Newsletter-June 2021

Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad 

Our Heartfelt Tribute to Brahmleen H. H Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj 

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Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
  June 2021
OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!    
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
" Start Sadhana Now" - Swami Sivananda

"Act now. Live now. Know now. Realize now. Be happy now.
Every death is a reminder. Every bell that rings says, "The end is near". Every day robs off from you one part of your precious life. Therefore, you should be very earnest in plunging yourself in constant Sadhana.
Never fall a victim to fruitless regret. Today is the best day. Today is the day of your new birth. Start Sadhana now. With folded palms, bid good-bye to past mistakes and faults. You have learnt your lessons. March forward now with new hope, determination, and vigilance".........

"Waver not. Fear not. Doubt not. Do something substantial in the path of Sadhana instead of wasting your time in idle pursuits and lethargy. You have infinite strength within you. There is a vast reservoir of power within you. Therefore, do not lose heart. Obstacles are stepping stones to success. They will develop your will. Do not allow yourself to be crushed by them. Defects remind you of perfection. Sin reminds you of virtue. Chose the positive path"............

Sadhana is spiritual movement consciously systematized. Sadhana is the purpose for which we have come to this place. Abhyasa and Sadhana are synonymous terms. The object of Sadhana is to release life from the limitations with which it is bound.
Sadhana is a lifelong process. Every day, every hour, every minute, is an onward march. Obstacles are innumerable in this great voyage. But, so long as you hold God as thy guide, there is nothing to worry about. You are sure to reach the other shore." ........- Swami Sivananda << Read More>>


Remembering " Sannyasa Diksha" day  of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivananda (June 1, 2021)

Early Morning Meditation talks from "Ponder These Truths" by Swami Chidananda
“Wake up at dawn each day to salute the Universal Being. Bow down in adoration unto Him before you start the day. Go through the day serenely, full of happiness and contentment. There is nothing to condemn in this world. Change your angle of vision. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Stop anxiety and smile gently unto yourself. Feel that the whole world is the manifestation of the Lord and you are serving the Lord in all these names and forms. Convert life into Yoga. Strive to be a Sadachari and paropakari. God walks with the simple, reveals Himself through the sufferer, gives understanding to the noble and keeps His Grace from the haughty. So renounce ego, cultivate virtues and be free. Keep the mind always calm and peaceful. Be the conqueror of your mind, the subduer of your desires and a master of your destiny, for you are the master.”

"When you wake up in the morning, you wake up into something very special. This emergence should constitute for you a rebirth into sadhana. In this new birth there should be no more slackness, no more pretence, and no more half-heartedness. Therefore, may we be reborn not once, not twice, but again and again until there is no longer any necessity or need for any such rebirth or re-emergence.”- Swami Chidananda ” << Read More>>
H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj attained Mahasamadhi on May 8, 2021
"My Life is My Message."........."Don't be afraid of adversities, they make you strong"
Just as the deep-rooted tree stands tall in spite of the calamities in the form of severe storms, tornadoes, hail storms, or torrential rain, I have faced many adversities, ups & downs, impediments, agony, along the journey of 50 years of my monastic life and came out strong. Life has given me exuberance, joy, bubbling energy. Awakening of inner SELF lead me to spread the Glories of the DIVINE. Look at Nature, there is Fall & Spring, there is Sunrise & Sunset, there is Ebb & Flow. It is the Law of Nature. Ups & down is a part of Life. Don't be afraid of adversities, they make you strong. In all situations, be rooted in the Absolute Truth, Abide in the SELF, sing HIS Glories, Surrender at the holy feet of your Guru. Stick to the path guided by your Guru. Chant the Guru Mantra with unwavering faith. Hold on to Hari-Nama, the Lord's name is the solution for all the trials and tribulations of Life. Intensify your faith only on one thought " I am Thine, Thou art Mine, Thy will be done".  “O God, I am Thine, Thy wish is mine as I have none”.  Guru's Grace is unfailing; it is ever ready to help you. I have experienced in my life, you can too.

"Divine Name is a safe boat that can take you to the other shore of fearlessness, freedom and bliss Immortal",  “In all conditions, I am Bliss, Bliss, and Bliss Absolute," says Swami Sivananda. Have Yearning for God-Realization.  

