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Dedicate this poem To
H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar !

“My beloved is coming..
I Celebrate the Moment..”

While some wait for years and yearn for HIS glimpse..
HE walked up to me & smiled to uplift my spirit..
In HIS presence, they say worries fade away..
I though see love makes it way..

How i wish, how i desire. How i cry like a baby to want that desire.. Smilingly, gently, HE compassionately answers, wish for Big and get it answered..

How i think much insignificant i am, HE flashes a smile & realize I am much more than i See I am..

How lucky, How fortunate, How blessed I am..

HE is coming, finally & Here I am!

Inviting you all, to be a part of this experience.. To make this start of the year a memory to cherish!

In the presence of my dearest Sri Sri invite you all to :

We Chant with Sri Sri : 11th Jan 2015, 6pm at Andheri Sports Complex,Andheri West,Mumbai!

Rudra Puja with Sri Sri : 12th Jan 2015, 7am at MMRDA Grounds, BKC, Bandra East…

See You with your smile and your loved ones along :))

oh yes.. Are you not excited HE is coming?

Then lets express it via Facebook and twitter too!

Tag on Twitter

@AOLMUM and @vds_maha & add hashtag #WeChantWithSriSriΒ  #RudraPujaWithSriSri #SriSriInMumbai wherever relevant!

Tag on Facebook

“Mumbai Rudra Puja & Navratri” ( )

“Sri Sri in Mumbai” ( )

Lets welcome Sri Sri to Mumbai and invite everyone to experience the awesomeness :))

Sri Sri in Mumbai!

Sri Sri in Mumbai!

Navratri – Aho Niranjana!

Navratri Ah!
Never ever i had such fascination of this festival, till i entered my eigth standard in high school.
I remember the first time i ever entered the “Garba” Zone πŸ˜‰
I had never danced before, but choose to do so, just because some of my friends just pushed me onto it.
Within a couple of days, i found a fascinating thing.. Gosh! i love dancing πŸ˜‰
I got so engrossed in learning each step.. that soon, i would wait to go on the dance floor πŸ˜›
With a wide variety of urban styles.. Garba seemed way lot cooler to me πŸ™‚
So did i participate and continued to be amused by Garba πŸ™‚
So till i did my YES!+, Navratri was equal to Garba πŸ™‚ My bad!

I did my YES!+ in 2007, April.
and the same year though Navratri was held in Ashram, i wasnt quite made aware of its Grandeur, Magnifience and Importance!
How on earth, would then i go?
2008, Lucky me.. my mentors Shilpa Didi and Rohit Bhaiya and whole lot of cooler guys just said, that its going to be the best time and having attended the Mahashivratri at Surat earlier that year and the fact that Master was going to be there.. there was not even a little doubt that celebration would not be there πŸ˜€

I hopped in for this offer!
I enter the Ashram second time, this time for Navratri Celebrations and wow!
Ashram is THE THE place to see during this festival!

Vikram Bhaiya was saying once in a concert, there are two times, Mahashivratri and Navratri- when you can resolve to do something better and which is the time of Your Consciousness rising above all to Truth through all the Chantings and the Celebration!
Chetna Jagrut karti hai yeh Utsav.

Okay a Brief!
Navratri comprises of nine days:
First 3 day are Tamas days – its best to meditate during these days to remove this Tamas. Advance Course is perfectly kept by Guruji during this time of Navratri! Best time to invest in meditation and meditate a lot!
Next 3 day Rajas : Includes the last day of Advance course ends up in celebration! and usually the start of the Homas.
Last 3 day Sattvic : Homas continue over these days.

Navratri is traditionally celebrated in honor of Devi, the Divine Mother. The Divine Mother is a form of energy, a manifestation of the Divine itself. Therefore, sometimes, the form taken by this Divine may be that of Ganesha, Chandi (Devi), Vishnu or Shiva. Each day of Navratri we honor specific qualities of divinity with different homas and with different intentions.

Sri Maha Ganapati Homa:

This homa is offered to that aspect of divinity which removes all obstacles to our growth and success. It is for clearing all impediments and attracting auspiciousness in our lives. Ganapati Homa is done before the start of any new project or venture.

