We are unworthy servants, we have only done our duty. (Luke 17:10)
INTRODUCTION TO ADHYATHMA VATIKA:
The "Adhyathma Vatika" initiative has been primarily taken up by followers of Abhishikth Prabhu Shri Yesuji. Yesu-Bhakths practice their faith in Lord Shri Jesus in the Indian Hindu Cultural Context, which among other things enables them to be prepared for Hindu-Christian Dialogue. It is desirable to have a free flow of communication between the Hindu and Christian community. In order to reinforce communal harmony and to provide best possible personal choices, it is necessary to enter into silent observation, dialogue, and discourse on Hindu and Christian spirituality. We enter into silent observation (internal Dialogue), external Hindu-Christian dialogue and formal Christocentric discourse with the hope that one day a personal dialogue between the participants and God would be established.
THREE LEVELS OF DIALOGUE
We encourage Christians to enter into Silent Observation (Internal Dialogue) with the Hindus, by visiting Hindu Temples, places of worship and Hindu discourses. At the same time we encourage Hindus to enter into Silent Observation (Internal Dialogue) with the Christians by visiting Christocentric Satsangs and Christian places of worship.
We encourage developing positive and reciprocal communication between Hindus and Christians, by bringing together a small group of people from both communities. We attempt to provide a stage and a format to conduct small group discussions between Hindus and Christians. In seems that Interfaith Dialogue has only been initiated and attended only by the liberals of various communities. We specifically encourage the conservatives from various groups to come in and give their honest perspectives as they see it.
We encourage followers of Jesus to practice their faith in the Indian Cultural Context, by participating in Contextualized Christocentric Satsangs. In this format both the Hindus and Christians are exposed to formal biblical discourse.
2) External Hindu-Christian Dialogue:
3) Formal Contextualized Christocentric Discourse: As this group was initiated and continues to be directed by Yesu-Bhakths, we encourage contextualized Christocentric Satsangs, where formal discourses (Yesu-Katha) can be presented in a story format. We encourage a weekly rhythm for Satsangs.
RESOURCES FOR THE ORGANIZATION:
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS:
God has graciously given opportunities to for anil yesudas to develop and perform several rituals like daily Aarti, weekly Satsangs, weekly Mandir, Kirtans, Shastrartha, Weddings, Funerals, Naamkarans (Naming ceremony), Upanayana (Coming of age ceremony), Graha-Pravesh (House warming ceremony), in a contextualized manner.
Adhyathma Vatika and Kalamazoo Hindu Temple MI
Adhyathma Vatika and Vivekanand Monastery Ganges MI
On behalf of Adhyathma Vatika, anil yesudas has conducted regular weekly "Christocentric Satsangs" in Vivekananda Monastry, from 2008 to 2010. Apart from Kalamazoo Hindu temple, this was the secondary place that he could formally rethink and develop his practice of faith in Jesus in the Indian Hindu Cultural Context.
Adhyathma Vatika and South Asian Friendship Center
From 2007 to 2019, on behalf of Adhyathma Vatika, anil yesudas has partnered with the "South Asian Friendship Center, Chicago" and jointly started "Christocentric Satsangs", every Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Over a period of time, several Yesu-Bhakths who were informally trained and regularly participated and lead this Satsang. There were several others who joined in for shorter periods of time. Shri Vinod Isaac has been especially helpful and active in media related issues.
The "Sadbhavana Satsang" on Thursday mornings, as a partnership between Adhyathma Vatika and SAFC, has been an informal school, where those interested to practice faith in Christ in the Indian Hindu Cultural Context, have come and learned. We encourage Yesu-Bhakths to start their own Satsangs, based on the format followed at the "Sadbhavana Satsang". It is a joy that a few of them have followed the strikingly similar format of the "Sadbhavana Satsang" developed by anil yesudas on the Adhyathma Vatika platform.
Adhyathma Vatika has partnered with the "South Asian Friendship Center" to conduct "Jap" to learn "Christocentric Sanskrit Chants". anil yesudas leads the "Jap" and several have attended regularly to learn the contextualized format.
By the Grace of God, since July 2011, together with a few followers of Lord Shri Jesus, we started a weekly gathering, in a home setting, every Sunday morning, for Communion service. This small autonomous group is called "Maha Mritunjaya Mandir" (Temple of the Great Victor over Death). For the very first year it met at Abhishek and Jessica Kumar's residence, the second year we met at anil yesudas' residence. From July 2013 to Oct 2019, it met at SAFC. This autonomous group now continues to meet every week via the efforts of GRG.
In January of 2012, we started a monthly gathering, called Kirtan (Kirtan is a form of Indian style "Call and Response" singing), that meets every last Saturday, at the South Asian Friendship Center. This is still continuing at SAFC.
In September 2012, we started a daily worship service at the anil yesudas residence, called "Aarti Nirankari" (Aarti is a Hindu term for worship, Nirankari denotes "Transcendent God"). "Aarti Nirankari" was conducted at the anil yesudas residence every day, except Sundays, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Later the "Aarti Nirankari" shifted to SAFC in June 2013, which met daily at 9:30 AM till Oct 2019.
From Feb 2016 to Oct 2019, we started a monthly gathering, called Shastrartha (it is a form of contextualized study of scripture in a participatory manner), that met every first Saturday, at the South Asian Friendship Center.
Adhyathma Vatika and Akhand Paath
Adhyathma Vatika and residential gatherings
From time to time, as the opportunity arises, we gather for small "Contextualized Christocentric Devotions" at the homes of our friends who show an interest in Lord Shri Jesus.
Adhyathma Vatika and Interfaith Forums
On behalf of Adhyathma Vatika, anil yesudas initiated "Chicago Interfaith Forum" from 2007 to 2010, which met every first Saturday of the month in Rogers Park, Chicago.
On behalf of Adhyathma Vatika, anil yesudas initiated "Kalamazoo Interfaith Forum" from 2008 to 2011, which met every second Sunday of the month at the Sikh Gurudwara in Kalamazoo.
BOARD MEMBERS OF ADHYATHMA VATIKA: