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|Ashram Sewa Activities
Shri Yog Vedant Seva Samitis all over the world organizes many Geeta Bhagwat Satsang, Meditation Camps all over the world for human upliftment under the guidance of his holiness Sant Sri Asharamji Bapu.
Sant Sri Asharamji Bapu is a self realsied Saint from India, whose presence is today sanctifying the land of India . The ‘Moksha Kutir’ (cottage of salvation) set up on the banks of the River Sabarmati in Amdavad in the year 1972 has today become a pilgrimage place for spiritual guidance in the name of ‘Sant Sri Asharamji Ashram’. Let us have a look at the various altruistic activities for public welfare run under the inspiring guidance of Pujya Bapuji.
‘Sant Sri Asharamji Ashram,’ with its spiritual vibrations is a promoter of Global Peace:
Over 425 Ashrams have been established at various places in the country. There are satsanga centres at Matawan, Washington (USA) Toronto ( Canada ) and other places abroad. Shri Yoga Vedanta Seva Samitis: About 1400 Seva Samitis world-wide run by the ashram are engaged in various services for the welfare of all sections of the society.
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Awakening of the masses through Satsang Programmes:
Satsangas by Pujya Bapuji and His blessed disciples are being continuously carried on in different cities, villages and schools, whereby noble thoughts and traits are promoted in the society.
Today millions of people are getting relief from incurable diseases through the techniques of Pranayama, yogic practices and health-tips in these Satsanga-programmes. Here they are taught to lead a happy and successful life by practicing the values of dharma and the pious knowledge of Vedanta in their daily lives. Besides this, they are thaught ways to Self-realization, the highest goal of life through the combined practice of Bhaktiyoga, Karmayoga and Jnanayoga
>> Dhyana Yoga Shivir:
millions of people are getting their latent powers awakened through kundalini yoga, meditation and yoga in ‘Dhyana Yoga Shivirs’ organized in the company of Pujya Bapuji. They are experiencing peace and bliss by becoming free from stress and sensual depravities through meditation. Click here to know more on, Dhyan Yog Shivir
>> Students Upliftment Camps:
Student life is the basis of human life. To strengthen this, ‘Vidyarthi Utthan Shivirs’ are organized in the holy company of Pujya Bapuji. In this, students are imparted training in yogic practices, yogasana, meditation, etc. so that they may develop their latent powers and become devoted to their aim in life and be imbued with will-power and discrimination. These children then grow to become noble citizens of tomorrow and glorify their parents, teachers and the nation.
Satsang telecast through TV channels and cable TV :
Pujya Bapuji’s satsanga discourses are being telecast through A 2 Z news channel, Disha, Aastha, Aastha International, Sanskar and more.
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Widespread public service by initiated disciples:
There are crores of initiated disciples of Bapuji throughout the world who are engaged in various activities of public welfare along with their spiritual advancement.
Publication of pious literature and monthly Magazines:
354 books are published in 14 languages by the ashram. The monthly magazine ‘Rishi Prasad’ is being published in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Oriya, Telugu. Kannada and English Languages while another monthly magaine ‘Darvesh Darshan’ is being published in Sindhi. The monthly news paper ‘Lok Kalyan Setu is being published in Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati languages.
Lok Kalyan Setu
Bal Sanskar Kendras:
More than 17,000 Bal Sanskar Kendras are engaged in the divine work of inculcating noble traits in students
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Yuvadhan Suraksha Abhiyan:
Millions of copies of ‘Yuvadhan Suraksha’ (Divya – Prerana Prakash) have been distributed among students, youths and the common masses. Besides this, thousands of youth upliftment programmes have been organized so far. ‘Yuvadhan Suraksha Abhiyan’ has instilled new inspiration in the youths.
Mauna Mandir (Temple of Silence):
There are arrangements for ‘Mauna Mandir Sadhana’ in around 140 ashrams wherein the sadhakas have divine spiritual experiences by observing a vow of silence for 7 days.
