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Laghu Rudra Yagna, 14 January 2014

On the auspicious occasion of Sankranti, a Laghu Rudra yagna was organised on Tuesday 14 January 2014 from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm at the Ashram.  Right from the start of the year, this yagna is performed annually in view of having the blessing of beloved Bhagawan Baba for the smooth running of activities of the Ashram.  Furthermore, it is believed that good energy will prevail in the Ashram during the year.

Kalash sthapana and Kalash pooja preceded the yagna on Monday evening during which Swami Ajay Ji conducted the ritualistic proceedings.  The next day, panchamritam abhishekam of lingams was performed from 10.00 am to noon.  Afterwards, 108 flowers were offered to the lingams prior to the start of the yagna.

Usually, Swami Ajay Ji, is the officiating priest of the Ashram; but once every year, a special priest is called upon to conduct the Laghu Rudra yagna.  Before commencing the yagna, the divine energy of Shiva and Shakti was invoked.  Swami Ajay Ji was one of the main couples among others who participated in the yagna.  While he offered ghee ‘ahuti’ to the sacrificial fire, the priest recited mantras according to scriptures.

Even though, it was decided that only couples would participate in the yagna, however, after sometime, Swami Ajay Ji gave other devotees the opportunity to participate, being aware of their inner aspiration to experience the the Higher Self.  Gradually, all the devotees present took part in the yagna.  Having travelled in this spiritual ‘vehicle’, our heartfelt desire to feel peace and bliss was satisfied.  Finally, Aarti & Mahaprasad concluded the divine journey. 

 

 

 

MAHASHIVARATREE

 

 

Mahashivaratree, the great night of Lord Shiva, considered as one of the most sacred festivals of Hindus  is celebrated with great devotional fervor.  On this occasion, thousands of devotees go on pilgrimage to Grand Bassin.  There are many myths and rituals associated with Mahashivaratree. Accordingly, Mahashivratri celebrates the marriage of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati.  An important aspect of Mahashivaratree is 'Char Pahar Pooja', which is performed in four parts of the night.  Devotees usually observe fast and keep vigil all night to invoke the grace and blessings of Lord Shiva.

 


At the ashram, the celebrations for Mahashivaratree started with Kalash Sthapana on 10 March 2013.  In the morning, Swami Ajay Ji performed abhishekam of the Hyranyagarba Lingam followed by recitation of the divine names of Lord Shiva.  Then, devotees offered bel-patram and sacred water (from Grand-Bassin) to the Lingam.  Thereafter, Swami Ajay Ji gave a brief explanation to devotees on the ingredients used for abhishekam.  Consequently the first part of the 'Char Pahar Pooja' concluded with Aarti.

 

 

In the evening, 'Char Pahar Pooja' continued with abhishekam and many devotees had the opportunity to participate therein through offering of the following ingredients (samagri): rice, milk, curd, honey, sugar, rose water, vibhuti, saffron and lime juice.  Meanwhile, the mantra ‘om namaha shivaya’ were repeated to feel the presence of Lord Shiva.  After the abhishekam, chanting of lingastakam enhanced the atmosphere. Then Swami Ajay Ji, performed adoration of the lingam through the fragrance of incense sticks and dhoop.  All the devotees present offered eleven bel-patram and water.  At around midnight, Yagna and Aarti concluded the ceremony of Mahashivaratree.    

  

  

  

  

  

                                          Seva at Grand-Bassin

In the context of Mahashivaratree, the annual seva at Grand-Bassin was organized for a period of five days starting from 05 to 09 March 2013.  Like every year, we look forward to this opportunity, though we know that it is quite difficult to perform seva there, but, however, the divine grace experienced in that peaceful environment greatly inspires us to do so. Hence, a small group of devotees under the guidance of Swami Ajay Ji performed seva through offering of refreshments. 
 On Friday night, a noticeable event which occurred drew the attention of all devotees – Swami Ajay Ji materialized the ‘Hyrangarbha Lingam’. We were once again thrilled to have ‘Darshan’ or ‘Sparshan’ of the beautiful golden Lingam this year too. After having successfully completed our seva, we returned on Saturday for yet another important step ahead in the path of our devotion i.e. the preparation for Mahashivaratee, the next day. 

