July 2-5: -- Vraj,
Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Muniji) and Pujya
Sant Shri Rameshbhai Oza (Bhaiji) graced the land of Vraj, Pennsylvania with their holy presences. There was a 5 day Shibir (camp) organized by
Vraj Temple and Shri Hasu Shah in which Pujya Bhaiji and Pujya
Swamiji gave pravachan (lectures), blessings, darshan and question-answer sessions. On July 5, Guru Purnima, there was a special, holy Guru Purnima celebration.
Swamiji and Pujya Bhaiji give their darshan and
inspiring words in the Tapovan at Vraj
5: -- Rishikesh,
Swamiji was in America, Guru Purnima was celebrated with great
joy, piety and gaiety at Parmarth Niketan. First, there was a
special puja in honor of the founding fathers of Parmarth
Niketan, including His Holiness Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji
Maharaj, His Holiness Pujya Swami Bhaganandji Maharaj, and His
Holiness Pujya Swami Dharmanandji Maharaj. This was followed
by a six-day continuous recitation of Ram Charit Manas Patha,
under the guidance of Mahamandaleshwar Pujya Swami
Asanganandji Maharaj. The celebrations culminated with divine
bhajan sandhya on the 6th night.
Six days after Guru
Purnima also marks the 36th Anniversary of the Nirvana (Maha
samadhi) day of Mahamandaleshwar Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji
The acharyas and
rishikumars from the gurukul performed the puja and other
8: -- New Jersey:
inauguration of their special Golden Jubilee Celebrations Led by
H.H. Pujya Swami
Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Bhaiji and Shri Lalit
Mansinghji (the Indian Ambassador to USA) lighting the inaugural lamp.
Then, Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Bhaiji, Shri Lalit Mansighji and
other dignitaries gave their blessings. After the special
inauguration, H.H. Pujya Swami Tejomayanandji began a Bhagwat
Training Camp was held in which nearly 50 student teachers
came to the holy banks of Mother Ganga and the lap of the
sacred Himalayas to learn the ancient science of teaching
yoga. There was training in the 8 limbs of yoga (ashtanga
yoga) including the detailed study of asanas, pranayama,
kriyas, and dhyan.
9: -- Princeton,
Pujya Swamiji gave a special lecture program for the Princeton students who had come to Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh in March (see
update for details).
15-16: - Louisville, Kentucky
Pujya Swamiji gave a
beautiful lecture on the Power of Mantra at the Hindu Temple
July 21-August 5
Pujya Swamiji was in London for two weeks, gracing everything ranging from people's homes, to weddings, to Kathas, to youth programs, with His presence and blessings.
From July 26-August 4 was the special
Hindu Youth Festival
organized by the youth of the UK. During the day, Pujya Bhaiji delivered katha and in the evenings there were special cultural, educational and spiritual programs for the youth. Pujya Swamiji gave pravachan during the
katha, as well as gave a special lecture for the youth on the importance of the 16
places sacred tilak on Pujya Bhaiji on the opening day
of the Bhagwat Katha
On August 1, there was a special release of
Pujya Swamiji's new book,
Grace in the Home: Wisdom for All Ages.
The book was printed by
Publications, the same wonderful devoted people who printed Pujya Swamiji's famous book,
Nectar. For more information about obtaining a copy of either of theses books, or for more information about His various publications,
Bhaiji opens the first official copy of Grace in the
Swamiji with Smt. Parvatiben, Shri
Shailesh and Smt. Shiela Solanki, the editors and
publishers of Garavi Gujarat/ Asian Marketing Group.
August 5-6: - Columbia, South Carolina
Pujya Swamiji spent 2 days in Columbia at the Academic Headquarters of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. The project is progressing rapidly and excellently.
August 11: - Pittsburgh
Back "home" at the
Hindu-Jain temple of which Pujya Swamiji is the founder, inspiration and Spiritual Head, He gave a special Janmashtami pravachan and graced the beautiful ceremony with His presence.
Swamiji delivers beautiful pravachan on Janmasthami
Swamiji performs aarti to the "newborn" (yet
always born) Bhagwan Krishna at midnight with Smt.
Krishna Sharma and Smt.
August 12: - Toronto:
At the home of divine soul
Smt. Nalini Lall,
there was a beautiful Janmasthami program. "Usually people go to temple to celebrate Janmasthami," Pujya Swamiji said. "Yet, here they have made their home a temple." In His inspiring and moving lecture, He spoke about how God will come to us if we are pure and devoted. "No packaging, no frills are necessary," He said. He used examples of the glamorous
Shurpanakha (Ravana's sister) who - despite her beauty and packaging - was rejected by the Lord, and divine Shabri, who - with no makeup, no glamour - was so pure that God Himself came to her house. He assured us that we must simply purify our hearts and dedicate our lives and then Bhagwan Krishna will take birth in our hearts.
August 12: - Rishikesh, India:
was celebrated with traditional joy at Pujya Swamiji's ashram,
Parmarth Niketan, although He was physically present in
Justice Shri Ashok Desai, the Chief Justice of
the Chief Guest. In addition to a special dance-drama of
"Meera Madhura," there was also a planting of sacred
Rudraksh trees on the ashram premises.
August 13: - Kitchener, Ontario:
At the home of divine soul
Chandra Singh, there was a beautiful
Pravachan and Bhajan program in which Pujya Swamiji enthralled
the audience with both His divine song as well as with His
14: - Detroit:
home of Smt. Madhvi
and Shri Viresh Doshi, Pujya Swamiji gave a beautiful
question-answer session in which He gave divine answers to the
numerous questions raised by adults, youth, Indians and
non-Indians. Several people in the audience commented on Pujya
Swamiji's remarkable ability to "give answers which speak
to every single individual person sitting in the audience,
regardless of age, religion or cultural background."
August 16-27:: Dharma Yatra across the Caribbean and USA. Pujya Swamiji will travel with
His Holiness Sri Shankaracharyaji Divyanand Teerth Maharaj
and other Dharma Gurus, spreading the message of
Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam and bringing the inspiration and wisdom of India to thousands of people.
18-31:: Hatha Yoga training camp at Parmarth Niketan. Write to Parmarth@aol.com to reserve
September 7-17: Dharma Yatra across Europe and Russia. Pujya Swamiji will travel with His Holiness Sri Shankaracharyaji Divyanand Teerth Maharaj and other Dharma Gurus, spreading the message of Vasudaiv Kutumbakam and bringing the inspiration and wisdom of India to thousands of people.
15-October 15: Purushottam Mas
month full of special, divine activities. Pandit Shri Madan
Mohan Shastriji will be delivering a month-long Bhagwat Katha
At Parmarth Niketan. Write to Parmarth@aol.com to reserve