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Letter Section: Tips for Meditation 5. Dharma Section: Gita Jayanti 3. the true Benefactor 4. In This Issue 1.Shloka-1 2. VM Programs: Mission / Ashram Progs . Vedanta Section: Atma Bodha . Story Section: God.

so that we are ready to have a re-look even at their philosophical dimensions? With Love & om. A magnanimous community whose philosophy of non-duality & universal oneness ( Advaita) is being seen as the basis of world religion of tomorrow. If we really believe in the power Web: www. nor should have any sectarian thoughts. we are also of the E/2948-50. India involved in any kind of power-politics. In fact it is the continued inaction and indifference of the powers that be towards the problems of the country which is bringing out its dissat- Published from: Vedanta Ashram isfaction and reactions in the masses. Right knowldege alone can truly change any man and thus the world. then we shall certainly find lasting answers.vmission. From Poojya Guruji Vedanta Sandesh Spreading Love & Light Hari om! Monthly Newsletter of Vedanta Mission Sharing the message of Vedanta and Sanatan Dharma Our first Flip-Book format issue of VS was recieved very nicely from our readers from different parts of the world. We have done some On the Net since Guru Poornima 1995 more tweaking in this issue also and hope that within the next 1-2 months the magazine will discover its true color & form. Started by: Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji These are testing time for Hindus. This is Swamini Samatananda Saraswati baseless villification. is being projected as voilent and fragmentary. The only Email: Sudama Nagar opinion that anyone who dons the ochre robe should neither be Indore-452 009. which can Editor: unite one & all. Our tool is knowledge. and amounts to ignoring the real facts. question is that are we really so serious to solve of knowledge and go deep into all the different aspects of present day problems. Swami Atmananda Saraswati .

If you fall in this Acharya briefly tells us about the four basic things category. Vishaya (Subject-Matter). and then follows it up with its details. its detailed knowledge doesnt come.Shloka 1 Swamini Samatananda Sri Adi Sankaracharya begins the Atma-Bodha text with telling us some basics about the very text which he is going to write. which is a treatise of Self-Knowledge. just the basic principles and the road-map. veetraginaam: who are devoid of attachment. dedicated. Modern day publishers too follow The teacher further says that I have a definite this practice by giving an overview of a book on its student in mind when I am writing this book. for those who have purified their minds by austerities and are peaceful in heart. No the fourfold fundamentals of a text. first gives us an overview of the text. and are only desirous of liberation. I am writing this text called ‘Atma-Bodha’. and what benefit will accrue by getting this knowledge. Interestingly. inspired person desiring just page like overview of Atma-Bodha. For which kind of student he is writing this book. Vedanta Section Atma Bodha . and Sambandha (Relationship between then fills it with colors.December 2008 . apekshyo: keeping them in mind. shantanaam: who are peaceful. and if we are This is the subject-matter (Vishaya) of the text. sincere. so also Bhagwan Sri Adi Vishaya and Prayojana). vidhiyate: is being enumerated. Prayojana enumeration of these qualities is also noteworthy. teacher enumerates few of the qualities of such a These fourfold Anubandha are Adhikari student. Tapobhih ksheen papanam shantanaam veetaraginaam Mumukshunam apekshyoyam atmabodho vidhiyate Tapobhih: By austerities. He is a back-page. The which encapsulate this text. Just simple. we have a back. inquisitiveness about studies. Vedanta Sandesh . So in the first shloka. Sankaracharya. who are free from all worldly cravings. wherein the great freedom and freedom alone. without any dialectics. the sequence of the (Student). dont expect health-potions properly. of a text are called its Anubandha Chatushtaya. no comparative knowledge of a particular thing. Just as an artist first draws the outlines and (Objective). The teacher says that I plan to write a book book. ksheen papanam: whose sins have been washed off. then it is important that he should be so here. what is its subject matter. then this book is indeed for you. Overview on Self (Atma) Knowledge (Bodha). Without general bringing in the views of others. Mumukshunam: who are desirous of emancipation. So sincere about a student getting involved in the text the message is clear. to study further. ayam atmabodho: this treatise of Self- Knowledge. no stress-buster secrets. but plain focussed clear about its fundamentals that it invokes inspiration discussion on the basic principles of Self-Knowledge. straight-forward principles.

