Divya Jivan NewsletterMarch 2011
"The formal worship consists of bathing the Lord. Lord Shiva is considered to be the Form of Light (which the Shiva Lingam represents). He is burning with the fire of austerity. He is therefore best propitiated with cool bathing. While bathing the Lingam the devotee prays: “O Lord! I will bathe Thee with water, milk, etc. Do Thou kindly bathe me with the milk of wisdom. Do Thou kindly wash me of all my sins, so that the fire of worldliness which is scorching me may be put out once for all, so that I may be one with Thee—the One alone without a second.”
"Offer this inner worship to Lord Shiva daily: “I worship the jewel of my Self, the Shiva residing in the Lotus of my heart. I bathe Him with the water of my pure mind brought from the river of faith and devotion. I worship Him with the fragrant flowers of Samadhi—all this so that I may not be born again in this world......”- Swami Sivananda << More>>
"The Rudra-Adhyaya, known also as the
Satarudriya, occurring in the Yajur Veda, is a soul-stirring hymn
offered to the all-pervading Almighty, designated as Rudra-Siva. He
is present in auspicious, benign forms by way of sustenance of all
things created, and also as terrible forms which He assumes at the
time of the dissolution and destruction of the cosmos at the end of
Rudram ( sanskrit text- PDF.)-with translation (In Gujarati). The book is available-contact Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad firstname.lastname@example.org / call # 079 26861234
The Keynote of all Yogas
Let your keynote be divinity. Let your consciousness never swerve from this inner centre of divine consciousness, awareness of your divinity. Let that be the basis for all your thoughts and feelings, your actions. Think of it always, remember it always, contemplate it always, dwell upon it always, be centred in it always, be aware of it always, so that by sheer persistence and perseverance in this affirmation of truth, you emerge into a new being.
Mana eva manushyanam karanam bandhamokshayoh (Mind is the cause of bondage and liberation of man). What you think, that you shall become. Ever be centred in your divinity. Then everything will follow. When the sun shines, then there is no more darkness. When this awareness shines in your heart, there cannot be anything contrary to it prevailing. There can be no ajnana nidra (sleep of ignorance) when there is jagrata chetanah (awareness of wakefulness). That should be the sadhana whether you are a bhakta, whether you are a Yogi, whether you are a Vedantin, jnani, or whether you are a karma yogi. -Swami Chidananda << More>>
Main Yogasana (Yoga Postures)
The Physical techniques of Yoga are the stepping stones to meditation. According to Patanjali, Yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind.
In the beginning the primary prerequisite to peace of mind is posture. Yogasana practiced to gain steady posture, health and lightness in the body. All Yoga postures are intended to directly or indirectly quiet the mind. The majority of Asana have been devised to build up different parts of the body and to develop the strength required by the more advanced Physical disciplines. The purpose of the yogasana is to recondition the system, both mind and body, and to develop the nervous and glandular systems. The different Yoga postures have been devised to bring a rich supply of blood to the brain and to the various parts of the spinal column. The yogasana work by stretching, bending and twisting the spinal column in different directions to promote the health of the nerves. When the body is purified, Prana (vital energy) can be conserved and the individual becomes healthy and conscious.-Swami Adhyatmananda << More>>
Continuous twenty four hours worship services will be offered for the peace and prosperity of the Mankind to Lord Vishvanath at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. All are welcome to holy Shivaratri worship and receive the grace of God Gurudev.
Abhishekatmak Laghurudra (March 2, 2011) 4.00am to 6.45am, Shodoshopchar Puja 7.00am to 9.30 am, Shringar Darshan 9.30am to 12.00pm, Abishekatmak Laghurudra 12.30pm to 4.00pm, Maha Aarti 12.00am & 4.00am, Bhashma Aarati 7 pm by Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj, Prahar Puja (Hourly) - 8.00pm to 4.00am(next day), Satsang and Bhajans starting from evening and continuous through out the night by eminent artist & musician. 5.00pm to 5.00am( March 3, 2011). Mahaprasad will be served to all the devotees on March 3rd at noon. If you can not participate physically, you can join by sponsoring puja also. Please contact the ashram for details : email@example.com / call # 079 26861234
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
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