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Gujarat Flood Relief Efforts (August 2006)


As you all know, Gujarat has been under the grip of natural calamity. Surat, in particular has been struck with devastating flood tragedy since August 8, 2006. Lakhs of people have been stranded and become homeless. For days together there have been no electricity, food, drinking water or milk. We pray for the peace and well-being of the flood victims.


 Sivannada Ashram, Ahmedabad immediately initiated to undertake relief efforts, under the guidance of Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj, to alleviate the sufferings of the distraught. About 10,000 packages of food and snack were made by the people at the ashram and dispatched to affected areas to start with. Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh, through its branches namely Valsad, Surendranagar, etc. have also sent food packages and doing their best. Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh, Jamnagar branch jointly with "Aanda Seva Sanstha" have given a medical aid of Rs.5 lakhs towards the flood relief. A team of doctors from Jamnagar will be looking after this work.

for more details:  Gujarat Flood (Aug 2006) Relief Efforts - by Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad

Follow up Flood relief Efforts (September 2, 2006). Works continued  

In Surat
Four hundred packages have been distributed to flood afflicted  area family, each containing,
Wheat Flour -5 kg, Lentil (Dal)- 2 kg, Rice-2 kgs, Sugar -1 kgs, Tea-500gms,Oil- 1 liter & Salt  

Anand – Dholka (District) villages (high flood areas) 
Two hundred and fifty packages have been distributed each containing,
Bajari- 5 kgs, Lentil (Dal)- 2 kgs, Rice-2 kgs, Sugar – 1 kgs, Tea- 500 gm, Oil- 1 liter, Salt   

Helping hands at Sivananda Ashram, A'bad

 Holy Shravan Month Celebration at theAshram 

Lord Vishwanath Temple at the Ashram is like a pilgrim place especially during the Holy month of Shravan. As always, hundreds of devotees offered special pooja, Rudrabhishek, Rudripath, Prathiveshwar Pooja, Prahar Pooja etc. through out the holy month of Shravan. About 6 lakhs of sacred Bilva patras were offered to the Lord Vishwanath. The last day of Shravani Amavasya was the culmination, Homatmak Laghurudra was performed. About one thousand devotees participated in sacrificial offerings accompanied with Rudra Mantras chanting and Mahaprasad.

Independence Day was celebrated on August 15, 2006 at the Ashram. National Flag unfurled by a trustee and vice president Sri Arun Oza in the morning.


Janmashtami Celebration (Aug 17, 2006)


 Devotees in large number gathered at the Ashram to celebrate Janmashtami, a Birthday of Lord Krishna. Devotees offered prayers, chanted & danced joyously in praise of the Baby Krishna. A beautiful Sri Krishna Bal-Lila, a dance performance in Bharatnatyam style, enacted by the artists of “Nrutya Sadhana”, which was directed by Smt. Archita Mehta. The celebration was concluded with Kirtan and Aarati at midnight.


Beloved Lalaji ( Baby Krishna)


Video tape of H. H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj's darshan and His Gurupurnima Message at Rishikesh was played on big video screen in the evening at this gathering. Devotees were very happy to have GuruMaharaj’s Darshan & Blessings.



Concluding report of "Divya Tour 2006" of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj.

Swamiji continued the last segment of his USA programs and concluded on Aug 11, 2006 to go to UK.

Ruidoso, New Mexico (Aug 1, 2006- Aug 4, 2006)   

Upon very sincere and generous invitation of Yogacharya Mrs. Myra (Meera) Romero. Rev.  Swamiji arrived at El Paso airport on August 1, 2006. Because of heavy rains airport was looking like a lake. Swamiji was received at the airport by Mrs. Myra & MR. Dave Romero and drove three hours to reach to Mr. & Mrs. Shrama, Swamiji’s host  house  

Rev. Sri Swamiji was given formal welcome with traditional reception at Mrs. Myra’s parent’s home. It happened to be Myra’s birthday also. There was a jubilant celebration arranged  by the members of her family & well-wishers on this occasions. After prayers & dinner Swamiji’s spiritual discourse was organized at Yoga Studio at Ruidoso from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm, which was attended by large crowd.


From Aug 2, 2006 to Aug 4, 2006 morning Yoga, Pranayams & Meditation sessions were held from 6.00 am – 8.00am and full day Yoga retreat were organized at beautiful San Patricio retreat center at the bank of river Ruidoso. Evening satsangs  from 7.00pm -8.00pm on the subject of Ancient Scripture of India and its applications on modern life. Each session were attended by Yoga lovers and were well received by them. Swamiji was invited by numbers of devotee's home for satang and blessings. On Aug 4, 2006 left for Salt Lake City.   

Myra deserves a special introduction here. She is born to a Mexican parents but her love for Indian culture, especially for Ayurvedic science and science of Yoga is great. She is devoted to Lord Sri. Krishna. Her keen desire and sincere efforts to organize Swamiji’s program at New Mexico made the trip a great success. Mrs. and Mr. Sharma, the host of Swamiji Maharaj deserves special thanks for their generous hospitality.

Salt Lake City (Aug 4, 2006- Aug 7, 2006)

"Swami shares peaceful Philosophy with Utahn ",  interview by Jason Bergreen of  "Salt Lake Tribune."

"There's so much wisdom behind what he says, and yet  it is so simple",  Smith said. "His teaching apply to all, regardless of religion or walk of life. He's very humble. He speaks to the person."

