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April - 2005

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Visit to Surat (April 2, 2005 -April 4, 2005)

 Maharishi Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra is considered the definitive work on traditional Yoga, and is considered as the first ever written ancient text (3rd & 4th century B C). In this classic, Patanjali articulates the yogic philosophy through 195 Sutra (threads, Wisdom, pearls). According to Yoga Sutra, the ultimate aim of Yoga is to reach  Kaivalya” (freedom). This is the experience of one's innermost being or "soul" (the Purusha). When this level of awareness is achieved, one becomes free of the chains of cause and effect (karma), which bound us to continual reincarnation. 

Paramahansa Yogananda of Self-Realization Fellowship has given an in-depth explanation of the scientific basis of the "Kriya Yoga" techniques. Sri. Bharatta Mystri of Surat after long years of Spiritual practice realized a new light, meaning and a purpose of Kriya Yoga. He has brought his experiences in his book “KriyaYoga”. H. H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj had an honor to release his new book “Kriya Yoga”, during his visit to Surat.


Rev, Swamiji spent three days at Surat with innumerable programs for general public at engineering college ground at Athawa lines, Surat. Meditation and Pranayam were taught in the morning classes and public lectures were organized in the evening on the subject of Kriya Yoga. During his stay at Surat, Swamiji was invited by many devotees at their homes as well as private and public organizations. Plantation of trees in the orphanage institution was the grand program of  Swamiji’s liking and appreciation.


 640th Yoga Camp at Nasirabad  (April 7, 2005 - April 14, 2005)


Triple First Rocket Infantry invited Swamiji at Narsirabad near Ajmer, Rajsthan. Brigadier Mr. Suhas Dharmadhikari with senior officers and Army Battalian joined for Man-Making program. About two hundred twenty five army personal with their wives and families joined the Yoga camp. Series of lectures were organized for boosting up the morals and  the inner strength of army troupes by Rev. Sri.Swamiji. During his visit at Nasirabad, he paid homage to the holy shrine of Sri. DARGAH Sarif. Also he had holy bath at Sri. Pushker Lake and visited temple of Lord Brahma .  

Plantation of trees were done in very large scale in the army contentment which completed Swamiji Adhyatmannadji’s wish of planting 60,000 trees during his diamond jubilee year May 2004 – May 2005. This great work was accomplished by the collective efforts of many devotees, members of public & private organizations and  public schools, inspired by Rev. Swamiji.

Valedictory function on the last day of this Yoga camp was organized in very ceremonious manner at Triple First Rocket Regiment, in which a large gathering rejoiced the spectacular demonstration of newly learned Yogasana by army troupes.Yoga instructor Sri. Dhaval Patel & Ms.Sangeeta Thawani from Sivananda Ashram assisted Swamiji. Rev. Swamiji attended holy Vishakhy festival at Gurudwara .


Visit to Jaipur ( April 12, 2005)

April 12, 2005  Swamiji visited Jaipur upon the invitation of Mr. Bhavesh Ranjan Mandal , accountant General of Rajsthan( Jaipur). Mr. B. R. Mandal learned yoga from Swamiji in the year 1975 at Sri. Lal  Bahadur Shashtri National Academy of Administration, Massoorie. Since then he is sincerely practicing and teaching science of yoga to people at every opportunity he gets, including giving lessons to his office staff during the lunch hours.Concluding function was organized at Accountant General’s office and certificates were awarded to worthy yoga students by Rev. Swamiji Maharaj.


Visit to Sanand, Gujarat ( April 15, 2005 )


April 15, 2005 Rev. Swamiji attended a function at Sanand near Ahmedabad. He unveiled the statue of Sri. Gyanchandaji Maharaj. He was a veteran Saint of Sanand. He lived a life of selfless service for ninety nine years. He has earned the respect and reverence of all the people of this community. Sri.Swamiji address to a large gathering,

on the subject of “In Serch of Soul”.

Mangaleshwar (Bharuch)


H. H. Swami Sampoornanandaji Maharaj lived for 108 year of very meaningful and purposeful life. His 110th Birth anniversary  was celebrated in presence of H. H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj, at Bharadwaj ashram, Mangaleshwar. Late Swami Sampoornanandji was known as “MOUNI  BABA”. He observed a total silence for about 40 years of his life. He was a very pious soul and people from all over used to come for His Darshan and Blessings. He loved Swami Adhyatmanandaji and came to the celebration of Swamiji’s golden jubilee function at Baroda ten years ago.


At Sivananda Asharm, Ahmedabad.


Sri. Ramnavmi Celebration ( April 18, 2005 )


Continuous twenty four hours recitation of  Sri. Ram Charitmanas was done from midday April 17, 2005 up to midday April 18, 2005 . Large numbers of devotees participated in special worship at Sri Rama temple of the Ashram on concluding ceremony.


Sri. Hanuman Jayanti ( April 24, 2005 )


A Maruti Yajna was performed at Hunuman temple of the ashram on Sunday April 24, from 7.00am to 10.30am on the occasion of Sri Hanuman Jayanti, followed by satsang, arati and prasad.  


