Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
====================================OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
" Start Sadhana Now" - Swami Sivananda
"Act now. Live now. Know now. Realize now. Be happy now.
Every death is a reminder. Every bell that rings says, "The end is near". Every day robs off from you one part of your precious life. Therefore, you should be very earnest in plunging yourself in constant Sadhana.
Never fall a victim to fruitless regret. Today is the best day. Today is the day of your new birth. Start Sadhana now. With folded palms, bid good-bye to past mistakes and faults. You have learnt your lessons. March forward now with new hope, determination, and vigilance".........
"Waver not. Fear not. Doubt not. Do something substantial in the path of Sadhana instead of wasting your time in idle pursuits and lethargy. You have infinite strength within you. There is a vast reservoir of power within you. Therefore, do not lose heart. Obstacles are stepping stones to success. They will develop your will. Do not allow yourself to be crushed by them. Defects remind you of perfection. Sin reminds you of virtue. Chose the positive path"............
Sadhana is spiritual movement consciously systematized. Sadhana is the purpose for which we have come to this place. Abhyasa and Sadhana are synonymous terms. The object of Sadhana is to release life from the limitations with which it is bound.
Sadhana is a lifelong process. Every day, every hour, every minute, is an onward march. Obstacles are innumerable in this great voyage. But, so long as you hold God as thy guide, there is nothing to worry about. You are sure to reach the other shore." ........- Swami Sivananda << More>>
GURUDEV'S TWENTY SPIRITUAL INSTRUCTIONS
"Guru Darshan" - through Life incidence of Guru Maharaj Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj
Birth Centenary Celebration of Guru Bhagawan Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj (Sept 24, 2015 -Sept 24, 2016)
"Sthita Prajna": Swami Chinmayananda, the illustrious saint-scholar, was giving a series of discourses on Gita during his Gita Jnana Yajna at Lucknow in 1977. In course of his talk he dealt with the characteristics of a Sthita Prajna, the ideal Godman of the holy scripture. At the end of the talk Prof. Varma who was, indeed, very much impressed, sought an interview with Chinmayanandaji and put the straight question - Is the ideal Godman of Gita a mere scriptural representation or a living reality? Is there anybody in India today who may fittingly be called a Sthita Prajna?
The erudite monk who is not given to easy praise paused for a moment and then replied with all seriousness and solemnity - Yes. There are such great ones. One is "Mother Anandamayi" and the other is "Swami Chidananda". One should behold them and get sanctified.
"Genius Lives the Beginners' way": Sridhar always remembered the famous expression of Totapuri that in order that its lustre is maintained the brass pot has to be rubbed everyday. Like Gurudev he used to emphasize, "The body is always a donkey and the mind a monkey to the last. So the Adhyatmic whip and the cane of Titiksha, Tapasya etc. must be kept in readiness always". Similarly he was one in opinion with Gurudev who would frequently warn, "Even if you are a Jivanmukta, you must be careful." Rao Swamiji, so ran the verdict of Gurudev, was a born Siddha. Yet he always thought of himself as only a beginner, just stepping into the spiritual field. So he took resort to periodical fasts, sudden acts of personal denial and endurance. Endurance was a quality that Sridhara had assiduously cultivated and possessed in abundance even before he came to the Ashram. Yet not a day elapsed when he did not expose himself to some gruelling test or the other, for Titiksha is the real wealth of an ascetic. In Gita the Lord exhorts the aspirant to put up with pleasure and pain, heat and cold with equanimity, for they are equally transitory. << More>>.
Yoga Learning from a Yoga GURU, Swami Adhyatmananda
"Jeevan Yoga Series " - "Yoga way of Life brings Happiness of sound mind in sound body. Yogic living implies discriminative living. Yoga is equanimity, equipoise or equilibrium. It is skill in the performance of actions. Yoga is disconnection from union with pain and freedom from attachment and desires it is turning away of the senses from the objective universe and concentrating of the mind within."......... Swami Adhyatmananda
Learn directly through "Jeevan Yoga" (Yoga way of Life) from Sri Swamiji Maharaj throughTelevision series by TV Durdarshan Girnar of Govt. of India. Do not miss opportunity to learn Yoga from a Master. It is on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 7.00 am - 7.30 am (Indian time). It will be contained in 52 episodes.
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. <<More>> on "Health Topics" from a Book " Yoga & Health " by Swami Adhyatmananda
Highlighting the News & Upcoming events
Chidananda Birth Centenary Celebrations continues .....................
In Bhagawad Gita Lord Sri Krishna has described the characteristics of "Sthitha Prajna", but it is rare to see & meet the one! How blessed are we to have satsang & darshan of GuruMaharaj Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, the most beloved disciple of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj! How fortunate are we to be born in the same era! Glories to Gurumaharaj!
The New Year 2016 began in a spirit of joy and enthusiasm with continued Chidananda Birth Centenary Celebrations (Sept 24, 2015 - Sept 24, 2016) at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. The planned programs, satsangs, construction of Chidananda Yoga Bhavan, Jnan Yajana - "Bhasya parayana of Prasthan Treye ", Yoga & Meditation camps, YTTC, distribution of Sivananda & Chidananda literature - new book release "Prakash Punj", "Chidananda Smruti Pravachan" series at various Divya Jivan branches in India and USA, Canada & UK during Centenary Tour 2015 of Pujya Swami Adhyatmananadaji Maharaj, Chidananda Yoga DVD (a new release), Youth programs, Seva projects, Srimad Bhagawat Katha by Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj on Vyasasan are going on and more will continue .........
But, let us imbibe virtues and teachings from the Life Divine of GuruMaharaj and that is the Celebration of Chidananda Birth Centenary, in a "True Sense" !
Updating the progress Chidananda Memorial Yoga Bhawan; Construction of Sri Chidananda Yoga Bhavan is in a full swing. Working committee at the ashram thanks to all for the generous donation and seek continued support for this Divine project .
Sivananda Yoga DVD: Sri Chidananda Birth Centenary Yoga DVD is a creation of Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh to commemorate Birth Centenary celebration of Guru Maharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. It is a complete guide for the beginners as well as experts. It contains 84 Yoga postures. It is like Yoga Teachers comes to your home.
For purchase of Yoga DVD-contact Ashram # 079-2686234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
News & Activity Report for the Month of January 2016
Divya Jivan / January 2016 / February 2016
For a sage who wishes to attain to Yoga, action is said to be the means; for the same sage who has attained to Yoga, inaction (quiescence) is said to be the means. ( 6:3)
When a man is not attached to the sense-objects or to actions, having renounced all thoughts, then he is said to have attained to Yoga. (6:4)
Thus, always keeping the mind balanced, the Yogi, with the mind controlled, attains to the peace abiding in Me, which culminates in liberation.(6:15)
Supreme bliss verily comes to this Yogi whose mind is quite peaceful, whose passion is quieted, who has become Brahman, and who is free from sin (6:27)
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Diwali Prasad booklet - "Kanakdhara Stotram" ( Sanskrit/ Gujarati/ English)
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
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