Utahn enjoyed a short visit of Swami Adhyatmanandaji, which was organized by Smt. Resham Shah and Smt. Padama Shah, her mother who is visiting her from Ahmedabada. Dr. Surabh Shah & Smt. Padma Shah received Swamiji at Salt Lake City airport on Aug 4, 2006 at late evening. On Aug 5th to Aug 7th, 2006 morning Yogasana, Pranayam & Meditation sessions were held at Sri. Ganesh Temple of Hindu Society Utah. Sri Swamiji’s discourse on subjects of “Gita in Daily Life” and “Stress Managment through Yoga” attracted many people. On Mid-day of Aug 5th & 6th Swamiji’s discourses were organized at Yoga Studio as well as with a group of devotees of Neo Religion of Utah A special satsang and Sri. Satya Narayan Pooja was organized at Smt. Sudha and Dr.Shah’s home. Swamiji visited devotees home upon their requests also here.

Swami Adhyatmanadaji 's interview was published in "Salt Lake Tribune"  well read newspaper. Prior to Swamiji' s arrival interview of Smt. Padama shah about Swamiji’s Mission, Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad and work of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj was published in Salt Lake Tribune.  Salt Lake Tribune interview.

Smt. Padama Shah & Smt. Resham Shah made great efforts to make Sri Swami’s visit to Utah a great success. They need special thanks. Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad is highly thankful to both of them. 

Los Angeles (Aug 7, 2006 –Aug 9, 2006)

Respected Vinod Rana & Mrs. Kalpana Rana organized Sri Swamiji Adhyatmanandaji’s short visit to LA. Swamiji arrived here late afternoon of Monday, Aug 7th of Holy Shravan month. It is dedicated to worship of Lord Shiva. In the evening grand worship of Lord Shiva was organized at Sanatan Temple of Anaheim. Sri  Swamiji enlightened a big  crowd with his discourse “ Shiva Tatwa “  Next day after a short visit  to Sri Swami Narayan temple (Kalupur group),  at Sanatan Temple Swamiji gave discourse upon the "Secret of Bhagavat Gita." 

During His stay Swamiji visited well wisher’s home and conducted prayers and satsang also. On Aug, 8th morning Swamiji visited Sri. Morari Bapu’s katha at Anaheim. On Aug 9, 2006 morning Swamiji left for Indianapolis.

Bloomington, (Indiana) (Aug 9, 2006- Aug 10, 2006)

Sri Dinesh Patel & Smt. Aruna Patel are devotees of H. H. Sri Chidanandaji Maharaj. They are having same love and devotion for Sri. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. Swamiji had flying visit to their home at Bloomington. Evening satsang on Aug 9th and Sri Satya Narayan Vrit – katha on Aug 10th on Rakshabandhan, Shravani Purnima day was organized at their home. Sri Swamiji left for Chicago on Aug 10th afternoon.

Chicago (Aug 10, 2006- Aug 11, 2006)  

"Holy abode of Minal & Bharat Naik is like Sivananda Ashram and Holy abode of Sri. Sri. Sri. Sadgurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj"- as per Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. In fact, ever since Pujya Swamiji has brought the life size photo of Holy Master Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and established Master’s holy presence here, they feel blessed indeed and grateful to Swamiji Maharaj. “Divya Tour 2006 “of Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj’s to USA, UK and Canada was planned from here as per “SIVA’s Will”, they feel. Swamiji landed here on June 9, 2006 for this tour and Swamiji flew back from here only on Aug 11, 2006, his last stop in US. On the last day, satsang was held celebrating Janmashtmi, a birth of Lord Sri Krishna (a little early). Lord Sri Krishna, a unique sketch of the Lord , a creation of Pujya Swamiji, was brought by Swamiji from India and gifted to them on this visit,  is adorned in gorgeous frame and has taken a center place at this abode.

In the morning of Aug 11, 2006 Swamiji was scheduled for a thorough medical check up including blood tests, heart tests and cardiology consult by Dr. Parikh, a leading cardiologist. All tests came out good. Last but not the least, before departure to the airport for UK in the evening, Swamiji planted “Tulsi” & “Jasmine” plants and made Mom’s wish fulfilled.  

With the Grace & Blessings of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, " Divya Tour 2006" of Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj is concluded on August 30, 2006. Pujya Swamiji’s holy presence and divine satsang has brought joy and solace to many spiritual aspirants & yoga lovers in the West. Morning Yoga sessions and evening satsangs were well received all across the USA and Canada. Devotees accorded him warm welcome wherever he went and loved him for teaching Yoga way of Life.  

Report of “Divya Tour 2006 “ of UK visit  

Revered Sri Jogendra ji is a disciple of Sri Bapuji (Sri. Sri Sri Punitacharyaji Maharaj of Girnar Sadhana, Ashram Junagath) He attended Yoga teacher’s training course at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad in December of 2005. Having inspired by Swami Adhyatmanandaji Yoga way of teaching he organized  program of Swamiji Maharaj at London (UK).  

Report of UK Tour 2006 - by Rev. Sri Jogendra Patel

After spending two days at Sri Anupam mission in the holy company of Sri Sahebji Sri Swamiji arrived at Ahmedabad on Aug 31, 2006 morning at 10.00am. A warm reception and cordial welcome was given to Swamiji by large number of devotees at Sri Sardar vallabhabhai Patel International Airport at Ahmadabad.

Sri Swamiji Maharaj expresses his deep gratitude to all the organizers of this Divya Tour 2006 and for financial account, supply of CD’s, DVD etc to Smt Anu Anand. May God Bless all of them. May God be with them.

 Om Shanti! Jai Gurudev! Jai Sivananda.!

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