March 1st being Shivaratri,
Ashram’s Holy Shri Vishwanath temple was agog with worship of Lord Shiva with
Vedic Hymns, Namakam, chamakam, rudram, etc.
There is archeological evidence to the effect
that Lord Shiva & mother Kali were worshipped by the tribes that inhabited
Mohen-jo-daro & Harappa sites, believed to be Pre-Vedic period. The oldest
among the Vedas, Rig Veda identifies Lord Shiva with Rudra. Mahashivaratri is
considered to be the most sacred & beneficial to receive the grace of Lord
Shiva. Even the Ganesh purana, other Puranas, Skandhpurana, Padmapurana,
Agnipurana, also give vivid accounts of Mahashivaratri.
At early dawn in Brahmamuhurta from 4 am
onwards, holy offerings with chants of Rudripath, Abhishekamaklaghurudra
commenced which continued up to sunrise & first Mangal Arti at the temple
was done by worshipful & revered Shri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. Again
in the afternoon a Laghurudra & Archana were offered at the holy temple
between 12 noon to 3 pm. A number of special worships were offered to Lord Shiva
from 7 am to 9 am & in the afternoon 3 pm – 4 pm. From 9 am up to 12 noon
temple was thrown open for the devotees Abhishek, Archana & puja. In the
afternoon 4pm -8 pm there were special darshan of shringar with special temple
orchestra with revered Swamiji Maharaj performed Bhasma arati.
From 4 pm – 4 am throughout the night there
were 8 special pujas & melodius devotional music attracted thousands of
devotees in the ashram as usual. Due to being a day of India & Pakistan
cricket match, the normal crowd did not turn up until 9 pm, but after winning
over Pak in world cup from 10 pm – 2 am, temple was crowded with over 10,000
Devotees of Sri Sham Satsang Mandal, Mrs. Monika
Shah, Mr. Nayan Pancholi, Mrs. Seema & Mr. Jayesh Naik, and Mrs. Mayurika
Ojha were the main devotees to offer their devotional music throughout the
night. Respected Nawal uncle & Mr. Sachin Joshi of Jamnagar & Shri
Harihar Kapadia of Bhavnagar accompanied on harmonium drum & violin
throughout the night. Hundreds of devotees meditated at 0 hours for Mahanisha
Dhyan (Meditation). On Sunday March 2nd a grand feast (Bhandara) was served for
thousands of devotees
At the invitation of Chandan Thakur, Director of
a famous institution of Indian classical dance, Nrutyabharati, revered Swami
Adhyatmananda Maharaj, presided over a 1.5 hours experimental program
choreographed by senior students. The program, which was organized at downtown
town hall, was an inspirational one of culture, character, and the discipline,
which was imbibed in students of Mr. Chandan Thakur. In the afternoon of Sunday
March 2nd, devotees of Ashram visited Ashrams accredited Yoga
teachers Mrs. & Mr. Niraj’s house for a prayer meeting for the departed
soul of his mother where prayers were conducted for everlasting peace,
Atmashanti & Sadgati of the blessed mother. In the late afternoon the whole
team as usual visited its monthly routine trip for the poor feeding –
Daridra-narayanas Seva, where about 300 kids were given sweets, fruit, playing
bowls, pencil, notebook, etc.
of USA Visit - March 4 to March 30, 2003
of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj
March 3rd late night worshipful Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj
departed for overseas tour. Before his departure board of management &
trustees meeting, a special Satsang with grand dinner for Swamiji’s send off was
organized at the Ashram.
Welcome in Chicago
Swamiji’s arrival in Chicago was simply
wonderful because Angels from Heaven welcomed Swamiji Maharaj with snowfall
& presented him with a white carpet welcome. Though the whole of Illinois
was frozen in 6–8 inches snow, devotees welcomed Swamiji in a welcome
satsang arranged at the Spiritual Life Foundation at the residence of
Dr. & Mrs. Bharat & Minal Naik. All
the devotees were simply overwhelmed with joy to be in the Holy presence of
their beloved Swamiji Maharaj after a long awaiting
Welcome to Chicago,
White Carpet welcome
Swamiji is enjoying
From March 5 – March 7 everyday Yogasana, Pranayama & Mediation classes in the morning & evening satsang were organized at various devotes residence.
