Goodbye 2006, Welcome 2007!
Let us cherish sweet memory of 2006, put behind the Ugly memory, if any! Difficult to forget, but let us forgive! Father, forgive them, they know not what they are doing!
2006 – The exciting Year!
I would begin with Dec 2005 as we went to Bharat on Dec 4th and then we went to Vivekananda Kendra (http://www.vyasa.co/) for YOGA conference. Balubhai & CK also joined me and Niru for the YOGA Conference. The highlight of that conference was that we, Balubhai, Niru & I walked on almost live burning coal as one of the evening rituals. YOGA Conference was great too as we got bombarded with extremely useful YOGA research.
Some of the Highlights:
1. Lady Doctor in Pune has done very nice work with YOGA for Pregnancy,
2. Brahmakumari Meditation is the best for Heart condition,
3. If I recall, his name was Jeff of New Age Enlightenment, mesmerized the audience with his ability to use mental power,
4. Nagendraji maintained his composer during adverse circumstances on the stage,
5. Gorgeous Dance Performance by one Dance Academy of Bangalore,
6. Display of research work done by VYASA, and
7. Excellent organization by VYASA of this conference.
It happens every other year on their premises, so you can join us for Dec 2007.
We four also visited Shree Satya Sai Darshan in Puttparthy, Shree Shailam - one of the twelve Shiva’s Jyotirlings, Hempi (old ruins of Maharaja and temple on their palace premises). It was interesting to learn that you see Hanuman Hill from Hempi, where supposedly Hanumanji was born and Shabari Ashram in Pumpa Sarover was also nearby. Could not visit as it was not part of the plan and CK had to take specific flight from Bangalore to Ahmedabad! Yah, blame it on him!
Now 2006: After celebrating Kite festival on Jan 12th in Ahmedabad, The Vibrant Gujarat day organized by Shree Narendra Modi’s government, we had great time 8th years in row to celebrate Jan 14th and 15th in Baroda.
Highlights: 1. Jan13th night, virtually over 100,000 people get together making last minute deals from Gandigate to Mandavi (the center of old Baroda), which is hardly less than half a mile strip. 2. Hindus & Muslims are celebrating this festival in great harmony.
3. Both the evenings, sky gets filled with Fireworks all around you, all over the city. This is better than Diwali time!
4. We had from USA; Hari OM Dada, Bhasker-Rita family, Dilip-Smita family and Maheshmama together for this celebration.
On Jan 1st, while our Good neighbours, Vohra families trying to build their palace caused an accident to collapse the east wall of all three stories of our 200 years old house; which created extra headaches for our families. We will find out how it ended when we visit in 2006.
This is simply great: We have been working for last some 8 years to bring YOGA activities in local schools in Vadodara, Bharat (India). Finally, in Jan-Feb of 2006, five YOGA teachers were sent by VYASA for some two weeks and seven of us, incl. Niru & I, got an opportunity to introduce YOGA to 700 youngsters. 200 in Muni Seva Ashram, Vagodia, got 40 hours of training and 100 got for 6 to10 hours training. Similarly, some 400 youngsters in other two school got exposure of 6 to 10 hours of basic YOGA Training. I personally feel great about it!
Bhajan book for SATSANG: Well it took some 10 hours per day for nearly four months to bring it to successful completion. Balubhai for final editing, Uttambhai, Tarunbhai & Sanjaybhai for pictures helped a lot. Late Shree Rashmikantbhai Acharya, Kakubhai (Hemaben’s father) Patel, Falguniben Shah and Priyavadanbhai Shah helped a great deal for editing. It is named appropriately, Bhajan-Kirtan Smruti. It is a collection of most of the Bhajans & Kirtans that have been sung in SATSANG Center (SATSANG Organization) since 1984. It was released during Patotsav 2006. Haash........... !!!!!!!!!
