[Chidananda] Divya Jivan Newsletter, April 2018

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Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
April  2018

OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
Biography of Sri Sankaracharya - Who is regarded as Avatara of Lord Shiva
  Adi Sankaracharya Jayanti  (April 20, 2018)

"Shankara, India’s greatest philosopher-saint, the incarnation of Lord 
Shiva, reverently known as Srimath Adi Shankaracharya."
"Sankara’s supreme Brahman is Nirguna (without the Gunas), Nirakara 
(formless), Nirvisesha (without attributes) and Akarta (non-agent). He 
is above all needs and desires. Sankara says, "This Atman is 
self-evident. This Atman or Self is not established by proofs of the 
existence of the Self. It is not possible to deny this Atman, for it is 
the very essence of he who denies it. The Atman is the basis of all 
kinds of knowledge. The Self is within, the Self is without, the Self is 
before and the Self is behind. The Self is on the right hand, the Self 
is on the left, the Self is above and the Self is below".
Satyam-Jnanam-Anantam-Anandam are not separate attributes. They form the 
very essence of Brahman. Brahman cannot be described, because 
description implies distinction. Brahman cannot be distinguished from 
any other than He.
The objective world-the world of names and forms-has no independent 
existence. The Atman alone has real existence. The world is only 
Vyavaharika or phenomenal.
Sankara was the exponent of the Kevala Advaita philosophy. His teachings 
can be summed up in the following words:

Brahma Satyam Jagat Mithya, Jeevo Brahmaiva Na Aparah

Brahman alone is real, this world is unreal; the Jiva is identical with 
Brahman - Swami Sivananda <<

  Brahmotsav of Sri Sri Ashtalaxmi Bahvan & Sri Chidananda Dhyana 
Mandir/Sri Ashtalaxmi Darshan (April 28, 2018)

The Upnisads, the essence of Vedas, sing the glory of the 
Mother-worship, "Matru  Devo Bhava" is the famous saying of the Upnisad. 
When God, Himself incarnates as Mother, naturally it brings additional 
harmony to the Mother-worship.  Laxmi is not money only. Patience, 
discrimination, our progeny, education, victory etc. are our wealth. The 
greatest wealth is character, patience and discrimination. << Read 
more>> <http://divyajivan.org/ashtalakshmi/index.htm>

Holy Sri Ashtalaxmi Bhavan and Sri Swami Chidananda Dhyan Mandir at 
Sivananda Ashram, A'bad  were inauguarated by most worshipful and 
Rev.Gurudev Srimat Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj on April 29, 2001. Now
"Aand Utsav"  is organized on the occasion of its 18 th anniversary. 
Join with us for "Navchandi Yajana" and spiritual retreat (April 28, 
2018 to May 3, 2018).

Eighfold Laxmi 
<http://divyajivan.org/ashtalakshmi/ashtalakshmi_chida.htm> - By Swami 

Sri Yantra - <http://divyajivan.org/ashtalakshmi/sri-yantra.htm> Sri 
Yantra is Yantra of Bhagawati Sundri. It is called "Yantraraja". It is 
Hymns of Mantras of Sri Lakshmi. Its each mantra has been sanctified and 
established. This body of Yantra or Yantra chakra contains Bindu 
(point), Rekha (line), Trikona (triangle) and Vritt( circle). They have 
been placed according to certain rules considering it as the body f a 
man with nine doors. Yantra is taken as the body of Ashta-Devata

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

"God is Love"
Love is the central fact of this universe. Without it the universe will 
not stand; it will disintegrate and fall away, because it is love that 
upholds. It is present even in inert, gross matter as a power that 
scientists know as cohesion. Cohesion is the outermost manifestation of 
His love. It is that which holds everything together.

