Helping Hands and Hearts

There is overwhelming outpour of kindness, concern and love from people all over the world in response to the devastating earthquake in Gujarat. Everyone wants to help in whatever way he or she can and share the grief. Intention is only to inspire other devotees of the Lord and bring out the best in them and help in their spiritual growth.  Email address has been eliminated for the individual's privacy. 



Swami Chidananda




Sivananda Ashram,
P. O. Shivanandanagar - 249192
Dist. Tehri - Garhwal, U.P.


Sri Swami Adhyatmanadaji Maharaj 
and Sri Mafatlal J. Pataniji,
Sivananda Ashram

Radiant Immortal Atman!
Dear & Blessed Dr. Patanisaheb & Adhyatmanandswamiji,

OM Namo Narayanaya! OM Namo Shivaya!
Jai Shri Gurudev Sivananda Bhagawan!

            Thank you for your letter of Thursday 18th January 2001. Glad to note from its content that you hope to be able to complete your total construction work by about mid-April or end of April. That is about the time I propose to return from holy Pattamadai back north to Shantidham or Gurudham. We shall try to route our journey northward via Ahmedabad. About the duration of my stay, at this moment I cannot say anything definite about that point. 

            You are doing wonderful Relief and Rehabilitation work. I am getting reports from so many persons. Wonderful! Murali Thawani, his wife & daughter Jessy (or Sangeeta) spent some half an hour last night. You have given Sangeeta wonderful training in a variety of fields. Her yoga work is excellent. Let her keep it up.  

Very best wishes,

Swami Chidananda

N.B. Murali is bringing Rs. 1 lakh for your work. Please accept as a small offering from me. I leave on the 9th February.






We are distressed to hear about the heavy loss of life and property due to
the earthquake which shook some parts of Gujarat. Swami Ramswarupananda
tells us that you, Swamiji, have taken up extensive relief operations with
help of volunteers.
At this time while sharing the grief of the affected people of Gujarat we
feel like contributing towards their welfare and rehabilitation. Would you
be kind enough, Swamiji, to tell us how we should reach you some money and
in whose name.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Anandashram Post
Kanhangad 671531

In Chicago area, youths have taken initiative to organize Fund Raising Banquet to provide help to the victims of the devastating earthquake in Gujarat. Our hats are off to these inspired youths who on their own initiative taken up this philanthropic endeavor. Their enthusiasm for the lofty goal of selfless service to humanity is truly commendable. The Spiritual Life Foundation takes great pride in sponsoring the event and providing whatever support necessary.   

Blessed Divinity!
Dear Friends in the spirit

Om Namo Narayanaya. Loving Pranams. By this time the whole world knows very well about the EARTH QUAKE in Indian subcontinent. 

Sri Gurudev Parama Pujya Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj said that the hands that services are holier than the lips that prays. Let us get in touch with His Holiness Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj in Sivananda Ashram and his team of volunteers to maximum services to the Lord in this juncture with TAN, MAN AND DHAN ( body, mind(heart) and money) 

Prayer is also a very powerful service. We have been praying for the departed friends and those who are in great trouble. You those are very far away please either individually or in group do MAHA MRITUNJAY (TRAYAMBAKAM) AND SARANAGATA DINARTA Mantras. May the choicest blessings of the Lord be upon all.

May God Bless you.
With Regards, Respects and Oms
Yours, in the service of Lord

Swami Ramaswarupananda

Beloved and Revered H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj,

Om Namo Narayanaya. Hari Om. 
Humble prostrations at your holy feet. Sri Gurudev sends His prayers and love especially hearing of the devastating earthquake in Gujarat. I have been thinking of Your goodself and all the devotees there and the new shrine as well and all the earthquake victims - I hope and pray everyone at the Ashram is safe and well. Newspapers and TV reports show such catastrophic destruction and human suffering that it is very difficult to see it.

I am just wishing to let you know our prayers are with You and everyone affected by the earthquake. Kindly let me know how You are and if the Ashram's building are all right when you are able. 

With loving thoughts,
Om shanthi Swami Dayananda
Swami Satchidananda Ashram
Yogaville, VA - USA

Hari Om to all members of Ashram and devotees,

I am writing from Satyananda Ashram of Florence:Italy (we subscribe to your news letter); many people who come to us for yoga and spiritual contact are asking about situation in Gujarat after the earthquake. They all are feeling great symapathy and are very worried about the general situation: damns, dykes, nuclear tests etc, in the area and also along the failla going towards the Gangetic plain.

