H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)
November-December 2006


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December 31 - January 1 -- Rishikesh
Shri Lal Krishna Advaniji, the former deputy Prime-Minister and current leader of the opposition (head of the BJP party) came to Parmarth Niketan ashram, Rishikesh, Himalayas, with his entire family to spend new year's eve on the holy banks of Mother Ganga. He was overwhelmed to experience the divine Ganga Aarati led by H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, President and Spiritual Head of Parmarth Niketan. He said, "This is the most precious and inspirational moment of my life!"

Shri Advaniji and his family perform purnahuti of the yagna with Pujya Swamiji
on the banks of Ganga at Parmarth Niketan's Ganga Ghat


Shri Advaniji and his family take part in Parmarth's daily evening Ganga Yagna and Aarti. Following Aarti Pujya Swamiji gave New Year's blessings and Shri Advaniji shared beautiful and inspiring words. Pujya Swamiji gave Shri Advaniji and Smt. Kamla Advaniji Ganga Jal, a special flower garland and a beautiful Ganeshji murti.


Pujya Swamiji gave a beautiful message on the occasion, He said, "This time of the new year eve is a very important time for all of us. This is the time to introspect and to offer all our mistakes, grudges and animosities to the Divine Mother Ganga and cleanse ourselves of all impurities. Ganga touches our hearts and cleanses our minds irrespective of our physical distance from Her."

Shri Advaniji spoke about the importance of Ganga and deeply appreciated Pujya Swamiji for the divine magic He has created here at Parmarth, through the aarti, through the gurukul and through the ashram.






Pujya Swamiji blesses Shri Advaniji that he may maintain excellent health and strength to continue his great service to India and to Indian culture and tradition.






On the New Year day, just before the sun rose, Pujya Swamiji took His daily morning walk through the Himalayan jungles with the rishikumars from the Parmarth Gurukul.

Respected Advaniji also joined the beautiful procession. It was incredible to see that, even though he is nearly 80 years old, he hiked the entire trail and is in excellent physical shape.

Along the walk, we had the opportunity to listen to the beautiful stories of his dedicated parents and family and how he came to be filled with so much devotion and commitment to the land, the people and the culture of Mother India.




Following breakfast, Shri Advaniji and his family distributed shawls to the rishikumars and acharyas and Pujya Swamiji blessed him with a sacred rudraksh mala.

(left) Lighting a candle for the New Year (right) distribution of clothes to the rishikumars


Pujya Swamiji gives Shri Advaniji a sacred rudraksh mala


A special puja was held on the banks of Mother Ganga to welcome in the New Year. Shri Advaniji and his wife, Smt. Kamalaji, their daughter Pratibhaji, their son, Shri Jayant ji and his wife Geetikaji and other guests and residents of Parmarth performed sacred Ganga Aarti and puja led by Pujya Swamiji.



Sadhvi Abhaji led a special prayer of "Itni Shakti hame dena daata", followed by special flower offerings, puja and aarti on the banks of Mother Ganga to herald in the New Year.






Shri Advaniji exclaimed with tears in his eyes,

"The beginning of 2007 and the end of 2006 were so wonderful that they are engraved on my consciousness for ever!"






November 1 -- New Jersey
Pujya Swamiji gave satsang at the home of Dr. Hemant Patel, President-Elect of AAPI (American Association of Physicians from India). It was a beautiful satsang, the audience filled with Indian doctors living and working in USA.  Dr. Hemantbhai requested Pujya Swamiji to speak on the opening of the AAPI convention in Philadelphia on May 10, 2007 and Pujya Swamiji agreed.

