2009 Events Summary
15th Feb 2009- Prayer Session at Carlingford, NSW Maha Mantra Prayer session was conducted at Scout Hall, Carlingford. Personal and email prayer requests were solicited. Prayers were done for for the people who lost their lives in the recent Victorian bushfires and their near and dear ones. After the Prayer session, everyone present chanted Maha Mantra for an hour.
15th March 2009 – Prayer Session at Carlingford, NSW Maha Mantra Prayer session was conducted at Scout Hall, Carlingford. Personal and email prayer requests were solicited. Smt Viji Venkatachalam shared her experience of overcoming a difficult situation by chanting Maha Mantra. ‘Surrender yourself to Sri Swamiji and Nama Chanting and you cannot go wrong.It reinforces your undying faith of his Divine Presence. Let me relate to you all one of my hair raising Nama experiences in Sydney. My daughter Assumpta had left her laptop in the citybus while coming home from office and hadn’t realised it till 7.30pm in the evening when she was supposed to have a conference call (at 8.30pm) with a client in England. She was in tears and we were in total panic. The hope of finding the laptop looked impossible.I thought most probably it was stolen. I started chanting the nama ferverently A thought came to us. We decided to drive to the Bus Depo in Dural in the dark. While I was driving my lips continued to chant the Nama all the way. The huge busyard looked empty with 15 buses standing in line with no one in sight. My daughter went inside to enquire. One bus driver said to us ‘ The office is closed, nothing can be done now.you have to come back tomorrow to find out if somebody has dropped it off in the lost property’. Both of us came out dejected, giving up any hope of finding the laptop. But I continued chanting Hare rama standing in the big yard. Two bus drivers, one huge and other a small man appeared from nowhere. They were going home after their bus duty and asked us ‘What is the matter ,you ladies look lost’?. We recounted everything to them. The huge bus driver told my daughter he will take us to the office which is right at the back ( a fair walk )and find out if the computer was dropped off in the lost property(if it is there?). Glory to Hare Rama,My eyes dropped when my daughter walked out with the laptop bag with the computer inside. We were able to reach home in time for her conference call. I was amazed and dumbfounded’
15th Nov 2009- Prayer Session at Scout Hall, Parramatta On Sunday the 15th November, GOD Australia held the monthly prayer session at the Scout Hall, Parramatta. The event went over an hour and six or seven prayer requests were addressed. Though there are other forums meant for expressing a prayer request experience, an interesting experience came forth from our satsang member, Bala. Being a prayer request on the Jayanthi day, one feels it may deserve some elaboration in this report.
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16th Aug 2009 – Gopa Kuteeram Launch In line with a key objective of the organisation to provide spiritual education to the community, Global Organisation for Divinity launched an education program for children called “Gopa Kuteeram” on Sunday, the 16th August 2009 at the Scout Hall, Parramatta. The aim of the program is to bring children together to learn about the various aspects of the Hindu religion and the universal values and to enable them to assimilate these values from a young age. The program is currently designed for children between the age of 5 and 12 and it is intended to extend such classes for young adults in the near future. The classes will be held on the 3rd Sunday of every month between 4 and 5 pm at the Scout Hall, Webb Street, Parramatta. The classes are conducted in English and are open to all children in the community. The classes are offered on a NO FEE basis to the participating children. On the first day of Gopa Kuteeram, about 14 children attended the class. The class started with the chanting of the divine names of the Lord As done traditionally, children were taught a sloka on Lord Ganesha and its meaning and were told about the significance of praying to Lord Ganesha prior to commencing any new activity as he is the remover of any obstacles. Children also leant a bhajan on Lord Ganesha, composed by Sri Swamiji and the story of Ganesha.
4th Sep 2009 – First Bhagavatam Study Group The Bhagavatam study group commenced on 4 September 2009, following the tele-con Bhagavatam lectures in May-June 2009 by Poornimaji, a senior disciple of Sri Swamiji. The aim of the study group is to learn chanting of the bhagavata dhyana slokas and the pancha sthuthis (Kunthi sthuthi, Beeshma sthuthi, Dhruva sthuthi, Prahlada sthuthi and Gajendra sthuthi) contained in Srimad Bhagavatam. The classes are to run on the first Friday of every month at one of the devotees houses. The group began to learn the chanting of the Bhagavatha dhyana slokas in this class, using the recorded chanting of Poornimaji. About 10 people attended the Bhagavatam study group.