MAHASHIVARATEE

Sunday 10 March 2013 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAI TRINITY

Akhanda Bhajan (10 -11 Nov 2012)

 

Akhanda Bhajan means the continuous chanting of bhajans during twenty-four hours. This year, Akhanda Bhajan was celebrated as from 6.00 pm on Saturday 10 November 2012 till 6.00 pm on Sunday 11 November 2012.
The preparations for this auspicious occasion started with invitation of the various groups participating in this divine event.  The list of bhajans and the time schedule of all the groups was prepared with utmost devotion.  A week prior to Akhanda Bhajan, the Ashram was beautifully decorated by Swami Ajay Ji and some devotees.
On Saturday, the Akhanda Bhajan started with three aumkaar’s and recitation of stuties, followed by chanting of bhajans by the first group.  After the first session of bhajans, another group of devotees took the lead to maintain the continuous flow of bhajan chanting for twenty-hour hours as usually performed at the Ashram.  As such, the first quarter of the night went on smoothly for the devotees, but, they encountered some difficulty during the early morning period, feeling both tired and sleepy. Consequently, some of them reluctantly left the Ashram to come again the next day.
This year, there were only two bhajan groups of the Ashram who performed alternately as from midnight. Despite the drowsiness, they continued this tempo and chanted wholeheartedly till other groups joined in the morning. However, in the ‘brahma murhuraat’ time, the divine vibrations of the holy names of Bhagawan spread everywhere which could be strongly felt in the stillness and peacefulness of the morning.  Moreover, the auspicious morning revealed something quite different from normal and some breathtaking moments which could only be experienced, but difficult to phrase in words. Eventually, we became recharged to continue with our spiritual journey till the end of the day.
Many devotees stayed at the Ashram for several hours to perform seva among others bhajan chanting, welcoming and guiding devotees and distributing prasad. Concurrently, they also had the opportunity to reflect on Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba and His teachings.
Throughout the twenty-four hours, devotees were served with mahaprasad, prasad and refreshments.  The Akhanda Bhajan concluded with Aarti at 6.00 pm along with a brief message from Swami Ajay Ji who thanked the assembly for their valuable contribution by means of seva’s and participating. We parted on a note of happiness, but, we knew we would meet again for another similar event after a year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAI TRINITY

Issue July -Sept(5th Issue)

   

SARASWATEE POOJA

 – 11 September 2012

 This year, Saraswatee pooja was organized earlier than scheduled in view of the forthcoming examinations of students. Mata Saraswatee, the goddess of knowledge; was fervently invoked and prayed on that day by all devotees, especially by students and teachers. Prior to the ceremony, Kalash Sthapana was performed on Friday evening of 09 September 2011 in the presence of Bal –Vikas students. As such, Saraswatee Pooja was performed on 11 September 2012 from 9.00 am to noon. As usual, stuties and mantras were recited during the ceremony. On that occasion, students had brought their pens they would use for the exam and these were offered at the lotus feet of Mata Sarawatee, the bestower of knowledge before the ceremony started. Then there was recitation of the divine names of Mata Sarawatee. At the same time, all the devotees present had the opportunity to perform archana. The ceremony concluded with Aarti performed by Bal –Vikas students. Mahaprasad was served on that occasion. Before leaving, students collected their pens blessed with the divine energy of Mata Saraswastee.

  

 

