of H. H. Sri
Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj’s
Spiritual Tour to the West (USA, UK , EUROPE & Canada) Diamond Jubilee Year 2004- 2005
Concluding of Spiritual Tour ( November 3, 2004 - Dec 3,
the message of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and to live by it, is
the constant preoccupation of Sri. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. His Life and
each breath have been dedicated to spread the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Vedanta
through simple and practical teachings of
Gurudev Sri. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Gurumaharaj Sri.Swami
Wherever he went,
he talked about the
simple message of Sri. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj- “Serve, Love, Meditate &
Realize” and guidelines
of daily Sadhana through Gurudev’s “Twenty Spiritual Instructions”.
Devotees welcomed him here in the west for his simplicity, sincerity and love
for teaching Yoga way of life.
At Atlanta (Nov 3, 2004 - Nov 8, 2004) Report
by Sri.Ravi Ponangi. Swami Adhyatmanandaji’s Yoga classes reverberated in Atlanta: Free Yoga classes conducted by Swami
Adhyatmananda from Nov 4 – Nov 8 attracted many and the way Swami taught
yoga to participants still reverberating in the minds of all participants. Young, old and children from all walks of
life participated in these yoga
classes enthusiastically. People from diverse nations and cultures attended
these classes in big numbers as theAtlanta based news daily; Atlanta Constitution journal had
published a story on yoga with Swamiji’s bio just before Swami’s arrival inAtlanta. Hence yoga has caught up in a big way with the
people ofAtlanta. Dr. Prakash Desai, facilitator of Swamiji’s yoga
classes said to India Tribune, as a result of publication inAtlanta
Constitution, there were five to six missing calls
while answering a call from one yoga enthusiastic.Experienced a very hard time
to attend phone calls received from people who wanted to attend these yoga
classes, Dr. Desai added, there was overwhelming response, he said.Each day, morning and evening couple of hundreds that include house
holders, office goers, doctors, lawyers and business men throng to the five day
free yoga classes conducted by Swami Adhyatmananda set up at two locations one
at India Cultural and Religious center, Smyrna in the morning and another at
Global Mall on Jimmy Carter in the evenings. Participants had immersed
themselves in learning and practice of yoga.
Sri. Sai Sailendra inaugurated five-day
free yoga classes by lighting a traditional lamp at Global Mall on Thursday, Nov
4 Swami Adhyatmananda while addressing the participants said that
yoga is not a religious thing. Even while explaining the benefits of chanting OM, Swamiji said that chanting of OM would benefit to calm and energize the mind. In this,
no religion is involved. No doubt it has come from ancient Rishis of India. Swamiji said that it is only through Yoga that one
can attain mental and physical balance. Swami
Adhyatmanandaji’s yoga classes included flexibility exercises, yogic postures,
breathing exercises, relaxation methods, Surya namaskar postures, practice of
meditation, Pranayama etc. Candle light meditation by all participants was the
high light on the concluding day. Many participants told India Tribune that
Swamiji’s teaching of Yoga is filled with many useful tips and enjoyed the way
he took yoga classes with anecdotes. It’s a wonderful experience and we are
fortunate to get this opportunity, they said.
With Buddhist Monks
Swami Adhyatmananda visited Shree
Shakti Mandir at Lake
City and given a spiritual discourse. Swamiji has
also visited Hindu
Temple of Atlanta at Riverdale and addressed 200 strong children and
exhorted them to cultivate virtues and eradicate vices. Swamiji sang Swami
Sivananda’s famous song “Ramakrishna Govinda, Don’t smoke Govinda, It will
spoil Govinda, Krishna Rama Govinda” in chorus with children. The song
attracted the attention of both parents and children attended the meeting.
