News Report for the Month of September 2011

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Month of September was full of activities at the Ashram. It commenced with a satsang on 124th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj on Sept 8, 2011.  It was celebrated by devotees with great devotion at the Ashram. Early dawn began with silent meditation and prayer. Mid-day meal was served to Daridra Narayan in the under privilege area of the town by enthusiastic volunteers of the ashram. Shri Marutbhai Dave, Vice-President of the ashram took a lead, assisted by Shri Tejasbhai  Bhavsar and a team of caring people. In the evening an elaborated paduka poojan, satsang, bhajans and kirtans were organized under the privileged patronage of Revered Dr. M. J. Patani Saheb. 

95th Birth Anniversary of  Gurumaharaj H. H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj ( Sept 24, 2011).  A special satsang, paduka poojan, and poor feeding was done on Gurumaharaj Birth anniversary. 

Navaratri Festival or Devi worship ( Sept 28, 2011 – Oct  6, 2011) A holy Navaratri festival, ten days of Devi worship commenced on Sept 28, 2011. A group chanting of  Srimad Bhagvad Gita in the forenoon and Sri Durga Saptasati parayan in the afternoon followed by Garba at night. On Ashtami day havan & Kanya Pujan was performed. Nine days worship culminated on Oct 6, 2011 on Dassera day. 

Yoga camp for Advanced group (Sept 26, 2011 – Oct 5, 2011) A group of Yoga enthusiasts  from Sivananda Yoga Center of Taipei, Taiwan visited ashram for a special Yoga workshop. A special ten days of advance yoga-learning course was conducted under the guidance of Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj and Professor Yogi Parth from Ayurved University, Jamnagar.

A group of devotees from France & Germany headed by Mrs. Michelle participated in the festivity and yoga learning during the month of September at the ashram. They joined in the prayer meetings with enthusiasm and sang songs also in the praise of the Lord. 

A regular activities of the ashram; Yoga classes, Beginner’s Yoga Training, Reiki training, daily satsang, weekly satsang, special Vedant class, Chandipath, Sunderkand, Mrutyunjay Mantra Japa, Poor Feeding, Grocery distribution, Yoga therapy, Homeopathic treatment etc were carried out as usual during the month of  September. 

 Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj's satsang programs & tours during the month of September 2011

 Varanasi (Banaras) August 31, 2011 -Sept 11, 2011) Upon a very pleasant request of Sri Sri Maa Anandamayi ashram, Varanasi, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj visited Varanasi for Srimad Bhagavt Saptah. Thirty seven devotees from Gujarat join Sri Swamiji for this sacred spiritual feast.

On August 31, 2011 a devotee group together with Sri Swamiji arrived at Varanasi . The holy Bhagavat Katha commenced after traditional rituals on Sept 1, 2011 happened to be holy Sri Ganesh Chaturthi. Students and staff of Sri Sri Maa Anandamayi’s Kanya Peeth and devotees from Gujarat enjoyed thoroughly the entire eight days of satsang. Twice a day Pujya  Swamiji gave discourses on glories of the Lord from Srimad Bhagavatam accompanied by musicians. It was very enchanting and soul elevating week for all. Media coverage was given by news paper and TV Channel Aryan of the entire event. Revered Swamiji’s discourses were recorded and telecasted everyday for the benefit of people at large.

During his stay at Varanasi, Sri Swamiji paid homage to Lord Vishwanath Mahadev & performed holy Ganga Arati also. Sri Swamiji planted saplings in the famous Sri Ram Kund and Navgriha Vatika. Swamiji paid visit to Sri Sri Maa’s hospital and distributed fruits, biscuits for the ailing patients and the  medical staff.

Thanks to Revered Panu Brahmachari (Panu Da) for the invitation as well best arrangements of lodging and boarding of Sri Swamiji and the entire group of devotees from Gujarat.They return back to Ahmedabad on Sept 11, 2011. During the travel by train large group of devotees came for Sri Swamiji’s darshan at Lucknow railway station. 

 Dwarka (Sept  15, 2011) A group of devotees accompanied by Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji visited Sri Dwarkadhish temple in the early morning on September 15th.  Sri Swamiji paid homage to Revered Jagat Guru Shankaracharyaji Maharaj of Sri Sharda Peeth Dwarka as well he paid his honor to Revered Sri Mulshankar Bhatt Saheb, Principal of Primary School run by ACC works Dwarka. Sri Swamiji cherish his childhood memories of attending primary school education in Dwarka. Young boy Jatin ( Sri Swamiji) learned to see time in the clock from Sri  Bhatt Saheb.

