October 10-14: -- Rishikesh
Yoga Camp: Divine Soul and respected Kundalini Yoga
Teacher from California, Gurmukh
came with a group of students and seekers from USA. She
offered a special 4 day Kundalini Yoga Camp for not only
her students from abroad, but also for ashram residents,
pilgrims, devotees and other local people. Respected
Gurmukh teaches yoga for the body, yoga for the mind and
yoga for the soul in Hollywood, California and travels
the world bringing this great science to seekers
While here, she and her group took part in a special
puja, releasing the ashes of someone who had passed
Final offering of ash immersion puja
Pujya Swamiji applies sacred tilak to the group from America
|Pujya Swamiji blesses Gurushabd,
one of the leaders of the yoga group
|Respected Gurmukh performs aarti
with Pujya Swamiji
| Escorts Heart Camp.
Dr. Ravi Kasliwal and his team of specialists from Escorts Heart Institute, Delhi came here and had a special one-day cardiac
screening/consultation/ screening camp
The inauguration was performed by
the eminent doctors from Escorts, as well as by Pujya Shri Sharadbhai
Respected Judge Shailendra
Varansi, Respected Shri AK Rahaji
of Delhi, and the entire group who came with
Respected Gurmukh from America.
|Testing of patients with EKG machine
||Dr. Rachna Kasliwal, daughter of Dr. Ravi Kasliwal, examines a patient as her father stands by.
October 16: --
Final Purnahuti of the Purushottam Mas Bhagwat Katha. After a full month of delivering daily Bhagwat Katha,
Pujya Madan Mohan Shastriji's sublime religious program came to a close as the sun set on the holy month of Purushottam
Mas. The entire katha and the entire month-long
puja and yagnas were dedicated to the souls who lost
their lives in the tragic events of September 11. We had
prayers, chanting, yagnas, pujas and aarti for peace for
the victims, their loved ones and for all of
Acharya Madan Mohan Shastriji performs divine
Ganga Aarti with Pujya Swamiji
purnahuti of the yagna, which -- for one month --
was lit in honor of the victims of the tragedy of
October 17: --
|As one joyous festival ended, another began. October 17 marked the first day of the holy festival of Navaratri, and we were blessed with the presence of
Shankaracharyaji Sri Swami Divyanand Teerthji Maharaj, Bhanpura
Peeth. His Holiness came, performed Ganga Aarti and gave
blessings and a beautiful lecture on the nature of life and death.
and H.H. Shankaracharyaji Sri Swami Divyanand Teerthji
Navaratri. For the nine days dedicated to the Mother Goddess, we had special Ramayan Paath every morning, uplifting satsang in the afternoons and special puja, yagna and aarti each evening on the banks of Mother Ganga.
On Dusshera the final day, the young Rishikumars - who had been in special anusthan for these days - organized their own special yagna and Aarti ceremonies. With no help from the acharyas, the young rishikumars planned and prepared a beautiful yagna puja and Aarti, showing their great reverence for the Mother Goddess.
|The rishikumars perform aarti to the beautiful images of Mother Goddess they made at their
|| Head Acharya Shri Ramanujji performs aarti with one of the small children
October 23 - 26
- Porbandar, Gujarat
Pujya Swamiji travelled to Porbandar to Pujya Bhaishri's ashram for the final days of the special Navaratri program. On
October 26, Dusshera, they travelled for a special
Dusshera festival in the holy land of Dwarka.
October 24 - 30:
Atma Parishodhana Camp by
H.H. Swami Prajna Aranyaji Maharaj
(also known as Pujya Yogi Protoplasm). Pujya Yogiji travels India teaching a remarkably intensive mixture of yoga, meditation and pranayama. This camp, conducted in both English and Hindi, was attended by nearly 50 people who began classes each day at 3:00 am and subsisted on milk, fruit and strict silence for the one week period.
Swamiji is a special guest at final session of Pujya
Prajna Aranyaji Maharaj (Yogi Protoplasm)'s sadhana camp;
Other saints and brahmacharis give testimony to
impact they have felt
brahmacharis and rishikumars attend the camp
October 29 - November 2:
Free Medical Health Camp. Seven eminent doctors came from the Hinduja Hospital,
Leelavati Hospital, Cumballa Hospital, Singhania Hospital and other prestigious hospitals of Bombay to give a free medical health camp at Parmarth Niketan.
Dr. Shailja Chatturvedi
from Sydney, Australia came and offered her help as well
as her commitment to bring teams here from Australia in
purnahuti performed by the
doctors from Bombay and by Shri
Girdhar Dalmiaji and his family.
inauguration/lamp lighting of the camp
Swamiji garlands Dr. Bandookwala
Swamiji, Pujya Swami Protoplasm and other saints
visit the camp
wait outside for their chance to see the doctors
from Detroit USA,
came with a group of nearly 30 devotees from America
who were performing a divine yatra throughout the
numerous holy areas of India. While here they
performed a sacred puja for the successful completion
of the yatra.