Swamiji has also visited the local Sri Swaminarayan mandir where he was received
with honor. Swamiji has addressed about 600 devotees of Swaminarayan samstha and spoke
at length about Swaminarayan movement and the importance of living to ideals of
Pramukh Swamiji maharaj. He also briefed his association with Sastryji Maharaj,
Pramukh Swamiji and others. Swami Adhyatmananda has also met visiting Buddhist
Celebration & Yoga Camp at Chicago (Nov 8, 2004
- Nov15, 2004)
Hindu Temple of Greater
Chicago hosted Rev. Swamiji’s seven days Yoga Camp in the morning 6.00am to
7.30 am. It was attended by a large number of yoga
including yoga teachers of all nationality. This time Swamiji not only took
preliminary flexibility exercises for the beginners but
also taught advanced Yogasana postures, Pranayama including Sivananda Pranayama,
Yoganidra, and Meditation techniques in detail at the request of others who are well
advanced in the yoga field. The program was extremely well received and very much appreciated by all participants. In
the evening Swamiji’s discourses were organized at various organizations
namely, Hari Om Mandir, Sri. Gayatri Parivar, Sri. Arbindo
Kendra, Swadhyay parivar
and Indian American Cultural center. As always, welcome satsang was held at
Spiritual Life Foundation, Oak Brook. Swamiji spoke on various subjects
stressing the importance of a life of moderation and daily Sadhana.
Diwali Rangoli (with dry
colorful powder) by Sri.Swami Adhyatmanandji Maharaj
It was a special Diwali
time and all were in festive mood. An artist in Swamiji created a beautiful rangoli.
That was a special treat for us. On Saturday, the very first day of a new year (Indian calendar),
Swamiji took part in a Grand Annkoot darshan and Aarati at Sri. Swaminarayana
Mandir (BAP’S). Swamiji’s one week stay here was completely filled and
hectic with home visits, home satangs, visit to ailing and sick devotees etc.
The day began at till 11.00 pmon most of the days. It's
a challenge for the host to keep up with his energy level.
Swamiji was invited to preside over two day long Yoga –Philosophy conference
organized at NortheasternUniversity
in Chicago and gave the keynote address. It was attended by a
group of faculty members of the university, including the dean and the head of the
department of Philosophy.
Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (HTGC)
With Yoga Students at Northeastern University, Chicago
Last day satsang was a special feast for devotees of having an hour long soul stirring Kirtan by Swamiji. Chicagobeing anchor and hub of his visits to the United States and Canada
since 1995, people of this city have great love
and regards for Swamiji and He does not need formal invitation for Chicago. Widely read
“India Tribune” newspaper carried
an article about Pujya Swamiji and his mission of spreading the message of Holy
Master Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
toCharlotte,North Carolina ( Nov 15, 2004 -Nov 17,
Nov 15, 2004 upon his arrival Smt. Bhavani sarkar, Sri.Shantanu Sarkar and Sri Pareshbhai Patel welcomed Swamiji Maharaj with
flowers and garland at the airport. Evening satsang and Padpuja were performed
by Bengali Samaj at Smt. Bhavani and Santanu Sarkar’s home. On Nov 16, 2004 a grand Satyanarayan pooja, archana, satsang and
Bhandara were organized at Sri. Paresh Patel’s home. Swami Sivanandaji’s
literature, jnana prasad, was distributed to the large gathering. During the two-days stay here, Swamiji was invited at many devotees
homes and businesses for his
grace and blessings. On early morning of Nov 17, 2004, Rev. Swamiji departed for Los Angeles for a week long program.
Los Angeles ( Nov 17,
-Nov 25, 2004 )
A week long Yoga Camp and series of
discourses were organized at famous Sanatan Mandir ofNorwalk,Cerritos. Because of the vast publicity by leading Indian news
papers such as India Post, India Journal, News Asia etc, a large number of yoga
enthusiasts attended the morning and evening yoga classes. All were benefited by
Rev. Swamiji’swisdom pouring out
in simple sharing with love and sincerity. Hindi discourses on the subject of
“Stress management through Self Management” captivated the crowd for all
seven days. Rev. Swamiji was invited for home visits, home satsnags as well as
business houses as usual. Special satsangs were also organized at Radha Raman
Temple and Senior Citizen Center
Thanks and congratulation to Smt.
Kalpana & Dr. Sri. Vinod Rana, Smt. Sachi & Dr. Hemendra Rana, Dr.
Rajendra Rana, Dr. Smt. Surekha Vashi and Sri. Bhikubhai Patel, President of
Sanatan Mandir for organizing the programs at Los Angeles.
stop at Chicago (Nov 25, 2004)
snow balls in season's first snow fall at Chicago
After a day’s break at Chicago, a last stop of this trip inUSA, Sri.
