Highlights in the Life of H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)



1. Sheena Singhal's Birthday is celebrated at the YES Schools
2. Vishwa Dharma Prasaar Yatra to Africa
3. Shri ML Mittalji's family infuses younger generation with Sanskaras
4. Pujya Swamiji delivers prayers at Dr. L.M. Singhviji's award ceremony at the Prime Minister House
5. Visit to Ranichauri in Himalayas and opening of new Parmarth Kendra
6. Shri S.P. Hindujaji celebrates his birthday on the banks of Mother Ganga
7. Pujya Swamiji addresses executives at Ananda resort
8. Shri P.D. Hinduja Centenary Celebration at Parmarth Niketan
9. Meetings with the Chief Minister and Finance Minister for Ayurvedic Projects
12. Upcoming Events
13. Pujya Swamiji's itinerary
14. Pujya Swamiji's Divine Message

November 3:
-- Rishikesh

One of the largest schools in the YES project is being sponsored in memory of a divine child, Sheena Singhal. Thus, on this day of her birthday, we went to her school and had a special tree plantation program. This school currently has approximately 2000 students attending � children in the morning and Women�s Vocational Training, Arts & Crafts, Music, Dance, Yoga and Adult Education in the afternoons and evenings. 

Children at the school in Rishikesh sponsored in memory of Sheena Singhal

Trees are planted in Sheena's memory 22 young girls from the ashram are fed in her memory


November 9-13: -- Africa

Africa Leg of the Vishwa Dharma Prasaar Yatra: With the goal of spreading peace, love, tolerance and harmony, the Vishwa Dharma Yatra began its world journey in the Caribbean on July 16, 2001. Scheduled to cover fifty cities in forty countries, this World Pilgrimage is carrying forth the wisdom, insight and universal truths of Sanatan Dharma for the benefit of all of humanity.

Select Dharma Gurus (spiritual leaders) are traveling the globe, not preaching Hinduism, but rather reaching people through Hinduism, teaching people through Hinduism and touching people through Hinduism.

The Yatra was in USA in August, in Europe and Russia in September and in Africa in November. The Pacific Leg will take place in early 2002.

The entire yatra was organized by World Council of Hinduism and Hindu Leaders' Forum and local organizations in every city, and sponsored by Dr. B.K. Modi, and Shri M.L. Mittal, and with the help of devotees and organizations across the globe.. Smt. Anjleeben Pandya (or Energyben as Pujya Swamiji calls her) was the coordinator for the entire Vishwa Dharma Prasaar Yatra.  (See usayatra2001 update for full report of Caribbean and USA yatra and September 2001 update for a full report of the European Leg.

The African leg of the Yatra was led by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Muniji), Pujya Sadhvi Ritambhara Deviji, and Pujya Swami Santalinga Ramaswamyji.

November 7-8: -- Nairobi, Kenya:

November 9-10: -- Durban, South Africa

On November 9, a beautiful lecture program and Question-Answer was held at the Ekta Mandir and Gujarati Samaj Kendra. Although the Mandir and community center had been inaugurated only 6 short months previously, it was clear how much the community was benefiting and how much the Kendra itself was blossoming and flourishing. 

H.H. Pujya Swami Santalinga Ramaswamyji, H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Muniji), and H.H. Sadhvi Ritambhara Deviji in Durban (left to right) H.H. Pujya Swami Santalinga Ramaswamyji, Dr. B.K. Modi, H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Muniji), H.H. Pujya Swami Sahajanandaji Maharaj

On the morning of November 10, Pujya Muniji Maharaj and Pujya Sadhvi Ritambharaji went to the Divine Life Society in Reservoir Hills where they had the darshan of the divine, humble, enlightening saint His Holiness Pujya Swami Sahajanandaji Maharaj. Pujya Swami Sahajanandaji Maharaj is the Spiritual Head and President of the Divine Life Society, South Africa and is the Divine Guruji to thousands of people, teaching them how to live in Africa and be good Africans while still remaining true to the teachings of Sanatan Dharma. Yet, he is not only committed to those of Indian blood or those of Hindu faith. Rather, he is truly committed to serving all of humanity and reaches out to the entire African community � providing both living necessities (food, clothing, etc.) as well as universal, spiritual inspiration for their souls. He serves as a great link between the Indian peoples and the African peoples. All love him, all revere him, all bow down in worship of him. 

When the saints went for his darshan, he showed them the printing press of the Divine Life Society, South Africa. From there � under Pujya Swamiji�s divine guidance � the Society publishes and prints beautiful, compelling books for adults and children based on the teachings of His Holiness Pujya Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. 
H.H. Pujya Swami Sahajananadaji shows the beautiful books of H.H. Pujya Swami Sivanandaji's teachings. 

While there, they also had darshan and performed Aarti at the beautiful Ganga Rani pool � a pool filled with water from the holy waters of Mother Ganga in India. 


Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Muniji) gives pravachan at the Divine Life Society, Durban, 
in front of the divine Duratran display


On the evening of November 10, there was the main program at City Hall in Durban.  The program included pravachan by the Revered Saints, a speech detailing the universal need for such a yatra as well as giving the history of the yatra by Dr. B.K. Modi,  and a speech on the Ekal Vidyalaya Project by Sadhvi Bhagwati.


November 11-12: -- Mauritius

Then, on the morning of November 11, the Yatra team left Africa for Mauritius, arriving into the lush, green land mid afternoon of the 11th.  The land of Mauritius is a beautiful, tropical land in the Indian Ocean, and is filled with great devotion. The two-day program in Mauritius began on the evening of November 11 when they sent each Spiritual Leader to a different community temple. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Muniji) spoke to at the Andhra Community Mandir. Pujya Sadhvi Ritambharaji spoke to the Sanatan Dharma Mandir ; Pujya Swami Santalinga Ramaswamyji spoke to the Tamil Community Mandir; Sadhvi Bhagwati spoke to the Marathi Community Mandir.

Then, after the smaller, more intimate gatherings, everyone gathered together for a beautiful musical program and prasad at the Manav Seva ashram.

On the stage in Mauritius The packed hall

On November 12, the day was spent in a huge program at the Manav Seva hall. First, there were �breakout� sessions, in which different leaders addressed different groups (e.g. priests, youth, media, business people, etc.), then all the saints gathered together in the enormous auditorium (which overflowed beyond standing-room only) for a special pravachan and music program.

After the program, the Yatra team departed for Delhi via Chennai.


November 19: -- Rishikesh

Shri ML Mittalji (Ispat King) and his family came to Parmarth Niketan where they inculcated the younger generation with divine sanskaras. Ganga Aarti and a special Shiv Abhishek puja were performed. Pujya Swamiji spoke at length during the Ganga Aarti about how it is not money which makes life, but rather it is devotion, piety and Dharma. He explained how Shri M.L. Mittalji exemplified this devotion and piety, and how he was committed to preserving and disseminating Indian culture and Dharma, through his role as President of Hindu Leaders' Forum. 

Shri M.L.Mittalji and his family perform Shiv Abhishek and Divine Ganga Aarti

November 21: -- Delhi

Pujya Swamiji delivered a beautiful Vedic prayer at an award ceremony at the Prime Minister House in which Dr. L.M. Singhviji was awarded a special award for Ahimsa and Satbhavana by His Excellency Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji. While there, Pujya Swamiji also spoke with the Honorable Prime Minister about the program for Mansarovar/ Mt. Kailash, and extended a special invitation to grace the inauguration of the Ashram and hospital with his presence.


November 28-29: -- Rishikesh

Shri S.P.  Hindujaji, Shri P.P.  Hindujaji, Smt. Madhu Hinduja, Smt. Kamal Hinduja, Shri Ram Krishan Hinduja, and Sushri Vinoo Hinduja came to the holy banks of Mother Ganga to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Shri S.P. Hindujaji�s birthday.  Rather than going to a beachside resort and celebrating with fancy parties, champagne and pop music, they came to Rishikesh and celebrated with puja, Ganga jal and Vedic chanting.  

The entire family performs purnahuti of the yagna Rishikumars offer tilak to Shri SP Hindujaji

The family performs aarti together Pujya Swamiji offers special blessings


He had blessings by the Rishikumars, blessings by Pujya Swamiji and the blessings of Mother Ganga. 
But, most importantly, he received the love and blessings of his own Dharma Shakti, Smt. Madhuji


December 2: -- Narendra Nagar (Himalayas)

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Pujya Muniji) went to the Ananda Resort in the nearby Himalayan village of Narendra Nagar to inaugurate the �Executives� Portion of the Shri P.D. Hinduja Centenary Celebration. 

To honor the Centenary of the patriarch of this great family, the entire extended family came together � along with hundreds of their top CEOs and managers � to the sacred Himalayas. The first 3 days were spent in Management sessions at the Ananda resort and the final 3 days were spent in Family Values sessions at Parmarth Niketan. 

Pujya Swamiji sits on stage with Pujya Ravi Shankarji and the Hinduja family

December 4-7: -- Rishikesh

Shri P.D. Hinduja Centenary Celebration

All members of the Hinduja family -- youngest to oldest -- plant sacred trees 

On December 4, the entire family and all of the executives came to Parmarth Niketan for the official �Launching� of the Centenary. We began with the hoisting of a beautiful flag and then continued to the banks of Mother Ganga for the Inaugural Celebration.  


Over the next 3 days, there were special sessions on Family Values (including a very warmly received and appreciated Question-Answer session with Pujya Swamij); there was divine Ganga Yagna and Aarti in the evenings;

There was a special children�s program where the children of the Hinduja family gathered with the youngest of the Rishikumars and exchanged both love and knowledge. The Rishikumars taught the children Vedic mantras, and the Hinduja children taught the Rishikumars joy-filled children�s poems and songs in English. It was a beautiful bonding of East and West; now the Rishikumars have brothers and sisters throughout India, Europe and USA, and the Hinduja children have brothers living on the banks of Mother Ganga.


