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Glory of Bhagvad Gita by Swami Sivananda
 Gita Jayanti  (December 8, 2008 )

"The Gita is the cream of the Vedas. It is the essence of the soul-elevating Upanishads. It is a universal scripture applicable to people of all temperaments and for all times. It is a wonderful book with sublime thoughts and practical instructions on Yoga, devotion, Vedanta and action. It is a marvelous book, profound in thought and sublime in heights of vision. It brings peace and solace to souls that are afflicted by the three fires of mortal existence, namely, afflictions caused by one’s own body, those caused by beings around one, and those caused by the gods."

"The Gita is not merely a book or just a scripture. It is a living voice carrying an eternally indispensable and vital message to mankind. Its verses embody words of wisdom coming from the infinite ocean of knowledge, the Absolute Itself."

"The Gita is a source of power and wisdom. It strengthens you when you are weak, and inspires you when you feel
dejected and feeble. It teaches you to embrace righteousness and to resist unrighteousness." - Swami Sivananda << More>>

Quotes on Bhagvad Gita

"Gita Mahatmaya"

Though engaged in the performance of worldly duties, one who is regular in the study of the Gita becomes free. He is the happy man in this world. He is not bound by Karma.

Just as the water stains not the lotus leaf, even so sins do not taint him who is regular in the recitation of the Gita

All the sacred centers of pilgrimage, like Prayag and other places, dwell in that place where the Gita is kept, and where the Gita is read.

Help comes quickly where the Gita is recited and, O Earth, I ever dwell where it is read, heard, taught and contemplated upon!

It was spoken by the blessed Lord Krishna, the all-knowing, through His own mouth, to Arjuna. It contains the essence of the Vedas—the knowledge of the Reality. It is full of supreme bliss.

Though full of sins, one who is ever intent on hearing the meaning of the Gita, goes to the kingdom of God and rejoices with Lord Vishnu.

By repeated study of the Gita, he attains liberation. Uttering the word Gita at the time of death, a person attains liberation.  <<More>>

Lord Sri Dattatreya - "The Greatest of Avadhuta"
  Dattatreya Jayanti ( December 12, 2008)
Lord Sri Dattatreya - "He was a supreme Yogi. Like Dakshinamurti, He was the adi guru, the primal World Teacher. Contemplate His life. Meditate upon Him. Feel His divine presence. Evoke in your mind the sacred memory of Sati Anasuya and Atri Maharshi, the power of chastity, and divine grace in the form of Divinity taking birth at the earnest supplication and prayer of a heart filled with devotion. The earnest prayer of a heart filled with devotion never goes unanswered or unfulfilled. This is what the advent, the avatara of Dattatreya represents or proves.-Swami Chidananda << More>>.

Dattatreya Jayanti - Swami Sivananda
Sri Datta Namsankirtan (audio)- composed by Brahmleen Sri. Sri. Sri. Rang Avadhut Maharaj of Nareshvar in praise of Guru Sri.Dattatreya.
More on Lord Sri Dattatreya & Dattavatara
Early Morning Meditation talks from "Ponder These Truths"  by
 Sri Swami Chidananda
Higher Knowledge & Lesser Knowledge
Jijnasa means thirst for knowledge, a desire for knowledge. Our ancients were men of brahma-jnana (direct knowledge of Brahman). They were brahma-jnanis, atma-jnanis, they had knowledge. Modern scientists, physicists, mathematicians, nuclear physicists, they also have knowledge. They are also jnanis. But then, what is the difference?

Our ancient jnanis realised the oneness of all existence, that life is one: Isavasyamidam sarvam yat kimcha jagatyam jagat (All this, whatsoever in this universe moves (or moves not) is indwelt by the Lord). Therefore, to harm anyone is to harm yourself. Recognising this oneness of life, the immanence of the one hidden Spirit in all things that exist, they realised the sanctity of all life. So they declared ahimsa paramo dharmah (non-violence is the highest duty). Not to injure anyone, not to harm anyone, not to hurt anyone, is the supreme good, supreme law. And therefore their prayer was lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu (may all beings be happy), sarvesham svastir-bhavatu (may auspiciousness befall all beings). And they lived in order to fulfil this prayer sarvabhutahiteratah (engaged in the welfare of all beings)—living only to constantly work for the good of all, the happiness of all, the auspiciousness and blessedness of all. They lived to benefit life around them. Their life, therefore, was a source of satyam, sivam, sundaram—all that is true, all that is good and auspicious, all that is beautiful—to life around them.- Swami Chidananda .................. << More>>

Health Topics from "Yoga & Health" by Swami Adhyatmananda


"Fire cannot be separated from its nature of burning. Similarly mind cannot be separated from its nature of sustaining ups and down. This process of likes and dislikes, this is good and that is bad vacillates the mind. This pendulum like movement is the cause of unrest and disquiet. If such problems do  arise, the mind will feel powerless."....

