News & Activity Report for the Month of October 2018
Sivananda Ashram - Ahmedabad
Navaratri Kanya Pujan at the ashram
All the activities of the ashram, mainly Spiritual, Yoga and Seva projects are
based on the ideals and teachings of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
Daily worship services at Lord Vishvanath Temple and at Sri Sri Maa Ashtalakshmi
Bhavan create Divine vibrations at the Ashram. Prayers & Meditation at Sri
Chidananda Dhyan Mandir bring peace & joy to countless Sadhakas. Daily Evening
Satsang (9 pm - 9.45pm), Sunday satsang (8.30 am -10.00 am) and ‘Paduka Pujan'
on Thursday, Satyanarayan Puja on Purnima day, Gayatri Yajana on first Sunday,
Lalita Shashra Nama & Yoga activities: all these have made Sivananda Ashram,
Ahmedabad a pilgrimage place (Yatra Dham).
Navaratri Festival or Devi worship (Oct 10, 2018 - Oct 18, 2018): The month of October began with a spirit of Navaratri festival. Ten days of Devi worship commenced on Oct 10, 2018. About 300 devotees joined in a group chanting of Bhagavad Gita all eighteen chapter in the forenoon from 9.30 am to 11.30 am and Sri Durga Saptasati parayan in the afternoon from 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm at Sri Sri Ashtalaxmi Bhavan followed by Garba at night from 9.00pm to 11.30 pm and artists from Chuda made the garba vibrant which was enjoyed by thousands of people. Garba on Oct 14, 2018 was a special treat for having Sri Dipesh Shah group of singers and musicians. On Oct 17, 2018 "Ashtami day" havan was performed and Kanya Pujan of 120 girls of 3 to 8 years old with prasad, dinner & gifts for them arranged. Nine days worship culminated on Oct 18, 2018 on Dassera day with "Vidya Arambha" ceremony, havan puja and food distributed to about eight hundred devotees who came for Garaba.
Ashram is preparing for Deepavali celebrations, a Group Dhateras Puja. So many volunteers are working on for a Grand Annakoot offering on Deepavali day.
Satsang & Adhyatma Tour 2018 to USA, Canada & UK of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj ( Sept 15, 2018 - Nov 30, 2018)
Tour Photos / Adhyatma Tour 2018 photos (Video Clips)
It is always a joy for all the devotees here in the West to receive Pujya
Here are the glimpses.......
Swamiji’s presence is especially meaningful to Sudha and Ed, as Ed continues his
healing journey. Swamiji conducted homa and rituals and provided guidance for Ed
and Sudha on their continued path of health, service, spirituality, and life. We
are all deeply grateful for Swamiji’s teachings and His presence in our lives.
We are already looking forward to His next visit! - Sudha
Swamiji has truly attuned Happiness at our newly started Happiness yoga Centre. Moments spent with H. H. Swamiji are most precious and invaluable to us. - Shaishav & Sunita
Adhyatma Tour 2018 of Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj commenced from Chicago on Sept 15, 2018. As always, Pujya Swamiji received a warm welcome by Naiks. His holy presence fills their hearts with unspeakable joy. They wait for these moments, even the Mogara flowers in their home waited for the full bloom for Swamiji's arrival and expressed joy in its own way with spreading sweet fragrance and making a natural Rangoli.
Adhyatma Tour is moving smoothly with Gurudev's grace & blessings. The programs at Chicago, Lorton (VA), Kula Kamal Ashram (Reading, PA), New Jersey, Houston, Little Rock (AR), Troy (MI) and Toledo are completed and the tour continues .......... to the rest of the centers namely Toronto, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago and to UK before concluding on Nov 30, 2018.
Pujya Swamiji's day typically starts early with morning yoga session, home
Yoga Retreat at HTGC, Chicago : (Sept 15, 2018 - Sept 20, 2018)
Devotees group here in Chicago received, Pujya Swamiji with grate love &
devotion, as always. Five days here in Chicago were utilized fullest to the
benefits of maximum people of Swamiji's holy presence.
