H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)
September-October 2003 




(Click on link to go directly to that section)
Bangkok, Thailand
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bali, Indonesia
Sydney, Australia
Auckland, New Zealand
Hong Kong
International Vedic Convention
Computer Center Inauguration
Prime Minister of Tibet comes to Parmarth
Pujya Swamiji's upcoming itinerary


Links to Previous Newsletters 
and Divine Messages




In August 2000, hundreds of the world�s spiritual and religious leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York for the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders.  

At the Summit, it became clear that peace, harmony and universal brotherhood could only be brought to the world by the spiritual leaders of all traditions uniting in a spirit of love and harmony. Neither political leaders nor social leaders alone could accomplish this feat.  



Pujya Swamiji speaking at the UN


From this realization of the importance of the world�s spiritual leaders coming together to spread a message of universal love and peace, the concept of the Vishwa Dharma Prasaar Yaatra took birth. Sponsored by the Vishwa Pravasi Bharati Leaders Forum, the Yaatra has traveled through USA, the Caribbean, Europe, Russia and Africa, bringing the wisdom and insight of Dharma Gurus to hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.

The Yaatra completed its Pacific and South East Asia leg from September 20 - October 8, visiting Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bali, Sydney, Fiji, Auckland and Hong Kong. 

The Yatra was blessed by the presence and wisdom of  His Holiness Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji (Bhanpura Peeth), His Holiness Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Her Holiness Sadhvi Ritambharaji, His Holiness Ven. Lama Lobsang, His Holiness Ven. Sudamalankar Theroji, and His Holiness Dr. Manjit Singhji.

The Yatra was led by Shri Mohanlal Mittal, President of Vishwa Pravasi Bharati Leaders Forum, and Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi, Trustee of VPBLF and the VC of the Maha Bodhi Society. 

The theme of the yaatra is Vasudhaiv Kutumbhakam �The World is One Family,� and in support of this theme, the Dharma Gurus include leaders of a variety of spiritual traditions, all of whom share and emphasize the message that �The truth is one, but the paths are many.�

The revered spiritual leaders gave messages of unity, peace and one-ness amongst all peoples across the world. They also shared inspiring wisdom on how to live lives of peace and how to achieve the ultimate goal of God realization. 

In addition to the Dharmagurus, in each function other speakers also included Shri Mohanlal Mittalji who shared the vision of the Vishwa Pravasi Bharati Leader's forum and also the prestigious Hindu Vibhushan award, which was awarded to an outstanding leader in each city.  Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modiji shared the history of the yatra and the importance of the role played by India's Dharmagurus in bringing peace to the world. 

In addition to the main function in each city, there were also youth sessions, women's sessions and inter-faith sessions in nearly all of the cities, where participants had the opportunity to interact in a smaller group setting with the Dharma Gurus and yatra leaders. 

The itinerary was as follows:

September 20-21: Bangkok
September 22-24: Kuala Lumpur
September 25-27: Jakarta
September 28 - 30: Bali
October 1 - 2: Sydney
October 3 - 4: Fiji
October 5 -6: Auckland
October 7 - 8: Hong Kong

September 20 - 21  -- Bangkok


  left to right: Siri Singh Sahib, Dr. Manjit Singhji, Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Sri Shankaracharyaji Swami Divyanand Teerthji, Pujya Swami Sukhdevanandji, Ven. Lama Lobzang, Pujya Sadhvi Ritambharaji - at the Ambassador hotel in Bangkok, Thailand  


September 22-24  -- Kuala Lumpur
We reached Kuala Lumpur on the 22nd and the main function was the same night. Held at the huge Badminton Stadium, the crowd was in the many thousands. Local spiritual leaders from South India also joined the Yatra's Dharmagurus.

In addition to the Dharmagurus and the leaders of the yatra Shri Mohanlal Mittalji and Shri Bhupendra Kumar Modiji, other notable guests at the function included the Honorable Dato Seri Dr. Samy Vellu, the Minister of Works, Malaysia and President of the Malaysian Indian Congress and also Mother Mangalam who received the Hindu Vibhushan Award. 









The Dharma Gurus in Kuala Lumpur




Interfaith meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Local Christian, Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist leaders came together.


The Malaysia team of organizers with H.H. Sri Shankaracharyaji and Pujya Swamiji


September 28-30  -- Bali
In Bali, the two day program was a beautiful exhibition of Balinese piety, culture and devotion. The island is nearly 90% Hindu although there are very few Indians. So, no one spoke Hindi and only a few spoke English. It has been 1000 years since the Balinese Hindus left India! The culture and the land are divine in their natural simplicity, elegance and beauty.