All our sympathy goes to you from a country that also has had very bad experiences with earthquake damage, but recently nothing to be compared to this Gujarat disaster! We will be holding groups of Maha Mrtyunjaya Mantra chanting for the suffering people of Gujarat, beginning in a few days.

Om Tat Sat
sw Uttarkashi and sw Anusandhan 
(disciples of Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati of Rikhia, Deogarh)

OM Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya
Hari OM:

Please advise how and where to send funds for help for the earthquake 
victims. I am in the U.S.

Loving Pranams,
Swami Prasanthananda 

Most revered Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj,
Humble Salutations and Prostrations
Om Namo Narayana

What has happened and is still happening in Gujarat is most shocking and disturbing. Our hearts go out for those who have suddenly seen everything they held close and dear disappear without any trace or warning. We pray for the peace of their souls and to give strength to their relatives and near and dear ones to bear this tragedy.

We sincerely pray that the Ashram has not suffered in this devastation.

With the communications in total disarray it must be a very very tough and difficult job to extend any relief work to the effected people. There is not much that we can do from here but in our small way like to contribute some clothes which could be useful in covering the bodies of the unfortunate souls. Could you kindly send us the addresses where we can send these.

May God end the devastation soon. 
With Koti Koti Pranams.
At Thy Holy Feet 
Vishva Sud 

Dear Friend,

I have sent out the Update to 44 people. The update is addressed to you and a bcc copy has gone to the 44 people. 

God bless your efforts.

Maya Rao


It will be great if you can list the site on INOMY. Please let me know what
kind of details you need to be able to do this,

FYI, the URL of the site is

They have a page dedicated to relief activities. In addition they send
out updates on what they have been doing / plan to do.I have been forwarding
the updates to you.

This organization is a branch of the Divine Life Society that was founded
by Swami Sivananda. The current head of the organization is Swami

The reason I talk of this organization is because I can personally vouch for
their sincerity and they are doing good work. One can be sure that when
money or aid is sent to this organization, it will reach those it is meant

Thanks and regards,


Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!


I am forwarding herewith a message from our Divine Life Society branch at
Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Please help with the relief efforts. Please also offer
the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra below to the Lord to relief the suffering of
those afflicted.

Om tryambakam yajamahe
sugandhim pushtivardhanam
uurvarukamiva bandhanaan
mrityor mukshiya maamritaat. 


We worship the three-eyed One (Lord Siva) Who is fragrant and Who
nourishes well all beings; may He liberate us from death for the sake of
immortality even as the cucumber is severed from its bondage (to the

Yours in the service of Gurudev,

Revered Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji,

OM Namo Bhagvate Sivanandaya. OM Namo Bhagvate Chidanandaya.
Namo Narayana.

Over the last several days, we have witnessed on television news the unfolding of 
the devastating Gujarat earthquake tragedy. The grief and suffering seen has 
touched everyone and we share their grief and sorrow and pray to Almighty Lord 
and Gurudev, Swami Sivananda, to protect them and grant them good hope in 
rebuilding their lives. We have also read updates on the web site about your 
inspiring and selfless service towards the relief work to help the victims of the 
earthquake. Our London Branch is starting a Earthquake relief fund by contacting 
DLS members in UK for kind donations. We will send the donation to Sivanand 
Ashram to help you and DLS branches in their efforts in helping all victims of the 

Prem and OM

Anil mehta
DLS London Branch

Hari Om!
Msg for Swami Adhyatmanandji

Pranams !!
Have heard the wonderful service you are doing to the victims of the 

You have given us the opportunity and inspiration to contribute and I 
have instructed Citibank to courier your organisation a draft of 
Rs 50,000/- which should reach you in the next few days. 

Please use the money as you deem fit.

I am based in Istanbul Turkey. It is difficult for me to keep track of 
the draft. If you do NOT receive the draft in the next seven to ten 
days please ask someone in your organisation to send me a reminder so 
that I can follow up with the bank or courier company.

Please accept our pranams to you and Param guru Swami Sivananda 
Maharaj who is a giant among the saints in this world. We seek 
blessings from saints like you and from God above and within.

Yours truly

Vivek Vig

Dear Family,
Swami Ramaswarupananda-ji passed your e-mail information on with his appeal for help.
I have begun to collect donation and will be able to send them by the end of the week I assume.
Please tell me:
1. Where Revered Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji is at this time. Swami-ji has been at my home which was then a DLS Center here in Japan. He knows me very well. 
2. What are Swami-ji's instructions regarding foreign donations. I will follow his instructions as to exactly where to send the offering. Please give the name of the bank, the Branch name, branch number if there is one, address, telephone number, account number of earthquake relief fund.
Are you accepting donations of things like clothing or other items?
Do you have a specific need for any one thing of particular urgency? For example bandages or medicine?
I'm sure that Sri Adyhatmanandaji is very busy. Let us pray for his health as he works to help others.
May God/Guru accept all those souls who lost their lives in the disatrous earthquake. And may God/Guru protect all the volunteers and workers.
Most sincerely yours,
Linda Noel Kawabata 

Om Namo Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Krishnanandaya!
Om Namo Adhyatmanandaya!