Swamiji departed forUKonNov 26, 2004. As always, at Chicago Swamiji
received warm welcome,
even nature joined by spreading white carpet welcome in the form of first snow fall of the season on Nov 25, “Thanks Giving Day”.
Holy "Tulsi Plant" was brought by Swamiji from Los Angeles and
planted by him at the last minute before going to airport and fulfilled a
of mother of the house. Many thanks
(Nov 27, 2004 –Nov 29, 2004)
On Nov 27, 2004 Sri. Swamiji was welcomed by devotees of Anoopam
Mission, “AMUK” at Heathrow airport. On Nov 27 & Nov 28 i.e. Saturday
and Sunday satsangs, house visits were organized at number of places namely at
Anoopam Mission, Sri. JalaramTemple on the occasion of 205th
Jalaram Jayanti and famous Sri. Swami Narayana (BAP’s) temple.Large
numbers of devotees hailed Rev. Sri. Swamiji and listened to his discourse at
Sri. Swami Narayan Mandir. Swamiji’s unity in diversity and equal reverence
for all saints, sages, cast, creed and people of all walks received a great
Famous house journal of
London, Gujarat Samachar hosted Rev. Swamiji’s discourse and question - answer session at Gujarat Samachar Bhavan. Sri. C. B. Patel, owner of the
weekly welcomed Swamiji and thanked him for his graceful presence.
& Lester ( Nov 30, 2004-Dec 2, 2004)
After spending three days at Bristol
(UK) and stop by visit to Lester Rev. Swamiji departed for Ahmedabad,India. AtBristol he stayed with late Sri. Pranjivan Tailor’s family.
Entire family was graced and blessed initially by late Sr. Swami
Vyankateshanandaji Maharaj and later on by the Most Worshipful and Rev. Sri.
Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.
For organizing this entire tour toUSA, UK,Canadaand Amsterdam of Rev. Swami Sri. Adhyatmannadaji
Maharaj, Sri Sivananda Ashram Ahmedabad and Sri. Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh is
highly thankful to all the organizers and devotees of Sri. Swamiji at all the centers.
bless them all.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
Report of Continuing of
Spiritual Tour ( October 1,
2004 - October 31, 2004 )
Camp at Coplay,Pennsylvania(Sept 26, 2004 – Oct 2, 2004)
It was continuation of Yoga camp
at Anoopam Mission up to
Oct 2, 2004. In the evening Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji’s
discourses based on Sri. Lord Swami Narayana’s life and teaching and from
Swami Gunatitanandaji’s teaching were of great attraction to the devotees. On
Oct 2, 2004 birthday anniversary of Pujya Bapuji, Mahatma Gandhiji, plantation of
trees was done by Sri Jashbhai and Pujya Swamiji at Lion gate of Anoopam Mission
campus. At conclusion of a week long yoga retreat a farewell satsnag was held in
the evening. After Swamiji’s discourse, devotional music, and cultural program
was organized and it was followed by dinner. Large number of devotees participated in the evening
festivity. On morning of Sunday, Oct 3 Swamiji was given sand off after prayer by
devotees of Anoopam Mission.
Tree Plantation by Sri. Jashbhai Saheb and
Pujya Swamiji at Anoopam Mission , Coplay
Montgomery andHartsfield,Pennsylvania(Oct 3, 2004 –Oct 4, 2004)
Coplay, Rev. Swamiji went to Bhartiya
Montgomery. A satsang was arranged here and was followed by
lunch. In the afternoon Swamiji addressed to the devotees and Balvihar children at the residence of Smt. Jankiben & Sri. Jayant Patel.
Evening satsang and dinner was organized at Padmaben’s residence at
Hartsfield. Sri. Swamiji visited number of family and sick people in the
vicinity area up to late night. On
Oct 4, 2004
morning Swamiji flew to German Town, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee (Oct 4, 2004 – Oct 7, 2004)
Memphis, Smt. Kusumben and her family received Rev. Swamiji.
Kusumben graduated from Yoga Teachers training course from Sivananda Ashram,
Ahmedabad. Smt. Mitaben and Dr.