Swamiji left for Cincinnati on March 8, where satsang was organized at residence of Sri. Sanmukah Patel & he requested Swamiji to visit once again so that he can organize a few more public satsang on a grand scale.
Visit to Sri Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville
On early dawn of 9th Swamiji was driven to Satchidananda Ashram at Yogaville, Richmond, VA. Most Worshipful & Revered Dayananda Mataji & H.H.Sharadananda Mataji gave warm welcome to Swamiji Maharaj. Swamiji visited Chidambaram & Lotus temple. At dusk a very special Puja was performed by Swamiji Maharaj at the holy Samadhi Shrine of Brhamahmaline Yogiraj Sri Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj. In the night satsang Worshipful & Revered Swamiji Maharaj’s Mahasamadhi’s video was exhibited. Next morning there was a special meeting & satsang with the newly elected president of the Ashram H.H Sri Swami Ashokanandji Maharaj at Sivananda hall. Both the devotee of Sivananda & cousin brothers of the monastic order meeting was oozing unimaginable love & reverence for each other. Respected Dinesh Patel of Bloomington Indiana drove Swamiji back to Cincinnati.
Swamiji with Swami Ashokananda
Worship at Samadhi Shrine of Brahmlin H.H.Sri Swami
With H.H. Swami Ashokananda
Warm welcome at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville
In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
On 10th March public satsang was
organized at a public location specially organized by Patel community at
Oklahoma. There was satsang at a devotee’s house also where Sri. Dhiren Patel
& Sri. Dinesh Patel were the prominent figures to organize the entire visit
to Oklahoma & requested Swamiji to visit again for Srimad Bhagavad Kath.
In Salt Lake City, Utah
Swamiji flew to Salt Lake City for a special
program organized by Medical community by respected Dr. Sudhaben, Dr. Ramanbhai,
and Smt. Resham & Dr. Saurabh Shah. Swamiji held 2 sessions of Pranayama,
meditation & instructed on the higher values of integral Yoga
In Los Angeles, California
From March 14th – 21st Satsangs & Yoga camps were organized at LA, California with the total dedication, devotion, & enthusiasm by Mrs. Kalpana & Dr. Vinod Rana. All day long introspection & Yoga spiritual retreat was organized on Saturday at Sri Radha Krishna temple in Norwalk. In spite of torrential rain 100 seekers of truth & lovers of Lord attended the program & came from 100 miles radius. Other discourses were organized in Sanatan Dharma temple, Valley Rotary club of CA & Diamond Bar palace, etc. A special Yoga sharing was organized for international Chinese Yoga federation headed by famous Yoga teacher Mt. Thomas Kaue. Swamiji attended a very special Satsang of the devotees of Sri Sri Ma Anandmayi. There was pressure & sincere request from the Ashram of H.H.Sri Yogananda Paramahamsa also to visit & Satsang, Unfortunately due to lack of time; Swamiji was unable to go there in person.
with members of Valley Rotary Club of California
Address to Rotary Members
In Tampa, Florida
From 22nd to 26th March at Tampa FL at Hindu Temple
& Sanatan Dharma temple Yoga seminar was organized in which each morning
Swamiji shared his thoughts & gave practical instructions of Stress
Management through Yoga, Yoga learning for peace, power & prosperity,
Science, Pranayama & healing power of meditation, Yoga for tension in daily
life, in which a large number of local Americans & sizable crowd of
physicians from American Air force also joined us for Yoga instruction.
In the evenings, Swamiji’s discourses were highlighted on the subjects of
a) Geeta in daily life
b) Inspiration from Vedanta
c) Character building
d) Secret of Bhakti Yoga
e) Inspiration from Sri Ram
Swamiji conducted a special program for younger
generation also – Asian Radio recorded Swamiji’s talk & message, which
were broadcasted for the benefit of those who were not able to reach program
the programs were organized by sincere efforts of Sri Chandrakant Patel.