Development of tribals, and people belonging to backward classes:
Besides special services such as regular free distribution of food grains and bhandaras through ‘Vanvasi Utthan Kendras’ (Tribal Upliftment Centres) in different parts of the country, distribution of food-grains, clothes, utensils note-book to children, sweets, etc. and cash distribution with bhandaras by Pujya Bapuji are being carried out on a large scale. Regular programmes of kirtan and bhandaras have become a main part of the service activities of the ashram. Millions of poor tribals, deprived and orphans have been benefited through thousands of bhandaras so far.
Service activities in orphanages:
Articles useful in daily life are distributed in orphanages.
Distribution of food-grains through ration cards:
Thousands of ration cards have been distributed by the ashram to the poor, destitute and widows, through which food grains and articles for daily use are distributed among them every month.
Distribution of buttermilk and water outlet services:
Cool butter milk and water outlets are provided at bus-stands, railway stations and public places free of cost.
Bhajan karo, Bhojan karo, Roji pao’ – (Worship, have food and take your wages) Scheme:
Under this scheme offered by the ashram, those who have no means of or are unable to earn their livelihood are provided with the benefits of japa, kirtana and satsanga from morning till evening along with food and wages with a view to eradicating poverty and unemployment and sanctifying the atmosphere through japa and kirtana.
Free distribution of eye-drops and Vastudosha Nivarak:
Ayurvedic eye-drops and Vastudosha Nivarak (for relief from harmful planetary influences and for promoting peace and happiness) are distributed free of cost as prasada.
Relief works during natural calamities:
The ashram has always been at the top in terms of service and promptitude whenever the country had to face natural calamities. Be it the earthquake of Latur or Bhuj; the famine in Gujarat, the flood in Orissa and Gujarat or the Tsunami disaster – the ashram has rendered non-stop services at all places.
Service to Cows:
9 big Gaushalas are being run by the ashram, where thousands of cows rescued on their way to slaughter houses, are being served. Gaushalas are being run in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra and other States.
Huge number of addicted people are becoming de-addicted through the ‘De-addiction campaigns run by the ashram.
Vidyarthi Ujjwal Bhavishya Nirman Shivir:
These shivirs which have been started with the view to utilize the vacations of students to make them cultured, intelligent, industrious and altruistic have been highly commended by students and their guardians. In these shivirs, students are imparted excellent guidance on important aspects such as yogic science, ideal daily routine, and on how to become ideal students and secure good marks in exams.
Aid for poor students:
Note books, textbooks, uniforms etc. are distributed free of cost to poor, parentless and helpless children. Special note books are produced for children, which carry moral, edifying phrases, inspiring pictures and anecdotes, tips for development of memory power and keys to success.
Carpets, desks chairs etc. too are provided in rural and tribal schools.
Training in Yoga:
Training in meditation, Sadhna, increasing memory power, etc. are imparted by Sadhakas and Sadhikas in various schools.
Competitions for developing spiritual acumen:
The ashram had organized this nationwide competition in the years 2002 and 2003. 5,32,799 children had participated in this competition, out of which 1,89,671 competitors came out successful and 3,515 participants were given prizes. Recently in Jan'09 over 4.5 lacs of students participated in Divine Inspiration competition - a competition on book Divine Inspiration.
Sankirtan processions and prabhat pheris:
Harinam Sankirtan Yatras (processions with chanting the Lord’s Name) and prabhat pheris are organised throughout the country with a view to eradicate thought pollution and make the atmosphere pious, in the course of which sacred literatures, too are distributed.
Medical treatments are provided by expert physicians at various places through acupressure, naturopathy and ayurvedic and homoepathic therapy. Besides this, free medical camps are organised in the remote areas of the country. The ashram’s mobile dispensaries provide service even in those tribal and rural areas where medical facilities are not easily available.
Service in Hospitals:
Fruits, milk, medicines and sacred literatures are distributed to patients.
Barhbadshah or Pipal Badshah:
Every ashram has one Banyan or Pipal tree which has been endowed with spiritual powers by Pujya Bapuji to help people get their material needs fulfilled. It is referred to as ‘Barhbadshah or ‘Pipal Badshah’ by devotees. These places have today turned into accomplished spots for getting one’s wishes fulfilled.
Centres for Spiritual Literature:
Permanent and mobile centres which provide spiritual literature at down to earth prices are being established with a view to distribute spiritual literature throughout the country and help every section of the society including the poor to avail itself of life-elevating spiritual values at home.
