News Report for the Month of April 2011

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Book Release "Amrut Putra" By Dr. Swamy & Sri Gunvant Shah( left)
Sri Yantra Puja - on the occasion of 10th Brahmotsav (middle)
Gujarat Divya Jivan Sammelan May 1, 2011(right )


Chitra Navratri & Sri Ramnavami Celebration ( April 4, 2011 – April 12, 2011) During Chaitra Navaratri Satsang were organized at Sri Sri Sri Asthalakshmi Bhavan, daily from 4.00pm to 7.00pm and a group recitation of “Sri Ram Charit Manas” which was lead by the priest of the temple along with Smt.Deviben Yogeshbhai Pandya from Bharuch. This religious festival was concluded on  Sri Ram Navmi day by celebrating the birth of Lord Sri Rama followed by distribution of holy Prasad


Sri Hanyman Jayanti Utsav ( April 18, 2011)  The Hanuman Jayanti Utsav  was celebrated at the Ashram. Maruti Yajna was performed with holy fire and chants by the priests of the temple along with twenty seven devotees who participated in performing the Yajna. Simultaneously the chanting from the holy scripts of  Sunderkand filled divine vibrations during the Yajna worship. The Yajna was concluded with Maha Arati of Lord Sri Hanumanji.


 YTTC ( April 7, 2011- April 26, 20110) Gujarat Government deputed Sixty one Physical Training Teachers from various parts of the state at the Ashram for Yoga learning. ‘Yoga Teachers Training Program’ was conducted under the direction and guidance of Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj.


With the prime support of Yoga Teacher Miss Sangita Thawani, along with other eminent faculties namely Dr.Varsha Dave (Gynecologist); Dr.Ina Patel (Pathologist); Dr.Ashok Nirvan (Physician); Dr.Amish Kshatriya( Orthopedics) Dr. Rajal Shukla (Ayurvedist); Dr.Khushali (Diabetologist); Smt.Chidrupini (Dietician); Pujya Sri Swami Muktanandji Maharaj (Patanjali Yog Sutra) and Prof. Suresh Patel(Management  Consultant) rendered their  services on this valuable YTTC program. The program added flavor with contribution from Sri Ramesh Tanna (Principal Editor, Gujart Times, New York), imparting teaching on Gujarati Literature. All the successful candidates were given certificate as Yoga Teachers recognized by the Gujarat University.


 10th Brahmotsav of Sri Ashtalaxmi Mandir & Sri Chidananda Dhyan Mandir On  April 29, 2011 Brahmotsava of Sri Sri Sri Ashta Laxmi Bhavan and Sri Swami Chidananda Yoga – Dhyan Mandir was celebrated at the Ashram in great enthusiasm with early morning Sri Yantra Pooja, Sri Navchandi Yajna, Bhandara and holy hymn singing in praise of God as mother from 9.30 am - 6.30 pm. The special dinner was served on the occasion of the Brahmotasav of Sri Sri Sri Ashtalakshmi Mataji.


Also Pujya Sri Swamiji is a centurion blood donor and the ashram maintained the tradition of organizing the blood donation camp in the campus of the Ashram and total 71 blood bags were collected by the Red Cross Society.


Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh Sammelan ( April 30, 2011 & May 1, 2011) Every year, at the ashram, devotees celebrate the birthday of  Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatamanandji Maharaj with great love and enthusiasm not the usual way by Bell, Bucce & Cake but  in satsnag with saints by serving Daridranarayas, organizing blood donation camp, feeding poor etc. This year, it was organized even more special way.Two days Gujarat Divya Jivan Sammelan (convention) was held in which people joined from all the branches of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh. The regional representatives from various centers viz. Vadodara; Bharuch; Ankleswar; Surat; Valsad; Rajkot; Jamnagar; Surendranagar; Bhavnagar; Morbi; Wankaner; Dhrangdhra; Khedbramha; Rampura; Laxmipura; Mumbai; Delhi; Lucknow; Hyderabad; Banglore;  attended the gathering with great enthusiasm and discussed the activities to run the individual center more creatively to serve the people keeping in front, the Mission of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Mahahraj. They all stayed at the Ashram and had memorable time in company of many saints and devotees.


On Saturday April 30, 2011, Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh organized Sri Swami Sri Chidananda Memorial lecture at Sindhu Bhavan, Ahmedabad from 5.30pm to 8.00pm. The eminent writer and thinker Sri Gunawant Shah (Vadodara) and the learned scholar and nationalist Dr. Subramaniam Swamy addressed the gathering in the jam-packed hall on the subject of “The current situation of our Country and our duties as a citizen of the country”. Both the speakers gave appropriate justice in their genius styles on the subject and received a huge applause from the audience.


