Today I am telling you about a totally different destination for vacation, for knowledge gain, for knowing our culture as well as staying in a calm and natural environment. A destination where your kids will play freely and you can meditate there without children's worry. A destination where you will find members of different age groups, kids, youths, elders, old-age people, all. And everybody would be talking about development of nation, about technology, about linking spirituality with technology. Kids will be simply playing but when sitting for Yajyna they start chanting Sanskrit shlokas and vaidik richas as a common part of their life. One can feel the change in habits and nature in self and in others. It is a peaceful environment with some sort of energies inside, in the nature's bowl. I am talking about Paavan Chintan Dhara Ashram of Shri Guru Pawan Sinha Ji at Saithli Mod, Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, U.P., India.
Paavan Chintan Dhara Ashram, Village Hisali, Near Saithali Mod, Meerut Road, Muradnagar, Ghaziabad, U.P.
Hisaali Wali Maata
Guru Shri Pawan Sinha Ji
First of all let's have a brief about Shri Guru Pawan Sinha Ji. People know him as an astrologer because of his TV shows on astrology, but he is more than that. Astrology is just a part of his vast knowledge and people who understand him, never ask for astrology. They gain knowledge about various cultures in the world, spiritualism, ancient indian sciences, present situation of world, politics, parenting, education system and anything they have in mind. Guru Ji is like a live encyclopedia on any topic. His Dhyan classes are mind blowing. His lectures for motivating youths and connecting them with spiritualism are remarkable. Children love him for his simplicity and attitude of responding each question with calmness and listening with full attention. He dreams for the betterment of India and Indian youth. He wants Indians to rise above their personal problems and devote towards nation.
Guru Shri Pawan Sinha Ji
*Here mentioning from his Facebook profile, because I know him; but he is a multi-dimensional personality and I don't want to lose any information to be mentioned here just because of my lesser knowledge and not having a sound grip on vocabulary. So Sh. Pawan Sinha Ji is a peerless educationist & researcher, revolutionary writer, a progressive thinker, functional spirituality preceptor and a great motivator. Sh. Pawanji is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in University of Delhi. His area of interest is Human Rights. He has written two dissertations, more than twenty Research Papers/Articles in National Seminars, Journals and in Magazines. He also has authored four books on education and development. He has delivered lectures on the issues of Human Rights, Globalization and Security Environment at various places, institutes and Universities in India. He has organized an International seminar on "Managing Behavioral Problems of Students through Teaching & Parenting" He has been Resource Person on similar issues with BBC, Jamia Millia Islamia University, TVTN institute of Journalism, and many more.
Location Map, Paavan Chintan Dhara Ashram, Ghaziabad, U.P.
Well, so in this Chaitra Navratra from 18th to 25th March, it was some of my good deeds and my good luck that I stayed in Paavan Chintan Dhara Ashram in associateship with Shri Guru Pawan Ji. It is in close proximity from Vashali and Kaushambi Metro Stations of New Delhi. After reaching New Delhi one can take Blue Line Metro to reach Vaishali metro station. From Vaishali Metro Station you may hire an auto or cab or go by bus. All buses going to Merut, pass from that road and they are available just on the opposite side of the road at metro station. If going by bus, ask conductor to drop you at Saithli Mod near Duhai Village. If going by Taxi or Cab, some landmarks are as follows (ordered towards Ashram's location): Rajendra Nagar Extension, Manan Dham Temple, Wonderland Park, Two Engineering Colleges - RD Engineering College and HLM College, Bharat Petroleum CNG Petrol Pump and here on the mid of the road you will find Paavan Ashram's board and on the opposite side of the road, there is the way to Ashram. Buses drop you here near petrol pump and you can call in the Ashram, they will send somebody to take you (depends upon the availability). It is 1.5 Kms away from there and I love to go by walking there. You will find a railway crossing between and after that anybody can tell you the way to Ashram. It is located between lush green farms of wheat and sugarcane. It has pucca road so any vehicle can go there very easily.
Today we have many fake ashrams and gurus. They take money and provide 5 star facilities. Some are involved in wrong tasks so society not treats them as a good place to go or follow. But real ashrams are not like that. And I find one.
