[Chidananda] Divya Jivan Newsletter, February 2018

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Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
February  2018

OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
Worship of Lord Shiva on auspicious Mahashivratri  Utsav ( Feb 13, 2018 
) by Sri Swami  Sivananda

"The formal worship consists of bathing the Lord. Lord Shiva is 
considered to be the Form of Light (which the Shiva Lingam represents). 
He is burning with the fire of austerity. He is therefore best 
propitiated with cool bathing. While bathing the Lingam the devotee 
prays: “O Lord! I will bathe Thee with water, milk, etc. Do Thou kindly 
bathe me with the milk of wisdom. Do Thou kindly wash me of all my sins, 
so that the fire of worldliness which is scorching me may be put out 
once for all, so that I may be one with Thee—the One alone without a 

"Offer this inner worship to Lord Shiva daily: “I worship the jewel of 
my Self, the Shiva residing in the Lotus of my heart. I bathe Him with 
the water of my pure mind brought from the river of faith and devotion. 
I worship Him with the fragrant flowers of Samadhi—all this so that I 
may not be born again in this world.”  Swami Sivananda << Read More>> 

Shiva Aradhana <http://divyajivan.org/satsang/index.htm>/ Live recording 
of Divine Satsang, Bhajans & Kirtans in praise of Lord Shiva during 
Shivaratri Utsav at Sivananda ashram, absolutely soul starring and 
touching the heart to the core.

Early Morning Meditation Talk from " Ponder These truths" by Swami 

Brahma Satyam Jagan -Mithya
The highest ultimate declaration, the quintessential truth, declared by 
people of the supreme absolute experience is brahma satyam jagan-mithya 
jivo-brahmaiva naparah (Brahman alone is real, the world is unreal. Jiva 
is not other than Brahman).
I shall tell you within the compass of half a verse the quintessence, 
the heart, the very essence of the teachings expounded in innumerable 
scriptures and that is: Brahman alone is real. This phenomenal 
appearance before us is only a relative reality, ever-changing, 
unstable, unreliable, never dependable, limited, subject to time and 
space, subject to decay and dissolution, having a beginning and an end. 
Characterized by these defects and shortcomings, everything here seen, 
perceived by the human individual consciousness, is but a mere temporary 
relative reality. And the individual soul that thinks of itself as the 
knower of this, or the seer of this, or the experiencer of this 
ever-changing phenomenal flux, which is called samsara or the universe, 
is a non-entity, for Brahman alone is real and the jivatman, the 
individual, is Brahman plus upadhis (limiting adjuncts or additions).- 
Swami Chidananda <<

Learning of "Jeevan Yog" <http://divyajivan.org/Jeevan%20Yoga/Index.htm> 
from a Yoga Acharya Swami Adhyatmananda
Through TV episodes of "Jeevan Yoga" Series by Doordarshan Girnar

Prana - "The true meaning of Prana is not only breath. The Prana is 
energy. It is universal power, brightness, light and intelligence. All 
these cosmic energies are named as Prana."Yatkinchit Jagat Sarvam 
Drishyate Shruyatepiva..This Prana is filled in all that we see and 
hear, the inside and outside of all things, all movement etc. in this 

The Prana is the source of all capabilities and the power in the 
universe. Prana is the only power behind the normal functioning of the 
system of respiration (inhalation and exhalation), blood circulation, 
digestion, excretion of urine and stool, system producing semen, 
structure of our bones and also the nervous system.The working abilities 
of sensory organs and motor organs improve as each cell  gets extra 
nutrition. The secret of beauty of skin, shining of the face, brightness 
of the eyes, intelligence power and development of mental power is the 
result of the practice of Pranayama. The practice of Pranayama means 
oneness with cosmic energy. Pranayama Sadhana opens the doors of subtle 
life from the gross life "-  Swami Adhyatmananda. <<
<http://divyajivan.org/Yoga_Book/chapter_3_Prana.pdf>/Jeevan Yoga Series 

Highlighting the news and upcoming events

Please join with is in Mahashivratri Utsav ( February 13, 2018) 
<http://divyajivan.org/video_clips/Shivvdarshan.htm> - Continuous twenty 
four hours Worship services at Lord Vishvanath Temple. Satsang and 
Bhajans <http://divyajivan.org/satsang/index.htm> starting from evening 
and continuous through the night. You are invited to join the 
celebration of holy Shivaratri & worship services at Sivananda Ashram. 
Mahaprasad on February 14, 2018. Devotees, who would like to stay at the 
ashram during the Shivaratri Utsav, please visit the Guest Information 
page <http://divyajivan.org/GuestInfo/index.htm> for the details of your 
visit and help us make proper arrangements.

<http://divyajivan.org/News%202018/News%20_Jan%202018%20.htm>News & 
Activity Report for the Month of January 2018
News through events Photos 

Divya Jivan <http://divyajivan.org/divya_jivan/index.htm> / February 
2018 <http://divyajivan.org/divya_jivan/DJ_February%202018/DJ_Feb2018.pdf>

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

Does purity of food lead to purity of mind? Is non-vegetarian food not 
Sattvic? We have in the Mahabharata instances of people taking the meat 
of goats sacrificed to the Lord.

Yes, purity of food leads to purity of mind. Aharasuddhau Satvasuddhih. 
Take a dose of champagne and sit for meditation. Take a dose of 
orange-juice and sit for meditation. You will know the difference. 
Different foods exercise different influences on different compartments 
in the brain. By taking champagne, meat and garlic, the mind will be 
confused and will become restless when you sit for meditation. By taking 
milk and fruits, you will get good concentration. Our Rishis lived on 
fruits and milk. The Chhandogya Upanishad says, "Pure food leads to 
purity of mind and then one attains Moksha". You should have dietetic 

Non-vegetarian food is not Sattvic. It is not good for a seeker. Live 
for a month on milk and fruits and see. Give up meat for one month and 
see. Let us be practical. Practical experience will tell you that 
meat-eating is bad for the mind.

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