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Na Me Bhakta Pranashyati My Devotee Never Perishes `Om Namo Narayanaya July – August 2007 BADARIKASHRAMA DIARY CHIEF MINISTER OF KARNATAKA, Sri H D KUMARASWAMY INAUGURATES SWAMI VIVEKANANDA STATUE On May 3rd, 2007, Thursday, at Badarikashrama, a prominent ashrama in Madihalli, a village in Karnataka State, amidst euphoric chanting of over twenty five thousand of people, Swami Omkarananda placed a garland to welcome the Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri HD Kumaraswamy, Chief Guest, to the program to inaugurate the Swami Vivekananda Statue installed at the Ashrama. The other guests of honor at the program were Srimat Swami Jagatmatanandaji Maharaj, (President, RamakrishnaSarada Ashrama, Ponampet, Karnataka), Srimat Swami Atmavidanandaji Maharaj (Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Kadaph, Andhra Pradesh), Srimat Swami Shantimayanandaji Maharaj (Ramakrishana Math, Bangalore), Prof. B M Hegde, (world renowned cardiologist, author and speaker from Mangalore), and Sri M T Krishnappa (MLA from Turuvekere). The Chief Minister reverently performed aarti to Sri Lakshminarayana, Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Sayings of Swami Vivekananda Devi, surrounded by Mahatmas, to the chanting of sacred vedic slokas. Struggle is the sign of life. Strength is life, weakness is death Never mind failure; they are the beauty of life Religion is not in books. It is being and becoming Religious teaching must always be constructive, not destructive Out of purity and silence come the word of power To be good and to do good that is the whole of religion They alone live, who live for others; the rest are more dead than alive No chance for the welfare of the world, unless the condition of women is improved Arise! Awake! Stop not, till the goal is reached (Chief Minister Sri. H.D. Kumara Swamy Inaugurating the Statue of Swami Vivekananda)
The distinguished group then proceeded towards theVivekananda statue whereupon, the Chief Ministerthen unveiled the stature, to mark its inauguration anddedication. In his speech to the appreciative crowd,the Chief Minister addressed the needs of thefarmers, and spoke about the greatness of SwamiVivekananda. His sensitivity for the needs of thepeople, and his genuine concern for the people ofKarnataka were much in evidence. SwamiOmkaranandaji spoke on Vivekananda’s love for hismotherland, and his ability to understand what was (Srimat Swami Jagadatmanandaji Maharaj and Swami Omkaranandaji )needed for the nations development and success. amount of information that you put in your brain that remain undigested all your life. We must have life- building, man-making and character-making assimilation of ideas.” After the successful conclusion of the inauguration program at Madihalli, Swamiji returned to San Leandro, end-May, 2007.(Swami Omkaranandaji and Chief Minister Sri. H.D. Kumara Swamy)The Inauguration of the Swami Vivekananda statue issymbolic of Badarikashrams’s present focus on thedevelopment of quality educational facilities for the (Chief Minister Sri H. D. Kumara Swamy and MLA Sri M.T. Krishnappa)rural population. The ashrama’s attention has been Events at San Leandro continued in their traditionalgiven to workshops, seminars and periodic medical spirit of devotion and patronage. The highlight of thecamps. A pre-primary school is planned to be opened events was the 23rd Anniversary Celebrations ofin January, 2008. Future plans include a vedic school Badarikashrama, celebrated on June 9th and 10th. Theand a residential high school. Badarikashrama has two-day celebration was marked with several colorfulmade it a mission to manifest Swami Vivekananada’s and enlightening events, with several performancesmessage: “We must have a hold on the spiritual and by artistes of international repute across the Baysecular education of the nation. Education is not the Area. (Swami Vivekanada Inaugural Function at Madihalli Audience)
G. Subramaniam. She has won many awards in music including The Music Academy and the Indian Fine Arts Society. For the performance at Badrikashrama, Shanti was accompanied by Natarajan Sriniasan on the Mridangam, and by Divya Ramachandran on the Violin. Shanti performed several compositions, each rendered to its classical purity, to the delight and appreciation of the audience. At the end of the performance, the group received a standing ovation, a fitting finish to a wonderful day commemorating the Anniversary Celebrations. (Suman Shah and Prof. Mohini Mohan Patnaik)On Saturday, May 9th, Swamiji welcomed theaudience and reminisced about the 23 years that hadpassed since Badarikashrama was founded in SanLandro. The program began with an Odissi dancerecital by students of Sima Chakravarty. As always,the students performed wonderfully well, a testimonyto their devotion to the art form. This was followedby a Hindustani music concert by Prof. MohiniMohan Patnaik, a master of the Flute as well as thehundred stringed Santoor. He is the