Worshipful and Revered Guru Bhagawan Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaja's birth Centenary year Sept 24, 2015 - Sept 24, 2016 celebration has been a joy of Chidananda Chintan, Chidananda Mananam, Chidananda Darshan through planning, thinking, watching TV programs (live & recorded) of various branches of Divine Life Society, Head Quarter Risikesh, video clips (live & through Youtubes), documentaries (must watch of one brought out by Swami Chidananda Sevashram) & reading through website of various centers, organizing programs & being a part of it and more...... for countless devotees all over the globe.
The grand culmination of celebration was a absolute joy here at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. A spiritual presence of Gurumaharaj Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj was experienced by one and all - even the birds, squirrels and peacock rejoiced HIS presence and joined in the celebration at the Ashram. On the morning of Gurumaharaj's Birthday Sept 24, 2016, a peacock danced in all its grace (got caught in video recording) in lawn garden of the Ashram and birds were singing glories of Gurumaharaj in their own tunes with the devotional bhajans & kirtans. Adding to that...... GuruMaharaj gave Darshan! What is not possible for Gurumaharaj ? a devotee (from USA) called and shared with Pujya Swamiji her darshan of GuruMaharaj in dream on Sept 24th morning. How wonderful ! it is all GURU KRUPA. Glories to Gurudev !
It was a week (Sept 17, 2016 - Sept 24, 2016) of spiritual feast for all. Highlight of the celebration : A Grand GURU Paduka Pujan, Sunderkand Parayan, daily Satsangh in the company of learned scholars & Mahatmas delivering enlightening spiritual discourses, feeding to Daridra Narayanas, Sadhu bhojan, devotional sangeet, sharing of thoughts filled with love & devotion by one who has lived with & served GuruMaharaj - H. H. Sri Swami Ramswarupanandaji Maharaj from Uttarkashi, H. H. Sri Swami Brahmanishthanandaji Maharaj from Delhi, H. H. Sri Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj narrating life incidences and their experiences with Guru Bhagawan Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj were beyond these finite words can express............... On Sept 24, 2016 in the evening two Acharyas from Juna & Nirvani Akhada and H.E. Governor of Gujarat, Mr. Om Prakash Kohli dedicated The "CHIDANANDAM’ by unveiling the curtain of Granite plaque engraved in golden letters in holy presence of Juna Peethadhishwar Sri Swami Avadheshanandaji Maharaj, Nirvan Peethadhishwar Srimat Swami Vishokanandaji Maharaj, Mahamandleshwar Sri Swami Vishwambhar Bhartiji, Mahamandleshwar Srimat Swami Kalyanananda Bhartiji, Srimat Swami Parmatmanandaji, Arch Bishop Mekwan. The new satsang Hall at Chidanandam was packed with devotees to its maximum capacity. All Saints and H.E. Governor spoke praising Gurumaharaj Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj as a divine incarnation.......and the beautiful Souvenir "CHIDANANDAM" was released.
More details of Culmination Celebration here with...........
In fact, the celebration commenced with Ganapati Homam, Navgrahpuja & Gurupaduka pujan in newly constructed Chidananda Yoga Bhawan on Ganesh Chaturthi day and serving food to Daridranaraya in underprivileged area of the town on Sept 5, 2016.
Gita JnanaYajana (from Sept 5, 2016 to Sept 16, 2016 ) by Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji on Vyasasan sharing the words of wisdom on Chapter 9th of Bhagawad Gita "The Yoga of the Kingly Science & the Kingly Secret", daily evening discourses from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm . Pujya Swamiji selected this chapter as it was a great liking of Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. It was a great treat to listen to Pujya Swamiji, HE shared HIS own experiences with God and Gurudev. The Lord’s divine protection is assured to all those who take refuge in Him. The essential thing is to fix the mind on the Lord and dedicate everything unto Him—one’s body, mind, actions, emotion and will.
On Sept 17, 2016 Sunerkand Parayan by Sri Gopalram Sharma group from Rajkot & Abu was organized. The holy chants and singing of Sunderkand in different raga filled the Ashram with Divine Breeze.
Evening Satsang on Sunday Sept 18, 2016 was by learned scholars namely Sri P. K. Laheri (IAS), Sri. Bhagyesh Jha (IAS)& Sri Ajay Umat, editor of leading newspaper, "NaGujarat Samay" .
On Monday Sept 19, 2016 devotees were blessed by holy presence & satsang of H. H. Sri Saheb Dada of Sri Anoopam Mission, Mogri. Sri Saheb Dada gave inspiring talk on the subject of "Guru-Bhakti Yoga" and importance of total surrender to Guru to receive the grace of GURU. Satsang began with devotional sangeet by Smt. Dipti Desai and her group. They charmed the listeners with their melodious sangeet.
