Mata Sharbani Trust
Annual Report (2013-2014)
Mata Sharbani Trust strives to live up to the ideals of its principal and patron, Sree Sree Maa Sharbani who, in the spirit of highest universal traditions, has demonstrated that realization of supreme truth goes hand in hand with service to humanity. The Trust is grateful to her for having kindly agreed to be the Chairperson of the Trust and for guiding the Trust in its journey since inception. The Trust tries to follow the path of truth laid down by all the great souls who have been a beacon of light to the world. The goals of the Trust cover humanitarian, spiritual and cultural aspects in an attempt to serve people, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or race and spread the message of unity and eternal Truth. Preserving our prized heritage and reviving them in the modern age, providing relief to the needy and poor, assisting people with educational and medical support, helping destitute homes and educational institutions, etc., form some of the core activities of the Trust. Spreading the message of unity of spiritual paths through practice of Brahmavidya as a means to attain self-realization, publication of books/CDs/cassettes on Indological themes, study of Sanskrit and devotional songs through regular sessions, teaching of yoga as a means for good health, fostering dissemination of knowledge through maintenance of a library of rare books, holding of cultural events on heritage and Indological themes, regular 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 for the needy, providing drinking water facilities and other infrastructural support for development of adjoining rural areas, rendering support to 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 at 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 at 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 locality of Shibrampur, where construction work is under way. We highlight below some of the important activities that were carried out during the period April 2013 to March 2014.
Aids amounting several lakh of rupees were spent for the purpose of charitable activities (viz. free medical, education and relief works, free distribution of clothes for the poor and needy, construction of kitchens, water tanks, sanitation facilities, road repair, etc.). Construction of a modern kitchen complex was taken up at the Hotor premises of Sarada Ramakrishna Shishu O Mahila Sevashram to alleviate the cooking problem of the resident children and destitute women staying in the Sevashram. One concrete overhead water tank and pumps were provided for water supply. Substantial refurbishing work on the inside and outside of the dormitories of the destitute children were undertaken. Books, copy-books, pens, pencils, clothes and other material required for regular usage of the 150 inmates of the Sevashram were provided through the Trust. Monthly rations have been provided to the Sevashram to ensure that they get wholesome and nutritious food. Women devotees of the Trust have initiated a special weekend teaching programme to improve the quality of learning for the Sevashram girls. This has significantly helped in improving their examination performance. Arrangements were made to provide them with computers and other modern educational support by connecting them with donor institutions, organizations and individuals.
The basement hall of the Spiritual-cum-Cultural-Complex continues to be used for Kriya sadhana, yoga practice, music, Sanskrit classes and houses the library. Construction of the exterior of Self-Realization Complex is going on in stages and is expected to be completed in a few years. The inner arena of the complex is now operational and is being used, for satsangs on special days of the year, sadhana-related discourses and various cultural functions. The outer dome stone work is progressing steadily. The Bhakta Nivas and Annapurna Kshetra are now fully operational. The library of the Trust currently houses more than 2000 books with more than hundred active members. The Ashram unit at Nabadwip, has been partially renovated. Flooring at the first floor, water supply and sanitary facilities have been modernized. The work is expected to complete in a couple of years. The activities are continuing there under the stewardship of Sri Dayananda Giri Maharaj. Swami Gurudas Ashram now looks after the Varanasi unit, maintaining regular service activities there. Some renovation work in Varanasi has been carried out. The Puri unit is visited at regular intervals by our Trustees for carrying out various charitable activities at Puri. Renovation work, especially that of the kitchen, was taken up during the year for proper maintenance of the Trust premises at Puri, which is prone to corrosion due to the sea.
