Adhyatma Tour 2017 of

H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji

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Satsang with Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji through Adhyatma Tour 2017

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Adhyatma Tour 2017 to USA, Canada & UK (June 27, 2017 - Aug 30, 2017) of Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj commenced from Chicago on June 27, 2017.  It took Him to Toronto, Charlotte, Tampa, Atlanta, Houston, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Toledo (OH), Troy (MI), San Jose area, Madison, Milwaukee & Chicago. It continued to UK from August 10, 2017 to August 31, 2017

 Highlight of UK Tour : Gita Gyan Yajana ( from Aug 10, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017) at Anoopam Mission,  Stay  & Satsang at holy abode; "Satsang Sudha, ( named by Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj) of Smt. Hemaben & Sri Jagdishbhai, Weekend spiritual retreat at "Indian Hindu Welfare Organization" (IHWO) at Northampton (UK), Prayer meeting for the departed soul of Revered Chandramaniben Tailor, (who was an ardent devotee of Gurumaharaj ) at her home in Bristol.

 With that Adhyatma Tour 2017 of Pujya Swamiji concluded and Pujya Swamiji is back to the Ashram on Sept 2, 2017. Pujya Swamiji's divine satsang and yoga teaching have brought joy, peace & bliss to countless spiritual aspirants and yoga enthusiasts in the West. HE received warm welcome everywhere He went. It is all the grace & blessings of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj & Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.   

Pujya Swamiji expressed thanks to all the organizers & devotee groups who, joined HIM in HIS mission of service to Humanity.  HE conveys His love & Pranams to all and advise us to strictly adhere to daily spiritual shadhana.

 Here are glimpses of the core feelings of the devotees & organizers in so many different words. It is overwhelming......

"It is always a joy to receive Sri  Swami Adhyatmananda ji Maharaj at Anoopam Mission. To see Him and Revered Sahebdada is to see conflations of holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna. We have never felt that he comes from different organization. He is very much " Anoopam". We wish for his visits to AMUK again and again to inspire us Sadhus' and devotees to live and lead the pious life to the very core." - Himmat Swami

"Detroit,  Michigan Community Benefited from Swami Ji’s Guidance on Yoga, Scriptures, and “Art of Saatvik Living”. We all feel very blessed with Swami Ji’s presences & guidance, and look forward to many more such opportunities." -Anil Lal, President of DJSS, USA

"We are fortunate and grateful to have Swamiji in our midst to "recharge" our mind/body/spirit and look forward to his next visit." - Sri Rajesh Laugani ,Toledo (OH)

"Sri Swamiji's ecstatic kirtan at the Bhajan satsang was indeed a blessed experience for all. It was the best time for devotees of Indian Hindu Welfare organization (IHWO) of Northampton (UK ). Every one is very happy and keen to invite him at his earliest with much longer stay" - Sri Guarang Patel (UK)

"At Sanatan Siv Shakti Mandir (Houston) H. H. Swamiji addressed the devotees on the subject of sixteenth chapter of Srimad Bhagwad Gita - "Divine & Demonic Natures". It was a nectar outpouring by Pujya Swamiji. It was indeed a blessed experience for all" - Sri Dhaval Trivedi, Houston 
 
"Our time with Swamiji during his visit this year was full of blessings, so many it is impossible to count. Everyone at Kula Kamala Yoga Ashram were overjoyed by their time with Swamiji and hold His powerful words and His Presence in their heart. Hari OM" - Sharon Alitt. (Reading, PA)

A devotee shared a special gift that she received from Pujya Swamiji, a poem composition (lyrics & audio), " Mogara ni  Mala" ( garland of Jasmin flowers) in response to her flowers offering.

 Chicago - Arrival ( June 27, 2018 - June 28, 2017)

Adhyatma Tour 2017 of Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji has commenced from Chicago on June 27, 2017. As always, with joy Pujya Swamiji was received by Naik's. In the evening, Gita study group members gave warm welcome with Purna Kumbham to Pujya Swamiji Maharaj at Naik's holy abode. Sri Swamiji's satsang was enlightening on the subject of Patanjali Yoga Darshan. Swamijji very briefly covered the subject and discussed how to remove klesha (affliction) by  "Kriya Yoga " i.e Tapas, Swadhyay & Ishawarpranidhana.

A devote couple Smt. Purvi & Nishendu Baxi brought beautiful hand painting (by Purvi) of  Lord Krisha & presented to Pujya Swamiji Maharaj for Naik's and they were overwhelmed by receiving such a lovely gift !  It is amazing,  How God comes to you !  

On the next day, by noon flights Swamiji departed for Toronto program.

Toronto (June 28, 2017 - July 3, 2017)

 By Sri Kamlesh Dave

As usual Pujya Swamiji's visit to the town was eagerly awaited by his followers, listeners and yoga participants. Temple authority of the Hindu Heritage Center, Mississauga had long planned out His program and had given wide publicity through flyers, during and after prayers/aarti and through print media. Pujya Swamiji landed in Toronto on  June 28, 2017 and was given warm welcome by all the priests of the temple by rituals, garlanding , Neerajanam, and prostrations. Very immediately, spontaneously, untiringly, cheerfully Swamiji took up to chanting of Shreemat Bhagvat Geeta and commenced His elaborate explanation of the values hidden in the text. Every evening the audience was lighted up with the wisdom teachings in Bhagvat Geeta. He also explained the practicability of the wisdom to put in day to day practice in simple and sweet eloquence. In the mornings from June 29, 2017 - July 3, 2017.  Swamiji conducted yoga classes and explained each of the Yogasana postures benefiting at gross physical, mental, meditative and spiritual level. Head priest and Temple authority admired Swamiji and in turn requested Him to visit again in ensuring month of March 2018 to conduct a Yoga shibir. Everybody present applauded the extended invitation

Merciful as Swamiji is walking in the footsteps of His Master, He never disappointed anybody and accepted each and every family's request for his kind housewarming visit to bless all of them. Swamiji as usual ignores day long physical pains, fatigue and cares not for  HIS rest time. He serves like running waters of the river. A very senior Caucasian Canadian disciple of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Mahraj paid regards to Swamiji, he prostrated with great reverence and was much pleased to meet the Holiness of the lineage of Gurudev.

Swamiji planted a sapling this year also in temple premises.  On July 1 2017, 150th Canada Day celebration was performed. With flag hoisting ceremony at the temple followed by national anthem. Indeed, the time of His stay was glorious, delightful and proved thought provoking and illuminating the mind for all.

Charlotte, NC (July 3, 2017 - July 4, 2017)

By Smt. Bhabani Sarkar

Pujya Swamiji's visit to Charlotte was very short for one day, but his presence in our community is always a long lasting memory. A 'Satsung' was arranged in the evening. It was raining heavily which created a tranquil and calm atmosphere. Swamiji told four stories to teach us how to be humble and not greedy or jealous, how to  build a self confidence and serve others are in need. Even a stranger and poor person can serve and save life. By serving others,we can serve God which is the ultimate salvation of life. When we choose the right path by having above mentioned virtues, God will show us the right path. At the end, Swamiji's Kirtan in sweet melody of  "Hare Rama Hare Krishna"...... joined by attendees that gave everyone a sense of joy and peace,

"Chilli", our Kitten sat quietly near Swamiji & had enjoyed the satsang! 

Yoga & Spiritual Retreat at Lakeland Mandir, Tampa - Anoopam Mission ( Florida) (July 5, 2017 - July 9, 2017).

Anoopam Mission, Lakeland Madir at Tampa organized Pujya Sri Swamiji's Yoga & Spiritual Retreat. Swamiji's evening discourses from July 5 - July 7 (6.00 - 800 pm ) on Bhagawad Gita on the subject of Karma, Bhakti & Jana were enlightening. Anoopam Mission Saint Sri Shantibhai gave  concluding talk each day. Each day prasad (dinner) was served to all the devotees arranged by the Mandir.

On Saturday, July 8 Gurupurnima Mahosav was celebrated with Anoopam Mission Saints lineage. Sri Swamiji spoke on the subject of Guru Mahima and importance of worshipping GURU. He said, " Surrender to Guru , be humble and serve Him whole heartedly. The Guru is a Master. Entire mission of Guru is to turn His disciple into none else but great Guru only. When disciple totally surrenders to His Guru, he too shines with Brahma Vidya. Brahma Vidya is knowledge of Absolute. Brahma Vidya is the highest knowledge after knowing that nothing remains to be known. It is the grace of Guru upon his beloved disciple that after having received Brahma Vidya, disciple has not to strive for any more gain. He becomes full; he becomes contented, he rejoices supreme BLISS. He dives deep in the eternity and divinity."

On Saturday & Sunday  three session of Yoga workshop were held. Swamiji taught simple flexibility exercise and main stream Yogasana . A special presence of Yoga teachers from Sivananda Ashram, Sri Shaishavbhai & Smt. Sunitaben , who performed yogasna demonstration.  The Tree plantation were done by Pujya Swamiji also.