chairman of theMusic department at Utkal Vidyalaya, (Rita Sahai and Students)Bhubaneshwar, India, and the recipient of many On June 10th, the 23rd Anniversary celebrationsmajor awards in India and abroad. Prof. Patnaik continued into the second day. Samuhika 108 Sriperformed several flute pieces, each more melodious Satyanarayana Puja and Katha was conducted onthan the previous. He was accompanied by Suman this day, The proceedings for the day began with aShah on the Tanpura. The group concluded to a wonderful Kirtan recital by Smt Rita Sahai andresounding applause, deserving of a performance of students. As always, Rita’s recital wassuch a grand stature. superlatively melodious, keeping the audience in rapture. After the Kirtan, Swamiji officiated the Samuhika Satyanarayan Puja, followed by Katha. Several devotees and their families participated in the Puja and received the Lord’s blessings. After the Aarti, the devotees partook of the Mahaprasad. (Natarajan Srinivasan, Shanti Sriram and Divya Ramachandran)After lunch, the program continued with aperformance by pupils of the Balsamskara Kendra.The pupils chanted several slokas and verses, in agroup setting as well as individually, earning muchappreciation from the audience/devotees. The finalperformance the day was Carnatic Vocal recital byShanti Sriram and party. Shanthi Shriram is thegranddaughter of Sangeetha Vidwan Sri. Sathur A. (Artists in concert during the Mirabai Music Festival)
BADARIKASHRAMA Non Profit Org. 15602 Maubert Avenue U.S. Postage Paid San Leandro, CA 94578 San Leandro, CA Tel (510) 278 2444 Permit # 61 DATED MATERIAL CALENDAR BALASAMSKARA KENDRAJuly 2007 Classes for children are held every Sunday at 10.30AM. Bay area parents who want toSun 1st 11:00 PM Sri Satyanarayana Puja & Kirtan actively participate in the cultural and spiritualWed 4th 10:00 AM Sri Durga Homa education of their children conceived the Kirtan: Sargam & Suman Shah school. The curriculum includes Hindi classes, Bhajan: Rita Sahai & Students Sanskrit Mantras, and explanations of puja, rituals, symbolism of Gods and Goddesses andSat 7th 2:00 PM Sri Sundarakanda Ramayana of Sri Indian festivals. Story telling familiarizes our Goswami Tulasidas children to our ancient culture and epics. Children find it a lot of fun and look forward to every session. We encourage all of you to bringSun 8th 11:00 AM Kirtan & Satsanga your children from the ages of 5 to 15, to our Guest: Paramatmanandaji – Founding school. Please call ashrama staff for more Acharya of Arsha Vidya Mandir, Rajkot information or Anita Bajaj at 510-530-9314. As always, the school is free and everyone isSun 15th 11:00 AM Guest Speaker: Dr. S N Subba Rao, welcome. Director, National Youth Project in India, -------------------------------------------------------- and recipient of the prestigious “Rajiv INDIA CENTER Gandhi Sadbhavana Award Our Indian center is located in Madihalli, which is about 75 miles west of Bangalore. It is located in rolling hills, surrounded by fruitSun 22nd 11:00 AM Talk on Bhagavadgita by groves and many other trees. Over the last 23 Swami Atmayogiananda, Ghazipur years the ashrama has flourished and covers a lush 60 acres with abundant facilities for theSun 29th 2:00PM Sri Gurupurnima Celebrations comfort of our residents and guests. Since Music: Alka Bhatnagar and Friends January 1997, Swami Mangalananda has been Sri Satyanarayana Puja & Kirtan working in Madihalli for the growth of the ashrama. The ashrama serves the surroundingAug 2007 community with education, health and humanitarian needs. We sincerely hope thatSat 4th 2:00 PM Sri Sundarakanda Ramayana of Sri you will take the opportunity to visit our Goswami Tulasidas ashrama during your next visit to India.Sun 5th 11:00 AM Sri Ramanama Meditation & Kirtan BadarikashramaSun 12th 11:00 AM Sri Lalitha Sahasaranamama Puja & Kirtan Madihalli P.O. Turuvekere Tq., Tumkur Dt.Sun 19th 11:00 AM Guest Speaker & Kirtan Karnataka 572 227Fri 24th 7:00 PM Sri Vara Mahalakshmi Puja & Kirtan Madihalli Office 08139-287571Sun 26th 11:00 AM Sri Satyanarayana Puja & Kirtan Mobile 9480206298 Bangalore Office 080-23227292Sept 2007Sun 2nd 2:00 PM Sri Krishna Jayanthi Celebrations Email India firstname.lastname@example.org Balsamskara Pupils performance Email USA email@example.com Music: (Please refer our web site) www.badarikashrama.orgMon 3rd 8:00 PM Sri Krishna Janmashtami Puja & Kirtan -------------------------------------------------------- Hearing about Vishnu, singing about Him, remembering Him, serving Him, worshipping Him, saluting Him, being His servant, Daily Schedule at San Leandro being His comrade, and surrendering oneself and everything that is Temple is open between the hours of 7-1PM and 4-8PM in one’s own to Him – these are the nine aspects of Bhakti or God- Puja is conducted thrice daily at 7AM, 12PM and 6.30PM love. Every Monday 6:30 PM Sri Siva Puja & Aarti – Srimad Bhagavata (VII. 5.23–24) Every Tuesday 6:30 PM Sri Durga Puja & Aarti Every Full Moon Day Sri Satyanarayana Puja & Katha