Newsletter August 2020

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Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
  August 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



 " The wise think that the fourth, Turiya, is not that which is conscious of the internal (subjective) world, nor that which is conscious of the external (objective) world, nor that which is conscious of both, nor that which is a compact mass of knowledge, nor that which is simple consciousness, nor that which is insentient. It is unseen, unrelated, incomprehensible, undefinable, unthinkable, indescribable, the sole essence of the consciousness of the Self with no trace of the conditioned world, the peaceful, all-bliss, non-dual. This is the Atman, the Self and it is to be realized."   

The fourth, Turiya, cannot be described in words. lt is the transcendental state that has to be realized through meditation. Therefore it is described by negative attributes. The Atman is incomprehensible because it is beyond the reach of the senses. It is undefinable because it has neither qualities nor form, neither color nor shape. It has neither sound nor touch, neither taste nor smell and therefore it is indescribable. The reader may doubt here as to the very existence of the Atman. Hence it is said that the Atman is the sole essence of the consciousness of Self, Existence Absolute, the Self of all, an embodiment of calmness and bliss, one without a second, part less, homogeneous essence, Akhanda-ekarasa.

Antah-prajna: knowledge of impressions as in dreams. Bahih-prajna: consciousness of external objects. It is Alakshanam. Therefore, it is beyond thought. The fourth state, Turiya, is distinct from the waking state, the dreaming state, an intermediary state between waking and dreaming, and the deep sleep state. It is perfect awareness or pure Consciousness. Turiya is distinct from Isvara. Turiya or Brahman has no relati6n with the world, whereas Isvara governs the world. Brahman is Nirupadhika, i.e., free from the Upadhi of Maya, whereas Isvara is Sa-upadhika, i.e., with Maya. Brahman is supra-cosmic, Isvara has cosmic consciousness.

Strictly speaking Turiya is not a state. Turiya or Brahman is an embodiment of peace and bliss. It is the substratum for the other three states, viz., waking, dreaming and deep sleep. lt pervades the three states. It is Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute and Bliss Absolute. << Read complete>>

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Lord Sri  Krishna- Divine Incarnation, "Purna Avatara"
On auspicious Janmashtami (Aug 12, 2020)

"Bhagavan Sri Krishna is the immortal manifestation of God in all His splendor, that man was ever given the fortune to behold. Man! Blessed thou art, that hast visualized with thy fleshly eyes the mighty Dignity of the Supreme Sovereign of the Universe! Thou art purified; thy birthright is to realize Him; thy fortune is a part of His Greatness! Sri Krishna may be called the "Collective Man", who represented all beings hungering and thirsting to gain the Highest Freedom and who voiced forth their deepest aspirations in the loudest possible tone. He came to release man from the thraldom of vice and correct his vision so that he could walk along the ever-illumined path to perfection. Sri Krishna is the articulation of the pure longings that are buried in the hearts of people. Sri Krishna is not merely a historical man who came and went, like others, but the Eternal Purusha who dwells even now and shall live in the everlasting future, in the core of all manifestation. It is the Symbol of the Absolute descended into relativity that we call Krishna, the ever-beloved protector of all that breathe and air."

"So Sri Krishna is called an Avatara, a descent of God in the world, of the Whole in the parts, of the Absolute in the relative. An Avatara is different from a Rishi or a Jivanmukta who represents an ascent of man to God, whereas the Avatara is a descent of God to man, consciously and deliberately. Sri Krishna lived the universal life, laughed a universal laughter, and walked on earth as the moving Spirit of the universe. To worship Him is to be in the Presence of God; to know Him is to realize the Self."-  Sri Swami Sivananda << Read Complete>>
 

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

"Be Aware of Only the One"

"Glorious Immortal Atman! Beloved and blessed children of the Divine! You are upon the path to divine perfection, a divine perfection that is your birthright, a divine perfection which is your birthright because it is inherent in you, a divine perfection which is inherent in you because you are an amsa (part) of the supreme, all-perfect, paripurna (all-full) parabrahman."

"You are not only an amsa; aparoksha’nubhuti (direct experience) will establish it beyond doubt, make you experience beyond doubt, that you are identical with parabrahman. Jivo-brahmaiva naparah (the individual is not other than Brahman)—that is content of aparoksha’nubhuti. Therefore jivatva (individuality) is a superimposition due to upadhis (limiting adjuncts or additions). Brahmatva is your sahaja avastha (natural state)."-  Sri Swami Chidananda  << Read Complete>>

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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

"Meditation" : Before starting meditation it should be very clear in our mind why do we practice meditation ?

