Newsletter March 2020

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



"All this is verily Brahman. This Atman (the Supreme Self) is Brahman. This Atman has four quarters (four feet, portions, aspects or conditions)."

This Atman called Om is Para (higher) Brahman as well as Apara (lower) Brahman and has four quarters, four feet, not like those of a cow, but like the fractions of a coin.

This Atman is Brahman. Brahman cannot be demonstrated. But it is possible to infer its existence from certain empirical facts. The existence of Brahman is inferred or known on the ground of its being the self of everyone. For, everyone is conscious of the existence of his self and never thinks "l am not." If the existence of the Self were not known, everyone would think "I am not." And this Self of whose existence all are conscious, is Brahman. That Brahman whose existence is inferred by certain empirical facts, by the study of the Upanishads, is now pointed out as being directly cognized or realized by the text, "Ayam Atma Brahma-this self or jivatma is Brahman." The word Atma means that which pervades all.
pad: four feet; four quarters; Pada means foot or instrument. Visva (Jagrat Avastha, the waking state), Taijasa (Svapna Avastha, the dreaming state), Prajna (Sushupti Avastha, the state of deep sleep) and Turiya, super consciousness which is same as Brahman, the Atman.,

 Visva is the individual soul who experiences the gross objects in the waking state. Visva is the reflected intelligence (Chaitanya, Chidabhasa). Taijasa is the reflected Chaitanya, the individual soul who experiences the dream objects in the dreaming state. Prajna is the individual soul, the reflected Chaitanya or intelligence who experiences the bliss of deep sleep state. Visva, Taijasa and Prajna are one. The experience of Prajna in deep sleep is expressed by Visva in the waking state. It is Visva who says: "l enjoyed sound sleep last night. I did not know anything." - Sri Swami Sivananda  << Read More>>

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Early Morning Meditation talks from" Ponder These Truths"
 
"Brahma Satyam Jagan -Mithya"

The highest ultimate declaration, the quintessential truth, declared by people of the supreme absolute experience is Brahma Satyam Jagan-Mithya Jivo-Brahmaiva Naparah (Brahman alone is real, the world is unreal. Jiva is not other than Brahman).

 
I shall tell you within the compass of half a verse the quintessence, the heart, the very essence of the teachings expounded in innumerable scriptures and that is: Brahman alone is real. This phenomenal appearance before us is only a relative reality, ever-changing, unstable, unreliable, never dependable, limited, subject to time and space, subject to decay and dissolution, having a beginning and an end. Characterized by these defects and shortcomings, everything here seen, perceived by the human individual consciousness, is but a mere temporary relative reality. And the individual soul that thinks of itself as the knower of this, or the seer of this, or the experiencer of this ever-changing phenomenal flux, which is called samsara or the universe, is a non-entity, for Brahman alone is real and the jivatman, the individual, is Brahman plus upadhis (limiting adjuncts or additions).- Swami Chidananda Swami Chidananda << Read More>>

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Learning of  "Jeevan Yog" from a Yoga Acharya Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
Through TV episodes of "Jeevan Yoga" Series by Doordarshan Girnar
 
Primary & Main Yogasana (Yoga Postures)
The Physical techniques of Yoga are the stepping stones to meditation. According to Patanjali, Yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind.

In the beginning the primary prerequisite to peace of mind is posture. Yogasana practiced to gain steady posture, health and lightness in the body. All Yoga postures are intended to directly or indirectly quiet the mind. The majority of Asana have been devised to build up different parts of the body and to develop the strength required by the more advanced  Physical disciplines. The purpose of the yogasana is to recondition the system, both mind and body, and to develop the nervous and glandular systems. The different Yoga postures have been devised to bring a rich supply of blood to the brain and to the various parts of the spinal column. The yogasana work by stretching, bending and twisting the spinal column in different directions to promote the health of the nerves. When the body is purified, Prana (vital energy) can be conserved and the individual becomes healthy and conscious. << Read More>> 
 
46 th Yoga Teachers Training Course (YTTC)  Through SIVA ( Yoga Center from May 11, 2020 to May30, 2020: Enhance your skill in Yoga, be a teacher and spread the knowledge to others. You can accomplish all that by systemically learning from a Master. Join YTTC at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. For the details, visit our SIVA Yoga Center  / Guest Info page /Reg. form

Upcoming  814 th Yoga Shibir (April 20, 2020 - April 29, 2020) by H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji : Prior Registration is required. Please contact the Ashram office by e mail sivananda_ashram@yahoo.com or by Telephone  # 079-26861234  Fax #  079-26862345 

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Highlighting upcoming event and news

Amrut Mahotsav (75 th Birth Anniversary) Celebration  Year (May 3, 2019 - May 3, 2020 of H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj...........Satsang programs, Spiritual Retreat, Pilgrimage to holy places, Srimad Bhagawat Saptah, Jnan Yajana - Prasthan Trayee Parayan , Gita Parayan, Youth programs, Yoga Retreat, Adhyatma Tour and more.... have been organized through out the year by the Ashram as well as devotee groups in India and abroad. Please join us Maa Sri Ashtalaxmi Patotsav in the concluding of Amrutmahotsav Celebration (April 20, 2020 - May 3, 2020).   
 
We bring you just the glimpses of the core feelings of love & gratitude expressed by devotees, organizers, hosts, yoga attendees, the press reporters, sick and ailing and more... in so many different words. It is overwhelming and what could be the better time than now to share them with all while we are celebrating Pujya Swamiji's Amrut Mahotsav !
 
