Mata Sharbani Trust
Annual Report (2015-2016)
Mata Sharbani Trust aims to live up to the ideals of its principal and patron, Sree Sree Maa Sharbani who, in the spirit of highest universal values, has charted a path that combines realization of supreme truth with service to humanity. The goals of the Trust cover humanitarian, spiritual and cultural aspects in an attempt to serve people, irrespective of gender, 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, practice of Brahmavidya as a means to attain self-realization, publication of books / CDs/ cassettes on Indological themes, study of Sanskrit and practice of music through regular sessions, teaching of yoga as a means for good health, dissemination of knowledge through maintenance of a library of rare books, holding of cultural events on 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 subsidiary 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 (Hotar), 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. We highlight below some of the important activities that were carried out during the period April 2015 to March 2016.
Several charitable activities were carried out from the main Ashram premises of the Trust at Akhanda Mahapeeth, Shibrampur. In particular, more than 1000 poor people were donated new clothes during two sessions, one prior to Durga Puja and one before Kali Puja. These included sarees for women and dhotis / lungis for men. Later in December, more than 300 woolen blankets were donated to the needy people of the region. Other clothes including woolens (received from devotees) were freely distributed to children during these events. Education aid and Medical aid was given to several people during the year. During the Navratri festival, ‘bhandara’ was organized on several days and food was distributed for people of the locality. During the Annapurna festival, children of the locality were especially provided food, served by Sree Sree Maa herself. During the anniversary of enthronement of the Guru Maharajas, ‘bhandara’ was held for all and a special food arrangement was made for the children of Aikyatan School of the vicinity. Several ongoing social services in the locality were continued. In addition, regular road refurbishing has been carried out to enable people of the region to have better access from the main road to their homes. Infrastructure was improved in the main Ashram premises during this period. The marble fixing work of the main dome was completed. Also, construction of a new floor of the guest room complex in the main Ashram premises was completed for enabling stay of monks and lady devotees. The Bhakta Niwas was repaired and repainted. A new Tata Sumo vehicle was procured for carrying out the charitable activities of the Trust in a smooth manner including transportation of volunteer teachers to Hotar Sevashram. Several charitable and spiritual activities are carried out from the premises of Bhakta Niwas / Annapurna Kshetra.
The following activities were carried out for the Hotar Sevashram – Classes V and VI, which commenced earlier, were smoothly continued and Classes VII and VIII was started for the Sarada Shiksha Mandir, the Pre-primary and Primary school run by the Sevashram. For this, all infrastructure setup including renovation of rooms, wood oven, school kitchen and water shade, school children’s toilet, water-proof treatment of school roof, electrical wiring, and painting of school rooms and Sevashram building outside walls were implemented. Classroom furniture, copy books, pens and pencils were provided for the school children and facilitated through the Trust. In addition, regular ration supplies of nutritious food, clothes and educational material, including books, were provided for the resident children. Several devotees of the Trust have regularly visited the Sevashram on a weekly basis to provide services, especially to teach the children studying in the Sevashram School to help improve their academic performance. The special drive to ‘Support a Child’ for food and education purposes initiated in the previous year was continued and it received excellent response.
Significant works were carried out in the Nabadwip Ashram of the Trust. Much of the first floor was thoroughly renovated to develop a Kriya Sadhana room, rooms for monks and visitors, dormitory for devotees, new toilets and bathrooms were completed except for painting. More works are planned for the future. Regular maintenance of the Ashram was carried out. The Trust continues to meet all requirements for Sri Dayananda Giri Maharaj, resident monk in charge of the unit. Due to his illness and certain difficulties of getting proper care, Shri Dayananda Giri Maharaj was shifted to Akhanda Mahapeeth Ashram so that he can be given proper medical care. Sree Sree Maa and other devotees visited the Puri Ashram and carried out charitable activities like sadhu seva. Minor repairs were carried out in Puri Ashram. The Varanasi Ashram was well looked after by resident monk Sri Gurudas Ashram Maharaj. Urgent repairs were carried out in the Varanasi Ashram.
