NEWSLETTER - May 2020
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Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
  May  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



The second quarter is the Taijasa whose sphere or field or place is dream, who is conscious of internal objects, who has seven limbs and nineteen mouths and enjoys the subtle objects.

The second quarter is the Taijasa whose sphere or field or place is dream, who is conscious of internal objects, who has seven limbs and nineteen mouths and enjoys the subtle objects.
During the dream, the mind creates various kinds of objects out of the impressions produced by the experiences of the waking state. The mind reproduces the whole of its waking life in dream through the force of Avidya (ignorance), Kama (desire and imagination) and Karma (action). The mind is the perceiver and the mind itself is the perceived in the dream. The mind creates the objects without the help of any external means. It creates various curious, fantastic mixtures. You may witness in the dream that you are flying in the air. You may see in the dream a lion with the head of an elephant, a cow with the head of a dog. The desires that are not satisfied during the waking state are gratified in dream. Dream is a mysterious phenomenon. It is more interesting than the waking state.

The microcosmic aspect of Atman in the subtle or mental state is called Taijasa and His macrocosmic aspect is known as Hiranyagarbha. Just as Virat is one with Visva in the waking state, so also Taijasa is one with Hiranyagarbha in the dreaming state. - Swami Sivananda << Read complete>>

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Early Morning Meditation talks from "Ponder These Truths"

"Connect Yourself With GOD"

"You must keep in contact with the source of your being, be ever linked and connected with the origin from which you are. Then, day by day, your spirit will begin to unfold. It will grow, develop, progress, expand, and you will attain divine experience. You will become divine."

"But when there is no connection, or you have alienated yourself from It, or forgotten It, or thought of yourself as something independent, then you are full of sorrow and anxiety, pain and suffering, misery and fear. You are full of a sense of want. Why? Because you have unwisely cut yourself off from the source of your being. The secret of a progressive and fruitful life is to be inwardly ever linked with God, linked with the Cosmic Being. If you neglect to do that, then your life will be just what it is, always in a state of discontentment, dejection, depression, dissatisfaction. All the negative things come to prevail, to dominate and torment you, to pull you hither and thither. You feel helpless, you weep and wail. You do not know what to do. You are in despair."

"So remember, separation from God is the root cause of all human miseries, the center of the human problem. That itself causes bondage. Put an end to this alienation and separation by Yoga, by bhakti, by jnana, by enquiry, by discrimination, by sadhana. Seriously strive after that supreme state of being constantly in a state of oneness, attunement with the Supreme and overcome the sorrows of samsara. Banish the darkness of ignorance and bondage and come into the light of supreme divine wisdom. That is the wise way. Do it now and become blessed. God bless you with success in your sadhana! Gurudev grant you ultimate fulfillment of your aspiration and your desire!" - Swami Chidananda << Read complete>>

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A Birthday Greetings to H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj ( May 3, 2020)

"WILL Power Wins ALL Powers"- Swami Adhyatmananda.  How powerful and inspiring these words are at the present time of Gobal COVID -19 Crisis!

"Long Live Swamiji ". May 3, 2020, is (in two days) Pujya Swamiji's Birth Anniversary. Countless devotees' hearts are full of love & gratitude feelings for Pujya Swamiji in the East & the West on this special day. They are silently offering prayers for Swamiji's good health & long life.

Sivananda Ashram had planned Amrut Mahotsav celebrations and organized Satsang programs with Mahatma & felicitation of Pujya Swamiji Maharaj for HIS Selfless services to Mankind but all festivities have been canceled due to the COVID Crisis. Instead, under Pujya Swamiji's guidance & leadership Ashram has started Relief efforts in distribution of food packages to needy in the underprivileged area of the town. Also,  Ashram is hosting doctors & health care workers, who have come from out of town and serving the sick. Swamiji has been giving talks through TV Media and instilling strength, guidance and supports to the community around. Swamiji is teaching simple yogic exercises and giving useful tips through simple remedies to boost up the immunity to help fight against the COVID -19 through TV media. His prayers are bringing the healing touch and solace to the people.
 
He is a true KarmYogi, who utilizes every second of His day in rendering the highest service to Mankind. He is a yogi, Vedantin & devotee all in one.

"A great son (sun) of India Adhyatma-Jyoti Sri Swami Adhyatmananda Saraswati an "Adarsh" Yati & Saint of holy Matrubhoomi Bharatvarsha." - H. H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj  How true are the words of HIS Master!
 
We pray to the Almighty Lord, Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj for Pujya Swamiji’s good health and long life so that He could be a guiding light to spiritual aspirants all over.

"Amrut Mahotsav year" (Celebrating 75 th Birth Anniversary of H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj

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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

Surya Namaskara or Sun Salutation ("salute to the sun"), is a common sequence of Hatha Yoga asanas. Its origins lie in a worship of Surya, the Hindu Solar deity. This sequence of movements and poses can be practiced on varying levels of awareness, ranging from that of physical exercise in various styles, to a complete sadhana, which incorporates asana, pranayama, mantra and chakra meditation.
 
 The physical base of the practice links together twelve asanas in a dynamically performed series. These asanas are ordered so that they alternately stretch the spine backwards and forwards. When performed in the usual way, each asana is moved into with alternate inhalation and exhalation (except for the sixth asana where the breath is held in external suspension). A full round of Surya namaskara is considered to be two sets of the twelve poses with a change in the second set to moving the opposite leg first through the series.<< More>>

46 th YTTC ( May 11, 2020 -May 31, 2020)  through Sivananda Institute of Yoga - Vedanta Academy - Canceled

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Highlighting upcoming event and news

At this time of Global Crisis due to Corona Virus Pandemic, all the regular Yoga & satsang programs has been canceled at the Ashram until further notice. Ashram's Priest performs daily worship at all the shrines but all the temples are closed for casual visitors. Also, the planned upcoming Satsang programs, Yoga camp and scheduled Mangal Utsav celebrations from April 13, 2020, to May 31, 2020, all have been canceled.

Ashram has started relief efforts in the distribution of food packages to the needy in the underprivileged area of the town and joined in helping hands. Each food package contains Pou-roti, a pouch of Milk, two bananas, cooking spices, Grains potatoes, onions & oil pouch, etc.
 
46 th Yoga Teachers training Course (YTTC) from May 11, 2020 - May 31, 2020 is canceled.
 
Be safe,  stay healthy and play your part in the whole to prevent the spread of Corona Virus!
 
News & Activity Report for the Month of April 2020
 
Divya Jivan/ March 2020

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Parables of Sri Swami  Sivananda
 
Parable of The Boy Who Watered The Root

A father wanted to test the intelligence of his two sons. He allotted to each of them the task of looking after a mango tree, promising to reward the boy whose tree yielded the best fruit in abundance. The foolish boy discovered that the leaves were withering off and that flowers were coming up at the end of the branches. Promptly he went up the tree and carefully watered every leaf. The leaves withered still more and the tree eventually died. The wise boy, on the other hand, went on watering the root; the tree was green and healthy and yielded delicious fruits in abundance.

Similarly, God gives human birth to man in order to test the evolution of his intelligence. The foolish man, eager to get the reward of Eternal Peace and Immortality, seeks to pay attention to the satisfaction of his sense-cravings, and to the acquisition of worldly knowledge, for he thinks that it is the right way. He dies the miserable death of an ignorant man. The wise man, on the contrary, devotes himself to the contemplation of God, the Root of all Creation, and thus obtains all the wealth and knowledge of the universe. God is well pleased with him and bestows upon him the reward of Immortality and Eternal Bliss.

 
 
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