presence during Joyous Deepavali festival. That is because of having sincere wish of Blessed Sri Surenbhai Mehta. They have planned for group Laxmi pujan & Deepavali dinner in august presence of Beloved Swamiji Maharaj. Also Morning Yoga & Spiritual discourses in the evening have been organized from Oct 28, 2008 to –Nov 6, 2008.
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad is an organization established to disseminate message and wisdom teachings of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. It is managed by Sri Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh. Brahmlin Sri Swami Pavitranandaji Maharaj, before sanyasa known as Sri Laxmikant Dave, had aspired to bring up an Ashram in Ahmedabad. He incessantly worked to acquire four acres of land, on which the ashram is established today, from government of Gujarat. Today the Ashram is well known for its multifaceted educational, socio-religious and spiritual activities.
Swami Sri Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj is the current Spiritual head of the ashram and under His leadership and Guidence, the ashram has blossomed into a marvelous spiritual and cultural center. People from all over the world have been highly impressed and inspired by his spiritual aura, charming multifaceted personality, boundless enthusiasm and unique efficiency. He is much sought after speaker and a spiritual preceptor over the Globe, East & West.
The organizers of His "Divya Tour 2008" feel highly honored & grateful to Swamiji Maharaj to grant the request of visit here in the West this summer for the benefits of people in the West.
Continuing of "Divya Tour 2008" report of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandji Maharaj (Sept 1, 2008- Sept 23, 2008)
New Jersey program
New Jersey ( Sept 1, 2008 - Sept 8, 2008) From Sep1, 2008 to Sep7,2008 number of Yogasana programs including pranayama, meditation learning & sharing were organized by most respected & blessed Dr.Nick Mehta at Toms River, New Jersey. Early morning Yoga sessions were organized at the residence of Dr.Nick Mehta’s beautiful lawns with pine & fur trees. A large number of doctors & paramedical yoga enthusiasts from various medical organizations joined the yoga program.
Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj shared various exercised including those for flexibilities, light yogasanas & essential pranayama to avoid complications that arise from constant computer use, like improper functioning of fingers, thumbs, wrists, upper arms, shoulders and its joints, scapulas, cervical vertebrae and lumbar spine.
On the afternoon of Sept1, 2008 from 3 pm to 4 pm, Swamiji shared wonderful time with Children born in America (2nd generation kids) made them understand the value and goal of their life, may they want to be astronomers, doctors, scientists or businessmen. They should decide at an early age and work hard to achieve it through systemic efforts in the right direction. Swamji played with them fun games and taught them how to sharpen the mental functioning. In the evening Swamiji enlightened a large gathering on the subject of "Gita In Daily Life" from 7pm to 8pm.
Entire week was full with the programs at the various places as following. Evenings 7pm- 9 pm Yogasan, Pranayama & Meditation class conducted at Center for Health & Healing (coordinated by Ms. Dawn Keen). Similar class conducted on Sept 3rd from 9:30am to 11:30 am at the Healing Way Center (coordinated by Ms. Donna Cetroni). Swamiji was invited to Ocean County College to address the community students on the subject of “Stress Management”. This program was organized in the Institute of Technology, which was coordinated by Mr. Richard Strada. In the evening from 7pm to 9 pm Swamiji, elaborately discussed the “Patanjali Yogasutras” with very serious yoga loving American audience. On Sept 4th, other than morning yoga class, in the evenings from 7pm – 9 pm, Sri Swamiji Maharaj conducted a big yoga seminar at Kula Kamala Yoga institute Coordinated by Sharon Allitt & Yogi Edward). On Sept 5th a very special discourse was organized by Indian Cultural association at Pleasant Plain Fire Hall on the subject of “Inspiring role models from Indian ancient scriptures.” This program was coordinated by Mr. Sunny Dhir at 40 Clayton Avenue of Toms River.
H. E Mayor of Toms River (NJ) Thomas Kelaher Honoring Pujya Swamiji
On Sept 6th & 7th, a special 2-day long Yoga & Health seminar was organized by Dr. Nick Mehta at community medical center, Pecora Auditorium, Toms River, New Jersey. His Excellency Mayor of Toms River, Hon. Thomas Kelaher lit the lamp for the seminar. He said that Yoga is now no more a monopoly of the Indian community, but the property of the world at large. We welcome Swamiji in our county and request him to be with us for many years to share this ancient knowledge of yore. A special citation was presented to Swami Adhyatmandji Maharahj by Honorable Mayor as well as the citizens of the county of Toms River, NJ.