positive can eat. and not merely their self. drives them. Mumukshutvam. Working apparently abstract subjective matters like ‘Why is to get over any habit. Page # 5 . Bondage is our incapacity to stop alone can ‘see’ the world as it is. Self-Knowledge implies wish indicative of the student. when there is balance in all situations. The not only be able to do whatever you wish. etc. One whose ego is so strong that they objective and the student for whom this book is being keep reacting to any cordiality or its absence. self-knowledge by this tapas or its consequent self. Then we are free people. is called Tapasya. itself in great adaptability in any situation. It is not. but also best part is that one gets empowered to get self. they do something and for such people alone I take up my pen to write which is good for all. The to listen to others. Thus we now know the subject-matter. They can enjoy its liking. a magnanimous person alone is required for self. Such people start getting interested in deliberately work to get over this tendency. What is bondage and What is In every tapas we need a very firm resolve and lots liberation. speech or even mind. Know that we all are children of not very common is because it implies awareness the same God. ‘not’ be able to do whatever you wish otherwise. Please remember that one doesnt get aware of bondage alone will wish to be free from it. One who has the strength and conviction to thoughtful people is what the Acharya calls as do this alone starts this divine journey of self. Real freedom is the capacity to output. scriptures etc. likes & dislikes. One needs take which is obssesed with an intense desire for resolve of deliberately living a virtuous life. that direction. It is only when we are quiet within that we to even become conscious of this level of bondage. We shall talk about Sambandha later at only end up fattening their ego with any new some other appropriate place. without at any level. How to live a truly free life.These qualities and their sequence are not only knowledge or capacity. Those who are naturally quiet & peaceful. they de-conditioned and thus are available stopping disliking. will written. they alone can become good majority are too obssesed with their likes and dislikes students. Do we have the freedom become naturally quiet and peaceful within. better health. our dependences. the suffering there. and most of the people think that just because they purification. of hard-work. Absence of strong likes and dislikes reveals have become free from sins. Such a person hurts dislikes. it is just any discomfort within. being too bothered about oneself. because we fight against some existing The motivation of such sensitive and habit. Selfishness kills all humane feelings. and this to like and dislike. to such an extent and capacity to live as per the instructions of anyone that we dont mind hurting others around us. body. and still be at home. within have different parameters. knowledge. The reason why mumukshutvam is See your Self in all. The Thus follows the next quality of Vitaraginam. which is conducive to better work. but even beauty. but also to know that ‘me’ which transcends this limited reveals the path which others need to take to be individuality. and thus self-knowledge always has few takers. start the process of de-clutching our attachments. at any level. Such this book. This word reveals a state of mind purification and self-empowerment. but one does living a healthy. So as the we have this capacity also? Can we keep aside our next quality the teacher says: habits. freedom. which doesnt mean start disliking. and we have to and feelings. teachers. Initially this something abstract starts invoking their emotions tendency is there in all of us. thus it is extremely important that the blessed with an over-powering desire for freedom. Logic for freedom. Those who are peaceful person. Do knowledge by having a peaceful mind. etc. meaning those who have love. drink and enjoy whatever they wish is real & virtuous life. bothers them. those who clearly. better relationships etc. who needs to be served something divine. or we are helplessly flowing in is great. So this is the place to begin for of some subtle subjective impediment. this is provided by statements such as: Do unto this alone is the purpose of their life. even our Shantanam. then others and also himself continuously. as he is today. This is what motivates them. and a man When nothing in the world invokes intense likes & becomes worse than animals. Nothing else others as you want that they should do unto you. One who is one & all. Strong teacher says that when you see someone with such self-centric likes & dislikes take away our freedom a desire then you know that you have got the right to respond in any other way. Atmabodho Vidhiyate. whom they wish to follow. There is acceptability of all. Sin is an unworthy act. teacher should ‘see’ this quality in their students very He starts with ksheen papanam.

Place Gita reverentially in your puja place and express your respect and devotion towards it. 3. or at least few chapters like 12 or 15. 4. Resolve to chant few shlokas of Gita everyday. Vedanta Sandesh . Distribute Gita books to your near & dear ones. 5. Preferably. How to celebrate Gita Jayanti? 1. Chant ‘Om Namo Bhagawate Vasudevaya’ mantra 108 times. chant all the 18 chapters of Gita on this day.December 2008 . 2.

