H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)
April - May  2003


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Sacred Ash Immersion Pujas
Visits of Special Ministers

Pujya Morari Bapu visits Parmarth Acupressure and Yoga Camps at Parmarth
Pujya Swamiji at Mussoorie Int'l School
Pujya Swamiji at Vegetarian Conference
Pujya Swamiji inaugurates Mahabharat Katha
Bhagwat Katha at Parmarth

Pujya Swamiji's upcoming itinerary



April 2   -- Haridwar
Pujya Swamiji was one of the revered saints to be called as a special guest to grace the opening day of Pujya Sant Morari Bapu's Shri Rama Katha in Haridwar at Bharat Mata Mandir, the ashram of H.H. Swami Satyamitranandji Maharaj.  The opening was also graced by Shri L.K. Advaniji, the Deputy Prime Minister of India as well as many other revered saints, honorable ministers and other special dignitaries. 

April 5   -- Rishikesh

Passing of Shri S. Ramakrishnan, head of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan:

In February, a true pillar of Indian culture, Shri S. Ramakrishnan, the Director General of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan passed away.
Through his devotion and tenacity, the richness of the Indian literary tradition has been made available for the entire world. At 81 years young, Shri S. Ramakrishnan had written an email to Pujya Swamiji less than 48 hours before his passing, sharing his wish to join us for the International Yoga Festival held March 1-7. 



A special puja and ash immersion ceremony was performed by his beloved son Shri S. Sundararaman and by Shri Santhanagopal, on behalf of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai. 





April 6   -- Rishikesh

Shri N.N. Persad, the Tourism Secretary for Uttranchal came to perform the sacred ash immersion puja for his beloved, respected father, Shri K.N. Persad. Although we had never met Shri K.N. Persad, we are all sure that he was truly the epitome of service, dedication and commitment, for we see the way that his son is so filled with selflessness and ardent devotion for the state of Uttranchal and the entire land of India.






April 8   -- Rishikesh

H.H. Swami Chinmayanandji, the President of Parmarth's Haridwar, Badrinath and Sahajanpur ashrams, came for the divine Ganga Aarti with Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, central cabinet minister of telephone




pril 10 
  -- Rishikesh

Pujya Sant Shri Morari Bapu came to Parmarth Niketan on the second to last day of his Shri Rama Katha in Haridwar. Although Ganga Aarti timing is 6:30 pm, we held the Aarti for his arrival, with hundreds of devotees sitting on the banks of Ganga singing kirtan until he arrived. When he came, he performed sacred Ganga Aarti and also gave a beautiful speech about Ganga. 




Following the aarti, he and Pujya Swamiji sat together in Pujya Swamiji's garden, and then Pujya Swamiji took Pujya Bapu up to the roof of the new Ganga Line, where a special kutia is going to be built. Pujya Bapu appreciated the divine air of Mother Ganga and the beautiful view from the rooftop. 





April 10   -- Rishikesh

The Karia family of London, UK came to Parmarth to perform the sacred ash immersion puja for Smt. Manharbala Prabhudas Karia, mother of Shri Ravibhai and Shri Jagdishbhai Karia. 




April 9-18   -- Rishikesh

Daniel Dubie, a divine filmmaker from Hawaii, USA came to Parmarth to seek Pujya Swamiji's blessings and to show Pujya Swamiji the film which he had made titled Souls at Bay. The film, made by Daniel and his company RindonMagic together with Jade Yoshino of Jadeavassociates is about the World Council of Religious Leaders meeting at the United Nations in Bangkok in June 2002 (where Pujya Swamiji was one of the main Indian representatives) and about the leaders' vision for peace in the world. The film features Shri Bawa Jain, the Secretary General of the World Council of Religious Leaders as well as many of the world's top religious/ spriritual leaders from all of the different faiths. The film is narrated by world renowned actress Linda Gray , and features Ted Turner-head of CNN, who aired some of the footage, and such other supporters as Linda Evans, Lindsey Wagner and Jane Goodall. Latin Grammy Award Nominee Maria Del Rey wrote the heart touching song �World of Peace� for the film where she performs it for the very first time. Souls At Bay premiered in the Hawaii International Film Festival and has been shown on National Television in the United States, Asia TV and will soon be seen on National Geographic." The film is full of hope, inspiration and peace. Pujya Swamiji arranged for a special screening of the film for all the guests and rishikumars.  




Pujya Swamiji gives Daniel a special Ganesh murti and a rudraksh mala as an award for the beautiful film, 
and as a special prayer & blessing 





April 24   -- Delhi

A special Sindu Darshan interview on Doordarshan, hosted by Shri Tarun Vijay, interviewed three top leaders of various traditions on the significance of Sindhu Darshan. Pujya Swamiji represented Hinduism; Pujya Maulanna Wahiduddin Khan Sahib represented Islam and Pujya Shri Vincent Concessao, the archbishop of Delhi represented Christianity. The 25 minute program has already been aired on the national Government of India's news channel, Doordarshan. It was beautiful to see how all three leaders spoke in such perfect unity. 

May 5 -11   -- Rishikesh

A special ATMA PARISODHANA YOGA SAPTAHAM yoga camp was led by H.H. Yogi Protoplasm. 


