H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)
October-November 2002

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Gurudass Khalsa brings yoga group
H.H. Prananandaji comes to Parmarth
Diwali is celebrated
Sheena Singhal's birthday is remembered
SwamiNarayana Sadhana Shibir
Usha Shahra celebrates her 50th birthday
Special Guests come from California, USA
120 Doctors & Scientists come for Aarti
Swami Rama MahaSamadhi Celebration
Upcoming Events

Pujya Swamiji's upcoming itinerary

October 7-15  -- Navratri

During the sacred days of Navratri, there was daily Ramayan Paath as well as special puja, chanting and daily special yagnas on the banks of Ganga.

October 13-16: Rishikesh
 A special group from USA, Mexico and Europe came led by Gurudass Khalsa of Spain and Sampuran Khalsa of USA. Students of Kundalini Yoga, they came to Rishikesh to imbibe the divine nectar of the land from where the saints, rishis and sages passed down the secrets of Yoga.



October 23-27: Rishikesh
H.H. Prananandaji (Louix Dor Dempriey) came to Parmarth Niketan with a group of 56 devotees from USA, Australia, Europe and Asia. The group was on a 2 week trip throughout India, having traveled South, North, East and West before coming to Parmarth Niketan. The group participated in Divine Ganga Aarti and had a special lunch on the Ganga Ghat with all of the young rishikumars and children from Sanskar Vidya Mandir. Everyone wrote that Parmarth Niketan was their favorite part of the entire India tour. �After traveling the length and breadth of the country, I finally came home,� one woman wrote. �Thank you so much for welcoming us into your beautiful piece of Paradise,� others wrote.


The group from USA, Europe and Australia enjoys Ganga Aarti and Pujya Swamiji's kirtan


Each evening, after aarti the group had special Satsang and question-answer sessions with Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Prananandaji. The combination of Aarti followed by satsang with the saints was the highlight of everyone�s time.




Lunch is fed to the children of Sanskar Vidya Mandir and Sri Prananandaji's divine wife and daughter distribute pencils to the children


November 4: Diwali
The joyous festival of Light was celebrated at Parmarth Niketan with a special Maha Lakshmi puja performed on the holy banks of Mother Ganga



Rishikesh: Sheena Singhal Day
In honor of the birthday of dear Sheena Singhal, in whose name our largest school is sponsored, we had a special meal for the girls. Dear Sheena was taken into the lap of God at a young, tender age. However, in her memory, her parents -- Dr. Yatinder Singhal and Smt. Sarita Singhal of Detroit, USA -- have sponsored a school in Rishikesh where nearly 400 children receive daily education and 1500 girls receive vocational training.



The young girls eat in honor of Sheena Singhal


November 4-18: Rishikesh: Swami Narayan Sadhana Shibir


H.H. Pujya Madhav Priyadas Swamiji Maharaj of the Swaminarayan tradition came to Parmarth Niketan with 215 of his saints and 1600 devotees for a special 2 week Sadhana Camp.  All of the residents, guests, pilgrims and devotees at Parmarth were blessed by the darshan of the saints and the devotional atmosphere.


H.H. Pujya Madhav Priyadas Swamiji Maharaj runs 7 gurukuls throughout India and has graciously agreed to find 100 young, divine orphans or financially impoverished boys for Parmarth Niketan�s gurukul. So, within a few short months, we will have another 100 young rishikumars.


Pujya Swamiji with Pujya Madhavpriyadas Swamiji - walking from pravachan, sharing thoughts, performing yagna

Pujya Swamiji was requested to give pravachan on several occasions in their Sadhana Camp.
He gave beautiful, stirring lectures on a wide variety of topics. See this month's Divine Message for highlights





The Swami Narayan saints and devotees organized a special puja and abhishek in Mother Ganga






Divine Ecstasy at Ganga Aarti


November 9-10: Rishikesh
To celebrate her special 50th birthday, Smt. Usha Shahra, divine wife of Shri Santosh Shahra came to Parmarth Niketan to herald in the 51st year with puja, yagna and Aarti. Pujya Swamiji praised the entire family�s devotion and piety for choosing to celebrate such a special occasion in a pious and pure ashram rather than in a large hotel or resort, dancing and drinking champagne!