The first day's program took place at one of the most holy temples in Bali and was attended by hundreds of the Balinese priests and other religious/spiritual leaders. The second day's program was also attended by several political dignitaries including the Village Collector (like the Chief Minister in India). The Governor of Bali also hosted a beautiful dinner and reception at his home.  





At the Mother Temple, Baisakhi. 





A special puja arranged at the Mother Temple, Baisakhi




Pujya Swamiji with the Village Collector and his wife

Dharmagurus and Shri ML Mittalji with the Governor of Bali

H.H. Sri Shankaracharyaji invested the children with their sash of �prefect� and they took solemn oaths over the holy Deepak flames.



At the main function in Bangali in Bali. Left - young girls dance. Right - Pujya Swamiji with the Chief Priest and Dr. Somvir


After the main function on the Bangali ground, the Village Collector took all the Dharmagurus and yatris to see a "model typical village." We walked through the simple yet beautiful street which, although sparse, was immaculately clean. Pujya Swamiji was very impressed to hear the mandatory clean up scheme of all the villages: every week, one member of each household comes together and cleans the streets. 




October 1  -- Sydney
The programs in Sydney took place at Homebush Stadium, the home of the Olympic Games. First there was a youth conference, women's meeting and business leaders meeting, followed by the main function. The function was graced by the presence of several local spiritual/religious leaders and social dignitaries. These included: M. Ganapathi, Consul General, Consulate General of India, Gary Hardgrave, Federal Minister, A. Manickam, Minister and Deputy High Commissioner, Imam Hilali representing Islam, Josie Lacie representing Judaism, and Bishop Manning, representing Christianity. 



The dharmagurus, local leaders and Shri Anup Jalota


Interfaith gathering in Sydney with representatives of Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Indigenous traditions

October 3-4  -- Fiji
The main event in Fiji took place in their outdoor stadium and it was the largest event in the history of Lautoka, Fiji. The local officials exclaimed incredulously, "This is more people than come for rugby!!" Approximately 15,000 came to the function which included the inspiring and uplifting lectures as well as music by Anup Jalotaji. The Chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs was the main guest, and the function was also attended by several high ranking ministers including Shri I.S. Chauhan, High Commissioner from India, and Hon. George Shiu Raj, Minister for Multi Ethnic Affairs.

Other events included a large meeting of all the priests, purohits and brahmins with Pujya Swamiji in which He explained what their true, deep responsibilities are to the community, and also a smaller, interactive session with Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Shri Shankaracharyaji and Pujya Sudammalankar Theroji. 



The Dharmagurus with the Chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, Fiji


(left to right): Ashok Pandeyji, Anup Jalotaji, Sadhvi Ritambharaji, Chairman - Great Council of Chiefs, Swami Divyanand Teerthji, Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Shri ML Mittalji. 




Pujya Swamiji and Pujya Sadhvi Ritambharaji light the dia with the Chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs

The group of organizers and supporters from Fiji at the airport


October 5-6  -- Auckland, New Zealand
The yatra in New Zealand began with a beautiful, music welcome in traditional Maori style at the airport. For over an hour the Maori youth troupe performed traditional Maori songs and dances. It was a truly touching and beautiful welcome. The main program in Auckland was graced by Mr. David Lange, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand (who was also the recipient of the Hindu Vibhushan Award), Sir Edmund Hilary and Mr. Phil Goff, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Justice. The function had approximately 7000 participants in one of the largest tents ever constructed! And everyone was fed hot meals due to the generosity and cooperation of several organizations and devotees.

There were also very well attended youth sessions, women's sessions and interfaith gatherings.


Here Shri Mohanlal Mittalji presents the Hindu Vibhushan award to Mr. David Lange, the Former Prime Minister of New Zealand for his long time love and support of Indians and Hindus both in New Zealand and abroad. 





October 7-8  -- Hong Kong


The Sheraton Hotel Ballroom with a capacity of 800 people, had an audience exceeding 1400 people (with hundreds of devotees sitting on the floor in the aisles or standing around the walls)! The event began with a procession of the Dharmagurus led by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Sadhvi Ritambharaji and Pujya Siri Singh Sahib, Dr. Manjit Singhji were joined in Hong Kong by Pujya Acharya Sudanshuji Maharaj. 


Acharya Sudanshuji Maharaj, Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Ritambharaji fill the sacred kalash with soil from Hong Kong


Pujya Swamiji, Pujya Sudanshuji and Shri ML Mittalji give the Hindu Vibhushan award to Shri Harililaji and his brothers. 