November 2-3 -- Louisville, Kentucky
Pujya Swamiji travelled for 2 days to Louisville, KY where He gave a beautiful lecture at the Hindu Temple of Kentucky in Louisville, organized by Taranginiben/Chandrakantbhai Patel and Rekhaben/Atulbhai Mashruwala

November 4-5 -- Tampa, Florida
Pujya Swamiji spent the day in Tampa, Florida at the home of Bellaben and Yogeshbhai Patel. A beautiful satsang was organized at home, and the following day they took Pujya Swamiji to see a garden of hydroponic plantation. As we have a large rural development and organic gardening program in Rishikesh, they thought that He would like to see the amazing growth potential with hydroponics.

On the garden where we went to visit, on a mere 1/2 acre of land there were approximately 20,000 plants, using a total of less water per day than the average family of four!

Pujya Swamiji was very impressed by the technology and immediately had visions of being able to help poor farmers produce even more crops with less water and without any use of chemicals/pesticides, etc;  when Bellaben & Yogeshbhai came to Rishikesh in December they brought the first trail stacker for our Veerpur garden.

In Veerpur we have huge organic vegetable gardens and also plans for ayurvedic medicinal plants. Pujya Swamiji is committed to bringing the concept of organics to the area, not only for the health of the people but mostly for health of Mother Ganga, into whom all the runoff from the fields eventually goes.


Pujya Swamiji visits the hydroponic garden with Bellaben and Yogeshbhai.




November 13 -- Haridwar, India
Pujya Swamiji was a special guest at the bhoomi puja (ground-breaking) ceremony of the Patanjali Yog Vidyapeeth with Pujya Swami Ram Devji.


Pujya Swamiji with Pujya Swami Ramdevji


November 18 -- Rishikesh, India
Pujya Swamiji was a special guest speaker at the Shantimandir program held in Rishikesh. Led by Gabriella Lavorgna of Italy, a special East Meets West program was held for 3 days with lectures and evening musical programs. Pujya Swamiji inaugurated the event and gave a beautiful talk on what happens when East Meets West within ourselves - what does the East have to offer and what does the West have to offer, and how we can truly find the unity and union of these two within our own beings.

(left) Pujya Swamiji lights the inaugural lamp with Ravindra Jain, the famous musician. (right) Pujya Swamiji gives His blessings on the occasion



(left) Pujya Swamiji blesses Ravindra Jain (right) A special shawl is given to the Italian leader, Gabriella


November 19 -- Rishikesh, India
Ulrich Maybach, of the Maybach corporation, came to Rishikesh with his fiance Teresa. Pujya Swamiji had met them at the United Nations' Summit in New York (see www.parmarth.org/updates/october2006) and they decided to come to Rishikesh on their trip to India.  They were so happy to see the divine atmosphere and to take part in the beautiful Ganga Aarti.


November 20 -- Rishikesh, India
Miss Earth, Niharika Singh came to Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh to take part in the divine, world famous Ganga Aarti. Prior to the aarti, she met with Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (President of Parmarth Niketan) and had his satsang.  Then, along with Pujya Swamiji and the Honorable Former Governor of Mizoram Shri Amolakh Rai Kohliji, she proceeded to the holy banks of the Ganga to the sounds of Vedic chanting by the young rishikumars at the Parmarth Gurukul. She took part in the purnahuti of the yagna, the Ganga Aarti as well as the sankirtan led by Pujya Swamiji, and finally the sacred flower offering (pushpanjali) ceremony. Pujya Swamiji also blessed her with a special shawl for her great work in using her role as Miss Earth to lead and guide young people around the globe on a path of righteousness, integrity, purity and service.  She seemed truly touched by the beautiful aarti ceremony as she closed her eyes, prayed and sang along in the kirtan.


After the aarti, she returned to Pujya Swamiji�s jyopri (bamboo hut) where Pujya Swamiji gave satsang. She was together in the satsang with the Honorable former Governor of Mizoram, other distinguished officials and also a group of over 100 people who had come from Italy on an �East meets West� pilgrimage



(left) at Aarti; (right) in Pujya Swamiji's jyopri in satsang



November 23 -- Veerpur, Rishikesh,
Just near the location of our new gurukul in Veerpur, there is a small school currently existing. We sponsored a computer center there, which was opened by Pujya Swamiji's hands on the 23rd November. During the visit, He also gave blessings to all the students as well as distributed clothes.





