Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
"Guru Mahima" on the occasion of auspicious Guru Purnima July 27, 2018)
Worship the Guru with the flowers of faith and devotion. Satsanga with
the Guru is the first pillar in the temple of Self-realisation. Grace of
God takes the form of Guru. To see the Guru is to see God. Blind is the
man who has not seen the divine Master. There is but one religion, the
religion of devotion and love to Guru."
"The Sadguru is Brahman Himself. He is an ocean of bliss, knowledge, and
mercy. He is the captain of your soul. He is the fountain of joy. He
removes all your troubles, sorrows, and obstacles. He shows you the
right divine path."
"Guru is God. A word from him is a word from God. He need not-teach
anything. Even his presence or company is elevating, inspiring, and
stirring, His very company is self-illumination. Living in his company
is spiritual education."
"Everyone who longs to transcend misery and obtain joy and happiness in
life should sincerely practise Guru-Bhakti Yoga. True lasting happiness
can be had by taking recourse to Guru Seva Yoga. Guru-Bhakti Yoga
confers immortality, eternal bliss, freedom, perfection, perennial joy
and everlasting peace." - Swami Sivananda
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Early Morning Meditation Talk from "Ponder These truths" by Swami
GURU is HIS teaching "
" By the light of the sun, the whole world awakens. By the light of the
sun, darkness is banished, slumber gives place to wakefulness and sloth
gives place to activity. By the light of the sun, all beings in this
world see things, perceive things clearly....Thus the sun is the
awakener; the sun is the enlightener; the sun is the marga darsaka (one
who shows the path). It is the sun that guarantees smooth, unhampered
progress towards each one’s destination. When the sun is not there, one
is, as it were, blind, even though having eyes.
In the life of a sincere seeking soul, in the life of jijnasu, a
mumukshu, a sadhaka, a spiritual aspirant, the Guru is as it were, the
Sun. Just as the Guru is channel for the individual soul to re-link
itself with the universal Soul, even so, a channel between our Guru and
ourselves is called Guru- bhakti. True Guru-bhakti is divine power, it
is divine force. The more adverse the circumstances, the greater the
manifestation of grace; the greater the manifestation of Guru kripa.
God's grace and Guru Kripa are the obverse and reverse of the same coin.
" "Guru Kripa is God's grace manifesting in and through the Guru."
"It is the Guru that points out the path and makes us see the path
clearly. He points out the pitfalls and dangers upon the path, makes us
alert, vigilant jagrit. And, even as the sun initiates activity, so the
Guru inspires us to arise awake, seek knowledge, attain illumination and
become forever blessed. All this and more the Guru does." - Swami
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" Glory To Guru " by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Gurupurnima is the day for worshipping the GURU. The Guru is a Master,
but He never makes His disciple a slave. Entire mission of Guru is to
turn His disciple into none else but great Guru only. The Guru says
“AHAM BRAHMASMI”, I’m Brahman. But never the less “TAT TWAM ASI” you are
that only. This purnima is a full moon day. When there is no hindrance
between sun and moon, this moon shines in its full bloom likewise when
disciple totally surrenders to His Guru, he too shines with Brahma Vidya.
Brahma Vidya is knowledge of Absolute. Brahma Vidya is the highest
knowledge after knowing that nothing remains to be known. It is the
grace of Guru upon his beloved disciple that after having received
Brahma Vidya, disciple has not to strive for any more gain. He becomes
full; he becomes contented, he rejoices supreme BLISS. He dives deep in
the eternity and divinity."
A Guru is necessary. Never finds fault in Guru, any action by Guru will
have a purpose in that; there is a meaning in that. Accept His command,
follow His instruction, just be humble, feel his hardship and serve Him
whole heartedly."- Swami Adhyatmananda
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Learning of "Jeevan Yog" from
a Yogacharya Swami Adhyatmananda
Through TV episodes of "Jeevan Yoga" Series by Doordarshan Girnar
those having High Blood Pressure practice Asanas?
"Yes, they can practice Asanas; in fact they must surely practice them.
All the Asanas excepting Shirsasana can be practiced. All the Asanas can
be performed without any fear. But the special Asanas and Pranayama that
can offer benefits are: Shashankasana, Shavasana and Pranayama carried
out with ease. << Read More>>
Jeevan Yoga Episode - 7
Highlighting the news and upcoming events
4 th International Yoga Day ( June 21, 2018) was celebrated
at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad with great enthusiasm in the presence and
guidance of Pujya Swami Adhyatmanadaji Maharaj. Ashram had planned Yoga
activities especially for this day and also, Yoga Teachers Team reached
out to teach Yoga to distant places namely handicapped school children
at Blind school, Business places, Residential school campus, Hospital
centers and more. Thanks to Ashram's Yoga Teachers for their dedication
and selfless services to the benefits of all.
Upcoming Spiritual Retreat & Gurupurnima Celebration ( July 22, 2018
- Jul 27, 2018): Free Yoga & Meditation Class (7.00 am to 8.00 am),
Group Mantra Japa Chanting (10.00 am. to 12.00pm), & Evening Satsang
(6.00 pm to 8.00 pm). For further
News & Activity Report
for the Month of June 2018
Divya Jivan /
Q & A on Spiritual Life and Sadhana from “May I Answer That?”- by Holy
Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
What is the difference between Japa and meditation?
Japa is silent repetition of the Name of the Lord. Meditation is the
constant flow of one idea of God. When you repeat Om Namo Narayanaya, it
is Japa of the Vishnu Mantra. When you think of the
conch, disc, mace and lotus flower in the hands of Vishnu, His
ear-rings, the crown on His head, His yellow silken Pitambar, etc., it
is meditation. When you think of the attributes of God such as
omniscience, omnipotence, etc., it is also meditation.