Several events, of spiritual and cultural importance, and visits were conducted during the year. Some of them are being mentioned below. On 7th April, Sri Subrata Sengupta sang Rabindra Sangeet in presence of Sree Sree Maa. On the occasion of the Bengali New Year, Sree Sree Maa gave important spiritual guidance to the devotees. The first issue of the 6th volume of Hiranyagarbha was released. The Bengali book "Ushar Aloke", authored by Sree Sree Maa, and a musical CD containing devotional songs written by Sri Sri Baba Thakur and sung by Sree Sree Maa was also released on this day. On the auspicious occasion of Basanti Ashtami during the Navaratri festival of this season, Sree Sree Maa Herself served prasad to little children who were specially invited on the occasion. As in previous years, Sree Sree Maa visited the residence of our Guru-brother Sri Rajendra Sethia on the occasion of Good Friday. A satsang was organised in the divine presence of Sree Sree Maa and Sri Rajeswaranandaji. Soon afterwards, Sri Rajeswaranandaji visited the Ashram to have Sree Sree Maa's darshan. On the occasion of Buddha Purnima and Sri Sri Babaji Maharaj's statue installation anniversary, that is May 25th, Sree Sree Maa conducted a question-answer session on Kriya Yoga. She also answered several queries regarding Kriya Yoga to practitioners. Like every year, the birth anniversary of the earthly sojourn of Sree Sree Maa was solemnly celebrated on Snana Yatra of Sri Sri Jagannath Dev on June 23rd. On 30th June a session of the "Adhyatmik Sabha" was organised in the Ashram premises. In this session, our Guru-brother Dr Arnab Sarkar spoke about "Shiva Tatwa".
On 7th July evening, Professor Joy Sen presented a melodious Sitar recital in the presence of Sree Sree Maa at the Ashram hall. On the holy occasion of Guru Purnima (July 15th), prasad was offered to Sri Sri Gurumaharajas. In the evening a musical programme of devotional songs was presented by the devotees. Subsequently an enchanting dance performance was presented by the disciples of Odishi Guru Shri Giridhari Nayak. The Bengali book, ‘Param Bhakta Sri Sri Rasikananda Leelamrita’ by Smt Bina Choudhury, ardent devotee of Sree Sree Maa was released. On 23rd August, Sree Sree Maa along with Jonab Imtiaz Ali Bhaisahab visited Titagarh to meet Pir Baba Muhammad Yasin. On the pious occasion of Janmashtami (28th August 2013), like every year, we paid homage to our beloved Sri Sri Baba on his birth anniversary. A mesmerizing musical recital based on Sri Sri Baba's life was performed in the evening. The programme was conceived and choreographed by Sree Sree Maa. The Hindi version of the book 'Matri Sanga O Satprasanga' Part 1 translated by Smt Sushila Sethia was released on this evening. On the morning of 1st September 2013 Sree Sree Maa along with some devotees went to Govinda Mandir, Kadamtala Ashram, in the Kamarkundu region of Hooghly District, to meet the saint Swami Nigamatmanandaji. There she spent a few hours in Satsang. The subsequent 'Adhyatmik Sabha' was organized on 22nd September. Sri Arnab Sarkar presented an analytical discourse on the tattwa 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram'.
The 22nd Durga Puja was held from 5th to 14th October. On Panchami, Sree Sree Maa distributed clothes, sweets and biscuit packets to around 500 villagers. Two savants from Sri Sri Devraha Baba’s Ashram in Vindhyachal came to meet Sree Sree Maa on this day. An absorbing dance programme was conducted by the pupils of Sri Giridhari Nayak-ji in the evening. Sri Govindadas Udasi Baba was also present in this programme. Subsequently Maha-Lakshmi puja was held at Sree Annapurna Kshetra. On 27th October, Sree Sree Maa again distributed clothes to another 500 local villagers on the occasion of Kalipuja and Diwali. On the occasion of Raas Purnima, Sree Sree Maa organized an enchanting dance drama titled “Sree Radha-r Mahima”. On 24th November 2013, the Annual General Meeting of Mata Sharbani Trust was held at the Ashram premises. During December, worship of Sree Annapurna Mata and Sri Vishweshwar Shiva was conducted amidst gaiety and devotion. Sree Sree Maa presented gifts to little children. A program of bhajans was conducted in the evening. On 15th December Sri Abhay-ji’s disciple Smt. Paripurna Devi along with other devotees from Sri Abhay-ji’s Ashram, “Kirtan Kutir”, presented a programme comprising of Abhay-ji’s songs, “Abhay Gaan”, at Akhanda Mahapeeth Ashram premises. On 22nd December, 300 blankets were distributed at the Ashram premises among the poor villagers in the locality on the occasion of Sree Maa Sarada Devi’s birth anniversary. A dance programme dedicated to Maa Sarada was organized in the evening in the main Main Hall of the Spiritual-cum-Culutral Complex. Following this, an absorbing cultural programme was conducted by Brahmacharinis and pupils of the Hotor Ashram. The next day, a session of the ‘Adhyatmik Sabha’ was held wherein Sri Arnab Sarkar presented the next part of his discourse on the tattwa - ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’.
