Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation (the Foundation) is a ‘not-for-profit’ charitable institution incorporated under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956, in April 2005, with the blessings and inspiration of Param Poojya Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu (Dr. Aniruddha Dhairyadhar Joshi - MD. Medicine, Mumbai). Since the time of its inception, apart from pursuing its principal objects of setting up Upasana Centres across the length and breadth of the country and abroad and propagating the spiritual teachings and preaching of Sadguru Shree Aniruddha, the Foundation, alongwith its sister organizations, such as Shree Aniruddha Aadesh Pathak (SAAP), Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management (AADM), etc. also undertake various socio-cultural activities, under the divine blessings and guidance Sadguru Shree Aniruddha.
Following are some of the other key objects of the Foundation:
1. Undertaking a comparative study of all religions and promoting and nurturing a sense of Universal Brotherhood.
2. In the event of any natural or manmade disasters, occurring anywhere in the world, providing support by way of assisting in any relief measures and in providing humanitarian services.
3. Building up a vast force of young volunteers across the length and breadth of the country - during peacetime, these volunteers will provide back-up to the local authorities in the event of any disasters, whether natural or manmade, and in the event of any foreign aggression, they will offer their services unconditionally to the Government of India for the protection of the motherland.
4. Establishing charitable dispensaries, old age homes, child welfare centers for the benefit of the general public, more particularly the poor and needy, irrespective of religion, caste, creed and sect.
5. Undertaking and promoting the research and analysis of various ancient Indian Sciences and other streams of knowledge, such as the Govind Vidya, Gopala Vidya and Balavidya.
6. Establishing Prayer Halls, Meditation Centres, Anaathaashrayas, Shrines and the like.
7. Encouraging and promoting studies of the ancient Indian scriptures and the Sanskrit language.
8. Promoting the integration and confluence of the various Indian and foreign languages.
9. Working towards the eradication of illiteracy in the country and elsewhere in the world by undertaking relevant projects, including providing books, clothing, equipment and any other facilities as are consistent with the promotion of education and eradication of illiteracy.
10. Guiding people at large, irrespective of their caste, creed or religion, in achieving self awakening at all three levels, i.e. body, mind and intellect.
PREACHINGS AND TEACHINGS OF SADGURU SHREE ANIRUDDHA (BAPU)
Sadguru Shree Aniruddha’s preachings and teachings emanate from two fundamental principles and values - Adhyaatma (spirituality with Bhakti as the fulcrum) and Aadhaar (sustained support) - with bhakti being the common thread binding the two. Bhakti, in turn, has two facets to it - Shraddha-Bhakti and Seva-Bhakti. Bapu says that Bhakti becomes meaningful only when a person treads the path of Seva. In fact the line of thinking of Shraddha-Bhatki and Seva-Bhakti is the basic nature of Bapu. These principles are constantly and at all times active. Bapu does not have to do anything deliberate in order to practice the principles of Shraddha-Bhatki and Seva-Bhakti. It is a way of life for Him. It is impossible to separate and remove these values and principles from His life. The principle of Aadhaar is embodied in the first charitable organization that was set up by Bapu way back in the early nineties - Dilasa Medical Trust & Rehabilitation Centre. The word Dilasa itself means Aadhaar.
Sadguru Shree Aniruddha preachings and teachings cover a very broad spectrum, encompassing all aspects of our lives, be it family life, social and cultural aspects, governance, etc. Sadguru Shree Aniruddha’s preachings and teachings can be accessed from a range of sources; be they from His discourses over the past 14 years, many of which are in public domain, His earliest works - ‘Tadaatmanam Srujamyaham’ and ‘Aavaahanam Na Jaanaami’ (both in Marathi), the three volumes of the Shreemad Purushartha Grantharaj, viz. ‘Satya Pravesh’ (available in Marathi, English, Hindi and Gujarati), ‘Prem Pravaas’ (available in Marathi, English and Hindi) and ‘Anand Saadhanaa’ (available in Marathi), His editorials on a range of topics in His capacity as the Executive Editor of the Marathi - Hindi bilingual daily PRATYAKSHA and last but not the least His exhaustive treatise on Sunderkand, again through the columns of PRATYAKSHA, offer a veritable treasure trove that provides answers to virtually all questions that haunt and confront us with regard to all aspects of our lives.
SHREE ANIRUDDHA UPASANA
Shree Aniruddha Upasana is performed by groups of bhaktas of Sadguru Shree Aniruddha, who assemble together once a week, generally on Saturdays. Each such group is known as a Upasana Centre. There are 634 such centres spread across the country and the globe. While it is not mandatory for performing Upasana in a group, performing Upasana in a group produces a multiplier effect of the vibrations generated by each bhakta, such that each bhakta get the benefit of the aggregate vibrations generated by the group performing the Upasana. This is a science that has been discovered and perfected in the ancient times by the rishis, who were accomplished scientists in their own right. People who are located in far flung places, that do not afford the opportunity of coming together in groups at weekly intervals, can perform the Upasana at their respective residences. The Upasana has a reverence code and a specified sequence (How to perform Upasana). The Upasana, it must be understood, is distinct from the daily prayers that we say or chant.