Video Satsanga Centres:
The nectarine precepts of Pujya Bapuji are made available to people through video satsanga centres at various places.
Upliftment programmes for prisoners in Jails:
Free distribution of spiritual literatures and satsanga programmes are organised in 446 Jails throughout India for the upliftment of prisoners. 2,80,000 prisoners have been benefited so far. Booklets are provided to them so that they may utilize their leisure period for writing down the Lord’s name. A set of 73 books published by the ashram, and CD’s and cassettes of Pujya Bapuji’s satsanga are given to the prison libraries as well.
Purification of the atmosphere and thoughts:
Mahamrityunjay yajnas and other such programmes are organised for this purpose.
Padyatras (processions on foot) are being taken out from time-to time for spreading moral values and awakening people against addictions. Padyatra was taken out from Jammu-Kashmir to Kanyakumari as well.
Humanitarian Activities of Ashram
The first Ashram was established at Ahmedabad, in Gujrat, on the banks of the river Sabarmati, in 1972. This Ashram has many branches today & is the heart of various activities carried on the by the organization. As of today , there are more then 370 Ashrams all over India & more than 1000 meditation centers operating throughout the world. The Yoga-Vedanta Ashram in Matawan, NJ, USA is also growing fast.
There is a special Ashram for women in Ahmedabad. The women residing in this 'Mahila Ashram' devote their time to Sadhna (performing spiritual practices) & 'Seva' (doing service to Ashram) under the guidance of the honorable mother Laxmidevi. The women at Mahila Ashram prepare 'Sant Kripa Churna' (an Ayurvedic mixture for healthy mind & body) & other Ayurvedic medicines distributed by the Ashram.
The aim of Ashram & Yoga Vedanta Samitis is to show the path of real peace & happiness to common man. They are involved in various activities targeted to the spiritual, moral, educational & health related upliftment of the society. The organization is also involved in providing financial-aid to the poor & needy.
Some Pictures of the Humanitarian Activities of Ashram have been put together below:
Sant Shri Asaramji Gaushala: A Unique Cow Protection Project & Source of livelihood to 200 families.
Sant Shri Asaramji Ashram, Nevai houses over 4700 cows. Some years back there was a terrible drought in Rajasthan and these cows were being sent to slaughter houses.
Moved by the plight of the cows, Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu intervened and acquired all the above cows after compensating the farmers, the cows were acquired. But how to sustain them in a water scarce region? Where to mobilise funds for their fodder and sustenance? And the fact that these cows were being sent to slaughter houses was a pointer that these cows were not rich milk-yielding cows. So income from sale of milk produce would not suffice to sustain the cows.
So a distillation plant was set up here in Newai and now you have gau mutra being sold as gau jharan ark (filtered concentrate) at all ashrams. The devotees from the cities, where gau mutra is not available, get easy access to this mutra through bottled gau ark .The devotees enjoy good health through regular consumption of ark and from the sale proceeds of the ark, gau seva gets done. For those who can't stand the pungent odour of gau ark, for them the ashram has come out with gau jharan vatti- gau mutra in a tablet form.The cow dung too has immense purifying value. It is also a fuel . So you have cow dung being used at Newai ashram for manufacture of gau chandan dhoop battti. Pujya Bapuji mentions that he invariably uses gau chandan dhoop batti in his meditation room in preference to other dhoop vatti as it helps in cleansing the bad vibes .Another medicinal produce from cow is panch gavya- a mixture of cow milk, cow ghee, cow dung, cow urine, cow curd.
The cow dung at Newai ashram is also being used to manufacture khechua khaad(a special type of compost manure). These manure has found a huge demand in the tea gardens of assam.
Another spin off benefit of the Newai ashram has been that it has created lot of employment opportunity for the local villagers, who were without any livelihood in this arid region.Sant Shri Asaramji Ashram provides source of livelihood to more than 200 families of Newai and villages nearby.