Many other activities that form part of the core objectives of the trust were carried out with full fervor. Several publications were made from the Trust during the year. These include "Baba Ramdev-jir Pabitra Jibonkatha" in Bengali and "Brahmanjali -II" in Hindi, written by Sree Sree Maa. The second book was translated into Hindi by Smt Sushila Sethia. Four issues of the quarterly journal Hiranyagarbha were published, each having special features on Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Bhagwan Sri Vishnu, Sree Sree Maa Durga and Sri Sri Ram Thakur, respectively. The following nine CDs were published during the year – Sri Krishna Sudha, Matri Smaran, Sri Ram Mangalkari, Sa Devi Sanatani, Swanubhuti Sudha, Aradhana – I and II, Bhakti Rasamrita - 5, Sri Krishna Abhilasha.
Yoga classes and teaching of Sanskrit texts were held regularly. The invaluable spiritual library, containing more than 2000 books, was functional throughout the year. Several new books have been added to the library in the last year. The bi-weekly discourse on the Bhagwat Gita by Dr Barun Dutta was a unique feature that was initiated and has been one of the key attractions of every alternate Sunday morning. The other extremely valuable feature is the monthly class on Patanjali Yogasutras conducted by Sree Sree Maa herself, especially for women sadhikas. Sree Sree Maa continued with her Saturday evening music classes on a regular basis. Several new songs were composed by her and some devotees during this period. The Ashram holds four Spiritual Discourses every year on topics of interest. Four sessions were delivered by Dr Barun Dutta, focusing on the Upanishads in general and Isa Upanishad in particular. These will be continued to cover the major Upanishads.
A number of events were held highlighting Indian culture. These included regular programmes by devotees during various special occasions. Several eminent people performed in the Ashram premises to highlight various aspects of Indian culture. These included Rabindra-sangeet recitals by Shri Rabin Mukhopadhyay, devotional songs by Smt Srabanti Bandyopadhyay with Shri Arindam Bandyopadhyay, a recital drama (shruti-natak) by Smt Bratati Banerjee and Smt Kheyali Dastidar, devotional songs by Shri Bishwarup Bhattacharyya, mesmerizing dance programmes by the members and pupils of Guru Giridhari Nayak of Odishi Ashram, devotional songs by Smt Laboni Lahiri, enchanting bhajans by Shri Swami Rajeshwarananda-ji, dance recitals by Oishi Basu and Samadrita Basu, Rabindra-sangeet by Shri Subrata Sengupta, etc. The Ashram programmes were also conducted with devotion. Other than chorus songs by Ashram devotees and individual songs by Sree Sree Maa, Smt Aditi Mukherjee, Ratna Basu Roy and others, Ashram devotee girls Shradha, Ashoka, Rita and Poulomi gave able dance performances. Sree Sree Maa scripted some unique storyline-based songs interspersed with small pieces of speech that highlighted deep spiritual thoughts accompanied by blissful music. As usual, the annual spiritual quiz was held on Buddha Purnima Day and those who gave correct answers were awarded gift of books. A special bhajan session was held in honour of the great saint Sri Ramdev Pir, revered by all religions.
Several meetings with saints and savants were held during this period. Sree Sree Maa and devotees went to meet the great ageless saint Barfani Dadaji in Rajasthan and had wonderful interactions with him. During that visit, Sree Sree Maa also met with Swami Bhuvaneshwarananda-ji in Jaipur. In Puri, interactions were held with Swami Jitomohananda-ji, head of Divine Life Society unit in Puri where a respectful reception was given to Sree Sree Maa. Sree Sree Maa met the 93 year old saint Sri Ananatadas Babaji at his Braja-Nikunja Ashram in Kolkata. Mahatma Sri Sri Taat Baba visited our Ashram multiple times. His presence is a great source of inspiration for all of us. Swami Shuddhananda Giri, Head of Yogoda Satsanga Mission, Kolkata also visited the Ashram twice and gave a nice discourse in one of his visits. Another beautiful session of spiritual devotion was held in the presence of Dandiswami Sri Nityabodh Ashram Maharaj of Chinsura. Shri Swami Rajeshwarananda Ramayani Maharaj, Shri Imtiaz Ali Jonab, Swami Abhedananda Giri of Brahmananda Mission and Sri Sri Bharmamanda Paramhansa-dev Sevashram and many other dignitaries visited the Ashram to have discussions on spiritual and charitable affairs. Sree Sree Maa also paid a visit to the ailing Shri Gautam Dharmapal, a noted spiritual author and longtime companion-devotee of Sri Anirvan.
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