On Wednesday Sept 3, 2008, a special worship and satsang was organized ganesh Chaturthi and on Saturday Sept 6, 2008 heart melting Bhajan Sandhya also was organized where Sri Swamiji poured out his soul stirring Kirtan which was really a memorable evening where number of Americans spontaneously were inspired not only to sing but dance in ecstasy.
On Saturday, Sept 7, 2008 morning a special Yoga session was organized at respected Mrs. Shodhani’s residence. In the evening a grand Satsang and Kirtan program was organized at Karni Temple of Hindu community, where Sri Swamiji Maharaj discussed in detail the subject of Meditation, its theory, practice, obstacles & conducted group meditation also. The greatest enjoyment event was potluck lunch with Swamiji on midday Sept 7, 2008.
On Sept 8th morning was the121th Birth Anniversary of Most Worshipful & Revered Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandji Maharaj, which was celebrated with Sri Guru Paduka Pujan, Bhajan & Kitan and Mahaprasad at residence of Tejal & Amit Shah of New Jersey.
Sincere Thanks and gratitude to Mrs & Dr. Nick (Nikunj) Mehta for organizing this wonderful program with so much commitment, dedication, devotion & with great love for Sri Swamiji Maharaj & His Mission to Mankind. During his stay at NJ, Sri Swamijij Maharaj visited a number of organizations, Sri Satya Saibaba center, Children’s Hospital etc and number of Yoga studios run by various organizations & different yoga schools. On midday of Sept 8th Sri Swamiji Maharaj went to Toronto.
Toronto, Canada (Sept 8, 2008 - Sept 16, 2008) Eight days long Yoga Camp & Spiritual discourses of H. H Sri Swami Adhyatmanandji Maharaj was organized at Toronto, ON(Canada). On Monday, Sept 8th, arrival day in the evening , a welcome satsang for Swamiji and also birthday celebration of Sri Sadgurudev Swami Sivanandji Maharaj was organized at Sri Gur Mandir. Program was celebrated with Sri Paduka Pujan. Discourse on the glory of the Guru & how to receive His Grace was so lucidly described by Pujya Swamiji Maharaj that all the devotees got overwhelmed , it was followed by Arati & Mahaprasad to large number of devotees.
Yoga & Meditation and Camp ( Sept 9, 2008 - Sept 16, 2008)
From Sept 9th to Sept 16th there were two simultaneous Yoga Shibir was organized at different location. In the morning 7am to 8am at Sri Gur Mandir ‘s large premises and in the evening at Sri Vaishnodevi Temple from 6m to 7pm, Yogasana camp followed by discourses (7.00pm - 8.15pm) on Chapter 9th of Bhagavad Gita (kingly science of kingly secret). A special Satsang were organized at Devi Mandir, Pickering,( Ontario) & Ganesh Temple, Richmond Hill,( Ontario) Sri Swamiji Maharaj visited Jain temples on the holy occasion of Samvatsari and also paid his homage to Sri Ramakrishna Vedanta center (Ontario), Toronto
Toronto program at Vaishnvodevi & Gaur Temple (Paduka Pujan Sept 8th on Gurudev's B-day
During his stay, Swamiji addressed number of private gatherings and Satsangs for youth & citizens of Toronto. Thanks to Sri Kunj Biharibhai Dave, Sri Kamlesh Dave & his family, Sri Ram Gogiaji and Mayur Upadhyay for this wonderful program at Ontario, Toronto. Pujya Swamiji expresses a special gratitude to Mrs. Anjali & Mr Naresh Shah of Vaughn to host Sri Swamiji Maharaj during his stay.
ATN Television studios invited Sri Swamiji Maharaj & interviewed him for the telecast three episodes(22 minutes) on the subjects Yoga to be broadcasted later on for the benefit of Canadian community. Swamiji elaborated all different kind of Yoga, Karma, Bhakti, Jnana, Raj, Kundalini, Nad, Sahaja & its modern variations like Hot Yoga etc.
