H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Muniji)
October 2006


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October 1 -- Mumbai
Pujya Swamiji blessed the wedding of Renuka Hinduja to Olivier with His presence. It was a beautiful scene, with the Hinduja Mumbai bungalow turned into a veritable Vrindavan for Radha and Krishna!

October 6 -- Gangotri
Pujya Swamiji traveled to Gangotri for the inauguration of the Ganga Aarti in Gangotri. Pujya Swamiji is famous across the world for the divine, spectacular Aarti each evening on the banks of Ganga (see our homepage at www.parmarth.org for link to video clippings). He is also committed to starting Aarti in as many of the holy locations on the banks of Ganga as possible. His blessings, inspiration, presence and guidance have already started Aarti in Badrinath, Rudra Prayag, Allahabad, Kanpur and Roorkee. However, He felt that Gangotri, being the source of Mother Ganga should definitely have a daily Aarti.

Hence on the 5th October He traveled from Rishikesh with Acharya Balkrishanji (the acharya and ayurvedic head of Pujya Swami Ramdevji's ayurvedic wing), famous actress Smt. Hema Maliniji and rishikumars from Parmarth's gurukul as well as our sangeet team (musical team) to Gangotri.  The Honorable Governor of Uttranchal came on the morning of the 6th.

A special puja was held and the first divine aarti was performed on the banks of Ganga at Gangotri.


(left) puja at Gangotri; (Right) Pujya Swamiji gives His blessings on the occasion


(left to right); Honorable Governor of Uttranchal, Shri Sudarshan Agarwalji, Smt. Hema Maliniji,
Pujya Acharya Balkrishanji, Pujya Swamiji perform sacred puja at Gangotri

(left) Pujya Swamiji & Pujya Balkrishanji walk with the rishikumars; Pujya Swamiji walks with the Hon.Governor




Aarti is performed


October 9-15 -- Rishikesh

A special, free eye camp and eye operation camp was organized by Dr. Purnima Roy of Sydney, Australia. They brought all the latest, modern equipment, and performed nearly 50 cataract operations using the latest Phaco technique. Further, the latest, most modern artificial lenses were used for the patients. Hundreds of patients were seen and treated by the three doctors (2 ophthalmologists and one anesthesiologist) who came to serve with love and devotion.


Dr. Purnima Roy and her team from Australia screen patients and perform the cataract operations using all the latest and best technology for the people of the sacred Himalayas




October 10 -- Rishikesh
Mae Chee Sansanee Sthirasuta head of the Sathira- Dhammasthan center in Bangkok came to Parmarth Niketan ashram with a group of devotees from Thailand.  Mae-Chee is also one of the main leaders of the Global Peace Initiative for Women and has been with Pujya Swamiji at several international, interfaith gatherings. She is truly a beautiful, divine soul and we were honored to have her with us at Parmarth.





Revered Mae-Chee and Dr. R.A. Holen, head of Acem Meditation group from Norway perform yagna and Aarti with Pujya Swamiji and the rishikumars

















Pujya Swamiji blesses and loves Mae-Chee








October 18 -- Delhi
Pujya Swamiji was a special guest invited to the celebration of the birthday of the Honorable Vice President of India, His Excellency, Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat . The program was organized and hosted by Respected Dr. L.M. Singhviji, former High Commissioner to UK, member of Parliament and an internationally esteemed philosopher and writer.

The function was also graced by the presence of the Honorable Home Minister, Shri Shivraj Patilji and innumerable heads of state and other dignitaries.

Pujya Swamiji opened the program with divine blessings and gave a beautiful talk about the Honorable Vice President.

Pujya Swamiji gives H.E. the Hon. Vice President a mala of rudraksh and also of flowers as a blessing


Shri Shivraj Patilji speaks while Pujya Swamiji sits with the Honorable Vice President,
Dr. LM Singhviji and other heads of state on the dias

Pujya Swamiji gives His blessings, and then meets with the Hon. Home Minister


October 24 -- London, UK
Pujya Swamiji traveled to London on the way to New York for the special occasion of the 80th birthday of Shri Mohanlal Mittal, the man who has been named the "Steel King." The Founder and Patriarch of the Mittal family, the largest steel producers in the world, he has dedicated his retirement years to using his energy and resources to help bring peace to the world. He has founded the Vishwa Pravasi Bharatiya Leaders Forum (see www.vpblf.com) which, amongst many other things, was the major sponsor of the United Nations World Youth Peace Summit.

Pujya Swamiji gave a beautiful talk and blessings for Shri Mittalji.


