Divine Millennium Experience
An enormous throne, large
enough for over 100 people, floats in the holy waters of Mother Ganga.
It is covered from top to bottom with bright, blooming orange carnations
�not an inch is left bare. The lights that shine on this throne �combined
with the divine light emanating from the saints who sit upon it -- are
bright enough to bring day to the night. For three days, this floating
throne was the site of divine darshan, satsang, sandesh, bhajan, pravachan,
aarti, puja and Millennium Pledges.
Swamiji & Pujya Sant Rameshbhai Oza on the
of the new millennium
|The divine people who sat
upon this throne, giving their words and their blessings to the audience
of tens of thousands, included His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Pujya Sant
Dada J.P. Vaswani, Pujya Swami Gurushara- nanandji, Pujya Swami Chidanand
Sarawatiji (Muniji), Pujya Sant Rameshbhai Oza, Pujya Dr. Manjit Singh,
Pujya Sant Amrendra Muniji, Mananiya Shri Ashok Singhal, Dr. B.K. Modi,
and Justice Giridhar Malaviya. The Queen of song, Smt. Anuradha Paudwal,
filled the air with her melodious voice.
Swamiji, H.H. The Dalai Lama, Pujya Sant Dada J.P. Vaswaniji,
Sant Rameshbhai Oza, Dr. B.K. Modiji, Shri Ashok Singhalji
Swamiji with Pujya Sant Dada J.P. Vaswaniji
||This celebration in Varanasi
was the epitome of Indian culture and glory at its best and most pure.
While most people around the globe brought in the new millennium with bottles
of champagne, fireworks and decadence, under Pujya Swamiji�s divine organization,
guidance, leadership and inspiration, this celebration focused on piety,
devotion and commitment to the future. Pujya Swamiji�s every day is a message
of what one can do if one works for God, so it is only fitting that His
New Millennium celebration be this same message, but magnified thousands
The celebration began on December
30 at the Dasash - wamedh ghat with a glorious Ganga Aarti. Dozens of large,
flaming oil lamps, with wicks blazing in a spiral around them, were
offered to the holy Mother Ganga, seeking Her blessings at this special
|The celebration was organised
by Parmarth Ganga Seva Nidhi (Pujya Swamiji is Chairman) and Vishwa Hindu
Sanskritik Nigam, with the generous assistance of Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi,
world renowned industrialist, philanthropist and social humanitarian. The
celebration, in every aspect, took place only through Pujya Swamiji�s divine
inspiration and guidance, as everyone who knows Him can imagine!
Swamiji addressing the gathering at Varanasi
Ganga Aarti was followed
by a beautiful, bhakti-filled musical concert given by Smt. Anuradha Paudwal
and Shri Rajender Jain. For 2 ½ hours the sacred air was filled
with devotion, piety and sublime song.
Then, on December 31 at 5:30
p.m, we gathered again to bid goodbye to the second millennium and to herald
in the third. The holy saints arrived by boat �they emerged like
golden lights out of a dark, fog filled sky.
The ceremony was filled with
inspiring and uplifting speeches by the holy saints; His Holiness the Dalai
Lama spoke last, delivering a beautiful, heartwarming, compelling and support-filled
message for the 21st century.
There was special Vedic chanting,
Shehnai Vadan, Shankh Vadan, Aditya Strotra, Surya Vandana and Surya Namaskar.
All those gathered offered our pledges and commitments for world peace,
and we prayed together that the light of peace, of health and of happiness
may to be brought to all of humanity. We prayed for peace for all
people, peace for the country and peace for the world.
Swamiji with H.H. The Dalai Lama
||The speeches were followed
by a divine Ganga Aarti, led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Then, as the
last rays of sun of the 2nd millennium dissipated into the horizon,
the revered saints led a World Peace Prayer, in which they prayed -- on
behalf of all of humanity -- that the real light, the light of hope, the
light of faith and the light of love will never dissipate and will always
grow brighter and brighter. Then, on the morning of January 1, we gathered
again at 5:30 a.m. as the first sun of the new millennium rose on the waters
of Mother Ganga, to offer our thanks and our prayers.
However, as we celebrated
the turn of the Millennium according to the calendar used by most of the
world, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji (Muniji) urged everyone to also
remember our own culture. He said that as much of the world feels
that we are truly entering a new millennium, we -- of a different
tradition � should see this as a beautiful and auspicious time to direct
the energy of the world into noble and humanitarian directions.
This millennium celebration
marked not only a divine entry into the Third millennium, but also something
even more tangible and immediate. The Parmarth Ganga Seva Nidhi -- under
Pujya Swamiji�s leadership and with the generous support of Dr. B.K. Modi
-- has recently pledged to clean up all 94 ghats in the holy city of Varanasi,
as the first step to a �Clean, Green and Serene India� movement.
Although we worship Ganga
as Mother, we throw our trash in Her waters and on Her ghats. We pollute
the pathways running beside Her current. Pujya Swamiji explained to the
audience that this is not only destructive to our Mother Goddess Ganga,
but it is also a black spot on our culture. When visitors come to have
darshan of this holy river, what do they see? Rubbish dumped everywhere.