Pujya Swamiji's programs in Chicago began with Ganesh Chaturthi celebration at Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago. HTGC President Tilak Marwaha
Morning Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Retreat was 0rganized by (HTGC) Sept 16, 2018 - Sept 20, 2018
Prasad Ji, a Yoga Chair writes, " Pujya Swamiji, all of us HTGC yoga students
and teachers are deeply honored and privileged to learn and re-learn many
teachings and lessons of yoga from you every year. Just in five days, You have
taught us Omkar, Brahmari,
Poonam Gupta, a director of Universal Spirit Yoga writes, "Universal Spirit Yoga center was blessed again by Pujya Swamiji's visit on Sep 15th. Swamiji beautifully explained how self-reflection on all our thoughts and actions is important to living at a conscientious level. How our actions impact and have a chain reaction on the entire universe. Self-reflection helps us physically as well as spiritually. Swamiji blessed and shared the simple meal prepared by the devotees. Everyone enjoys and appreciates his sense of humor, his simplicity and humility".
Mandir of Madison (WI) celebrated Venkateshwar Kalayanam & 1st Rathoutsavam in
A few home Satsang,
Yoga Retreat at Happiness Yoga Center (Lorton, VA) ( Sept 20, 2018 - Sept 25, 2018)
Om Namo Narayana !
Five days passed like a blink of eyes, in Swamiji’s “Sannidhya”. From Dawn
to late night, Wellness retreat kept us all on the toes. Fifteen Wellness
programs in Five days. Eleven at Happiness Yoga Centre, one at
Sanatan temple (Richmond, VA) and One at Durga temple (Fairfax) and two
additional programs of Yogasana practice. Evenings were flooded with
several home Satsang at devotees place.
Each program was every much successful and people admired full heartedly. All classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Happiness Yoga centre were jam packed. The hall was fully occupied with nearly fifty people. Even on weekdays, nearly thirty five - forty people attended the programs. One program was on Shat-Kriya when, Swamiji demonstrated Kunjar Kriya and we did Jalaneti. Many students tried it. It was fun time for all. As always, Swamiji made everyone laugh and made them happy.
Discourses at both temples were in Gujarati/ Hindi and got overwhelming response. Programs were followed by dinners sponsored by HYC. Nearly two hundred & fifty devotees attended satsang at Durga temple.
Many of our students and friends volunteered help us, their kind support, sponsorships and donations made all events successful. Programs were kept free to all but people expressed their deep gratitude to Swamiji for teaching them ancient knowledge of yoga & spirituality. We are very happy to see the people becoming flourishing Devotees of H. H. Swamiji and a solid foundation is shaping up in DC area. We wish to grow the community much bigger way in coming years. We feel it is all Swamiji's blessings.
Swamiji has truly attuned Happiness at our newly started Happiness yoga Centre. Moments spent with H. H. Swamiji are most precious and invaluable to us.
In divine feet of Gurudev! Pranams ! - Sunita & Shaishav Shah
Kula Kamala Ashram: ( Sept 25, 2018 - Oct 2, 2018)
Om Namo Narayanaya !
It has been a blessing beyond words to have Swamiji with us this week. Every moment his words bring comfort and wisdom. Janmashtami was a tremendous event. Swamiji provided a vibrant heartfelt discourse and lead the beautiful bhajan for the community.
As always, Swamiji’s visit was full of love, laughter, education, devotion, and
sincerity. Swamiji’s darshan gives the gift of wisdom, clarity and deep
understanding to all those receiving. Swamiji’s talks on the Kena, Katha and
Mandukya Upanishad, and Bhagavad Gita, were full of practical insights and
spiritual guidance. Love filled each word He spoke and Truth was His message.
His bhajan were beautiful and inspired us all to experience the presence of
Divinity. Swamiji spoke to the community each night of His stay. On Saturday,
September 29, He spoke to the members of Berks Bhakti Yoga Group, about 350
people, as we co-facilitated a Janmashtami and Radhashtami celebration at the
ashram. Swamiji lit up the room with His narrative and with His heartfelt
Swamiji’s presence is especially meaningful to Sudha and Ed, as Ed continues his healing journey. Swamiji conducted homa and rituals and provided guidance for Ed and Sudha on their continued path of health, service, spirituality, and life. We are all deeply grateful for Swamiji’s teachings and His presence in our lives. We are already looking forward to His next visit!