A grand farewell and Bhandara was organized and public farewell was exercised by trustees & president of Vaishnodevi Temple. We are thankful to their learned & scholarly chief priest & devotees of this temple.Sri Umesh Kapitan, Sri Balachandra Lodhia & Sharad Kamdar join to organize Sri Swamiji’s trip to Torontto in much planned & better way. They all have decided & planning to invite Swamiji in June/July 2009 and to organize a grand Yoga festival once again. Sri Swamij Maharaj is thankful to all those who offered their time & their services to travel to various programs, it was amount to about 250 miles driving each day. The day started at 5.30am (start from home) and return at around 11.30pm. It shows that Pujya Swamiji does not care for His personal comfort and physical need and spend each breath of His life for the Good of Mankind and working towards the Mission of spreading the message of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaj Maharaj & Gurumaharaj Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.
Windsor, Canada: (Sept 17, 2008 & Sept 20, 2008) On early morning of Sept 17th Sri Swami Adhyatmandaji Maharaj arrived here, blessed the number of families & business places. He then proceeded to US on midday Sept 17th to reach Toledo and again visited Windsor on Saturday, Sept 20th & conducted a wonderful Satsang for a small Indian community of Windsor. Mrs. & Mr. Jayesh Bhatt need a special thanks to organize Swamiji's program at Windsor.
Toledo, Ohio (Sept 17, 2008 - Sept 21, 2008 ) Most Worshipful & Revered Swamiji Maharaj came to Toledo, OH (USA) by a car from Windsor (Canada) by the courtesy & personal presence of Sri Rajesh Laungani to Mrs. Bindu & Dr. Arvind Mistry’s holy abode on Sept 17th midday. From the evening of Sept 17th to midday Sunday, Sept 17th, Satsangs on various subjects like Gita in Daily life, Teaching from Vedas, Introduction to Ishopnishad, Saints & Sages of India, Meditation, etc were discussed at the Hindu Temple of Toledo, Ohio from 7pm- 8:30pm.
Early morning Yoga classes from 7am- 8am were conducted at the auditorium of the Hindu Temple of Toledo with great enthusiasm. Sri Anantbhai Dixit, the head priest & Acharya of the Temple, Dr. Arvind Mistry & Sri Rajesh Laungani need a special thanks & gratitude for organizing 5 day long spiritual retreat at Toledo. During his stay, Sri Swamiji Maharaj was invited to visit number of homes for Bhiksha, blessings & Satsangs. Sri Swamiji proceeded to Bloomington, Indiana on Sunday, Sept 21st midday after the concluding at Toledo program.
Sri Dinesh Patel, a devotee and initiated disciple of Most Revered H. H Swami Chidanandji Maharaj had a comfortable drive from Toledo to Bloomington Indiana on Sunday Sept 21st. Sri Swamiji stayed here 3 nights. His Satsangs were organized at the newly constructed Hindu Temple on the subjects of Sri Hanuman Mahima & Sunderkanda. Other than this Swamiji graced a number of private homes, institutions and visited Indiana University too. Swamiji left for Atlanta on holy & happy 93rd birthday of H. H Sri Swami Chidanandji Maharaj, after birthday Satsang at Bloomington.
Beginning of "Divya Tour 2008" Report of H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj ( July 29, 2008 - August 30, 2008)
At the arrival to UK Pujya Swamiji was received by Tailor's at their abode and welcome satsng was organized by Chandramaniben Tailor. Wallington: From August 1st to 10th, Sri Swamiji Maharaj conducted a number of Yoga classes organized by respected Yogacharya Sri Jogendrabhai Patel, an ardent disciple of worshipful and revered Shri Puneetacharya ji Maharaj of Girnar, India. A number of satsangs were organized at different organizations that are engaged in serving their love and need to the senior citizens not only Asian but white and black too. Such visits and discourses were organized at Highview, Scout Hall, Wallington, Apna Aashiana at Croydon, Milap center Kingstown, Sayer Center, Cricklewood, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Thorton Heath, etc. Sri Swamiji Maharaj was invited for a special satsang on Sunday, August 3rd at the famous Sri SwamiNarayan temple (BAP'S) at Neasden. A very cordial welcome was given to Swamiji and with warmth and great regards Swamiji Maharaj was requested for his heart-pouring discourse for the benefit of devotees at the famous Haveli of the temple. Sri Swamiji visited once again the same institution where word-renowned Yogacharya Sri Ramdev ji Maharaj was supposed to speak. The meeting of both Yoga experts was like a confluence of Ganga and Yamuna. Sri Yogvivek Swamiji Maharaj, the head of BAPS Neasden Temple honored Sri Swamiji Maharaj by presenting shawl and garland, etc. Over and all Sri Swamiji Maharaj very generously extended his love and gave a memorable satsang at various places in London like Purley, Balham, Coulsdon, Mitchm, Carshalton Peeches, Carlstown, Morden, South Showton, Uptown Park and of course at Wallington, Croydon and at Oxbridge. Sri Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh and Sivananda Ashram Ahmedabad will be highly thankful and indebted to Sri Jogendrabhai Patel and all the members of his divine family, Mrs. Dharmista Patel, Mother Shantaba, Shri Viren Patel, Mrs Ila Patel and so on.