Navgraha Homa:

Everything in creation is connected, and the all the various spheres in the universe mutually affect each other. Everything influences everything else. This homa is done to honor these influences; to reduce negative influences that enter our lives; and to increase positive influences.

Sri Maha Rudra Homa:

We invite all auspiciousness into our lives. This is one of the most ancient homas from the text of the Vedas. It is done to transform stagnancy and for overall prosperity, health, happiness, success and removal of obstructions. It is offered to the one who removes misery.

Sri Maha Sudarshan Homa:

This homa is offered to the sustainer of life, which blesses us with the right vision. It is to remove ignorance and usher in a new life overflowing with knowledge. It is especially for removing confusion and mental blocks and giving clarity. Chanting of Vishnu Sahasranama: Sahasranaam literally means “the thousand names”. This chanting is done for bringing success in life. It is offered to honor the sustaining energy in creation.

Guruji during Navratri πŸ™‚

Sri Nava Chandi Homa:

The Chandi Homa marks the pinnacle of all the Navratri homas. It is performed to remove negative tendencies and obstacles to growth, both in ourselves and in the environment. Its purpose is also to increase strength, vigor and confidence. It is offered to that quality of Divinity that protects and us and nurtures creativity.

Rishi Homa:

This homa is done in gratitude to all the enlightened masters. It honors all the seers and sages of the past, present and future.

Yagya during Navratri

When many people get together and do something collectively, that is called ‘yagya’ or ‘yagna’. There are many types of ‘yagya’.

1. ‘Dravya Yagya’- In which a lot of substances are used. 108 types of different herbs, fruits etc are used.
2. ‘Gyaan Yagya’ – Discussing the knowledge.
3. ‘Japa Yagya’- Singing and chanting of mantras.

These bring purity, prosperity, peace and harmony to all. The whole environment becomes lively.
There are three types of miseries: one from outside world, other one from deep inside you, due to karma and the third one is due to the subtle mind.
So Navratri is that which gives you rest from all three types of miseries.
Mind works in action.
When you sleep, what happens? You get relief from the world, relief from the mind, and relief from everything.
That is why Navratri is called, the nine nights of complete self-referral activity.
Tenth day of the ‘yagya’ is the Victory Day, also known as β€˜Dussera’.

IT is the THE place to be on this PLANET during Navratri!

Navratri’s new definition is what i found.
It is Honoring the Goddess and Experiencing the Celebration within YOU!

Dont worry, ASHRAM is now not the only place to attend these Celebrations πŸ˜‰
Now its happening in most parts of the country.

HOW Beautiful is each day of Navratri during the HOMAS..
Each day getting up, the sole target of mine is to reach the place where the Chantings would take place πŸ™‚
Sitting comfortably with eyes closed and getting soaked, bathed in the Mantras!
Doing Nothing and reaping everything! How cooler can it get πŸ˜‰

Mantras have a rejuvenating and a healing effect on the mind body and the consciousness.
And Every Homa has a meaning attached to it as explained earlier πŸ™‚

The most important part is to meditate or just sit with eyes closed and let the Mantras do the work for you πŸ™‚
With a close to an average of almost 2-3 hrs for every Homa. Whoa,Thats a whole lot to time.. πŸ™‚ so make sure you have back rest on. If you require frequent breaks, please do avoid sitting in the middle πŸ˜‰ Sit comfortably and at ease.

The experience of being feeling cleansed in the minds and feeling lighter is just a trailor of what you feel.. πŸ™‚

I never missed the Navratri Celebrations thereafter.
Such a Celebration can only be experienced in presence of a Master, who can show you light in dark, who can show you peace in turmoil, who can show you stillness amidst the flow!

Only a Master can make you experience this true celebration!
You have to go to come to experience this!

You are invited to attend this Celebrations at Mumbai this year :
Venue : Bandra Reclamation Grounds, Nr Rangasharda Auditorium, Bandra West, Mumbai.
Dates : 28th Sept – 5th Oct. 2011.
for more details visit

Heres the Schedule :

You are invited here on :

28th Sept,2011 — EVENING
Lalitha Sahasranaam Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm
Rudrabhishekam Puja and Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.