November 24 -- Rishikesh, India
Kali Ray, the founder of the famous Tri-Yoga system of yoga, based in Malibu, California, USA came to Rishikesh with a group of students as part of their yoga in India tour. They all took part in the Ganga Yagna and Ganga Aarti and had a beautiful satsang with Pujya Swamiji after the aarti in which He explained so much about the deep meaning of yoga and how we can apply it to our daily lives, how our yoga can change the very nature of our beings and not just the muscles and bones of our body.  



Kali Ray and her group of students from USA and other countries abroad perform Ganga Yagna and Aarti at Parmarth



November 25 - December 15 - Rishikesh
An Encyclopedia of Hinduism editorial conference was held at Rishikesh, led by Dr. Kapil Kapoorji, Executive Editor - India and former Vice-Chancellor JNU University, New Delhi. For nearly 3 weeks, the team of scholars performed final review of articles for this monumental work which is nearing completion.

We expect that by the end of 2007 this monumental, Herculean task, which has involved over 1200 scholars from across the world, will be in hands of the waiting world.


Pujya Swamiji offers special blessings to Dr. Kapil Kapoor and his team as well as to our dedicated Encyclopedia sevaks,
Parimal, Thea and Roma



November 28 -- Rishikesh

The Government of the State of Uttranchal hosted the first Asian Mayors Conference attended by hundreds of mayors of large and small cities from across Asia.  To give the Mayors a true, cultural, divine experience, the Government of Uttranchal organized for the mayors to come to Parmarth Niketan to take part in the divine Ganga Aarti and yagna and to have satsang with Pujya Swamiji, followed by a beautiful dinner in Parmarth's garden. The Mayors were so touched by the experience that they all pledged to come back again soon.







Sadhvi Abhaji offers a shawl to Smt. Manorama Sharmaji, Mayor of Dehradun

November 30 -- Delhi
Pujya Swamiji gave a special satsang program at the  home of Shri H.L. Somanyji, the Patriarch of Somany tiles. It was the special occasion of Gita Jayanti (the "birthday" of the Bhagavad Gita) and He gave a beautiful talk on the meaning and message of the Gita. Further, it also was Shri Somanyji's birthday and Pujya Swamiji gave him special blessings.









December 1-2 - Pondicherry
Pujya Swamiji travelled down to the tsunami areas again to see the progress on the work we are doing (see www.projecthope-tsunami.org for details of the projects).  There are 2 main projects underway at the moment. One is a home for orphans and widowed/abandoned ladies in Cuddalore. This is nearly complete and ready for inauguration. We have built dormitory rooms for the orphans, school rooms, a computer center and also a vocational training center for the ladies.  We have also built 100 new permanent homes in village Pannithittu in Pondicherry and are now building a community center, vocational training center, primary medical center, and more.  During Pujya Swamiji's visit He was invited for breakfast with the new Lt. Governor of Pondicherry, Shri Mukut Mithi.





December 4 - Mumbai and Amby Valley
Pujya Swamiji was in Mumbai on the morning of December 4, and Pujya Sri Shankaracharyaji, Kanchi Kaam Koti was also in Mumbai, so Pujya Swamiji and Shri Ashok Hindujaji went together to have the darshan of Pujya Sri Shankaracharyaji.



Pujya Swamiji and Shri Ashok Hindujaji with Pujya Sri Shankaracharyaji


Pujya Swamiji then traveled to Amby Valley, he beautiful land between Mumbai and Pune, where He graced the wedding of divine soul Aditi Shahra, daughter of the Shahra family (National Steel, Ruchi company) with His presence.







Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Swami Pragyananandji with the bride and groom and their families


December  - Rishikesh

So many families came from abroad to celebrate the holidays on the holy banks of Mother Ganga.