What more can I say? The secret of my joy in life (of 75 years) is unbroken Guru Smarana, faith in my GURU, abiding at the Holy feet of my GURU. Ever flowing Grace & Blessings of my Guru is the supreme joy of my Life.- (This is from message delivered  by Brahmleen H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmananda Maharaj on  the occasion of  His 75  Birthday Celebrations on  May 3, 2020) 

"WILL Power Wins ALL Powers".  Be cheerful. Be peaceful. Be Blissful. Enjoy your present moments and be with your family, eat together, pray together. Pray fervently, sincerely, and wholeheartedly. Prayer elevates the mind. It fills the mind with purity. Have perfect faith in the Lord's name. His name is your sole support and refuge. Call HIM by any name Ishwar, Allah, Jehovah, Ahura Mazda, Zande vats, Waheguru, Jesus, Moses, Buddha, Rama, Krishna, Durga, Kali, Ganesh, or Shirdi Saibaba or any other. In case you are initiated into Guru Mantra, do Japa of Guru Mantra with faith and sincerity."

“Each activity of Yogi should bring him near to the eternal unfailing beauty of the Soul. This is a real sense and high value of Yoga. Yoga is like a vast sky which can envelop everyone, those who want peace & harmony”.

"Yoga is eternal life in the soul or spirit. It transforms a man into divinity. It brings a message of hope to the forlorn, joy to the depressed, strength to the weak, and knowledge to the ignorant. Yoga way of Life brings happiness of sound mind in a sound body. Yogic living implies discriminative living. Yoga is equanimity, equipoise, or equilibrium. It is the secret master-key to open the realms of eternal bliss and deep abiding peace".

"Key to Bliss" - Denting of I (ego), Surrendering to the Lord and Selfless Service; are the true ways to achieve Bliss, lasting peace and real happiness" -  Brahmleen H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmananda

How simple, How sublime, How Divine are these Messages! How precious are these messages now when Pujya Swamiji is no longer with us in the Physical form! He is free from the bondage of the body and liberated now and has merged in the Infinite.

"A great son (sun) of India Adhyatma-Jyoti Sri Swami Adhyatmananda Saraswati an "adarsh" yati & Saint of holy matrubhoomi Bharatvarsha." these are the words of HIS Master H. H. Sri Swami ChidanandaJi Maharaj.
Pujya Swamiji carried a spark of love, light & joy. He kindled and inspired people, whoever came in contact with Him. His Life and each breath were dedicated to spreading the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Vedanta through simple and practical teachings of Gurudev Sri. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Gurumaharaj Sri. Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. Wherever he went, he talked about the simple message of Sri. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, “Serve, Love, Meditate & Realize” and guidelines of daily Sadhana through Gurudev’s "Twenty Spiritual Instructions". Devotees welcomed Him in the East & the West and all over the Globe for his simplicity, sincerity, and love for teaching Yoga way of life.........People asked Pujya Swamiji the secret of His ever Vibrant, Radiant & Joyful nature? "Abide In The SELF", He said………." In all condition I am Bliss, Bliss, Bliss Absolute"……Adopt, Adjust & Accommodate" ……And each breath of His, was in the remembrance of GOD and in the service to Humanity, service to known & unknown. Revered Swamiji was a living example of the teachings of his Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. He was a Yogi, Vedantin, and Devotee all in one. Swamiji’s discourses were wisdom outpourings coming from decades of personal experience of leading the spiritual life.

How sad & painful it is for all of us to bear a loss of Pujya Swamiji Maharaj's Physical Presence! Devotees at the Ashram have lost their beloved Swamiji Maharaj, Nation has lost a spiritual leader and the world has lost Yoga Guru. We all miss Pujya Swamiji's physical presence, but HE is free from the bondage of the body & liberated now. He has merged in the Infinite. Pujya Swamiji is with us in the Spirit now and will continue to inspire us & guide us.

Learning of  "Jeevan Yog" from a Yoga Acharya Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
Through TV episodes of "Jeevan Yoga" Series by Doordarshan Girnar
  Surya Namaskara or Sun Salutation ("salute to the sun"), is a common sequence of Hatha Yoga asanas. Its origins lie in a worship of Surya, the Hindu Solar deity. This sequence of movements and poses can be practised on varying levels of awareness, ranging from that of physical exercise in various styles, to a complete sadhana, which incorporates asana, pranayama, mantra and chakra meditation.
The physical base of the practice links together twelve asanas in a dynamically performed series. These asanas are ordered so that they alternately stretch the spine backwards and forwards. When performed in the usual way, each asana is moved into with alternate inhalation and exhalation (except for the sixth asana where the breath is held in external suspension). A full round of Surya namaskara is considered to be two sets of the twelve poses with a change in the second set to moving the opposite leg first through the series. <<  Read More>> / Jeevan Yoga Episode 14 ( video clips )