31; 4:00 am:
this sacred hour, on this special day, hundreds of
asthma patients gathered on the banks of Mother Ganga,
and at the special Venkateshwar Temple where our
respected Vaidyaji (Ayurvedic expert) dispensed
a unique, miraculous medicine in the form of divine
kir which has the power - when given at this
predetermined auspicious time - to relieve symptoms of
asthma and bronchitis even in chronic sufferers.
By the generosity of donors, the YES schools are
flourishing well. We are currently sponsoring 51
tribal schools in the Himalayan region and 21
tribal schools in Bihar. Additionally,
we have sponsored the restoration and re-establishment
of 8 schools and a medical
clinic in Orissa which had been destroyed in
Sanskar Vidya Mandir:
On the premises of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh,
India, Sanskar Vidya Mandir
has added 7th and 8th class.
This Junior School takes place in the mornings, along
with the children�s school, and we have shifted the
nursery and kindergarten to the afternoons. There are
now over 225 children whose
lives are being enriched through the academic education
as well as through the teachings of values, ethics and
Other YES News:
The YES project currently
sponsors a total of 117 educational programs,
including children's schools, junior/high schools,
women's vocational training programs, adult education
programs, music/dance programs and one
orphanage/gurukul. A new children's school and a new
women's vocational training program will open soon in
Lucknow, through the
great dedication and management of Shri
Shiv Balak Mishraji and through the
generosity of Smt. Bina and
Shri Chris Stevenson of Australia, our new junior
school/high school -- the only of its kind for more than
a 20 km radius -- is now fully functional.
there had been only a children's school, and thus
after graduation from primary school, the children
had nowhere to go other than into the fields to
work. Now, they can continue their education
and -- by the grace of God -- transcend the lives
of poverty into which they were born.
Additionally, the renovations and additions, have
enabled the children's school to also expand. Now,
instead of 400 children, there are 600 children
coming each day.
Memory of Dear Sheena
Parmarth Vidya Mandir:
June, 2000, a divine child was taken from the worldly
realm back to the realm of God. In memory of her divine
soul, and to bring life to other children who don't have
the opportunities that dear Sheena had, her parents have
committed themselves to Parmarth Vidya Mandir -- a project of YES --
in Rishikesh. The school which was later to become
Sheena's was inaugurated in June, 2000 and officially
opened in November 2000 by Pujya Swamiji, Smt.
Sarita and Shri Yatinder Singhal and several other
distinguished guests. There are now over 2000 young girls and
boys who are receiving the irreplaceable gifts of an
education, vocational training, skills training and most
importantly the gifts of hope and faith.
September 22, 2002, her parents had a special
fundraiser in Detroit, with the help of Divine Soul Smt.
Madhvi Doshi and several of their dear, committed
friends. A film called Tapish produced by
Shri Yatinderji was shown and speeches were given about
the importance of the project.
The fundraiser was
greatly successful and large donations were received for
this divine project.
has been beautiful to see the way that Smt.
Saritaji, Shri Yatinderji and their friends have
come together, taken a tragic loss and turned it
into such a great gift of life to so many
underprivileged children living in the sacred
June, 1998 when
Swami Gurusharananandji Maharaj, Pujya Sant Shri
Rameshbhai Oza (Bhaiji) and Pujya Swami
Chidanand Saraswatiji (Muniji)
went on yatra to the sacred land of Mansarovar
and Mt. Kailash, in Tibet, they saw the
desperateness of the local situation. There are
no medical facilities for hundreds of
kilometers. People frequently suffer or even die
from basic, treatable altitude sickness, due to
lack of medical attention. There is no indoor
place to stay - all must camp in tents.
Therefore, Pujya Muniji Maharaj vowed that -by the
grace of God -- He would do something for the local
people (who don't even have running water) and for all
the pilgrims who travel there.
Two and a half years were spent in discussions with
the Chinese government, and - with the cooperation and
support of the Bureau of Foreign Affairs and Tourism
of Ngari Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region - we
finally obtained permission for the project.
December, 2000 permission was officially granted
by the Chinese Government to build
an ashram and a hospital in the sacred
Further, this will be the spring board for other
much-needed humanitarian projects in the
including schools, vocational training programs,
the project is nearly complete, yet the winter freeze
prevents any further pilgrimage to the area. So, once
the passage opens, in June of 2002 we will travel there
on yatra for a special inauguration.
divine hospital and 16-room ashram will be inaugurated
His Holiness Shankaracharyaji
Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, Kanchi Kaam Koti
Peeth, H.H. Shankaracharyaji
Pujya Swami Divyanand Teerthji
Maharaj, Bhanpura Peeth,
Pujya Swami Gurusharananandji Maharaj
H.H. Pujya Sant Shri Rameshbhai Oza. Official dignitaries and VIPs who will also grace the occasion include Shri ML
Mittal, Dr. BK Modi, and many others.
For more details about the yatra,
November 9-11: Hindu Heritage Pratishthan - For the third year in a row, the Hindu Heritage Pratishthan camp will be held here. Students from dozens of countries from across the world will be coming to Parmarth Niketan to learn about Indian culture and Hinduism.
November 23-30: Sadhana Saptah
This annual special week of Sadhana is already fully booked.