One of the most helpful instructions for a spiritual aspirant is said to be in contact with the wise- the stotriya Brahmanishthas- those who are well versed in the scriptures and always fixed in Brahmic consciousness. Sat means Existence-Absolute, which is also Consciousness-Absolute and Bliss-Absolute. Satsang- therefore, word means keeping the mind always in one’s own Atman. It also means the company of the learned saints and sages because their company would always be conducive to keep the mind away from worldly thoughts and absorbed in thoughts of God.
Bhakti is a natural consequence that follows satsang. Company of great Saints will kindle the fire of devotion to God, as the omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent Being, the instrumental and material cause of creation, preservation and destruction of the universe. The aspirant should have shradhha - unflinching faith in God- so that this ego may get thinned out. To everything including success in his spiritual practice, he now depends on God and God alone. The Acharya in his Vivekachudamani defines Bhakti as seeking after one’s real nature (sva-svarupa anusasdhanam) and Sri Sandilya in his Bhakti Sutras defines this world as extreme attachment to Ishwara, the Lord. On a little reflection one understands that there is not much difference between the two definitions.
To realize this very truth we had two Saints to grace us, to uplift us and to elevate us up to the highest spiritual realm of the absolute at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad in the holy month of Shravan- August 2003.
Vairagibabaji of Brindavan stayed with us from August 5, 2003 to
Sri Vairagibabaji in Divine Bhava
Devotees listening to Sri Vairagibabaji
Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, a very learned and scholarly exponent and
eloquent speaker of Vedanta Vidya of
National Flag Day (August 15, 2003)
On August 15, 2003 National Flag was hoisted in
the ashram campus. Rev Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji inaugurated patriotic song
competition for school children and gave inspiring speech to the gathering and
said that love your Nation. Nation first, society next and self the last or
least. Swamiji’s interview on present mode of education, need of the teaching
of religion, morality, ethics, moral duty of parents, teachers, spiritual heads,
citizens and politicians etc was telecasted on the eve of Independence Day.
Celebration of Holy Shravan month (July 30, 2003-August 27,2003)
Holy Shravan was celebrated with a special worships (Pujas), Bilva Patra offering (in millions) to Lord Shiva at Sri Vishvanath Temple. Also Vishnu Shashranama chanting & discourses by Swamiji on its Glory were enjoyed by devotees. Holy Sri Krishna Janmashtami was celebrated with satsang, sankirtan, dance festival and at midnight Baby Krishna's Janmotsav on the night of Wednesday, August 20, 2003. About 25000 devotees had the holy darshan of Lord Vishwanath, Sri Dukhbhanjan Hanumanji, Mother Ashta Laxmi as well as “Baby Krishna”.
Swamiji with "Baby Krishna"
Sri Chandan Thakore (Director, Nritya Bharati- a school of performing arts) with his amateur artists presented a very memorable performance, which received a grand applause from a large audience.
"Om Sri Krishnaya Namah"
a dance performance by artists from Nritya Bharti- a school of performing arts
On the last day Amavasya of Shravan on August 27, 2003, Laghu Rudra and Bhandara were organized and about 1000 devotees joined for the holy prasad.
Public Speech At 11th AMA week
Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji's speech on the subject of Attaining MBA, Mind - Body - Awareness at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) week, on August 26, 2003 was very well received by the audience.
On August 31, 2003 the Holy Ganesh Chaturthi satsang has been organized at the residence of Secretary of Ashram Shri R.K.Sonar in the presence of H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj.
Spiritual Retreat (August 28- 31, 2003)
A three-day residential spiritual retreat is being organized at the bank of Saraswati at Kapilmuniji’s ashram, Siddhapur. Rev Swamiji will share the sayings from Sadhana Panchakam of Sri Shankaracharya. A select group of 60 Sadhaks are planning to attend the retreat where, ten hours of intense meditation, prayers and introspection is scheduled daily.
On August 4, 2003 satsang was held at the residence of Shri Kanubhai Soni and Smt Veenaben
Sri Nathalalbhai (96 years) late father of Sri Jagdishbhai
Patel (vice-president, Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh) breathed last on
On August 19,
2003 Smt Anjaliben Upadhayaya’s
group at Sri Sri Ashatlakshmi Bhavan presented devotional Marathi Abhang from
Mr. B. K.
Goswami I.A.S. (retired) and now a trustee of Consumer Education and Research
Seminar on reiki, yoga classes, sewing classes, medical care, sure cure through yoga, feeding to poor, domestic help and daily & weekly special satsangs are the core activities of the Ashram that have been benefiting the community.
Upcoming Events - September & October 2003
|Sept 1 - Sept 7, 2003
|A special Yoga & Meditation camp at the bank of holy River Narmada at Ankaleshwar with AVENTIS Pharma Ltd. for Scientists only.
|Sept 8, 2003
|116th holy birthday of H.H. Sri Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. One Day Long Sadhana Day at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad.
|Sept 9, 2003
|Rev Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji's public discourses on the occasion of 5th anniversary of NR Institute of Buisness management on the subject of : "Eternal Unchanging Values of the Yore and Present Constitution of Education"
|Sept 15- Sept 24,2003
|600th Yoga Camp - “Sahaj Yoga” yoga camp guided by Yogacharya H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
|Sept 24, 2003
birthday satsang of H.H Guru Bhagavan Sri Swami Chidanandaji
|Sept 25, -Sept 28, 2003
Centenary birthday Celebration of Sri Sri Sri Krishnabai Mataji of Anand Ashram will be celebrated with Ram Dhun and Gathering of Great Saints.
|Sept 27, 2003-Oct 5, 2003
|Holy Navratri- Free Annual residential spiritual retreat at Ashram with full reading of entire holy Bhagavad Gita and Sri Durga Saptasadi every day all nine days-(Admission open to all with prior intimation)
|Date to be announced later
|Oct 23, 2003
|Dhanteras- Collective Laxmi Puja of Sri Asta Laxmi Bhavan
|Oct 25, 2003
|Deepavali- Annakut darshan
Next Reiki Seminar
September 6, 2003 - Level I
September20, 2003- Level II
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
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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