Jamnagar - Upon very pressing invitation from Dr. Vikash Shinha Dean , M.P. Shah Medical College, Sri Swamiji visited Jamnagar on Sept 15th afternoon. Sri  Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj was invited to preside over convocation function of final year (M.B.B.S) students receiving their diplomas. Awards and  Gold medals were awarded to the all round best students by Sri Swamiji. 

In his convocation speech Sri Swamiji congratulated the graduate students for passing and receiving degree (M.B.B.S) for noble profession of serving the people. HE said that pour your heart in serving the living God with your expert knowledge where ever you may be established. Serve all, love all, be kind and be compassionate. Remember also our mother land India. Sri Swamiji sang most inspiring song of "Eighteen Ities" of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.

Serenity, regularity, absence of vanity,
Sincerity, simplicity, veracity,
Equanimity, fixity, non-irritability,
Adaptability, humility, tenacity,
Integrity, nobility, magnanimity,
Charity, generosity, purity.
Practice daily these eighteen 'ities',
You will soon attain immortality.
You cannot attain this in the university.
You can attain this in the Forest University.

 Sri Swamiji thanked to the Dean and staff of medical college for their wonderful gesture of  inviting Sri Swamiji Maharaj for this noble event. Dr. Viral Chhaya was the coordinator of the entire program and hosted Sri Swamiji and his team for the over night stay. A lovely satsang was organized at his home which will be cherished by all who attended the satsang.

Surat (Sept 16, 2011 - Sept 22, 2011) Sri Swami Adhyamanandaji Maharaj visited Surat for a weeklong program. Respected Mrs. Kokilaben and Sri Kiritbhai Marfatiaji hosted Swamiji and organized satsang. Devotees from Valsad and nearby cities visited Sri Swamiji during his stay at Surat. 

Mumbai ( Sept 23, 2011- Sept 24, 2011)- Si Swamiji was invited at Sri Adhyatma Vidya Bhavan of Sri Prem Puri Ashram, Mumbai. Pujya Swamiji gave two discourses on the subject of "Philosophy of Bhagavad Gita" based on the teaching of  holy Master H.H. Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.

 On Sept 24, 2011 Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj graced ‘Luv-kush’ Industry. Eighteen years ago as per instruction of  his Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, Pujya Swamiji did ground breaking ceremony for this industry. Prasad and token money were distributed to all employees of the Industry. Rev. Sri Swamiji Maharaj joined for holy Paduka Poojan at Sri Guru Mandir at Prabhadevi at midday.

Ahmedabad  On September 25, 2011 forenoon Heart Care Society of Ahmedabad organized a walk for Heart and a Symposium at the auditorium of Ahmedabad Management Association. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji was keynote speaker. In his speech Swamiji laid emphasis on a regular introspection. And daily practice of  Pranamyam & Meditation, a key to Blissful heart. "It surely can lead a person in healthy Heart Arena",  He said. 

On Sept 26, 2011 afternoon Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj addressed a grand assembly of corporate of Cadila Pharmaceuticals at Dholka. Sri Swamiji shared his views about “Human Elements in Public Administration”. Mr. Modi (MD) 0f Cadila Pharmaceuticals presided over the function. Tree plantation by Revered Swamiji Maharaj and others was done in the Cadila premises.

Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA - Annual week from Sept 26, 2011 to Sept 30, 2011) Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA) organized its Annual week  from Sept 26th -Sept 30th. Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj was one of the most favored speaker of the week. On Sept 27, 2011 Sri Swamiji shared his words of wisdom on the subject  of “Power of Communication”. The essence of the Swamiji’s speaking on this subject was that power of communication is a great tool one has. Positive thinking, positive attitude and positive behavior can make a great change in individual through body, mind & spirit connection. One can create heaven through proper communication or can make a hale for one self & others through the same tool. Spoken words can make a difference if it is reflected on your action and put into practice,  in and trough your daily interaction with the world. Right communication in the secular world is important but the Communication with your inner SELF is much more important. "Be in communication & Communion with your SELF, the ATMA", He said . Then it is easy to know right from wrong doing and only the right communication will reflect from your being.

OM Shanti !

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