Meditation is a positive vital, dynamic process. It transforms man into divinity. Sit for meditation at fixed hours, Brahmmuhurt, noon, evening dusk twilight, and night.  Sit in Padma, Siddha, Sukha, or Svastika Asana. Keep the head, neck and trunk in a straight line. Do not bend either forward of backward.
To meditate on a Name and a Form of the Lord is Saguna-Dhyana. This is concrete meditation. Meditate on any form of God you like, and repeat His Name mentally. This is Saguna-Dhyana. Or repeat OM mentally and meditate on abstract ideas like Infinity, Eternity, Purity, Consciousness, Truth, Bliss, etc., identifying these with your Self. This is Nirguna-Dhyana. Stick to one method. In the initial stages, Saguna-Dhyana alone is suitable for the vast majority of persons.

Go in the shelter of your Guru, follow his instructions and teaching for the whole life. Meditate regularly. The journey from Muladhara to Sahasrara is not imaginary. You become separate from the mind, intelligence, ego and bodily consciousness and you merge in Param Tattva. All dualities, all sorrows, all pains will vanish in toto. You will attain the Goal of God-Realization. By having firm trustworthy connection with Parama Tattva you will certainly attain permanent peace and Mahat(great) Tattva. Practice Meditation and achieve Paramananda. << Read Complete>>

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Highlighting the News & Upcoming Events


Shiv Katha by H.H Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj during Shravan Month (July 21, 2020 - Aug 18, 2020): Ashram's air is filled with peaceful and divine breez from Shiv Kathamrutam in the midst of COVID crisis. It is organized by Sivananda Ashram Parivar in collaboration with Amadavadtak TV media during the Holy Shravan Month. It has commenced  on July 21, 2020  and will conclude on Aug 18, 2020. Even though there is not a usual devotees crowd attending live satsang at the Ashram, hundreds of devotees are watching, listening to Shiv kathamrutam on line sitting at their own home in the present crisis of the COVID Pandemic! It is a blessing indeed! Please find link to facebook page

"Srimad Bhagavatamrut":  It is such a blessed occasion to listen to Srimad Bhagavat Kathamrutam  through Pujya Sri Swamij Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. Pujya Swamiji narrating the glories of Lord's Vishnu, Lord Rama Avatara, Sri Krishna Janmotasav, Sudama Akhyan, the Bhagavat dharma, Sri Lallaji's Shringar darshan, Bhagawat Kirtan, Lord Krishna's departure, Uddhav Gita and more......... all is a spiritual feast for the Devotees. Ashram has organized Srimad Bhagavat Katha by Pujya Swamiji many times.  
 
"The Bhagavata is the most popular and exalted of all Puranas. The Bhagavata consists of eighteen thousand Slokas. The book is named Bhagavata because it speaks of the glory of Bhagavan or Vishnu. It contains the essence of all the Puranas. The Bhagavata Dharma as taught by the nine sages to King Nimi in the beginning of the eleventh Skandha, is thrilling and soul-stirring. The tenth Skandha contains all the Lilas of the Lord."........"Jnana, Bhakti and Karma are assigned their respective places in this book. Karma is prescribed for those who are very much attached to the body and this world. Jnana is prescribed for those who are detached and dispassionate (Virakta). Bhakti is prescribed for those who are neither very much attached nor very much detached and who are indifferent. It teaches all about Bhagavata Dharma or the religion of love."- Swami Sivananda 

Now, Revered Swamiji has written the essence of Srimad Bhagavata Amrutam in short for us and has done a great service for the benefits of people at large. It is a Master Piece. The Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad is very happy to bring it to people. This Month's Divya Jivan Spiritual magazine (combined August & September) is dedicated to "Srimad Bhagavat Amrutam" written by H. H Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj.   

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

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Wisdom Sparks

The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation. Meditation means the mind is turned back upon itself. The mind stops all the thought-waves and the world stops. Your consciousness expands. Every time you meditate you will keep your growth. In meditation we divest ourselves of all material conditions and feel our divine nature. We do not depend upon any external help in meditation. Just those few moments in meditation your brain has almost stopped. You forget the body. You feel such pleasure in it. The meditative state is the highest state of existence.  - Swami Vivekananda

"The very essence of meditation is a state of mind. when the mind is filled with God and God alone, nothing else besides God. I repeat: “Meditation is filling the Mind with God-thought”, and, therefore, emptying the mind of all thought other than that of God." - Swami Chidananda
 

Worship of Lord Ganesha on sacred - Ganesh Chaturthi (August 22, 2020)
Ganesh Stuti ( Video clip)  / Ganesh Sahsranama - (Sanskrit)
Mahasamadhi day of Brahmleen H. H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj (August 28, 2020)



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