Additionally, a new edition of 
Grace in the Home: Wisdom for all Ages
was released in loving memory of Shri P.D. Hinduja, a man whose life represented Grace in every area. 

The final evening was offered in special memory of Divine Soul Dharam Hinduja.


December 12: -- Dehradun

Pujya Swamiji traveled to Dehradun where he � and the team of Ayurvedic Specialists from Delhi and from the Himalayas � met with the Chief Minister of Uttranchal, with the Finance Minister and with the Additional Secretary, Ayurveda Department.  

The agenda included 3 main points: first, invitations to all for the International Congress on Ayurveda in the 21st Century taking place at Parmarth Niketan on the 21-22 December. All three of the top ministers agreed to grace the Inauguration with their presence. 

Pujya Swamiji and the team of Ayurvedic specialists with the Chief Minister

The second main item was a beautiful new project in the Himalayas, dedicated to the restoration of the Himalayas (including reforestation of much of the area which has been decimated by fire and by unchecked logging), as well as the institution of a special Ayurvedic program in which special healing plants will be grown, along side crops (like nuts) which can provide income to the local people without them having to sacrifice the sanctity of their land. 

Pujya Swamiji and the Chief Minister discuss various projects

The third item is the plan to establish an Ayurvedic University. Plans for this much-needed project are currently underway, through the blessings and guidance of Pujya Swamiji and the dedication and expertise of the scientists and scholars from across India. 

Pujya Swamiji with Shri Ramesh Pokharialji, 
Finance Minister

Additionally, while Pujya Swamiji was in Dehradun, Shri Ramanand Sagar came to meet Him at the Finance Minister�s office. There, they had a beautiful, love-filled meeting in which they discussed plans for a new , divine project in the Himalayas.

A Special Tribute

On Monday, November 12, 2001, at 11:54pm, His Holiness Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami attained Mahasamadhi, Great Union, on the island of Kauai in the presence of his monastic order.

On this date a beautiful saint departed from the physical plane.  Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswamiji was one of Hinduism's foremost and globally prominent spiritual teachers, a prolific author and publisher of Hinduism Today magazine. At the age of 74 at his ashram home on the tropical island of Kauai, Hawaii, USA, he reached the holy abode of the Lord in exactly the way he had chosen, at precisely the time he wanted.   Gurudeva discovered on October 9 that he had advanced intestinal cancer. Gurudeva spent several days in intense meditation and austerities, during which time he knew that it was time to leave the body, and thus he declared that he would accept no medical treatment and that he would follow the ancient Yogic practice of Prayopavesa � abstaining from all nourishment until the body perishes.  

Gurudeva brought the wisdom, inspiration and insights of traditional Hinduism to the West, through his divine monastery, through his numerous inspiring books and through Hinduism Today magazine. While he lived in the West, he maintained the strictest adherence to traditional morality and ethics. He touched and transformed thousands directly and millions indirectly through his publications.

In his parting days, he told his monks, "Don't be sad, soon I will be with you 24 hours a day, working with you all from the inner planes." Although he is no longer physically with us, we know that his divine teachings, message, wisdom, inspiration and prolific writings will continue to guide, touch and uplift people forever.


Upcoming Events

December 21-22: International Ayurvedic Conference: For two days, hundreds of top Ayurvedic experts from India and from abroad will gather together on the holy banks of Mother Ganga for this special Conference. The inauguration will take place at the hands of Chief Minister and the Finance Minister. Additionally, H.H. Pujya Shri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajanji will grace the occasion with his presence. The Conference is being sponsored by V. Sukhmani and is in Association with All India Ayurvedic Congress.

February 25 - March 3, 2002: International Yoga Festival 

Parmarth Niketan is honored to be the host of this world-renowned celebration of the ancient science of yoga.  Delegates, students, teachers, yogis and philosophers will gather together to learn, to teach, to discuss and to drink of the divine nectar of this sacred wisdom.

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. 

The program will include demonstrations by international yoga experts, classes in asanas, prayanama, and meditation, lectures by renowned yogis and masters, discussions, and much more.
However, there will be even more. The entire atmosphere will be charged with divine energy, due to so many people participating in sacred yoga. 

Additionally, this year, there will be a special addition, as Gurmukh -- world renowned Kundalini Yoga Teacher -- will come and augment the Festival with a course in Kundalini Yoga. 

To register, please CLICK HERE


Pujya Swamiji's Itinerary
December 2001
- February 2002
December   January   February  
1-15 Rishikesh   1-4 Traveling   1-2 Ujjain  
16 Ahmedabad   5 Agra   3-28 Rishikesh  
17-27 Rishikesh   6-31 Rishikesh        
28-31 Traveling              


Contact information:

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  • Also, please note that Pujya Swamiji now observes silence (Mauna) from 9 p.m. until 10 a.m. and from 2:30-4:30 p.m. He is unavailable in person or by phone during these times.