The Sanyam Saptah is a collective attempt at concentrated and uninterrupted
‘Sadhana' and ‘Satsang' for one week, which may serve as a model and give a taste of a dedicated life, to be continued to whatever degree possible by each one individually throughout the year.
Sri Ma: "For those who are pilgrims on the path, it is imperative forge ahead vigorously, energetically, steadily and at great speed. Sitting in a rickety cart will not do. Virile strength of mind is always needed. You yourself have to mould your own life remember this."
"To invoke Him, to be constantly intent on realising Him alone, is man's duty at all times in His arms, in His embrace, ---within the Mother. On finding the Mother everything will be found."
To achieve this ideal, Sanyam in one's life is imperative. Thus under Shree Shree Ma Anandamayi's personal guidance evolved the function organised by Shree Shree Anandamayi Sangha — The Sanyam Mahavrata.
The Sanyam Mahavrata is cosmopolitan in nature and maintains the highest ideals of all religions. It is open to all who wish to participate in it irrespective of their religion, caste, creed or colour. Whether they are young or old, rich or poor everyone can be a part of it. It is an extremely popular function with Indians and foreigners alike and is successful from an intellectual, cultural, religious and spiritual point of view.
The goal of this Mahavrata is the "Realisation of the Self." It is a combined effort of all the sadhaks towards the One. Individually one may find the path too difficult. However by a combined effort all the energies are motivated and sublimated towards the One end. The weak willed are inspired by the stronger.
In Ma's words "By meditating in a group specially in the presence of Mahatmas the less advanced are helped by those who reach greater depths in their meditation since the "prana" or life force is the same in all beings."
The Vrata provides a forum of speakers representing different schools of thought. Each speaker makes his contributions in his own way and with consummate skill. They are all the more effective as the Mahatmas are themselves travellers towards the ‘Mahan' (Great).
Currently, Ma is in a formless state with the conclusion of her Divine leela. This creates a screen for a common man to have Her physical divine darshan. But everybody feels Ma all around with her boundless kripa, merciful attention to all our activities and programmes, particularly programmes like Sanyam Saptah and other special programmes. Devotees can really feel it. With the infinite inspiration and blessings of Shree Shree Ma Anandamayi, the Sangha has been carrying out all the programmes efficiently. Great traditions of Ma, particularly through programmes like Sanyam are still preserved. Devotees are also giving their best in co-operation and support. It is a matter of great rejoice that we are carrying on with this programme successfully for the last 50 years.
Now Sanyam is held every year at Kankhal (Hardwar) Ashram, adjacent to the Ananda Jyoti Peetham, the holiest shrine of Chetan Samadhi of Shree Shree Ma, after Her physical departure in 1982 from this mundane world. At this most auspicious occasion of the 50th year of Sanyam, let us pray to Ma and seek her blessings so that we can properly maintain this parampara, and hold the Sanyam Saptahs in the coming years. We trust devotees support and continuous faith shall always prevail. Let one and all participate in this rare but great programme every year voluntarily with utmost zeal. Let all the devotees come and pray at the lotus feet of Ma at the Ananda Jyoti Peetham on the concluding day of the Sanyam and be blessed and happy ! Let us not lose this rare opportunity of achieving the objectives of Sanyam i.e. "knowing one's self and attainment of one's self". Let that be seriously and consciously felt by all of us. These are our submissions and sincere invitations to all the bratis and devotees of Shree Shree Anandamayi Sangha. Jai Ma! On this holy occasion of the 50th Sanyam Saptah Mahotsav, I salute at the lotus feet of Ma and that small Divine boy, who gave us the Divine Mantra "Hey Pita, Hey Hita, Hey Brahmatatvam, Hey Brahmabhutam".
4.45 A.M. - 5.30 A.M. Rising bell.
5.30 A.M. - 6.00 A.M. Usha Kirtan
6.00 A.M. - 7.30 A.M. Personal Practices ( Japa, Puja, Sandhya etc.)
7.30 A. M. - 7.45 A. M. Veda Patha
7.45 A.M. - 7.55 A.M. Kirtan (Satyam Jnanam Anantam Brahma)
7.55 A.M. - 8.00 A.M. Preparation for meditation. (The gate of the mandap to be closed at 8.00 A.M. Nobody to be permitted to enter or leave the place between 8.00 and 9.00 A.M.)
8.00 A.M. - 9.00 A.M. Meditation and Japa.(No one should move from his asana during this period. In case of unavoidable necessity, however, one may leave the mandap carefully and in silence).
9.00 A.M. - 9.05 A.M. Kirtan suitable for the occasion
9.05 A.M. - 10.00 AM. Recitation of the Gita,Chandi and Upanishads in chorus.
10.00 A.M.- 11. 15 A.M. Exposition of Upanishads.
11.15A.M.- l1.30A.M. Kirtan
11.30 A.M.- 1.00 P.M. Prasad
1.00 P.M. - 2.45 P.M. Rest
2.45 P.M. - 2.55 P.M. Kirtan (He Bhagavan)
2.55 P.M. - 3.00 P.M. Preparation for meditation (The gate of the Mandap to be closed at 3.00 P.M. Nobody to be permitted to enter or leave the place between 3.00 and 4.00 P.M.)
3.00 P.M. - 4.00 P.M. Meditation and Japa in Mother’s presence. (No one should move from his asana during this period. In case of unavoidable necessity, however, one may leave the Mandap carctully and in silence.)
4.00P.M. - 4.05 P.M. Kirtan
4.05 P.M. - 5.00 P.M. Exposition of Puran
5.00P.M. - 6.00 P.M. Discourses by Mahatmas
6.00 P.M. -7.00 P.M. Personal Practices .Japa, Puja, Sandhya etc.
7.00 P.M. - 7.30 P.M. Daily evening Kirtan
7.30 P.M. - 8.45 P.M. Hari Kirtan and Harikatha
8.45P.M. - 9.00 P.M. Mauna (Silence)
9.00 P.M. - 9.30 P.M. Matri Satsang
9.30 P.M. - 10.00 P.M. Milk for the Vratis
11.45 P.M. - 12.15 A.M. Mahanisha Dhyan i.e. midnight meditation (not imperative, but may as far as possible be performed individually, at any convenient place).