  • Bellaben and Yogeshbhai Patel came from Tampa, Florida for Pujya Swamiji's darshan and also to help start the organic hydroponic garden in Veerpur. While here, they distributed clothes to the rishikumars and the sevaks at the ashram as well as to those in Veerpur. 

  • Jay and Susie Shah came with their children Avi and Aryana, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA;

  • Dawn and Clive Baillie came with their children Paris and Paloma from Los Angeles, California, USA;

  • Dr. Ramanbhai and Shakuntalaben Patel came from Winnipeg, Canada;

  • Hikaru Hashimoto came with his family from Japan;

  • Smitaben and Mahendrabhai Patel came with their son Anuj from Louisville, Kentucky, USA

  • Giridhari Whabi came with his son, daughter-in-law and grandson from Abu Dhabi, UAE

Pujya Swamiji & Yogeshbhai inaugurate the new hydroponic stacker; Pujya Swamiji distributes sweets


Pujya Swamiji hands Bellaben the first organic broccoli

Distribution of clothes to sevaks and rishikumars


Pujya Swamiji always tells people to make their holidays into holy days and He was so impressed and happy to have so many people take this truly to heart and come and spend their holidays here in Rishikesh, particularly families with children who brought the children to give them a taste of culture, heritage and spirituality during their holidays.



clockwise from top: Dr. Ramanbhai and Smt. Shakutalaben perform Ganga Aarti; Pujya Swamiji with Paris & Paloma Baillie and Shivani; Pujya Swamiji with Avi and Aryana Shah.



On the banks of Ganga in Veerpur; distributing new shoes to the Veerpur rishikumars

Shri Bhisham Agnihotri the former Ambassador-at-Large for the Government of India and an esteemed lawyer, professor, writer and thinker as well as a member of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism's editorial board came to Rishikesh during his time in India to have Pujya Swamiji's darshan.

Pujya Swamiji with Shri B.K. Agnihotriji




Performing Aarti and Yagna on the banks of Mother Ganga; Pujya Swamiji blesses Mona Hashimoto, Hikaru's daughter



December 5 - Delhi
There was a special Kailash-Mansarovar Sammelan on the 4-6 December and Pujya Swamiji graced the occasion on December 5.

December 9 - Haridwar
His Excellency, the President of India came to the convocation ceremony at Shantikunj University in Haridwar. Pujya Swamiji was invited as a special guest

Pujya Swamiji and His Excellency the President of India greet each other at the ceremony


Pujya Swamiji with His Excellency the President of India, His Excellency the Governor of Uttranchal, the Honorable Chief Minister of Uttranchal and Pujya Dr. Pranav Pandyaji

After the program, Pujya Swamiji sat with Pujya Dr. Pranav Pandyaji, the head of the Gayatri Parivar and Shantikunj ashram. They discussed so many ideas about bringing spiritual and cultural education to students in Uttranchal.


December 9 - Rishikesh
Captain Gopinath, the Managing Director/owner of Air Deccan came to Rishikesh for divine Ganga Aarti and he brought with him Mr. John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer of Airbus and Kiran Rao, Senior V.P. of Airbus, as well as John's wife Mrs. Grace Leahy. They all took part in the divine Ganga Aarti and yagna with Pujya Swamiji and the ashram.


John and Grace Leahy, Kiran Rao and Capt. Gopinath perform the Ganga Aarti; Pujya Swamiji blesses them all with special shawls and Ganga Jal.




December 14 -- Rishikesh
On December 14 was the special and sacred day of the sacred thread (janeo sanskar) ceremony for the new batch of rishikumars.

According to ancient Indian tradition, young children (typically boys) undergo this important rite of passage prior to the beginning of their scriptural study.

It is a beautiful ceremony which concludes by getting the sacred mantra whispered into their ear by the Guru, Pujya Swamiji.

