NEWSLETTER - January 2020
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Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
  January  2020
OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!    
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
"New Year Message" by Swami Sivananda
On this glorious New Year’s day make a strong resolve to wipe away all the old worldly Vasanas or tendencies and bad impressions and to control the senses and the mind.
Know the value of time. Time is most precious. Utilise every second profitably. Live every moment of your life for the realisation of your ideal and goal. Do not procrastinate. That "tomorrow" will never come. Now or never. Abandon idle gossiping. Kill egoism, laziness and inertia. Forget the past. A glorious and brilliant future is awaiting you.

Equal vision is the touchstone of knowledge. Unselfishness is the touchstone of virtue. Brahmacharya is the touchstone of ethics. Oneness is the touchstone of Self-realisation. Humility is the touchstone of devotion. Therefore, be unselfish, humble and pure. Develop equal vision. Be in tune with the Infinite. -Swami Sivananda <More>>
Early Morning Meditation talks from" Ponder These Truths" by Sri  Swami Chidananda

"This Moment" 
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.
And what is life and what is time if it is not now, if it is not this moment? Without any distinction of age or sex or caste or creed or race it is given to everyone, saint or sinner. That is the equal vision of the Divine. It is not withheld from anyone. It is given to everyone. God comes to everyone as this moment. This is life. This is the I AM God—here, now. That is the greatest thing. This moment is the most tremendous thing that can happen to you. It is the greatest thing that can be given to you. Be wise. Make use of this moment and bless yourself eternally. - Swami Chidananda << More>>

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. <<More>>  
Highlighting upcoming event and news
Bhagavat Katha at Rishikesh  (October 31, 2019, to - Nov 6, 2019): How fortunate and blessed are those who could attend Srimad Bhagawat Katha by His Holiness Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj adorning on Vyasasan!  It was indeed a grand and memorable event for one and all. This was attended by more than 700 devotees from all over India, as well as from Taiwan and the USA. It was organized as a part of Amrut Mahotsav celebrations of H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh.
Pujya Swamiji discourses on Bhagavat Kathamrut was enlightening, Krishna Janmotsav, narrating Krishna Lilla, Goverdhan Puja, Rukhmini Vivah, the teachings given by Lord Krishna to Uddhava on the eve of His departure, the Soul-stirring Kirtan ... all were a Divine experience for all. << Read More>>.

Jnan Yajana - Prasthan Trayee Parayan ( Nov 24, 2019, to Dec 6, 2019):  A grand starting session of Prasthan Trayee Parayan on Nov 24, 2019, was in the holy presence of Paramadrsh Vedanta Peethathiswar Sri Swami Bhaskarananda Saraswati Ji at Chidananda Dhyan Mandir, Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj gave an inaugural speech and enlightened all. About more than fifty Saints, Mahatmas, Mahamandleshwers, and Bhramcharis as well devotees attended this sacred JnanYajana. Pujya Sri Swami Sarvananda Giriji was the Pramukh Acharya and had led the entire Jana Yajana.  It was full twelve hours of daily program schedule that included recitation of Brahma Sutras, Ten Principal Upanishad namely; Isha, Kena, and Katha, Prashan, Mundaka, Mandukya, Tattiriya, Aitareya, Chhandogya and Brihadaranyaka, Bhagavat Gita and Sri Vishnu Sahsranama and two hours of discourses on “MANDUKYA UPANISHAD” and Mandukya Karikas by learned scholars from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm. The Prasthan Trayee parayan concluded on Dec 6, 2019.
It was a spiritual feast for the devotees to listen to great MANDUKYA UPANISHAD and its explanatory treatise Mandukya Karika by Acharya Gaudapada. The Mandukya Upanishad mantras provide us with the staple food for our intellect by enunciating the Truth while the Karika graphically reveals to us a line of inquiry and thinking with logic and reason to find out that Truth. << Read More>>

News & Activity Report for the Month of December 2019
News Through the event photos

Divya Jivan /January 2020

Chidananda Darshan - through Life incidence of Guru Maharaj
Swamiji was to go to Calcutta. On the way to the station the party had to cross an overbridge. It was already time and they moved briskly when the other members of his party reached the platform, the train had already arrived, but Swamiji was still on the other side of the overbridge. When some devotees, anxiously ran to locate him, they found him by the side of a blind person. It so happened that the blind man had begged Swamiji to give him something but Swamiji could not give him anything because his bag had already been taken to the platform - nor could he go away without giving him something. The moment the devotees saw him they requested him to kindly make haste for the train might leave any moment. Swamiji did not comment; he only spread his upper garment and begged them all on behalf of the blindman. The devotees poured into the apron, notes and coins. Swamiji collected everything and gave the large amount to the blind man whispering confidentially in his ears that he should be careful with the money. After that he calmly crossed the over bridge, got into his compartment and did a little Divya Nam Kirtan. Only then did the train start. Swamiji's unruffled state of mind and his compassion which overpower all considerations of personal difficulty are beautifully illustrated by this incident.
Swami Vivekananda Jayanti ( Jan 12, 2020)
Amrut Mahotsav Celebration of H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj

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