20th Sep 2009 – GK Class In today’s class, children revised the sloka and bhajan on Lord Ganesha and learnt the story of Dhruva, a great baktha of Lord Narayana from Bhagavatam. Dhruva’s determination to see the Lord resulted in Lord Narayana appearing in front of Dhruva. Children were taught about the importance of having a firm resolve and determination to achieve any goal that they set to achieve. Children also enthusiastically participated in a quiz session on Lord Ganesha. 4 children attended the class.
18th Oct 2009 – GK Class Children learnt a bhajan on Guru and a sloka and its meaning on Lord Krishna. The story of Lord Rama was briefly narrated and children interacted well and shared a number of related sub-stories of Ramayana. Children were given a crossword puzzle on Lord Rama and were asked to complete it as part of their homework. 6 children attended the class.
6th Nov 2009, Bhagavatham Class 2 The study group started to learn the chanting of Kunthi sthuthi. One of the devotees spoke about the meaning of the Bhagavata dhyana slokas. About 10 people attended the study group.
15th Nov 2009, GK Class The class commenced with the chanting of the Lord’s names. Children revised the sloka on Lord Krishna and the bhajan and learnt the story of Sant Ekanath, a great Saint. The story on Sant Ekanath incorporated the value of patience and control of anger. Children answered all the Trivia questions based on the story correctly. During homework review time, answers to the crossword puzzle on Rama were read out and most of the children had written the answers correctly. 8 children attended the class.
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25th Jan 2009 – GOD Stall in FAIA fair at Castle Hill, NSW GOD team members set up the stall around 10am. The stall was decorated outside with Sri Swamiji’s standing banner and a doll of Krishna. The Nama Dwaar shop items on display included jewellery, dolls, framed photos of gods and goddesses, decorative items, home made masala powders, namkeen and sweets. Namkeen, masala powders and sweets were hot favourites amongst the crowd. From 11am people started coming and visiting the stalls. After the introduction speeches, the GOD team was requested to perform nama sankirtan. Deepakji of our Satsang introduced GOD to the audience and spoke about our Organisation’s goals and objectives. GOD team members went out amongst the crowd to meet people and explain to them the objectives of our Organisation and the plan to build a Nama Dwaar. There was much curiosity amongst the people regarding the Nama Dwaar, particularly why and where it would be built. All our team members did an excellent job in promoting our organisation and Namadwaar. We gave all visitors a show bag containing the Mahamantra CD, nama sticker and Sri Swamiji’s photograph and requested everyone to listen to the CD, and chant mahamantra. Around 3pm, when people were having lunch, GOD team members performed mahamantra Divyanamam, so that everyone could listen to the chanting. What a great sight to behold!! Around 4:30pm, we wound up proceedings and packed up the stall. GOD team members had an immensely satisfying day. It was all Sri Swamiji’s blessings without which this wouldn’t have been possible.
28th Mar 2009 – GOD Stall at Elder Park, Adelaide Indian Australian Association of South Australia (IAASA) presented a spectacular Indian Festival set amidst the beautiful Elder Park in Adelaide on Saturday 28th March 2009. There were bollywood, classical and folk dance performances from various regions of India.There were large repertoire of Indian cuisine to explore the taste buds, stalls selling Indian spices, clothing and jewellery, DVDs/CDs, Henna painting, Indian Astrology, and Religious stalls. Stall no. 17, drew the attention of everyone. This stall was set on the theme of HAPPINESS , LOVE and PEACE. One thing special about this stall was anyone who visited the stall or who passed through the stall received a very rare and special gift that remained with them for ever and it was the “Bountiful Grace of Bhagavan Sri Krishna” and that particular stall was GOD Australia. Satsang members unpacked themselves around 10am at Elder Park to setup the stall. Namadwaar shop items were displayed for sale, like photo frames of gods, hand made paper bags, decorative items, dolls and other gift items. The stall featured a lucky draw- Chant the Maha Mantra once and enter in the draw to win a gift voucher. Visitors started coming in from 11am. Satsang members, introduced themselves and the misssion to the visitors and told them about the lucky draw. People were extremely receptive and came forward to chant the Maha Mantra. Sri Swamiji’s standing banner with the Maha Mantra was the central display for our stall, in front of which all the chanting took place. After chanting the Maha Mantra, they entered their name and phone number for the lucky draw. The benefits of chanting the Maha Mantra was explained to the visitors saying Maha Mantra is a Universal Prayer which is very simple, yet a very powerful prayer which will bring happiness into their lives. All the visitors to our stall received a showbag containing Sri Swamiji’s Nama Kirtan CD, GOD Profile, Nama Sticker and Sri Sri Swamiji’s