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July - 2005

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Gujarat Flood Relief Efforts  

 A weeklong torrential rain hit Gujarat during the first week of July and it caused wide spread devastation. Many parts of south Gujarat mainly Baroda, Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Valsad districts and Saurashtra were submerged in water.     

Sivananda Ashram Ahmedabad most humbly offered the relief services to the victims of badly affected flood area namely Dholka, Dholara, Kaira, Anasda and Baroda districts, Ramnagar, Mogar, Adajan, Vadod, Samarkha, Ochaj Talawadipura, Harpalipura, Dungaripura, Phajalpura, Pallat, Asavali, Koshyal, Prakashnagar, Pipadia, Sokhada, Bhuttipura, Sekhopura, Tobe Mahetej, Kubjarao and Trenil etc. 

About total of Wheat 20,000.0 kg, Rice 10,000.0 kg, Lentils 5000.0 kg, Bajri 5000.0 kg, Masala containing five spices1000 packets, Utensil1000 sets were distributed to the flood victims. Each family received wheat 20 kg, rice 10 kg, bajri 5 kg, lentils 5kg , one packet spices and essential cooking utensils including, one large pot, two serving dishes, two cooking pots, two glasses, four bowls, two big serving spoons etc.

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Ashram is highly thankful to Sri. Dushyant Dave, eminent lawyer of Delhi and family owning famous “ Vagh Bakari Chay (Tea)” for their charitable act of kindness and donating for this worthy cause. May Almighty Lord and Sri Gurudev bless both of them.. 

This was made possible by a team of dedicated volunteers of the ashram including vice presidents Sri Marutbhai Dave, Sri Jagdishbhai Patel, Sri Arunbhai Oza, Rev Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj and most of the member of the board. They all went personally in different areas and distributed the grains and packages. Appropriate planning and precautions were taken for the goods to reach to flood victims only.  

Sri Guru Purnima and Forty Third Aradhana day Satsang 

The Vyas Purnima, also called Guru Purnima was celebrated on Thursday July 21, 2005,  with a befitting program commencing in the morning with group recitation of Sri Jaya Ganesh Kirtan, Guru Stotras, Shanti path, Paduka vandana, japa and meditation under the guidance of Rev. Sri. M. J. Patani Saheb and  H. H. Sri. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. 

Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji offered his obeisance to the great Sage Sri.Vyasa. Sri Bhagwan Vyasa is also known as Sri Krishna Dvaipayana, who is a compiler of the Vedas and a author of the Brahma Sutras and eighteen Puranas, including the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranas. It is believed that the Lord Narayana Himself incarnated as Sri. Vyasa. Swamiji paid homage to Sri Vyasa Bhagavan, the Guru-parampara and the Holy Master Gurudev Sri. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and the Most Worshipful Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandji Maharaj.

Evening satsang (from 6.00pm- 9.30pm) was highlighted with grand Padukapujan, Bhakti Sangeet by Ms. Nirali Udeshi, Ms. Devki Patel, Mrs. Mayurika Oza, Mrs. Ranjana Harish and a discourse by Rev. Swami Adhyatmanandaji.

Rev. Swamiji shared the thoughts of teaching of Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.  He emphasized the need of daily sadhana for spiritual seeker. The life of a spiritual seeker is a constant struggle for developing virtues and eradicating vices. Desires, lust, anger, greed, delusion (moha), jealousy, etc. are some of the vices that one has to eradicate and develop virtues like, compassion, love, truthfulness, ahimsa, equanimity, brahmacharya etc. One has to wear the armour of wisdom while walking through the battlefield of life and cut the enemy of ignorance with the sword of discrimination. Seek not the name & fame in the world outside. Such temptations are to be checked and transformed in to a force that reveals the inner SELF. One has to go beyond the three GUNAS to achieve “Self  Realization”, which is the ultimate Goal of Human life

 Perfected being is the one, who has attained complete mastery over the mind, developed all the essential virtues, eradicated the vices and has realized his true identity (Atma-Jnana).    

Tours & programs of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj  (July 2005)

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