Pujya Sri Swamiji started from Mysuru on Saturday 25th June and travelled to Toronto, Canada (via Bengaluru & Dubai) arriving on 29th June 2022. Pujya Swamiji gave Darshan & performed Pujas in SGS Ashrama, Girinagar, Bengaluru on 25th, 26th & 27th June 2022.
On arrival in the morning of 29th June 2022 at the Datta Yoga Center situated in Erin town near Toronto, the members, devotees & priests warmly received Pujya Sri Swamiji. Pujya Swamiji went to the newly constructed shrines in the main hall and was happy with the preparations of Kumbhabhishekam, the main event of this visit.
Pujya Sri Swamiji later inaugurated the Gurunilayam, adjacent to the center and blessed the services of devotees who devotedly worked on the reconstruction. Mathru Mandali members boiled over the milk in the new Gurunilaya kitchen.
On 30th morning, Pujya Swamiji visited the Pratishtha Yaga Shala, shrines, temple hall and gave instructions on the programs in the coming days. In the evening the members of Pujya Sri Swamiji’s celestial message group conducted Satsang in the new temple hall.
On 1st July 2022 in the morning, Pujya Sri Swamiji visited the Pratishtha Yaga Shala constructed behind the Ashrama premises and witnessed Ganapathy Puja and blessed Ritwigvaranam (giving ritual clothes the participating priests) program. Later, Sri Swamiji preformed Sri Chakra Puja in the temple hall. After the Puja, the president of Datta Yoga Center, Canada, Sri.Manish Goel gave welcome speech welcoming Pujya Sri Swamiji to Canada. Dr.Prakasa Rao from Frisco, USA spoke on the greatness of Pujya Swamiji and Guru Tattva.
On the morning of 2nd July 2022, Pujya Sri Swamiji performed Sri Chakra Puja in the shrine area. Members of DYC offered a Canada map shaped crystal memento to Pujya Sri Swamiji. Pujya Sri Swamiji released the new Vastrams specially commissioned for the consecration of Murtis at DYC Canada. Later Pujya Sri Swamiji blessed donors of the temple with mementoes & Prasadam.
Pujya Sri Swamiji in the discourse expressed happiness that Canada Ashrama has no loans. Sri Swamiji advised devotees to chant the 24 names of Krishna. This chanting helps clean the mind from bad thoughts. Sri Swamiji chanted the shloka “Dhriti Kshama Damo Sthairyam Shaucha Indriya Nigraha; Dhi Vidya Satyam Akrodham Dashakam Dharma Uchyate”. Sri Swamiji explained the concept of Dharma and what constitutes as Dharma. Sri Swamiji stressed that one’s Karma has to be faced by that person alone. Sri Swamiji stressed people to perform Sattvic & good Karma to gain merit.
During the day, the priests continued with the consecration rituals. In the evening, Pujya Sri Swamiji participated in JalAdhivAsa & ShayanAdhivAsa. Later Pujya Sri Swamiji blessed the devotees with a divine Bhajan singing session. Sri Swamiji spoke about the greatness of Nama Sankirtana & Sri Swamiji’s efforts to spread the efficacy of Nama Sankirtana.
Sri Swamiji said: Saints used to walk around village singing Bhajans.
Saints would answer the questions house people had through bhajans
Sometimes they wouldn’t stop in front of some houses. The householders would sit and wonder & discuss why the saint didn’t stand and sing and bless in front of the house
They would tie muDupu and visit family deity. Next year the saint would stop in front of their house and sing.
Such saints are rare now
Maharashtra and Telugu saints Thyagaraja, Tukaram, Meera Bai - they all come in that lineage. The saints had accepted Unchavrutti. They would go to a farm and pick up fallen grains after harvest. Their food was not guaranteed. Such families are rare. Husband and wife lived together. Offspring were rare. They would move from village to village and lived in village temples. Sri Swamiji writes Bhajans in that lineage
Swamiji too in 60s moved place to place. A mahatma stopped Sri Swamiji from that Unchavrutti tradition and the thoughts moving away permanently to Himalayas. Sri Swamiji mother made Sri Swamiji promise to stay in Karnataka. She wrote many bhajans on Krishna laden with spiritual teachings. Some bhajans have multiple levels of messages. Some have only one message. Some are only glorifying God. Prakash Rao has to do more research on this.
Swamiji still composes and discuss that with scholars. Scholars don’t change meaning. They only correct grammar. Some Bhajans are laden with Vedanta teachings. Some Bhajans give answer to your question. Bhajans give you multiple benefits. They improve concentration, they help your health.
