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September  2007

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 Birthday Special (September 24, 2007) 





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Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi ( Sept 15, 2007) 

"SALUTATIONS to Lord Ganesha who is Brahman Himself, who is the Supreme Lord, who is the energy of Lord Shiva, who is the source of all bliss, and who is the bestower of all virtuous qualities and success in all undertakings.".....

"Lord Ganesha represents Om or the Pranava, which is the chief Mantra among the Hindus. Nothing can be done without uttering it. This explains the practice of invoking Ganesha before beginning any rite or undertaking any project. His two feet represent the power of knowledge and the power of action. The elephant head is significant in that it is the only figure in nature that has the form of the symbol for Om."........

"Lord Ganesha is an embodiment of wisdom and bliss. He is the Lord of Brahmacharins. He is foremost amongst the celibates.He has as his vehicle a small mouse. He is the presiding Deity of the Muladhara Chakra, the psychic centre in the body in which the Kundalini Shakti resides.".......Swami Sivananda << More>>

"Celebration of Swami Chidanandaji's Birthday (Sept 24, 2007) is really Worship of GOD." - Sri Swami Sivananda

"Chidananda is a Jeevanmukta, a great saint, an ideal Yogi, a Para Bhakta and a great sage. Swami Chidananda is all this and much more .... He was born to fulfil a great mission. He is the torch-bearer of my mission."- Swami Sivananda

"A Living Legacy Of Gurudev - The legacy which you have imbibed from Gurudev Sivanand is one hundred percent. We see in you all the miraculous and wondrous character of the Gurudev"- Swami Krishnananda

"Whose Smile Radiates Peace And Bliss - His face beams with the beauty of his heart and his heart shines with the love and light of his soul. His smile goes for miles and miles radiating peace and bliss."- Karm-Yogi Shuddhananda, Bhartiar

"A Modern St. Francis Assisi -The secret of his personal magnetism lies in the utter simplicity of his nature, in his firm faith in God and man and in his own Guru and in his deep sense of service and sacrifice." -Swami Satchidananda, U.S.A

A Souvenir - "Hari hi Kartaa"  <<More>>.
Hail Hail Chidananda!  - Swami Adhyatmananda

108 Names Of Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj

 "Divya Darshan" of Most Worshipful and Revered Sri Swami Chidanandji Maharaj at "Sri Chidananda Dhyan Mandir" is our constant source of inspiration at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. Ever since Sri Gurumaharaj inaugurated "Sri Ashtalaxmi Bhavan" and "Sri Chidananda Dhyan Mandir" in 2001, His Spiritual Presence is guiding, protecting and enlightening countless devotees here at the Ashram.

We pray for long and healthy life of Beloved Sri Gurumaharaj Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, so that we can trudge along the path to God-Realisation. Join us for a satsang and Paduka Pujan on Birthday Celebration of His Holiness Sri Gurumahahraj on Sept 24, 2007.

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

The Necessity of Introspection

"Radiant Immortal Atman! Beloved and blessed children of the Divine! Scriptures and saints and those who have had their fingers burnt by running after objects of the world continuously warn us to be cautious in our dealings with the sense-objects of this world. For these sense-objects are deceptive, they are endowed with a false glitter and an indescribable power of deluding the mind, attracting it, enmeshing it and then enslaving it"..........

So we try to be careful, and if sense-objects attract us we say “no.” We will use our will power, we will use our discrimination. We will try to look into the defects of these sense-objects and tell our mind, “O mind, do not be deluded, do not be foolish; you will regret afterwards.” So we want to resist temptations, we want strength. We pray: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
........“Sit alone, turn your mind inward, introspect, do self-examination, try to find out what is within yourself, analyse the inner contents.” This is indispensable... Sri Swami Chidananda<< More>>

Incidences from Sri Swami Chidanandaji's Life That

Pluck With Devotion
Swamiji's consideration extends even to the world of plants. On the Mahasivaratri Day when devotees in the Ashram go to collect "Bilva Patra" for the worship of the Lord Siva, he advises them not to proceed towards the tree with an upraised axe, for the tree would be terrified. They are to approach the tree tenderly, even meekly, and beg for the leaves, as it were. The plucking must be done with tenderness, love and devotion

Tender Love For Tiny Creatures
His cult of non-violence is extended even to the small irritating insects like bugs and mosquitoes whom people kill almost by reflex action and do not feel any qualms whatever. Swamiji endures their stings and allows them to have their own way with his body. Once while he was doing Kirtan of the Lord's Name, a disciple saw a mosquito sitting on his body and attempted to drive it out. Before he could reach him Swamiji indicated by sign not to disturb the creature. After the Kirtan was over Swamiji told him, "The hungry one having appeased its hunger goes away automatically; you need not drive it out."
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There was an incident at Kotdwar. While Swamiji was giving his address a poisonous insect flew towards him. Yogesh Bahugunaji, a devotee in his company, at once attempted to drive it out. Swamiji, who was then seriously engaged in making an important point, did not lose sight of this. He signalled to Bahugunaji to leave the insect alone and continued his talk. After sometime he took the insect tenderly and got it seated on his palm, assuring it perfect, security, as it were. This is the unique Brahmi Sthiti of the sage who in spite of all his busy schedule in Vyavahara is constantly vigilant to observe Ahimsa and love for all creatures at all times.

Eternal Message

"This human birth is a rare chance, a splendid opportunity of transcending all limitations, bondage, sorrow, suffering and pain and attaining to a state of illimitable glory, of absolute freedom from sorrow, pain, suffering, grief and weaknesses of all sorts, going beyond even death and attaining that Supreme experience of illimitable joy, immeasurable peace, Divine splendour and Wisdom Consciousness in union with the Divine. This is the aim of our life. This life can be had only by right living—a life of contemplation and meditation. Live this life and attain God-realisation in this very life."

"Goodness is love in action. It is noble to be good. Goodness is the greatest virtue. Every good deed is a grain of seed for immortality or eternal life. Goodness makes life a blessing. Goodness will bring sure success and prosperity. To be good is human. To be good is divine."

"Kindly try and spend some time daily, even for a few minutes in silent communion with the Lord. Think of His Divine attributes such as boundless compassion, mercy and love. Pray to Him with deep devotion. Seek His guidance and protection in all your daily affairs. He will soon become your loving companion."

-Swami Chidananda

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