Newsletter,  February 2014

Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad 

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Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
February 2014


OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!

"Worship of Lord Shiva" on the occasion of auspicious Shivaratri  Utsav ( Feb 27, 2014)

"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 second.”

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.”

Here is another formula for the supreme worship of the Lord: “O Shiva! you are my Self. My mind is Parvati. My Pranas are your servants. My body is your house. My actions in this world are your worship. My sleep is Samadhi. My walk is circumambulation of you. My speech is your prayer. Thus do I offer all that I am to you."- Swami Sivananda  << More>>

Shiva Aradhana - 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.
Satarudriyam or Rudram, Namakam -  Hymn dedicated to Rudra (an epithet of Shiva), taken from the Yajurveda. Sri Rudram is also known as Sri Rudraprasna, Śatarudrīya, Rudradhyaya. The text is also famous for its mention of the Shaivite Panchakshara ("five-syllable")mantra (Sanskrit: Namaḥ Śivāya), which appears in the text of the Śatarudrīya in the eighth anuvaka. Lord Shiva's various attributes and aspects are invoked and worshiped. Chanting the Rudram is considered to be of great benefit.

 Early Morning Meditation Talk from "Ponder These  Truths" of Swami Chidananada

"Four Powerful Transforming Factors"
 "Radiant Divinities! Beloved sadhaks and seekers! Today let us consider four valuable means of making your life sublime, four valuable factors that will keep your life moving towards the grand divine destiny, to fulfill which you have been endowed with this human status. For the power to feel, think, reason, understand, expand in knowledge and grow in wisdom is verily the uniqueness of this privileged status of yours as a human being on earth. These factors will enrich your human status, adorn your spiritual life, enrich your sadhana and abhyasa, and augment your movement towards your grand divine destiny of atma-jnana, transcendental experience, God-realization."
 ".......These four powerful forces, powerful transforming factors, can enhance your spiritual life, make it fully God-oriented, give it a push in the right direction, take you towards the Goal Supreme—the power of the Name which immediately links you up with the Unmanifest, the transcendental Reality; constant remembrance of God in the mind; bhav, the right feeling, sublime spiritual feeling in your heart; and fourth, the right vision, which beholds the Reality everywhere, so that you live, move and have your being in God."- Swami Chidananda
  << More>> 

On Health Topics  from  a book "Yoga and  Health" by Swami Adhyatmananda

 Diabetes & Yoga-Abhyasa
Diabetes can, in a few & milder cases be cured by Yoga way of Living. The essential factors in managing diabetes are proper dieting, weight control, regular exercise, practice of Yogasanas, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha etc. To begin with, one should start flexibility exercise, Trikonasana and Suryanamaskara. Gradually and in proper order one should practice main yogasanas namely Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, Halasana, Paschimottanasna. Shitali and Shitkari Pranayamas have good effects on internal secreting glands. One needs to seek medical consultation also. <<More>>

Satsang with H.H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji (through Video clips) - on the subject of  " Excellence in Action" discourse series organized by AMA (Amdavad Managment Association)
Highlighting Upcoming Events

Shivaratri Utsav : Please join with us in Shivaratri Utsav (Feb 27, 2014) 
SIVA Sivananda International Yoga-Vedanta Academy has hosted 31 st YTTC ( Feb 21, 2014 - Mar 13, 2014) for Advance Yoga students from Sivananda Yoga Studio, Taipei (Taiwan)
News & Activity Report for the Month of January 2014
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To those men who worship Me alone, thinking of no other, of those ever united, I secure what is not already possessed and preserve what they already possess.(9:22)

 Fix thy mind on Me; be devoted to Me; sacrifice unto Me; bow down to Me; having thus united thy whole self with Me, taking Me as the Supreme Goal, thou shalt verily come unto Me.( 9:34)

 Fix thy mind on Me only, thy intellect in Me, (then) thou shait no doubt live in Me alone hereafter.(12:8)

 Fix thy mind on Me, be devoted to Me, sacrifice to Me, bow down to Me. Thou shalt come even to Me; truly do I promise unto thee, (for) thou art dear to Me.(18:65)

 Abandoning all duties, take refuge in Me alone; I will liberate thee from all sins; grieve not.(18:66)

Shivarpanmastu!  Gurudevarpanmastu!
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