Divya Jivan Newsletter-April 2018
Sivananda Ashram , Ahmedabad
OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
Biography of Sri Sankaracharya - Who is regarded as
Avatara of Lord Shiva
Adi Sankaracharya Jayanti (April 20, 2018)
"Shankara, India’s greatest philosopher-saint, the incarnation of
Lord Shiva, reverently known as Srimath Adi Shankaracharya."
"Sankara’s supreme Brahman is Nirguna (without the Gunas), Nirakara
(formless), Nirvisesha (without attributes) and Akarta (non-agent).
He is above all needs and desires. Sankara says, "This Atman is
self-evident. This Atman or
is not established by proofs of the existence of the Self. It is not
possible to deny this Atman, for it is the very essence of he who
denies it. The Atman is the basis of all kinds of knowledge. The
Self is within, the Self is without, the Self is before and the Self
is behind. The Self is on the right hand, the Self is on the left,
the Self is above and the Self is below".
Satyam-Jnanam-Anantam-Anandam are not separate attributes. They form
the very essence of Brahman. Brahman cannot be described, because
description implies distinction. Brahman cannot be distinguished
from any other than He.
The objective world-the world of names and forms-has no independent
existence. The Atman alone has real existence. The world is only
Vyavaharika or phenomenal.
Sankara was the exponent of the Kevala Advaita philosophy. His
teachings can be summed up in the following words:
Brahma Satyam Jagat Mithya,
Jeevo Brahmaiva Na Aparah
Brahman alone is real, this world is unreal; the Jiva is identical
with Brahman - Swami Sivananda <<
17 th Brahmotsav of Sri Sri Ashtalaxmi Bahvan & Sri
Chidananda Dhyana Mandir/Sri Ashtalaxmi Darshan (April 29, 2018)
The Upnisads, the essence of Vedas, sing the glory
of the Mother-worship, "Matru Devo Bhava" is the famous saying of
the Upnisad. When God, Himself incarnates as Mother, naturally it
brings additional harmony to the Mother-worship. Laxmi is not money
only. Patience, discrimination, our progeny, education, victory etc.
are our wealth. The greatest wealth is character, patience and
discrimination. - Swami Sivananda
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Holy Sri Ashtalaxmi Bhavan and Sri Swami Chidananda Dhyan Mandir at
Sivananda Ashram, A'bad were inauguarated by most worshipful and
Rev.Gurudev Srimat Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj on April 29, 2001. Now
"Aand Utsav" is organized on the occasion of its 18 th anniversary.
Join with us for "Navchandi Yajana" and spiritual retreat (April 28,
2018 to May 3, 2018).
- By Swami Chidananda
Sri Yantra - Sri.
Yantra is Yantra of Bhagawati Sundri. It is called "Yantraraja". It
is Hymns of Mantras of Sri Lakshmi. Its each mantra has been
sanctified and established. This body of Yantra or Yantra chakra
contains Bindu (point), Rekha (line), Trikona (triangle) and Vritt(
circle). They have been placed according to certain rules
considering it as the body f a man with nine doors. Yantra is taken
as the body of Ashta-Devata
Early Morning Meditation Talk from " Ponder These truths" by Swami
Love is the central fact of this universe. Without it the universe
will not stand; it will disintegrate and fall away, because it is
love that upholds. It is present even in inert, gross matter as a
power that scientists know as cohesion. Cohesion is the outermost
manifestation of His love. It is that which holds everything
God’s love is boundless, motiveless, and it is available in
abundance to each and every one of His creatures, man and animal,
all forms of life. And more so to the human beings whom He made in
His own image, who are a part of His own Being. They are all a
manifestation of the supreme principle of love that is the innermost
essence of God. Thus in this world of change, in this world of
phenomena, if there is at all anything that is unchanging,
ever-constant, ever-present, most dependable, it is that God is love
and God’s love is available to you. This is the one great fact of
your own life. “Anpe Sivam! God is love!” - Swami Chidananda
"Jeevan Yog" from a Yoga Acharya Swami Adhyatmananda
Through TV episodes of "Jeevan Yoga" Series by Doordarshan Girnar
"Backache" - Principle causes of Backache, Treatment & Precautions
....... Bhujangasana, Baddha-Naukasana, Kati -Utthanasana,
Ushtrasana, Bharmari Pranayama & Shavasana are very helpful.
Practice of Shalabhasana at the end of Bhujangasana and practice of
Dhanurasana on completion of Ushtrasana are found very beneficial
for the backache. Therefore, without any type of hurry, with perfect
quiet attitude & balance state of mind, practise Asanas, Bhramari as
well as Omkar Pranayamas. << Read
Highlighting the news and upcoming events
41 st Yoga
Teachers Training Course (YTTc) through SIVA (Sivananda
International Vedanta-Yoga Academy): Transform your life to
Yoga way of Living. Enhance your skill in Yoga, be a teacher and
spread the knowledge to others. You can accomplish all that by
joining YTTC at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. It is organized under
the guidance & leadership of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyartmanandaji, who
has conducted over 750 Yoga camps in the East & the West. Ashram's
holy atmosphere is ideal for enhancing your spiritual growth as well
as the skill in the field of science of Yoga.
On completion of three weeks residential YTTC (200 Hrs) and
successfully passing the test, the graduate will receive a diploma
certificate recognized by Gujarat University and will be able to
teach Yogasana and pranayama to others. During your stay at the
Ashram, you will be provided a comfortable room and yogic diet (
three meals / day). Contact the ashram for the details. Plan ahead
and Register in time.
For the details, visit our SIVA Yoga
Center /registration form
/ Guest Info page
Maa Sri Ashtlaksmi Patotsav- Utsav Ganga (April 28, 2018 - May
3, 2018 ) You are invited to upcoming spiritual activities at the
News & Activity
Report for the Month of March 2018
Divya Jivan /
Q & A on Spiritual Life and Sadhana from “May I Answer That?”- by
Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
Why should I—the Brahman, I—the Cosmic Consciousness, the Existence
without another, the Infinite, the All-pervading and the Omniscient,
at all project Prakriti? Why must I be bound by the laws of Prakriti
and be limited by the phenomena of time, space, causation and
substance, and above all, why must I get involved in this process of
evolution and involution?
The eye cannot perceive itself. A man cannot stand on his own
shoulders. Even so, all enquiry into the Ultimate Cause, the
causeless Cause of all creation, is first confronted with a
formidable wall of primordial ignorance. He who annihilates his ego
to nothing at this point, and who thus obtains the grace of Isvara,
gets through this wall and enters the Kingdom of the Infinite. Then
he knows. But this knowledge cannot be communicated to others, as
this great wall is obstructing others from perceiving the Truth.
Therefore the ancient sage termed it an Ati-prasna or transcendental
Suffice it to know that God has created this world
in order to enable you to evolve and realize the Self, in order to
serve all and love all as His manifestations. The dacoit of
ignorance has kidnapped man from his palace of Self-awareness and
brought him to a thick forest; when the man wakes up, he does not
brood over how he came there, but tries to get out of the forest.
Even so, the earnest Sadhak tries to break the chain of
transmigration by attaining Self-realization.