News & Activity Report for the Month of March 2018

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Advance Yoga Teachers Training Course Through SIVA ( Sivananda International Yoga - Vedanta Academy (Feb 23, 2018  - March 13, 2018) :  Three weeks YTTC for advanced Yoga students of Sivananda Yoga Studio, Taipei (Taiwan) at Sivananda Ashram Commenced on Feb 23, 2018 and continued until March 13, 2018.  Respected Yogi James Lo, a director of Yoga and Sports Federation, Govt. of Taiwan and Founder President of Sivananda Yoga Studio at Taiwan led the team of fifteen Advanced yoga students. Other than Yoga and Reiki, knowledge of Bhagavad Gita, Patanjal Yoga Sutras and Ayurveda were taught during the three weeks course.

Yoga valedictory function was organized on  March 11, 2018.  H. H. Sri Kamalanandaji Maharaj, senior monk of Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad awarded the certificates and Sri Vijay Soni, a trustee and a secretary of the ashram honored Mr. Yogi James Lo. Revered Sri Swamiji blessed them. Smt. Rupa Majmudar conducted the program.

Holy Vasant Navaratri (March 18, 2018 - March 25, 2018)

 It is Sadhana time during nine days of Chaitra Navaratri at the Ashram. A group recitation of  Sri Ramcharit Manas has commenced daily from 4 pm to 7 pm by Devotees at the Ashram. Temple priest Sri Kamlesh Jha conducted the entire Parayan. Smt. Mayurika Oza and Smt. Surekha Sonar assisted Sri Jha in chorus chanting. On the eighth day holy Yajna is planned and the nine days worship will culminate in Sri Ramnavami utsav, rejoicing the Birth of Lord Sri Rama. A special Yajna, archana, aarti, prasad will be offered to Lord Sri Rama at Holy Sri Rama Temple of the Ashram.

On this festival of  Ramnavami.........

"Lord Rama is the supreme idol of the man of dharma, dutifulness and  discipline. He shone more with the adornment of virtues than with royal reign. His grand personality and his flawless life of supreme dignity, humility and rectitude are a perennial inspiration to mankind for all times. Rama’s reign has become immortal as the welfare state par excellence based upon ethical conduct of life. The secret of the glory of Rama’s rule is the conception of duty that holds sway over all other factors. The people of the time, from the highest the Monarch Rama, down to the humblest and the lowest and the least of the citizens were governed by their sense of duty in their walk of life, private as well as public. The Ramayana is presented with the unique spirit. More than anything else this earnest urge is to fulfill one’s moral obligations and do one’s own duty at any cost in the interest of dharma and human welfare which inspired each one of the main personalities in this divine drama of Sri Rama Leela that was witnessed in the golden age of the Solar Dynasty, Raghuvansha.

Man today speaks of the Law and order. In Rama Rajya the duty prevailed. This rule of duty governed even the personal life of Sri Rama himself. This is the need of the entire world today, the need to turn your attention more and more towards what you have to do for you. What is your duty? Not what is due to you should be your prime concern of life. Human relations were regulated by the feelings of duty and obligation and not emphasis on rights and privileges. The former made the later unnecessary. Duty calls for sacrifice. Sacrifice is possible through Selflessness. Selflessness springs forth from love for others. Such love arises in a pure heart. Purity of life is the greatest treasure. It is the root and fountain source of human welfare, peace and progress. A pure life is a rich mine of untold blessings. Dharma and devotion to God form the basis and the source of pure life. The fulfillment of dharma purifies your heart. Worship of God is the supreme purifier and destroys the defects of mental and moral imperfections of man. Thus through a life of faith, devotion and dharma grow one into the ideal man. Sow the seeds of permanent human welfare and supreme dutifulness. ‘Usher is the Rama Rajya of truth, love and service unto mankind. This is the silent message of Sri Rama’s life and reign. This is the immortal and eternal loving message of Sri Ramnavami, the sacred day that commemorates this Divine Superman of holy Ayodhya by Sarayu Stream." - Swami Sivananda

On March 31, 2018 Holy Sri Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated in ashram’s Hanuman temple with Sri Maruti Yajna, Pooja and Archana. A large number of Devotees joined the occasion.

 

Satsang & Tour of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj During the Month of March 2018

Vadali, Ambaji (March 4, 2018) : Honoring humble invitation of Saint Sri Tulsidasji Maharaj of Kabir Ashram,Vadali, North Gujarat, Pujya Swamiji Maharaj graced the ashram with the Taiwan yoga group and yoga teachers of the ashram also accompanied Sri Swamiji Maharaj. After a grand satsang which was attended by about 1200 villagers Bhandara was organized to one and all by the generous management of Kabir Ashram. After satsang and mid-day meal, entire team paid homage and visited famous Ambaji temple at Ambaji Township. At the dusk, the devotee group return back to Ashram.