Divine Festivity ( April 21, 2005 - May 3, 2005)


 Shiv Puran Katha  (April 21, 2005 April 29, 2005 )  


Nine days long Shiv Puran katha in the form a divine musical recitation by Sri. Dayagiri Bapu, a renowned kathakar was organized at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. It was concluded on April 29,  fourth Anniversary of Sri. Sri. Sri. Ashtlaxmi Bhavan of Sivananda Ashram, A’bad. 


4th  Annual day of Sri. Ashtlaxmi Bhavan & Sri Chidananda Dhyan Mandir( April 29, 2005)


The sacred worship started with Sri. Yantra Pooja in the hours of dawn followed by Kanya pooja, Navchandi Yajna and feeding to the poor, which continued up to late afternoon. In  the evening, Holy Sri. Shiv Puran katha ‘s concluding was done at 9.30 pm .Then started traditional worship of Mother Goddess, Sri Asthlakshmi in the form of singing and dancing in her praise (Garba) by devotees. People from all around the community thronged at the ashram and joined up to late night. 


Divine festivity from April 30, 2005 to May 3, 2005 was the culmination of Diamond Jubilee celebration of H. H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. Each day commenced with Sacred Yajna (Holy Fire Worship). As per our holy scripture, Agni ( Fire) is the deity that represents all the other deities. Agni is said to be the mouth of the gods and  known as the messenger of the gods.Whatever man has to say to the gods, to the higher powers, he conveys it through Agni. Agni is the link with the Supreme Lord of all the worlds. Agnihotra or Havan is a primary and fundamental rite during the performance of which oblations to the Supreme are offered in the consecrated fire.
 In the Bhagavad Gita (Ch.7, Verse 9), the Lord says: "I am the brilliance in the fire."

"By pouring libations on the sacred fire, sin is burnt"- The Mahabharata, Santi Parva, 


 All the Yajnas, namely  Sri. Ganapati Homam, Sri. Sudarshan Yajna, Sri. Pavman Yajna and finally Ayush Homam on May 3rd  were performed most traditionally by very learned Pandits from south India. Devotees in large numbers joined in the Yajna worship each day.    


Evening satsangs agoged with devotional music, classical prayer dances and  the holy darshan and satsang of  mahatmas including Sri. Jinchandraji Maharaj of Bandha Triputi of Tithal Shanti Niketan, Valsad, Sri Haribhai Kothari (Mumbai), Sri.Bhageyesh Jha (IAS) Dist.Collector( Vadodra), Sri. Jashbhai Saheb of Anoopam Mission (Mogari), H. H. Swami Madhavpriyanandaji Maharaj of Internantional  Swami Narayana Gurukul (A’bad), Shashtri Sri. Bhagavan Prasadji and on May 3,  2005 H. E. Governor of Gujarat Sri. Nawal kishorji Sharma with Mahamandleshwar 1008 Sri. Swami Vishwadevanandji Maharaj, Mahamandleshwar and president of Akhil Bharat Sadhu Samaj 1008 Sri. Swami Magalanandaji Maharaj with Sadhu Sri. Ishwarchandasji Maharaj from Sri. Swami Narayan temple of Sri.Sri. Sri. Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj.


Ashram administration is highly thankful to Sri. Purushottam Upadhyaya and Hansaben Dave, Sri. Asit Desai and Smt. Hema Desai, Sri. Chandan Thakor of  Nritya Bharati and Smt. Kashmira Trivedi for their valuable contribution in the night satsang for singing and performing their respected arts.


And finally arrived the day every body were waiting  for May 3, 2005 Beloved Swamiji’s birthday. The day commenced with Sahanai vadan by famous Gaekwad brothers from Vadodara. It created very serene atmosphere, just right for morning meditation. Then followed candle light meditation which filled already charged atmosphere with divine vibrations. Ceremonial bath was given to H. H. Sri. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj with flowers and garland. Swamiji did Padukapuja of Gurumaharaj, later on devotees worshiped his feet too. Felicitation function followed by Sadhu Bhojan and offerings to sixty one Sadhu Mahatma’s.


Evening satsang was highlighted by release of

The day’s function was concluded with meditation and prayers for world peace at midnight (0 hour). A melodious sahnai in the background added a special spark in the atmosphere. 


A grand prasad of Alphonso Mangos was offered at Sri. Ashtalaxmi Temple, which were distributed to the devotees and Daridranarayans in the underprivileged area of the town on the next day.  


Adipur visit  


With the news of critical health condition of Dr. Gajwani, founder President of the Divine Life Society, at Adipur, Rev. Swami Adhyatmanandji traveled overnight to Adipur.  After praying for his good health, long life and early recovery, Swamiji came back to Ahmedabad. Gajwani family and the members of Divine Life Society, Adipur were overwhelmed and moved by this sympathetic and selfless gesture of Sri. Swamiji, because in the midst of his Diamond Jubilee celebration he traveled overnight to comfort someone who is in need of his prayer. 


Children's Residential Camp( May 8, 2005 to May 15, 2005)

Yoga Teacher's Training Camp( May 18, 2005 to Jun 7, 2005) 

Yogasana Camp 641th  (May 19, 2005 to May 28, 2005) 

Regular Activities and Services at the Holy Sivananda Ashram

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