H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)
May  2005 


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Pujya Swamiji in Pittsburgh
Pujya Swamiji in California
Pujya Swamiji in Singapore
Inauguration of Nirmal Eye Hospital
Final Rites for Shri Sunil Dutt

Upcoming in June Update



May 1-- Pittsburgh

From 1980 to 1984, Pujya Swamiji's vision, dedication, and leadership led to the construction of the first Hindu-Jain temple in USA.  This glorious, towering, abode of God lies on the top of the rolling hills in the suburbs of Pennsylvania.  Pujya Swamiji was called there in 1980 by the Indian community to lead them in the construction of a temple. However, His vision was for more than just a mandir. His vision was also for unity in the community. Thus, His divine vision led to not only a gorgeous red brick 3-dome temple, but also to a great harmony, peace and unity in the community. It is still the only temple in the world in which not only do Hindus and Jains worship together but also where the two sects of Jainism -- Shwetambar and Jigambar -- worship together.









Hindu-Jain temple inspired, conceived and built by Pujya Swamiji
in Monroeville, Pennsylvania

From May 1 - May 8, the community celebrated the 21 anniversary of the mandir. It was a great honor for the community to have Pujya Swamiji's presence again with them for the anniversary. The entire community center was packed with families who had come to perform puja and have Pujya Swamiji's divine darshan.  Pujya Swamiji gave a beautiful lecture on the meaning of being a Hindu and also on the obstacles and challenges that arise in our spiritual practice (and what the solutions are).  After the pravachan everyone joined together to watch the divine Ganga Aarti which we had brought on DVD from Rishikesh. Everyone's eyes filled with tears as they beheld the divine darshan of Mother Ganga, and everyone joined together to sing the aarti.

May 7 - San Francisco, California

Pujya Swamiji was in San Francisco for one day and gave a satsang and question-answer session in Danville.

May 8-10 - Los Angeles, California

Pujya Swamiji traveled to Los Angeles from San Francisco.



On the 8th He gave a beautiful program at the new Golden Bridge yoga center in Hollywood. Able to hold nearly 1000 people this has truly become Los Angeles' premier yoga center.

As the day was Mother's Day, He gave an inspiring and thought-provoking lecture on the Mother

Pujya Swamiji addresses the audiece at Golden Bridge

First He spoke about the importance of our own mothers and how we too frequently neglect them. He urged people to accept their mothers -- with all their possible faults and failings -- as human and to forgive them. "Our mothers made some human, natural mistake 25 years ago and we are still suffering from it! This is not the way. Let it go. She made you miserable for 10 minutes, 25 years ago and you've made yourself miserable for the last 25 years reliving it every minute!!"

However, then He shifted and He spoke about the True, Divine Mother. "Our own mothers may occasionally let us down. They may not be everything we wish them to be. But there is a Mother who will never let you down. There is a Mother whose arms are always there to embrace you. That is the Divine Mother."

On May 9, He spoke at Karuna Yoga in Los Angeles. "Karuna means compassion" He explained to the non-Indian audience. "How to really live Karuna? How to bring Karuna in our lives every minute? How to make every moment of every day Karuna-Yoga?" He gave a beautiful talk on the path of compassion versus the path of passion and where each path leads us.

May 14 - Singapore

On the way back to India from USA, Pujya Swamiji stopped for 1 day in Singapore. He arrived in the morning and left the same evening, and yet during that one day He gave two beautiful programs. In the morning He spoke at Inward Bound Yoga, run by Rebecca Pflaum, and in the afternoon He addressed the large community of the Singapore Jain Society, headed by Shri Naginbhai Doshi. He promised the Singapore community that next time He would stay longer!


May 22 - Rishikesh

Pujya Swamiji was a special guest at the ground-laying ceremony for the new Nirmal Ashram Eye Hospital to be built in Rishikesh. Funded generously by Shri Chandukewal Ramani of London, the Eye Hospital will be built and run under the team of Mission for Vision, led by Dr. R.V. Ramani of the Sankara Eye Institute, Coimbatore.

In all of the Rishikesh area there is no proper eye care facility and this first class hospital will fill a great void.

(Upcoming in the next, June update, Dr. R.V. Ramani operated for free on 50 poor villagers in the Coimbatore hospital, on June 3, in honor of Pujya Swamiji's birthday - details in June update).


Pujya Swamiji with the revered saints of Nirmal Ashram


May 30 - Rishikesh

The final rites for Shri Sunil Dutt (world famous actor, political leader, humanitarian, social leader and philanthropist) were conducted at Parmarth Niketan.  Sanjay Dutt and his sisters Priya and Namrata came with the entire family to immerse Shri Sunil Dutt's ashes in the holy water of Mother Ganga. The puja was graced also by the presence of the Honorable Chief Minister of Uttranchal, Shri Narayan Dutt Tiwariji and other dignitaries. The Uttranchal Police performed the official Salami Shastra in Shri Sunil Dutt's honor.









Puja is performed for the ashes of Shri Sunil Dutt








  Shri Sunil Dutt's final rites are performed - and then his ashes are immersed in Ganga.  










The Police of Uttranchal perform the Salami Shasta for Shri Sunil Dutt










The ashes are immersed

Sanjay Dutt and his family also performed the divine Ganga Yagna and Aarti at Parmarth in the evening.




Sanjay Dutt performs final purnahuti with Pujya Swamiji and the Ganga Aarti







Sanjay Dutt and Priya Dutt join Pujya Swamiji in the divine kirtan and bhajans at the Ganga Aarti.


1. Conference on Review of Encyclopedia of Hinduism
2. Pujya Swamiji's Birthday at Parmarth
3. All India Ayurveda Conference
4. Honorable Governor comes to Parmarth
5. Honorable Chief Minister comes to Parmarth



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

Click on the links below for previews:
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Bathing in Ganga at Parmarth

Itinerary for Pujya Swamiji 
for June - September 2005
June July August
1-27 Rishikesh 1-15 Rishikesh 1-2 Winnipeg
28 Mumbai 17 Sacramento 3-4 Toronto
30 Rishikesh 21-24 Louisville, KY 6-13 New Jersey
    26 Dallas, TX 15-18 Europe
    27-29 Pittsburgh 20-21 Leicester, UK
    30-31 Chicago 22 Manchester
        23 Edinburgh, Scotland
        24-28 London
        29 Leicester
        31 Rishikesh

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
January - February  2005
Mansarovar Special - July 2003 Tsunami Relief Special
June - July  2004

International Yoga Festival  2005

August - September  2004

March - April  2005

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