AVG CENTER ATLANTA , GA
The Atlanta community is extremely blessed to benefit from the guidance and teaching of Swamini Svatmavidyananda-ji from around 2005. During this time the community grew in number as well as spiritually. Swaminiji tirelessly visited us every few months, taught and guided us with compassion. We were so fortunate that a traditional teacher like Swaminiji came to us rather than us having to approach a teacher.
Initially we were taught selections from Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
After that we organized a couple of off-site retreats on topics from the Upanishads like ‘Aham BrahmAsmi’ and ‘Ananda mImAmsA’.
With this the teaching started flowing at regular intervals and Swaminiji
covered a variety of topics from Upanishads, Gita and also many vedanta texts helping us all understand basic and advanced vedanta topics.
Swaminiji’s visits were celebration time when the community got together, sharing satsang time and bhikshA with Swaminiji. Swaminiji suggested
starting Gita study. With her blessings we formed a group and started Pujya Swamiji’s home study course in late 2010.
The Ashram dieties (GaneshA, ArsdhanArishvarA, KrishnA and bANa Shiva lingA & NandikeshvarA) arriving in 2013 was another turning point. It was Swaminiji’s decision to keep these dEvAtAs under our care and they turned out to be a great blessing for the community as a whole. We started regular puja for the dEvatAs and every 2 weeks, we got together and did pradosha pUjA as and abhishekams to the shiva lingA as a group.
Soon after we started classes for adults for learning chanting of Sri Rudram, Purusha, durgA and medhA suktams and pUrNavidyA classes for children. The children enacted plays, presented stotrAs and vedic chanting and adults presented Pujya Swaminiji’s compositions during Swaminiji’s visits.
As suggested by Swaminiji and under her guidance the community was able to perform an event that we had never done before - EkAdasha RudrAbhishekam (chanting Sri Rudram 11 times) by at least 11 ritviks every day for 11 consecutive days. With Swaminiji’s blessings and her presence for the last few days we were able to perform and complete this event successfully for the benefit of the entire community. The collective interest in Sri Rudram chanting resulted in detailed study of the Sri Rudram text with Swaminiji over almost 5 years from 2015 to 2020. The Gita study was successfully completed in June 2020. We are planning to start study of Mudakopanishad soon.
Over the years Swaminiji has covered the following topics through
in-person satsangs in Atlanta:
ॐ नम: प्रणवार्थाय शुद्धज्ञानैकमूर्तये । निर्मलाय प्रशान्ताय दक्षिणामूर्तये नम: ।।
Salutations to Lord Dakshinamurthy, who is the meaning of the word om,
the peaceful embodiment of pure knowledge that is devoid of all afflictions.
Lord Prajñā-Dakṣiṇāmurti in Eugene, OR