NEWSLETTER - September 2019
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Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
  September 2019
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OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!    
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
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Adoration & Prostrations Holy Master Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj on HIS Birth Anniversary (Sept 8, 2019)

"Gurudev Lived to serve All"

"Serve all. Love all. Service of humanity is worship of God. There is no greater yoga than service of mankind." These are the sterling utterances of  Gurudev. He was an embodiment of karma yoga."

Even when he was a monk in absolute seclusion, not speaking to anyone, engaged in intense spiritual sadhana—penance, meditation, introspection, study, silence—he used to go and work one hour a day or more at a little medical dispensary in Laxmanjula. Being an embodiment of selfless service as well as a qualified doctor, he was an ideal servant of the suffering and the sick, the yatris and the sadhus living nearby. And events are narrated how far he went to make his service one hundred per cent perfect and complete.

"Gurudev’s life after Self-realisation, after becoming an enlightened sage and shining as a great light of the Himalayas, was a saga of selfless service—service of the poor, service of the suffering, service of the sick, service of the distressed, service of spiritual aspirants and seekers, service of all humanity, service of the whole world. In diverse, numerous ways, his entire life was one great, continuous stream of selfless service. He had even forgotten how to think of himself; he could only think of others. He lived thinking of others: "In what way can I be of benefit, in what way can I serve?" That was Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj till the very last days."- Swami Chidananda << Read More>>

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Spiritual Significance of Navaratri ( Sept 29, 2019 - October 8, 2019)

"The central purpose of existence is to recognise your eternal identity with the supreme Spirit. It is to grow into the image of the Divine. The supreme One embodies the highest perfection. It is spotless purity. To recognise your identity with That, to attain union with That, is verily to grow into the very likeness of the Divine. The aspirant, therefore, as his initial step, has to get rid of all the countless impurities, and the demoniacal elements that have come to cling to him in his embodied state. Then he has to acquire lofty virtues and auspicious, divine qualities. Thus purified, knowledge flashes upon him like the brilliant rays of the sun upon the crystal waters of a perfectly calm lake."
 "This process demands a resolute will, determined effort and arduous struggle. In other words, strength and infinite power are the prime necessity. Thus it is the Divine Mother who has to operate through the aspirant. Let us now consider how?" ........Swami Sivananda << Read More >>

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"The Holy Stream"...........Life Divine of  His Holiness Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj ( on His Birth Anniversary September 24, 2019 ) 

The story of Swami Chidananda has been a story of total divinisation of the human personality. It is a story of silent service and complete self-effacement. On the basis of the profound authority of his personal experience and direct realisation, therefore, this peerless saint of the Himalayas could proclaim to the world of seekers: "Yoga is not only in Nirvikalpa Samadhi. It is in every moment. .............."

"How Rama came into his life is an instructive lesson to every seeker. To him in his childhood He came as the idol Kodanda Rama, whom he worshiped and in whom he had his whole being. At a later stage, He came to him in the shape of the unfortunate lepers. Then a time came when the Lord appeared before him in the form of the inspired words of Ramdas. Next, the life of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa rose before him as a beckoning ideal. Saints and mystics blessed him. At last, the Lord gave him Darshan in the form of his Sadguru. Sivananda entered into his very being. He was filled with devotion to Guru. Sivananda dwelt in him and he dwelt in Sivananda..................."  

The Holy Stream - Biography of Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj by Sarat Chandra Behera

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 Early Morning Meditation Talks from " Ponder These Truths " by  Sri  Swami Chidananda

Dying to The Little Self : ".......What Guru Maharaj has summed up as, “Die to live, lead the divine life.” “When shall I be free? When I shall cease to be.” “Then shall I be free, when I shall cease to be.” Then shall be the great orb, the great sunrise of God-awareness, God-consciousness, the great day of days, of rejoicing, of hallelujah, of vijaya (victory). And forever this human consciousness is set to rest, atyantika abhava (total, complete absence) of the false “I”. “For it is in dying to the little self that one attains to ever-lasting life.” It does not mean some grand or imaginary, fanciful, post-mortem stage or other-worldly stage. Everlasting life is here and now, and dying to the little self is the process of Yoga.  - Swami Chidananda ......  - Swami Chidananda ...... <<More>>

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Learning of  "Jeevan Yog" from a Yoga Acharya Swami Adhyatmananda
Through TV episodes of "Jeevan Yoga" Series by Doordarshan Girnar

"Backache"
 Principle causes of Backache, Treatment & Precautions .......

 Bhujangasana, Baddha-Naukasana, Kati -Utthanasana, Ushtrasana, Bharmari Pranayama & Shavasana are very helpful.
 Practice of Shalabhasana at the end of Bhujang­asana and practice of Dhanurasana on completion of Ushtrasana are found very beneficial for the backache. Therefore, without any type of hurry, with perfect quiet attitude & balance state of mind, practise Asanas, Bhramari as well as Omkar Pranayamas.  << Read More>>   / Jeevan Yoga Series

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Highlighting the News and upcoming events

44th Yoga Teachers Training Course (YTTC) through SIVA (Sivananda International Vedanta-Yoga Academy):
  Transform your life to Yoga way of Living. Enhance your skill in Yoga, be a teacher and spread the knowledge to others. You can accomplish all that by joining YTTC at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. It is organized under the guidance & leadership of  H. H. Sri Swami Adhyartmanandaji, who has conducted over 800 Yoga camps in the East & the West. Ashram's holy atmosphere is ideal for enhancing your spiritual growth as well as the skill in the field of science of Yoga.

On completion of three weeks residential YTTC (200 Hrs) and successfully passing the test, the graduate will receive a diploma certificate  recognized by Gujarat University and will be able to teach Yogasana and pranayama to others. During your stay at the Ashram, you will be provided a comfortable room and yogic diet ( three meals / day). Contact the ashram for the details.  Plan ahead and Register in time. << Reg Form>>
 

News & Activity Report for the Month of  August

News Through Event Photos

Amrut Mahotsav Celebrations at the Ashram - Photos

Divya Jivan/ August 2019

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Q & A on Spiritual Life and Sadhana from “May I Answer That?”- by Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.

Why does not the benevolent, kind and all-merciful God help the righteous man and give him happiness? Why does He leave him to the mercies of his Purva Karma?

Karma is likened to the wheel. It has to work out; because the force that set it in motion has to be spent. It is a cycle of action and reaction. Just as the arrow once discharged from the bow cannot be withdrawn, even if the hunter feels that he has aimed at a wrong target, Prarabdha Karma, the fruit of those Karmas performed in previous births that have come up for experience in this present birth, cannot be annulled.

How then does God help His devotee? The all-merciful God does help His devotee by strengthening his will-power, his power of endurance, to bear the Karma-Phala with a cheerful countenance. The devotee is certainly not left to the mercy of his Purva Karma; he is beautifully clothed in the protective shield of His grace. Just as in the worst winter and violent storm, you remain unaffected in your own house and in your warm clothing, the devotee (though to the onlookers he is poor, sick or suffering) does not feel that he is suffering at all and is ever happy and blissful in His remembrance.
 

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