On July 10, 2017 Pujya Swamiji left to Atlanta in the morning.

Atlanta (July 10, 2017 - July 13, 2017)

By Ravi R Ponangi

Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji 's Discourses Reverberates in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA: Indian Professionals network (IPN), Atlanta hosted a 3 day lecture series from July 10-12 by Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji in Siddhi Vinayak temple, Global all, Norcross. Swami Adhyatmanandaji is yoga guru of global repute and imparting the knowledge of ancient cultural and spiritual heritage of Yogic Science Encompassing Asanas; Pranayama and Meditation. Swamiji is a well-known speaker on various forums at national and international  organizations on management, Yoga and applied Science for stress management and self-improvement subjects. To name few institutions like
Ahmedabad Management Association; Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration; Lions and Rotary clubs at international level. He is an icon of inspiration and service to Youth, Swamiji 's profound contribution to modern youth to free them from the vices of the drugs addictions in the east and the west has brought Him in great light.

3day lecture series organized by the Indian professionals Network (IPN, Atlanta) were held from July 10-12 in Siddhi Vinayak temple, Global Mall, Norcross. Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji addressed the audience on “learn tips to lower tension and stress” on the first day, July10. Swamiji said that stress is made from a situation and not a reality. You create stress. Giving the tips to lower tension and stress, Swamiji exhorted audience to be simple, try to be humble, try to be noble, love all, hate none, hurt none, be good, do good, be kind and be compassionate. Swamiji has also asked to do prayer and meditate regularly.

On the second day, July 11, Swamiji spoke on “power of communication”. Swamiji said the moment you know the power of communication; your life style and
understanding will change. Communication won’t be a common phenomenon. Communication is a way of life. While giving tips to communicate, Swamiji said be powerful while communicate. Do the best. Leave the rest. Never condemn any one. Praise people. Be kind, be courteous, love people, be soft. Try to understand the value. Never give humiliation to anyone. In communication generosity is very essential.

Speaking on “learnings from Indian scriptures” on 3 rd day, July 12, Swamiji said scriptures are path to blessedness. Scriptures is light to us. Scriptures is life to us. Scripture are teaching us don’t be a like too much of a vanity person. Love the last person of the society. When we read scriptures we really live in divine life.

Swami Adhyatmanandaji also visited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Historical site and paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi statue and also laid wreath at the crypts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Swamiji in his brief address at Mahatma Gandhi statue asked the gathering to link with root, you will stand. You will beautify yourself, you will continue yourself. You will keep your life intact. If you uproot yourself everything will be wiped out. Referring to the recent happenings, Swamiji advised the gathering to be positive and never find a fault. Never condemn. Love is the only key to protect every one surrounding. Love is not kissing and hugging. Love from heart. Never give up truth. Never bitter to anyone. Prayer is the only answer. Sooner or later prayer will be answered as Mahatma Gandhi said. Swamiji also interacted with school children at the statue.

Swamiji Also visited the newly built Sanatan mandir in Smyrna followed by a visit to the Hindu temple of Atlanta, Riverdale where he has given a discourse on the power and secret of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama. Swamiji was received with temple honors in both the temples. Swamiji Also spoke to parents and children in Cumming.

Swamiji’s discourses are filled with many useful tips and enjoyed the way he presented his discourses with anecdotes. It’s a wonderful experience and listeners are fortunate to get this opportunity.

IPN, Atlanta thanked Shiv Aggarwal of Global Mall, Pundit Gyan Prakash Upadhyay, Dr. GV Raghu, Gandhi foundation of USA, Sanatan Mandir, Hindu temple of Atlanta, Raghava Babu of IPN and Prajnanam Brahma for their support in organizing Pujya Swamiji’s lectures in Atlanta for the benefit of the community.

Houston, TX (July 13, 2017 - July 17, 2017)

By Sri Dhaval Trivedi

OM Namo Narayanaya! H. H. Swamiji Maharaj was received with great joy and reverence by Dhaval Trivedi at Houston airport on July 13, 2017 afternoon.

In the evening a welcome-Satsang was organized by Trivedi Parivar. Over twenty family friends and devotees participated. Being Thursday, Pujya Swamiji profoundly explained the importance of total surrender to GURU & GOD, who protect and guide the person at all times and in all conditions. He very kindly shared his experiences of care by H. H. Gurudev & H. H. Guru Bhagwan. As Pujya Swamiji loves, following usual Sivananda Ashram Prayers, all enjoyed the Pot-Luck Prasad.

