[Chidananda] Divya Jivan Newletter, May 2018

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Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
May  2018

OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
The Power of " Satsanga" -  Swami Sivananda

The Meaning of Satsanga
"The word ‘Satsanga’ is the combination of the two words ‘Sat’ and 
‘Sanga.’ ‘Sat’ means existence absolute, which is Brahman. ‘Sat’ is the 
essential nature of Brahman which is permanent in things that change, 
which is the only reality that upholds the world of appearance.  The 
same ‘Sat,’ with the accidental attributes of omnipresence, omniscience 
and omnipotence is called Isvara or Paramatman. In brief, ‘Sat’ refers 
to Isvara as well as Brahman, both ultimately being the one and the same 
reality.  ‘Sanga’ literally means company or union. To be always in the 
company of the Lord, or to be established in Brahman, is the literal 
meaning of the word ‘Satsanga.’ But, as long as ignorance or Avidya 
remains, the direct realization of Brahman is impossible. When ignorance 
is destroyed by wisdom, the real nature reveals itself. This is the 
highest Satsanga.

The glow and power of Satsanga, association with the wise, saints, 
Yogis, Sannyasins and Mahatmas is indescribable. Even a moment’s company 
is quite sufficient to overhaul the old vicious Samskaras of the worldly 
people. The magnetic aura, the spiritual vibration, and the powerful 
currents of developed adepts produce a tremendous influence on the minds 
of worldlings. Service of Mahatmas purifies the minds of passionate men 
very rapidly. Satsanga elevates the mind to magnanimous heights. Just as 
a single matchstick burns huge bundles of cotton in a few seconds, so 
also, the company of saints burns all thoughts and Samskaras of passion 
within a short time. The only potent specific for inducing burning 
Vairagya and burning desire for liberation is Satsanga and Satsanga alone.

  Satsanga is the greatest of all purifiers and illuminators of man. It 
is extremely difficult to come in contact with saint and to be benefited 
by his company. It is through divine grace only one will get his darshan 
and satsanga. A realized sage or saint is a fountain of delight, joy 
and illumination.  Seek his company and evolve. Serve him with faith and 
devotion. Follow the teachings of saints and sages, the perfected 
Beings, the seers of truth." - Swami Sivananda << Read More>>
Early Morning Meditation Talk from " Ponder These Truths" by Swami 

We Live in  a Friendly World
  "We live in a friendly world in which everything that exists is eager 
to assist us. Everything seen, heard, touched, tasted, smelled, thought 
about, imagined are all eager to help in our evolution. As a matter of 
fact, they are not only there to help evolution, but you have been put 
here amidst them in order to assist and achieve your own evolution unto 
perfection. Everything wishes to help us; all things are part of our 
evolution. This is the Truth ".........

" Fire is indispensable in the kitchen; otherwise, we cannot cook food. 
A sharp knife is also indispensable for cutting the vegetables. And if 
we use the indispensable factors of fire and steel with caution, they 
will help us, and we will benefit from them day in, day out, year after 

"Pondering this truth, one will behold the world as God, behold the 
world as angelic and not demonic. And it will arouse in one a great joy, 
a great hope, a great feeling of gratitude, a great feeling of 
friendliness to all life around, for all things around, animate and 
inanimate. For God made them all and put us amidst them. May this truth 
enlighten your onward march towards the great Goal!" - Swami Chidananda 
<< Read 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

Prana - "The true meaning of Prana is not only breath. The Prana is 
energy. It is universal power, brightness, light andintelligence. 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 << More>>


Highlighting the news and upcoming events

Maa Sri Ashtlaksmi - Adipeeth Chandi Yajana / Utsav Ganga (April 28, 
2018 - May 3, 2018 ) : <http://divyajivan.org/upcoming_events.htm>Utsav 
Ganga begins from today
A Birthday Greetings to H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj ( May 3, 
2018) : Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad invites you to join with us in  
"Aayush Homam" & satsanga with Mahatmas organized on happy occasion of 
74th Prakatya Mahotsav of Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj on May 
3, 2018. We pray to the Almighty Lord, Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji 
Maharaj and Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj for Pujya 
Swamiji’s good health and long life so that He could be a guiding light 
to spiritual aspirants all over. Pujya Swamiji is the embodiment of the 
teachings of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. He is a tireless 
karma yogi who utilizes every second of His day in rendering the highest 
service to Mankind.

Listen to the words of GuruMaharaj for HIS Adhyatm 
...............(Video Clip). How Wonderful! What could be better time 
than now to cherish those blessed moments that got caught in the 
recording tool !

"A great son (sun) of India Adhyatma-Jyoti Sri Swami Adhyatmananda 
Saraswati an "adarsh" yati & Saint of holy matrubhoomi Bharatvarsha."  - 
H. H. Sri Swami Chidananda

"Swami Adhyatmanandaji can attend to eight things at a moment. He 
generates the Hasya Rasa, Karuna Rasa, Santa Rasa etc., in the persons 
who come in contact with him and they are elevated to a spiritual height 
forgetting their conditioned existence." - Swami Sivachidanadna

   41 <http://divyajivan.org/misc/index.htm>^st Yoga Teachers Training 
Course (YTTC) from May 11, 2018  to May 30, 2018 through SIVA (Sivananda 
International Vedanta-Yoga Academy): 
<http://divyajivan.org/misc/index.htm>  You can still enroll contact the 
ashram for the details, visit our SIVA Yoga Center /registration form 
<http://divyajivan.org/misc/41st%20YTTC%20May%202018.pdf> / Guest info page

<http://divyajivan.org/GuestInfo/> News & Activity Report for the month 
of April 2018
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
What is the difference between Bhakti and Jnana?

Bhakti is devotion. It is a means to the end which is attainment of 
Jnana. People of emotional temperament are fit for this path. It demands 
self-surrender or Atma-nivedan. It is the cat-Yoga. The kitten cries 
aloud and the mother cat runs at once to catch it by the mouth. So also, 
the devotee cries aloud like Draupadi and Gajendra and the Lord Krishna 
runs immediately to rescue him and shower His grace. The Bhakti Marga 
demands only sincere, intense devotion, blind faith and strong 
conviction as Prahlad had. There is no necessity for learning. 
Illiterate people like Tukaram who could not sign even their names had 
realized God. There is no need for vast learning or study. A Bhakta 
wants to eat sugar-candy. He wants to sit by the side of the Lord.

Jnana is the Yoga of self-expansion. It demands self-reliance. Only 
people of an intellectual temperament with Vichara Sakti or the power of 
discrimination and ratiocination are fit for the path of Jnana or 
knowledge. It is the monkey-Yoga. The young monkey does not cry, but 
itself clings tenaciously to the body of its mother wherever the mother 
runs. This Yoga demands a vast study of Vedantic literature, a sharp 
intellect, bold understanding, gigantic will and courage. A Jnani wants 
to become an embodiment of sugar-candy, instead of tasting sugar-candy. 
A Jnani wants to become identical with the Existence (Eka Aikyam).

Birthday Greetings to H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmannadaji ! 

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