"With the Grace of Divine, we got the opportunity to host Pujya Swamiji on His first visit to the USA and thereafter for the past twenty-five years we are fortunate to receive HIS Satsang and Blessings in abundance. The peculiar joy that we experience in HIS presence is inexplicable and difficult to describe. The mere presence of His lifts us to a different plane of spirituality and enlightenment that lingers on. We feel being bathed in love and purity. We are touched by His radiating divinity and the multifaceted magnetic personality. How could you describe Infinite with finite Words! We feel that Unmanifest has found an able instrument in Him to manifest His Grace & Divinity." - Naiks

"Detroit, Michigan Community Benefited from Swami Ji’s Guidance on Yoga, Scriptures, and “Art of Saatvik Living”. We all feel very blessed with Swami Ji’s presences & guidance, and look forward to many more such opportunities." - Anil Lal, (President of DJSS, USA)

"We have been and continued to be blessed by His presence in our life and His teachings. Wherever Swami-Ji goes, Love is there. Peace is there. Joy is there. God is there. We are better people as a result of His sharing of the Light."- Sharon (Sudha) Alitt (Founder & Director of Kula Kamal Yoga Asharam, PA )

"It is always a joy to receive Sri Swami Adhyatmananda ji Maharaj at Anoopam Mission. To see Him and Revered Sahebdada is to see conflations of holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna. We have never felt that he comes from a different organization. He is very much " Anoopam". We wish for his visits to AMUK, again and again, to inspire us Sadhus' and devotees to live and lead the pious life to the very core." - Himmat Swami (UK)

"Swami Adhyatmanandaji’s Yoga classes reverberated in Atlanta":  Free Yoga classes conducted by Swami Adhyatmananda attracted many and the way Swami taught yoga to participants still reverberating in the minds of all participants. Young, old and children from all walks of life participated in these yoga classes enthusiastically. People from diverse nations and cultures attended these classes in big numbers ....Dr Prakash Desai, facilitator of Swamiji’s yoga classes said to India Tribune, as a result of the publication in Atlanta Constitution, there were five to six missing calls while answering a call from one yoga enthusiastic. Experienced a very hard time to attend phone calls received from people who wanted to attend these yoga classes, Dr Desai added, there was an overwhelming response, he said. Each day, morning and evening couple of hundreds that include householders, office goers, doctors, lawyers and businessmen throng to the five day free yoga classes conducted by Swami Adhyatmananda -by Sri. Ravi Ponangi (PR India Tribune, Atlanta)
 
"We are fortunate and grateful to have Swamiji in our midst to "recharge" our mind/body/spirit and look forward to his next visit." - Sri Rajesh Laugani, Toledo (OH)

"Pujya Swamiji is the embodiment of the teachings of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. He is a tireless karma yogi who utilizes every second of his day in rendering the highest service to Mankind." - Hari Ragwacharlu (Milwaukee, WI)
 
"Swamiji had made sure that his visits include my dad in a nursing home, who has been in recovery from his cancer treatment. My Dad was bedridden for quite some time but Pujya Swamiji's prayers and HIS healing blessings brought him to come to Mandir for satsang with us, Amazing! heart touching for our family! I was impressed by Swamiji's punctuality and commitment about his time and event. We were blessed to have him." - Nartan Shah (San Jose, CA)
 
"Swamiji has truly attuned Happiness at our newly started Happiness yoga Centre. Moments spent with H. H. Swamiji are most precious and invaluable to us." - Shaishav & Sunita (Founder of Happiness Yoga Center)
 
A request - "Project READ" (Rural Educational Aid Distribution):  Sivananda Ashram, Ahemdavad has taken up the "Project READ" for underprivileged & needy children of Rural area of Gujarat. It is an extensive program running in its fourth year that focuses on providing educational aid to the under served Children in the form of distributing Note-books, Books to junior grade students ( of 1st through 4th grade) and notebooks of 150 & 200 pages to higher grade students ( of 5th through 12th grade). This year about one lakh notebooks have been planned to be distributed free through various centers of Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sang of Gujarat. Ashram's team is doing wonderful work in coordinating, distributing and funding for this project. Also, many thanks to the selfless workers at various centers who goes to schools and make it possible to reach to the needy children.
 
The continuation of such comprehensive programs has been possible only because of the unstinting devotion and generous donation provided by selfless devotees of the Lord. We believe that offering that comes from within as an expression of gratitude, love and devotion does a lot of good to the devotee in his spiritual quest.

"The first step in the spiritual path is selfless service of humanity. Selfless service is the watchword along the road to salvation. Selfless service of humanity prepares the aspirant for the attainment of cosmic consciousness, or the life of oneness or unity with God. Aspirants should direct their whole attention in the beginning towards removal of selfishness by protracted selfless service." - Swami Sivananda
 
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Parables of Sri Swami  Sivananda
 
Parable Of the Ants and Mountain of Sugar
There were thousands of ants living on a hill of salt. Being informed by an ant that there is a mountain of sugar nearby, some ants went to have their fill from it. Many of them walked on and on, but throughout the mountain they could find nothing except salt, because they had in their mouths salt particles which they were reluctant to leave aside. Some few left aside the particles of salt and took their mouthfuls of sugar, thinking that they are carrying the whole of the mountain!

Similar is the case with the ordinary persons of the world, who cannot find Bliss even if they are informed that the mountain of Bliss lies with them, or that they are walking upon the mountain itself, for they are reluctant to leave aside the attachments and selfish ends to which they are fast bound.

Mind itself is the cause of bondage and liberation. If the salt-particles of attachment are not renounced, one cannot get abiding peace anywhere, throughout the universe. Some few are able to practice renunciation to a small extent. Thereby they experience only a little reflection of Bliss. Blessed is he who merges himself into Bliss, thereby becoming Bliss itself, the result of the supreme renunciation of all desires and attachments.
 
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