who can truly share your responsibilities and empower you to face your challenges all the more effectively. However. well-being & question pl. in fact they entangle us all the more in endless mire. fact they entangle One. Believe me. if you want to retain your freedom. Swami Atmananda Page # 7 . it is worth emulating & learning.. and keep our lungs empty for a slightly longer time than what we usually do or can. Anxieties never help us to endless mire. All this collectively leads to disaster & disappointments. then you need to be in command. in forceful vacillations & distractions. give great importance to meditation. Thoughts should enter when you want. but even your sleep and subsequently your health will be negatively affected by this helpless situation & habit. There are three things which help us in such a scenario of any problems. it plays a big role to quieten your vacillating mind. Every one has challenges & responsibilities to handle. This is what God us all the more in is all about. so that is no justification for our incapacity to consciously relax our mind for few moments and bring in it positive & inspiring thoughts & emotions. Incapacity to properly handle your own mind will ultimately reflect in your incapacity to handle other minds too. Three. Tips for Meditations Hari om ! Poojya Guruji! Thoughts of our responsibilities & challenges do have the tendency to forcefully May I ask a enter our minds. It will also give a fillip to escapist tendencies. . So learn about his ways & means. believe him. quieting the mind. Learn his ways to handle the situations & challenges. Love & om. and then awaking to the truth. practice the Bahya Kumbhaka Pranayama for a longer time.. In fact greater the challenges. It requires regular & sincere practice to master this great sadhana. otherwise. In this we exhale. greater Anxieties never is the importance & need to develop the capacity to consciously 'switch off' for sometime. Qui- eter the mind more easy it will be to find the way out of your challenges. not only your work will be effected. Feel inclined & inspired to creatively handle your challenges in HIS way. and then bring to your mind some elevating & inspiring thoughts & help us to sort out emotions.Poojya Guruji Two. In fact the right package of meditation is an intelligent mixture of all these three. sort out any problems. Love him. health. which is what medi- tation is all about. have someone in your life. and sincerely try to meditate for some time. in fact take him as your own role model.

8. Guruji. 12. 3. 7. (‘Online Courses’ link on ‘www. 9.December 2008 . (Checkout for links in Downloads >Talks Section) 4. 14. 6. All in Hindi. Online ‘Gita Introduction Study Course’. VM Resources on ‘Gita’ on Net 17 and 18th chapters. 5. 11. Overview of all the Gita Chapters by’ site) 2. 15. Guruji. Chanting of all the 18 chapters by P. 4. Gita Gyana Yagna discourses of Poojya Guruji on the 2. 13. (Check out for link in Downloads > Chants Section) 3. Checkout for link at Vedanta > Shastras > Gita) Vedanta Sandesh .

The word Gita is basically a generic name. This is just an excuse to make people aware of such a knowledge and scripture. one group lived for fulfill- ing their selfish wishes at ‘at cost’.Traditions and Festivals thousand years ago on the 11th day (Ekadashi) of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the month of Margaseersha (December-January) when Lord Krishna gave this divine message to Arjuna. or at least works sincerely to see its respect-worthiness. and is equally relevant today in this modern world. This particular Ekadashi is known as Mokshda Ekadashi. which applies to a particular ‘class’ of scrip. Any such dialogue within Vedas is called as Upanishad. It was nearly six Sanatan Dharma . but the problem was deeper. Gita is an intimate one to one dialogue between Sri Krishna and Arjuna. It’s teachings is based on the Upanishads.for all. tures. Bhagwad Gita can be rightly called as a text which reveals the ‘Art of Right & Quick Decision-Making’. This is what Bhagwad Gita is all about and that is why it is no wonder that our great masters started a tradition of celebrating the Jayanti of such a text. Gita is a universal scripture taking about some eternal facts of human life and the world. In this family war. learn the right way to make them a blessing . and thus we celebrate its Jayanti alone. So very defined aspirations were there. meaning that which helps one to live a free and liberated life. and this just shows the profound respect which our Gita Jayanti (9th Dec) ancestors and teachers gave to this text. and anyone who goes into it gets blessed with the same bliss and light. of conflict and stress. con- flicts. However noble our aspirations are. The backdrop of Bhagwad Gita makes it all the more interesting and relevant today. that is why it starts with Dhritrashtra Uvacha. Srimad is an adjective for re- spect. It basically reveals the art & science of appreciating that which is right in any situation. and there is the natural success and happiness in the life of such people. etc. It comprises of 700 slokas divided into 18 chap- ters. It’s message is relevant to all the people at all the places and time. and ultimately results in draining away our very enthusiasm to live and work for a noble cause. and it is this dialogue which comes to us as Gita. Ram-Gita. All Gita’s are songs of enlightened and blissful mas. so as to help them live a more dynamic. but a person with challenges. The name ‘Srimad Bhagavad Gita’ means Gita revealed by Bhagwan. So the message of Gita is that dont escape responsibilities and challenges. and Bhagwad means ‘Of Bhagwan’. which is outside Vedas. the day Gita was revealed. Shiv-Gita. Bhagwad Gita is the most respectful of all. Bhagwad Gita is that teaching which is given to those who are in the midst of conflict. One who celebrates Gita Jayanti obviously shares this respect. The word Gita is used for any dialogue. thus there are many Gita’s. So Gita does not expect you to be a recluse. many believe that it is the Kathopanishad which inspires the author the most. Guru-Gita. responsibilities and above all aspirations. A deci- sion which is meant for creating a better & saner world for one & all. and the other group wished to live to help make the world a better place. This indecisiveness is extremely painful. It is very clear that a person who can know what is right in any situation has no grief. ters. for all. many a times we are not able to decide what is really right in a particular situation. and not merely for some self-aggrandisement & fulfillment at the cost of everything else. On the 10th day of the war Sanjaya narrated this divine discourse to King Dhritarashtra. Ashtavakra-Gita. positive and fruitful life. or the so called birth-day of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. and is found in the Bhishma Parva section of the Mahabharata. but reveals the eternal facts of life. Interestingly it is the only scripture whose manifes- tation day is celebrated in our religion. while outside Vedas is called as Gita. Gita Jayanti is the day when Lord Krishna gave the discourse of Gita to Arjuna. Page # 9 . It is the backdrop of a war.