H.H. Bapu says in His satsang, Gau maa is an abode of 33 crore gods.Rigveda (1-164-40) speaks for the worship of cow for good luck and fortune. Rigveda (10-87-16) call upon people to smolder the head of the person who kills the cow. Atharavveda (Kand 12/5) prescribes exemplary punishment for cow killing and talks about protection and samvardhan of cow and its progeny for agriculture.
Brahmvavart Purana explains in detail the importance of cow to our life and nutritive value of its milk and ghee and lays down the necessity of rearing a cow and says that one will be healthy if he does not eat cow meat.The importance of gauseva could be understood well if we look back to Indian scriptures and philosophy. Lord Krishna as the young child tells her mother Yashoda that he could not do gauseva in his previous births and missed this wonderful experience. He asserts that his present birth is to do gauseva with his own hands and he becomes Gopal. King Dalip offers himself to the lion in a forest to save his cow and Chayvan Rishi proclaims that the whole kingdom is not worth his value except the cow.
Vishnudharmottar Purana explains the capability of the cow to clean and protect the environment. Virtues of the cow are immense and all scriptures bring out this fact and compare cow as encompassing the whole universe. Much has been written in ayurveda about the medicinal properties of gau mutra.
Orissa Cyclone Relief: A flash-back
The ashram, under the supervision of Bapu, had carried out relief work in cyclone-hit Orissa in 1999. It had 80 relief camps in the areas where the impact of the cyclone was maximum. R K Jain, former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association who has launched the each-one-feed-one movement, spoke highly of that relief activity. "Bapuji's ashram saved several lives. The team reached the worst hit interiors and in many places it was the first to come to the rescue of the dying."
Pujya Sant Shri Asaramji Bapu
Tsunami Relief Efforts in India
The Tsunami tragedy has affected thousands in India and other parts of Asia. Through the inspiration provided by His Holiness Sant Sri Asararmji Bapu, the Ashram is engaged in relief work for the affected victims by sending volunteers to the affected areas with truck loads of clothes, food and medicines. While the current efforts are to provide immediate relief to the affected, the Ashram is also engaged in efforts which will provide long term settlement to the displaced people and give them long-term relief.
Ashram's relief work includes constructing new permanent shelters for the homeless, providing treatment through specialist doctors in mobile clinics run by the Ashram, distributing items of day to day necessity like food packets, food grains, clothing, blankets, tents, canvas, utensils, water, medicines, foot-wear in the areas affected by natural calamity, are all been executed proficiently and enthusiastically in the past.
A team of over 100 relief workers from Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad have already reached the affected areas along with 2 truck loads of rice and other food items to provide urgent relief in the heart-rending situation arising out of the Tsunami waves that struck South-India. Arrangements are also being made to start free food camps in Cuddalore, Nagapattnam and Nagercoil.
Ashram's delegation also attended the meeting on 29th Dec., in which the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat urged various social bodies to help the victims of the Tsunami disaster. As per the decision taken in the meeting, the following relief material has already been sent by the Ashram on an emergency basis through a special goods train that left Ahmedabad on 1st Jan 2005.
The Samitis across the country have joined hands to help in this relief effort. The administrators’ of the ashrams are in touch with the central and state govts. and are making arrangements for further relief efforts.
Asaram Bapu comes to the aid of farmers
NASHIK: Religious guru Asaram bapu has extended help of Rs 50 lakhs to farmers who were on the verge of committing suicide.Asarambapu, who is holding a Mahashivratri satsang in Nashik on the occasion of Mahashivratri, said: “Like everyone else, I was pained by the news of farmer suicides. It is not enough to simply feel bad for them. By extending a small help, we are only trying to lessen their worries.” He added that the money which is being put together from his ashram in Ahmedabad will be reached to the needy farmer families through the ashram’s voluntary committee.
Pointing a finger at financial institutions and money lenders, Asarambapu said they have become ruthless and commercial. “They do not think twice before entering a farmer’s house and taking away all his belongings. These are big people who have made huge amounts of money without showing any compassion or humanity.”
Asarambapu also stated that if need be more money will be donated. He informed that his ashram has taken up a programme to distribute caps to all. “Moving bare headed in the scorching heat is dangerous. We have taken up the task of making caps available to all on the streets for a nominal cost of Rs 5. If we give it freely, people will not value it,” he said.