On Tuesday September 20, 2016 was a special day of Sri Nitin Mukesh, a Bollywood fame singing at the Ashram. We had mammoth crowd to enjoy his melodious voice, There were more than 5000 music lovers who enjoyed memorable songs of "Melodies of Mukesh".
On Wednesday Sept 21, 2016 Professor Jay Vasavda spoke on interesting topic of "Silence is also one discourse” and H. H. Sri Krishnamani Maharaj, President of Sri Krishna Pranami Mandir, Jamnagar shared his words of wisdom on the subject of “Without Krishna everything is fake”
On Thursday Sept 22, 2016 : worship of Holy Paduka pujan of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj was performed in newly constructed "CHIDANANDAM". At the evening satsang Jain Muni Sri Jinchandraji Maharaj from Tithal and Sri Devprasad Bapu from Ananda Bawa Ashram, Jamnagar thrilled the audience by sharing their words of wisdom on subject of "Forgiveness" and "Vedanta Vichar".
On Friday Sept 23, 2016 : Ashram was blessed by presence of holy men from all four corners of Gujarat. One hundred and twenty seven Sadhu were honored, served lunch and kind offerings in memory of GuruMaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.
At evening satsang, Revered President of Adhyatma Vidya Mandir, Tatva Tirth, Ahmedabad and Nirvan Peethadhishwar Acharya Mahamandleshwar Sri Swami Vishokanandaji Maharaj shared their thoughts on the subject of "Guru Shishya Sambandh Yoga" They poured their hearts narrating life and teaching of Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj
The culmination on Sept 24, 2016 GuruMaharaj's 100th Birth Anniversary was a Red Letter day in the history of Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad.
Highlights of the day : A Grand Paduka Pujan and sharing of thoughts filled with love & devotion by one who has lived with & served GuruMaharaj - H. H. Sri Swami Ramswarupanandaji Maharaj from Uttarkashi, H. H. Sri Swami Brahmanishthanandaji Maharaj from Delhi, H. H. Sri Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj narrating life incidences and their experiences with Guru Bhagawan Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj were beyond these finite words can express............... in the evening, the moment came that we have been waiting for ............. two Acharyas from Juna & Nirvani Akhada and H.E. Governor of Gujarat, Mr. Om Prakash Kohli dedicated "CHIDANANDAM’ by unveiling the curtain of granite plaque engraved in golden letters in holy presence of Juna Peethadhishwar Sri Swami Avadheshanandaji Maharaj, Nirvan Peethadhishwar Srimat Swami Vishokanandaji Maharaj, Mahamandleshwar Sri Swami Vishwambhar Bhartiji, Mahamandleshwar Srimat Swami Kalyanananda Bhartiji, Srimat Swami Parmatmanandaji, Arch Bishop Mekwan. "Chidanandam " a souvenir was released. The new satsang Hall at Chidanandam was packed with devotees to its maximum capacity. All Saints and H.E. Governor spoke praising Gurumaharaj Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj as a divine incarnation.
At noon, Narayan Seva (poor-feeding) to about two hundred children in slum area were fed. At the Ashram more than two thousand devotees enjoyed Mahaprasad. Meeting was concluded with peace chant by Yoga teachers of Ashram.
On Sunday September 25, 2016 was Satsang with Revered Sri Swami Avadheshanandaji Maharaj from 11:00am to 1:15pm. One hundred and fifty children in slum area were fed with delicious meal at noon.
75th Birth Anniversary of dear Malti baa Majmudar was celebrated in the afternoon. Centenary celebration of most worshipful Sri Krishnashankar Shastriji of Bhagwat Vidya Peeth in the evening and great dance performance by artists of Nritya Bharti (Ahmedabad) and Param Kathak Kendra (Rajkot) in traditional Bharat Natyam and Kathak Dance style concluded a week festivities at the ashram. Sri Piyush Desai of Wagh Bakri Tea graciously donated Rupees five Lakhs to both these dance institutes.
Now, to follow the words of wisdom (that have been in the forefront) of Holy Master Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, all through the year - the very purpose of the centenary celebration,
The Words of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, .................. "Celebration of Swami Chidanandaji's Birthday is really worship of God."
"During the celebrations of the Birthdays of great men you hear of their
actions, their thoughts and their instructions, and the way in which
they led their life. You imbibe several good qualities from their
glorious example. You try to emulate them. You put those qualities into
practice in your daily life. Frequent Birthday celebrations are
"Practise compassion, service, humility and other virtues. Then shine like our Chidanandaji. This is my fervent prayer ! Chidananda is a Jeevanmukta, a great saint, an ideal Yogi, a Para Bhakta and a great sage. Swami Chidananda is all this and much more".
Let us continue our spiritual journey onward and forward to realize the goal of Life " God Realiztion ".
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