God’s love is boundless, motiveless, and it is available in abundance to 
each and every one of His creatures, man and animal, all forms of life. 
And more so to the human beings whom He made in His own image, who are a 
part of His own Being. They are all a manifestation of the supreme 
principle of love that is the innermost essence of God. Thus in this 
world of change, in this world of phenomena, if there is at all anything 
that is unchanging, ever-constant, ever-present, most dependable, it is 
that God is love and God’s love is available to you. This is the one 
great fact of your own life. “Anpe Sivam! God is love!”  - Swami 
Chidananda << More>> <http://divyajivan.org/ponder_these_truths/index.htm>

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

"Backache" -  Principle causes of Backache, Treatment & Precautions 
....... Bhujangasana, Baddha-Naukasana, Kati -Utthanasana, Ushtrasana, 
Bharmari Pranayama & Shavasana are very helpful. Practice of 
Shalabhasana at the end of Bhujang­asana and practice of Dhanurasana on 
completion of Ushtrasana are found very beneficial for the backache. 
Therefore, without any type of hurry, with perfect quiet attitude & 
balance state of mind, practise Asanas, Bhramari as well as Omkar 
Pranayamas. <<
Highlighting the news and upcoming events

41 st YTTC through SIVA ( Sivananda International Vedanta-Yoga Academy) 
: <http://divyajivan.org/misc/index.htm>  Transform your life to Yoga 
way of Living. Enhance your skill in Yoga, be a teacher and spread the 
knowledge to others.You can accomplish all that by joining YTTC at 
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. It is organized under the guidance & 
leadership of  H. H. Sri Swami Adhyartmanandaji, who has conducted over 
750 Yoga camps in the East & the West. Ashram's holy atmosphere is ideal 
for enhancing your spiritual growth as well as the skill in the field 
of science of Yoga.

On completion of three weeks residential YTTC (200 Hrs) and successfully 
passing the test, the graduate will receive a diploma certificate  
recognized by Gujarat University and will be able to teach Yogasana and 
pranayama to others. During your stay at the Ashram, you will be 
provided a comfortable room and yogic diet ( three meals / day). Contact 
the ashram for the details.  Plan ahead and Register in time. For the 
details, visit our SIVA Yoga Center  /registration form / Guest Info page

Maa Sri Ashtlaksmi Patotsav / Utsav Ganga (April 28, 2018 - May 3, 2018 
) <http://divyajivan.org/upcoming_events.htm> You are invited to 
upcoming religious activities at the Ashram

News & Activity Report for the month of March 2018 
News Through Event photos 
Divya Jivan <http://divyajivan.org/divya_jivan/index.htm> /April 2018
Q & A on Spiritual Life and Sadhana from “May I Answer That?”- by Holy 
Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.

Why should I—the Brahman, I—the Cosmic Consciousness, the Existence 
without another, the Infinite, the All-pervading and the Omniscient, at 
all project Prakriti? Why must I be bound by the laws of Prakriti and be 
limited by the phenomena of time, space, causation and substance, and 
above all, why must I get involved in this process of evolution and 

The eye cannot perceive itself. A man cannot stand on his own shoulders. 
Even so, all enquiry into the Ultimate Cause, the causeless Cause of all 
creation, is first confronted with a formidable wall of primordial 
ignorance. He who annihilates his ego to nothing at this point, and who 
thus obtains the grace of Isvara, gets through this wall and enters the 
Kingdom of the Infinite. Then he knows. But this knowledge cannot be 
communicated to others, as this great wall is obstructing others from 
perceiving the Truth. Therefore the ancient sage termed it an Ati-prasna 
or transcendental question.
Suffice it to know that God has created this world in order to enable 
you to evolve and realize the Self, in order to serve all and love all 
as His manifestations. The dacoit of ignorance has kidnapped man from 
his palace of Self-awareness and brought him to a thick forest; when the 
man wakes up, he does not brood over how he came there, but tries to get 
out of the forest. Even so, the earnest Sadhak tries to break the chain 
of transmigration by attaining Self-realization.

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