मातृ-पितृ पूजन दिवस – 14 फरवरी
Since about last 45 years Pujya Bapuji has been constantly serving the society with all his will and dedication. His contribution to various segments of society has been immeasurable. His work towards upliftment and inculcation of cultural values in our society, nurturing the youth with ethics, morals and virtues of devotion, helping people get rid of the physical and mental ill-health and spiritual elevation of men and women should not be underestimated.. The various activities initiated and guided by Pujya Bapuji like, “Yuvadhan Suraksha Abhiyan”, “Mahila Uthhan Mandal”, “Vyasan Mukti Abhiyan” , “Garbhpat Roko Abhiyan”, “Bal Sanskar Kendra” etc. have undoubtedly prevented society from further demoralization and saved billions of rupees.
Charged with spiritual vibes,The Ashram of Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu, the fountain of world peace, was established on 29th January 1972 on the bank of the River Sabarmati in Ahmedabad. Today, there are more than 425 Ashrams at various places in India and abroad. Ashrams have been established abroad also at Matawan (USA), Toronto (Canada) etc. More than 1400 Shri Yoga Vedanta Sewa Samitis are being run by the Ashram in the country and abroad and are engaged in serving all strata of the society. These Sewa Samitis are also active in New Jersey(USA), Dubai, Singapore, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Chile, Kenya, England, West Indies and many other cities and countries.
More than 17000 Baal Samskar Kendras, Chhaatra Samskar Kendras and Kanya Samskar Kendras are being run in the country and abroad to inculcate noble traits in the students.For protection and preservation of wealth of youthfulness more than 2 crore ‘Divya Prerana Prakash’ booklets have been distributed among the students, youths and others. It has worked to save the nation from grave problems like teenage pregnancy and its social as well as economic disadvantages that costs billions of dollars to the developed nations every year. Many youth development programmes have been organised and has brought new awareness in the youth.
Gurukul Education run by the ashram provides a perfect blending of modern education and spiritual knowledge. Developing extraordinary talents, Gurukul students are making their country and their culture proud.
Mahila Utthan Mandal conducts activities like Samskara Sabha, anti-abortion drives, illustrious women campaign, inculcating divine traits in children, cow-protection, prisoners’ reformation campaign, Bhakti awakening campaign and planting of trees. Yuva Sewa Sangh provides platform for youth counselling meetings, illustrious youth campaign, life-development campaign, parents’ worship day, patriotism yatras, feasts for poor and all round development of youths are conducted.
For tribal and underprivileged people’s development, in addition to conducting bhandaras(feasts), in different areas of the country through Tribal Development Centres, time to time Pujya Bapuji Himself distributes food-grains, clothes, utensils etc. among tribal people and notebooks, sweets etc among needy children in large scale. Feasts and kirtan in poverty-stricken areas has become a regular part of Ashram activities. Lakhs of poor, orphans, downtrodden and tribals have benefitted through thousands of bhandaras (feasts).Distribution of food-grains is done through Ration Cards given by the Ashram to the poor, the destitute and the widows through which food and other necessities of life are provided free of cost every month.With the help of De-addiction Campaigns run by the Ashram, lakhs of addicts give up addictions and participate in altruistic activities run by the Ashram.It has saved the nation trillions of rupees. Bapuji has devoted 50 years of his life to the spiritual awakening of the people.
Buttermilk and Drinking Water Stands are set up at Bus Stands, Railway Stations and other public places where buttermilk and water are provided free of cost.Ashram’s Natural Disaster and Emergency services have been in the forefront in times of natural disasters in various parts of the country. Whether it was earthquake of Latur, Bhuj, famine of Gujarat, floods in Odisha, Bihar, Uttarakhand and Gujarat or the Tsunami Disaster – the Ashram and its Samitis have served the people. Under the Food , Wages and chanting Scheme carried out by the Ashram, those with no income and not capable of doing any job are invited to spend the whole day doing Japa of Divine name, kirtan and satsang and are given food and wages so that poverty and unemployment are reduced and the atmosphere is purified by japa and kirtan.9 large Goshalas are being run by the Ashram in which thousands of cows, saved from being taken to slaughter houses, are being tended. Medicines are prepared from the urine of these cows. Goshalas are being run in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra etc.
‘Rishi Darshan’, a spiritual monthly video magazine based on Pujya Bapuji’s life, discourses and altruistic activities is released every month.Also anyone can get at their home, a treasure of all-encompassing knowledge in the form of monthly magazine ‘Rishi Prasad’ and monthly newsletter ‘Lok Kalyan Setu’.Satsang programmes of Pujya Bapuji and his chosen disciples are held in cities, towns and villages and in schools all over the country. This way noble thoughts and values are disseminated in the society..