On July 14, 2017, H.H. Swamiji visited devotees in Corpus Christi and had Satsang at Sri Neelaben Patel as well as Shrimati Lalitha Janakiji's residence. Swamiji gave a short discourse on understanding of life and death and liberation.

On July 15, 2017  morning, Pujya Swamiji blessed members of Indian senior Citizens association of Houston with disourse on "Sansari Ki Sadhna" followed by a few tips of fitness with the help of Pranayama, Yogic Exercise & Asanas. The event was organized at Bayland Community Center.

After the morning discourse, H.H. Swamiji visited BAPS temple and had Satsang with local Swamiji's of temple. Swamiji shared moments with H.H. Pramukh Swamiji and H.H. Guru Bhagvan Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.

On July 15 & July 16 evenings H. H. Swamiji addressed the devotees on the subject of sixteenth chapter of Srimad Bhagwad Gita - "Divine & Demonic Natures". It was a nectar outpouring by Pujya Swamiji in his usual humorous way for one and all to understand easily & how to develop divine virtues in our day-to-day life. This program was sponsored by Sanatan Siv Shakti Mandir, followed by Prasad on both the days. The Evening Aarti  performance by Swamiji on both days was also a great attraction for the crowd.

On July 16, 2017 morning two hours session was organized for YOGA lovers. It was supported by Unique Industrial Group & nicely arranged in their huge hall. Pujya Swamiji taught various Pranayamas, Flexibility Exercises and Main stream Yogasana. The group was very responsive & the participants not only learned but enjoyed the whole session, as H. H. Swamiji taught it very systematically and scientifically as well.

Kula Kamala Ashram, Reading, PA ( July 17,2017 - July 19, 2017) 

Our time with Swamiji during his visit this year was full of blessings, so many it is impossible to count. We began by hosting 67 people for a welcome dinner and kirtan followed by satsang, which left everyone feeling blast with gratitude and positivity. On Tuesday, Swamiji had the opportunity to visit a special school class with children suffering from anxiety and stress. Swamiji's presence and words brought them great comfort and many moments of heartfelt laughter as he shared stories and songs of the God. During His stay with us, Swamiji was reunited with the Sharma family, who He has known for nearly 60 years. The father of the Sharma family was a devotee of Swami Sivanandaji and his sons were devotees of Swami Chidanandji, who provided their names.

 On Swamiji's final evening with us in Reading Pennsylvania, he planted a peach tree, which was followed by a very special kirtan performance by the Berks Bhakti Yoga Group and Swamiji again blessed us with his Darshan. On Thursday, Swamiji was accompanied by many of the ashram students as he traveled to the Anupam mission in Allentown where everyone in attendance receive blessings from His Holiness Swamiji and His Holiness Sahebji. Everyone at Kula Kamala Yoga Ashram were overjoyed by their time with Swamiji and hold His powerful words and His Presence in their heart. Om Namo Narayanaya. Hari Om.

Celebration of Bhakti Parva at Anoopam Mission USA (July 20, 2017 - July 22, 2017)

By Sri Jayesh Shah

With the blessing of Brahma Swarup Yogiji Maharaj, Sant Bhagwant Sahebji established Anoopam Mission for karma-yogi vrat-dhari sadhak (taking mantra diksha), sadhus without traditional saffron robes, to lead a life devoted to Lord Swaminarayan. Eight youth joined Sahebji from the beginning with the goal to please Yogiji Maharaj in this unique organization that now has branches in India and several countries around the world.

Two leading satguru of Anoopam Mission, Pujya Ashvinbhai and Pujya Shantibhai, who both had served Yogiji Maharaj and have followed Sahebji for more than 50 years, have contributed to the advancement of their vision. Devotees in USA were blessed with the opportunity to celebrate their Amrut Parva (75th birthday) in the temple in Coplay, PA, during 20-22 July. About five hundred devotees gathered to celebrate this Bhakti parv around the world. This was an opportunity for all to express their gratitude and love for Guruvarya Param Pujya Sahebji, and to Pujya Ashvinbhai and Pujya Shantibhai, who had influenced and enriched their material and spiritual lives. Sessions were organized for sadhus, youth, men and women. Pujya Dinkarbhai of Yogi Divine Society and Pujya Jayantibhai of Hari Ohm Ashram attended all sessions and gave their blessings. Mahamandaleshwar 1008 Param Pujya Nityanandbaba blessed the concluding session and
described at length his association with Sahebji and sadhus of Anoopam Mission. Bhakti Parva was blessed by the gracious presence of Param Pujya Swami Adhyatmanand Ji. He spoke about his close association with Anoopam Mission and described how these sadhus without saffron robes led god-centered lives to please their guru through their karma yoga. He said “there are three things to cherish in life – human birth, love for God, and association with a sadguru.” He quoted from Vachanamrut of Lord Swaminarayan about the importance of association with a Gunatit Sadhu to stay on the spiritual path. Swamiji gave practical advice to men and women on how they should behave towards each other so as to lead peaceful, joyous, contented lives.

