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America Saraswata Sangha(AMSAS) is a religious organization. Initially, it was started as a Pathachakra ‘America Saraswata Pathachakra’ on 4th August 2001, Shri Shri Guru Maharaj birthday, with seven families spread accross United States. In Sept 2003, NSS President and Parichalak (Adminster), Shri Shyam Sunder Dash, approved this Pathachakra to ‘America Saraswata Sangha’. The first session of the Sangha was held on 7th Jan 2004. It is registered as a non-profit religious organization with the State of Minnesota, USA (Registration No: 548107-2, Date 26th June 2003). The goal of AMSAS is to help its members achieve spiritual enlightenment. AMSAS members meet every Sunday over conference call and pay obeisance to Shri Gurudev, discuss his ideals, read his books and communicate with each other to share experiences gained on the path of spirituality.
Since the members of America Saraswata Sangha are unable to meet every week in person so devotees congregate once a year for three days annual Sammilani. AMSAS Sammilani discussions are held on living an ideal household life, Sangha Saktir Pratistha (organization of groups of devotees for collective worship) and Bhaba Binimay (sharing of expreiences gained during the year). Devotees derive great pleasure in attending it and meeting other devotees from various places once in a year. AMSAS publish a magazine “Saraswata Madhuri” during Sammilani.
It has a registered Bye-law containing details of its organizational structure and positions created for its effective management. It is a branch sangha of Nilachala Saraswata Sangha (NSS), Puri, India headquarter at ShriShri Nigamananda Smruti Mandir, Swargadwara, Puri, Orissa, India whereas its working office is at Satsikshya Mandir, A/4, Unit-9, Bhubaneswar-751022, Orissa, India.
NSS was established by its Guru Paramahansa Shrimat Swami Nigamananda Saraswati Dev on August 24, 1934. The members of AMSAS accept Swami Nigamananda as their only Guru and Ista, “Jayaguru” as mantra and they promise to abide by the direction of NSS. AMSAS has a governing body that meets once every month to discuss organizational matters of the sangha.