Sometimes answers are a bit hidden. You must think deeply about that meaning to extract answer.
Recently devotees are understanding that Swamiji is singing a particular Bhajan with meaning for their question.
Firstly, you must develop respectful devotion towards HH. Shraddha is important. If you don’t have devotion and shraddha, you will only find misunderstandings. People specialize in misunderstandings.
Sri Swamiji doesn’t have to travel this globe with such difficulties.
On 3rd July 2022, Pujya Sri Swamiji performed Sri Chakra Puja in the shrine area. Sri Swamiji later cut a birthday cake prepared by devotees to celebrate the 80th birth year.
Pujya Sri Swamiji in the discourse said:
When guru says close your eyes - it also means close your indriyas - five sense organs
Daily practice meditation
It will help you to close all Indriyas - both Karmendriyas and jnanendriyas
Karmendriyas are always busy and ask for unnecessary things. Eyes wander, Ears listens to unnecessary sounds and gossip
Nose will smell unnecessary things
If nose smells coffee, your inner mind gets activated and seeks coffee. Jnanendriyas leads to Karmendriya. The body suffers because of their dual play.
You know masala dosa ? You know Vada ? Once eyes see it, mouth craves and after eating, this karmendriya will suffer
Once suffering starts, karmendriya demands answer from jnananendriya for leading astray.
Same things happen during window shopping. Mind gets attracted with the material wishes and money gets wasted. You would’ve had clothes at home. Yet you buy and small financial stress starts
This money and buddhi create a vicious circle. Jnanendriya can be controlled by meditation.
A tortoise withdraws unto its shell when ever it senses danger. Your indriyas too should be trained to withdraw at the first smell of trouble.
In ancient days, Yogis sat in Himalayas. Far away from city life of attractions. Meditation helps to survive in this materialistic life.
After practicing meditation for some 3-4 years, then concentrate on God. Your beginning years of meditation is for cleaning your house.
How can god enter a dirty mind? With the help of meditation, clean up and tidy up your mind. You can win only in this way. Swamiji too comes in your mind only when mind is clean. Swamiji likes a clean mind that is stable and one minded.
When we close eyes, ears and nose and mind will still be at work. They can spoil the efforts.
The invisible indriyas cause trouble to visible indriyas . Dasharatha was able to control the ten organs. Mahatmas control their ten sense organs.
For gaining control over the ten indriyas, mediation and pranayama helps greatly.
Pranayama is foundation for your self control and concentration
If you master meditation and pranayama, you will become your own Guru. Don’t do shallow breathing. Deep breathing removes problems while you exhale.
Later Pujya Sri Swamiji visited Yaga Shala & sanctified the Yantras & Kalashas of the consecration ritual.
In the evening, Pujya Sri Swamiji sang Bhajans and explained meanings of some Bhajans. Sri Swamiji sang “Sharade Varade Ma”, “Lagoniya Paaya”,
Sri Swamiji said the visit to Canada to consecrate the deities are the 80th birthday gift from Sri Swamiji to devotees. The gist of Sri Swamiji’s discourse in the evening was:
Sharada means knowledge
Give me boons . She will fulfill our mission.
She is the form of the alphabets or letters that form the basis of knowledge
She is Mantra. She gives knowledge. She regulates Nada - our breathing pattern. She is the consort of Brahma. She is the form of sound. Without sound, there is no conversation
She is the form of Shastras. The canonical commands. She educates us.
We beg knowledge from her: not the worldly knowledge. Worldly knowledge is temporary. She bestows the divine knowledge that bestows us Moksha or liberation from the bondage of death and births
She is the basis of all Tantra
Body is science is form of agama. That regulates balance in our life. The balance we find in vision, hearing, the two nostrils to breath - she creates that delicate balance. We beg her to protect this delicate and fine balance. The standing, the digestion- the miracle we are - can be attributed to Sharada Mata
Brahma the creator is our farthest forefather. But he has no form. But his creation has form. The forms we see and envisage - as rama krishna narasimha - we can attribute it to Brahma.
She is the form of soothing sounds that quiet our wandering minds. Like a breeze in a forest or watching the waves . It creates a wave of calmness in us. She is the one that gives us. She is the form of pleasing conversation. Her talk is the sweetest pleasing talk that gives us happiness.