Dr. Swamy is a graduate from prestigious Harvard university and has lot more degrees and countless awards to his credits. His speech was full of inspiration to all. He Said that today,  we suffer from wide spread corruption in the society causing unrest and chaos in the country. The people of our country have forgotten our ancient concept of Universal Religion. The money has been given undue importance and wrong index of social prestige by the people which must be discouraged by the youth of the society. We should elect our leaders based on their merits and sound character. They should be a Roll Model. Dr. Swamy emphasized in his speech that India has left great past and has inherited the rich tradition. Although our country has endured long slavery of nine hundred years under Moguls’ and English rule, India has capacity to give right direction to the world.


On  Sunday, May 1, 2011, Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh Sammelan continued at Sindhu Bhavan from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.  The subject matter of discussion was on “Dharma Raksha-Rashtra Raksha” H. H. Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj as President, chaired the discussion during the entire day. The eminent speakers were H H Swami Sri Adhyatmanandji Maharaj, H. H. Swami Sri Chidananda Saraswati Maharaj (from Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh), H. H. Swami Dr.  Muktanandji Maharaj (Alwar, Rajstahan), Eminent writer Sri Parmanand Gandhi and the Tax Consultant Sri Mukeshbhai Patel (Former President Gujarat Chamber of Commerce).


The essence was summarized by Sri Mukeshbhai Patel as below........................


"Dharma Raksha - Rashtra Raksha"

Social Point of View!
Some Thoughts to Ponder… By Mukesh Patel


We often talk of the crisis or challenges facing our country. Infact, what our country

is facing today is not a political, social or economic crisis… but, it is a crisis of Character!

The very foundations of ‘Character Building’ are ‘Faith in your Religion’ and ‘Love for your Nation.’

 In this context, the theme of today’s Conclave that ‘Dharma must be preserved to protect Rashtra’ is so aptly justified!

Why raise a Debate as to whether ‘Religion First or Country First?’ Infact, the twoshould go in harmony and not in conflict!

This thought provoking quote by Mahatma Gandhi needs to be pondered upon:

“There is undoubtedly a sense in which the statement is true, when I say that ‘I hold my Religion dearer than my Country and that,

therefore, I am a Hindu first and Nationalist after. I do not become on that score a less Nationalist than the best of them. I simply
thereby imply that the interests of my Country are identical with those of my Religion.”

Any Religious Faith or Patriotic Fervour, which is not embedded with love for humanity, can also not be acclaimed.

 In the words of Mahatma Gandhi again:

“The conception of my Patriotism is nothing, if it is not always, in every case without exception,

consistent with the broadest good of humanity at large. Not only that, but my
Religion and my Patriotism derived from my Religion embrace all life.

I want to realize brotherhood or identity not merely with the beings called human, but I want to realize identity with all Life,

 even with such things as crawl upon Earth. I want to realize identity with even the crawling things upon Earth,

 because we claim descent from the same God, and that being so,

 all Life in whatever form it appears must be essentially one.”


How ironical, that all Religions teach us Love, but People practice Hate in the name
of Religion! How lamentable, when Patriotism assumes form of a Religion which comes to be described as an egg from which wars are hatched!



On  May 2, 2011, the discourses were rendered in the campus of the Ashram in the evening by Revered holy mother Divya Swaroop Mataji (Sivanand Ashram, Kendrapada Orissa); H H Swami Sri Asanganandaji Maharaj (Gyan Vihar Ashram Heranj, Kheda); H H Swami Sri Chidambaranandji Maharaj (Chiddhyanam ashram, Mumbai) and H H Swami Sri Adhyatamanandji Maharaj.



Birthday Celebrations of  Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmannadaji Maharaj (May 3, 2011 ) Every year, at the ashram, devotees celebrate the birthday of  Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatamanandji Maharaj with great love and enthusiasm in a unique way, by serving Daridranarayas, organizing blood donation camp, feeding poor, organizing satsang with Mahatamas' Etc.


 In the early morning, the group prayer and meditation were organized under the guidance Sri Swamiji Maharaj. The Yoga teachers and the students felicitated Pujya Sri Swamiji on his birthday. Thereafter ‘Ayushya Homam” was performed by devotees together with Pujya Sri Swamiji.  About eighty one Sannyasyn were served Bhiksha at this occasion. The food grains were distributed to the underprivileged families in the city.  In the evening recreation program of Gujarati Songs was arranged in the campus of the ashram. Sri Nayan Pancholi and Kum. Himali Vyas  rendered their melodious voice. Sri Ankit Trivedi, a gujarati poet brought a special flavor at the evening function. The Dinner was organized for all devotees of the ashram.


