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Pujya Swami Adhyatmananda’s discourses reverberate in Atlanta

By Ravi R. Ponangi
September 2017
Pujya Swami Adhyatmananda’s discourses reverberate in Atlanta

 

(Left) Swami Adhyatmananda speaks during a lecture series hosted by IPN.​

Indian Professionals Network (IPN), Atlanta hosted a 3-day lecture series from July 10-12, 2017 by Pujya Swami Adhyatmananda in Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Global Mall, Norcross, Georgia.

Swami Adhyatmanandaji is a guru who imparts knowledge of the ancient cultural and spiritual heritage of yogic science, encompassing asanas, pranayama, and meditation. He speaks on management, yoga, stress management, and self-improvement at national and international organizations such as Ahmedabad Management Association, Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration, and Lions and Rotary Clubs. An icon of inspiration and service to youth, his contribution to free them from drug addiction has brought him recognition. His lectures are sprinkled with appealing anecdotes.

On July 10, Swamiji spoke on “learning tips to lower tension and stress.” He said that stress is made from a situation, and not a reality. You create stress. He exhorted the audience to be simple, try to be humble, try to be noble, love all, hate none, hurt none, be good, do good, be kind, and be compassionate, as well as to pray and meditate regularly.

On the second day, Swamiji spoke on “the power of communication.” The moment you know the power of communication, he said, your lifestyle and understanding will change. Communication won’t be a common phenomenon—it is a way of life. Giving tips, he said to be powerful while communicating. Do your best, and leave the rest. Never condemn any one. Praise people. Be kind, be courteous, love people, be soft. Try to understand the value. Never give humiliation to anyone. Generosity is essential.

Speaking on “learnings from Indian scriptures” on the third day, Swamiji said scriptures are a path to blessedness, a light and life to us. Scripture teaches us not to have vanity. Love the last person of society. When we follow scriptures, we live a divine life.

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Swamiji also visited the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Historical site, paid homage at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, and laid a wreath at the crypts of MLK Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Swamiji spoke about liberty and freedom, and also exhorted the gathering at the Gandhi statue to connect with the root in order to stand. You will beautify yourself. If you uproot yourself, everything will be wiped out.

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Referring to the recent happenings [racist demonstrations], Swamiji advised the gathering to be positive and never find fault, never condemn. Love is the only key to protect every one. Love is not kissing and hugging: love from the heart. Never give up truth. Never be bitter to anyone. Prayer is the only answer, he said. Sooner or later, prayer will be answered, as Mahatma Gandhi said.

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Swamiji interacted with chidren at the Gandhi statue at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. historical site.

He then visited the newly built Sanatan Mandir in Smyrna (above), followed by a visit to the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale, where he spoke on the power and secret of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama. Swamiji was received with temple honors in both temples.

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(Left) Swamiji speaking with Aditi Chunduru on her Bharatanatyam dance debut, after felicitating her dance guru, Indrani Parthasarathy.

 

He also spoke to parents and children in Cumming and blessed Ms. Aditi Chunduru, a student of Emory, on her Bharatanatyam dance arangetram.

 

 

Website Bonus Feature

Videos:
Dr. Narsi Narasimhan introduces Swami Adhyatmananda at an IPN meeting in Atlanta in 2014.


Ramayana Spiritual Discourse by Swami Adhyatmananda at Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale, 2012.
https://youtu.be/H0FjZQ9CxQs


Link:
Swami Adhyatmananda’s 2014 Atlanta visit:
http://www.khabar.com/magazine/around-town/swami-adhyatmananda-addresses-several-gatherings-in-atlanta


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(Left) Pujya Swami Adhyatmananda arrives at Gita and Dr. G. V. Raghu's house.

 

Thanks:
IPN Atlanta thanked Shiv Aggarwal, Pundit Gyan Prakash Upadhyay, Dr. G. V. Raghu, the Gandhi Foundation of USA, Sanatan Mandir, Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Raghava Babu of IPN, and Prajnanam Brahma for their support in organizing Pujya Swamiji's lectures in Atlanta.



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