She is the form of all instruments. She is described as carrying veena - our spinal cord. She is the creator of our fate. If we develop devotion, she can write our fate in favorable terms. We all are students. You all are students who are here for Swamiji’s compassion and knowledge.
Those who come to me for family problems are customers. Those who want spirituality are my students. 80% are customers
We should seek energy and interest to serve. Without that your existence is waste
Many directly ask for problems. Where is devotion ?
Many leave when their worldly desires are not met. Only when you ask for what you deserve, you will benefit
Problems are never ending. Don’t just hanker forget problem solving. Beg for real knowledge. Don’t treat swamiki as a problem solver. Your pujas will never translate to solutions of problems
She is worshipped by hari hara sura nara
Sadhu - one who is desireless. Not the saffron robed decorator
She wears white. And she sits on white lotus
White represents blemishless. She is so pure no sins come to us
She removes our bad thoughts, jealousy
Comparing ourselves with others is the biggest problem. That is kubuddhi. She removes that
After removing bad thoughts, our desires also get lessened. Desires seem endless. Make sure your prayers are selfless. The more you desire for something, the father it gets. We have to keep on applying for her grace. For worldly matters like visa you apply apply and reapply only to get no reply
Hanuman is there for karya Siddhi
Swamiji hence has subcontracted this desire fulfilling business to Karyasiddhi Hanuman . Beg and pray Hanuman. He is commercial and helps you
She is auspicious. She never treats you indifferently. If you are sincere in your devotion, she will bless you.
Ksheer Bhavani in Kashmir
I offer a swing called my mind. Oh Sharada Mata rest in this swing called my mind and gently swing. She rides on white hamsa . Hamsa represents peace
I like saint tukaram from Maharashtra
These abhangs bhajans have great meaning. It elevates our thinking
I have sung many Abhangs before
Tukaram goes from home to home and begs people to sing glories of Vithala or Krishna. He offers to work in their homes in lieu of them singing glories of God.
I can speak about the meaning ot this Bhajan for two hours. I am very happy with programs in Canada.
On the 4th of July 2022, Pujya Sri Swamiji performed historic the consecration & prANa pratishTha & kumbhabhishEkam of the following deities
1. Dattatreya (black granite)
2. Anagha Devi (black granite)
3. Ram Privar (marble)
4. Karya Siddhi Hanuman (black granite)
4. Crystal Shiva Linga
5. Durga Mata (marble)
6. Ganapathy (black granite)
7. Subrahmanya (black granite)
8. Navagraha (nine planets) murtis.
First, Sri Swamiji performed Maha Purnahuti of the Pratishtha Homas. Later, Sri Swamiji carried the Pradhana Kalasha from the Yaga Shala to the temple premises. Sri Swamiji performed Kumbhabhisheka to the deities in the order of:
Maha Ganapathy, Shuddha Sphatika Shiva Linga (flawless crystal Shiva Linga), Subrahmanya, Durga Mata, Sri Rama Parivar (Sri Rama, Sita Mata, Lakshmana & Hanuman), Anagha Devi, Dattatraya and finally Karya Siddhi Hanuman.
Sri Swamiji then using turmeric paste painted the letter OM in Sanskrit on the back wall of Hanuman, Shree in Kannada behind Dattatreya. Sri Swamiji then performed Kumbhabhisheka of Navagraha deities.
Sri Swamiji performed Gau Puja on the occasion.
Sri Swamiji climbed atop the shrines & performed Samprokshana of the Kalashas. Atop the Gopuras, Sri Swamiji spoke and said:
Temple building is not an easy task. So many people have wish to build temples. So many hindrances come. Because they don’t have Guru Kripa. It is not easy to get Guru Kripa. You have to become a good student of that Guru and have a strong devoted friendship. We had this Datta & Anagha Murtis in Canada for 16 years. In olden days, Maharajas used to have shrines like this in their palaces. Take care of this temple. Participate in the Sevas in this temple. I will inaugurate Thora tying & Hundi in this temple. Anyway, Datta Yoga Center, Canada has a Hanuman temple. They are lucky people. This is 80th birthday year and this Pratishtha has taken place. I bless you all. Pray to Hanuman. We all are afflicted by dieases of mind and body. Let us determinedly pray Hanuman to bless. Ask for boons from Karya Siddhi Hanuman. The Murtis look beautiful. They are excellent. The crystal Shiva Lingam is most wonderous. Kumbhabhishekam has finally happened.
Sri Swamiji later tied Thora string in front of Hanuman for conveying prayers to Hanuman.
