Newsletter April 2018

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Divya Jivan Newsletter-April 2018
Sivananda Ashram , Ahmedabad
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OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!      
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
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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 Self 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 << Read More>>

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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 < Read More>>

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).

Eighfold Laxmi - 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

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Early Morning Meditation Talk from " Ponder These truths" by Swami Chidananda

"God is Love"
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 together.

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   << More>>

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Learning of  "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 More>>.

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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 Ashram

News & Activity Report for the Month of March 2018

News through Event photos

Divya JivanFebruary 2018  /March 2018

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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 question.

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.
 


Gurudevarpanmastu!

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