JUNE 2024
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“To Know ‘who I am and who I am not’ is known as the Knowledge of the Self (Gnan).” – Dada Bhagwan

Who likes to be sad? Each and every living being is constantly in pursuit of permanent happiness. However, this search can only end when the source of eternal happiness is found. Eternal happiness can only be attained by realizing one’s true self. A path to eternal happiness was discovered by A. M. Patel, affectionately known as Dada Bhagwan, and was revealed to the world as Akram Vignan, a spiritual science.

Akram Vignan is based on the foundation of self-realization and provides practical, day-to-day solutions that lead to harmony and happiness in life. Self-realization can be attained effortlessly in a two-hour ceremony (Gnan Vidhi) by the grace of the Gnani (spiritual master). This result-oriented spiritual science can bring about a positive transformation in one’s outlook toward their life and relationships. 

The Tampa Bay area and Florida community will have the opportunity to participate in the June 25-26 Self-Realization Seminar and Gnan Vidhi event with Atmagnani Pujyashree Deepakbhai Desai, current spiritual master blessed with siddhis(spiritual powers) by Dada Bhagwan. The event is free. Live translation will be available in English and Hindi.

To learn more about Dada Bhagwan and Akram Vignan, visit www.dadabhagwan.org

Siddheshwar Brahmrishi Guruvar to offer free discourses JUNE 28-JULY 2 in Florida

Sri Siddheshwar Brahmrishi Guruvar of Tirupathi, a revered sage known for compassion, humility and spiritual enlightenment, will offer discourses June 28-July 2 in Florida on the transformative power of Vedic science. Siddhguru, who began his journey under the guidance of saint Yogiraj Devraha Baba, has attained eight Siddhis and numerous spiritual abilities. Baba predicted his future as a healer and spiritual leader, a prophecy that has come true through Siddhguru's dedication to transforming lives using Vedic science.

Sri Siddhguru founded the Sri Brahmrishi Ashram near the sacred Tirumala Hills in Andhra Pradesh. The spiritual sanctuary aims to alleviate human suffering through various educational, healthcare and socio-economic development programs, uplifting the distressed and empowering the underprivileged. The ashram celebrates major festivals such as Navaratri, Diwali and Maha Shivaratri with great fervor.

A key offering of the ashram is Siddhasana, a life-changing retreat that promotes self-discovery and reconnection with one’s true self through silence. These retreats, available in 3-day and 7-day formats, are free. They guide participants through various levels of self-engagement, leading to a serene and conscious lifestyle.

During the Florida events, participants will gain Brahm Sparsh, unlocking their infinite potential through Siddhguru’s guided energy. Discourses will be primarily in Hindi followed by mahaprasad. For details, see the ad on page XXX or call (407) 428-2024.


Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF), USA, a non-profit working towards eliminating curable blindness in India, made its debut in the state of  Florida on May 4, 2024 with the Gala For a Brighter Future in It was an elegant and inspirational evening  attended by over 130 patrons with presentations given by  the Founder, Murali Krishnamurthy, COO, Divyogi Patel and Keynote Speaker, Ophthalmologist Dr. Priya Vakharia, MD.
Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF), USA, a non-profit working toward eliminating curable blindness in India, made its debut in the state of Florida on May 4 with the “Gala For a Brighter Future” in Tampa.

More than 130 patrons attended the evening with presentations given by founder, Murali Krishnamurthy, COO Divyogi Patel and keynote speaker ophthalmologist Dr. Priya Vakharia, M.D.

The audience was moved and donated to this worthy cause, raising more than $78,400 to help those living needlessly in darkness. Thanks to their generous support, SEF, USA’s Florida chapter had an exceptionally successful inaugural gala.

SEF, USA was started in California 25 years ago helping one hospital in Coimbatore perform 8,000 free eye surgeries per year, and today, it is performing about 400,000 free eye surgeries annually through a network of 26 eye hospitals spread over 15 states in India.  

With Vision 2030: March to a Million, SEF, USA has set an ambitious goal to perform one million free eye surgeries annually by 2030. Approximately $100 million is needed before 2030 to increase the capacity to be able to perform one million free eye surgeries annually by the target date. Besides capital funding, SEF, USA is continually raising funds for free eye surgeries at the existing hospitals where each cataract surgery is performed for just $30.

For information or to get involved with this worthy cause, visit www.giftofvision.org
Contact Arvind Rajan at [email protected]



Recognizing the universal appeal of yoga, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in December 2014 by a resolution proposed by India and endorsed by over175 member states. The International Day of Yoga aims to raise awareness, worldwide, of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Tampa has been celebrating this event annually since 2015, thanks to main sponsor India Cultural Center (ICC) and many yoga organizations, studios and Hindu temples.

An exciting array of practitioners will present benefits of yoga, Hatha yoga, Pranayama, food as medicine, relaxation, laughter yoga, Nritya yoga, etc. As always, a light lunch will be served after the program.

The event will be at ICC, 5511 Lynn Road, on June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register at https://www.idytampa.org/ For details, call Dawn Giel (Chair) at (813) 335-4508.



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