Meditation, Yoga and Spiritual camps are attended by lakhs of men and women every year, which is organized in Pujya Bapuji’s pious presence to awaken their latent powers through meditation and Kundalini Shaktipaata.
‘Prisoners’ Reformation programs are held all over the country. Under this programme, spiritual literature is distributed in jails free of charge. Yogasanas, Pranayamas and satsang programmes are organised for physical, mental and spiritual uplift of prisoners.Notebooks, pens, slates, books, uniforms etc. are provided free of charge to lakhs of poor, underprivileged and orphan students. Special notebooks are published for students by the Ashram containing pictures of God and saints, with quotes of moral teachings, inspiring anecdotes and tips for improving memory and excelling in exams. Mats, desks and chairs are provided to needy schools in rural and tribal areas.
Students’ Talent Development Programmes are organised under the aegis of Pujya Bapuji to strengthen the foundation of their life. In these programmes, students are spiritually trained in yogasanas, Pranayamas, meditation etc. so that they can develop their dormant powers and become talented, goal-oriented, strong-willed, memory masters and conscientious. Today’s children are tomorrow’s citizens and they will do their parents, teachers and country proud. Medical treatment is given at various Ashrams by expert practitioners of harmless therapies like Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Naturopathy systems. Free medical camps are organised in remote areas. Ashram’s mobile dispensaries reach tribal and rural areas where government medical services are not available. Serving the patients in hospitals by providing fruits, milk, medicines and books are distributed to the patients in hospitals.
Divya Prerna Prakash Gyaana Competition is organised every year by the Ashram in schools and colleges in all the states. Through this competition, students are trained to become men of character, goal-oriented, industrious, useful and cultured, and are provided with keys for spiritual development and success in all walks of life. The popularity of this competition has been increasing year after year. The number of participants has increased from 4,55,000 in the year 2008 to 25,57,823 in 2012.
Pious Banyan/Pipal Tree charged with spiritual energy is found in every Ashram to fulfil worldly desires of people. Devotees call them ‘King Banyan/Pipal’. Today, they have become wish-fulfilling trees.
Yagnas for purification of the atmosphere with chanting of Vedic mantras are organised from time to time to counter thought pollution and environmental pollution.Yoga and noble traits inculcation programme in schools and colleges are conducted by Devotees from the Ashram all over the country in which thye provide training in Yogasanas, Pranayamas and memory-development exercises.
Divine Name Sankirtan Yatras are taken out by all Ashrams and Shri Yoga Vedanta Seva Samitis in different parts of the country in all states with the objective of spreading religious ideas, moral education and awareness to de-addiction.
Pujya Bapuji is the first ever citizen to inspire youth to celebrate the 14th of February as “Matru-Pitru Pujan Divas”(Parent’s Worship Day) and not as Valentine’s Day, which indeed adds a lot to strengthen the family system and character building of the youth. Parents’ Worship Day is celebrated with the objective that students should be saved from the evil of ‘Valentine’s Day’ and from falling prey to passion and its disastrous effects like teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and poor academic results, and enable them lead a life of purity and righteousness to enjoy positive health, happiness and respect in their life through making a brilliant career.. This pious day of giving respect to parents is celebrated individually at homes and collectively in schools and colleges and at public places with the pious feeling of divinity in parents and the teachers. The festival is celebrated not only in India but also in many countries of the world.
Bapuji’s hardwork for the betterment of the youth of this country, understanding that they are the future citizens, vouch for his foresight and his love for the countrymen. It has helped the youth from demoralization caused by loss of cultural values. He had raised a voice of protest against the molestation of girls working at Call Centres. Pujya Bapuji has been putting an immense amount of thought and action to protect the youth from cultural conversion caused by constant bombardment of westernisation. Thousands have been freed from the intoxicating habits like alcohol, drugs, pan masala, guthka etc. ever since they have come in touch with Pujya Bapuji. These activities have resulted in better health of these people and for sure saved trillions of rupees collectively , contributed to individual savings and added to the economy of the country.
Thus for so many reasons and many more, we definitely need the guidance of Pujya Bapuji to build a healthy and a value based society. The society should not be deprived of the teachings of Pujya Bapuji through His satsang programs which gives not only a message of peace and selfless service but gives spiritual joy, and inner peace to millions of people all over the world.
