News & Activity Report for the Month of February  2010

Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad

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Mahashivratri Celebration ( Feb 12, 2010 )  Chants of "Om Namah Shivaya" charged the air of Sivananda Ashram with Divine Vibrations as they celebrated Sacred Maha Shivratri on Feb 12, 2010 Holy Shri Vishwanath Temple was agog with worship of Lord Shiva, – a Lord, who conquers Death. The Siva Lingam was worshipped (began at 4.00 am on Feb 12, 2010 until 5.00am on next day Feb 13, 2010) by washing it with milk, curd, honey and rose water etc as the chants of Vedic Hymns, Namakam, Chamakam, Rudram in praise of Siva continued for twenty five hours by devotees. Siva Lingam was adorned a special Shringar and Abhisheka and sacred Bilva leaves were offered. Two Laghurudra, eleven Rudries and prahar puja offered to the Lord. There was a steady flow of devotees came for the darshan and seek the blessings of the Lord Shiva from far and wide.Continuous Bhakti Sangeet (devotional songs) from 5.00 pm - 5.00am next day added a special fervor to the festivity of Shivarati Utsava. Bhasma Aarti performed at the dusk and at mid-night. Next day on Feb 13, 2007 Maha Prasad was served to all the devotees. 

742nd Yoga Camp ( Feb 24, 2010  - March 5, 2010) Yoga camp was organized by Maninagar Medical association in collaboration with Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. It was opened to all at city’s famous Kankaria Talav, on lake garden ground. Large number of people, young and old, beginners and advanced Yoga practitioners participated and got benefited.

On Feb 21, 2010 Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji returned back to the Ashram from his South Africa tour( via Delhi & Haridwar).

As always, the executive Samitee meetings were held on 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji attended the second meeting on his return from South Africa tour. The upcoming religious events and other ashram’s activities were planned out in this meeting.

 This month about two hundred and ninety new students joined the morning Yoga & Meditation classes for the beginners and about twenty two people participated in Reiki training for Level I and II. Also service rendered through Sivananda Clinic in holistic approach. Food for Children through Narayana Seva, monthly grain distribution to forty needy families through Vishwanath Sewa Kendra, Daily Satsang & Puja Archana in the temples carried out as usual. Friday group Sri Durga Saptasati Parayan, Saturday group recitation of Sunderkand and Friday Vedant Vimarsh Varg, Gayatri Yajna on first Sunday, Sri Satyanarayan Vrat Katha (on purnima day) and Sri Lalita Sahasranam Parayana were performed.

Other News

Delhi - on Feb 16, 2010 Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji had stop by visit at Delhi on his return from South Africa. He was received by Mrs. Raj Sudan and Lt. Col. Dr. Madhu Sudan and had  paid visit to Sri Sanjay Mehta’s home also. At late night Swamiji left to Haridwar. 

Haridwar- A group of twenty people from Sivananda Yoga Studio, Taiwan joined Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji  to Haridwar. They all stayed for five days at Sri Ganga Swaroop Ashram. Morning  prayers, meditation, satsang, yoga sessions, Reiki, Sankh Prakshalan, visit to Mahatmas were organized during the short stay at Haridwar. Yogi James Lo, Yoga teacher Ms. Sangeeta and Reiki teacher Mrs. Rupa Majmudar assisted Sri Swamiji Maharaj for conducting the course. The group visited holy Sri Sivananda Ashram( Rishikesh), Sri Vasistha Gufa (Cave), Sri Parmarth Niketan, Sri Bharat Mata Mandir and Juna Pithadhiswar Acharya Mandeleshwar Sri Swami Avadeshanandaji Maharaj also. From Haridwar the group went to Varanashi and Sri Swamiji returned back to Ashram on Feb 21, 2010.

On Feb 21, 2010 Golden Jubilee festival of Nrutya Bharati Institute of Kalaguru Ilakshiben and her son, Nrutyakala expert, Sri Chandan Thakore was celebrated in presence of Sri  Swami Adhyatmanandaji .

