Mata Sharbani Trust
Annual Report (2012-2013)
Mata Sharbani Trust has since its inception worked on the ideals of its founder, Sree Sree Maa Sharbani, namely the realization of supreme truth and dedicated service to humanity. The organizational goals include enhancing spiritual and humanitarian values, irrespective of caste creed or race, reviving the cultural heritage in ever-changing times, spreading the message of unity and eternal Truth, training people in various disciplines that are hallmarks of our heritage, providing relief to the needy and poor, assisting people with educational / medical support, helping in running of destitute homes and educational institutions, creating essential infrastructure for charitable service, and various other charitable work. Spreading the message of unity of spiritual paths through practice of Brahmavidya as a means to attain self-realization, publication of books on Indological themes, cassettes / CDs, study of Sanskrit and bhajan through regular classes, teaching of yoga as a means for good health, maintenance of a library of rare books, holding of cultural events on traditional Indological themes, spiritual discourses during 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 support for development of adjoining rural areas, supporting similar organizations working especially for the well-being of forsaken women and orphaned children, are some of the regular activities of our Trust. The trust carries out its activities through its main centre in Akhanda Mahapeeth, Plaza Housing Shibrampur and associated centres in Varanasi, Puri, Nabadwip and its associated organization, Sarada-Ramakrishna Shishu O Mahila Sevashram, an orphanage cum residential school in the village of Marjada (Hotor), located on the outskirts of the city of Kolkata. The main centre in Akhanda Mahapeeth also has a Self-Realization Centre-cum-Cultural Complex inside the main Trust premises and the Bhakta Nivas and Annapurna Kshetra inside Plaza Housing area of Shibrampur, which are under construction. We highlight below some of the important activities that were carried out during the period April 2012 to March 2013.
Several charitable activities were carried out during this period. These include free distribution of clothes, blankets, etc. on occasions like Navaratri, Deepavali and Sree Sree Sarada Maa’s birth anniversary, in presence of members of the local Panchayat body. Aids amounting several lakh of rupees were spent for the purpose of charitable activities (free medical, education, relief works, free distribution of clothes for the poor and needy, road repair, etc.) Construction of a toilet complex was taken up at the Hotor premises of Sarada Ramakrishna Shishu O Mahila Sevashram to alleviate the bathing problem of the resident children and destitute women staying in that premises. The Trust undertook repair work on “kutchcha” roads inside the Plaza Housing area. Educational aids were distributed amongst children of the local Anganwari Centre and to the children of the Sarada Ramakrishna Shishu-o-Mahila Sevashram. Donation and support to Sarada Ramakrishna Shishu-o-Mahila Sevashram were extended in the form of cash and kind including food, dresses and educational materials. Many good-hearted persons have come forward with their donations and these funds are being used by Hotor Sevashram for their development activities and infrastructure.
The basement hall of the Spiritual-cum-Cultural-Complex continues to be used 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 be completed in a couple of years. The inner arena of the complex is now operational and is used for satsangs, sadhana related discourses and various cultural functions. The Bhakta Nivas and Annapurna Kshetra have been inaugurated and are now functioning. The library of the Trust currently houses more than 2000 books with more than hundred active members. The Ashram unit at Nabadwip required renovation for activities to commence and initial work for the same has begun. The activities are continuing there under the stewardship of Sri Dayananda Giri Maharaj. Swami Gurudas Ashram now regularly looks after the Varanasi unit, maintaining regular service activities there. The Puri unit is visited at regular intervals for carrying out donations and other charitable activities there. Significant renovation work was taken up during the year for maintenance of various Trust premises.