May 5 -15   -- Rishikesh

An annual Acupressure Camp led by Dr. Suman Shah, Dr. Daksha Shah, from Calcutta and Dr. K.C. Goel and his team from Allahabad took place at Parmarth. Hundreds of patients received free treatment for every ailment, through the ancient science of acupressure. 




May 10-11   -- Mussoorie

Pujya Swamiji was the Chief Guest at the Mussoorie International School Annual Talent Contest. MIS is being run beautifully under the leadership and vision of President Shri Hasmukh Rawalji. The students are getting not only a top rate academic education but also excellent extra-curricular activities, and most importantly essential sanskaras, culture, values and ethics. For the annual event, 500 students performed outstanding traditional dances -- kathak, bharatnatyam and folk dance -- as well as beautiful Vedic Chanting, Classical singing and bhajans. 



On the morning of the 11 May, there was a large, all school Yagna in which all 600 students as well as their parents participated. 





Pujya Swamiji gave a beautiful lecture in which He talked about the meaning of Yagna and how it relates to all of the different religions, not only Hindus. Yagna purifies us, brings us together with the community and teaches us how to give. "The purpose of life is to save, to serve and to achieve salvation." After every ahuti, it is said, "Idam namamah." This offering is for the wind, this offering is for the fire, this offering is for the atmosphere. The offerings are made to all of the divine elements that give us life, light and nourishment. What can we really offer back to the atmosphere? To the air? To the fire? To the water?


 Nothing, really, other than just our surrender, our sacrifice and our pledge to serve, serve and serve. As we chant the mantras and make our offerings it signifies, "Oh God [in all of Your manifestations] You protect us, so we offer our pledge to serve You and protect You." But, how to protect? It means we will not pollute the environment or destroy the atmosphere. If we worship the air, the water, the fire, the Earth, it means we will protect these divine natural elements. 



Also it means that we will use these gifts You have given us in the service of all the world; all that we have must be given as an offering unto the world and all of its inhabitants - the people, the animals and the natural elements. 

He ended His speech by telling the students: Life is an opportunity. You must not waste it. "Bolo jivan kaisa hai? Jaise banalo vaisa hai. Chahe is ko tamasha banalo. Chahe is ko teerth banalo. Chahe is ko geeta banalo. Chahe is ko gaali banalo. Chahe is ko nark banalo, Chahe is ko swarg banalo." What is life? Life is what you make it. Whether you make it Heaven or Hell, the choice is up to you. Life is whatever you make it. But, how? Lekin, banaye kaisa? The keys are given to you. It is not only that the keys are given to you, but you ARE the keys. A key can either open locks or close locks.  Whether you use your life to open locks or to close locks, that is up to you. You ARE the keys.  


May 11   -- Dehradun

Shri H.C. Jain, the Commissioner Income Tax, organized a special function at the Jain Dharamshala on "Vegetarianism from the perspective of different religions." Various spiritual leaders, scholars, doctors and experts gave lectures on Vegetarianism from the perspective of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity, as well as from a medical/health perspective. Pujya Swamiji was the Chief Guest of the function and gave a beautiful lecture about being a true "human" and being vegetarian.




It is amazing, He said, that a monkey does not have to go to school to learn how to be a monkey. He doesn't need schooling or a degree to be a monkey. Whatever he does, he does in the "monkey-way" even without a degree. However, man goes to so many schools, gets so many degrees, and still doesn't know how to act human. Even after all these degrees, after all these years in school, we still have to urge people, "Act Human!"

The bodies that God has given us are temples, they are divine, and we are polluting these divine temples with trash. As long as there is the blood of animals in our stomachs, there will be blood in our thoughts. As long as we are eating violence, so we will live violence. Our thoughts and our lives will never be peaceful as long as we are ingesting violence and death. We are only breeding tamashya. 

In USA, every year, they celebrate Thanksgiving, they give thanks to God. How do they do it? By killing millions and millions of turkeys. But I have never seen one news story where 50 turkeys get together, grab 4 or 5 men and say "Today let us have a party. Today let us celebrate," and kill the men and eat them. Through these parties, through these "celebrations" we are losing our humanity!

Through eating non-veg we are killing the very environment in which we live. It is only humans who destroy the land that feeds them. It is only humans that destroy the Earth which sustains them. We must bring back peace to the land, peace to the atmosphere, peace to the animals, and peace to all the creatures upon the Earth. 

Pujya Swamiji continued by explaining how important it is to teach the Sanskaras of vegetarianism to our children so that they can go forth and transform the world into a place filled with peace and love and into a place where people truly act human. 

May 14   -- Rishikesh

On the opening day of Pujya Acharya Kishore Vyasji's Mahabharat Katha Pujya Swamiji went to Vanprasth Ashram to officially light the inauguration deepak (lamp) and He gave a beautiful lecture on the meaning of Mahabharat. 





May 14 - 21   -- Rishikesh

A Bhagwat Katha by Shri Madan Mohan Shastriji was conducted at Parmarth Niketan. 










Pujya Swamiji's Itinerary
June - August, 2003



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