He honored Pujya Ashvinbhai and Pujya Shantibhai on behalf of Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh and spoke about their bhakti, devotion without doubt, in the divinity of Sahebji and Yogiji Maharaj.

New Jersey ( July 23, 2015 - July 25, 2017)

By Sri Umesh Shukla 

At Bharat Sevashram ( July 23, 2017)

Pujya Swami Adhyatmanand ji was welcomed by Pujya Swami Amarnanathanand, the head of Bharat Sevashram Sangh Ashram. Gitanjali group (Dhyandevi (vocals and harmonium), Priyananda Devi (vocals and harmonium/guitar), Skip (vocals and percussion) and Victor Concepcion (vocals and keyboard) performed heart touching Bhakti Sangeet for approximately 45 minutes in the honor of Swami ji.

Bhakti Sangeet was followed by a discourse on  the subject of " Bhagavad Gita in daily Life" by  Sri Swamiji. Importance of loving everyone and performing daily activities without ego was emphasized. Ego can only be removed/minimized with total devotion and surrender to Lord Shri Krishna. Every human being is part of the cosmic energy in this universe and therefore related to each other. Our actions have effect on others even if you may not know them. To achieve grace of the Lord and Moksha one needs to perform daily activities with total surrender to Lord Krishna.

The discourse was followed by Aarti and Aashirvad to everyone by Swami ji. Dinner was served to everyone by the volunteers in the dining hall of the Ashram.

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 Shree Sanatan Mandir, Parsipany and Sri AmbaJi Mandir,HCC, Garfield NJ ( July 23, 2017- July 25, 2017)

By Smt.Tejal Shah

|| AUM Namo Narayn ||

Pujya Swami Adhyatmanand ji arrived in NJ in the evening on July 22nd at Shah’s resident. Bixsha was offered by Smt. Urvi Pandya and Smt Sonalben Desai at their new resident. Pujya SwamiJi blessed the mother-daughter family for their new settlement. Pujya SwamiJi offered special prayer and delivered short but beautiful satsnag with love, compassion and blessings for the family.

On July 23rd morning three hours Yoga session was counducted by Pujya SwamiJi at Sri Sanatan Mandir from 9 AM to 11 AM. Sri AjitBhai Kothari, trustee of Sri Sanatan Mandir and Priest Sri Pravinbhai welcomed by Pujya Swami Amarnanathanand very gracefully and whole heartedly.
Yoga class with scientific explanations along with related verses from Shree Patanjali Yog Sutra was delivered, which included flexibility exercise, Pranayams, Aasana(s) and a short Yoga Nidra session. Around 15 members of the weekly Yoga class attended this session and appreciated Pujya SwamiJi offering kind of a crash course and refreshing what was taught in the past years during Pujya Swamji’s visit to this temple.
July 24th was First Monday of Holy Shravan Mass. In the evening, a spiritual discourse on Sri Shiva Aradhna in Shravan mass was offered by Pujya Swami ji at Sri AmbaJi Mandir, Garfield. Garfiled Mandir Priest Sri Amitbhai Upadhya offered a Sawsti Vachan and a Vaidic prayer welcoming and honoring Pujya SwamiJi. A temple devotee, Sri Arunbhai Bhatia offered a beautiful rose garland to Pujya Swamiji, very humbly with devotion swamji returned it back to Sri Adya Shakti Ma Amba.

SwamiJi talked about importance of having Shiva in the heart and mind along with performing puja and ritual, keeping the heart pure and filled with love and compassion for others – for every Jiva is the true devotion. In very simple but effective language Pujya Swamji explained how to start walking on the Yogic path of 8 steps and continue moving forward in an individual Sadhna while performing Shiva aardhna. It would start from the doorstep of temple when the devotee comes for the Darshan and stops once devotee has a darshan of Lord Shiva in the Garbh Gruh of the Mandir. What virtues can be achieved through this simple process and makes it easy to surrender completely to Lord Shiva at the end, results in to receiving grace of the Lord and ultimately achieving Moksha – “a Jiv transferring in to Shiv”.

