[Chidananda] Divya Jivan Newsletter, July 2018

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Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
July  2018

OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
"Guru Mahima" on the occasion of auspicious Guru Purnima (July 27, 2018)

" Worship the Guru with the flowers of faith and devotion. Satsanga with 
the Guru is the first pillar in the temple of Self-realisation. Grace of 
God takes the form of Guru. To see the Guru is to see God. Blind is the 
man who has not seen the divine Master. There is but one religion, the 
religion of devotion and love to Guru."

"The Sadguru is Brahman Himself. He is an ocean of bliss, knowledge, and 
mercy. He is the captain of your soul. He is the fountain of joy. He 
removes all your troubles, sorrows, and obstacles. He shows you the 
right divine path."

  "Guru is God. A word from him is a word from God. He need not-teach 
anything. Even his presence or company is elevating, inspiring, and 
stirring, His very company is self-illumination. Living in his company 
is spiritual education."

"Everyone who longs to transcend misery and obtain joy and happiness in 
life should sincerely practise Guru-Bhakti Yoga. True lasting happiness 
can be had by taking recourse to Guru Seva Yoga. Guru-Bhakti Yoga 
confers immortality, eternal bliss, freedom, perfection, perennial joy 
and everlasting peace." - Swami Sivananda << Read more>>. 

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

"The GURU is HIS teaching "
" By the light of the sun, the whole world awakens.  By the light of the 
sun, darkness is banished, slumber gives place to wakefulness and sloth 
gives place to activity.  By the light of the sun, all beings in this 
world see things, perceive things clearly....Thus the sun is the 
awakener; the sun is the enlightener; the sun is the marga darsaka (one 
who shows the path).  It is the sun that guarantees smooth, unhampered 
progress towards each one’s destination. When the sun is not there, one 
is, as it were, blind, even though having eyes.

In the life of a sincere seeking soul, in the life of jijnasu, a 
mumukshu, a sadhaka, a spiritual aspirant, the Guru is as it were, the 
Sun. Just as the Guru is channel for the individual soul to re-link 
itself with the universal Soul, even so, a channel between our Guru and 
ourselves is called Guru- bhakti. True Guru-bhakti is divine power,  it 
is divine force. The more adverse the circumstances, the greater the 
manifestation of grace; the greater the manifestation of Guru kripa. 
God's grace and Guru Kripa are the obverse and reverse of the same coin. 
"  "Guru Kripa is God's grace manifesting in and through the Guru."

"It is the Guru that points out the path and makes us see the path 
clearly. He points out the pitfalls and dangers upon the path, makes us 
alert, vigilant jagrit. And, even as the sun initiates activity, so the 
Guru inspires us to arise awake, seek knowledge, attain illumination and 
become forever blessed. All this and more the Guru does." - Swami 
Chidananda <<

" Glory To Guru " by  Sri Swami Adhyatmananda

"Gurupurnima is the day for worshipping the GURU. The Guru is a Master, 
but He never makes His disciple a slave. Entire mission of Guru is to 
turn His disciple into none else but great Guru only. The Guru says 
“AHAM BRAHMASMI”, I’m Brahman. But never the less “TAT TWAM ASI” you are 
that only. This purnima is a full moon day. When there is no hindrance 
between sun and moon, this moon shines in its full bloom likewise when 
disciple totally surrenders to His Guru, he too shines with Brahma 
Vidya. Brahma Vidya is knowledge of Absolute. Brahma Vidya is the 
highest knowledge after knowing that nothing remains to be known. It is 
the grace of Guru upon his beloved disciple that after having received 
Brahma Vidya, disciple has not to strive for any more gain. He becomes 
full; he becomes contented, he rejoices supreme BLISS. He dives deep in 
the eternity and divinity."

A Guru is necessary. Never finds fault in Guru, any action by Guru will 
have a purpose in that; there is a meaning in that. Accept His command, 
follow His instruction, just be humble, feel his hardship and serve Him 
whole heartedly."- Swami Adhyatmananda <<

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

Can those having High Blood Pressure practice Asanas?

"Yes, they can practice Asanas; in fact they must surely practice them. 
All the Asanas excepting Shirsasana can be practiced. All the Asanas can 
be performed without any fear. But the special Asanas and Pranayama that 
can offer benefits are: Shashankasana, Shavasana and Pranayama carried 
out with ease. << Read more>> <http://divyajivan.org/yoga&health/index.htm>

Jeevan Yoga Series, Episode 7 
<http://divyajivan.org/Jeevan%20Yoga/Index.htm> ( Video clips)

Highlighting the news and upcoming events

*4**^th **International Yoga Day ( June 21, 2018) *was celebrated at 
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad with great enthusiasm in the presence and 
guidance of Pujya Swami Adhyatmanadaji Maharaj. Ashram had planned Yoga 
activities especially for this day and also, Yoga Teachers Team reached 
out to teach Yoga to distant places namely handicapped school children 
at Blind school, Business places, Residential school campus, Hospital 
centers and more. Thanks to the Ashram's Yoga Teachers for their 
dedication and selfless services to the benefits of all. << Read More>>
*Upcoming Spiritual Retreat & Gurupurnima Celebration *from July 22, 
2018  to Jul 27, 2018. Refer to event page for the details 

News & Activity Report for the Month of June 2018
Divya Jivan <http://divyajivan.org/divya_jivan/index.htm>/ July 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 Japa and meditation?

Japa is silent repetition of the Name of the Lord. Meditation is the 
constant flow of one idea of God. When you repeat Om Namo Narayanaya, it 
is Japa of the Vishnu Mantra. When you think of the
conch, disc, mace and lotus flower in the hands of Vishnu, His 
ear-rings, the crown on His head, His yellow silken Pitambar, etc., it 
is meditation. When you think of the attributes of God such as 
omniscience, omnipotence, etc., it is also meditation.

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