The Ashrama in Canada was fortunate to be the first temple to be consecrated by Pujya Sri Swamiji in His 80thyear of Avatara. Devotees felt very blessed to witness this divine events.
Sri Swamiji performed Sri Chakra Puja in the shrine of the newly consecrated Dattatreya & Anagha Devi. Devotees chanted Hanuman Chalisa during Sri Chakra Puja.
Later, Sri Swamiji performed Puja to Hanuman while priests chanted the Hanuman Ashtottara.
Later the priests associated with the Pratishtha rituals were honored by Datta Yoga Center & Sri Swamiji blessed them.
Sri Swamiji also blessed Shri. Rinen & Tikal from the sculptors who constructed the shrines.
Sri Swamiji honored the neighbors of the Ashrama and took them along for the unveiling of the inauguration plaque.
Devotees queued to have Darshana of the deities and took Blessings.
In the evening, the priests performed first Pujas to all the installed deities.
Sri Swamiji blessed devotees with wonderful Bhajan session and sang
Pahi Pahi Gajanana, Dum Dum Durga, Tan Se Man Se, Shankaram Shankaram, Ramam Ramam Raghu Ramam Hari, Hey Hanuman Bahu Balavan, Vadivela Endru nee, Koti Surya Teja Maruti. Pujya Sri Swamiji performed Arati to Hanuman while Koti Surya Bhajan was sung. Devotees switched on their flashlights on mobile phones and offered Arati.
On 5th morning, Pujya Sri Swamiji performed Sri Chakra Puja in front of Karya Siddhi Hanuman. Well known Carnatic singer & Datta Peetha Ashthana Vidushi Smt.Sudha Raghunathan took Darshana of newily installed Murtis & sought Blessing of Pujya Swamiji. She sang a Kriti on Sri Ramachandra.
In the evening of 5th July 2022, The Mayor of Erin town, Mr.Allan Alls spoke to the audience and expressed happiness over the growth of the center. HH presented a certificate to Pujya Swamiji congratulating on the consecration of Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple on 4th July 2022.
Mrs.Julia McCulloch, wife of the architect (now deceased Brian McCulloch) of the Ashrama was honored in memory of Alan McCulloch. Robert Turner of the architectural firm Turner Fayett was also honored.
The Bhagavad Gita learning program is very active in Canada. Smt. Annapoorna who leads the learning program spoke about the program. The students chanted the 1st, & 12th chapters from Bhagavad Gita. Pujya Sri Swamiji blessed students with medal & certificates. The group offered a cake to Pujya Swamiji.
Pujya Sri Swamiji spoke to the audience & said:
I am very surprised and happy with children memorizing Bhagavad Gita.
Our lifestyle, breathing should be Bhagavad Gita
Everyone should join Bhagavad Gita learning program. Thousands of people are learning
It brings peace, discipline, and memory power in children. They will study better. They will win gold medals and excel. More people should join and propagate Bhagavad Gita. It brings great energy. Old people of 85 years also memorized. People fear it is tough. Lord Krishna gave this Upadesha to Arjuna. Listening also brings merit. When traveling in car, listen to Bhagavad Gita. Slowly learn the meaning too. It is wonderful when you understand meaning. Last month Swamiji released a detailed commentary on Bhagavad Gita in Telugu language. It is logical and scientific. How to manage Samsara and how to get out of the cycle of Samsara. While living in Samsara, it teaches you to be calm and attain Vairagya. a sense of detachment.
Memorizing Bhagavad Gita, pronouncing it properly takes you closer to the language of God, the Sanskrit. Arjuna too had many doubts on himself and worldly things. Krishna gave detailed & convincing answers to all his questions. So many world leaders from different faith found solace in Bhagavad Gita. Bhagavad Gita changed their outlook and life. They served their countries and society better.
I am surprised Canadians won gold medal today. Very good. Swamiji giving medal is very precious. Those who didn’t get medal, try again, and get medal. If you think something is tough, it will be tough. If you have interest and passion, it will become easy. Krishna is Jagadguru and God came in Krishna form. He faced so many difficulties and struggles. But he won. Mahabharata is not just a story. It is life’s guide.
Swamiji spoke about Maha Bharata for two years. Bhagavad Gita is part of Maha Bharata Each word on Maha Bharata, each character in Maha Bharata is precious.
95-year-old and 5-year child got medals from me.
In my ashrama, even sweepers who could not read or write learnt Bhagavad Gita and got gold medals. You will excel in school also.
