H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)


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June 1-15-- Rishikesh

From June 1- 15 we had a final review conference for the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Nearly 40 top scholars (including Vice Chancellors of Universities, Principals, Heads of Departments, etc.) came to Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh where they read, reviewed and did final editing for the manuscript of the monumental project of the Encyclopedia. By the grace of God and with Pujya Swamiji's blessings, we are truly nearing the end of this long, divine yatra for Sanatan Dharma.





June 3- Rishikesh



June 3 was the divine and holy occasion of Pujya Swamiji's birthday. However, He never lets anyone organize a big function or occasion in His honor (except for His 50th birthday, 3 years ago when we organized an enormous celebration without His knowledge! See www.parmarth.com/updates/jayanti2002/index.htm for details).

Therefore, to honor His wishes of no celebration or function, we did things that are precious to Him. The day began with a huge Ganga clean up program, where all the Rishikumars, guests and devotees cleaned up the entire banks of Mother Ganga. At lunchtime we fed over 600 people - including saints, brahmacharis, priests, sanyasis, sadhus as well as local poor people. Then we distributed new clothes to over 100 sevaks and their families.

Also, in His honor 50 impoverished people received free eye operations at the Coimbatore Sankara Eye hospital, care of Divine Soul Dr. R.V. Ramani.




Pujya Swamiji leads the rishikumars in a widescale clean up of the  entire banks of Mother Ganga from Rama Jhula southward past Parmarth Niketan, including complete trash removal from all the ghats. 






A site, on the banks of Mother Ganga,  that was used by shops in the markets and others as a trash dump is cleaned out completely by Pujya Swamiji, the rishikumars and devotees.



This is what it looked like before:




After the trash itself was picked up, the entire area was washed....at the end it bore no resemblance to its prior state as a garbage dump, and the banks of Ganga were sparkling clean.


This is after the clean up! Not a piece of litter to be found anywhere!

All the steps leading down to all the Ganga ghats also were cleaned until they were immaculate:





 Beautiful, clean ghats and banks of Mother Ganga - the best possible birthday present to Pujya Swamiji!



After cleaning the banks of Mother Ganga, the rishikumars celebrated (and cooled off...) by swimming and frolicking in Her waters.




After the clean up and Ganga Snan, we had a huge bhandara, both inside the ashram and outside. On our Ganga ghat we fed all of the local sadhus and also all the local poor people. A total of over 1000 meals were served.


Pujya Swamiji serving the Sadhus and poor people.




Dr. R.V. Ramani of the Sankara Eye Institute of Coimbatore, gave the greatest gift to Pujya Swamiji. He performed 50 free eye operations on 50 poor people who otherwise would not have been able to afford their necessary treatment! All 50 operations were performed on June 3, in Pujya Swamiji's name and honor!

Pujya Swamiji said that these gifts - helping others, serving the needy, cleaning our holy areas -- these are the best gifts and the only gifts He ever wants!



June 16-18 -- Rishikesh


From June 16-18, Parmarth Niketan hosted the All India Ayurveda Conference. Over 100 top Vaidyas came from all over India. Out of the 60 most famous, most revered Vaidyas in India, 56 of them came for the Conference. We are planning to build a whole Ayurveda City!

The conference was graced by the presence of both the Honorable Governor of Uttranchal Shri Sudarshan Agarwaljli and also the Honorable Chief Minister of Uttranchal, Shri Narayandutt Tiwariji.




The official lamp is lit to begin the conference. Pujya Swamiji & the revered vaidyas light dias.






Vaidyas and the Education minister perform  Ganga Aarti







Vaidyas sit on the stage in the middle of  Ganga



June 17 -- Rishikesh


On June 17 the Honorable Governor came and expressed his appreciation for the conference and also his full support for creation of an Ayurvedic City and University.


  His Excellency the Governor lights the official lamp with Pujya Swamiji and the revered vaidyas; His excellency the Governor gives his address..  



Pujya Swamiji addresses the Vaidyas and participants



Procession with the Honorable Governor to the conference hall.

June 17 - Rishikesh


The Honorable Chief Minister of Uttranchal came on the evening of the 17 June. He expressed his strong support for the creation of the Ayurvedic City and even pledged Rs. 1 crore for the propogation of Ayurveda!