29th Sept,2011 — EVENING
Lalitha Sahasranaam Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm
Rudrabhishekam Puja and Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.


30th Sept,2011 — EVENING
Lalitha Sahasranaam Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm
Rudrabhishekam Puja and Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.


1st Oct,2011 — EVENING
Lalitha Sahasranaam Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm
Rudrabhishekam Puja and Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.


2 Oct, 2011 — MORNING
Ganapathi Homa — 9am – 1pm
Navgraha Homa — 9am – 1pm

Vaastu Shanti Homa — 5pm – 7pm

Lalitha Sahasranaam
Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm

Rudrabhishekam Puja
and Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.


3 Oct, 2011 — MORNING
Rudra Homa — 7am – 12:30pm

Sudarshan Homa — 5pm – 7pm

Lalitha Sahasranaam
Chantings — 6:30pm – 7pm
Satsang — 7pm – 8:30pm.


4 Oct, 2011 — MORNING

Chandi Homa — 7am – 1pm


Lalitha Sahasranaam — 6:30pm – 7pm
Satsang. — 7pm – 8:30pm.


5th Oct, 2011 —

Lalitha Sahasranaam — 6:30pm – 7pm


Oh yeah this year Rishi Vidyadharji is gonna come to be there for the Navratri at Mumbai!

Rishi Vidyadharji πŸ™‚

I would wait for your presence this year!
Please do come πŸ™‚
It’s in west, so don’t let it go waste πŸ˜‰

Love – Prayers – Blessings,
Swapnil πŸ™‚

PS : a quick list :
a.Wear traditional clothes ( would be best if you can wear them )
b.Each day of the Homas it best to wear particular colored clothes – considered to have maximum effect of Homa chantings then. ( its alright, if you cannot get them )
c.Carry Water in case you are not accustomed to drinking water from outside. although water will be available there.
d. Prasadams will be there each day – You can say meals of course in the afternoon as well as evening on the day of homas and the chantings.
e.Carry Back rest since Homas are for longer duration.
f.Avoid sitting in middle in case you require frequent breaks.
g.Keep your phones on silent mode, most appreciated!
h.Listening to the Mantras is more important. So practise to just listen to them. Anyways you can’t make out of most of the mantras. and the Effect of the Homas will be best when you just listen to the mantra chanting.
i.This venue at Mumbai is pretty close to station. takes around 15 min walking to the venue.
Tough to say for any transport at the evening though. So be a little prepared, just in case, transport is not available.Make sure, you have pre decided all odds and made arrangements for a hassle free travel of yours. Please don’t complain. Be responsible and co-operate.

A glimpse of Ashram Navratri :



Ganapati Bappa Morya!

Ganu πŸ™‚

My Ganu πŸ™‚
Ganesh Chaturthi a festival of my personal favorite and celebrated with lots of love and devotion every year.
With every passing year i got a chance to put in more in Bappa’s seva..
and this year it was a pure delight!
I remember those school days where my Ganapati holidays were sandwiched with some homework πŸ˜‰
Those golden days when the only thing i had to do was to scribble on book and eat lavishly and watch in utter delight all the beautiful decoration done and just be a witness.
But as years passed, my love for Bappa did go on a rise and every year i awaited to serve HIM!
Those days wherein i would get up and first have a glimpse of my Bappa and then start off anything πŸ™‚
Those days when i would first think of adorning my Bappa with the Garlands and incense sticks and then taking my first morsel of food πŸ™‚
Oh my Bappa πŸ™‚
It seemed so alive as if just come as a friend to hear me out πŸ™‚
Ganapati Bappa’s other names are Sukha-karta – The one who gives happiness & Dukha- Harta – The one who takes away sorrows!
Truly the days HE arrives my front room and my whole house seems so different so beautiful, so blissful and so divine.. πŸ™‚
The Ganapati Stuti Bhajans -songs sung in the praise of Ganapati ; the smell of the incense stick and the mesmerising idol of Ganesha!
Wow! I could hardly take my eyes off HIM and would want to be around HIM πŸ™‚

And HE makes sure HE is served well πŸ˜‰
Serving HIM surely made me contented prayerful and back in the cheek to cheek smile πŸ˜€