Highlighting the News & Upcoming Events

"I had my first Darshan of Pujya Swamiji Maharaj in my youth at the age of 12-14 at the Divya Jivan function at Rishikesh. I was touched by his radiating divinity and aura and I had surrendered myself to Swamiji Maharaj at that very moment.......Finally, I was drawn to him in 2017 and came to him to pursue a higher goal. And with Gurudev’s krupa- prasad, I was Blessed to get Sannyas Diksha in 2019 from Swamiji Maharaj.............. Swamiji Maharaj was Divine light, he was Divine Swarup oozing divine love for all. He was Sakshat Brahmswarup. My prayer to Gurudev Pujya Swamiji Maharaj is to continue showering His blessings on me & guide me in my spiritual journey and May I keep experiencing THY Divine PRESENCE ! OM Shanti! - Revered Swami Narayananda, Direct disciple of H.H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj (Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad)

"My heart is heavy for this loss. Swamiji was a divine light walking through the world. He served so many and with such grace, always selfless and caring. He would help anyone who asked. I attended the online Memorial. It was beautiful and a true tribute to his being.... While Swamiji may no longer be here with us in the physical form, he is certainly with us forever in our hearts and minds, our memories, and through His teachings. "  Peacefully, -  Swamini Shraddhananda Saraswati, Directed Disciple of  His Holiness Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj (Founder & Director of Kula Kamal Yoga Asharam, PA, USA )

"I am heartbroken with the sad news of Swami Adhyatmanandaji left the body, so early. He was my dear friend, my Gurubhai, my support. He was a favorite sishya (disciple) of Guru Maharaj Sri  Swami Chidananda JI Maharaj..... He was a master organizer, a karmayogi & so much more, all in one. Whatever you say, how much you say about him is less, speech stops,....Jai Ho Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj! Jai ho Swami Chidananda JI Maharaj! Jai ho Swami Adhyatmanandji Maharaj!"  - H. H. Sri Swami Premanandaji Maharaj (Uttarkashi, Divine Life Society)

"Swami Adhyatmanandaji was favorite sishya (Disciple) of Gurumaharaj Swami ChidanandaJI Maharaj.....He was like Hanuman to Lord Rama." - Revered Sri Swami Ramswarupananda (Divine Life Society, Odissa)

"Ever joyful, loving, Yogi, supreme-Bhakta, Jnani, Samanvay-yogi all in one. He was giving joy to one and all, who came in contact with him......Swamiji Maharaj, where are you going to go? you were here before. You were in the Body, the  body came and left, You are here and now, to that Divine immortal Atman, we give Shraddhanjali. Pranams to you Swamiji Maharaj, Jai ho! Swamiji Maharaj." - Revered Sri Swami Shivchidanandaji Maharaj (Divine Life Society, Bhuvneshwar)
"Swami Adhyatmanandaji was favorite Sishya of Gurumaharaj Swami ChidanandaJI Maharaj.....He was like Hanuman to Lord Rama." - Revered Sri Swami Ramswarupananda ( DLS, Odissa)
"The state of Gujarat honored him with the "Glory of Gujarat" but I would say he is the glory of Bharat-Vrash, glory of mother India, glory of Sanatan Dharma and glory of the whole world. When you glorify Swami Adhyamanandaji you glorify Swami Krishnanandji, you glorify Swami Chidanandji and you glorify Gurudev Swami Sivanandji Maharaj. As a student, I have interacted with Swamji since my student career and then after also becoming a monk Swamiji has been always support to me." - Revered Sri Swami Brahmnisthananda (Jagganath Puri)

People from all walks of life including Pime Minister of India Sri Narendrabhai Modi JI, Saints & Mahatmas, Spiritual Organization heads, Dignitaries,  Swamiji's devotees all over the Globe have conveyed the tribute in different ways. They have spoken during the Shradhhanjali Meet on May 5, 2021 & at Shodshi Satsang on May 24, 2021, they have sent letters, email and continue to send their Tribute soaked in deep love & gratitude sentiments for their Mentor, dear friend, Philosopher, Guide, Guru and whatever relationship they were in with Pujya Swamiji Maharaj. It is heart-melting. We have them all collected on the Tribute Page on Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad Website  and Ashram team has compiled "Shraddhanjali" special on Divya Jivan  June 2021.