The 6th anniversary of the enthronement ceremony of the Guru Maharajas was conducted in mid-January. On 13th January, Swami Gurudas Ashramji and Swami Sanvedanandaji presented gifts to the visiting 100 students who came to Akhanda Mahapeeth from our Hotor Ashram. In the evening, a cultural session was organized where an absorbing musical dance programme was presented by the students of Hotor Ashram. Besides this, little children, namely Ashoka Bose and Shraddha Dasgupta, performed beautiful dance recitals while Miss Poulomi Mukherjee performed Krishna Vandana. On 14th January, at dawn before sunrise, Sree Sree Maa performed "Biroja-Homa" and initiated Sri Subhabrata Brahmachari (subsequently Swami Rhitabratananda) and Smt. Kalpana Mitra (subsequently Sadhvi Anuvanandamoyee) into the sannyasa order. In the evening, a dance program was conducted by the troupe of Pandit Sri Giridhari Nayak. The cooking of the sacred offering (bhog) and its distribution among all was another very important aspect of the ceremony on these two days. All the children of 'Aikyatan', an educational institution at Shibrampur, were invited as special guests. On 4th February 2014 Sree Sree Maa along with some devotees visited 'Barasat Yogashram'. The saints and brahmacharies of the Yogashram paid their homage to Sree Sree Maa. Sree Sree Maa had some spiritual discussion with Sri Susiddhanandaji, the Mohanta of the Ashram. The 104th birth anniversary of Sri Sri Gobindadas Udasi Baba was celebrated by us in his 'Banga Udasi Math' premises at Monohar Pukur. On 16th February 2014, Sree Sree Maa along with some devotees visited our Hotor Ashram. Sree Sree Maa inspected the upkeep and functioning of the Ashram. For their neat and beautiful maintenance of the residential complex, Sree Sree Maa gave gifts to each resident. Thereafter, an absorbing cultural programme was organized by the Ashramites of Hotor. On 2nd March 2014 Sree Sree Maa visited Ichhapur along with a few disciples to meet the famous Mahatma Sri Dayal Baba (109 years). There she spent a few hours in Satsang. On the 9th March Sree Sree Maa went to our Nabadweep Ashram Centre along with a few Ashramites and devotees. The eleventh 'Adhyatmik Sabha' was organized on March 15th 2014. Sri Arnab Sarkar presented the concluding part of the discourse on the tattwa - 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram'. Holi / Dolpurnima was celebrated through a cultural evening where bhajan songs were sung by our guru brothers and sisters. A dance program was performed by the troupe of Pandit Sri Giridhari Nayak.
As mentioned earlier, two Bengali books, namely “Ushar Aloke” written by Sree Sree Maa and “Param Bhakta Sri Sri Rasikananda Leelamrita’, written by Smt Bina Chowdhury, and a Hindi translation of “Matrisanga O Satprasanga” was published in this period. Six new CDs were released during the year. Four issues of the journal Hiranyagarbha were published during the year including a special issue on Yogiraj Sri Sri Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahashay.
Shri Raj Kumar Daga, Chartered Accountant, has been retained as Auditor. The Trust accounts for financial year were audited by Shri Raj Kumar Daga and duly approved by the Trustees. Donors who desire to have a look at the accounts statements may kindly contact the Joint Secretaries or Treasurer of the Trust.
With the grace and guidance of the Supreme Divine, Sree Sree Maa, all 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 help, dedication and selfless efforts in helping our mission to succeed. We feel blessed to have received this unique opportunity to serve. We pray for the well-being of all.
Trustees and Joint Secretaries,
Mata Sharbani Trust
Akhanda Mahapeeth, Plaza Housing (Jagannathpur)
PO. Ashuti, Shibrampur, 24 Parganas (S)
West Bengal 700141, India