Pravin Patel arranged a home satsang on his arrival at
Memphis. Next day morning, Swamiji had five hours long drive
to Laurel Mississippi, where Smt. Rupalben & Dr. Rajesh Patel organized a
public satsang at town hall which was followed by dinner. On Oct 6, 2004 evening
satsnag was organized in the hall by Mrs. Mystry and Mr. Minesh Patel at German
Tampa,Florida (Oct 7, 2004-Oct 13, 2004)
From Oct 7, 2004 - Oct 13,
2004 Rev. Swamiji’s
Yoga camp and evening discourses in the subject of “ In Search of the Soul”
were organized at Bharatiya Temple of Tampa, Florida. Dr. Gaurangi Patel and Dr.
Ramappa took great interest in organizing the program. Smt. Rashmi & Sri Ram
Jakhotia hosted Swamiji. Also Rev.
Swamiji graced many devotees home as well as went to
and consoled number of sick patients.
Camp at Winnipeg
,Canada (Oct 14, 2004 – Oct 23,
On invitation, of Sri. Suren
Mehta, during Holy Navratri, Swamiji went to Winnipeg
,Manitoba. As such, Swamiji
was planned to go to Haiti
but because of cyclone and natural calamities trip to
Winnipeg, with cooperation of Hindu Senior Citizen Center a
week long yoga camp was organized. The Yoga session was held in the morning as
well as in the evening on request of people. At night Swamiji gave heart
touching discourses upon “Stress management through Yoga”. A large number seekers
avail the benefit of
Swamiji’s teaching. Rev. Swamiji was invited to visit cardiovascular research
institute at Winnipeg
. Dr. Naransan Lagga, a surgeon and a research scholar
welcomed him there. Also Swamiji visited number of businesses and devotee’s
Yoga Camp at
Senior Citizen Center, Winnipeg
Smt. Chndrakalaben and Sri. Suren
Mehta, a host of Swamiji at
Winnipeg, learned Yoga from Swamiji in India
1982-1985 and they have been practicing since.
Houstonand Corpus Christi, Texas(Oct 23, 2004 – Nov 3, 2004)
Swamiji was received by Sri. Kanu
Patel and Vimu Patel in
Houston. Next day in the morning Sri Narendra and Sri Bhanu
Patel drove him to Corpus Christi. From Oct 24 - Oct 28 morning yoga session and
evening discourses on the subject of “Teaching of Gita” were organized at
On full moon day of Sri Sharad Purnima, group Satyanarayana Pooja was
performed by devotees. In his return back to
Houston, public discourses were organized on the subject of
“Gita in Daily life”, “Power of Mantra” and “Yoga of Synthesis of Swami Sivananda”. Smt Priya Shashtri, Smt. Vimuben & Sri. Kanubhai Patel organized the program at
Houston. From Houston Swamiji went to
of trees was done at various places.
Report of beginning of Spiritual Tour (Aug 30, 2004 - Sept 30, 2004 )
Aug 29, 2004
Bhajan sandhya was
arranged and devotees gathered at Sivanada Ashram to wish their beloved Swamiji
Maharaj on the eve of his departure for spiritual tour to the West. Smt. Aartiben Munshi, Shri.Saumilbhai Munshi and
Shri Shyamalbhai Munshi were the singer artists. At the conclusion of the
program 12.oo am
puja at the temple was performed just before Swamiji proceeded to the airport.
Also Swamiji Maharaj paid his respect to Paduka of Guru Maharaj by keeping them
on His head and took blessings of Pujya Dada Swami (Srimad Shankarananandaji)
Maharaj, Pujya Swami Guru Sewananadaji, Pujya Swami Bhakti Priyanandaji Mataji,
Revered Dadoo (Dr.Jagannath Moudgil Sahib). Many devotees joined him to the
airport to wish him safe journey.