YOGA Camps in USA: We conducted 12 hours Pranayama Training with Nagendraji & Dr. Shreedharji - Padmavati of VYASA in April in Sadhu Vaswani Center, DRACUT MA. We conducted 10 basic YOGA Camps of 25 hours in one or two weekends and one advance training weekend. One in Long Island NY, Three in SATSANG Center and the rest in Laxmi Niwas, GOFFSTOWN. Also a few Workshops on Diabetes, Back Pain, Knee Pain, Weight Management, Pranayama and Special Pranayama for Thyroid Problem.
Niru & I joined both VHP camps in MA & NJ during August. In NJ camp, the enthusiastic D group (Age 15 to 18) came for 6 AM special Pranayama Session for last couple of days and demonstrated tremendous interest in learning YOGA. We also appreciate all the adults who attended this SPECIAL Pranayama Sessions in both the camps.
Special appeal to all those fortunate friends and family who has the privilege to know us & our work personally: You ought to favorably consider taking our 25 – Hours weekend Basic YOGA Training! Who knows how long we will have this Nashavant Body! Life is too short, so Shubhasya Shigram! Anything Good, we should go after ASAP! Shreyas v/s Preyas! Shreyas: What is best for us should come first and Preyas – What we love but not good for us, should be last or NEVER! Anything, we Love the most, can Hurt us the most!
SATSANG Center: Another banner year, seven years in a row, community supported SATSANG Activities by contributing over $100,000/- (visit http://www.satsangcenter.org/)
May God bless them!
EKAL Vidyalaya: Gurjar Association of NE joined SATSANG Center by adopting Ekal Vidyalaya as a cause to support. Let us get more Organizations join this People Movement! We urge you to support this cause. http://www.ekal.org/ You can find more details on Form and address to mail on www.satsangcenter.org Click on EKAL VIDYALAYA.
WELL! WELL!! WELL!!!
My fateful Triple Bypass Surgery on November 20th brought lots of excitement in our life! Like my near & dear ones are challenging my HOLY life Style! Like screwing up our plan to leave for Bharat on Nov 29th. Our prayers are answered and we got confirmation to fly on Jan 6th to mother Bharat to join our big family gathering in Baroda for 2007 Kite Festival. Sanjiv, Sandeep with their two friends Leah & Nigel, Subhashmama - Jayshreemami with their family Maulik &amp; Tanvi; Bhupendrabhai – Devyaniben (Masa - Masi), Sunilmama-Ranjumami and their parents Pappaji & Mommiji, Maheshmama and our great Hari OM DADA. They are from USA and of course our families in Bharat.
We sincerely appreciate your prayers, well-wishes for my successful surgery and speedy recovery! I have seperately written some five parts on this matter.
OUR FAMILY: Our kids chase their Lofty Dreams! Raju started marketing company (third start up), Position 2 and also bought a supporting company in Bangalore. He has also set up an operation in Mumbai. Bhairavi is diligently working on her Dream of Bio sensor for Asthma with Apieron (their First start up). Sanjiv is pursuing his challenging Dream of becoming an Actor, Writer and Advertising Model. Sandeep has at least one wood per finger in his fire. Chasing his Dream of becoming Producer, Director, Writer, and Actor (?). Both Sanjiv and Sandeep are in Hollywood. And our Grand Children: They are ball of fire!
OH, now you can find lot more about my thoughts on my blog http://sudhirparikh.blogspot.com/ eventually, it would include our work on YOGA, and other interests.
We Bharatiyas believe in celebrating life! Our calendar is filled with so many celebrations. Now days, even Valentine day is becoming big thing in Bharat. I heard even Thanxgiving is making its entry in Bharat?
So in that Spirit of Celebration: We wish you Merry X’mas and many wishes for Happy-Healthy-Harmonious, Peaceful-Prosperous New Year - 2007.
God bless you.....… In Blessings..... In YOGA ….. In Healing Light ...… In Bliss....
Niru – Sudhir Dec 25th 2006.