of Shlokas: 700 Shlokas by: Dhritrashtra: 1 Sanjaya: 41 Arjuna: 83 Lord Krishna: 575 Subject Matter: A dialogue between Lord Krishna & Arjuna regarding getting the capacity to know what is really right in any given situation.December 2008 . Vedanta Sandesh . Information about Gita Author: Sri Veda Vyasa Found in: Mahabharata: Chapter 25 to 42 of Bhishma Parva Chapters: 18 No.

He concluded that these were his footprints alone and that the Lord had abandoned him during tough times. He saw that the place where he sat had a path of footprints untill some distance.Horace you walk at all! Page # 11 . and that was the time when situations were challenging and difficult. how to live upon a little. m a ti A man once dreamt that he was sitting at the banks of a river. He was very happy and overwhelmed to see that God was al- ways with him in the journey of his life. the true Benefactor ce On e . “He will always be a “My Dear!” Look at the impressions closely! Whose footprints are these? These are not the impressions of your feet but they are mine. This made him sad and like a child he complained to God saying.” so I lifted you in my arms and crossed the rough patches. Ob- serving them closely he realised that these were past impressions of his own life. One of the footprints were his and the other pair of prints were God’s. Hearing these child like words the Lord smiled and said. I did not let .. The path had impressions of footprints of two people.. But he noticed that at some intervals of the path there was only one pair of footprints. upon God. My Dear God! Is this fair that during conducive situations you walked beside me and during rough times you left me alone to face the challenges of life. slave who does not know During difficult times I knew it would be difficult for you to walk.

The discourse series was conducted by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji. and the subject matter of the discourses was ‘Sattwic Jiwan’. Poojya Swaminiji was invited at the Bhagwat Katha. and then Sh. and she also spoke few words on the occasion. Bhavnagar. from 6th to 12th Nov 2008. which was in progress elsewhere in the city. Motiben. who was conducting her first lecture series at Dahisar. Vedanta Mission / Ashram Programs Smt Swarna Dassji and her friends of Mahila Mandal took the initiative to organize the program. who talked on Gita Chapter 14 and Drg-Dryshya Viveka. and she talked on Gita Chapter 7. which becomes a blessings from all counts. the lamp was for- mally lit by local dignitaries. Nov’08 VM / VA Programs Gita Gyana Yagna. Sh. in the evening and morning sessions respectively. Gita Gyana Yagna. introduced Poojya Swaminiji to the audience. Bhavnagar: An week long Gita Gyana Yagna was organized at Swami Ramdas Ashram. and how the road map of a sadhaka is based on slowly working to get a Sattwic mind. and finally on the last day there was a huge bhandara. Vinod Aroraji introduced Poojya Swaminiji to the audience. Mhow: A three days Gita Gyana Yagna was organized at Gita Bhawan. Vedanta Sandesh . The Hindi language Gyana Yagna was conducted by Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji. Satish Sharma. On the last day of the Yagna. the main organizer made the stay of Poojya Swamini as hospitable and comfortable as she could. The discourse series was conducted by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji.December 2008 . Mumbai from 4th to 8th Nov 2008. the main organizer. Sattwa.Poojya Swaminiji talked about the three gunas. The discourses were very much appreciated by the audience. Rajas and Tamas. The inaugural program began with nice bhajans. Sumptous prasad was lovingly offered to one & all. Dahisar at the Mudraneshwar Mahadev Mandir at Dahisar (E). Mhow from 1st to 3rd Nov 2008. Dahisar: A five days Gita Gyana Yagna was organized by Vedanta Mision. Gita Gyana Yagna. This was orga- nized by few of her acquaintances from UK.