Prior to receiving their mantra, after their puja, they all sat together in yagna with Pujya Swamiji and performed a special yagna, followed by the recitation of the Gayatri Mantra eleven times.

See www.parmarth.org/sanskaras.htm for details of the meaning of this and other traditional rites of passage.






Pujya Swamiji performs yagna with the rishikumars prior to giving them the sacred Guru mantra






(left) Pujya Swamiji and the rishikumars take sankalp (vows) on the banks of Ganga;
(right) Pujya Swamiji whispers the sacred mantra into each child's ear



There was also a huge bhandara on the Ganga ghat for all the rishikumars on the holy banks of Mother Ganga.




December 14 -- Dehradun and Rishikesh
Hon. Shri C.M. Bhandariji, the High Commissioner of India to United Arab Emirates came back to his home in Dehradun for the 1st anniversary puja of the passing of his beloved and respected Mother. Pujya Swamiji went to Dehradun to bless the puja with His presence and words, and then Shri C.M. Bhandariji came with his family to Parmarth for the divine Ganga yagna and aarti, and to spend the night on the holy banks of Mother Ganga.

Shri CM Bhandariji performs Ganga Aarti and receives a shawl and Ganga jal
as blessings from Pujya Swamiji


December 14 -- Rishikesh
A young girl, Indu, who had been adopted at Parmarth many years ago was given away as a bride today. It was the first "dharma-kanya" to leave from the ashram into married life. She was given in marriage to a young man named Somesh who had come and worked as a teacher at the boys' gurukul. Together they will continue to serve the ashram and the dharma.

(left) Pujya Swamiji blesses Indu and Somesh;
(right) Sadhvi Abhaji (with whom Indu lived) with the newlyweds








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MARCH 1-7, 2007

This year’s highlights will include:

Inspiring lectures by revered saints



H.H. Sri Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji is revered for his profound and deep commentaries on the holy scriptures, and he travels the world spreading these divine teachings. Sri Shankaracharyaji achieved great levels of academic success and accomplishment prior to taking his vows of Sanyas. As the Adi Shankaracharya traveled from South to North to spread the message of unity and dharma so has Sri Shankaracharyaji traveled from North to South to spread the messages of universal brotherhood, love and righteousness.

H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji is the President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram. He left his home at eight years old and spent his youth in seclusion, silence and sadhana in the Himalayas. Today he is world renowned as a great saint, spiritual leader, visionary and divine guide. Pujya Swamiji's religion is unity, and he has been a leader in numerous international, inter-faith conferences and parliaments. He has also been honored with innumerable awards and has also led a number of pilgrimages for peace across the world. The "Yoga" taught by Pujya Swamiji is a total yoga - of body, mind, spirit and soul.

H.H. Swami Veda Bharatiji has been imparting the wisdom, insight and treasures of the Vedas since the age of nine. He is a prolific writer and his works have been recognized in the West as well as in the East. Pujya Swamiji is the spiritual head of the Swami Rama ashram in Rishikesh as well as the spiritual guide of the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, Jolly Grant, Dehradun. Pujya Swami Veda Bharatiji travels extensively around the world, bringing the divine gift of meditation and Vedantic knowledge to seekers of innumerable countries.




taught by Dr. David Frawley (Pt. Vamadeva Shastri), one of the few Westerners ever recognized in India as a Vedacharya or teacher of the ancient wisdom. In 1991, he was named Vamadeva Shastri, after the great Vedic Rishi Vamadeva. In 1995 he was given the title of Pandit along with the Brahmachari Vishwanathji award for his knowledge of the Vedic teaching. Vamadeva is a prolific and renowned author on a vast array of topics ranging from Vedanta, to yoga to Ayurveda. He is also a distinguished speaker and teacher in USA as well as in India and has lectured at most of the major Vedantic and Yogic institutions in both countries.  (www.vedanet.org)