The Honorable Chief Minister and Pujya Swamiji light the dia with the Education Minister and the respected Vaidyas





  Pujya Swamiji gives an impassioned and uplifting talk on the future of Ayurveda and His vision of an Ayurveda City and Ayurveda University  

His Excellency the Chief Minister expressed his great appreciation for Pujya Swamiji and the plan of this Ayurvedic Conference. He also expressed his full support for the plan of an Ayurvedic City and Ayurvedic Univeristy! Further, he pledged Rs. 1 crore (10,000,000 rupees) for the advancement of Ayurveda.


June 30 - July 3


Pujya Swamiji traveled back down to the tsunami affected areas where we have been working since December 30, 2004 (see www.projecthope-tsunami.com  for details). We are in the midst of construction of an orphanage which will house nearly 450 orphans (over 350 of whom are girls). It will also include a school, vocational training, a compugter center and much more.


Further, we have adopted a center for 200 widowed, poor and abandoned ladies. We are building them dining facilities, kitchen facilities, vocational training facilities and more as well as renovating the existing structure.


We are constructing the orphanage on the same ground as the ladies center so that the children will have 200 ladies to be their mothers, aunts and older sisters, and the ladies will have 450 children to fill their lives with love, meaning and responsibility. It will truly be a village of Hope!


The orphan children are currently living in temporary facilities erected by the government.



The orphan children who will be housed in our orphanage




Rishikumars distribute ladoos to the orphan girls


Pujya Swamiji feeds them with His own hands!



We also had a distribution of sweets, clothing, supplies and other necessities to the ladies in the Ladies service center.






Clockwise from top: The ladies receive their supplies, they gather together on the front steps, they sit in their hall with 2 rishikumars in the midst!







Construction is progressing very well on the orphanage buildings. We expect by November or December it should be completed.



Dining hall under construction  (ladies center is in right hand background - in white)





The Rishikumars from Parmarth Gurukul offer a garland of flowers to the Honorable Lt. Governor of Pondicherry as a sign of respect and appreciation.




Project Hope has agreed to reconstruct the village of Pannithittu, about 15 km south of Pondicherry town, in the Pondicherry Union Territory.  The village was completely devastated in the tsunami and the villagers are impoverished. Thus, the government requested us to take on this village as well and Project Hope agreed. There will be 100 homes, plus a school, community center, vocational training center and more.









The land on which we will reconstruct the village of Pannithittu


A few walls of some buildings still stand (see photo below left), but the majority of the village was just washed away.












The land on which we will reconstruct the village of Pannithittu

While in Pondicherry, the divine rishikumars also got the opportunity to swim in the ocean and enjoy the salty waves.


For many of the rishikumars it was the first time they had seen the ocean




On April 17, 2004 at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood, USA a film on the life and teachings of Pujya Swamiji premiered to a sold out audience. The film, titled, "A Day in the Light" is produced and directed by Christopher Miglino. 

The film has already been shown to delighted and inspired audiences at the Sedona Film Festival, the Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles and several other film festivals in USA and Europe. 

See www.adayinthelight.com  to order your own copy of the beautiful film. Or, you can go directly to www.amazon.com and order it from there

For more information, email Christopher directly at chris@yogamates.com

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Bathing in Ganga at Parmarth

Itinerary for Pujya Swamiji 
for August - October 2005
August September October
1-2 Winnipeg 1-6 Rishikesh 8-31 Rishikesh
3-4 Toronto 8 Jaipur    
6-13 New Jersey 9-28 Rishikesh    
14-15 Lisbon        
16-18 Tenerife, Spain        
20 London***        
21 Leicester***        
22 Manchester***        
23-24 Edinburgh,*** Scotland        
25-26 London***        
27 Leicester***        
29-31 Rishikesh        

***for Pujya Swamiji's program in UK please click here

Email contact for program information: parmarth@aol.com

*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.

Special 50th Jayanti
of Pujya Swamiji
October-November  2004
Mansarovar Special - July 2003 January - February  2005
June - July  2004 Tsunami Relief Special

August - September  2004

International Yoga Festival  2005

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