Loving Pranam HH Swami Sri Adhyatmananji Maharaj,

1. We have made appeal for the earthquake victims. All the donation
that we will receive will be sent to the Divyajivan Sangh, Ahmedabad.

2. Sri Kantibhai Bhatt is great devotee of Gurudev and prominent person
in Indian community. He is father of Dr Neelaben who met you last month in
the Ashram. He has offered his services for the holy task. He can't do
physical work but he is physically fit to move around even he can lead a
team. He may be helpful in distributing items or record keeping etc. He is
retired teacher and can do very good service to the victims. Sri Kantibhai
is also helping people in Australia by consoling the family when any
relative is passed away, with chanting Bhagwat Gita etc. He is prepared to
come at his own cost and at your suggestion. Please advise Sri Mukul Desai,
son in law of Sri Kantibahi. We will send what ever donation we have
collected with Sri Kantibhai.

3. Another task the Divine Life Society can do with help of Sri
Kantibhai is to send container of clothes and other useful items from
Australia. Please advise where would you like us to send the container
either Bombay or Kandla? The container will reach with in month of time.

4. Sri Deep Jadeja is also devotee of Pujya Gurudev. His father is in
UK and they are also disciple of HH Swamiji. He has few acres of land in
Jamnagar. There is water facility also. He has offered this land for
TEMPORARY settlement of camp etc. Please advise Sri Deepji if you are in
need of the farm.

Swamiji, as many people are calling us for the cloths, could you please
reply your decision about the container immediately?

Yours, In the service of Gurudev,
Gunvant Vaghela
Secretary, The Divine Life Society of Australia. 

Dear Swami Adhyatmanandaji,
Loving Pranams.
Nice to hear from you.

The Gujarat tragedy is a mighty calamity.
We did Sankirtan of

Om tryambakam yajamahe
sugandhim pushtivardhanam
uurvarukamiva bandhanaan
mrityor mukshiya maamritaat.

Also inform we make the bank draft in what name? I intend to send some
money for this Holy cause.
thanks and best regards, madhur bhojwani / hongkong

Dear fellow devotees and disciples of Master Sivananda,

Thank you for your commitment and selfless service. We are sending money to
you tomorrow. Thank you for the information by which we can direct money to
help those suffering at this time from the devastating earthquake.

Alan Sargeant

Hari Om.....
For The Kind attention of Swami Adhyatmanandaji


I am a Hatha Yoga teacher from Istanbul/Turkey..
I visited Sivanada Ashram/ Rishikesh last year.
We are started to have meditations directed to 
suffering people of Gujarat with " Om Tryambakam..."
Mantra with our groups... This all we can do for the time being.
We are wishing you health to help people there....
Please feel us with you as well in this dramatic


Hari Om ! please can you tell me about the things you need for the people
after the earthquake in Gujurat. I am medical doctor and disciple from 
Swami yogamudrananda from Indore . I am living in France(Europe).


Respected Swami Shri Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj,

Namo Narayan,
I have received a mail informing me about the relief works being taken up by
you and the other family members of Diya Jivan Sangh. Myself and my friends
would like to forward our token amount towards the relief fund.

We have also started prayers and recitation of the MAHA MRITUNJAY

Salutations to all the noble souls in the ashram.

With Warm Regards,
Haresh M Thakur

Divine Life Society, Gujarat

It will be nice if you can send account no to me. So, it will be easy for me
to take a dd in Singapore.

In the service of Gurudev,

Siva Prasad Nath (sivu) 

With regards to donations for the above, I am from Trinidad, West Indies. Is
there a centre close to where I live (Caribbean, West Indies) where I can
make a donation?

Many thanks 
Steve Kistow

Hello Dear

I live in Canada how can i sand some money or anything for Gujarat Relief
Fund Please let me Know

Thank You
Raghu Sharma

Hi, I would like, firstly, to thank you for all your efforts to send a mailing list with all this precious material!
Secondly, I'm terribly sad for the earthquake in India. I don't know why in these latest years most of the natural calamities have destroyed important spiritual centres (in Italy Assisi and S.Giovanni Rotondo). Why? My heart is near to your suffering. Then I would like to ask you, if it is possible, which is the difference between Chitta and Manas?

