Chariot Festival (Ratha Yatra) of the Lord Jagannatha at the Ashram ( July 16, 2015 )
The significance of Chariot Festival as per Vedic scriptures is that anyone who sees Lord Jagannatha or pulls His chariots earns an immense spiritual benefits. By His supreme potency, the Lord agrees to personally enter the form of Deity, just to accept the loving service of His devotees. In this sense the Deity is non-different from the Lord Himself. And once a year Lord Jagannatha comes forth in His entire magnificent splendor to enjoy the Ratha-yatra parade and show Himself to all.
At our ashram, we had a graceful Ratha Yatra on July 6, 2016 . The Idols of Lord Sri Jagannatha, brother Balaramji & sister Subhadraji were adorned splendidly after ceremoniously worshipped by temple priest. Then the idols were mounted on the silver thrown in decorated chariot and brought out for the procession. It was a joyous occasion for all. Devotees were singing and dancing in the praise of the Lord. Devotees present on the occasion experienced the Divine Presence of the Lord. Lord Shree Jagannatha's prasad Doothpak, maalpua, mug & Blackberry was served to all
Guru Purnima Utsav (July 19, 2016)
Guru Purnima was celebrated in great reverence and devotion at Shree Swami Chidananda Dhyan-yoga bhavan. The evening satsang began ( from 6.00pm -7.30pm) with recitation of Sri Jai Ganesh prayers, Sivananda Panchkam, Guru Strotras. Paduka pujan & Bhajan kirtan were offered to Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj & Guru Maharaj Shree Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. Devotee were blessed to receive Divine message of Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji by phone, as Swamiji Maharaj is away from ashram on Centenary tour to the West. Smt. Rupa Majmudar shared her feelings towards Guru. About six hundred devotees were served mahaprasad.
On July 28, 2016 evening satsang is planned on the occasion of 53 rd Mahasamadhi day of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
Regular Ashram Activities
At Ashram regular Yoga classes in seven batches for beginners and advanced yoga students carried out this month as usual..
Many devotees participated in regular religious worships at the Ashram namely Guru Paduka Pooja on Thursday, a special evening worship at Sri Ashtalaksmi Bhavan on Friday, Sri Sunderkand Path on Saturday, a special Satsang on Sunday and daily night satsangs. Also Sri Lalita Sahasranam at Sri Ashtalakshmi Bhavan and Sri Satyanarayan pooja on full Moon day were performed.
As always, on first Sunday Grain distributed to needy and on 3 rd of the month feeding to poor were done. Nutritious food was provided to children under Narayana seva project run by the Ashram. About 600 Kg grain was distributed to underprivileged families. Daily Satsang and pujas are performed regularly in the temples.
Centenary Celebrations Tour 2016 (June
22, 2016 - July 31, 2016 to USA, Canada & UK)
of H. H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj
Chidananda Centernary Celebration Tour 2016 of H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji has concluded on Aug 1, 2016. Devotees here in the West expressed their love, joy & gratitude in their own ways to be a part of this memorable event.
The highlights of the tour is Centenary Celebrations of Brother
Monks Gurumaharaj Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj and H. H. Sri Swami Swami
Chinmayanandaji Maharaj at Chicago, Chinmaya Mission at Atlanta and Chinmaya
Mission at Houston, Mandir Mahotsv at Bharatiya Temple, Troy (MI), Yoga Teachers
Training at Kul-kamala Ashram, a story of a devotee's offering of a
(Indian roti) Thal and more..... Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji released a
booklet “Divinity - Chidananda Thy Name” commemorating the birth
centenary of Pujya Swami Chidanandaji at Atlanta. Chidananda Sevashram brought
out this booklet which displays the life and teachings of Swamiji in pictures
and words. An impressive documentary was shown on the saintly personality of
Pujya Swami Chidanandaji.
Here' we share a few sentiments of devotees.................
"It was indeed a joy to be a part of most memorable event of Jalaram Mandir Pranpratishta Mahotsav. That day, Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj ignited a special spark and created a big momentum with HIS holy presence & Kirtan. It reminded of the ecstatic site (that is read in the book) of Kirtan by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprbhu !" - sevak
"We have been and continued to be blessed by His presence in our life and His teachings. Wherever Swami-Ji goes, Love is there. Peace is there. Joy is there. God is there. We are better people as a result of His sharing of the Light."- Sharon Alitt
“Being in His presence brings feelings of love, kindness, calmness… his knowledge, history and experience allow me to walk away with the tools I need to continue my journey toward becoming a Yogi.” - a devotee << More>>
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Diwali Prasad booklet - "Kanakdhara Stotram" ( Sanskrit/ Gujarati/ English)
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
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