Oxbridge: Worshipful and revered Sri Swamiji Maharaj arrived at holy Sri Anoopam Mission on August 10th evening. From 11th to 16th August every day, a special Yoga camp (700th) was conducted at a Grand Marquee specially pitched and erected for this festivity. Sri Swamiji Maharaj was invited to share his expertise in the science of Yoga with other institutions also in different localities of Central London. 61st Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm, pomp and show. Flag hoisting of United Kingdom and India were simultaneously done in the beautiful open lawns of Anoopam Mission. High Commissioner of India, Mayor of Oxbridge, Members of Senate of Oxbridge county, Mr Shaunak Rishi, head of department of Indian Philosophy and Myth at Oxford University, Mr. C.B .Patel, founder of leading Newspaper ‘Gujaraj Samachar’ from London. Shri Bhupendra Pandya, a well known Kathakar from Mumbai and most worshipful and revered H.H. Sri Jasbhai Saheb to mention a few, were present for the flag hoisting as well as patriotic discourses and dance ballet presented on the occasion.
Shri Shanti Bhai, Shri Hemanth Swamiji, Sri Satish Chatwaniji, Sri Venubhai Patel, Sri Ashwin Popat were the main devotees and organizers of the mission who made the entire function a grand success.
A very special Satsang was organized at “Tulsi” Indian restaurant where revered Sri Jasbhai Saheb, revered Swamiji, Sri Shanti Bhai and more than 200 devotees were invited to bless and grace this wonderful venture of devotees from India. A grand meal was served before the Satsang and Satsang poured blessings on the organizer of this immemorable venture. It was all organized by the owner of “Tulsi” restaurant, Shri Jatin Patel and members of his divine family.
Sri Swamiji flew to Chicago on 19th forenoon. Worshipful Swamiji is personally thankful to Sri Hemanth Swamiji, Mahant of Anoopam Mission, respected Kirtiben, Amisha, Jayendra Patel, Shri Kiranbhai, Bhanuben, and many more inmates of Shri Anoopam Mission, UK.
Most worshipful and revered Mrs. Yashoda and Dr. Snehal Amin of Sivananda Ashram Ahmedabad assisted Sri Swamiji Maharaj throughout the Yoga summer camp at Anoopam Mission Oxbridge. Sri Swamiji Maharaj is personally indebted for their general service and their kind gesture towards Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and his Mission to Mankind.
USA Arrival - Chicago
Chicago: (Aug 19, 2008 -Aug 24,2008) On August 19, 2008 Most worshipful & Revered Sri Swamiji Maharaj was received by Naik's at the airport and the holy abode at Oak Brook. A welcome Satsang was organized on the same evening at Sri Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago from 7.00pm-8:30 pm. Respected and worshipful President of the temple Sri Subramaniam Vemuriji welcomed Swamiji with a traditional Purna Kumbham and Sri Swamiji was led to the holy shrines of Shri Vinayaka, Shri Shiva, Shri Durga, Shri SitaRama, Shri Radha Krishna and Shri Balaji with the chants of Vedic lore, Purushasukta, etc. Weclome Satsang was organized in a grand centrally located auditorium of the temple. Upon the sincere request of sponsor of Shri Bhagvat Katha, Sri Swamiji Maharaj poured immemorable kirtan for an hour after welcome satsang.
