Newsletter September 2020

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Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
  September 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 by Swami Sivananda




"This is that Atman even with regard to the letters (of the word OM); it is the Omkara with its parts. The quarters are the parts, and the parts the quarters. The parts of Om are "A," "U" and "M"."

In the previous Mantras the Atman has been described from the viewpoint of the states of waking, dream, sleep and Turiya. The same Atman is described from the viewpoint of the sound OM in the following Mantras. This will help meditation on Om. Om is analyzed into its constituent sound elements 'A,' 'U' and 'M' in order to identify them with the states of waking, dream and sleep. Those which constitute the quarters of the Atman are the letters of AUM, "A", "U" and "M". << Read More>>

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Remembering Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj  on His Birth Anniversary ( Sept 8, 2020)
 
Our Adoration and Prostration to the Lotus Feet of  Most Worshipful and Revered Gurudev Sri Swami Sivnandaji Maharaj.
  
 "Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj was the Man for the Mankind. Each breath of his life he breathed to serve, love and give the best what he could give or the best he could do for the mankind. He was a Godman, filled with wonderful love in his heart. From head to toe he was oozing with divine nectar of love, love and love only. He lived all his life for the good of mankind and he became a person beloved by countless people all over the world" << Read More>>  

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Early Morning Meditation talks from "Ponder These Truths" by Swami Chidananda
 
“Wake up at dawn each day to salute the Universal Being. Bow down in adoration unto Him before you start the day. Go through the day serenely, full of happiness and contentment. There is nothing to condemn in this world. Change your angle of vision. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Stop anxiety and smile gently unto yourself. Feel that the whole world is the manifestation of the Lord and you are serving the Lord in all these names and forms. Convert life into Yoga. Strive to be a Sadachari and paropakari. God walks with the simple, reveals Himself through the sufferer, gives understanding to the noble and keeps His Grace from the haughty. So renounce ego, cultivate virtues and be free. Keep the mind always calm and peaceful. Be the conqueror of your mind, the subduer of your desires and a master of your destiny, for you are the master.”
"When you wake up in the morning, you wake up into something very special. This emergence should constitute for you a rebirth into sadhana. In this new birth there should be no more slackness, no more pretence, and no more half-heartedness. Therefore, may we be reborn not once, not twice, but again and again until there is no longer any necessity or need for any such rebirth or re-emergence.”

“Life is an inward journey of the spirit. It is a journey that has no arriving or reaching, but a journey of knowing. It is a journey without movement. It starts from the point where you have to arrive."-- 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
 
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.
Jeevan Yoga ( Video clips)

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Highlighting the News & Upcoming Events
 
After five months of COVID-19 lockdown, the ashram has opened a temple for the darshan to the community from August 21, 2020. Visitors are permitted to enter the ashram with all the precautions, wearing MASK, maintaining an essential social distance, ashram's volunteers are checking the temperature of everyone, before entering the Ashram premises and use hand sanitizer etc. No Prasad distribution or crowd will be allowed during the Aarti. Regular Yoga classes are still not yet started.

Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj's daily Spiritual discourses are organized through Sivananda Ashram in collaboration with Amadavadtak Facebook TV media. "Shiv Katha" by H.H Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj during Shravan Month (July 21, 2020 - Aug 18, 2020) has concluded and now "Upanishad Amrutam" has commenced on "Kathopnishad" from Aug 23, 2020. Even though there is not usual devotees crowd attending live Satsang at the Ashram, hundreds of devotees are watching, listening online sitting at their own home in the present crisis of the COVID Pandemic! It is a blessing indeed! Please find link to facebook page.
 
"Project Manav Seva" - Narayan Seva to poor & needy families through Ashram in the form of Grocery distribution on the outskirts of the city at a distance of 40 km. Packages containing 5 kgs rice, 3 kgs lentils, 2 kgs Potatoes and edible oil, spices, to expenses of about Rs.75000 were distributed as humble seva in the name of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. Thanks to the ashram’s Yoga teachers team lead by Miss Sangeeta Thawani for their selfless services.

The continuation of such a comprehensive programs have been possible only because of the unstinting devotion and generous financial assistance provided by selfless devotees of the Lord.  Refer to the page for the details...........also please feel free to contact us through email sivananda_ashram@yahoo.com or contact directly  # +91 93761 05554.

News & Activity Report for the Month of August 2020 
News through the Event Photos
Divya Jivan / August-September 2020 (Srimad Bhagavat Amrutam)

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So Says Swami Sivananda

"Cultivate love in the garden of your heart by removing the weeds of jealousy, hatred, suspicion, revenge, pride and selfishness. The power of love is ineffable. Its depth is unfathomable. Its glory is indescribable. It is Divine."

"True  love is the greatest power on this earth. It rules without a sword and binds without a cord."

"Pure love ennobles the personality, purifies the heart and sanctifies your existence."

"There is no virtue higher than love, there is no treasure higher than love, there is no knowledge higher than love, there is no religion higher than love, love is truth and love is God. Wherever there is love, there is peace and wherever there is peace, there is joy."  

 Salutation & Prostrations to Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj
On His Birth Anniversary  ( Sept 24, 2020)
 
    
 
"Gurudevarpanmastu"
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