Mata Sharbani Trust

Mata Sharbani Trust

Annual Report (2010-2011)

Mata Sharbani Trust is now in existence for fifteen years. Over these years, it has steadily worked towards its core goals of strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage, spreading the message of unity and eternal Truth, providing relief to the needy, assisting people with educational / medical support and creating infrastructure for development. The message of unity of spiritual paths, practice of Kriya Yoga as a means to attain self-realization, publication of books, music cassettes / CDs, study of Sanskrit and music through regular classes, teaching of yoga as a means for good health, maintenance of a library of rare books, holding of cultural events in traditional Indian forms, spiritual discourses on auspicious occasions, satsang with saints and sadhus, distribution of relief materials including clothes, blankets, food and medicine to the poor, educational support to the needy, providing drinking water facilities and other infrastructural support for upliftment of adjoining rural areas, supporting similar organizations working especially for the well-being of women and children, are some of the regular activities of our Trust. Important ongoing infrastructure development works include next phase of construction of the Self-Realization Centre-cum-Cultural Complex inside the main Trust premises as well as construction work related to the Bhakta Nivas and Annapurna Kshetra in Shibrampur. In addition to the main Akhanda Mahapeeth premises at Shibrampur, Kolkata, the Trust now has three other Varanasi, Puri and Nabadwip from where it carries out charitable and welfare activities. We highlight below some of the important activities that were carried out in the year 2010-11 during the period April 2010 to March 2011.

Special events were held wherein more than 150 poor and destitute children of Sarada-Ramakrishna Mahila O Shishu Sevashram, an orphanage cum residential school in the village of Marjada (Hotor), located on the outskirts of the city of Kolkata, were provided gifts and educational material, in addition to prasad. Little children associated with a local Anganwari organization were invited to the Ashram on several occasions for free distribution educational aids and prasad. New clothes and blankets were donated to more than 1500 economically distressed people, residing within the local Panchayat area, on festive occasions like Durga Puja, Kali Puja and anniversary celebration of deity enthronement. The Trust has commissioned a deep tubewell in Kalagachhia Mouza inside the local Panchayat, on land earmarked by the Panchayat body, to alleviate the drinking water problem of that area. The Trust continues to maintain several designated street lights inside the Plaza Housing Complex and has periodically refurbished the local roads. Our Trust maintains close interaction with the local Panchayat body in carrying out these noble and charitable activities. Educational and medical assistance are being continuously granted to the eligible and deserving cases, especially the poor people, including support for complex surgical operations which the poor recipients would otherwise not have been able to afford.

The basement hall of the Spiritual-cum-Cultural-Complex has become a vibrant hub for Kriya sadhana, yoga practice, music and Sanskrit classes and houses the Library. Construction of the Self-Realization Complex is going on in stages and is expected to complete in a couple of years. The Bhakta Nivas and Annapurna Kshetra work is ongoing and is expected to start functioning from the end of 2012 after which seva work will begin there. The library of the Trust currently houses around 2000 rare books with 138 active members.

One significant event of the year was the noble and magnanimous gesture of Sri Dayananda Giri Maharaj of Nabadwip, a sant of the Kriya Yoga order, who has made a gift of his property in Nabadwip to the Trust, merging his ‘Shyamacharan Kriya Yoga Ashram’ with Mata Sharbani Trust's activities in that holy city. Plans are being made to improve the infrastructure of that property in Nabadwip after the paperwork and legal formalities are completed. Sri Dayananda Giri Maharaj would continue to be the local head of that unit and will be looked after by the Trust in his lifetime. Henceforth, he would be a special invitee to all the Trust meetings. Sri Gurudas Ashram, a sadhu of the Sankaracharya order, was initiated into Kriya Yoga by Sree Sree Maa. He expressed his desire to make visits to our Varanasi premises for carrying out the Trust activities at Varanasi.