October 26-28-- New York, USA
Prior to the Youth Summit at the United Nations, which began on the 28th, there was a special peace-building retreat organized for youth from war-torn areas at the Dharma Drum meditation center in Pine Bush, New York. One hundred youth, from countries such as Iraq, Afganistan, Lebanon, Sudan, etc. came together for 2 days of participatory, interactive programs, workshops and discussions. Organized by Dena Merriam, the head of the Global Peace Initiative for Women (www.gpiw.org), the retreat was a beautiful opportunity for the youth to live, work, eat and pray together and to share their own experiences of both success and failure in working to bring peace and development to their respective countries.

Pujya Swamiji led sessions, answered questions and also organized/led a beautiful yagna into which all of the youth were encouraged to give their anger, pain, obstacles, grudges and fear.





Pujya Swamiji leads a session on the importance of the role of women and the Divine Feminine in bringing balance and peace to the world.




All the youth gather with Pujya Swamiji around the yagna to put their anger, grudges and pain into the sacred fire





Pujya Swamiji meets with Ven. Master Sheng-yen, the Founder of Dharma Drum Retreat center.



October 28-31-- New York, USA
For 3 days, the United Nations organized a Global Youth Peace Summit at the United Nations in New York, USA. For the last several years, the United Nations has organized regional summits in various parts of the world (Africa, Europe, etc.) to find those youth who are truly the leaders and who have both the ability as well as the commitment to work for betterment in the world. Then, out of these regional summits, two delegates from each of the 192 United Nations' countries were selected, and these delegates were called to the Global Summit at UN headquarters in New York.


For 3 days the youth participated in plenary sessions, breakout sessions and other gatherings/meetings at UN headquarters and ultimately drafted a declaration expressing their commitment to helping the UN achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

(left) Pujya Swamiji with Dr. Djibril Diallo, head of the UN office for Sport, Development and Peace; (Right) Pujya Swamiji with Shri Shashi Tharoor, Under Secretary General


Pujya Swamiji gave an inspiring talk on the topic of "The Role of Youth in Peacebuilding." He said, "The question is not the role you will play in peacebuilding, for you are all the most crucial ones in the peacebuilding process. Without the youth, we cannot bring peace to the world. The question, though, is how can you all prepare yourselves - internally and externally -- to be agents of peace."  He spoke about how they can bring peace within themselves and then how they can work to bring peace in their communities and in the world.


Pujya Swamiji with Dr. Diallo, and with youth delegates from across the world.



Also, on the opening night of the Summit, at a dinner and program hosted by Shri Mohanlal Mittalji at the Waldorf Astoria, Pujya Swamiji's new book titled, "Peace -- for ourselves, for our families, for our communities and for the world" was released.  The book will soon be available for download from our websites at www.parmarth.org and www.ihrf.com


Pujya Swamiji in a plenary session; youth in the audience



In an assembly hall at the UN. Pujya Swamiji is in the front seat on the right side




Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Rishikesh (Himalayas), India

MARCH 1-7, 2007

This year’s highlights will include:

Inspiring lectures by revered saints

H.H. Sri Shankaracharya Swami Divyanand Teerthji H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji H.H. Swami Veda Bharatiji



taught by Dr. David Frawley (Pt. Vamadeva Shastri), one of the few Westerners ever recognized in India as a Vedacharya or teacher of the ancient wisdom. In 1991, he was named Vamadeva Shastri, after the great Vedic Rishi Vamadeva. In 1995 he was given the title of Pandit along with the Brahmachari Vishwanathji award for his knowledge of the Vedic teaching. Vamadeva is a prolific and renowned author on a vast array of topics ranging from Vedanta, to yoga to Ayurveda. He is also a distinguished speaker and teacher in USA as well as in India and has lectured at most of the major Vedantic and Yogic institutions in both countries.  (www.vedanet.com)



taught by world famous Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, a world-renowned Kundalini yoga instructor. She is the co-founder and director of Golden Bridge, Los Angeles’ premier center for the study and practice of kundalini yoga and meditation. She is a direct disciple of kundalini yoga master Yogi Bhajan. Gurmukh has been teaching for over thirty years and is also a prolific author on the ways kundalini yoga can be used to bring peace and health to the body, mind and soul.   (www.goldenbridgeyoga.com)


IYENGAR yoga & pranayama

taught by Shri Birjoo Mehta, a long standing disciple of Yogacharya Sri B.K.S Iyengar, as well as the managing trustee of the Light on Yoga Research Trust, Mumbai. Birjoo has been a student of Sri B.K.S. Iyengar since 1975, and since 1984 has accompanied Sri Iyengar on many tours in India and overseas. Birjoo has been teaching Iyengar yoga in Mumbai for 18 years and has been one of the principle teachers at the Iyengar Yoga Conventions in UK, France, Holland, Spain and Israel. (www.bksiyengar.com)


