News & Activity Report for the Month of December 2010

Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad

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Yoga teaching through SIVA – Sivananda International Vedanta and Yoga Academy at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad offers daily yoga lessons for Beginners, Intermediate & Established yoga practitioners. The daily Yoga sessions start at early hours of dawn (5.30am) and continue through the day in different groups. In addition to regular Yoga teaching, during the month of December even more Yoga teaching was organized. 

Yoga teaching is one of the vital activities at the ashram. Ashram offers more extended programs in all areas of Spirituality, Health Wellness, and Personal Growth, with an emphasis on Yoga and Meditation, under the guidance of  Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj 

21st  Yoga Teachers Training Course (YTTC) - Three weeks (20 days) residential Yoga Teacher Training Course was organized under personal presence, guidance and supervision of Pujya Sri  Swami Adhyatmanandaji  Maharaj. It is designed to integrate all aspects of life; physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual - and help Sadhak finds inner peace and joy. Thirty two candidates enrolled and successfully completed the course. They were from USA, UK, Germany, Australia, South Africa. South Korea, Taiwan, Egypt and India. 

The team of Yoga teachers including  Revered  Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji, Dr. Mayur Patel (Diabetologist), Dr. Varsha Dave (Gynaecologist), Dr.Swetang Pancholi (Cardiologist), Dr. Amish Kshatriya (Orthopaedic Surgeon), Smt. Chidrupini Kshatriya (Dietician), Mrs. Roopa Majmudar (Philosopher & Reiki Grandmaster), Ms. Sangeeta Thawani (Educationist & Yoga Teacher) and Prof. Sri Suresh Patel (Management & Behavioral Science). At the end of three week learning tests both written and Practical were conducted and certificates were awarded by Mayor of Ahmedabad City, Sri Asit Vora. Yogi James Lo, President of Taiwan Yoga & Sports federation was awarded “YOGA RATNA” (Gem of yoga) award. 

743 rd Yoga camp (Dec 13, 2010 – Dec 22, 2010):   Ten days yoga, Meditation and Pranayam camp was also conducted by Revered Sri Swamiji. Four hundred and ninety students availed the education facilities at the Ashram. During the camp Dr. Mayur Patel gave illustrated discourse with slide show to educate and bring the awareness of early detection, management and treatment of Diabetes. All Yoga participants got their blood sugar tested also. 

Gita Jayanti:  Dec 17, 2010 was the holy Sri Gita Jayanti. It was on this day that Sanjaya narrated to King Dhritarashtra the dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna, and thus made the glorious teachings of the Lord available to us, and to people of the world, for all time. The message of the Bhagavad-Gita was given by the Lord Himself on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. The Gita shows a way to rise above the world of duality and the pairs of opposites, and to acquire eternal bliss and immortality. It is a gospel of action. It teaches performance of one's duty in society and a life of active struggle, keeping the inner being untouched by outer surroundings, and renouncing the fruits of actions as offerings unto the Lord. The Gita is a source of power and wisdom.

Gita Jayanti was celebrated in the Ashram with Gita Parayan (group recitation) led by Rev. Swamiji. Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj was invited at Samvit institute for Gita discourse where Sri Swami Viditatmanandaji Maharaj, Tatwa Tirth, Bopal, Sri Swami Som Samvitji Maharaj, Bikaner, and Rev. Dr. Gautam Patel brought the spot light upon the different aspects of the Gita. 

Sri  Dttatreya Jayanti ( Dec 20, 2010 ) On holy of Dattatreya Jayanti, a grand Laksharchana, Pooja, Sri Dattabavani chanting and  Sri Datta Yajana was performed at Sri Dattatreya Temple of the ashram.

 Lord Dattatreya - He was a supreme yogi. Like Dakshinamurti, He was the Adi-Guru, the primal world teacher. The name or word ‘Dattatreya’ is constituted of two terms, ‘Datta’ and ‘Atreya’. In Sanskrit, ‘Datta’ means one who is bestowed as a gift, and ‘Atreya’ is derived from the name of a great sage called Atri. The son of Atri is Atreya. A descendent of Atri also is Atreya. One, who is bestowed as a divine child on the great sage Atri, by the Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Siva themselves, is Dattatreya. Tradition holds that he was the divine child of sage Atri born to his famous consort Anasuya, the great queen of chastity, Anasuya Devi.

Christmas celebration - Holy Christmas celebration was very solemn and peaceful on X’mas eve. All YTTC students organized this function by decorating the alter and singing the carol etc, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji read out the Sermon on the mount. 

Through Sivananda Clinic at the ashram, patients with multiple medical problems are being treated on one to one bases. They are provided with expert instructions on yoga postures, breathing practices, relaxation techniques & meditation as a holistic way of healing. Thanks to Dr. Amin for his dedication & selfless services.  Healing through Reiki teaching and training sessions by Reiki Grand Master Mrs. Rupa Majmudar and Mr. Tapan Mankodi is also a part of regular activity.

Feeding to poor on 3rd of each month and grain distribution to needy on first Sunday of the month through Sri Vishvanath Sevakendra, Sri Gayatri Yajna and Sri Lalita sahasranama by Tamil Mahila Samaj on first Sunday of the month, weekly satsang on Wednesday Vedanta Vimarsh, Sri Gurupaduka poojan on Thursday, Sri Durga Saptasati parayan on Friday,  Sri Sundarkand Path on Saturday, Sunday – Satsang and Mrutyunjaya japa, Wednesday & Friday - went on as usual during the month of December  at the Ashram.

Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj’s Tour & Satsang during the month of December 2010   

Chandigarh:  (Dec 1, 2010 – Dec 3, 2010) Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj graced the city at famous Sood Bhavan. His discourse was organized on the subject of Meditation - It was attended by mammoth and august crowd of the city. Upon request of number of devotees, small group satsangs were organized in number of houses.

 Gandhinagar: On 14th Dec the Gujarat Kisan Samaj organized their 5th Sri Balaram Temple raising festival. Blood donation camp was inaugurated by Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj, and fruit bearing saplings were distributed to more than 2500 farmers and their family members. Sri Swamiji inspired one and all for blood donation & mass tree plantation – where He said that is the only easy solutions for Global Warming. 

Delhi: on Dec 5, 2010  Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj arrived in Delhi and had wonderful satsang at the residence of Sri Gopal Subramanium, Solicitor  General, Government of India and other Satsang at care Smt. Anita Srivastava and Sri Anjani Nandan Sharanji at Lodi road and in Sri Rajnish Kashyapji at Dwaraka. 

Karamsad: 140th annual day of Sri Santram Temple was celebrated at Karamsad, the very birth place of great son of Mother India, Sri Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel. Sri Swamiji lit the lamp and shared the words of wisdom.  All Sri Santram Mandir are known for “Akhand Kirtan & Akhand Kitchen”. 

Revered Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj is "in the pink" of His health and will be staying at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad in the month of January 2011. Sri Swamiji will attend Sri Swami Paramanandaji Maharaj’s Vedanta discourses during the entire month.  Om Shanti.

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