Divya Jivan NewsletterAugust 2011
Bhagavan Sri Krishna is the immortal manifestation of God in all His splendor, that man was ever given the fortune to behold. Man! Blessed thou art, that hast visualised with thy fleshly eyes the mighty Dignity of the Supreme Sovereign of the Universe! Thou art purified; thy birthright is to realise Him; thy fortune is a part of His Greatness! Sri Krishna may be called the "Collective Man", who represented all beings hungering and thirsting to gain the Highest Freedom and who voiced forth their deepest aspirations in the loudest possible tone. He came to release man from the thraldom of vice and correct his vision so that he could walk along the ever-illumined path to perfection. Sri Krishna is the articulation of the pure longings that are buried in the hearts of people. Sri Krishna is not merely a historical man who came and went, like others, but the Eternal Purusha who dwells even now and shall live in the everlasting future, in the core of all manifestation. It is the Symbol of the Absolute descended into relativity that we call Krishna, the ever-beloved protector of all that breathe and air."
"So Sri Krishna is called an Avatara, a descent of God in the world, of the Whole in the parts, of the Absolute in the relative. An Avatara is different from a Rishi or a Jivanmukta who represents an ascent of man to God, whereas the Avatara is a descent of God to man, consciously and deliberately. Sri Krishna lived the universal life, laughed a universal laughter, and walked on earth as the moving Spirit of the universe. To worship Him is to be in the Presence of God; to know Him is to realise the Self."- Swami Sivananda << More>>
" This Moment" - "True life is made up of “now.” True life is not made up of bygone yesterdays or uncertain tomorrows. What we have is like a lump of clay in a sculptor’s hands or a piece of gold in a goldsmith’s shop. We can create out of it what we will. At this moment, what are we doing with the time we have? Are we thinking of something else? Are we forming opinions of people who are sitting beside us or of the person speaking to us? Or, are we engaged in making our life sublime, enriching ourselves, uplifting ourselves, drawing nearer to the Divine, and awakening within, unfolding ourselves, shining with the awakened light? What are we engaged in doing in this moment?
This moment, this concept, this word, this fact, this truth is the most tremendous truth of life. Life is made up of this moment and this moment only—not of dead yesterdays nor of unborn tomorrows. But your life to each one of you is not even today. It is this moment. This moment is what we effectively have. Other aspects of time are what you imagine you have. Other aspects of time are present in your mind as ideas and concepts. They are most deceptive ideas.
This moment is God. God comes to you as this
moment. He does not descend in some sort of supramundane shape and
size with lights flashing and sound emanating. He comes silently as
this moment. Now is God. He constantly keeps coming to you as now,
as this moment. We have to help God to help us when He comes as
kaloham—I am time, I am life".- Swami Chidananda <<
Can 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..<<
Upcoming Spiritual Retreat (Aug 14, 2011 - Aug 18, 2011) at Lonavala ( near Mumbai). Prior registration is required. for details contact Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad # 079-26861234 /firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us in Sri Krishna Janmashtmi Satang & Kirtan ( August 22, 2011 9.00 pm -11.30 pm)
Activity Report for the Month of July 2011
"I am the Self, O Gudakesha, seated in the hearts of all beings! I am the beginning, the middle and also the end of all beings."
"Having become the fire Vaisvanara, I abide in the body of living beings and, associated with the Prana and Apana, digest the fourfold food."
"And, I am seated in the hearts of all; from Me are memory, knowledge, as well as their absence. I am verily that which has to be known by all the Vedas; I am indeed the author of the Vedanta, and the knower of the Vedas am I."
"Abandoning all duties, take refuge in Me alone; I will liberate thee from all sins; grieve not."
"Wherever there is Krishna, the Lord
of Yoga, wherever there is Arjuna, the archer, there are
prosperity, happiness, victory and firm policy; such is
Krishnarpanmastu ! Gurudevarpanamstu!
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Diwali Prasad booklet - "Kanakdhara Stotram" ( Sanskrit/ Gujarati/ English)
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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