1) ANNAPURNA PRASADAM PROJECT
2) ECO - FRIENDLY GANESH MURTI
This unique project involves the making of Lord Ganesh idols from Paper pulp. These idols are made from shredded, discarded newspapers and cardboards. They disintegrate easily upon submersion as compared to idols made of plaster-of-paris. A notable aspect is that, paints used are non-toxic thus controlling pollution immensely. This year the organization targets 10,000 idols all over Maharashtra.
3) WORK FOR LEPROSY AND LEPERS
It is indeed sad that even in today’s time lepers carry a social stigma. The organization imparts education and provides guidance to lepers so that they earn their own livelihood and eventually get absorbed in the social mainstream. Food grains and clothing are distributed to such people on a regular basis. Such work is being carried out jointly by SAUF & SSAUT at Ratnagiri and Borivali. Sports material is distributed to their children, as others do not generally accommodate them for playing.
4) WORK IN MENTAL HOSPITALS AND ORPHANAGES
Volunteers of SAUF and SSAUT regularly visit mental asylums at Thane, Pune and Ratnagiri along with resident doctors and attend to patient with varying ailments. Work is also going on in orphanages at Kolhapur and Mumbai, which is an aim at providing daily necessities and regular medical checkup, imparting physical fitness and teaching them to say their prayers.
5) WORK IN HOSPITALS
The volunteers of the organization are actually aiding the staff of TATA Memorial Hospital and Nair Hospital in their day to day work. The scope of work at the TATA hospital includes:
· Registration of patients in registration department.
· Guiding outstation patients by filling their railway forms, assisting them in terms of availing the available facilities.
· Directing patients to various wards.
· Helping boost the moral of patients during play therapy and radio/chemo therapy. In thee Nair hospital, volunteers accompany lonely patients and support them morally.
· Cleanliness programs are undertaken at Municipal and Governmental hospitals, where the entire hospital premises, including stairs, toilets, wards, corridors etc. are thoroughly dusted, scrubbed and cleaned.
6) MOBILE MEDICATION FACILITIES
Through this project SAUF and SSAUT, with the help of trained doctors, offers free medical aid to the poor and under privileged in Mumbai. The mobile Medical Van tours various slum areas in Mumbai undertaking medical checkup on regular basis and distributing free medicines wherever essential.
7) “FREE DISTRIBUTION OF CLOTHES”
The organizations collect old (but not torn) clothes, old utensils, old text books, and blank pages of note books (to bind them in new note books) and old toys (non battery operated). These articles are then distributed to the families of poor students so as to encourage them to send their children to school. The clothes and utensils so collected are also being distributed to the people affected by natural or manmade disasters.
8) “FREE DISTRIBUTION OF NOTEBOOKS”
SAUF and SSAUT jointly distribute blank (old & new) notebooks to needy and poor students with an intention that no child should deprived of education. These notebooks are distributed at the beginning of a new academic year. This year we have distributed nearly 40,000 notebooks jointly covering 6,500 students all over Maharashtra.
UNDERTAKEN BY ‘SHREE ANIRUDDHA UPASANA FOUNDATION’ ASSOCIATION WITH AFFILIATED SISTER ORGANIZATIONS
Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation (SAUF) was incorporated as a charitable organization under Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956, in April 2005. From the time of its inception apart from pursuing its principal object of carrying out the Upasana of Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu, SAUF alongwith its sister organizations such as Shree Aniruddha Aadesh Pathak (SAAP), Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management (AADM), etc. all of which are registered charitable organizations, has undertake various socio-cultural activities, with the divine blessings and inspiration of Param Poojya Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu, prominent among which are enumerated herein below:
1) ANNAPURNA MAHAPRASADAM PROJECT
· Free mid-day meals provided to nearly 4000 students across 31 different schools in the rural areas
· managed entirely by dedicated volunteers of the Foundation
· Free mid-day meals provided once a year during mega medical camp to nearly 40000 people, including nearly 7500 school children.
· Significant improvement seen in health and attendance levels of students
2) ECO - FRIENDLY GANESH MURTI
· Idols of Lord Ganesh made from Paper Pulp replacing Plaster of Paris
· Paper pulp generated from shredded paper of completed ‘Ramnaam’ notebooks
· Non-toxic paints used
· Idols disintegrate very quickly and are bio-degradable – zero threat of pollution
· Being conducted for the past five years in the backward areas of Kolhapur
· 2008 camp covered 16300 villagers, including 7634 students from over 200 villages
· Methodical approach and follow up has seen sharp decline in common ailments
4) BLOOD DONATION CAMPS
· 2866 units of blood collected in a single day in Mega Blood donation camp on May 4, 2008 involving 23 reputed blood banks
· Total of 6059 units collected during 2007 from 68 camps
5) ANIRUDDHA’S BANK FOR THE BLIND
· Audio Cassettes/CDs based on the academic curriculum are prepared and given to the visually challenged students of various blind school and colleges
· More than 30,000 (thirty thousand) CDs and 3000 CDs distributed to various schools and institutions, free of cost
· CDs and cassettes recorded in 11 Indian languages not only for school study material but also for post-graduation and vocational courses.
· Till date, nearly 65,000 students have benefited from this project
6) FREE DISTRIBUTION OF NOTEBOOKS
· 1,00,000 notebooks distributed free every year to needy students