Gandhinagar (March 11, 2018) : Sola Municipality Medical College, Govt. of Gujarat organized its convocation (Saraswati Sanman ) program at Town Hall of Gandhinagar. Dean of the medical college, Dr. Nitin Vora welcomed Revered Sri Swamiji Maharaj. Respected Sri Arun Oza, a trustee of the Ashram introduced  Pujya Swamiji Maharaj. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj presented Medal as well as awarded MBBS diploma certificates to the 144 graduates. In his convocation speech, Revered Swamiji blessed the new doctors and said, “ you all are blessed one who can serve God in the form of patients. Serve them with love. May your pure touch bring hope, life and good health to all your patients. May your service be full of kindness, generosity and compassion to bring happiness and revive eternity, to all who come to you!"

Hyedrabad, Samsabad and Secunderabad (Telangana ) (March 12, 2018 - March 19, 2018): Upon the humble invitation of Mrs. Dipti Tondupalli, Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj had visit to Telangana state. Sri Swamiji stayed at Samsabad, Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Here, Swamiji paid homage and went to the holy darshan of most worshipful H.H. Sri Chinna Jiyar Swamiji. It was nice to see both the saints meeting in mutual respect for each other. Revered Sri Chinna Jiyar Swami is a true karmayogi, He is running Medical College, hospitals, schools for blind, mentally retarded and nore. He has earned the reverence and respect of all, His selfless work in so many different sectors has been praiseworthy. 108 feet tall statue of Acharya Sri Ramanuja isbeing built which is going to be unveiled.


Acharya Sri Ramanuja was a Hindu theologian, philosopher, and one of the most important exponents of the Sri Vaishnavism tradition within Hinduism. He was born in a Tamil Brāhmin family in the village of Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. His philosophical foundations for devotionalism were influential to the Bhakti movement.

His Vishishtadvaita (qualified monism) philosophy has competed with the Dvaita (theistic dualism) philosophy of Madhvāchārya, and Advaita (monism) philosophy of Ādi Shankara, together with the three most influential Vedantic philosophies of the 2nd millennium. Rāmānuja presented the importance of bhakti or the devotion to a personal God (Vishnu in Rāmānuja's case) as a means to spiritual liberation. His theories assert that there exists a plurality and distinction between Ātman (soul) and Brahman (metaphysical, ultimate reality), while he also affirmed that there is unity of all souls and that the individual soul has the potential to realize identity with the Brahman
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At Gujarati Samaj Organized Pujya Swamiji's Yoga - Pranayam & Meditation camp and yoga lovers took benefits of direct teaching from Pujya Swamiji.  Sri Swamiji also addressed yoga teachers of Gandhi Gyan Mandir, Hyderabad. Pujya Swamiji was invited by devotees at their home for satsang and blessings in the different areas of twin city. Credit goes to the organizers Sri Virsukhbhai Shah and all members of his divine family. Sri Ketanbhai and Sri Premalhai Parekh as well as members of Samarpan organization of Secunderabad and others for organizing wonderful programs for the benefits of many in the Telangana.

Taiyabpura(Kheda) March 25, 2018: H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj was invited for the Inaugural function of Sri Taiyabbhai Zamindar Sanskar Tirth established by Sevashram Trust.Sri Swamiji inaugurated Guest House, school as well as the entire premises by making special ceremony at the gate of the institute. Many dignitaries came from Bengaluru, Telangana, Maharashtra as well as Odisha. On his way to Vadodara,  Sri Swamiji graced Sri Rama Navami function of Heranj Jnan Vihar Ashram.

Vdodara (March 25, 2018 - March 28, 2018): Pujya Swamiji visit at Vadodara is highlighted by satsang at " Adhyatma Bhavan" organized by  Mrukank & Prema Merchant. Pujya Swamiji talked on text ‘ Sadhana Panchakam ‘ of Sri Adi Shankaracharya. Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj’s devotees attended the satsang with great sense of learning the words of wisdom.

On March 29, 2018 H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj presided over the 2018 annual function organized by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Pensioners Association at Sri Sheth Mangaldas Town Hall, Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad. Mr. Kaushik Patel, Minister, Revenue, Govt. of Gujarat, Dr. Shailesh Thaker (Management Guru), Mr. M. S Patel (I.A.S.), District Magistrate, Surat and leading worker of Bhartiya Janta Party, Mr. Bipin Sikka attended the function. Mr. Pravin Nayak, President of the A. P. M. C. Association conducted the program.

From March 30, 2018, and March 31, 2018, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Gujarat Technology University (GTU) jointly organized Research Program at " Chidanandam" at, Sivananda Ashram which was graced by H. H. Sri Swamiji Maharaj. About 65 teams and approximately 550 young scientists and engineers of Information Technology participated from all over India for 36 continuous hours of Hackathon (Techno Marathon Program).  During this mega event, the young participants worked on the problems stated and defined by the Department of Space, Indian Space Research Organization – ISRO. Mr. Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Education Minister, Government of Gujarat inaugurated and Mr. Saurabh Patel, a Minister for Finance, Govt. of Gujarat concluded the program. Honorary Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi addressed through video conference to motivate the young Indians to do good to the nation. Though Ashram only provided the venue for the program, it was a wonderful event to be a part of for up liftmen and betterment of the Nation.

Om Shanti !                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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