taught by world famous Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, the co-founder and director of Golden Bridge, the premier center for the study and practice of Kundalini yoga and meditation in Los Angeles, CA, and now also in New York City. For over three decades, students around the world have sought her classes in Kundalini yoga, meditation and pre and post natal training. She is the author of "The Eight Human Talents: The Yogic Way to Restoring the Natural Balance of Serenity Within You", and "Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful: Experience the Natural Power of Pregnancy and Birth with Kundalini Yoga and Meditation    (www.goldenbridgeyoga.org)



taught by Sadhvi Abha Saraswati, an avid yoga practitioner since the age of 25, when - through yoga - she cured herself of a terminal kidney ailment called nephritis. Since then she has delved more and more deeply into various forms of yoga and has become not only a practitioner, but also a teacher. Sadhvi Abha took Sanyas diksha in 2003 from H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. She resides at Parmarth Niketan, where she teaches yoga nidra, nada yoga and Vedic chanting to students fas well as infuses the Ganga Aarti with the heavenly sound of her voice.


IYENGAR yoga & pranayama

taught by Shri Birjoo Mehta, a long standing disciple of Yogacharya Sri B.K.S Iyengar, as well as the managing trustee of the Light on Yoga Research Trust, Mumbai. Birjoo has been a student of Sri B.K.S. Iyengar since 1975, and since 1984 has accompanied Sri Iyengar on many tours in India and overseas. Birjoo has been teaching Iyengar yoga in Mumbai for 18 years and has been one of the principle teachers at the Iyengar Yoga Conventions in UK, France, Holland, Spain and Israel. (www.bksiyengar.org)


IYENGAR yoga & patanjali's yoga sutras

taught by Karin O'Bannon. Previously the Senior Teacher of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles, and a certified Senior Intermediate Level 3 Iyengar Yoga Instructor (one of the highest levels), Karin resides part time at Parmarth, and offers periodic special courses and workshops as well as daily classes when she's in residence.  She has just been awarded the prestigious Manouso Manos Award by the Iyengar Yoga association in California, USA



taught by Desiree Rumbaugh. Desir�e Rumbaugh has been teaching yoga since 1989. She received her Iyengar certification in 1994 and has studied with John Friend since 1993. She is also a certified Anusara Teacher and Teacher Trainer. Full of enthusiasm, joy and positive energy, Desir�e’s style is playful and transformational. With an extensive background in yoga therapeutics, she delights in helping other people discover their own greatness. Desir�e travels the globe teaching workshops and retreats. (www.desireerumbaugh.org)



taught by Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati. A graduate of Stanford University, she came to Parmarth Niketan from America in 1996. She took Sanyas diksha in June 2000 from H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, marking her pledge to a life of service, renunciation, purity and devotion. She performs a vast array of service at Parmarth Niketan as well as teaches meditation and yoga in travels around the world. She also speaks to audiences across the world on spirituality and Indian culture.


Japanese Shinto Yoga

taught by Hikaru Hashimoto. Hikaru has been practicing yoga since the age of 23. in order to promote yoga widely in Japan, he established Japan Fitness Yoga Association in 1993, and developed original programs based on Dharma Yoga and Hatha Yoga. The association has trained hundreds of instructors and currently is in charge of more than 700 fitness yoga classes in Japan. Japanese Shinto Yoga, incorporates Hatha Yoga practices as well as the various exercises of Japanese Shinto, Japan’s great ancient wisdom. (www.yoga.co.jp)



Led by Janet Atwood, a world renowned speaker and author who has taught "The Passion Test" (www.thepassiontest.org) to thousands in the U.S., Canada, Europe and India. Co-Author of the #1 national bestseller, The Passion Test – The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Destiny, Janet Attwood is also co-founder of the online transformational magazine Healthy Wealthy n Wise (www.healthywealthynwise.org) and partner in Enlightened Alliances (www.enlightenedalliances.org) .



