news about the activities at Datta Peetham and Pujya Sri Swamiji
Sri Swamiji is deeply distressed and pained over the loss of lives
in the Tsunami calamity. Sri Swamiji has directed all Gnana Bodha
Sabhas to render all possible help in the devasted areas. Ashrama
has donated large amount of rice and grains to the feeding programs
in the affected areas. Ashrama has donated more than One Lakh Rupees
to the relief fund. We seek liberal help from devotees world wide
to support this immediate task. Donations may be sent to the nearest
Datta Yoga Center or to Mysore Ashrama directly by bank draft favoring “Avadhoota
Datta Peetham Trust” (calamity assistance fund) and posted to:
Sri Swamiji wants us all to offer prayers to heal the broken hearts of those who have lost near and dear and to pray for better after life for those whom mother earth took away.
Jaya Guru Datta
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar visits Datta Peetham
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, renowned Guru ji of the Art of Living tradition visited Mysore Ashrama on 16th December 2004 at 12 noon. Sri Swamiji and Sri Sri Ravishankar discussed privately for over one hour. Later he visited the Datta temple, Nada Mantapa and expressed his happiness. He received Datta Prasadam and left at 2.30 PM
Maasa Puja performed in Mysore on 15th November 2004
Swamiji comments on Sri Shankaracharya's arrest
Sri Swamiji addresses workers in Ashrama
Anthyakshari Program on Dasa Sahitya in Nada Mantapa
The grand stage. There are four platforms on which famous singers of Karnataka state are seated. Sri Swamiji and Bala Swami are seated to the left.
Varalakshmi -Prayer memorial Sevice in Ashrama
Rig Veda school in Ashrama
On 7th June 2004, at 06.32 PM in the auspicious Go Dhuli Muhurtham, Rig Veda school was started in the Ashrama. Rig Veda scholar from Kasargod town, Veda Brahma Shri. Venkateshwara Prasad is the new Rig Veda teacher. 5 students were inducted to the study. Sri Swamiji, Bala Swamiji, Kuppa Krishnamurthy, Ashrama Vidyadhikari, the other Veda teachers, important Ashrama functionaries, other Veda students attended the inauguration. Sri Swamiji announced that he was very happy that the all important Rig Veda will now be taught to deserving students in Ashrama. He remembered the Upadrashta family who helped to set up this new school. He also remembered Sri Sheshagiri Shastry (husband of Jayalakshmi Mata's sister - Sharada), who performed Yajnopaveetha Dharana (sacred thread ceremony)to Sri Swamiji was a Rig Veda scholar and had taught Rig Veda to Sri Swamiji for a while. The study of Rig Veda is expected to be about 8 years for basic course.
Sri Swamiji plays Cricket in Ashrama
On 31st May 2004, a friendly cricket match was played between Ashrama 11 vs All India 11. Who else to inaugurate but dear Sri Swamiji? Not only did He declare the event open, He even batted and bowled and the crowds went wild and could not believe their eyes. It was a happy happy time.
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Hanuman lectures continues
Sri Swamiji continued the Hanuman lectures for three more days (14-16) and concluded on 16th May 2004. For the devotees of Mysore and Ashrama inmates it was 13 days of sheer Hanuman Happiness.
Hanuman Jayanti on 13th May 2004
Hanuman was born on this auspicious day eons ago. Sri Swamiji worshipped Bayalu Anjaneya in the precincts of the Datta Venkateswara temple. Swami Manasa led the 108 names chanting of Hanuman. In the evening, Sri Swamiji joined the devotees for dinner which was held in the Poundareeka Ranga Sthala. The entire area resembled a banana garden which is very dear to Hanuman.
Hanuman Saptaha concludes
wonderful and inspiring discourse series by Sri Swamiji on the different
Darshans of Hanuman concluded on 12th May 2004. The ten days of lectures
touched on all aspects of Hanuman. Sri Swamiji dealt much of the discourse
time on social problems and its solutions, man's nature and remedies for
many family and internal problems.
Sri Swamiji puts a Parijatha flower garland on Hanuman statue. Click on
the photo for larger image
Rigveda Homa begins in Ashrama
The sacred Rigveda Homa commenced in Ashrama on 12th May 2004. For 8 days all the Mantras Rigveda will be chanted and Havan performed. The team of Pundits is led by veteran Rigveda school Sri Lakshminarayana Bhatta. Sri Swamiji was present at the commencement ceremony and Blessed the event. Fire was produced in traditional ARANI - A wooden base with a dip in which a stick is placed and churned while Mantras are chanted. The Program concludes on 20th May.