Om Shanti

Dear Sir

We are deeply moved by the human tragedy caused by the earthquake. We pray to almighty to give peace to departed to souls and strength to survivors to cope up with the disaster. We would like to make our small contribution, therefore please send us name and address of the beneficiary so that we can send a cheque to you.

with regards,

Subhash Bhargava
Auburn NSW 2144

Hari OM
We have received Sri Swami Ramswarupananda's request, and would like to know how we could send some funds to help in the relief effort. We pray to Sri Gurudev that the souls of those so tragically killed are at peace and also to ask Him to provide comfort to those that are suffering in this great tragedy.

Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya

Reena Madhoo 

Om. Thank you for your timely message. I am pledging at least Rs. 5.000 for relief work and will try to help in other ways I can. I will get in touch with Adhyatmananda Swamiji.

Today will do special Ram Naam and Maha Mritunjaya japa for the suffering.


Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

Revered Swamiji,
Hari Om. Greetings from Gurudev's devotees from Auckland, New Zealand, and
may Gurudev's blessings be upon you all for the wonderful work that you are
doing in Gurudev's name.

We are saddened to hear of the great tragedy that has befallen the town of
Anjar and surrounding areas. We have the deceased in our thought that they
may find peace with the Lord, that the families of the deceased may be
strengthened in their times of need, and that the survivors of this tragedy
will be blessing by the Almighty to rebuild their lives.

We wish to assist in some way; we are presently thinking of collecting items
of clothing, or collecting money for the victims of the earthquake. Please
advise what we should do to help alleviate suffering caused by the
earthquake; we await information from you.
Gurudev's blessing on all of you. Hari Om.

Yours in Gurudev Service,
Kribba Moodly

New Zealand

OM Namo Narayanaya
OM Namo Sivanandaya
OM Namo Chidanandaya
OM Namo Krishnanandaya
Many here would like to send saris, etc. but there is only so much I can take 
when I go to India. Do you know of some way that I can forward shipments of 
used clothing from the U.S.? I understand that FEDEX and UPS are the best 
way to ship, but I don't know about customs, etc. Do you know how we can do 
this so it won't be trouble on your end. I have read reports of clothing by 
the roadsides, so do not know if clothing is most essential now. Monetary 
contributions are being made to Spiritual Life Foundation.

Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you.

Swami Prasanthananda 

I would like to be of some help in your fund raising efforts .Please let me know if I could do something..


Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

Revered Swamiji,
Hari Om. Greetings from Gurudev's devotees from Auckland, New Zealand. May
Gurudev's blessings be upon you all for the wonderful work that you are
doing in Gurudev's name.

We have collected some money for the Gujarat Earthquake Relief Effort, and
would like to send the money by draft; please let us know the name of the
organisation to which the draft should be make.

Thank you. Hari Om
Yours sincerely,

Kribba Moodly
4 Rippleside Place,
New Zealand

Pujya Swamiji,
Jai Gurudev. Namaskar.
We would like to make a donation for Gujarat Earthquake relief. We have a collections of money from our work place, those money we would like to donate but same time we need the receipt of donation because as I mentioned that all money came from work place. So could you be able to give or e-mail local branch address and contact telephone no. for London. 

Our address details are:

Janki & Kaushik Mehta
5 Middle Dene
Mill Hill

Thanks in advance.
Janki & Kaushik Mehta

Namaste from San Diego, California (USA).

I am asking friends and family as well as my ashram, Nataraja Yoga Ashram,
to contribute money to offer to the Divine Life Society in your efforts to
help in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake. Can you let me know
what the latest relief efforts are, and in general how the situation is.
This will be very helpful to motivate people to contribute by painting a
picture of what has been done, and what is yet to be done, specifically
regarding the efforts their money will support.

The founder of our ashram, Erhard Vogel, is a great friend of Swami
Chidananda and Swami Krishnananda and is a frequent visitor and speaker at
DLS in Rishikesh.

Thank you for getting back to me when you are able, and thank you for your
service to humanity.

In service of Self,

Most revered Swamiji Maharaj,

Humble Salutations and Prostrations
Om Namo Narayana,

Further to my letter of January 31, I have yesterday sent as an humble contribution an a/c payee 
D/D of Rs.10000/- which we hope will be of some use in alleviating the miseries of some 
unfortunate fellow beings who have been struck by the tragedy that has befallen Gujarat. 