Janmashtami satsang & kirtan at Chicago Sept 23, 2008
Free morning Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation sessions were arranged at Hindu temple of Greater Chicago from Wednesday August 20th to Sunday Aug 24th from 6 am to 8 am very generously with coordination of Temple committee. Sri Swamiji Maharaj spared and shared a package of Pranayama, Flexibilities and some selected Asanas to get rid of or not to become victim of problems created by long time use of computer. Especially, exercise for fingers, wrists , scapula (shoulder joint), cervical spondilitis, hunch back pain, lumbo-sacral pain and dysfunction of lower range of spinal cord.
During his stay Sri Swamiji Maharaj was invited for house visits, bhiksha and satsang at a number of devotees’ homes. Sri Swamiji’s discourses were organized at Sri Aurobindo Center (Bhakti Yoga), Sri Jalaram temple (Japa Sadhana), Shri Swadhyay Parivar (Gita in daily life), Gilbert’s (Glories of Nam Smaran), residence of Mrs. Hemalatha Patel (Yoga way of life), Skokie residence of Sangeeta and Hemanth Chandel (Lord Shri Krishna – Purna Avatara), Gayatri Mandir of Bhagini Kusumbai Patel (Glories of Lord Shri Krishna), at the residence of Smt Jayshree Tajporia at Hoffman Estate (Forget and forgive), Gita Study Group (Daily Spiritual Sadhana) and Arya Samaj Mandir (Vedant Vichar in daily living).
With special request of President and religious chairperson of Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (HTGC), Sri Swamiji Maharaj joined for holy Shri Janmashtami festival celebration at HTGC from 10 pm to1 am. Swamiji’s kirtan and discourses touched one and all those who joined for the grand memorable feast. Sri Swamiji attended entire worship up to late hours of the night in the temple and retired practically next morning.
Sri Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh, India and USA, Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad and particularly Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj are highly indebted and thankful to Smt. Minal & Sri Bharat Naik for their involvement and service towards Most Worshipful & Revered Guru Bhagvan Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and His Divine Mission to Mankind since more than12 years. It is for them only the entire Divya Tour 2008 now and earlier tours of US and Canada were organized because of their great efforts, sincere love, commitment, dedication and devotion towards the Most Worshipful and Revered Satgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. But in fact, they feel indebted to Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandji Maharj to bring Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj & Guru Maharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj in their life. Ever since Swamiji has brought them a life size photo of Holy Master and established His Living presence, it is HE who, organizes the Divya Tours, as per His Will, they feel. They joyfully witnesses HIS presence in every step of the way and have surrendered to His Will. They feel honored and privileged to get opportunity to be at His Holy FEET.
Milwaukee: Upon the sincere and earnest request of Smt. Aparna and Sri Hari Krishna Raghavacharlu, Sri Swami Adhyatmananda ji Maharaj visited Milwaukee from 24th August to 28th August. A welcome satsang was organized at their residence on Swamiji’s arrival, which was followed by a grand Krishna Janma festivity at Hindu Temple of Wisconsin. The Krishna birthday festival and worship continued up to very late hours of August 24th. Sri Swamiji’s heart-pouring singing and discourse from the holy text and song of God, Holy Bhagavata made all the devotees spell-bound. Of course a mini-India because here practically people of all languages were present. Swamiji sang the glory of the Lord in Hindi, Sanskrit, Telugu, Tamil and English too. A regular Yoga, Meditation camp with spiritual discourses were organized in these 3 days as a capsule course from 25th to 27th evening 6-8:30 pm at the Wisconsin Hindu temple. Devotees from far away came for Sri Swamiji’s darshan at Sri Hari and Aparna’s holy abode
Yoga Retreat at Milwaukee
During his stay Sri Swamiji paid homage to the house where Most worshipful and revered Guru Bhagavan His Divine Holiness Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj stayed in his first visit to United States in general and Milwaukee in particular. (“On 26th November 1959 Swamiji arrived at Milwaukee where he was warmly received by Mr. And Mrs. Coanda. On the arrival of this great Indian Yogi, Milwaukee Daily published the news that the spiritual ambassador of Sivananda had reached the States for propagation of Yoga and Vedanta” – from the book “Holy Stream” by Shri Sarath Chandra Behera). Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj was here for two months and conducted various discourses as well as yoga, Meditation programs for the benefit of general public where hundreds of lovers of the Lord and seekers of Truth had worshipful Sri Swamiji’s darshan and blessings.
