Newsletter - July 2016

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Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
July 2016
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OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!

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On the subject of "Guru Tattva"  on auspicious Gurupurniama ( July 17, 2016)

  "The Sadguru is Brahman Himself. He is an ocean of bliss, knowledge, and mercy. He is the captain of your soul. He is he fountain of joy. He removes all your troubles, sorrows, and obstacles. He shows you the right divine path.

"The Guru is the boat,  To cross this ocean of Samsara; The Guru is the passport , To the kingdom of Eternal bliss;The Guru is the ladder , To lift you to the peak of perfection.Serve your Guru well with Bhakti. You will obtain his grace and reach the goal of life."

"Guru is the Moksha-dvara (door to liberation). He is the gateway to the transcendental Truth-Consciousness. But, it is the aspirant who has to enter through it. The, Guru is a help, but the actual task of practical Sadhana (spiritual practice) falls on the aspirant himself"

" 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."  - Sri Swami Sivananda  << More>>


 
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" Chidananda Darshan" - through HIS Teaching
Birth Centenary Celebration of Guru Bhagawan Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj (Sept 24, 2015 -Sept 24, 2016)

"A living awareness of the here-and-now presence of the great Master makes one a real follower of the great Master. If you are conscious and aware of this presence, His presence is hundredfold more. If you are in a state of forgetfulness with your thoughts elsewhere, you deprive yourself of His presence, Therefore, cultivate the consciousness of the permanent and perennial presence of the Master." He pervades all my life. He is with me wherever I go. In and through me He continues to live and to shine."

 "You are never alone , even for a split second of time. You are always under the gracious protecting presence of your Guru. The Guru never leaves the soul He has called. He walks with you when you walk. He rests with you when you rest. He broods over you while you slumber.  He is the one Being Who is unfailing. He is the one Being Who is eternally yours and always with you."

"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."

" What is the sun if not its light? The sun is no sun if there is no light. The sun is the sun because it radiates perennial light, an inexhaustible, unbroken supply of light even so,  the Guru is His jnana upadesa."
- Swami Chidananda

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Learning of  "Jeevan Yog" from a Yoga Acharya Swami Adhyatmananda
Through TV episodes of Jeevan Yoga Series by Doordarshan Girnar

Prana - "The true meaning of Prana is not only breath. The Prana is energy. It is universal power, brightness, light and intelligence. All these cosmic energies are named as Prana."Yatkinchit Jagat Sarvam Drishyate Shruyatepiva..This Prana is filled in all that we see and hear, the inside and outside of all things, all movement etc. in this world.

The Prana is the source of all capabilities and the power in the universe. Prana is the only power behind the normal functioning of the system of respiration (inhalation and exhalation), blood circulation, digestion, excretion of urine and stool, system producing semen, structure of our bones and also the nervous system.The working abilities of sensory organs and motor organs improve as each cell  gets extra nutrition. The secret of beauty of skin, shining of the face, brightness of the eyes, intelligence power and development of mental power is the result of the practice of Pranayama. The practice of Pranayama means oneness with cosmic energy. Pranayama Sadhana opens the doors of subtle life from the gross life "-  Swami Adhyatmananda
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Highlighting News & Upcoming Events
Birth Centenary Celebration of Guru Bhagawan Sri Swami Chidanandaji Mahara j continues........

Yoga Day Celebration at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad (June 21, 2016) : 2nd International Yoga day was celebrated at Sivananda Ashram with great enthusiasm. Early morning session commenced at 5.30am with "Yog divas hey" song (audio) composed by Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. After a main yoga class, a special yoga session was also conducted by Revered Swamiji Maharaj for bind, handicapped and socially underprivileged Children. A grand breakfast & tea was served to all.The entire morning yoga session was video recorded by TV channel DD Girnar  << More>>
 

Chidananda Centenary Celebration Tour 2016 ( June 22, 2016 - July 31, 2016) of H. H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji

Chidananda Centenary Celebration Tour 2016 to USA, Canada & UK ( June 22, 2016 - July 31, 2016), of Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji has commenced from Chicago. As always, with joy Pujya Swamiji was received by Naik's. There was a severe tornado warning that day and we were a bit tense and got ready with a big umbrella to receive Sri Swamiji but at the time of the landing of the plane every thing got cleared, smiling rays of the Sun God came out and then as, we reached home and were on the driveway Rain God sprinkled  "Ami chatna" (auspicious nectar drops ) and welcomed Sri Swamiji Maharaj. All the grace & blessings of God Gurudev Sri Swami Sivannadaji Maharaj & GuruMaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj !

Next stop at Detroit, Sri Anil Lal, president of Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh( USA) received Pujya Swamiji. Satsang & Mandir Mahotsav for establishing flag post at Bharatiya Temple, Troy( MI) and program at Hindu Temple of Toledo are completed. Tour Continues.....to Charlotte, Atlanta, Bloomington (IN), Chicago, New Jersey, Toronto (Canada), Houston, Reading (PA) and to UK. << More>>

Construction of Chidananda Yoga Bhawan at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad is in full gear. Inauguration Ceremony is planned on GuruMaharaj's Birthday Anniversary Sept 24, 2016. Working committee at the ashram thanks to all for the generous donation and seeking continued support for this Divine project. 

News & Activity Report for the Month of June 2016
Divya Jivan /June 2016

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Gitamrutam

Humility, unpretentiousness, non-injury, forgiveness, uprightness, service of the teacher, purity, steadfastness, self-control(13:7)
   
Know that by long prostration, by question and by service, the wise who have realised the Truth will instruct thee in (that) knowledge.(4:34)
 Knowing that, thou shalt not, O Arjuna, again become deluded like this; and by that thou shalt see all beings in thy Self and also in Me!(4:35)

 
108 name of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivananda
 

 
Gurudevarpanmastu!
 
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