Our younger son Avneesh Sud is studying in the USA and he is also trying to organise some funds 
at his university for these relief operations. He will be routing these through Spiritual Life 
Foundation, Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA as advised in your website.

Our elder son Abhishek Sud is working with IBM in Banglore and he is also contributing through 
his Company.

We pray to God to give you the strength to help as many people as is humanly possible. 
With Koti Koti Pranamas.

At Thy Holy Feet 
Vishva Sud 

Hari Om
OM Namo Bhagvate Sivanandaya.
OM Namo Bhagvate Chidanandaya.

The DLS (London) Branch has started collecting donations towards the Gujarat 
earthquake relief. UK devotees on our mailing list have been sent a mail shot 
regards the same. We are receiving generous donations from many UK devotees 
who attended Maha-Shivratri Satsang on Sun 18th Feb. The Branch intends to 
send the final amount to Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji by end of February, 2001 
in one transaction to minimize the bank charges. If any devotees in UK or Europe 
wish to make a donation, then donations should be sent to DLS London Branch, 
c/o 92 Granville Road, Southfields, London SW18 5SG. tel 0208 8747823. Email 
address is
Cheques should made in the name of Divine Life Society London Branch and 
arrive by no later than 28th Feb'01

Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj,

Om Namo Narayanaya. 

You are doing really wonderful work. I always have 100% confidence in your
superb and exteremely efficient organizational skills. Many years ago, I was 
really and totally impressed by your management skills at the first Sadhana 
Saptaha that I attended at the DLS Headquarters, particularly by your attention 
to minute details, by your sense of punctuality, and by the kind and graceful
manner in which you conducted the program. After that, I have witnessed
many many times that same superb efficiency, and total dedication to work.
If there is one person with whom I can have full trust in our
contributions being used in the most efficient manner, it would be
Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj! You are wonderful Swamiji, please
keep up the good work. 
And please bless us!

Pranaams, at your holy feet,
Baltimore, MD , USA                  

Blessed Divinity!

Dear and Rev. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj ji 

Om Namo Narayanaya. Loving Pranams. 

Please convey the same to all our Guru Bandhus, those who are doing their real Siva Ratri puja in the form of relief work. 

Thank you very much for all your E-Mail communication with update of the relief work. I remember when we were doing the relief work in Uttarakashi, The commissioner asked whose relief work it is, why you people do not have any banner of your organization, you came out of the tent and told Mr. Goswami, “THE EARTH QUAKE DID NOT COME WITH ANY BANNER SO WE DO NOT HAVE ANY BANNER.” He asked; “Why are you giving BIDI, ONION AND GARLIC?” You told; “THIS IS OUR PUJA SAMAGRI TO DO PUJA TO THESE BHAGAVAN. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO TEACH YOGA OR RELIGION.” 

 Now-a-days I am in Hong Kong. The Chinese devotees here have handed over a draft of Rs. 1,37.000.00 for the relief work which has been posted today to Your Holiness. 

Sri Manoj Chopra, dear son of Sri kamala Chopra was here on his way to his work, Swami Jivanmuktanandaji Maharaj and I met him in his hotel room and he has given US$600.00 (six hundred), which I shall be sending very soon. 

You all have been very much present here with us, in our daily prayers; may the choicest blessings of the Lord be upon you. 

May God Bless you.
With Regards, Respects and Oms,
Yours, in the service of Lord,
Swami Ramaswarupananda

I was delighted to get your letter, though it reached me after fourteen days. Herewith a check of $ 50 is sent for Earthquake Relief. I am sorry I am late in sending it as I had spent all my SSI money.

I am 77 and have no computer to follow the links and pages you told. But I am content that Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj organized it. He is the first Swami who read my booklet “Kaliyugatil Dharma” (This is written in Marathi in 1982) and blessed that it may give new dimension in thinking. Though it was published in January 1983 and I had approached many personalities, it was almost ignored, and therefore, His blessing was a boon to me.

Gurudev Swami Sivananda has given me OM Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya to chant through letter and I take H.H. as my Gurudev.

This is enough for me to know of your Spiritual life Foundation.

With regards to you and all members of the foundation.


Ganesh L.Bhirud .

(Enclosed check no396 of 3/1/01 of $ 50)

These are just a few email messages. There are numerous phone call inquiries by other means and there are others who expressed their profound kindness, love and concern by just forwarding contributions without putting feelings in words. Also there have been prayer assemblies, meditations and chanting of Japas for the departed souls and grieving families. May God give us strength to unite our helping hands to do more to comfort the distressed and work to alleviate the sufferings. May the supreme bless us all. 

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