Smt. Ushaji receives special blessings from Pujya Swamiji and a flower garland from her beloved, respected Husband


Our Divine Rishikumars enjoy their meal on the banks of Ganga

November 11 - 19: Rishikesh

Several special guests came from USA to spend quiet, serene days in the sacred environment.


Respected Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, internationally renowned Kundalini Yoga teacher came for
several days.
Gurmukh is a regular favorite asset to Parmarth�s International Yoga Festivals and regularly brings large groups of yoga students from USA.
This time she was here for personal sadhana.


Also, Dawn Baille and dear Paris Baille came from Los Angeles. Dawn is a student of Gurmukh�s who came last year on one of the yoga retreats and immediately became a close member of Parmarth�s family.


The founder and owner of BLT & Associates in Hollywood, Dawn has done all of the beautiful art work for much of Parmarth�s and IHRF�s recent publications as well as the glorious photo-exhibition of Pujya Swamiji�s life for His 50th Jayanti Celebration. This time, Dawn brought her divine daughter Paris to experience India and to meet her 100 brothers in the Gurukul!





Paris performs a special puja led by 11 of the youngest rishikumars.



On a special day,  Respected Gurmukh began a Kundalini yoga class for the children in the Gurukul. For over an hour they jumped like frogs, bounced like monkeys and chanted sacred mantras in a divine meditation.



Feeding the monkeys in the jungles


November 11: Rishikesh

From the 8th to the 12 November, the Himalayan Institute organized a beautiful conference on Science and Meditation at Jolly Grant Hospital, under the inspiration and guidance of H.H. M.M. Swami Veda Bharatiji. On November 11, 120 doctors and scientists from abroad came to Parmarth Niketan to partake in the divine Aarti ceremony and to have Prasad afterwards.


  Pujya Swamiji garlands Pujya Swami Veda Bharatiji

  Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Maulanna Wahiduddin Khan Saheb greet each other lovingly  


November 13: Jolly Grant Himalayan Institute - Dehradun


At the conclusion of the Conference and to mark the Mahasamadhi anniversary of the great saint H.H. Swami Rama, the Himalayan Institute organized a special Mahasamadhi Celebration.

Pujya Swamiji was the Chief Guest at the function.


 He gave a beautiful lecture on the message of H.H. Swami Rama�s life and released 2 new books based on the teachings of H.H. Swami Rama. Prior to the function, the dedicated team at Jolly Grant Hospital, including Shri Vijay Dhasmana, Dr. Prakash Keshaviah, Dr. Anil Singhal and Dr. Hanumanth Rao showed Pujya Swamiji around the Swami Rama Centre � a special centre dedicated to his life and his teachings.


Signing books Delivering pravachan With Shri Vijay Dhasmana's son

Shri Prabhat Kumarji, former Cabinet Minister of the Government of India and former Governor of Jharkhand was the Guest of Honor at the Celebration and later joined us at Parmarth Niketan for Aarti.


Upcoming Events


Yoga/Meditation and Spirituality Camps

Yoga and Meditation for All:
1 December 2002 - 14 December 2002 

Vedic Heritage Seminar Camp
1 December 2002 - 7 December 2002

Yoga Intensive/Instructor's Course:
1 December 2002 - 30 May 2003          

Basic Yoga Teacher's Training Course:
1 December 2002 - 28 February 2003  

Please click here  to request more information or to register. Additionally, if you would like the complete 2003 Calendar for Yoga Courses, please send email to Parmarth@aol.com and request the Complete Yoga Information.

March 4 - 10, 2003
This 6 day Festival will feature Yogacharyas from all over the world
teaching a variety of Yogic Disciplines, including Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga,
Pranayama, Meditation, Stress Reduction,
Yoga Cleansing Kriyas and Yoga Therapy.

There will also be lectures by spiritual masters and scholars
Click Here to See Details of the Festival




Contact Information:
Phone: + (91-135)  434301, 434308, 434300 Fax: + (91-135) 434399