"The entire nature is made up of three qualities of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas (purity, activity and ignorance). The result of quality of activity is lust and anger, even a very powerful man may also fall a prey to lust and anger. Very big personalities are also caught up in the square of money, women, fame and reputation.When a person is overwhelmed by happiness, depression results."....

"Depressed patient can perform all the flexibility exer­cises and all the Asanas. However, Suryanamaskara, Sravangasana, Matsyasana, Halasana, Vajrasana, Ushtrasana, Shavasana and practice of Pranayama and meditation will clear all depression and will surely enlighten the life by rejuvenation and lightening the lamp of hopeful life."<< More>>

Highlighting the News

"Divya Tour 2008" H.H.Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj Concluded ( July 29, 2008 -  Nov 21, 2008)
"Divya Tour 2008 " Captured In Slide Show

H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji's "Divya Tour 2008" to the West concluded with wonderful satsang at Chicago on Nov 14, 2008, His last stop in USA. It was a special prayer offered for Sri Harish Kapoor, who is going through pains & sufferings because of cancer. Pujya Swmiji's divine presence and kirtan brought light, joy & hope to Sri Harishji & all the members of His family, who have been depressed and stressed out from long standing illness of their beloved Harishji. It brought solace and comforts to them.

During the "Divya Tour 2008", Pujya Swamiji's Divine satsang and Yoga teaching has brought joy,  peace & bliss to countless spiritual aspirants and yoga enthusiasts in the West. Devotees appreciated His simplicity, sincerity and down to earth simple living, a Yoga way of Living, in the true sense. Sri Swamiji Maharaj worked tirelessly without looking at his own physical comforts. Swamiji's day started around 5.00am / 5.30am and filled with morning yoga session, home stasngs, home visits, bhiksha (to honor devotees' wishes), evening satsangs, special requests, press interviews, TV interviews, visit to sick ones, prayer for depressed ones etc… till the late at night around 10.30pm/11.00pm most of the days. And not to forget, the long distance driving and delay because of road constructions. But, what do you see when you meet Swamiji (at any time of the day)? ever Vibrant, Charming, Radiant, Joyful, Peaceful face to inspire others. People asked him the secrets of His ever joyful nature? "Abide In The SELF",  He says………." In all condition I am Bliss, Bliss,  Bliss Absolute"……Adopt, Adjust &  Accommodate" ……And each breath of His, is in the remembrance of GOD and in the service of His Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Mahahraj & Gurubhagvan Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. Their ever flowing Grace is the force behind everything …......<<More>>

Pujya Swamiji conveys His sincere thanks (Please find Swamiji's letter) to the organizers & devotees, who have joined Him in His Mission of the Service to Humanity.

On Nov15, 2008 Pujya Shree left from Chicago for three days stop over in London before touch down to Motherland India on Nov 21, 2008.
India Tribune 2008, Chicago
Wisdom of the East - Yoga Magazine, USA (Oct 2008 issue)
Swami Adhyatmananda speaks on Science & Spirituality, India Tribune( Atlanta)
Report of  "Divya Tour 2008"  H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj

Diwali PrasadWhile devotees received "Vaishnav Jan", a Prasad booklet containing Spiritual food & Blessings of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandji Maharaj, families in underprivileged area of the town received "Diwali Annakoot prasad" of Maa Sri Ashtalaxmi from Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. About thousand Prasad packages, each containing about three pound of sweets were distributed on New Year day to poor families.
Vaishnav Jan ( Gujarati)

Sivananda Ashram has been awarded a "Silver Star achiever blood donation institution" by Indian Red Cross Society, Ahmedabad. Honor goes to H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj who is the Back Bone and an Inspirer of this life saving activity. Swamiji, himself is an centurion blood donor (donated 117th times). He inspires people in masses to donate blood and Blood donation camps get organize under his guidance at every opportunity that arises, may it be at His Gita Jnana Yajna or His Birthday celebrations or any gatherings.