Three Bengali books, namely ‘Bhakta Shiromoni Sri Sri Shyamanander Jeevan Katha’, ‘Kalite Aishwarik Leela O Bhagwan Kishori Mohan’ and ‘Amrita Pradip’ along with the Hindi version of ‘Pragjan Saroj’ and Oriya version of ‘Param Jnan’ were published during the year 2010-11. Four issues of the journal Hiranyagarbha were released during the year with special issues on Guru Nanak and Prabhu Jagadbandhu. Several cultural events and satsangs were carried out throughout the year, particularly on special occasions like Buddha Purnima, birthday celebration of Sree Sree Maa, Guru Purnima, Janmastami, Navaratri, Sree Sree Sarada Maa's birthday celebration, second anniversary of ‘Avishekam’ of the Guru Maharajas in the Self-Realization-cum-Cultural Complex and Holi. Several renowned artists gave voluntary performances in the Ashram. The Bhagwat Katha of Sri Rajeshwarananda-ji again left us asking for more. We were blessed with visits of noted saints and savants to the Ashram. These included Sri Manuraj Baba, Swami Hiranmoyananda-ji, Sri Shuvananda of Kathgodam, Sri Sri Sivananda Baba of Varanasi and Sri Sri Mouni Taat Baba of Pushkar. Regular sadhu visitors, who are our own brethren, came to Akhanda Mahapeeth, including Sufi sadhak Sk Imtiaz Ali Janab, Kriya Yogi Sri Dayananda Giri Maharaj, Sri Gurudas Ashram and the centurion sadhu Sri Gobindadas Udasi Baba. On the invitation of Sri Mouni Taat Baba, Sree Sree Maa, along with a few Trustees, visited Pushkar and met several Mahatmas and sadhus including the 90 year old Sri Krishnadayal Giri Maharaj and 112 year old Sri Jeevan Puri-ji. She also visited the ‘Satyayan Ashram’ of the great Kriya Yogi Ushananda Giri Maharaj (Pahari Baba) in Jaipur and met the present head, Sri Bhuvaneshwarananda-ji there. Sree Sree Maa also visited Varanasi and met Sri Sri Sivananda Baba, Dandiswami Sri Shivananda Saraswati Maharaj and Sri Shambhav Ram-ji (disciple of Aghoreshwar Bhagwan Ram-ji). On this trip, she also visited Jaunpur and met Sri Parasdas-ji and Sri Balakdas-ji (disciple of Brahmarshi Deoraha Baba). Sree Sree Maa, along with a few Trustees, also visited the Tarasundari Math at Belgachia (Kolkata) which is the ‘sadhan kshetra’ of a great saint Sri Sri Paresh Chandra Roy Moulick. At every place, she was warmly received and honoured as a revered saint. At the fervent request of Sufi saint, Sk Imtiaz Ali Janab and some ardent devotees, Sree Sree Maa and others visited Jorhat in Assam for a couple of days. Other than satsangs and visits to holy places there, the highlight of the visit was a meeting with 130 year old grand Sufi mahatma, Azgar Ali Baba Saheb with whom a delightful and memorable satsang took place on unity of spiritual paths. The recorded interactions shall serve as a great lesson for generations to come. It appeared that Baba Saheb, who in his frail health drove for half a day to come and meet Sree Sree Maa at the home of his uplifted disciple Imtiaz Bhai Saheb, was keeping his body only for this meeting. Within a month of this great interaction, we received the sad news that Azgar Ali Baba had left his mortal coil. His divine spirit continues to be with us.

Sree Sree Maa with Swami Shivananda and Dandiswami Sri Shivananda Saraswati in Varanasi

Sree Sree with Sri Krishnadayal Giri Maharaj and Sri Taat Baba at Krishn-dham, Pushkar

Sree Sree Maa with Sri Jeevan Puriji and Sri Taat Baba At Picholia near Pushkar

Sree Sree Maa with Baba Azgar Ali Saheb in Jorhat, Assam

Distribution of clothes to the local poor and needy people

A road repairing initiative taken up in the locality

Raj Kumar Daga, Chartered Accountant, was retained as Auditor. The Trust accounts for FY 2010-11 were audited by Shri Raj Kumar Daga and duly approved by the Trustees. Donors who desire to have a look at the accounts statement may kindly contact the Joint Secretaries or Treasurer of the Trust.

With the blessings and guidance of the Supreme Divine, Sree Sree Maa, patrons and well-wishers, we hope to serve the humanity with dedication and devotion. In the end, we express our sincere thanks and gratitude to all donors, devotees and volunteers for their dedication and selfless efforts in helping our mission to succeed.

Shri Siddhartha Nandi & Swami Sadasivananda,
Trustees and Joint Secretaries,
Mata Sharbani Trust
Akhanda Mahapeeth, Plaza Housing (Jagannathpur)
PO. Ashuti, Shibrampur, 24 Parganas (S)
West Bengal 700141, India
November 20, 2011

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