September 18  -- Delhi

Pujya Swamiji and Hon. Cabinet Minister Shri Murli Manohar Joshiji were the Chief Guests at the Inauguration of the International Vedic Convention. The Conference was organized by Dr. B.B Puri, world renowned Vastu expert and it included sessions on various aspects of Vedas, Vastu and the application of ayurveda/yoga for our health and wellbeing. 



Pujya Swamiji presents Shri Murli Manohar Joshiji with Mansarovar water and a special Mansarovar duppata (scarf)


October 10  -- Rishikesh
Inauguration of Computer Center at Parmarth Niketan. By the generosity of Smt. Bellaben and Shri Yogeshbhai Patel of Florida, USA a first class computer center is being built at the Parmarth Gurukul/orphanage. It has been a vision of Pujya Swamiji's that the boys should learn this important skill which will be a great asset in helping them succeed in whatever field they choose. 



Pujya Swamiji, Smt. Bellaben, and Shri Yogeshbhai perform the inauguration of the Computer Centre


Smt. Bellaben and, Shri Yogeshbhai with the rishikumars


October 11  -- Rishikesh


Organized by the Friends of the Doon Society, 
a special conference on the protection and preservation of the wild elephants in the jungles/forests of Uttranchal was held at 
Parmarth Niketan, hosted by Parmarth and 
India Heritage Research Foundation



October 12  -- Rishikesh
A special puja and yagna were held in honor and memory of those who lost their lives in the Bali bombings. When we traveled to Bali on the Vishwa Dharma Prasaar Yatra, Pujya Swamiji promised the people of Bali (and also the people of Australia who made up the majority of deaths) that we would hold a special puja on October 12, the anniversary of the bombings. 

Rishikumars from Parmarth's Gurukul say a special peace prayer 
on the banks of Mother Ganga

Prayers were said that the departed souls may attain peace, that their loved ones may attain solace and comfort and that the world may move into a peaceful, harmonious future. 

October 14  -- Delhi


A beautiful book on the Divine life of Respected Shri Narendra Mohanji was released by the hands of the honorable Prime Minister. Pujya Swamiji, Shri L.K. Advaniji, Shri Murli Manohar Joshiji, Dr. L.M. Singhviji, Shri ND Tiwariji (Chief Minister of Uttranchal) and several other top ministers and dignitaries graced the function with their presence.  


Pujya Swamiji with Shri Murli Manohar Joshi, Dr. L.M. Singhvi, Nalini-Kamalini (famous dancers) and Shri Yogendra Mohan


October 13-21  -- Rishikesh
World Leadership Jam. 35 youth from 20 countries, including Pakistan, Iran, Israel, Palestine and Tibet as well as USA, Canada and Europe came together in a World Leadership conference organized by Youth for Environmental Sanity. The goal was to empower youth to help lead the world toward a peaceful, positive and conscious future. The participants are all leaders of various fields -- political, social, environmental, spiritual -- in their respective countries and they are all dedicated to using their skills and energy to help make the world a better place. 

His Holiness Samdhong Rimpoche, the former Primer Minister of Tibet was a special guest speaker. We showed him the video from the Mansarovar-Kailash yatra and his eyes filled with tears as he folded his hands in prayer to the sacred mountain on the screen. 



Pujya Swamiji and Shri Rimpocheji perform yagna and Aarti together


Pujya Swamiji offers him water from holy lake Mansarovar







Click Here to See Mansarovar Yatra in the News

Pujya Swamiji's Itinerary
October - December, 2003


November December
2-3 Nadi, Fiji 1-2 Zurich, Switzerland 1-2 London
4-5 Auckland, 
New Zealand
5-8 London 4 Indore
6-8 Hong Kong 9-13 California 5-6 Bombay
9 Delhi 15-16 Louisville, KY 7-10 Delhi
10-13 Rishikesh 18-21 Pittsburgh, PA 11-31 Rishikesh
14 Delhi 22 Goldsboro, NC    
15-29 Rishikesh 23-24 Harrisburg, PA    
30 Delhi 25-26 Lewisburg, PA    
31 Zurich, Switzerland 26-27 Detroit
  28 New Jersey/New York
29-30 Toronto

Please note: Pujya Swamiji's itinerary is always subject to change. Prior to coming to Rishikesh, please make sure to confirm whether He is here by phone or email.

Contact Information:
Phone: (0135)  2434301, 2440088, 2434308 Fax: (0135)) 2434399
From abroad, dial: + (91-135) instead of (0135)