The discourse was followed by Shiva Abhishek, Aarti, and Aashirvad to devotees by Swami ji.
At Shri AmbaJi temple, Pujya SwamiJi also met one of YTT student, Smt. GunjanBahen. SwamiJi blessed her and had a humorous fulfilled time with her little daughter Ashi. This exhibited SwamiJi’s natural tendency, love and care for small children.
During these three Days, Mr. Naresh LallaJi and and Mrs. Ishu LallaJi provided seva for the commute involved tirelessly from and to resident of Shodhani family. NJ organizers are thankful for this seva to Sri LallaJi.

|| Hari AUM ||

Toledo, OH ( Aug 25, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017)

By Sri Rajesh Laugani

Pujya Swamiji arrived Toledo late afternoon of Tuesday July 25th and after a brief meal with Bina and Rajesh Laungani and family, commenced Sylvania/Toledo Program at 7pm with a discourse on Nectar of Bhagavad Gita at The Hindu Temple of Toledo in Sylvania OH. This was the first of 3-day evening discourse on the subject of Nectar of Bhagvad Gita in 3 stages - Karma, Bhakti and Gnana Yoga. Swamiji captivated devotees with this simple and eloquent description of the messages contained in the Gita with simple stories and examples. In addition to evening discourses, he conducted morning Yoga class also at The Hindu Temple on 26th through 28th July. After lunch with Bindu and Arvind Mistry on the 28 th , He proceeded to Detroit (Troy, Michigan).

We are fortunate and grateful to have Swamiji in our midst to "recharge" our mind/body/spirit and look forward to his next visit.

Troy,  Michigan ( July 28, 2017 - July 30, 2017) 

By  Sri Anil Ji (President DJSS)

H.H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji, spiritual head and president of Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad conducted a delightful program - from July 28th through July 30th 2017 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday). Detroit,  Michigan Community Benefited from Swami Ji’s Guidance on Yoga, Scriptures, and “Art of Saatvik Living”.

San Jose ( CAL) ( Aug 30, 2017 - Aug 2, 2017)

By Poonam Thawani

San Jose, CA (USA) It is always joy indeed to receive Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj; as his divine presence brings not only happiness but great satisfaction of being with divinity.He arrived in San Francisco on the evening of July 30 th and on his way back home, he graced a house of a divine family. It was like a grand father comes to the house to greet his grand children. After Prayer and Blessing he wished to drive Sri Swami Narayan Template of BAPS organization who all were celebrating their temple’s 10 year establishment anniversary. It was a divine moment as present chief of BAPS, most Revered and his divine grace Pujya Sri Mahant Swamiji Maharaj was presiding over the function. Revered Swamiji was welcomed by warm hugs by the seniors with all their saintly nature of universal love.At 5:30 AM on the morning of July 31, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji attended the Temple worship for Pooja by H.D. Pujya Sri Mahant Swamiji Maharaj at Swami Narayan Template of BAPS organization . After Pooja he was asked to sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song which he had sung some 28 years ago for H.D.H. Pujya Sri Pramukh Samiji Maharaj for his 70 th birthday in Sarangpur, Gujrat (India). His Kirtan and singing was hilarious. There was a vibrating feeling in everyone who was fortunate to experience this divine moment.

In fore-noon Swami Adhyatmanandaji conducted yoga classes for senior citizens at Fremont Hindu Temple. Again in the evening he shared the words of wisdom where he touched very classical thinking that entering and performing Lord Shiv’s Pooja is practicing Ashtang Yoga in the real sense.He explained in detail the eight-fold pathof Patanjali, with Yama, Niyaam, Asan, Pranayam, Pratyahar, Dharna , Dhyan and Samadhi. On August 1st early morning he graced and visited Anoopam Mission’s devotees house, upon their request. Again after evening satsang at Hindu Temple of Fremont where Swami Adhyatmanandaji spoke in length the very divine nature of Lord Sri Hanuman and his unchanging, unshakable devotion towards Lord Rama.

On the morning of August 2, Swami Adhyatmanandaji left for Chicago. Thanks to Smt. Nartan Patel, Smt. Pooja & Sri Mohit Thawani,  Sri Kalyanbabu family and all others who made Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji short but very vibrant visit to San Jose area.

