Newsletter July 2020

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Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
  July 2020
OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!    
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
Key to Bliss - "Meditation on OM" from Mandukya Upnishad by Swami Sivananda

"This is the Lord of all, this is the knower of all, this is the Internal Ruler, this is the cause of all, this is verily the Origin and End of all beings."

Sarvesvara: Lord of all, i.e., the Governor of the whole physical and super-physical universe. As all the mental and physical worlds proceed from lsvara, as He is omnipotent, as He controls everything, He is called the Lord of all. lsvara is not something separate from the world. Prajna is regarded as equal to Isvara. Just as the whole world has come out of Isvara, so also the waking and dream states have come out of deep sleep. That is the reason why in the previous Mantra it is said that the deep sleep state is the doorway or gateway to the waking and dream states. The waking and dream states dissolve also in the deep sleep state.

This Prajna is the knower of all as He is in all beings and all conditions. Hence He is called All-knowing. He is Antaryami, i.e., inner ruler, the governor of all beings, from within. He is the controller from within. He has entered into all beings and directs everything from within. He is the source or womb of all. From Him proceeds the varied universe. Therefore He is also the origin, and the place of dissolution for all beings. All beings finally disappear in Him. He is the final resort for all beings. <<Read Complete>>
"Guru Mahima" on the occasion of sacred Guru Purnima (July 5, 2020)

"The Sadguru is Brahman Himself. He is an ocean of bliss, knowledge, and mercy. He is the captain of your soul. He is he fountain of joy. He removes all your troubles, sorrows, and obstacles. He shows you the right divine path. Guru is the Moksha-dvara (door to liberation). Worship the Guru with the flowers of faith and devotion. Satsanga with the Guru is the first pillar in the temple of Self-realisation. Grace of God takes the form of Guru. To see the Guru is to see God.  He is the gateway to the transcendental Truth-Consciousness. But, it is the aspirant who has to enter through it. The, Guru is a help, but the actual task of practical Sadhana (spiritual practice) falls on the aspirant himself. Blind is the man who has not seen the divine Master. There is but one religion, the religion of devotion and love to Guru. Everyone who longs to transcend misery and obtain joy and happiness in life should sincerely practise Guru-Bhakti Yoga. True lasting happiness can be had by taking recourse to Guru Seva Yoga. Guru-Bhakti Yoga confers immortality, eternal bliss, freedom, perfection, perennial joy and everlasting peace." - Swami Sivananda << Read complete>>

Early Morning Meditation talks from "Ponder These Truths" by Swami Chidananda

"The GURU is HIS teaching "
" By the light of the sun, the whole world awakens.  By the light of the sun, darkness is banished, slumber gives place to wakefulness and sloth gives place to activity.  By the light of the sun, all beings in this world see things, perceive things clearly....Thus the sun is the awakener; the sun is the enlightener; the sun is the marga darsaka (one who shows the path).  It is the sun that guarantees smooth, unhampered progress towards each oneís destination. When the sun is not there, one is, as it were, blind, even though having eyes.

In the life of a sincere seeking soul, in the life of jijnasu, a mumukshu, a sadhaka, a spiritual aspirant, the Guru is as it were, the Sun. Just as the Guru is channel for the individual soul to re-link itself with the universal Soul, even so, a channel between our Guru and ourselves is called Guru- bhakti. True Guru-bhakti is divine power,  it is divine force. The more adverse the circumstances, the greater the manifestation of grace; the greater the manifestation of Guru kripa. God's grace and Guru Kripa are the obverse and reverse of the same coin. "  "Guru Kripa is God's grace manifesting in and through the Guru."

"It is the Guru that points out the path and makes us see the path clearly. He points out the pitfalls and dangers upon the path, makes us alert, vigilant jagrit. And, even as the sun initiates activity, so the Guru inspires us to arise awake, seek knowledge, attain illumination and become forever blessed. All this and more the Guru does." - Swami Chidananda << Read Complete>>

Learning of  "Jeevan Yog" from a Yoga Acharya Sri 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 << Read Complete>> << "Jeevan Yoga" Series>>

Highlighting the News & Upcoming Events

6 th International Yoga Day (June 21, 2020) was celebrated through Television Media under COVID -19 Pandemic restriction. Revered Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji, a Yoga Guru of Global repute had many TV programs on this occasion. Dur Darshan Girnar (D.D Girnar Gujarat), Amdavadtak, Indian Yoga Association( Gujarat, Ahmedabad chapter) and other local organizations invited Sri Swamiji...... Sri Swamiji conducted Yoga & Pranayam sessions,  Guided Meditation, talked about Yoga in daily Life, Health and Happiness through Yogic Lifestyle, Yoga to boost up the Immunity, and more.....Countless people from all walks of life, Young & Old, Yoga lovers & Yoga beginners all attended Yoga at Home & Yoga with family through TV media and got benefited. <<Read complete>> 

A new release of Amrut Mahotsav Souvenir:  "A treasure volume" of core sentiments of love & gratitude by devotees of Pujya Swamiji Maharaj from the East & the West. Simply Heart touching & memorable......compiled by Smt. Rupa Manish Majmundar, an ardent devotee of Pujya Swamiji Maharaj on the occasion of  Amrut Mahotsav Celebrations Year( May 3, 2019 - May 3, 2020) of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. It was released on Jun 12, 2020. Thanks to all the Devotees from all over India, Taiwan, USA, Canada & UK for their contribution and thanks to Smt. Rupaben for her wonderful gesture of love & gratitude. Please find the link of Complete Book (PDF).

There is a second souvenir on the way soon.............with COVID-19 Lockdown, it has gotten delayed in printing by the Press.

Upcoming GuruPurnima Satsang (July 5, 2020)
News & Activity Report for the Month of June 2020
News Through Event photos
Divya Jivan /July

Wisdom Sparks

"Guru, God and Self are one." "The grace of the Guru is like an ocean. If one comes with a cup he will only get a cupful. It is no use complaining of the niggardliness of the ocean. The bigger the vessel the more one will be able to carry. It is entirely up to him." -  Bhagvan Ramana Maharshi

"Rain-water falling upon the roof of a house flows down to the ground through spouts shaped grotesquely like the tiger's head. One gets the impression that the water flows from the tiger's mouth, but in reality it descends from the sky. In the same way the holy teachings that comes from the mouth of Godly men seem to be uttered by those men themselves, while in reality they proceed from God." -  Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa

A Guru lives in God. He has realized God. He knows God. He has become God. He speaks of God. He shows the way to God. He is God intoxicated. He is God Himself. He is one with God.The Guru constitutes a ladder for the pilgrims to the shrine of God. Wherever the Guru stays even for a half a second, that place becomes sacred place like Varanasi, Prayag or Brindavan. The Guru is Godís messenger on earth. The God reveals Himself in a Guru in His full glory, infinite power, wisdom and bliss. - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda

"Glory to Guru" by Swami Adhyatmananda

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