"Anand Utsav " - 63rd
Birthday Celebration (April
30, 2007- May 3, 2007)
H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj
With great devotion and enthusiasm devotees at Sivananda Ashram, A'bad, celebrated the birthday of their Beloved Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. As always, it was celebrated in a spiritual way with more Japa, Meditation and in the presence Holy Saints from May 1, 2007 to May 3, 2007. Each day began with group prayers in Brahmamuhurta (5.30am- 7.00am) Japa, candle light Tratak Kriya and Meditation in the ashram’s lawns, which followed a discourse by Revered Sri Dr. Swami Muktanandaji Maharaj of Alwar (Rajasthan) on the subject of Ashtang Yoga of Maharshi Patanjali. Also Maha Mrutyunjaya Mantra chanting was performed by devotees from 8-00 a.m. to 10-00 a.m.; 10-30 a.m. to 12 noon, 2-00 p.m. to 4-00 p.m. and 4-30 p.m. to 5-30 p.m. Devotees from all over Gujarat join in the celebration.
On May 1, 2007 evening, Ms. Diptiben Desai's vocal music received a great applause. Sri Tushar Shukla, a director of All India Radio, A'bad was key person for directing and presenting the evening function. It was simply wonderful evening.
On May 2, 2007 H. E. Governor of Gujarat Pandit Sri Nawal Kishore Sharmaji presided and graced the function held on Birthday Eve. It began with melodious devotional vocal music by globally known couple Smt. Vibhaben & Sri Rasbihari Desai and words of wisdom by Dr. Swami Muktanandaji Maharaj, Maha Mandleshwar Sri Dayananda Vedpathiji Maharaj and Revered Maa Kankeshwariji.
The highlight of the evening was honoring and awarding a few select group of individuals by H. E. Governor of Gujarat Sri Sharmaji for their selfless services dedicated to humanity. Fortunate and blessed such awardees were 1) Rev. Dr. Pankaj Shah (Manav Bhushan), Director, Cancer Hospital, Ahmedabad, 2) Sri Ramubhai Jilubha Jadeja, (Yoga Prachar Bhushan), Director Lakulish Yoga Institute, Bhavnagar, 3) Sri Harivadan P. Antani (Sivananda Ratna), Secretary, Divine Life Society, Rajkot, 4) Sri Sumantrai C. Desai (Sivananda Ratna), Secretary, Divine Life Society, Bharuch, 5) Shri Rasbihari Desai (Bhakti Sangeet Prachar Ratna) 6) Smt. Vibhaben Desai ( Sugam Sangeet Prachar Ratna) 7) Sri Sambhusingh Rajput (Seva Ratna) 8) Smt. Rupa Manish Majmudar (Seva Ratna), 9) Sri Suryakantbhai Chhantbar (Yoga Prachar Ratna)10) Dr. Snehal Amin (Yoga teacher and medical services) 11) Ms. Sangeeta Thawani (Yoga teacher) 12) Smt. Surekhaben Sonar.(Yoga Teacher)
In his speech H. E. Governor once again said, " Normally, I visit any institute once only, but it is not the same for Sivananda Ashram. I am very happy to say that this is my seventh visit in span of my two and half years of Gujarat Seva. The reason is that I come here to receive inspiration from Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. Swamiji’s ever shining face and vibrant personality is a source of inspiration and enlightenment to countless devotees of this institute and all over. The thirteen days long festival would not have been possible without participation and enthusiasm of the devotees. It shows the love and devotion you all have for Swamiji..
Sharmaji further added that I am delighted to award worthy individuals for their commitment to selfless services.. The wonderful seva works done through Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad is possible because of such sincere souls, who are striving and struggling to do best to the mankind. As Ahmedabad cancer hospital comes under Gujarat governor's jurisdiction and I know personally Dr. Pankaj Shah and his commitment, dedication and devotion. I can understand that all the awardees of today’s function are of the same category. Swamiji! Please be sure! My visit to this institute does not need any formality, it requires only the occasion, just inform me and I will be with you all, whole heartedly, because all of you exist to serve the mankind, something Bharatmata would love and cherish, which I too love and appreciate."
At night, there was a special program of devotional music by Dr. Monicaben Shah from 11-00 p.m. to 12-00am, which followed midnight meditation and a very special felicitation of Happy Birthday Greetings for beloved Swami Adhyatmanandji Maharaj. Sri Ramaben Hariyani gave a little speech on this occasion also. Prasad was distributed to a large number of devotees, who were present at that special hour of the holy night by the hands of Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj.
Birthday Celebration of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandji Maharaj In Slide Show
May 3, 2007 commenced with Greetings and felicitation to Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. Devotees together with Pujya Swamiji lead a procession chanting Harinam Sankirtan to Sri Vishwanath Temple. Aayushya Homam was performed for Rev. Sri Swamiji Maharaj's excellent health, long life and Sri Guru Krupa. After a special worship in the ashram temples and Holy Paduka Pooja (worship of sandals) of Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Gurubhagavan Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, a grand feast (Mahaprasad) was served to hundreds of devotees. On this special day about two hundred and fifty under privileged children of surrounding areas were fed Ladoo, Namkin, Fruits and milk.
Evening program commenced with devotional vocal music by Sri Nayan Pancholi. Blessings by Maha Mandleshwar Sri Dayananda Vedpathiji Maharaj, Sri Dr. Swami Muktanandaji Maharaj and cultural program by school children of Sri Narayan Guru Cultural mission.
The highlight of the evening was offering of Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj for His Master Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. The words can’t express Swamiji’s love and gratitude for His Master. Rev. Swamiji said, " Anything good happening here is only Sri Guru Bhagavan Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj's Will, Blessings and Grace. Any honour given to Swami Adhyatmananda is actually honor to Rev. Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Guru Bhagavan Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. They dwell and exist in each brick and tree of this Ashram. That is not just my words but my experience at each moment of my life. Hence, when you all come to the ashram try to feel their holy presence and receive their Grace. Feel blessed that we all are born when they too are moving, existing on the earth planet."
Ananda Utsav (May 1, 2007 - May 3, 2007)
Sivananda Ashram, A'bad invites you to join 63rdBirthday Celebration of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj, not the usual way with bell, bouquet and candle, but in a company of Learned Saints.
We pray to the Almighty Lord, Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji
Maharaj and Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj for Pujya Swamiji’s good
health and long life so that He could be a guiding light to seeking spiritual
Daily Sant Samagam, Satsang and JnanaYajna with Maha Mandleshwars have been organized from (April 30, 2007- May 3, 2007)
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Diwali Prasad booklet - "Kanakdhara Stotram" ( Sanskrit/ Gujarati/ English)
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
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