and requested for a full Gyana Yagna there. but is the day when God blessed us with this great human form and life. Ahmedabad. The sincere devotees of that area. Thus it needs to be celebrated to not only express our Vedanta Mission / Ashram Programs gratitude towarda all those who were and are responsible for our existence in this potent form. from 17th to 23rd Nov 2008. Satsang at Bapunagar. and it also becomes a day to re-affirm our priorities. The main organizer of the Gyana Yagna was Sh Ramakant Trivedi. and Gita Chapter 9 (Raj-vidya Raj-guhya Yoga). appreciated the talks. Samatanandaji. Poojya Swaminiji performed a Rudrabhisheka in the morning and later in the evening there was a get together of the devotees. The attendance was good. were also the hosts for Poojya Swaminiji. Ahmedabad: Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji conducted a three days satsang at Shiv Mandir. Maninagar. Sh Atma Bhaktaji the Yogacharya was also honoured for conducting a Yoga Camp at the Ashram. who had a nice ‘Bhajan and Bhojan’ Program. Nov’08 VM / VA Programs Birthday of Sw. Gita Gyana Yagna. That day was also the birthday of Smt Swarna Dass. and he and his wife Smt Ushaben. Birth- day is never of the Atma. Devotees also expressed their joy on getting of the new Getz car at the ashram. Ahmedabad has sincere students of Page # 13 .blogspot. The gujrati language Gita Gyana Yagna was conducted by Poojya Swamini Amitanandaji. Vaitathya Prakarana. an ardent devotee of Poojya Guruji. thanks to the hardwork of various Mahatmas there for many long years. Bapunagar. who regularly study various Vedanta texts. Indore: On 15th Nov was the birthday of Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji. and P. Swaminiji spoke on the Stitha Pragnya section of Gita. Check out the detailed Photo Albums of the various functions on VM News Blog at http://vmissionews. Ahmedabad: A week long Gita Gyana Yagna was organized at Sri Ramkrishna Kendra. Ahmedabad from 21st to 23rd Nov. thus it is always a matter of great pleasure and joy to share this knowledge there. who conducted discourses on Mandukya Upanishad.

the format are so styled that a reader is in- duced to read it thoroughly thereby increasing his knowledge and is bet- ter off to lead his life as tutored by Pujya Guruji. Canada Vedanta Sandesh online is really a nice one. Also was glad to see the new course on Atmabodha offered and your commitment to spreading the light of Vedanta to as many people as possible. Everything about this nov issue is excellent. . please carry on the good work.. Feedbacks about new VS Very Impressive. Divya.Brni. .Priyanka Tewary.Rajesh Kumar. The pre- sentation. Regards and Respects.December 2008 Page # 15 . Awesome. Congrats to Vedanta Mission. .. Pune I was glad to see the new design of Vedanta Sandesh. Russia I loved the Vedanta Sandesh in the magazine format.Shiv Sharma. and convey my congratulations to Swamiji Samatananda for her new role as the editor of the publication. . the contents. Lucknow Vedanta Sandesh . I’m excited abt the ATMA BODHA lessons.

A Bhajan and Bhojan Program will be organized for devotees at the ashram on that night. Poojya Guruji will inaugurate the big Gita Jayanti Program at Phooti Kothi. Mahashivratri Celebrations. Bhavnagar from 6th to 13th Nov. On that day. The subject matter of the Camp will be Ishavasyopanishad. Bandra. Sadhana Camp. Indore : This year the Gita Jayanti is on the 9th of Dec. and Panchadasi Ch-10. Indore from 24th to 28th Jan 2009. Forthcoming Programs Gita Jayanti Celebrations. Later in the evening. Mumbai : Poojya Guruji Sri Swami Atmanandaji will conduct a give days Gita Gyana Yagna at Bandra Hindu Association Hall. Indore : Poojya Swamini Samatanandaji will conduct a eight days Gita Gyana Yagna at Sw Ramdas Ashram. Mumbai. . Birthday Celebrations of Poojya Guruji: Poojya Guruji will return to the Ashram on the evening of 15th Dec after his GGY at Mumbai. from 9. Bandra. Gita Gyana Yagna. from 10th Dec evening to 15th Dec morning. there will be chanting of the Complete Gita at the Vedanta Ashram.30 AM onwards. and 16th Chapter of Gita. The subject matter of the discourses will be Gita Chapter 3. Participants will reach Ashram on 23rd and leave on 29th. Indore : A five days Sadhana Camp is being organized at Vedanta Ashram.

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