Swamiji was received at
) by Yogiraj Shri
Kries Mannie Sing along with his son and friends. They drove him to Hag (
). Public Satsang and
discourses were organized at Hag during his stay there. Also Radio talks of
Swamiji were recorded on the subjects of Hindu religious festivals.
at Chicago (Sept 4, 2004 –Sept
Sept 4, 2004
Pujya Swamiji was
welcomed by Naik family at their home in Vedic traditional manner. At night,
welcome Satsang-Kirtan and continuation of Rev. Swamiji’s Diamond Jubilee celebration
was held which was followed by dinner. On
Sept 5, 2004 Pujya Swamiji was
invited to a function organized by Anoopam Mission in the morning from 9.00 am to12.oo pm. Pujya Sri and Revered Shri
Jashbhai Sahebji of Anoopam Mission and Shri Pujya Swami Hari Prasadji Maharaj
of Hari Dham were all present at the occasion.
the afternoon Rev. Sri Vedalankarji of Arya Samaj organized a satsang at Arya
Samaj Center of Chicago. In the evening Swamiji addressed to a large assembly of
devotees at newly inaugurated grand Shree Swaminarayan Mandir of BAPS institute.
Sept 6, 2004
Rev. Swamiji arrived at
Indiana. Morning Yoga session
and evening satsang were organized by Smt. Arunaben and Shri. Dineshbhai Patel.
of tree was done by
Swamiji at their home also. Special
Satsang and Satya Narayan Katha on the occasion of Janmashtami and 117th
Birthday Anniversary of Holy master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj were also
Detroit, Michigan (Sept 9, 2004 _ Sept
Sept 9, 2004
Detroit. Here Shri. Anil Lal and Smt. Meera Lal happily
welcomed Swamiji in their newly built home. Daily morning Yogasana classes and evening discourses in the multipurpose
hall of Indian
Hindu Religionwere held. Also at
the temple large number of devotees participated in Shree Vishnu Sahastranama
Yajna in which recitation of Shree Vishnu Sahasranama 108 times
for the peace of the departed souls of those who lost their lives three years
back in the crash of World Trade Center. It was concluded after twenty eight
Swamiji was present at the concluding ceremony and spoke on Glory of Vishnu
Swamiji was invited by devotees at their homes. Tree plantation was also done at
few devotees home.
, Canada(Sept 14, 2004 - Sept
morning Yoga classes were organized at two main temple namely Sanatan Dharma
) and Shree Laxmi Narayan temple (
) during a week stay in
Toronto. Evening discourses
were held at Shree
Temple and Swamiji spoke on
Glory of “Hanuman Chalisa". Satsangs were also organized in other
institutions namely Shree Vishnu Mandir and Shree Ganesh Mandir. Swamiji Maharaj
was invited for Bhiksha at many devotees’ homes.
was organized by hard work of Shri. Kamlesh Daveji, Shri.Kunjvihari Daveji, Shri. Bharatbhai
Tailor and Ms. Manjari Bhatt. Swamiji and Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad will
remain heartily indebted to Shri. Kamlesh Dave and his family, a main organizer and a host.
Media coverage was given to Swamiji’s program in leading Indian newspapers.
Toledo, Ohio(Sept 21, 2004 –Sept25,
Hindu Temple of Toledo organized Swamiji’s program. Acharya Shri Anant Dixitji
welcomed Pujya Swamiji & Premavadootji the disciple of Shri Rangavdootji
Maharaj, a Siddha Purusha of Nareshwer, Gujarat. Morning Yoga classes and evening discourses were well attended by
people of Toledo.
Dr.Arvindbhai Mistry & Shri Rajesh Laungani & Dr. Binaben Laugani hosted
(Sept 25, 2004-Sept
Jyotiben Joshi and Shri Dineshbhai Joshi received Pujya Swamiji at their home. A
public discourse at freehold (
) was organized by Smt.
26, 2004 – Oct 3, 2004)
Sept 26, 2004
Rev. Swamiji arrived
at Shree Swaminarayan
at Coplay, Pennsylvania. Here Swamiji Maharaj
was given warm welcome by H. H. Sri Jashbhai Sahebji, a Spiritual Head of Anoopam
Mission, Mogri (Vallabh Vidhyanagar, Anand). A week long Yogasana Classes in the
morning and Gita Pravachan in the evening were organized here. Rev. Shri
Shantibhai the personal Guru Bandhu of Sri Sahebji was present also. Devotees
from other parts of
also participated in
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