Newsletter - November 2014

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Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
November  2014
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OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
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"Yoga of Synthesis" By Sri Swami Sivananda

The Yoga of Synthesis alone will develop the head, heart and hand, and lead one to perfection. To become harmoniously balanced in all directions is the ideal of religion and of Yoga. This can be achieved by the practice of the Yoga of Synthesis.

To behold the one Self in all beings is Jnana, wisdom; to love the Self is Bhakti, devotion; to serve the Self is Karma, action. When the Jnana Yogi attains wisdom, he is endowed with devotion and selfless activity. Karma Yoga is for him a spontaneous expression of his spiritual nature, as he sees the one Self in all. When the devotee attains perfection in devotion, he is possessed of wisdom and activity. For him also, Karma Yoga is a spontaneous expression of his divine nature, as he beholds the one Lord everywhere. The Karma Yogi attains wisdom and devotion when his actions are wholly selfless. The three paths are, in fact, one in which the three different temperaments emphasize one or the other of its inseparable constituents. Yoga supplies the method by which the Self can be seen, loved and served.  Swami Sivananda << More>>.

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"Chidanand Darshan" - through Life Incidences of Guru Maharaj
Centenary Celebration Year of H. H. Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj (Sept 24, 2014 - Sept 24, 2015) 

"The Sculpture Owes It To The Sculptor" -  The thirty-ninth birthday of Swami Chidananda, in particular, was celebrated at the behest of the Holy Master with grand, festive rejoicings and great solemnity. Gurudev declared on this occasion, "Celebration of Swami Chidanandaji's birthday is really worship of
God." He acknowledged Swamiji's attainment of the highest knowledge and honoured him with the sacred title of 'Adhyatma Jnana Jyoti', an embodiment of the Brahma Sutras and the Gita, who brought Upanishads from his heart. He made it open to all that the present life of Chidananda was his last birth. He went to the extent to say, "Even I revere him as my Guru".
Swamiji was hailed by the devotees and seekers as Divinity incarnate. In his answer to the felicitations he said that he humbly accepted all their kind wishes and comments, and then emphasized that all that was only Guru Kripa. He likened himself to a piece of sculpture and said that if at all there was any beauty in the statue, the credit was to go to the sculptor. He concluded by saying, "The divine engineer of Swami Chidananda is Swami Sivananda.

"Sthith 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.


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On "Health Topics" from a Book " Yoga & Health " by Swami  Adhyatmananda

Flexibility Exercises
Regular practice of simple and gentle flexibility exercises will improve stamina and strength, reduce aches and pains, improve posture and body alignment , improve immune system, awaken body and energize the mind and finally leads one to evolve spiritually. ........<<More>> 

Included in this chapter - demonstration & explanation of flexibility exercises, still better guide is through Yoga DVD.  For the purchase of  DVD ( Yoga, A way of Life) please contact the Ashram  # 079-26861234 or email: sivanandaashram@gmail.com

Satsang with H. H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji ( Video clip) :

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Highlighting News & Upcoming events

33 rd Yoga Teachers Training Course (YTCC) through Sivananda Institute of Yoga- Vedanta Academy

 Enhance your skill in Yoga, be a teacher and spread the knowledge to others. You can accomplish all that by joining YTTC at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. It is organized under the guidance & leadership of  Pujya Sri Swami Adhyartmanandaji, who has conducted over 760 Yoga camps in the East & the West. Ashram's holy atmosphere is ideal for enhancing your spiritual growth as well as the skill in the field of science of Yoga.

On completion of three weeks residential YTTC and successfully passing the test including theory and practical, the graduate will receive a diploma certificate recognized by Gujarat University and will be able to teach Yogasana and pranayama to others. During your stay at the Ashram, you will be provided a comfortable room and yogic diet ( three meals / day). (General Info) / ( Reg. form).  For details, contact  Sivananda_ashram@yahoo.com / # 079- 26861234
News & Activity report for the Month of October 2014
Divya Jivan / November 2014
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Gitamrutam



Perform action, O Arjuna, being steadfast in Yoga, abandoning attachment and balanced in success and failure! Evenness of mind is called Yoga. (2:48)


 
Endowed with wisdom (evenness of mind), one casts off in this life both good and evil deeds; therefore, devote thyself to Yoga; Yoga is skill in action.(2:50)

That place which is reached by the Sankhyas or the Jnanis is reached by the (Karma) Yogis. He sees who sees knowledge and the performance of action (Karma Yoga) as one.(5:5)

The Yogi is thought to be superior to the ascetics and even superior to men of knowledge (obtained through the study of scriptures); he is also superior to men of action; therefore, be thou a Yogi, O Arjuna! (6:46)

Let that be known by the name of Yoga, the severance from union with pain. This Yoga should be practised with determination and with an undesponding mind.(6:23)

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