Chicago: (Aug 2, 2017 - Aug 10, 2017)

by sevak

As always, devotee group here in Chicago Pujya Swamiji Maharaj welcomed Pujya Swamiji Maharaj with open arms. Short four days here in Chicago were utilized fullest to the benefits of maximum people of Pujya Swamiji's holy presence. Morning Yoga was organized by Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (HTGC). The temple committee members whole heartedly supported Swamiji's Morning Yoga Retreat. Thanks to Yoga Chair Sri Prasad ji, President Sri Satish ji &  Vice President Sri Tilak Marwah Ji for all their support to make Yoga Retreat a success.

“Yoga is not legs up & head down Yoga should not be limited to Hatha Yoga practice but each activity of Yogi should bring him near to the eternal unfailing beauty of the Soul. This is a real sense and high value of Yoga. Yoga is like a vast sky which can envelop everyone, those who want peace & harmony”, said Swamiji  

 Sri Swamiji laid emphasis on living Yoga way of Life. He  stressed that Yogic living implies discriminative living. Yoga is equanimity, equipoise or equilibrium. It is skill in the performance of actions. Yoga is disconnection from union with pain and freedom from attachment and desires it is turning away of the senses from the objective universe and concentrating of the mind within. Yoga is eternal life in the soul or spirit. It transmutes a man into divinity. It brings a message of hope to the forlorn, joy to the depressed, strength to the weak and knowledge to the ignorant. It is the secret master-key to open the realms of eternal bliss and deep abiding peace.

Evening satsang on Aug 2 nd was held at Gayatri Shakti Peeth, Swamiji enlightened the devotees on the subject of : Meditation & its technique. On Aug 3 rd  satsang was  arranged by Swadhyay Devotees and Swamiji talked about how to live the Gita in Daily Life. On Aug 4th The satsang was organized at Yogi Divine society, Sadhana Mandir. Revered Sri Dinkarbhai, head of Yogi Divine Society and Saints of Sri Swaminarayan lineage welcomed  Pujya Sri Swamiji. Sri Swamiji's talk on Guru Mahima was wonderful. Guru-Bhakti confers immortality, eternal bliss, freedom, perfection, perennial joy and everlasting peace, surrender to Guru, be humble and serve Him whole heartedly, said Sri Swamiji Maharaj. Satsang on  Aug 5 th evening  addressing Sri Arbindo devotee group - Swamiji talked on "Guru Bhakti Yoga", "Everyone who longs to transcend misery and obtain joy and happiness in life should sincerely practise Guru-Bhakti Yoga. True lasting happiness can be had by taking recourse to Guru Seva Yoga. Guru-Bhakti Yoga confers immortality, eternal bliss, freedom, perfection, perennial joy and everlasting peace, He said.

The Yoga work shop at Universal Spirit Yoga studio on Saturday mid morning session was organized by Smt. Poonam Gupta, a director of Universal Spirit Yoga. Here, she expressed her thanks & gratitude to Pujya Swamiji.

"It was a great honor to have Swamiji visit Universal Spirit Yoga and bless our students. We enjoyed the Question & Answer session very much. Questions that were asked by spiritual aspirants and Swamiji with his wisdom and voice satisfied their genuine queries. His presence brought joy and peace to many. In future, we would consider coming back to the studio to share his deep and practical wisdom." - Poonam Gupta, Director of Universal Spirit Yoga

Madison & Milwaukee, WI ( Aug 6, 2017 - Aug 8, 2017)

By Hari

"Swamiji arrived at Madison on August 6th as the chief guest for the Murti Pratistha of Shri Jagannath Balabhadra and Subhadra murtis at the Mandir of Madison temple. Following Vedic practices Swamiji guided the two temple priests throughout the ceremony. Swamiji engaged the devotees gathered there and inspired them to sing the name of Lord Jagannath and narrated stories connected with the Lord of Puri."

"Swamiji arrived at Milwaukee on the evening of August 6th. A two-day Yoga practical session was organized at the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin premises. Several devotees and Yoga enthusiasts took advantage of Swamiji's presence and consulted him on Yoga and health matters. In just two sessions, Swamiji taught a wide range of pranayamas and asanas demonstrating and explaining the benefits of each of them. The students who attended learnt in these two days all important pranayamas and asanas upon which they can build their entire yoga practice."