Therefore, in this urgent
and noble program, Parmarth Ganga Seva Nidhi pledges to clean up all 94
ghats along the holy banks of Ganga in Varanasi.
However, Pujya Swamiji urged,
we can not do it without everyone�s help. We all pay a great deal of money
to keep our own homes and bodies clean -- soaps, shampoos, cleaning supplies,
vacuum cleaners, and even housekeepers to do the cleaning for us. Let us
extend this same dedication for cleanliness to our Holy Mother Ganga and
let us pledge to restore Her waters and Her ghats to their rightful state
of cleanliness and sublimity.
Dr. B.K. Modi has been a
committed and generous supporter of this project since its inception, personally
adopting numerous ghats. Through Pujya Swamji�s divine leadership
and guidance and with Dr. Modi�s generosity and dedication, Varanasi will
soon be not only sacred, but also sublime, not only holy, but also clean
This was definitely
one of the largest millennium celebrations that was dedicated to divinity
instead of decadence, to commitment instead of consumption, and to healing
instead of hedonism.
Kirpal Bagh, Delhi:
Pujya Swamiji is a special guest speaker at the 19th International Human
Unity Conference, where tens of thousands of people from across the world
gathered to learn about Meditation as an approach to Human Unity. The Conference
was led by Sant Shri Rajindra Singh
Maharaj. Additionally, India
Heritage Research Foundation co-sponsored this glorious, uplifting and
Other award recipients that
evening included Mrs. Maneka Gandhi, MP and social activist for vegetarianism
and animal rights, Albert Schweitzer (in memoriam), and Baba Amte for living
according to the Gandhian philosophy and serving the poorest of the poor.
Also present at the event was Mrs. Indu Jain, the dynamic and dedicated
chairman of Times of India.
|Bombay: Pujya Swamiji
was awarded the 1999 Diwaliben Mohanlal Mehta Charitable Trust Award for
Progress in Religion. This award of Rs. 3,00,000 was bestowed upon him
at a large function in the Nehru Auditorium, Worli, Bombay. The board wrote
that �The Panel of Jury and also our Board of Trustees have the highest
respect and esteem for you and for your Spiritual Leadership and Inspiration
as well as for your untiring efforts to propogate the Hindu Religion in
our country and also across the seven seas.�
Swamiji receiving the award from Justice P.N. Bhagwati
Chief Justice of India
swamiji addressing the gathering at the award function
||When Pujya Swamiji rose
to speak, he announced that he would donate the entire Rs. 3,00,000 to
the cyclone relief work in Orissa with which He is actively involved. Through
Pujya Swamiji�s inspiration and guidance, homes are being re-built, and
schools and a hospital are being built for those left impoverished and
homeless by the tragic cyclone which swept the coast in October, 1999.
Pujya Sant Rameshbhai Oza (Pujya Bhaishri) was delivering divine Bhagwat
Katha in this holy land and Pujya Swamiji travelled there for two days.
Inauguration of Nature Cure
Conference at Parmarth Niketan: Pujya Swamiji, as President of Parmarth
Niketan and as President of All India Nature Cure Foundation, officially
inaugurated this conference.
Pujya Swamiji has recently
been awarded the �Best Citizens of India�
Award. His inscription reads as follows:
Although no one who is
blessed enough to be in Pujya Swamiji�s presence is surprised at the number
of awards bestowed upon Him, it is still beautiful to watch (and note)
how the world sees and appreciates His divine truth.
|�Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji
Maharaj�s motto in life is, �In the Service of God and humanity.�
He left his home at 8 years old, under the guidance of his spiritual master,
in order to live a life devoted to God and to the service of humanity.
Pujya Swamiji spent nine years of meditation, seclusion and silence in
the Himalayas to prepare himself for this divine life. Pujya Swamiji is
President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India, one of the largest
institutions in India. He is also Founder/chairman of India Heritage Research
Foundation (IHRF), an international, non-profit, humanitarian foundation.
Under his guidance, IHRF is compiling the Encyclopedia of Hinduism and
has undertaken the noble project of building 10,000 schools in rural, tribal
India. Pujya Swamiji is also the founder and inspiration behind innumerable
temples, health care projects, educational institutions and ecological
programs across the globe.He is the recipient of innumerable awards, including
the Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian award, Hindu of the Year, Devarishi Award,
Bhaskar Award, and Prominent Personality Award, by Lions Club.�
International Yoga Festival:
Parmarth Niketan will host � for the 2nd consecutive year � the International
Yoga Week, organized by U.P. Tourism. Delegates, students, teachers, yogis
and philosophers from across the globe will gather together to learn, to
teach, to discuss and to drink of the divine nectar of this sacred wisdom.
The inauguration is February 2, and the Keynote Address will be delivered
by Dr. Karan Singh. Throughout the week, inspiring lectures on various
aspects of yoga will be delivered by H.H. Pujya Swami Veda Bharatiji, Pujya
Swami Sakshatkritanandaji of the Dayananda Ashram, Dr. Pranav Pandyaji
and Shanti Mayiji.
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