Teachers need determination. I will give you strength to do more for Bhagavad Gita teaching. Throughout world hundreds are teaching Bhagavad Gita. Train your mind to learn Bhagavad Gita. Don’t feel threatened that Bhagavad Gita is tough.
Full Parayana takes three hours.
Next month in America there is a Dwi Sahasragala chanting program in Dallas. You come and participate. Since it is a big auditorium, many can be accommodated
My trip to North America is also for that dwi sahasragala chant program.
In Hyderabad, India a similar program is planned in December
Krishnam vande Jagadgurum.
Sri Swamiji blessed the chanters with a group photo opportunity.
On 6th July 2022, Pujya Sri Swamiji visited Niagara Falls with devotees.
In the evening of 6th July, Pujya Sri Swamiji performed Sri Chakra Puja in the Shiva Linga Shrine.
Datta Yoga Center thanked the volunteers for their support & Seva. The accompanying musicians were honored.
Datta Yoga Center served Annadanam on all days of the programs.
Pujya Sri Swamiji spoke thus:
Close your eyes and meditate
Travel inside your body
Travel in the oceans, rivers, forests, hills, color water
Travel among the worlds within your body. Panchabhutas are inside you
Breathe normally. Breathe silently and don’t make sounds while breathing.
Travel inside your body. It is a small world inside you. Different sounds emanate inside the body. Feel you are inside your mother’s womb. You are swimming inside her womb. What is this body? How is it even created? With science and adhyatma some answers maybe available. Who am I? Where am I? What is my place? Think of these
What is your name? No name
What is your color? Sound? None
What is your address? No address. Who is father? Who is the mother? What is truth? Why did I come here? What is the purpose of my birth? Who controls this body & Prana? I have not seen that person. Who is that somebody? Is it invisible? We respect God. We give thousands of names to God. But name is not truth. Then, what is truth? Who am I? What are my travels? Find out. How many births you might have taken. It is struggle, struggle, struggle. It is all questions. No answers. What to do? Millions of questions but no answers. But there must be answers. Otherwise, questions might not have come. Answers must be there. Answers are always in the same place where questions are born.
What is this husband, wife, children? Why am I struggling? How to get shanti?
Death is not answer. Birth is not answer. This is big pralaya. It is very dark pralaya. Like in mother’s womb. No light.
What is this confusion? Oh my Sadguru … clear my doubts and give answers.
It may sound funny and silly. But it is not. Because we are holding Karma. The accumulated mistakes from previous births caused this birth and the sufferings and happiness. You’ve made so many promises in last birth. You are born now to try to fulfill those promises.
How can this journey be stopped?
Oh my Sadguru. My confusion is being increased with your answer.
O my dear fellow. This confusion itself is answer. The secret about Atman, indriyas, should be found out.
Where to start?
Open your eyes slowly. Rub your palms. Press them on your eyes. Take deep breath.
I have only given questions. Please find out answers. I have hinted though that question itself is answer. Maybe you will learn. You are lazy. You don’t want atma Darshana Jnana. In 60s I started to teach this Atma Darshana Jnana. I stopped long ago. I want to start again.
Don’t be afraid and unhappy. Be happy. Please follow the live discourses on Datta Peetham Facebook. My discourses are my lessons to you. If you have time, read Bhagavatham, my book script for success. Vedanta is tough subject. If you approach with shraddha, it will be easy to understand. Depends on your interest in the learning.
This body is not mine is a good place to start the search for answers. Enjoy your life inside yourself. He happy inside.
I am very happy this temple inauguration took place. Members served with devotion. Devotees supported from Canada and USA.
Continue to support the temple
Respect the priest.
Priest is second God. Follow his instructions.
If you have doubts about horoscope, you can come and meditate navagraha, Lord Shiva and our savior Hanuman. Chant Hanuman Chalisa, datta stava. Datta is our savior. He is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
Keep chanting Datta Datta when possible. Any God name. If you have taken Mantra Upadesha, chant that. If you haven’t taken, that is also fine. Listening to Bhajans from Swamiji is also Upadesham.
Don’t forget to chant God’s name. Practice for one month. You will feel the positive change in you.
Come in queue and take Paduka Darshana.
This concluded the historic visit of Pujya Sri Swamiji to Canada in His 80th birth year that saw the consecration of shrines in the Datta Yoga Center, Erin.
On the morning of 7th July 2022 Pujya Sri Swamiji travelled from Toronto to Trenton, New Jersey.