Mata Sharbani Trust
Annual Report (2016-2017)
The vision of Mata Sharbani Trust is based on 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, detailed studies on our scriptures to appreciate its true meaning for self-realization and service, 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 auxiliary 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 2016 to March 2017.
Several charitable activities were carried out from the main Ashram premises of the Trust at Akhanda Mahapeeth, Shibrampur. Like every year, more than 1000 poor people were donated new clothes and food packets during two sessions, one prior to Durga Puja and one before Kali Puja. These included sarees for women and dhotis / lungis for men and dresses for children. Later in December, more than 300 woolen blankets were donated to the needy people of the region. 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 outer walls have started. Bhakta Niwas was repaired. 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 were smoothly continued for the Sarada Shiksha Mandir, the Pre-primary and Primary school run by the Sevashram. For this, all infrastructure setup including renovation of rooms, school rooms and Sevashram building outside walls were implemented. 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, regular usage items 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 a positive response.
Renovation works were continued out in the Nabadwip Ashram of the Trust.. Regular maintenance of the Ashram was carried out and maintained even after the passing away of Shri Dayananda Giri Maharaj. Sree Sree Maa and other devotees visited the Varanasi 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 Sri Gurudas Ashram Maharaj, who stays there for extended periods during the year.
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 Bengali translation of the book Mahavatar Babaji Maharaj and Mahatmaner Sanniddhey Part II. Four issues of the quarterly journal Hiranyagarbha were published. 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 has been one of the key attractions of every alternate Sunday morning. More than fifty sessions are already completed. 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 Kena Upanishad in particular. These will be continued to cover the major Upanishads. A special new set of lectures on spirituality with special emphasis on Kriya Yoga was initiated and delivered by Sree Sree Maa herself where she not only spoke on key principles and methods but also answered questions from various people on the topic.
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 Smt Anita Paul and Shri Subrata Sengupta, dance programmes by the members and pupils of Guru Giridhari Nayak of Odishi Ashram, Priyadarshini Banerjee, and several music and dance programmes by Ashram devotees, etc. Sree Sree Maa scripted some unique storyline-based songs interspersed with small pieces of speech that highlighted deep spiritual thoughts accompanied by blissful music during many of these events. A special programme was held in honour of Shri Ramdev Pir, highlighting the bonding of all faiths. Several meetings with saints and savants were held during this period. Mahatma Sri Sri Taat Baba of Pushkar visited our Ashram. Dandiswami Sri Nityabodh Ashram Maharaj of Chinsura, Shri Ramkripalu Maharaj of Bharat Milap Ashram Rishikesh, Swami Shuddhananda Giri, Head of Yogoda Satsanga Mission, Kolkata, Shri Imtiaz Ali Jonab, Sannyasini Ratna Giri of Mahananda Mission also visited the Ashram.
Shri P K Datta has been included as a New Trustee of the Trust during this period. The Trust also accepted the resignation of Professor Sujoy Ghose, who wished to be relieved from the Trusteeship and Vice-Chairman position of the Trust. Prof Partha P Chakrabarti was unanimously appointed Vice-Chairman of the Trust in place of Prof Sujoy Ghose. The sad passing away of Swami Dayananda Giri Maharaj was deeply condoled and a Bhandara held in his memory. 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