IYENGAR yoga & patanjali's yoga sutras

taught by Karin O'Bannon. Previously the Senior Teacher of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles, and a certified Senior Intermediate Level 3 Iyengar Yoga Instructor (one of the highest levels), Karin resides part time at Parmarth, and offers periodic special courses and workshops as well as daily classes when she's in residence.  She has just been awarded the prestigious Manouso Manos Award by the Iyengar Yoga association in California, USA


AMRIT yoga

Yogi Amrit Desai began teaching yoga in 1960 and became one of the earliest pioneers of yoga in America. He is the founder of Kripalu Yoga, and the yoga society he founded eventually grew to become the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, one of the largest centers of its kind in America. Amrit Desai has been honored with such rare awards and titles as: "Doctor of Yoga," "Jagadacharya," and "Vishwa Yoga Ratna," awarded by the President of India. (www.amrityoga.com)



taught by Smt. Rohini Khatri a renowned Reiki master a Tarot reader  from Hyderabad, India.  She practices and teaches all levels of Reiki , Crystal healing, Tarot reading ,Aura reading and a string of Indian ,western and Zen practices at her healing center in Hyderabad , the south of India.She conducts workshops at different levels all across the globe. She has been guiding people on the healing-path , giving love ,light and peace to one and all. (www.rohinikhatri.com)



Led by Janet Atwood, a world renowned speaker and author who has taught "The Passion Test" (www.thepassiontest.com) to thousands in the U.S., Canada, Europe and India. Co-Author of the #1 national bestseller, The Passion Test – The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Destiny, Janet Attwood is also co-founder of the online transformational magazine Healthy Wealthy n Wise (www.healthywealthynwise.com) and partner in Enlightened Alliances (www.enlightenedalliances.com) .


taught by Brahmachari Vishwapal Jayant (Yogiraj)  a famous pranayama and power yoga expert and also an ayurvedic expert who has completely mastered the power of the breath.



taught by Sadhvi Abha Saraswati, an avid yoga practitioner since the age of 25, when - through yoga - she cured herself of a terminal kidney ailment called nephritis. Since then she has delved more and more deeply into various forms of yoga and has become not only a practitioner, but also a teacher. Sadhvi Abha took Sanyas diksha in 2003 from H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. She resides at Parmarth Niketan, where she teaches yoga nidra, nada yoga and Vedic chanting to students fas well as infuses the Ganga Aarti with the heavenly sound of her voice.



taught by Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati. A graduate of Stanford University, she left America in 1996 and has been at Parmarth Niketan since. She took Sanyas diksha in June 2000 from H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, marking her pledge to a life of service, renunciation, purity and devotion. She performs a vast array of selfless service at Parmarth Niketan as well as teaches meditation and yoga both at Parmarth and also in travels around the world. She also speaks to audiences across the world on the importance of having God and spirituality in our lives.


taught by Kate Towsey. Kate is an experienced and internationally qualified ISHTA yoga teacher. She holds a 200-hour Be Yoga/ISHTA qualification compliant with the American Yoga Alliance.  The ISHTA system is based on the traditions of Sivananda yoga, Kriya yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda. ISHTA is an acronym for the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda.  Kate has been practicing yoga for over ten years and has have been teaching in South Africa, India and other countries for the past five years.



lectures on the connection between mind-body
cultural song-dance programs   musical performances


Experience the Evening divine Ganga Aarti. Set to devotional music, this special light ceremony in the evening, called 'Aarti' is sure to stir your soul and touch your heart regardless, of your religious or cultural background (click here for more information about this beautiful ceremony)

Click here for highlights of the 2005 Festival
Click here for highlights of the 2006 Festival


For assistance in booking plane tickets, hotel arrangements, tours or transport to Rishikesh, please contact Mr. Neeraj Gupta at gupta_ng_in@hotmail.com or by phone on +91-9811111044 or + 91-9310111044

please contact:

Yoga and Meditation Section, Parmarth Niketan
P.O. Swargashram, Rishikesh (Himalayas) 249304, India
Phone: (0135)  2440077, 2440088, 2440440, 
[from abroad dial +91-135 instead of 0135];
Fax: (0135) 2440066
E-mail: Parmarth@aol.com or parmarth@parmarth.com




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Pujya Swamiji's itinerary
December - February 2007

December January February
1-2 Tsunami Affected Areas 1-31 Rishikesh 1-4 Rishikesh
4 Amby Valley     5-8 Delhi
5 Delhi     9-28 Rishikesh
6 Moradabad        
7-31 Rishikesh        


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.


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Contact Information

Phone: (0135) 2440088, 2440077, 2434301
Fax: (0135) 2440066

From abroad, dial: + (91-135) instead of (0135)

Email: parmarth@parmarth.com

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