Ganesh Jayanti & Ganesh Chathurthi

Ganesh Jayanti & Chathurthi was celebrated during five days at the Ashram.  An earthen idol of Ganesh reached the Ashram on Sunday 16 September 2012 and was adorned according to the inspiration of some devotees. Afterwards, Kalash Sthapana was performed. The next day, the rituals continued in the evening with Gauri-Ganesh pooja. ‘Pranapratishtha’ – a specific ritual, through which life was invoked into the idol of Ganesh was performed by Swami Ajay Ji by chanting of mantras.As usual, devotees have the opportunity to participate in the ceremony. Thus, they performed ‘Deep-Dan’ i.e. by offering a ghee lamp, 21 durva, 3 bel-patram and flowers in front of the idol of Shri Ganesh. Then, the devotees performed Aarti with the ghee lamps and placed them on a platform.  As such this ceremony can be viewed as having many beneficial effects. It is believed that offering durva to Ganesh Ji removes obstacles from our life. Furthermore, Deep- Dan was performed with the thought that the light that was offered to Shri Ganesh will enlighten the path of devotees and shine through the dark clouds of their life. Hence, devotees enthusiastically performed Deep-Dan during the three nights.Another important feature of the ceremony was abhishekam of a small idol of Ganesh which represented the earthen idol. All the respective samagri(ingredients) like milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar, etc was offered to the idol and each time the idol was bathed with pure water. Afterwards, Swami Ajay Ji, recited the divine names of Ganesh along with devotees performing archana.Ganesh Jayanti, the birthday of Lord Ganesh was celebrated on Wednesday 19 September 2012. At 7.00 p.m., the ceremony started with three aumkaars and recitation of stuties. Then, Swami Ajay Ji, continued with the rituals and the recitations of the names of Ganesh until he reached 1008. There was also chanting of melodious bhajans which enchanted the heart of one and all. Meanwhile, ‘prasad’ (fruits), ‘modak’ (sweets), flowers, bel-patram & durva brought by devotees was offered to Ganesh. The ceremony ended with Aarti to our beloved Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba at around 9.30 p.m. On the occasion of Ganesh Chathurthi, a musical group convened by Swami Ajay Ji played their instruments for the first time at the ashram, before the idol of Ganesh was taken out through the streets and also accompanied the Nagaarsankeertan procession up to Roches-Noires Ganga Mandir. This greatly mesmerized all the devotees who seemed to be absorbed in this divine music. Finally, the idol was immersed according to tradition in the sea. Although, we all prayed to Shri Ganesh to take away our obstacles along with Him, but, at the same time, we were a little sad as the idol we had adored for so many days would no longer be among us. However, we know that another idol of Ganesh will be with us next year and we will adore Him again with devotion!

 

 

 

SAI KATHA (5 -12 August 2012)

Sunday 05 August 2012, Nagarsankeertan was held - the idol of Bhagawan Shri Satya Baba & Shirdi Sai Baba was taken to a temple in Triolet, followed by a group of devotees chanting bhajans

 

 

Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba Dais

 

 

Yantra's and Kalash Pooja

  

        

  

On the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmastami 

    

Manifestation of Hyrangarba Lingam by Swami Ajay Ji

 

Swami Ajay Ji in the role of Shirdi Sai Baba 

  

 

Swami Ajay Ji and foreign devotee on the last night of the ceremony 

   

 

SAI TRINITY 

Issue APRIL-JUNE 2012(4th issue)

Unity Bhajan - 10 June 2012

Contrary to habitual tradition, this year we celebrated Unity Bhajan on 10 June 2012 instead of Asthotra Bhajan. The Ashram took the ‘sankalpa’ to organize Asthotra Bhajan for a dozen years and this ‘sankalpa’ has now been fulfilled. Thus, this year, Unity Bhajan, the continuous chanting of bhajans was held from 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Consequently, we had enough time to reflect on Bhagawan Shri Satya Baba and our future paths both in the spiritual and material plane. 

Many devotees from various regions contributed to this divine event. Unity Bhajan provided devotees of the ashram a platform to perform seva. As such the devotees of various wings of the ashram had the opportunity to display their talents while playing their respective roles ascribed to them. For instance, during the course of the day, sevadals were actively engaged from welcoming the devotees to serving prasad & mahaprasad, while others acted as a guide for the sitting arrangement of various Bhajan groups who participated for this occasion. Still others melodiously chanted bhajans and played instruments which enchanted the heart of one and all.

All these seva’s were successfully accomplished under the supervision and guidance of Swami Ajay ji who had previously coached the sevadals for this important occasion. At 6.00 p.m., the ceremony ended with Aarti. After mahaprasad, devotees happily left the ashram with the blessings of Bhagawan Shri Satya Baba.

Easwaramma Day -  06 May 2012 

Easwaramma Day, the celebration, commemorating the motherhood of the chosen mother who was destined to bring the bundle of joy onto planet earth was held on Sunday 06 May 2012 at the Ashram. Easwaramma, mother of Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba passed away on 06 May 1972 and since then Easwaramma Day is celebrated on this date annually.

At around 10 o’clock, the ceremony started with Vedchanting performed by Swami Ajay Ji. Then, we proceeded to our next item, which was Lakshanarchana. Devotees performed archana by offering rice to Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba and simultaneously reciting the divine mantra “Om Shri Satya Sai Krshnaye Namah” continuously for various rounds of the japamala. In between, the rounds, there was a short break and heart- touching kirtan chanted by the officiating priest raised the divine vibrations already prevailing there to a crescendo. Devotees being immersed into this wonderful ocean of bliss were rejuvenated. Lakshanarchana was organized in view of propagating positive vibrations to the environment and most specifically, to our dear one’s whom we have lost. Thus, this exercise also known as ‘bhutwayagna’ was conducted in memory of our late beloved ones.