This year whenever the Song would start in praise of Bappa, i practised to listen the words and found each of the songs so prayerful!
Truly as if my prayers were just sung in those songs πŸ™‚
One of the songs said.. Tu Sukh karta.. Tu Dukh Harta. Tuch karta and Karavita!
wow! you only are one who gives happiness and the one who takes away sorrow.. You are the doer and the one who makes me do πŸ™‚

Days would start with a prayer to the divine that : Oh lord Let me serve you! Show me how do i serve you πŸ™‚ Guide me to serve you!
and Each day would seem so magical then πŸ™‚
Running early morning to Dadar Phool Market to get the garland of HIS choice πŸ™‚
Coming back and adorning HIM with the beautiful garland.. the Diya. the incense sticks and the flowers πŸ™‚
Doing Puja never seemed so beautiful before πŸ™‚

My Ganapati Bappa - resting royally πŸ˜€

What followed everyday was Arti πŸ™‚
Arti is a beautiful beautiful form of worshipping the Divine πŸ™‚
I made sure this time i utter each word and mean each of those words πŸ™‚
Being in present moment and meaning the words said during Arti rather than just saying in chorus is so so so prayerful wow!
Once my Bappa was adorned with the flowers, worshipped by the Puja, and been prayed during the Arti..
its time for HIM to eat πŸ˜‰
Naivaidham Samarpayami.. I offer the Food to u πŸ™‚ With this small prayer i offer the food to the divine πŸ™‚

Afternoon used to be one’s for other household work πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›
Cleaning maintaing and checking if anything’s needed for the evening πŸ™‚

Evening starts with Sandhyavandana.. Bowing down to HIM in the evening πŸ™‚
and then guests would pour in as and when and as they say Guests are God.. Athithi Devo Bhav.. We made sure we served our Gods πŸ˜‰
As guests would make their way out..
Arti would make its way in .. πŸ™‚
Dhup Arti.. πŸ™‚ Praying at Night πŸ™‚
At the end of Arti there is a beautiful Prayer
Ghalin Lotangan
Vandin Charan
Dolyane Pahin Rup tujhe
Preme Alingin
Anande Pujin
Bhave Ovalin
Mhanen Namah
Twamev Mata
Pita Twamev
Twamev Bandusch
sakha Twamev
Twamev Vidya
Dravin twamev
twamev sarva mam dev dev
kayen vacha
karomi yad yad sakalam parasmai
narayan iti samarpayami
achyutam keshvam ram narayanam
krishna damodar vasudevam hari
shridharam madhavam gopika vallabham
janki nayakam ramchandra bhaje..
hare ram hare ram
ram ram hare hare
hare krushna hare krushna
krushna krushna hare hare!

its so self explanatory! i loveΒ  the lines
Whatever i do by this body speech mind,through five senses,through intellect,through atman,by nature,behaviour,
whatever i do i offer every bit to Lord Narayana!
You Are everything to me and with this limited knowledge of mine whatever i offer is to You, Oh Lord Narayana!

Arti follows Sumptous dinner πŸ˜€

and then a restful sleep thanking Bappa for letting us serve HIM and by asking forgiveness for what did not go well πŸ™‚
Thank you Bappa for a beautiful day πŸ™‚

This year my Bappa was for six days at my home πŸ™‚
and each day HE made sure the bond was deeper with us πŸ™‚
HE made us serve HE made us smile πŸ™‚
that it made us so difficult to let HIM go 😦 πŸ˜₯

I just did not feel so Good letting HIM go 😦

All these days HE stayed as a Best friend πŸ™‚
My Bappa My Beloved πŸ™‚
I Love my Bappa πŸ™‚

With heavy heart i let HIM go 😦
Awaiting for the next year to serve HIM!

Ganapati Gele Gavala
chain padena amhala!

Ganapati Bappa has gone to HIS village…
and  has left us all restless 😦

Ganapati Bappa Morya!
Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya!
Ganapati Bappa Morya!
Come soon next year πŸ™‚

Lots of love to you all πŸ™‚

Have a Happy Festive Season πŸ™‚


Swapnil πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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