Self-Realization becomes very easy for those who consider God To be the Supreme Reality and endeavour to attain Him.
‘Shri Yoga Vashishtha Maharamayana’ propounds that God is not far from us, there is no
distinction between Him and us and it is not difficult to realize Him either.
Indeed it is not difficult to realize God and yet it seems difficult, because we do not listen to or
contemplate on divine knowledge and hence we fail to develop love for Him. Just as one who is
illiterate and has not practised reading and writing thinks that it is difficult, so too one who has not
practised spiritual discipline thinks that it is difficult to attain God. However if he practises spiritual
contemplation, it is not difficult at all. During the formative years in school, learning the alphabets
appeared quite cumbersome, but today you can write them with ease; so is the case with respect to
God. Practice alone brings perfection and is the key to success!
‘My Beloved dwells in my heart. I can meet Him at will by just delving within.’
‘My brother slapped me” the memory causes pain. Find out who feels the pain. Pain is felt in the
mind. Be a witness to your mind and the pain will disappear. Your body is sick and is paining. Be a
witness to the aching body and you will laugh at it. Once this (my) body suffered from a malarial fever
and an adverse reaction of anti-malarial drugs. A severe pain left me groaning. I would ask my body,
‘Hey! What is this nonsense’ Why do you groan” ‘and laugh out at its condition. Then I would tell my
mind, ‘Keep groaning. I am watching you.’ ‘and it would stop groaning. Those who saw me were
extremely pained and would secretly shed tears, ‘What a painful state!’ But I did not feel that way. The
body suffered the pain and I watched it like a detached observer. Once this practice is developed, one
can see oneself as a separate entity from the body, even in deep slumber. Like we observe another
person, we can observe our own body. Sustained practice increases the subtlety of the intellect and
one can develop such witness attitude towards the world.
Similarly, we can become a witness to even pleasures and pains. If one practises being a detached
witness, it becomes easy. An actor in a play claims, ‘I am king Vikramaditya’ I will not allow this to
happen in my kingdom” but in his heart he knows what he is. In the very next scene he dons the garb
of a beggar and evokes a sense of profound sympathy among the audience. Only a while ago he was
acting the part of an emperor and now he is playing the role of a beggar. But he knows fully well that
he is only playing a role. Similarly, he who practises detachment from the body, transcends pleasures
The deceitful, dishonest and cunning people cannot succeed in this endeavour. The more
innocent and honest one becomes, the quicker progress he achieves on this path. Identifying oneself
with the body and trying to seek happiness in this illusory world, assuming it to be real, is at the root
of all cunning and deceitful acts. Howsoever dishonest one may be, if he starts believing in the truth
of his own Divine Self and comes to realize the futility of this world, his deceitfulness and vices will
disappear and he will soon attain greatness.
So long as one is ignorant about the glory and greatness of Self-realization, one suffers all types
of misery. Treachery, deceit and other vices exist only so long as people do not realize the importance
of Self-realization and appreciate that God alone is the Absolute Reality. Once one realizes the
importance of satsang and of Self-realisation, gradually one’s mind becomes pure; deceit and
treachery begin to wither away and all complaints disappear. Then one will admit to have committed
mistakes and will be ready to rectify them as well, rather than making excuses for the same. One, not
inclined towards Self-realization, tries to give excuses when a mistake is pointed out to him; thus
unwittingly he only strengthens his own faults, little realising that he is hurting nothing but his own
Those, who have become used to giving excuses and practising deceit and dishonesty, impede
their road to real progress in life. Those trying to cheat others are badly cheated by some greater
cheat. A fraud is bound to suffer the consequences of his evil deeds and dishonesty engages one in
evil pursuits with their root cause lying in the erroneous notion of taking the body and this world to
be real. When the world is taken for real and one remains engrossed in the thoughts of this world, having no love or devotion towards the Supreme Self, it becomes the root of all misery.
Self-realization becomes very easy for those who consider God to be the Supreme Reality and
endeavour to attain Him. Self-realization becomes easier still when the aspirant renders sincere and
selfless service only for the sake of attaining Divine love, Divine grace and Divine knowledge. Such an
aspirant realizes God very soon and is also delivered from all his troubles forever. He experiences
Self-love and an everlasting contentment in the unity of his True Self with the Bliss-personified
Know the Self
Bliss-personified God is your True origin. You are sustained by That and you will finally
merge into That itself. And if you do not take out time to establish yourself in That, then you are
but your own greatest enemy.