Other News

  • On April 10, 2011  Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj addressed gathering on the annual community festival at Virat Wadi, Maninagar, Ahmedabad. Sri  Swamiji emphasized on significance of “Positive thinking in life to remove negativity stored in the mind and thereby to gain freedom from the negative approach in our life. Learn to adopt and appreciate virtues in others. Remain in happy state of mind under any circumstances in the life. Don’t afflict others by your words or action and keep the mental association with the almighty all the time. Sri Swamiji further said that this brief wisdom will help you lead happy life in old age and free from morose, misery and depression”

  • Eleven days incessant Ram Nam Japa chanting was organized to mark centenary memorial celebration in the honor of Pujya Sri Prembhikshuji Maharaj   in the campus of Jivaraj Mehta Hospital. On invitation from the organizers, on April 19, 2011 Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj, Pujya Sri Swami Muktanandji Maharaj (Alwar-Rajsthan) and Pujya Sri Swami Ramaswarupanandaji Maharaj (Sivanand Ashram, Rishikesh) attended the function. Sri Swami Muktanandji Maharaj rendered discourse on the significance of Japa Chanting in human life. H.H. Swami Sri Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj recalled the sweet joyful memories of his childhood witnessed with H.H. Sri Swami Prembhikshu Maharaj. Swamiji also sang melodious divine holy song on this occasion for enchantment of gathering of the devotees at the function. 

  • On April 22, 2011 Sri Tirupathi Balaji Temple on Gandhinagar Highway, celebrated the 5th ‘Brahmotsav’ festival of the temple. On this occasion Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj was invited as the distinguished guest. A special worship, the Garuda Poojan was performed and Flag was hosted on the temple.

  • On April 23, 2011,  One hundred and twenty five members of Institute of Material Management visited the Ashram. Pujya Sri  Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj addressed them on the subject  of ‘Key to Happiness’. Sri  Swamiji explained the causes of unhappiness in our day to day life. Along with Swamiji also narrated the ways to gain enduring happiness in our life. The dinner was served to the members of the institute after the meeting at the Ashram.


 Pujya Sri Swami Sri Adhyatmanandji Maharaj’s visit to various branches of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh during the Month of April 2011


Vadodara: (April 1, 2011 – April 5, 2011) On request of Gujarat Divyjivan Sangh and other devotees of  Pujya Sri Swami Adhytmanandaji Maharaj, Swamiji stayed in Vadodara for five days. Sri Swamiji stayed at the residence of Dr. Mrugank Merchant.  During his stay on sacred days of Chaitri Navratri,  chanting of  Sunderkand was performed and satsang were arranged .


Bharuch (April 3, 2011) Divya Jivan Sangh, Bharuch branch arranged a General Body Meeting at Smt. Labhuben Mistri Hospital. On invitation from the trustees,  Bharuch Branch, Pujya Sri Swami Adhytamanandji Maharaj and Sri Arun Oza, the Vice President and the Trustee attended the meeting at Bharuch.  After passing away of Sri Sumanbhai Desai, the new team has been working for the charitable hospital with enthusiasm and in the spirit of service to the society. With the due commitment of trustees, the hospital is extending its services to the underprivileged community and has been gaining the high reputation in the city. The activities at the hospital have been coordinated by Sri Yogesh Pandya.


Mehsana: April 12, 2011 A group of  devotees of Sivananda Ashram and Ramnavmi celebration committee jointly organized a ‘Shobha Yatra’ (The sacred  procession of Lord Sri Rama on a special chariot in the city followed by thousands of devotees) to celebrate the festival of Ram Navmi. The divine flag was waved by  Pujya Sri Swamiji  Mahahraj for commencing of the sacred procession. The procession was made memorable by the presence of eleven elephants, thirty horses; three hundred  camel carts and two hundred and fifty trucks. It was a long procession. The several saints also joined in the sacred procession and rendered spiritual discourses.  The procession traveled through the main roads of the city covering seven km of pilgrimage.  


Khed Brahma: Divya Jivan Sangh,  Khed Brahma branch along with  devotees of Sivanand ashram  from other centers like Laxmipura, Bhujpura organized Yajna for universal peace and renovation of the temple of ‘Sri Virsang Bapji’ . Pujya Sri Swamiji from our ashram attended the function along with Swami Sri Swaroopanandji Maharaj and the Vice President and the trustee Sri Arun Oza. After the function, they traveled to Nadri a near by town. Sri Swamiji addressed the gathering on this occasion. He appreciated the services for the humanity rendered by ‘Sri Virsang Bapji’. Sri Swamiji appealed to the youth of the town to eliminate the addiction of tobacco and alcohol and give focus on higher education.  He emphasized on education of girls and due respect  to mothers in our society. He further appeals to protect the environment and to maintain the balance of ecology.


Rajkot:  On ( April 27, 2011) ‘Amrut Mahotsav’ in the commemoration of prominent Social Worker  Sri Pravinbhai Maniar was organized in Sri Arvind Maniar Hall in the Jubilee Garden at Rajokot . Pujya Sri Swamiji attended the function on their humble request. He addressed the packed hall audience on this occasion. He rendered a meaningful talk in the area of the great treasure of our ancient scripture full of wisdom as a grand gift of our Indian Civilization which gives solace to humanity in the current stressful life style of mankind and perhaps the only solution visible for the enduring peace in the universe.

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