Bhavnagar- Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji and Sri Arunbhai Oza made a short visit to Bhavnagar on learning the delicate health condition of Dr. Narendrabhai Joshi's wife. Sri Narendrabhai has served Amreli branch of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh as a president. Also Sri Ashokbhai Baxi parivar was blessed by Swamiji's visit to their home.

Continuation of Spiritual tour of Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji to South Africa ( Jan 17, 2010 - Feb 15, 2010 )

East London ( Jan 27, 2010 – Jan 28, 2010 )- From Hutenhage Sri Swamiji arrived to East London by car with Mr. Mahipal Backer and Sri Rameshbhai, treasurer of Sri Rameshwar Mahadev temple of Nelasia, Johannesburg. Satsangs were organized in the Hindu Society’s auditorium for two days and  Sri Swamiji conducted yoga session in the afternoon of Jan 27, 2010. Tree plantation was done at number of places. Sri Swami was happy to see that people in far land are preserving the rich culture and heritage of mother India. He also encouraged all to speak your own language with children at home. Swamiji left for Marlboro on Jan 29, 2010.

Malboro (Jan 29, 2010 - Jan 30, 2010) Revered Sri  Swami Adhyatmanandaji was accorded a warm welcome here in Malboro. Swamiji with a group of devotees  visited Revered Nelson Mandela’s house and foundation. Rev. Swamiji greeted him in mutual reverence.

Sandton Seva Samaj organized tree plantation. School children with Sri Swamiji planted trees in the large premises of Seva Samaj. On Jan 30, 2010 evening public meeting was organized where all religion meet and prayer were organized on the occasion of Pujya Bapu Mahatma Gandhiji’s Punya tithi. Revered Swamiji, Revered Father Josheph, Revered Mullah Sabbir Ahmed, temple priest Sri Sanjay Shukla and others addressed the meeting. During His stay at Malboro Sri Swamiji addressed number of gatherings in school and in the temples.

May Fare (Jan 31, 2010 –Feb 1, 2010) Society for cultural heritage of India organized three hours long yoga workshop of Sri Swami Maharaj in the forenoon of Jan 31, 2010. There were two public meetings were organized on Jan 31st & Feb 1st and Swamiji spoke on the subject of “Sharing the Eternal Unchanging Values of the Yore” and “Cultural Heritage of Ancient India and its Application in modern way of Life”. Sri Swamiji was invited by HDH Sri Pramukh Swamiji Maharaja’s of BAPS institute at May Fare, which was attended by mammoth gathering.  Sri Swamiji delivered two discourses at May Fare Hindu Cultural Society on the subject of  "Shiv Tattwa" and "In tune with infinite". There were many devotees of Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj at Marlboro, East London and May fare. They all were happy to have darshan and satsang of Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji. 

Benoni ( Feb 2, 2010 – Feb 4, 2010 ) Sri Ved Vidya Mandir at Benoni organized  three days morning yoga sessions and evening satsang on subject of “Navadha Bhakti”. Residential Sri Acharya Mahendra Mishra and his team worked very hard for making Sri Swamiji’s visit very useful to all. Sri Swamiji was invited to home visit by devotees. During his stay, Sri Swamiji visited “Fo Guang Shan, Man Hua Temple” by Taiwan group of Buddhisim. 

Nelasia ( Feb 5, 2010 – Feb 11, 2010) Holy Sri Rameshwar Mahadev Mandir Trust organized Shivpuran Katha. Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji was on Vyasapith. Sri Swamiji Maharaj graced the holy Shivratri festival also. During his stay here, he addressed school children of education faculties of Transwal united Patidar Society. Tree plantation was done in the school premises by Swamiji. Also Radio talks, home satsang were held. Sri Swamiji visited famous Tolstoy farm of Pujya Bapu Mahatma Gandhiji’s residence at Johannesburg. 

Swamiji was received warmly everywhere He went during His tour to South Africa and  People have requested Him to return back soon. 

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