IYC – Bulletin 2

Vadodara to Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

Sorry to keep you waiting for more Bulletins of our trip.  I could not load them immediately for several reasons including having exciting activities from early morning to late night and not having enough sleep or access to Wi-Fi.

Several students, teachers, and parents checked in to the Royal Orchid Central Hotel, Vadodara, on Thursday, August 1st and had dinner at the hotel. It was exciting to see a little Vidyapith in the lobby of the hotel.  They were eagerly waiting for the next day to begin. It would be a unique trip and our first Vidyapith trip in India. Also, we were happy that we were going to visit the places that Swami Vivekananda had visited.

Let me take you on a pictorial journey of the places we visited.  We had lots of fun and uplifting moments.  I wish I could make you feel our fun, joy, and inspiration through some magic.  But alas, I do not know magic.  You will have to imagine!

Early morning on Friday, August 2nd, all of the Vidyapith people who were at the Royal Orchid Hotel gathered in the restaurant to enjoy a delicious breakfast.  The youngsters were amazed to see the variety of items including cereals, idlies, toasts, etc.  Those who were staying in Vadodara came and joined in as well. It was also a divine coincidence that Pravrajika Shuddhatmaprana, who we visited at Ridgely Manor, could also join in our trip.  Just couple of days before, Swami Nikhileshwaranandaji asked me if Pr. Shuddhatmaprana could join us.  We were all happy about this divine company especially given that we had enjoyed her loving hospitality at Ridgely Manor.

The beginning of our trip was not very exciting as we had very heavy rain in the morning in Vadodara.  There was even a power-outage in the early morning, but it paid-off to stay in a good hotel that had a generator which immediately gave us full electric power.  I was worried that our trip would be a disaster; many had warned us of keeping this program in the monsoon season.  I left everything to Thakur’s wish.  People loaded our luggage in the heavy rain while we ran and took our seats.  In spite of the rains, Vidaypith people were excited to go on the trip and were ready to go through whatever the future brought.

We arrived at Mahatma Gandhiji’s Ashram in Ahmedabad where many Vidyapith people were going to join us.  You can only imagine our joy when we met each other.  Together, we visited this international historic place and learned many things about the great soul, Mahatma Gandhi.  Einstein had once said that after some time people would not even believe that such a great person lived on this earth.  People would think that Gandhiji was just a myth.  It is remarkable that in 1893 when Swami Vivekananda gave a famous speech at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, Mahatma Gandhi had also arrived in South Africa – both events were significant in making these great souls known to the world. Mahatma Gandhi has even said that after reading Vivekananda’s lectures, his love for India multiplied by thousand-fold. In Gandhiji’s works, several teachings of Vivekananda became tangible.

 

Happy to gather at the Royal Orchid Central Hotel, Vadodara
Happy to gather at the Royal Orchid Central Hotel, Vadodara
Breakfast before the long journey!
Breakfast before the long journey!
Pr. Shudhatmaprana joining us for the trip
Pr. Shudhatmaprana joining us for the trip
Summer Camp 5 breakfast
Summer Camp 5 breakfast
Happy Parikh family
Happy Parikh family
Breakfast is delicious!
Breakfast is delicious!
The journey begins in our J.G. Travels bus
The journey begins in our J.G. Travels bus
Relaxing in the bus
Relaxing in the bus
The bus has arrived at Sabarmati Ashram
The bus has arrived at Sabarmati Ashram
Here we are at Gandhiji’s ashram!
Here we are at Gandhiji’s ashram!
The groups are reunited at Gandhi ashram
The groups are reunited at Gandhi ashram
A message of truth
A message of truth
Great couple
Great couple
Museum in the Ashram
Museum in the Ashram
Absorbed in reading Gandhiji’s biography
Absorbed in reading Gandhiji’s biography
“I want world sympathy in this battle of Right against Might”
“I want world sympathy in this battle of Right against Might”
We are happy to be here!
We are happy to be here!
Gandhiji’s mailing address
Gandhiji’s mailing address
Gandhiji’s mails
Gandhiji’s mails
Peace and serenity is captured
Peace and serenity is captured
Great personalities on Mahatma Gandhi
Great personalities on Mahatma Gandhi
A famous political cartoon of Mahatma Gandhi
A famous political cartoon of Mahatma Gandhi
Happy Vidyapith students in Gandhi Ashram
Happy Vidyapith students in Gandhi Ashram
The famous 3 monkeys
The famous 3 monkeys
Our famous 3 monkeys
Our famous 3 monkeys
Hridaya Kunj – Gandhiji’s residence
Hridaya Kunj – Gandhiji’s residence
Visiting Gandhiji’s living quarters
Visiting Gandhiji’s living quarters
Life at the ashram
Life at the ashram
Gandhiji’s famous room where many significant decisions were made
Gandhiji’s famous room where many foreign visitors called on Bapu and where many historical decisions were deliberated
Walking on the beautiful ashram grounds
Walking on the beautiful ashram grounds
Timeline of Gandhiji’s life
Timeline of Gandhiji’s life
At the Hridaya Kunj
At the Hridaya Kunj
The entire group
The entire group
The ashram’s sacred prayer ground – Upasana Mandir
The ashram’s sacred prayer ground – Upasana Mandir
Overlooking Sabarmati River
Overlooking Sabarmati River
Boarding the bus to go to lunch
Boarding the bus to go to lunch
It always takes time to board
It always takes time to board

6 thoughts on “IYC – Bulletin 2

  1. Its wonderful to see the pictures and hear about your trip – we can feel the excitement – imagination paints the rest! :-). Enjoy and keep posting.
    — Medha D.

  2. We can feel the excitement! It is really wonderful that so many people with similar interests could make time to get together and go on a trip like this. Thank you and we look forward to more posts!
    -Lalitha & Krishnan

  3. Thanks for taking time to write and share the experience. It is really a unique (and may be once in a life) opportunity. Wish you a safe journey

  4. It was a lovely start of the trip, despite the thunderclaps and pouring rain. Sabarmati set the right tone to the trip; Gandhiji’s pictures, quotes, simplicity and display of sheer moral force was palpable, and moved some of us to tears. The bare room highlighted the power of focus without distractions. The Vadodara group doubled in number at Ahmedabad, and we truly wished that all of you could have participated in Summer Camp 5.

  5. Respected Uncle,

    I so enjoyed the detailed photographic journey to the Sabarmati ashram. Thanks for taking the trouble to write so many wonderful details! Felt like I was with you all. Must be so much fun with everyone! Please keep the posts coming!

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