Tribute to Brahmleen His holiness Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj

"Saddened to know about the passing away of Yoga Guru Swami Adhyatmanandji. He explained a profound subject like spirituality in a simple style. I pay homage to Swamiji who, apart from teaching Yoga served society through various creative activities of Sivananda Ashram in Ahmedabad. Om Shanti!"  - Narendra Modi Ji (Prime Minister of India) 
"I am distressed to know the news of the demise of Swami Adhyatmanandji Maharaj, the yoga guru of Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. Swamiji has always been serving for the upliftment of every society through yoga, spiritual as well as various social activities. May the Lord bestow ''Sadgati'' on the divine soul of respected Swamiji".Amit Shah ( Union Home Minister)
Vijay Rupani (Gujarat Chief Minister) tweeted "the spiritual and yoga world has suffered greatly from Swamiji's demise."
"Jai Shri Swaminarayan! We will always remember this great, radiant, and wise Saint, who was so borderless, whose love for Guruhari Sahebji was boundless, and who made Anoopam Mission his family..... He also visited our AksharPurushottam Mandir in Des Plaines (Chicago) on Oct 14, 2019, on the birthday celebration. He has been visiting Chicago land for many many years. Let us pray for all the "Divya Jivan" bhakto of Shivanand Ashram. May we all pray for everyone to have the strength to bear this loss." -  Jai Shri Swaminarayan (From Acharya Sri Dinkarbhai, Yogi Divine Society, Chicago)

"Pujya Swami ji Maharaj has been a champion of Yoga and the Bharatiya Culture, not only in Amdavad but also in the entire world, where he traveled tirelessly spreading the message of healthy spiritual living. He was a very cheerful and loving presence, who would embrace everyone! At his age, he was very young at heart and inspired many. This loss is not just to Sivananda Ashram, Amdavad, but also for the Sadhu Samaj at large." In the service of the Lord, -  Sri Swami Avyayananda, Chinmaya Mission 
"Founder of Divya Jivan Sanskriti organization in Gujarat and Inspirational soul, President of Ahmedabad Sivananda Ashram, spread the message of Yoga all over the world and spread the color of Yoga in everyone’s Life, President of Ahmedabad Divya Jivan Sanskriti Organization, Achieved a place in the hearts of all the saints, worked tirelessly to convey the message of Dharma and Karma to the masses, served society by  spreading the fragrance of values, spirituality and Indian yoga not only in Gujarat but also in foreign lands..... A symbol of inspiration and empathy for mankind service, Inspiring specially youth by  his karma and higher values, Great place in heart of  millions of people, rich in simple personality, Always a divine smile on the face, a supernatural aura, Param Pujya Mahamandleshwar Swami Shri Adhyatamanandji has made a journey to the end, His end of life is a loss for the whole and especially for Gujarat. -  Rajyogini Brahmakumari Bhartididi

" Param Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji of Sivananda Ashram who taught yoga to thousands (including me)) lost his battle with Covid. This great yoga teacher and spiritual leader shall always remain in our thoughts and prayers. A great loss to humanity indeed." - Bhushan Punani, President, West  Asia at International Council For the Education of People with Visual Impairment.

"With profound sorrow, we accept the news of the untimely demise of renowned Yoga Guru Swami Adhyatmanandaji of Shivanand Ashram. I have lost a dear family friend & well-wisher. A multi-faceted personality and champion of several worthy causes. Swamiji had endeared himself to thousands around the Globe." - Mukesh Patel, International Tax & Investment consultants.

"A Multifaceted Personality devoted to Karma, Bhakti, Dhyana, Jnana, Moksha & a Champion of several worthy causes His Holiness Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj had endeared himself to thousands all around the Globe!....His Holiness Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj was very close to AMA. As we recall his numerous talks and workshops which was started in the late 1990s as part of Mamata-AMA Week Spiritual Lectures Series, His Holiness Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj’s Lecture Series on Management and Spirituality was very popular and would draw huge Audience in Auditoriums of AMA" -Dr. Malay Mahadeviya, President, Ahmedabad Management Association
"We have all been touched by Swamiji's love and spiritual vibration and have received his blessings. It is needless to mention Swami Ji's leaving the physical body brings a sense of deep grief and loss to us. However, I also know that a Yogi like him only leaves the body, but his spirit will always be there to love us and guide us. With my Humble Pranams to Swami Ji" - Ved Basu

Swamiji, we love YOU.
You are free from the bondage of the Body & liberated and merged into Infinite.
 You are with us in the Spirit forever. Continue to love us & guide us 


Our Reverential Pranams & Love to YOU Swamiji




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