Afterwards, Swami Ajay Ji presented a brief discourse on the life of Easwaramma and her relationship with Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba. He further elaborated on her important role in imparting knowledge & advice to mahila’s.As usual the ceremony concluded with Aarti & mahaprasad at noon.

  

Maha-Samadhi Pooja -  24 April 2012

Maha-Samadhi Pooja was organized on Tuesday 24 April 2012 in remembrance of our beloved Bhagawan Shri Sathya Sai Baba who left his physical form for ascension on that day. On this occasion, all the devotees were present at the Ashram to express their love and gratitude to Bhagawan Baba. It has been a year since Swami has departed from our material world, leaving behind deep grief and treasures of His teachings which have been captured in His several books, magazines, CD’s & films. Despite the fact that Bhagawan Baba is not among us anymore, we are still benefitting from His teachings which we are trying to put into practice and exercise during our daily life.

In this context, there was a film show on the sweet memories of Bhagawan Baba from 11.00 to noon followed by Archana & Aarti.

In the evening, there was a special session of programme dedicated to Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba, during which we all had the opportunity to pay homage to Bhagawan on this unforgettable day.

At 7.00 p.m., the session opened with aumkaar’s, stuties, recitation of Vedas and Gayatri mantra’s by Swami Ajay Ji. Afterwards, there was recitation of 108 names of Bhagawan Baba and simultaneously, devotees offered their love in the form of flowers at the lotus feet of Bhagawan (Archana). Then they whole-heartedly recited the Sai Gayatri:

SAAYEESHWARYA VIDHMAHE,
SATHYA DHEVAAYA DHEEMAHI,
THANNOH SARVAH PRACHODAYAATH

As we all missed Swami, the atmosphere was quite gloomy. Suddenly, the prevailing atmosphere changed when Swami Ajay Ji gracefully chanted a special hymm on Shri Krishna which filled the emptiness in our hearts. Eventually, we virtually lived some of Bhagawan’s recollections through a Film projection. The ceremony concluded with Aarti & Mahaprasad.  

Even though Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba is no longer physically present among us, we all know that He will continue to bestow His blessings on us as we are all His children and no Father ever forgets His children nor be ignorant of their sufferings. 

 

 

SAI TRINITY 

Issue JAN-MARCH 2012(3rd issue)  

LAGHU RUDRA YAGNA

 Our first activity of the year 2012 started with Laghu Rudra Yagna on Sunday 15th January 2012 from 9.00a.m to noon. Some three years ago, I heard of Laghu Rudra Yagna and it struck me, being a new term of my spiritual dictionary, I therefore sought clarifications from Swami Ajay Ji, who explained that the yagna is organized with the aim of welcoming Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba amidst ourselves and receive His blessings so that all the activities of the ashram which have been planned are successfully completed.

The yagna started with Kalash Sthapana on Saturday 14th January 2012. At around 10.00p.m, the preparations for Kalash Sthapana started with the assembling of lamps, vastram, janev, haar (garlands), mango leaves, betel leaves, flowers, yellow coloured rice and a paste of saffron.

Being absorbed in the preparation for the Kalash Sthapana, for a fraction of a second, I felt the presence of Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba; it was as if He has accepted our invitation whole-heartedly. It appeared to be a response to the quest of Swami Ajay Ji who had sincerely organized the yagna. As soon as Swami Ajay Ji arrived, he placed all the items in their respective order in front of a Kalash that was placed on six betel leaves which gave the form of a lotus.  Afterwards, he and a devotee performed the rituals for Kalash Sthapana.

The following day, 15th January 2012, was a memorable one as during the yagna, the divine energy could strongly be felt and even afterwards, it was one of the few times, when the atmosphere was not serene; normally, at the ashram, much emphasis is laid on discipline and after a ceremony we silently perform our respective seva but specially this time, we had the privilege to enjoy a rather joyful and vibrant atmosphere.

