The 86th Birthday of H.H. Sri Gurudev
Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, President of the Divine Life Society, was celebrated
at Sri Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad on 22nd, 23rd and 24th
of September. On 22nd and 23rd two grand public meetings-
satsangs were organized by devotees in two different areas of the city. Rev. Sri
Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj spoke very elaborately upon the philosophy and
teachings of Sri Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.
In first discourse at the lawn of St. Xavier’s College
annex, Rev. Swamiji emphasized upon introspection. Rev. Swamiji said ‘Be
Parikshit’ look within. Dive deep in the recess of the heart to find the
pearls of wisdom. Individual ego’s false understanding of the self, jealousy
and hate are the root cause of disharmony of the society. To be kind to all, in
any condition, in any situation is the only key to receive the grace of
‘CHIDANANDA’- The Supreme or Brahman. Very large audience attended Satsang
and a grand Bhandara (Dinner) was served after the holy Satsang.
On 23rd September Sunday from morning 7-00 a.m.
to 5-00 p.m. Mrutyunjaya Mantra chanting was done for the peace of the world as
well as for Rev. Sri Gurudev’s good health, long life so that His physical
presence grace the mankind for many more years to come.
Evening satsang was organized in a beautiful auditorium near famous
Kakaria Lake of the city. Rev. Sri Swamiji very eloquently gave the insight on
the very practical subject of ‘Sadhana for House Holder’. Dr. Bharat Bhagat,
specialist in Cerebral & Spinal Surgery also spoke on “The Teachings of
Sages of the Yore and the Present Age”. The
function became colourful with Bharat Natyam Dance performed by Miss Archi and
concluded with grand feast offered to about a thousand devotees. Feeding
to the poor and the downtrodden was organized. Bhandara was specially organized
for lepers in their colonies.
The actual day of happy birthday i.e. on 24th
September Rev. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj and all yoga-sadhana lovers
assembled in the lawn of Sivananda Ashram at Brahma-Muhurta for a group prayer
and meditation. Special Pooja, Archana and Abhishek were offered in the holy Sri
Vishwanath Mandir with Vaidik chants for the well-being of Sri Gurudev Swami
Chidanandaji Maharaj. There was a special satsang in the evening with the round
of chants- Gurustotra, Shantipath, and recitation from the Bhagavad Gita etc. At
the same time very elaborate worship of Padukas were performed Of Sri
Sad-Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj as well Sri Swami Chidanandaji
Maharaj. A video film was shown to have darshan of Sri Gurudev as well Mother
Ganga and holy Sri Sivananda Ashram.
Night satsang was devoted to discourses, in which speakers
elaborated on the good life and good work of Sri Gurudev and prayed for His
health, long life and all-round prosperity as well His grace upon all His lovers
In his personal message to devotees, seekers and to the
rest of world, Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj gave the quintessence the life
and the teachings of Sri Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj that would well fit
into the good and an enlightened life of any aspiring Soul, and by emulating the
examples from His life one would make considerable progress in spiritual path.
It needs no reiteration that the life of Sri Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj
has been right from his early days, one of severe personal austerity, unasked
goodness and kindness of heart, and a general charitableness of approach in
everything. His message to mankind is thus, embodied what Rev. Sri Gurudev lived
and continues to live. The life of man is to be adorned with honesty of purpose,
purity of motive, strictness in discipline, soundness of character, humility in
conduct, faithful obedience to the higher divine laws, and a kind and merciful
feelings towards other living beings, - all to be enlivened and vitalized by an
intense aspirations for God-realisation. Sri
Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj shared this wonderful message of Rev. Sri
Gurudev’s life and teachings. Readers
are advised to study meticulously his very inspiring message published in
“Ponder These Truth”. The
Divine Life publication. Om Shanti.
Birthday dedication by a Devotee “CHIDANANDAM”
Light distilled in the mist oar’s Ganga
Pushed up a shadow sine-a – qua (At Sandhya)
Sun’s scoure exists shadow?
Can a shadow hold light?
This one I saw sure did.
Do Shadows have Substance?
This one had for instance.
Depth, Light and breadth of dimension
How come! It’s familiar! Illusion?
Blessed it is illusion or hallucination
Ascending heights it grew – the shadow.
A strange telescoping of the past in the present.
It spoke the words of old,
Gurudev’s world designed bold,
Oddly new- the voice! It’s the shadow’s
Nay! Not a shadow this! This glowing form!
Fresh from the lap of Mother Ganga Holy.
Like flames of sacred “Havan” rising slowly.
The vigour of youth in thought and deed.
This is no shadow but “youth” indeed.
What a meta – mor – physic!
From youth the old man unforeseen
This is no shadow, but reflection
Of the Blue Boy of Brindavan – Krishna
In SadGurudev’s grace, His own shadow-
Sat Chit – Ananda. “ Ala- Mast”,
Hail Chidananda! Blessed most.
Thou’rt the very shadow of Sri Gurudev
Deeply humble and in all his very Bhav,
Spare us your shadow, Gurudev!
But for another hundred years!
To bless and be blessed with Tusthi, Pushti and divine Aishwary.
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Diwali Prasad booklet - "Kanakdhara Stotram" ( Sanskrit/ Gujarati/ English)
Vishnusahsranama - with meaning
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Amrut Putra" (Gujarati)
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