Sri Swami Adhyatmananda ji Maharaj during his stay of Milwaukee visited Madison Hindu Temple also and of course was invited at devotees’ houses to bless them for Satsang and lunch too.
During his spiritual discourses, Swamiji enlighted the audience on the topics of “Gita and Vedanta in daily life”, “Science of Mantras and Japa Sadhana” and “True Goal of life and how to get there”, as well as “Pranayam Sadhana for happy healthy and spiritual upliftment” at Madison.
Swamiji’s exposure to Milwaukee temple simply astonished all devotees and guided one and all to the higher values of human life. At the same time he inspired all individuals towards spiritual upliftment. Entire program and visit of Milwaukee and Madison was organized planned and executed by very sincere and committed dedication of Smt. Aparna and Sri Hari Krishna Raghavacharlu. At the same time Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh is thankful to the President Shri Kumud Prasad and Committee of Hindu Temple of Wisconsin and Dr. Nanda and Dr. Aggrawal of Spiritual Enrichment Program Milwaukee for sponsoring and hosting Sri Swamiji’s 3-day Spiritual retreat.
New Jersey & Allentown: After Milwaukee program, Swamiji arrived at Philadelphia on August 28th where Sri Nick (Mahendra Karia) organized a Satsang for Sri Swamiji’s welcome to this part of USA. Sri Swamiji Maharaj visited Sri Anoopam Mission USA on Saturday, 30th August for their evening Satsang, which was attended by a large number of devotees, where on behalf of Revered Shri Jasbai Saheb, Shri Jayeshbhai Shah and other devotees welcomed Sri Swamiji Maharaj. This was organized by courtesy of Smt Tejalben and Smt. Sonalben Shah, devotees of Shri Anoopam Mission at New Jersey.
Swamiji’s presence at World Gujarat Conference organized by AIANA (Association of Indian Americans in North America) from 29th afternoon to 31st August was history in itself. Other than the main plenary session, Sri Swamiji Maharaj was moderator on August 30th at Shri K.M.Munshi hall on the subject of Call to the Youth and relevance of modern mind. Sri Swamiji was the speaker on two occasions on Sunday August 31st afternoon at Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Hall and Smt. Kasturba Gandhi Hall on the topics of (1) Need of spirituality in the 21st century and its proceedings from the cultural heritage of India and (2) Secrets of excellent health and protection from the doctors, hospitals and medical matters.
Whereas in this conference there were number of other speakers also like Dr. Sam Pitroda, Dr. Kamlesh Lulla, Dr. Haren Joshi, Dr. Manjul Joshipura, Dr. Amit Shah, Dr. Vijaya Desai, Sri Pankaj Udhas, Shri Subodh Saha, Nrs. Nisha Madhwani, Shri Praveen Seth, Sri Jay Gajjar, Sri Arun Bansali, Sri Minu Mathew, Sri Arvindbhai Shah, Mr. Devang Nanavati, Tejas Patel, Tirusha Dave, Ms. Preeti Sengupta, Jay Shah, R. D. Patel, Dr. Jayant Clerk, Ms. Panna Naik, Sonal Modi, Sister Chandru, Jay Merchant, Harry Shah, Sanjay Patel, Dinesh Gandhi, Jalendu Vaidya, Yogesh Joshi, Amit Shah, Bina Desai, Nipasha, Sri Sudhir Mankhad, Sri D.C. Anjaria, Ms. Sheetal Patel, Gary Pasricha, Dimple Trivedi and Arvind Shah on the different subjects of (1) use of technology as a bridge and Gujarat darshan from Antariksh. (2) Information and protection from Thalassemia (3) Gujarati Diaspora on a global canvas in Africa, America and Canada (4) Reconnecting with Vatan and NRG’s contribution to humanitarian development of Gujarat (5) Fusion and confusion of Bi-cultural identities and also Women’s empowerment is within you. (7) Vibrant Gujarat and what are the Financial and growth plans for Gujarat. (8) How can you invest and profit from these growth plans (9) How to be successful entrepreneur?
Other than this, a grand galaxy of singers, poets and worthy men of literature from Gujarat in particular and Mumbai as well as USA in general added on the conference.
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