Announcements – 18-01-2020 New Releases: Compiled Set of 2019 Pravachan Booklets, DVDs and MP3: The year 2019 witnessed discourses by Pujya Gurudevshri based on the sacred Vachanamrutji. Filled with practical examples and delivered in simple everyday language, His profound discourses are directed straight to the heart of the seekers, to bring about a transformation. All 14 pravachans of 2019 have been compiled in one MP3, a set of four DVDs and also available on the Sadguru Enlightens App for the subscribers. Selected 12 pravachans have been compiled into a set of booklets in Gujarati, which are now available on sale. Please click here to purchase the audio video sets. Please click here to purchase the booklets. Sadguru Enlightens Packages 2020: Many began their satsang journey by listening on cassettes. With time, that evolved to different media like CDs, MP3s and DVDs. Today, due to the prevalence of digital media and apps, all new products in the year 2020, will not be released on MP3 or DVDs. Pravachans at Yogi Sabhagruh, Satsang Shibirs, approximately 25 Sadguru Udghosh throughout the year, are all available through the Sadguru Enlightens App, within minutes. Once downloaded, they are also easily accessible at any time. Old media such as DVDs, CDs etc. will be available at the Divine Shop till the supplies last. The Sadguru Enlightens App is the most convenient and simple access tool for Pujya Gurudevshri’s pravachans, Mission events and the ongoing swadhyay for mumukshus. In order to accommodate mumukshus’ needs, a number of audio-video and audio packages have been made available. Pravachans will also be available for individual purchase or download from the eDivineShop. Those who wish to download individual pravachans during satsang shibirs can purchase those scratch cards. Please click here to view all the available packages for the year 2020. Short Courses on Jain Philosophy at Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram Dharampur: In order to gain a deeper understanding on Jain philosophy, short courses will be held on the fundamental Jain principles, rituals, etc throughout the year at Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram Dharampur, every alternate month. These courses will help understand the meanings of Jain terminology as well as strengthen our Jain fundamentals. Topics covered will include chaityavandan, karma theory, gunasthanaks and more. These sessions will be held during the weekdays prior to satsang shibirs in the afternoons from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm The first series of short sessions on Jain Philosophy will be on Chaityavandan by Atmarpit Rajuji from Tue, 21 – Thu, 23 Jan ’20. Timing will be 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Please click here to register for the upcoming course on Chaityavandan. Sacred Granth for 2020 – Upadhyayshri Yashovijayji Maharaj Virachit Shri Simandharswamine Vinantiroop 125 Gathanu Stavan: To deepen our understanding of the true essence of dharma, to nurture the seeds of Jinbhakti, the sacred text chosen for a year-long study in 2020, by the grace of Shrimad Rajchandraji is ‘Upadhyayshri Yashovijayji Maharaj Virachit Shri Simandharswamine Vinantiroop 125 Gathanu Stavan’. Through monthly satsang shibirs at Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram, Dharampur, Pujya Gurudevshri will unravel the treasure-trove of wisdom and devotion from this sacred text, singing the glory of Jineshwar Bhagwan. Please click here to register for the first satsang shibir of 2020. One-Day Advanced Sadhana Bhatti Refresher Course: For those who are unable to attend a 3-day sadhana bhatti, a special one-day meditation retreat refresher course, will be held in the Ashram, this year. This is ideal for those who have previously attended a Sakshi sadhana bhatti long time ago, but have not, since then, been able to attend the 3-day sadhana bhatti. Thus on the Monday following every satsang shibir, a 12-hour sakshi meditation retreat will be held in the Ashram. Vanprasthas and those who have taken Parnam diksha, after undertaking one three-day sadhana bhatti may also sign up for these day-long meditation retreats. Attending three of these separate one-day retreats will be equal to completing a 3-day sadhana bhatti. Those who wish to attend these one-day meditation retreat refresher courses must reach the Ashram by 9:00 pm on Sunday. The refresher course duration on Monday is from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm. Latest Updates from Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care (SRLC): Health Care: Evidence Based Perinatal Care – Third Annual State Level Symposium (10 – 12 Jan ’20) Since the past four years, Dr. Nilima Ragavan of Stanford University has been supporting the neonatal care unit at Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital. Stanford University, the Gujarat Government, and Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital held a three-day symposium entitled “Evidence Based Perinatal Care” from 10-12 Jan ’20 at the Ashram. More than 150 gynaecologists, nurses, medical students and others benefitted from this event. In this conference, perinatal training was given on the caretaking of both mother and child, prior to, during and right after childbirth. Physiological Cord Clamping Method Research Published in American Journal of Perinatology and Supported by Govt. of India: A path-breaking research study was recently carried out in Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital, which is one of the two centres chosen across India for conducting this research. The results of the study were also published in the prestigious peer-reviewed American Journal of Perinatology. The study, which suggested an improvement in the current practice of childbirth, explored a technique known as ‘physiological cord clamping’. The technique involves delaying the severing of the umbilical cord until natural delivery of the placenta. This is contrary to the currently prevailing global practice of cutting the umbilical cord within a few minutes of delivery and forcing out the placenta with medical assistance. The study showed that when the above technique is combined with immediate skin-to-skin contact between the infant and mother, and allowing the infant to suckle the mother as soon as possible, several significant benefits are noticed. These benefits include improved cognitive and developmental performance for the newborn, and nil to minimum postpartum haemorrhage for the mother. This study has been mentioned in the American Journal of Perinatology. The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Gandhinagar has already asked all Government Hospitals and Centres in Gujarat to adopt this method of delivery. Additionally, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), New Delhi, released an advisory requesting all States in India to take forward this key intervention. Through such initiatives, Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital continues to be at the cutting-edge of medicine and implement the best practices to further serve and treat the rural population of Gujarat! Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital on Stanford Scholarship Programme: Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital has officially been listed as one of seven globally supported sites by Stanford University’s Mary Duke Biddle Scholarship Programme. It is the only site of its kind located in India. This scholarship programme allows selected medical students from Stanford University to spend a minimum of six weeks providing clinical care at Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital. This scholarship programme was setup to provide an opportunity to Stanford medical students, residents and fellows to train or provide service in low-and-middle-income settings. To learn more about the programme, please visit – https://globalhealth.stanford.edu/programs/mary-duke-biddle-sponsorship-program/ Training Imparted by Shrimad Rajchandra District Early Intervention Centre in Delhi: The medical team from Shrimad Rajchandra District Early Intervention Centre were invited by the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), an initiative of the Government of India’s National Health Mission, to conduct a training for professional Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) trainers from across country. The team included an ophthalmologist, optometrist, and paediatric physiotherapists, who explained and demonstrated the early identification, assessment and therapeutic interventions for CVI. They also included the importance of having a holistic approach to treatment. Distinguished professionals from the medical faculty, including Dr. Arun Singh, National Advisor – RBSK, and Dr. Linda Lawrence, eminent expert in CVI, appreciated the method of training employed by the team. Dr. Singh, as well as trainers from various States of India, requested the team to conduct more of such training courses in the near future. In this way, Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital is constantly working towards providing healing to the maximum number of people at the lowest possible expenses. Forthcoming Pravachan: The next pravachan at Yogi Sabhagruh will be held on Sat, 15 Feb ’20, in the evening from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Please note Pujya Gurudevshri will embark on the South India dharmayatra from Thu, 6 – Tue, 11 Feb ’20.