By Swami Umakantanand
Mahamandaleshwar His Holiness Swami Umakantanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj, from Haridwar, India, is presently in Mauritius to introduce to Mauritians the principles and practice of Shaswat Jivan Vidya, the Shaswat Way of Life. Swamiji met the press at the Aapravasi Grat Trust Fund on Wednesday 21 July 2010.Swamiji’s aim is to promote Shaswat Jivan Vidya “Shaswat way of life” practical ways of spiritual development, through Yoga, Pranayam, Meditation and righteous living. Mahamandaleshwar is part of the Dashnami Order of Swamis, founded by Adi Shankaracharya some 1200 years ago. The Mahamaldaleshwar order is among the highest level of traditional Hindu spiritual guardianship to which a sannyasi is elevated by his peers.
The Mahamandaleshwar order is subdivided into 13 Akharas (Sub-orders) entrusted with the responsibility of preserving the traditional (including martial) arts and spiritual teachings and practices which find their roots in the Vedas. Each Akhara is headed by an Acharya Mahamandaleshwar who is surrounded by other Swamis of the level of Mahamandaleshwar.
Swami Umakantanand Saraswati Ji Maharaj is on his third visit to Mauritius. His first visit was in 1999. The second visit was in 2009 and during that visit, he held Yoga Training Courses for Trainers for the benefit of a large number of Yoga Teachers.
For the current visit, Swami Umakantanand has already completed a one-week programme in Goodlands for the benefit of thousands of devotees of that region. A series of events are programmed for Swamiji in various regions of the island, including Rose Hill, Quatre Bornes, Vacoas, Curepipe, Calebasses, Port-Louis, Plaine Magnien.
Several evening programmes have been organised to ensure that his message reaches the maximum number of persons. A week-long programme (Kathas, Kirtan/bhajan) has been held at Goodlands and other programmes are scheduled, as indicated below, for Rose Hill, Quatre Bornes, Vacoas, and the southern part of the country.
|17 to 25 July
||Curepipe (Guru Purnima)
|26 to 31 July
||Rose Hill Stanley Kali Mandir
|2 to 8 August
||Jackson Rd, Vacoas
|9 to 13 August
||Nirvan Bhavan , Quatre Bornes
|5 & 6 August
|Human Service Trust Calebasses
|12 & 13 August
||Hindu House, Port Louis
|16 August to 3 Sept
||Plaine Magnien & southern part of Mauritius
Besides pronouncing evening Kathas in various parts of the island, Swamiji has agreed to deliver two two-day courses on Shaswat Jivan Vidya (Shaswat Way of Life) which will include Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation, Diet and Herbal Healing, Time Management and Thought Management which will be held at the Human Service Trust, Surya Deva Chuttur Hall, in Calebasses, on 5 and 6 August and at the Hindu House, in Port-Louis, on 12 and 13 August, from 10.00 to 14.00 hrs. The courses will be free.
* Published in print edition on 23 July 2010