News & Activity Report for the Month of  November 2008
 Divya Jivan (Gujarati) - December 2008  Issue

  News from Sivananda International Vedanta & Yoga Academy (SIVA)

 Upcoming Yoga Teachers Training Course YTTC (Dec 11, 2008 - Dec 30, 2008) You can still enroll in three weeks residential YTTC at Sivananda Ashram.

Yoga Teacher Training Course at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabada is designed to offer you the experience of living Yoga way of Life and to present the necessary techniques that will enable you to pass these great teachings on to others. During your stay at the ashram you will be away from mundane life distractions, living a Yogic lifestyle which helps you to transform your body, mind and soul.

This training program includes both lectures and practical components from respected experts in the fields of cardiology, gynecology,  anatomy , physiology , Yoga, meditation, spirituality and psychology. The program syllabus includes detailed instructions for each posture with their benefits. Also, in depth practice of different pranayama (breathing excercises), meditation,  relaxation (Yoga Nidra) techniques are taught based on Patanjali Yoga philosophy. At the concluding of the program and passing the test graduate receives certificate recognized by Gujarat University.
 During your stay at the Ashram, you will be provided a comfortable room and yogic diet ( three meals / day). Ashram's holy atmosphere is ideal for enhancing your spiritual growth as well as the skill in the field of science of Yoga.  (please download the registration form)

If you need any help in transportation to & from the airport / train station etc, contact directly. Ashram phone # 079- 26861234 /

" Geetamrutam "
  •   Adweshtaa sarvabhootaanaam maitrah karuna eva cha;
    Nirmamo nirahankaarah samaduhkhasukhah kshamee.(VII-13)

He who hates no creature, who is friendly and compassionate to all, who is free from attachment and egoism, balanced in pleasure and pain, and forgiving,

  • Santushtah satatam yogee yataatmaa dridhanishchayah;
    Mayyarpitamanobuddhiryo madbhaktah sa me priyah.(VII -14)

Ever content, steady in meditation, possessed of firm conviction, self-controlled, with mind and intellect dedicated to Me, he, My devotee, is dear to Me.

  • Yasmaannodwijate loko lokaannodwijate cha yah;
    Harshaamarshabhayodwegairmukto yah sa cha me priyah. (VII -15)

He by whom the world is not agitated and who cannot be agitated by the world, and who is freed from joy, envy, fear and anxiety—he is dear to Me.

  • Anapekshah shuchirdaksha udaaseeno gatavyathah;
    Sarvaarambhaparityaagee yo madbhaktah sa me priyah. (VII -16)

He who is free from wants, pure, expert, unconcerned, and untroubled, renouncing all undertakings or commencements—he who is (thus) devoted to Me, is dear to Me.

  • Yona hrishyati na dweshti na shochati na kaangkshati;
    Shubhaashubhaparityaagee bhaktimaan yah sa me priyah. ( VII -17)

He who neither rejoices, nor hates, nor grieves, nor desires, renouncing good and evil, and who is full of devotion, is dear to Me.

  • Samah shatrau cha mitre cha tathaa maanaapamaanayoh;
    Sheetoshnasukhaduhkheshu samah sangavivarjitah. (VII -18)

He who is the same to foe and friend, and in honour and dishonour, who is the same in cold and heat and in pleasure and pain, who is free from attachment,

  • Tulyanindaastutirmaunee santushto yena kenachit:
    Aniketah sthiramatir bhaktimaan me priyo narah. ( VII -19)

He to whom censure and praise are equal, who is silent, content with anything, homeless, of a steady mind, and full of devotion—that man is dear to Me.

  • Ye tu dharmyaamritamidam yathoktam paryupaasate;
    Shraddhadhaanaah matparamaa bhaktaaste'teeva me priyaah. (VII -20)

They verily who follow this immortal Dharma (doctrine or law) as described above, endowed with faith, regarding Me as their supreme goal, they, the devotees, are exceedingly dear to Me.

Hari Om Tat Sat


Latest Additions.........

Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)

Diwali Prasad booklet - "Kanakdhara Stotram" ( Sanskrit/ Gujarati/ English)

Divya Jivan (Gujarati)/ "Amrut Putra" (Gujarati)

Atam Mahek (Gujarati) / Fragrance ( English) - Swami Adhyatmananda

Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda


"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda  


 Books on Yoga by  Swami Adhyatmananda

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