Chicago (Aug 8, 2017 & Aug 9, 2017):  Swamiji arrived back to Chicago in the morning  of August 8th.  Swamiji's day was full with three home satsang and blessings to devotees. Morning of Aug 9 th was satsang arranged at Naik's place with Sri Ajay Yagnik ji of Delhi, who happened to be in Chicago. Also, it was a joy to have a special guest from India, Smt. Rupaben &  Sri Manish Majmudar, who were visiting USA.  In the evening, Swamiji left for his tour to UK.

UK Program ( Aug 10, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017)

Gita Gyan Yajana at Anoopam Mission, UK  (Aug 10, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017)

By Sri Himmat Swami

It is always a joy to receive Sri  Swami Adhyatmananda ji Maharaj at Anoopam Mission. To see Him and Revered Sahebdada is to see conflations of holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna. We have never felt that he comes from different organization. He is very much " Anoopam".

This time, Pujya Sri Sahebdada invited him to be at Anoopam Mission (UK) for full Eleven days stay. He gave series of discourses from the 16th chapter of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Though, he was suppose to speak for first three stanza of this subject "Cultivate virtues." He never wanted to talk about "eradicate vices". He repeatedly said that when we think positive, negative will be eradicated by itself. In his discourses, he was suppose to deal with first three slokas but as he is full of knowledge, He kept on elaborating the subject and hence he just went deep in the subject and remained middle of the first sloka only. Every day he talked for two hrs. He was hilarious not only talking only Hindu scriptures but very well aware of "Shikshapatri as well Vachanamrita". His presence is delighting. His simplicity and generosity is very exemplary. He greeted Pujya Sri Himmat Swamiji Mahant of AMUK on his birthday with shawl and his divine love . He attended flag hoisting on 15th of August. He graced the land breaking program of face two construction of AMUK. He loves temple God and sick person equally as he visited twice one of the inmate of AMUK lying terminally sick.

We wish for his visits to AMUK again and again to inspire our us and devotees to live and lead the pious life to very core that a Sadhu should live.
With Jai Sri Swaminarayan from Himmat Swami.

Sutton, Surrey (Aug 20, 2017 - Aug 24, 2017) 

By Smt. Hemaben Patel

Pujya Swamiji arrived at around midnight on Sunday Aug 20,2017 . We sat down to chat and ended having a beautiful satsang not knowing that it went till 3am in the morning. On the second day of his arrival, Swamiji  went for a walk with Sri Jagdishbhai in the nearby park, where they met an elderly South  Indian couple. Swamiji talked to them in Tamil. Soon they were surrounded by three young Indian ladies and they joined in the conversations. Swamiji being fluent in their languages Tamil, Marathi and Punjabi, He spoke to them in their own languages. They were so elated and happy to have Swamiji's darshan and requested Swamiji to hold a satsang in Sutton , Surrey. Swamiji immediately decided to hold on the following day at our home, 8 Balmoral Way " Satsang Sudha" the name was name given by His Holiness Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. Pujya swamiji  requested them to bring one dish each and we had pot luck lunch. On the following evening twenty people, including children turned up to have satsang with Pujya  Swamiji. After dinner, we had bhajan in all different languages. It was indeed a very enjoyable satsang. Everyone, including children had a great time. Next day, on Aug 24, 2017 we drove Swamiji to  Sri Pravin Kataria's home.
 

Northampton (UK) ( Aug 26, 2017 - Aug 28, 2017 )

by Sri Gaurang Patel

Namo Narayanaya ! Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmananadaji's satsang here at Northampton (UK) were four sessions and enjoyed by one and all. Swamiji's talk on the subject of "You are the solution for your own problem" was enlightening and filled with practical tips of yoga way of living. Swamiji's ecstatic kirtan at the Bhajan satsang was indeed a blessed experience for all. It was best time for devotees of Indian Hindu Welfare organization (IHWO) of Northampton (UK ). Every one is very happy and keen to invite him at his earliest with much longer stay. 

 Bristol ( Aug 28, 2017 -Aug 31, 2017): Pujya Swamiji's stay at Bristol was at the home of Sri Dharmendrabhai's, a son of late Revered Chandrmaniben Tailor. She passed away recently. In Pujya Swamiji's words, " She was eternal beauty. Always smiling cheerful, kind and soft at core of her heart. Wonderful soul she was!  Early days we stayed together with her husband, committed and dedicated pious soul. Now, we have them in sweet memories."

With that concludes Adhyatma Tour 2017 of Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj!   

Pujya Swamiji Maharaj expressed thanks to all the organizers & devotee groups who,  joined HIM in HIS mission of service to Humanity.  HE conveys His love & Pranams to all and advise us to strictly adhere to daily spiritual shadhana.

Om Shanti! 

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