photo. There were also people who could not visit the stall as they were elsewhere at the fair; for those people, we went out and introduced ourselves, handed out the showbags and asked them to listen to the Maha Mantra CD. It is natural that some people do not like to be in the limelight and hence show reluctance to enter the arena for chanting in public. What about these people, will they be denied the opportunity altogether? No, the satsang volunteers ensured that they too benefited through Shravanam – explaining in great detail the glory of the Nama by inviting them to the NamaDwar shop which was presented in a very attractive and catchy way. The visitors were explained the efficacy of the Maha Mantra, Nama anubhava and the GOD vision to establish a Nama Dwar across Australia. The visitors left the stall, their bags full with the GOD merchandise, their minds full with the thoughts on the Maha Mantra. At 8pm there was an announcement made regarding the lucky draw. That made few more visitors come to our stall and chant the Maha Mantra. At 9pm, the draw was taken and the names of the winners were announced. The winners were very happy to receive the prizes and thanked GOD for promoting Maha Mantra in Australia. It was a glorious sight to watch so many people from different backgrounds and cultures chant the Maha Mantra. Adelaide is a new terrain for GOD Australia and but for the help of the local residents, it would have been impossible to organise the stall at IAASA. We sincerely acknowledge the help provided by Smt Bama Ganesan, Sri Raja Ganesan, Smt Mythili Mohan, Sri Mohan and Sri Gautam Bala in making this possible. Right from letting us know of the opportunity, they did a tremendous job in making the bookings and all the logistics with a great personal touch. We feel very encouraged for future GOD events in Adelaide with the knowledge that such a sincere and committed group of people are around to support us. Glory to Nama !! Glory to Sri Swamiji!!
18th July 2009 – Dual Carnatic Music concert at Castle Hill As the greater Sydney huddled around the fireplace on the winter night, it was a fire of different sort in the minds of the three hundred odd people that congregated at the Castle Hill high school auditorium on the night of the 18th July. A fire of motivation for some, a simmering sense of purpose and support for the rest at the hall. G.O.D Australia organised a mandolin concert by Sri Kishan Jeyendran and a vocal by Smt Prema Anandakrishnan that enthralled the audience for over four hours with some scintillating melody. A mandolin concert in Carnatic is itself a very rare event in Sydney and the amazing deft and dexterity from the young Kishan made it an even rarer treat. Prema is an ace singer in the Sydney music world and the songs she chose on the night were one that would melt the sternest of hearts. Not one from the audience would have walked out of the hall after her concert without a thought or two on the divinity that carnatic music is. Sri Balaji Jagannadhan on violin, Janakan Suthanthiraraj on Mrudangam and Chrissan Segaram on Ghatam provided excellent accompaniment for both concerts drawing frequent applause. The purpose of staging the concert was to raise funds for the construction of Namadwar, a centre for collective chanting of the Mahamantra. G.O.D Australia is committed to this cause as ordained by our dear Sri Swamiji. The highlight of the event was the enormous participation from scores of people outside the organization. A voluntary contribution in terms of time, effort and material support of this magnitude indicates their strong sense of conviction in the underlying message that GOD Australia resonates, the might of the Mahamantra. True to its nature, this fire of conviction will spread across quickly when fanned by the palpable results that start to flow through from chanting the divine name.
16th Aug 2000 – Gopa Kuteeram Launch In line with a key objective of the organisation to provide spiritual education to the community, Global Organisation for Divinity launched an education program for children called “Gopa Kuteeram” on Sunday, the 16th August 2009 at the Scout Hall, Parramatta. The aim of the program is to bring children together to learn about the various aspects of the Hindu religion and the universal values and to enable them to assimilate these values from a young age. The program is currently designed for children between the age of 5 and 12 and it is intended to extend such classes for young adults in the near future. The classes will be held on the 3rd Sunday of every month between 4 and 5 pm at the Scout Hall, Webb Street, Parramatta. The classes are conducted in English and are open to all children in the community. The classes are offered on a NO FEE basis to the participating children. On the first day of Gopa Kuteeram, about 14 children attended the class. The class started with the chanting of the divine names of the Lord As done traditionally, children were taught a sloka on Lord Ganesha and its meaning and were told about the significance of praying to Lord Ganesha prior to commencing any new activity as he is the remover of any obstacles. Children also leant a bhajan on Lord Ganesha, composed by Sri Swamiji and the story of Ganesha.