You have been provided with both time and energy to attain Eternal Self-Bliss. You have been
blessed with an intellect to realize the Divine Being. If you waste these divine gifts in the pursuit of
worldly comforts and pleasures, then even if you acquire a lot of wealth it will not bring an end to
your sorrows. Irrespective of how much a man is wealthy or powerful he can never be fully
relieved from miseries.
No doubt it is a sin to kill a horse, donkey, dog or man; but to deny your own divinity is a
graver sin. It is tantamount to committing suicide, and such a person is his own greatest enemy.
External enemies are simply dwarfed in comparison.
You have been bestowed with a human life, a good intellect; rather than employing them in
the right pursuit if you waste them for transient worldly pleasures, then you are bound to repent in
The human life is not meant for sense-enjoyments. It is meant to attain the bliss of samadhi,
to attain the majestic state of equanimity. In ancient times people would undertake pilgrimages,
experiencing happiness and sorrow, praise and insults and various other difficulties en route with
a view to having the realization, T he body is born and will die, I am its witness.
O ne who has conquered his mind, senses and body, is his own friend while one who fails to
conquer his mind, senses and body is his own enemy. (Srimad
Bhagwad Gita: 6.6)
Therefore, one should nurture elevating thoughts of realizing the Supreme Self; for salvation
is unattainable without first acquiring Knowledge of the True Self. One should make a firm resolve
to attain the Knowledge of the True Self alone in order to repose in the Supreme Being, the
Eternal, the Immutable and the One that is always free from sorrow.
O happiness -love -and bliss-personified soul! Why are you toiling for happiness, love and
bliss; being kicked, wearied and tormented in the process? Wait stop here and now. Learn the
art of experiencing your True Self from an Enlightened Saint so that you can realize, how sweet,
how loveable, how blissful and truly great you are!
The Ten Guidelines for God-realization
One, who seeks to realize God, should assimilate these five rules in his day to day life.
1. One should cleanse one’s mind of the filth of bias and try to remain impartial. If one has to judge, one should be a little liberal towards others while being just towards one’s kin. This will safeguard the purity of one’s heart. Favouring one’s own kin makes the task of God-realization more difficult. In order to maintain peace and harmony in the family, one should avoid partiality and be fair towards all. This is the way to properly manage the affairs of the day to day life. Such impartial and affectionate conduct helps one attain success both in the material as well as in the spiritual world.
2. Keep your heart pure and innocent like that of a child. The truth is innate; falsehood is artificial and requires so many devious means to conceal it, and still it finally comes out in the open. Therefore, try to keep your heart like that of an innocent child. Don’t be too clever. Avoid artificiality. When guests arrive, offer them with affection even if it is only a glass of water. They will appreciate your straightforwardness. If you try to impress them with pomp and ostentation, your honesty and spontaneity will thereby be suppressed. You should neither try to impress anyone nor should you be unduly impressed by others. Deal with others knowing that both you and him are but manifestations of God. Your conduct then will become innocent like that of a child.
3. One should not entertain feelings of superiority or inferiority towards others on the basis of Varna, Ashram, caste or creed.
4. One should not waste one’s time and energy in futile disputes. Speak as little as possible in words full of pith and substance and keep away from controversial debates.
5. Steer clear of all activities, thoughts, detractors, friends and company, which hinder you from devotion to the Lord and from attaining divine enjoyment, divine bliss, divine capabilities and repose in the true Self.
If one observes these five rules of conduct in life, one can make good progress on the path to God-realization. So, these are the rules of worldly conduct. Then, there are 5 rules of spiritual conduct also, which an aspirant ought to observe for God-realization. These rules are:
1) Be compassionate towards all beings. In your heart of hearts, you should have a feeling of compassion for all, including a criminal. When the magistrate pronounces a punishment but with the well-being of the criminal in his mind, he not only attains the merits of carrying out his duty in right earnest but also gets his heart sanctified by the feelings of compassion and kindness towards the criminal.
2) Do not find faults with Saints, nor should you ever lend an ear to their detractors.
3) Maintain piety of your body as well as mind. Keep your body clean through bathing, etc. and purify the mind through japa and pranayama.
4) Don’t overstrain yourself, nor should you be slothful.
5) Don’t hanker after the transient and trifling sense objects. Even your spiritual and devotional practices should always be free from desires. Don’t pray to the Lord for fulfilment of your temporal desires; rather devote yourself to the Lord for the very sake of His love alone.
One who sincerely and diligently observes these rules of worldly and spiritual conduct, has his heart purified and a pure heart realises the Supreme Self readily.