Pujya Swamiji received very overwhelming love and an invitation to come
In Toledo, Ohio
On 26th March afternoon Swamiji
Maharaj arrived at Detroit Metro Airport & drove to the residence of Sri
Rajesh & Dr. Bina Laungani. Four days Satsang & Yoga programs at Sanatan
temple were organized with the collaboration of Sri Anant Dixitji high priest of
the temple & Mrs. & Dr. Arvind Mistry. Everyday from 6:30 – 7:30 am
Yoga classes were conducted & in the evenings were engaged 7:30 – 9pm with
Geeta, Ramayana, & soul elevating discourses. Saturday March 29th
an all day long spiritual retreat was organized. Late evening, Swamiji left for
Toronto, Canada. At Toronto Markham, worshipful Swami Adhyatmananda. Maharaj’s
discourses were organized from March 30th onwards at Indian Cultural
After visiting Canada, Swamiji Maharaj will be moving throughout the length & breadth of US once again in the states of Michigan, North Carolina, Indiana, and Texas & Illinois.
Press Release in India Journal,
Swami Adhyatmananda Stresses
Prayer and Calm During Southland
Toledo BladeReligion | Article published Saturday, March 22, 2003
Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj, a monk and renowned yoga and meditation
teacher from India, will return to Sylvania’s Hindu Temple, 4336 King Rd.,
next week for a retreat and classes.
Swami Adhyatmanandaji is known for making Hinduism practical and relevant to modern life. A holy man credited with bringing about a spiritual awakening through his teachings, he has helped young people caught up in drug addiction as well as business leaders seeking greater meaning in their work.
On previous visits to the Toledo area, he has given classes for children and talked with adults about improving their parenting skills.
While in the area next week, Swami Adhyatmanandaji will give classes on yoga, pranayama, and meditation from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday and from 7 to 9 a.m. March 29.
Pranayama is a breathing exercise that is said to cleanse the body of impurities, improve concentration, calm thought processes, and alter circulation by increasing the amount of oxygen to the brain.
In addition to these classes, Swami Adhyatmanandaji will give lectures on stress management through yoga from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, on "Mrityunjaya Mantra - Life-giving Mantra" from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and on "Gita in Daily Life," from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.
On March 29 he will give lectures on two shloka, or philosophical hymns, written by Sri Sankaracharya, who lived from 788 to 820. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, he will speak on "Nirvana Shatakam," and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on "Bhaja Govindam." The sessions will conclude with "Arati," or prayer from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
The lectures are free, but a $10 daily fee, or $25 for all three days, will be charged for the yoga classes. Yoga students should wear loose clothing and bring an exercise mat or blanket. Children under 6 should not attend and students will be asked to maintain silence and a prayerful mood.
For Hindus, yoga is more than a physical discipline and is regarded as a way of life and means of practicing the spiritual truths found in all religions.
- JUDY TARJANYI
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad.
At Sivanand Ashram Ahmedabad, on 23rd
of March most worshipful & revered Dr. M.J.Patni Saheb acting president of
Divyajivan Sanskrutik Sangh a grand satsang, felicitation, Bhandara (Feast) was
organized where more than 200 devotees joined for the program.
Each Sunday ashram as usual organized
Mrityunjajya Mantra from 7 am to 5 pm.
As usual on 2nd Sunday of the month
about 70 families were served with full months grocery at the ashram.
Yogasan camp for newcomer was conducted as usual
from March 1st to March 10 by Yoga expert & physician Dr. Snehal
Amin. Regular Yogasan classes from 5:30am to 7:00 am, 7am to 8 am, 4pm to 5pm,
& 6pm to7pm conducted by accredited Yoga instructors from ashram to Sri
Suryakant, Mr. Nitinbhai, Ms Sangita Thavani, Mrs. Janaki & Mrs Yojana
Yoga consultation & regular medical care through Allopathic homeopathy, nature cure & acupressure attracted 100’s patients as usual by ashrams medical care center.
Reike coaching by Reike expert Mrs. Rupa
Majmudar & assisted by Mr. Tapan always in great demand at fortnightly Reiki
program organized by Ashram. Ashram organizes Paduka Pujan on every Thursday
morning from 8:30 am to9: 30am, & weekly Satsang on every Sunday from 9am
to10am led by Dr. M.J.Patani Saheb. Daily satsang at ashram is being conducted
everyday 9pm to 9:45 pm invariably, which was conducted by H.H.Sri Swami
Shankaranandji Maharaj in absence of worshipful Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji
Maharaj. Devotional music of Mrs. Mayurikanben is a special attraction of the
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