One Bengali book, namely ‘Sri Chandidas Charitamrita’ and Hindi translation of ‘Jagriti’ was published in this period. Four issues of the journal Hiranyagarbha were released during the year with special issues on Trailanga Swami and Nimbarkacharya. Several events and visits were conducted during the year. Some of them are mentioned here. On the occasion of the Bengali New Year, Sree Sree Maa gave important spiritual advice to the devotees. Sri Rajeswaranandaji visited the Ashram to have Sree Sree Maa's darshan. There was a satsang in the presence of Sree Sree Maa. First Rajeshwaranandaji presented a few enchanting bhajans. This was followed by bhajans sung by Sree Sree Maa on the request of Sri Rajeswaranandaji. On the occasion of Buddha Purnima and Sri Sri Babaji Maharaj's statue installation anniversary, bhog was offered in the Ashram. In the evening, Sree Sree Maa conducted a question-answer session on Kriya Yoga with the devotees. Sree Sree Maa also answered queries of the Her disciples regarding Kriya Yoga. Renowned Saint Sri Sri Taat Baba spent a few days at Akhanda Mahapeeth Ashram. His presence on Sree Sree Maa's birth anniversary brought immense joy among all devotees. Like every year, the birth anniversary of the earthly sojourn of Sree Sree Maa was celebrated on Snana Yatra of Sri Sri Jagannath Dev. Sri Guru puja and yajna was conducted in the ashram premises.In the afternoon, devotees received prasad. Bhajans were presented by our Guru-brothers and sisters in the evening. After this, a mesmerising program of Baul songs were presented by Sri Shayamal Gayen. On 24th June the fourth session of the "Adhyatmik Sabha" was organised in the Ashram premises. In this session, our Guru-brother Dr. Barun Dutta spoke about "Param Brahma Rupini Adya-shakti Maa". This session was a great learning experience for the devotees present. On the holy occasion of Sri Guru Purnima, Sree Sree Maa gave darshan to the assembled devotees in the evening and gave instructions to everyone. After this, a quiz based on the principles of “Guru-tatwa” was conducted. The book - “Sri Chandidas Charitamrita” written by Smt Bina Chowdhury was also released. Respected Sri Gautam Dharmapalji was present during this evening program. On 26th August an enchanting program of bhajans and kirtans was presented by Smt Geeta Bhattacharya and Sri Samarendranath Bhattacharya. They were accompanied on the “Sri Khola” by their son Sri Supratik Bhattacharya. In early September, Sree Sree Maa along with a few devotees went to Konnagar to meet Tara-Sadhak Sri Balak Thakur and then visited Sri Kali-Mata Ashram to met Dandiswami Sri Nityabodhashram at Chinsura. Maa along with the devotees spent the day in 'satsanga' and returned back to the Ashram in the evening. The fifth Adhyatmik Sabha was organized on 30th September. Our brother disciple Dr. Barun Dutta presented a profound analytical discourse on the “yog-tattwa” and the vedantic “tantrayog-tattwa” governing the ten fundamental principles (Dasa-Mahavidya) of the universal divine Mother. Sri Hiranmayanandaji, the Secretary of Bharat Sevashram Sangha visited the Ashram to meet Sree Sree Maa during Durga Puja. The ashramites were also blessed by the visit of Mata Jnananandamoyee. Saint Sri Sri Balak Thakur, a devotee of the Shakta cult, visited the Ashram to meet Sree Sree Maa. During 7th – 8th December the inauguration of the Bhakta Nivas was held. On 25th December the sixth session of the spiritual symposium was held at the Ashram. In this session, Dr. Barun Dutta presented a profound but lucid discourse on Mata Bhairavi, Chinnamasta and Dhumavati tattwas. The 5th anniversary of the enthronement ceremony of the Guru Maharajas was conducted with full solemnity. On this day, the students and brahmacharinis of Sree Sree Sarada Ramakrishna Shishu and Mahila Sevashram were present in the Ashram. Swami Gurudas Ashramji and Swami Sanvedanandaji presented gifts to the students. In the evening, a cultural session was organized where firstly the disciples of Sree Sree Maa presented a set of devotional songs. This was followed by an enchanting musical dance programme by the students of Hotor Ashram. On 14th January, another mesmerising dance program was conducted by the troupe of Guru Giridhari Nayak, a disciple of Sree Sree Maa and renowned Odishi dance guru. On the day of Saraswati Puja Sree Sree Maa visited to one of Sri Sri Ramthakur’s devotees’ residence, Ram Niwas, at Ballygange and saw various items used by Sri Sri Ramthakur. From there, Sree Sree Maa went to residence of Sri Gautam Dharmapal. In February a cultural function was organised at the Annapurna Temple complex. Kirtan (devotional song) were sung by Smt Gita Bhattacharya. On 22nd February Sree Sree Maa went to Hotor to inaugurate newly build Ashram Mandir. Dol-purnima’ was celebrated through a cultural evening where bhajan songs were sung by Sree Sree Maa accompanied by Sri Giridhari Nayak in Pakhowaz. A dance program was performed by the troupe of Sri Giridhari Nayak. On 31st March the seventh session of the spiritual symposium was held at the Ashram. In this session, Dr. Barun Dutta presented a profound but lucid discourse on Adyashakti.
Shri Raj Kumar Daga, Chartered Accountant, has been retained as Auditor. The Trust accounts for FY 2011-12 were audited by Shri Raj Kumar Daga and duly approved by the Trustees. Donors who desire to have a look at the account statement may kindly contact the Joint Secretaries or Treasurer of the Trust. With the grace and guidance of the Supreme Divine, Sree Sree Maa, patrons and well-wishers, we hope to continue serving mankind with dedication and devotion. 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.
Trustees and Joint Secretaries,
Mata Sharbani Trust
Akhanda Mahapeeth, Plaza Housing (Jagannathpur)
PO. Ashuti, Shibrampur, 24 Parganas (S)
West Bengal 700141, India