Sri Swamiji honoring Sri Lakshmi Narayana Bhatta, the lead priest in the
Sri Swamiji visits Veda Pathashala (school)
Sri Swamiji made a surprise visit to the Veda school late evening on 9th May. In spite of a steady rain, Sri Swamiji detoured after the Hanuman discourse in Nada Mantapa. The children were delighted to see Swamiji in their place of learning. Sri Swamiji had a lengthy meeting with the Datta Peetha Vidyadhikari (education director) Sri Kuppa Krishna Murthy in his residence.
Vishnu Sahasrananama Parayana Mandali Meet
The Mysore chapter of Vishnu Sahasranama Parayana Mandali held a two day meet with several Mandalis of South India participating in the event. The valedictory ceremony was held in the prayer hall on 9th May at 11 AM. Karnataka Governor, His Excellency Sri T.N. Chaturvedi and Mysore Mayor Mrs. Moda Mani participated. Sri Swamiji urged the members to fully learn the meaning of the Sahasranama of Lord Vishnu.
The first car in Sri Swamiji's life
The first ever car which Sri Swamiji owned and traveled was this Ambassador model car produced by a Indian factory. Sri Swamiji purchased this car in 1975 in Madras and traveled to Mysore from there. Thence it was sold to Late Sri Manji Patel, a devotee in Vijayawada. Now his children got it fixed and gifted it back to Sri Swamiji on 7th May 2004 at the Datta Venkateswara temple after the friday Abhishekam.
Hanuman story discourse
From the 3rd May Sri Swamiji has been giving discourses in Kannada language on the stories and forms of Hanuman. Sri Swamiji has been in his charming best and has been giving sparkling lectures full of happiness, points to ponder, scrutiny on life and everything else.
Sri Swamiji returns to Mysore after the 69th Foreign Tour
Sri Swamiji returned to Mysore on 1st May 2004. Sri Swamiji passed through Singapore and Bangalore en route from America. Arriving in Bangalore on 30th late night, Sri Swamiji inaugurated the new Guru Nilayam. The newly designed Guru Nilayam has a Sri Chakra Sumeru on the top like a Gopuram and a large Nata Raja idol on the side. On 1st morning Sri Swamiji inaugurated the temporary prayer hall built to hold the regular spiritual programs as the old prayer hall has been demolished to build a new prayer hall. The Shata Shloki Ramayana was played while Sri Swamiji performed Sri Chakra Puja. Afterwards in a short speech Sri Swamiji said that Ramayana when taken in a inner parlance, means that Hanuman, the great energy of breathing crossed the sea (stomach) to gain Yoga Mata (Seeta Devi). Swamiji said that when we cross the stomach (the desire of excessive eating), we gain Yoga (health). Sri Swamiji arrived in Mysore Ashrama at 6 PM. Hundreds of eager devotees were awaiting the return of Sadguru Deva from the 45 day tour. Sri Kuppa Krishna Murthy, Ashrama Vidyadhikari welcomed Sri Swamiji with a speech. Sri GSN Murthy, Ashrama Manager offered garland. Sri Swamiji sat in the chair smiling - collectively reflecting the emotion in the hall.
Narasimha Jayanti festival in Ashrama
Sri Swamiji performed Puja to the Lakshmi Narasimha in the small shrine adjacent to the universal prayer hall at noon on 3rd May 2004.
Deer Park Shifted in Mysore Ashrama
3rd morning Sri Swamiji visited the new enclosure for the deer and swans
which are more spacious and shady. The existing deer park will be used
for extending the Bonsai garden
Advance Yugadi Blessings to Mysore devoteesSri Swamiji Blessed and brought happiness to the Ashrama staff and Mysore devotees by giving them the sweet-sour-bitter Yugadi pacchadi on 14th March 2004, a full week before the actual Tarana Yugadi to be celebrate din Hyderabad. Sri Swamiji also sang the new Yugadi song in Kannada welcoming the new year , named as TAARANA SAMVATSARA. Sri Swamiji led a procession of Lord Datta to the Datta Venkata Temple and brought the idols back to Datta temple. Sri Swamiji also sat with everyone in the dining hall and partook food with all.
had participated in a Ganapati Temple inauguration in Girinagar area of
Bangalore city in 1984. The temple was constructed by Sri B. Krishna Bhat,
a philanthropist and the person who caused the donation of Ashrama land
in Bangalore. On 5th March 2004 Sri Swamiji visited Bangalore for a day
to participate in the Punah Pratishtha (re consecration) of the Ganapati
temple and to participate in the Rathotsava program. Sri Raghavesvara Bharati
Swamiji of Ramachandrapura Matha (in central Karnataka state) presided over
the program. Just before leaving for Mysore, Sri Swamiji met the Swamiji
of Redactor Adhyatma Prakashanalaya, one of the most reputed publishers
of spiritual publications.
Swamiji views celestial bodies