The Ashram Culture
Yajyna at Ashram
Worship at Ashram
Paavan Chintan Dhara Ashram follows ashram vyavasthas traditions with the use of latest but necessary technology. Our day starts with yajyna with vaidik mantrochcharan (chanting), small kids pronounce all the mantras without hesitation and in a clear voice. After that we pray to sun, the ultimate source of energy and all this happens in the first hour after sun rise. Then we take our breakfast and start our day. Some move in the library to gain knowledge and reading newspaper, some start their administrative tasks, some move in the store to keep record of available stock and arrange it accordingly and some start dusting and cleaning temple, rooms and other areas. In normal days all of these tasks are done by a team of trainees under Guruji and at the time of functions when ashram members from various parts of India join them, they also provide their help in these tasks. Then we have afternoon food around 1:00 PM. After that some do rest and some their pending work. In the evening we do prayer of Hisaliwali Maiya and Bharat Mata. After that we have free time to walk, talk and study. Guruji also give writing homework to trainees to enhance their skills. In evening around 8:30 we have our evening meal. Guru Ji has a busy schedule with their shoots and meetings but still try to give his best time to ashram and its members. Sometimes he sits in the morning, sometimes in the evening tea and sometimes late in night. Everybody enjoys listening his vision and thoughts about society. Sometimes we sit till 2:00 o'clock in the night to discuss facts and gaining knowledge. But next day starts on time always.
Music by Ashram Youth
Kids Play Time
Youths learn vocal music, playing instruments, dancing, shooting, management or whatever they like. Different teams help them in that. Kids enjoy playing various outdoor games of their choice. We have a knowledgeable Pandit Ji, who teaches them vaidik richas and there pronunciation and plays with them as well. Families do not worry for their children because they know all children are safe and in good association. Sometimes Guru Ma arranges special classes to groom their personality and enhance their education. Special training sessions for the trainees arranged by Guru Ma and Guru Ji. Guru Ji wants to enhance hidden skills of kids and youth. He says today's youth have a lot of potential but not able to use it in the right direction and todays education system is not helpful in that. Youth power can be enhanced only by spiritualism and proper guidance. He used to sit and talk for hours to clarify confusions of kids and youths. There are a lot of myths with religion and rituals and today's human is totally confused in it, so Guru Ji tries to destroy those unhealthy conventions with true facts and trying to establish a healthy society of equalitarianism and growth for all. He has a divine thought for the whole world.
This is our real ashram system, with lesser facilities but higher in thoughts and education. These are the real education hubs of ancient India and today we have a few of them. Guru Ji arranged basic necessities in the ashram. Hot water facility in the cold, fans for summer, separate dormitory for men and women, clean washrooms with dustbins, soaps and room fresheners, mosquito sprays, library, peaceful conference room for dhyan and functions, long path with flower plantation on both the sides for evening walk and thinking, cowshed with 7-8 cows and calves, dogs for security, ducks for kids and lots of love by everybody. Ayurvedic and natural Medicinal facility by Guru Ji and Guru Ma, delicious food by Badi Didi, help and guidance from each member of ashram. When you are staying away from your home, you will never feel loneliness there. And above all Hisaliwali Ma Durga's blessings.
Dhyan Mathh, Ashram
On Saturday, Sundays Guruji arranges some special programs for youth development. Once in a month we have Dhyan Baithak in Ashram and in all of its centers in various cities. Sundar Kand Paath by sangeet mandli of ashram and special worship like Rudrabhishek in Shiv Kshetra of Ashram done by pandit ji on demand or as per Guruji's order. Guruji also organizes special camps for all to educate them about regulatory life in the nature's lap without any facilities.
Guru Maa and Guru Ji Answering Queries
Paavan Chintandhara Camps
In your stay you will have many distinct experiences of divine energies there. Each word from Guruji's mouth is meaningful and has vision of future and past life. People take it like magic or power of astrology, but it is the power of saadhna and dhyan. But everybody wants an easy way in life and Guru Ji wants them to do hardwork and this is the common difference between a real Guru and a thug. Thug shows magical tricks and takes money to tell or change the future. Guru Ji never show-off of his divine powers, if somebody asks, he only suggests him to do Dhyan and Saadhna to enhance his skills and to change his future. Apart from it he motivates youth to gain knowledge and to put a good time of his life in library and in reading different-different books.
My Stay in Ashram
In my stay I also have some distinct experiences of my own and I enjoyed walking in the 'Chintan Veethi' the pathway with different plantation on both of its sides. I like to sit in the yajyna. I saw a good growth in banana trees there and that is because of energies of yajyna. Hisaliwali Maa temple has peace and calm environment with adorable idol of Maa Durga but in a human form with only two hands. Guruji has answer for everything. He want people get motivated with Maa Durga's human form. He says 8 or 10 hands are just to represent her multi-tasker and multi-dimensional personality. Ashram is the best place to meditate and groom your personality with high energies and people should visit it at least once in their life. But believe me, if you visit it once, you will come back here again and again. Here are a few pics of ashram. I can write more and more on it, but I know to have pictures are better than only text. So here are a few clicks:
Hisaali Wali Maata
Lord Krishna and Jagannath Ji
Nature and Different Ashram Views