In Service of All, - Sudha
Bharat Sevashram Sangh (October 5, 2018 - Oct 7, 2018)
Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji was respectfully welcomed by Swami Amarnathananda Ji, head of Bharat Sevashram Sangh in NJ and by the devotees group.
Every day the discourse was followed by Shiv Arati and blessing to everyone by
Overall, we had a very inspiring
Houston Program ( Oct 9, 2018 to Oct 16, 2018)
H.H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj arrived to Houston, Texas in the afternoon. Sri Harshadbhai Mehta of Katy, Texas had organized Satsang at their residence later in the evening. Swamiji gave discourse on meaning of Sravan-Bhadra-Aso, last three months of Hindu calendar. Swamiji explained the importance of listening to divine scriptures in the month of Sravan, then practicing the righteous conduct in Bhadra (of Bhadarvo) which was listened in Sravan. In the beginning of Aso, we observe Shradh, which is remembering our ancestors and the good deeds they did. Finally, we observe the Vrat of Navaratri worshiping goddess Adi Shakti for the success of all kinds.
On Oct 10, 2018 Sri Swamiji Maharaj visited BAPS temple of Houston. Swamiji had chance to meet with Shukmuni Swami of Atlanta who was substituting one of the Swamiji’s of Houston temple. Swamiji offered his prayers and performed Abhishek of Shri Nilkantha Bhagvan.
Oct 11, 2018 Dhaval Trivedi was family were happy to receive Pujya Swamiji's blessings on his 35 th birthday. Swamiji planted avocado and lemon trees at his home garden.
Pujya Swamiji's discourses on the subject of “Shakti Upasana Ka Raj Marg – Shri Durga Saptsati Ke Madhyam Se” at Shri Sanatan Shiv Shakti Mandir of Houston were inspiring to all during the Sacred Navaratri time on Oct 12 & Oct 13. This event was organized by the support of Gujarati Brahma Samaj of Houston and Shri Sanatan Shiv Shakti Mandir of Houston. Swamiji explained the true meaning of Navaratri and the eight forms of Ashtalakshmi. Swamiji discussed the various character of Durga Saptasati such as Dhumralochan, Chand, Mund and other Asuras as they relate to our daily life and our mind. The discourse was concluded each day with Swamiji performing Arati of Lord Shiva and Goddess Adishakti.
Two days of morning yoga work shop (Oct 13 & Oct 14 -
8.00 am to 9.30am) was organized by Swaminarayan Temple at ISSO. About thirsty
participants took the benefits of Yoga learning. Swamiji discussed the
importance of Omkara chanting and the breathing technique. Swamiji discussed the various pranayams and some
simple asanas.- Dhaval Trivedi
Dussehra Puja, Pravachan, and 3-day “Yoga Refresher” Camp at Troy ( Oct 18, 2018 - Oct 21, 2018)
Friends and folks of Michigan warmly welcomed Swami
Adhyatmanandaji in Troy, MI and were blessed to have Swamiji’s presence and
Pravachan for the Dussehra Holiday, and 3 day “Yoga-Refresher” camp, Swamiji was
also welcomed at the Bhartiya Temple in Troy Michigan, and in many houses for
the personal guidance session.
Swamiji presided over the Dussehra pooja among the friends and family of Troy Michigan. A beautiful celebration of Shri Ram’s victory over the evil and Ravan-Dahan/Fireworks and enlightened the Satsang with a delightful Pravachan on the Aditya-Hrudayam and Gayatri-Mantra. Swamiji researched the specific meaning of each stotra of Aditya-Hrudayam - the symbolism of Sun as the soul and the source of all life. Swamiji provided the Pravachan and learning to 60+ people assembled at the Lal’s residence.
Friends and folks of Michigan were also privileged to have Swamiji’s personal attention and coaching for 3-day “yoga refresher” camp held at the Beautiful Banquet Hall in the Bhartiya Temple in Troy Michigan. The camp was conducted on Friday-Saturday-and Sunday from 7:30 to 9AM. Swamiji emphasized again the importance of the Yoga and Pranayama in daily life.
Thanks to Swamiji from all our hearts for his visit this year to Troy, Michigan!
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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