taught by Brahmachari Vishwapal Jayant (Yogiraj)  a famous pranayama and power yoga expert and also an ayurvedic expert. Brahmachariji is the head of the Kanav Ashram in Kotdwar where he gives yoga and pranayama camps as well as ayurvedic treatment.



taught by Smt. Rohini Khatri a renowned Reiki master a Tarot reader  from Hyderabad, India.  She practices and teaches all levels of Reiki , Crystal healing, Tarot reading ,Aura reading and a string of Indian ,western and Zen practices at her healing center in Hyderabad , the south of India.She conducts workshops at different levels all across the globe. She has been guiding people on the healing-path , giving love ,light and peace to one and all. (www.rohinikhatri.org)



taught by Bhavini Kalan. Bhavini started practising Bikram Yoga in 1999. She has completed the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Programme as well as the program in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (of Pattabi Jois), in Mysore, India.   Bhavini now teaches Integral Vinyasa Yoga. Since receiving her teacher certification from the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala , she has been teaching in South Africa.



taught by Kate Towsey. Kate is an experienced and internationally qualified ISHTA yoga teacher. She holds a 200-hour Be Yoga/ISHTA qualification compliant with the American Yoga Alliance.  The ISHTA system is based on the traditions of Sivananda yoga, Kriya yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda. ISHTA is an acronym for the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda.  Kate has been practicing yoga for over ten years and has have been teaching in South Africa, India and other countries for the past five years.



lectures on the connection between mind-body
cultural song-dance programs   musical performances

Experience the Evening divine Ganga Aarti. Set to devotional music, this special light ceremony in the evening, called 'Aarti' is sure to stir your soul and touch your heart regardless, of your religious or cultural background (click here for more information about this beautiful ceremony)

Click here for highlights of the 2005 Festival
Click here for highlights of the 2006 Festival


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  • For travel suggestions to Rishikesh from Delhi please see www.parmarth.org/gettingthere.htm

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    please contact Mr. Neeraj Gupta at gupta_ng_in@hotmail.org or by phone on +91-9811111044 or + 91-9310111044

Yoga means “union;” it is a union of breath to the body, of the mind to the muscles, and most importantly of the self to the divine. What better place to become “united” than on the sacred banks of Mother Ganga, in a land to which rishis and sages have flocked for millennia?

While all aspects of yoga will be discussed, the focus will be on yogasanas, pranayama, and meditation. Using the body as a medium, the breath becomes still, the mind attains peace and the soul moves closer to liberation.

Through yoga we learn how to use the body and the breath as a path to inner peace and transformation.


For more information about
Parmarth Niketan's Yoga and Meditation,
please contact:

Sadhvi Abha Saraswati (Mataji)
Karin O'Bannon
Yoga and Meditation Section, Parmarth Niketan
P.O. Swargashram, Rishikesh (Himalayas) 249304, India
Phone: (0135)  2440077, 2440088, 2440440, 
[from abroad dial +91-135 instead of 0135];
Fax: (0135) 2440066
E-mail: Parmarth@aol.org or parmarth@parmarth.org





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Pujya Swamiji's Itinerary
January - March 2007

January February March
1-10 Rishikesh 1-4 Rishikesh 1-31 Rishikesh
11 Delhi 6-7 Delhi    
12-15 Allahabad -
Kumbha Mela
9-11 Rishikesh    
17-18 Rishikesh 12-13 Allahabad -
Kumbha Mela
19-22 Allahabad -
Kumbha Mela
18-28 Rishikesh    
23-26 Porbandar, Gujarat        


NOTE: Pujya Swamiji's schedule is always subject to change at the last minute. Please be sure to call or email prior to coming to Rishikesh, just to confirm that He is there.


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Contact Information

Phone: (0135) 2440088, 2440077, 2434301
Fax: (0135) 2440066

From abroad, dial: + (91-135) instead of (0135)

Email:   parmarth@parmarth.com

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