Saints and Sages
New Year's Message (
Jan 1, 2011)
"By the command of the Indestructible Being, minutes,
hours, days and nights, stand apart. By the command of
the Immortal Brahman, months, years, seasons and solstices
stand apart. He who knows this Indestructible Being is a
liberated sage or Jivanmukta.
Time rolls on. New becomes old and old becomes new
again. Today is the most auspicious New Yearís day. God
has given you another chance this year to enable you to
strive for your salvation. Today man is. Tomorrow he is
not. Therefore avail yourself of this golden
opportunity, struggle hard and reach the goal of life.
Make the best use of every moment of this New Year.
Unfold all latent faculties. Here is a chance to begin
life anew, to grow and evolve and become a superhuman or
a great dynamic Yogi.
Know the value of time. Time is most precious.
Utilise every second profitably. Live every moment of
your life for the realisation of your ideal and goal. Do
not procrastinate. That "tomorrow" will never come. Now
or never. Abandon idle gossiping. Kill egoism, laziness
and inertia. Forget the past. A glorious and brilliant
future is awaiting you." - Swami Sivananda <<
Morning Meditation Talks from Ponder These
Truths by Sri Swami Chidananda
grace and Human Effort
"Divine grace must be matched, must be responded to,
must be augmented by human endeavor and effort. Godís
grace and human effort bring about divine experience."
"" Purushartha, sadhana and abhyasa are
all one. They are the great need. In the Gita, Lord
Krishna plainly states that that which is seemingly
impossible is possible. Sadhana must
become second nature. It should also be progressive.
" Purushartha is
undertaken fully realising the magnitude of Godís
compassionate grace, the magnitude of Godís love and
blessedness and with a feeling of constant gratefulness.
Thus, in a state of extreme humility one resolutely
should undertake purushartha.
Then purushartha will
not give a false sense of kartritva
of doership). You will strive manfully, diligently,
resolutely, determinedly, but with humility, with
simplicity of heart, recognising that it is a gift of
God. May God bless you all!"
New Year Greetings -
.... Prayers, Best wishes and Greetings for New Year
2011. May Almighty Lord and Sri Gurudev Swami
Sivanandaji Maharajís Grace be ever upon you all. May
you all rejoice everlasting peace and supreme
Remember that peace is your real nature. If you are
yearning for peace, you will abide in peace. Initially
you may experience it outside of you, may be at your
place of prayer and meditation. Finally peace will
become your very nature. So seek peace. Your divine self
will become an embodiment of peace, unfading peace,
Eternal peace and Absolute peace....." -Swami
New release prasad booklets - Atam
Mahek ( Gujarati) / Flower
English) - Swami
News & Activity Report for the month of December 2010
Divya Jivan Gujarati / November
2010 (SIVA Special)/ December
Quotes of Swami
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and everything shall
be added unto you." This is the one great duty, this is
renunciation. Live for an ideal, and leave no place in
the mind for anything else. Let us put forth all our
energies to acquire that which never fails--our
spiritual perfection. If we have true yearning for
realization, we must struggle, and through struggle
growth will come. We shall make mistakes, but they may
be angels unawares."
ďAll that is real in me is God; all that is real in
God is I. The gulf between God and human beings is
thus bridged. Thus we find how, by knowing God, we
find the kingdom of heaven within us.Ē
"Do not go for glass beads leaving the mine of
diamonds. This life is a great chance. What, seekest
thou the pleasures of the world? He is the fountain
of all bliss. See for the highest, aim at that
highest, and you shall reach the highest."
"Learn to feel yourself in other bodies, to know
that we are all one. Throw all other nonsense to the
winds. Spit out your actions, good or bad, and never
think of them again. What is done is done. Throw off
superstition. Have no weakness even in the face of
death. Be free."
"Meditation means the mind is turned back upon
itself. The mind stops all the thought-waves and the
world stops. Your consciousness expands. Every time
you meditate you will keep your growth."
"In this external world, which is full of finite
things, it is impossible to see and find the
Infinite. The Infinite must be sought in that alone
which is infinite, and the only thing infinite about
us is that which is within us, our own soul. Neither
the body, nor the mind, nor even our thoughts, nor
the world we see around us, is infinite."
"Realize your true nature. That is all there is to
do. Know yourself as you areóinfinite spirit. That
is practical religion. Everything else is
impractical, for everything else will perish."
Vivekananda Jayanti ( January 12, 2011)