The yagna was conducted by an officiating priest and before initiating it, he invoked the divine energy of Shiva and Shakti. Swami Ajay Ji was one of the main couples who participated and he offered ghee ‘ahuti’ to the sacrificial fire, while the officiating priest recited the divine names of Lord Shiva and Her consort Shakti. The yagna, gave us the opportunity to perceive the organization of a well planned activity where indeed every step of the ceremony was effectively accomplished. Finally, Aarti & Mahaprasad brought an end to this auspicious ceremony.

 

MAHASHIVARATREE CELEBRATIONS

ABHISHEKAM ON MONDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2012

On account of the importance of Mahashivaratree, the first abhishekam of 2012 was organized at the ashram before leaving for seva at Grand Bassin. Thus, sevadals and devotees who participated in the abhishekam had the opportunity to prepare themselves both physically and mentally for this great festival. More so, we were gradually being accustomed to the divine energy that would be prevailing in the following weeks.

SEVA AND MATERIALISATION OF HYRANGARBA LINGAM

BY SWAMI AJAY JI

AT GRAND BASSIN

 

Each year our Ashram is actively involved in food distribution to pilgrims of Grand Bassin. Similarly, this year, seva was performed by a group of devotees at Grand Bassin from 15th February 2012 to 19 February 2012. The Youth wing together with the Mahila wing served food & refreshments to pilgrims during four days.

 

A simple but yet attractive dais was set up there as the space allocated to the group was limited and Aarti was offered to Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba daily. Despite the lack of comfort in such a remote place, each and everyone enthusiastically performed seva with great team spirit under the guidance of Swami Ajay Ji. We had a splendid time there, free from the daily stress of life in such a magnificent environment with alternating atmosphere of dark clouds and bright sun rays.

It was a Friday evening and we had a very strange feeling that something miraculous would happen. Kirtan was playing on a VCD and the atmosphere seemed to be fully charged. After sometime, we were all surprised when Swami Ajay Ji materialized a hyrangarba lingam for the first time at Grand Basssin.  Later, darshan and sparshan of the wonderful lingam delighted one and all.

Thus, we heartily continued to perform our seva to thousands of pilgrims who came to our stall. On Sunday, when it was time to depart from Grand-Bassin, we were a little reluctant; however, we knew that we would come the following year.

 

MAHASHIVARATREE 

On Monday, 20 February 2012, we celebrated Mahashivaratree, the great night of Lord Shiva, from 6.30 p.m. till 11.45 p.m. As usual, Kalash Sthapana and other preparations for the evening rituals were performed beforehand in the morning.

At 7.00 p.m., ritualistic proceedings began with three Omkaar and recitation of stuties followed by abhishekam of the hyrangarba lingam by Swami Ajay Ji.  Melodious bhajans sung in the glory of Lord Shiva and chanting of lingastakam uplifted the atmosphere to a higher realm. Afterwards, some devotees performed abhishekam on a crystal Shiva lingam. Then, all the devotees present had the chance to offer eleven bel-patram leaves, flowers and water to the Shiva Lingam. Meanwhile, Swami Ajay Ji recited 1008 names of Lord Shiva. Yagna and Aarti concluded the ceremony of Mahashivaratree. 

 

Abhishekam on Monday, 27 February 2012

In an endeavour to keep our spiritual morale, the ashram decided that henceforth abhishekam be performed on Mondays.

After the necessary preparations had been done, the ceremony started with three omkaar and recitation of stuties, following which Swami Ajay Ji performed abhishekam of the Shiva Lingam. In this process, the following samagri; rice, milk, curd, honey, sugar, rose water, and saffron were offered and simultaneously, a flow of water was continuously maintained on the lingam until the end of the abhishekam. Afterwards, devotees chanted lingastakam which added to the divine vibrations of the atmosphere.  Then, we all gave our participation through archana, offering of water and bel-patram leaves, followed by recitation of the Mahamrityunjay mantra:

“Om Tryambhakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat”

Another item recently included in our prayer was the recitation of the Shiva Gayatri :

“Tat Purushaya Vidmahe

Mahadevaya Dimahi

Tanno Rudra Prachodeyate”

 

Then, Aarti was performed. Finally, prasad, bel-patram leaves and flowers were distributed to all devotees as blessings of Lord Shiva.

 

In order to renew our spirituality, we will try to maintain Mondays as our holy day for abhishekam of our beloved Lord Shiva, though at times it becomes difficult but with the blessings of Lord Shiva and Bhagawan Shri Satya Sai Baba, we hope that we will continue our divine mission.

 



 

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