Newsletter- January 2015
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Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
January 2015
OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
New Year Message ( January 2015) - by Swami Sivananda 

On this glorious New Year’s day make a strong resolve to wipe away all the old worldly Vasanas or tendencies and bad impressions and to control the senses and the mind.

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.

Equal vision is the touchstone of knowledge. Unselfishness is the touchstone of virtue. Brahmacharya is the touchstone of ethics. Oneness is the touchstone of Self-realisation. Humility is the touchstone of devotion. Therefore, be unselfish, humble and pure. Develop equal vision. Be in tune with the Infinite. -Swami Sivananda << More>>

Chidananda Darshan - through Life incidence of Guru Maharaj
Centenary CelebrationYear of H. H. Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj (Sept 24, 2014 -Sept 2015)

"Tender Love For Tiny Creatures "

His cult of non-violence is extended even to the small irritating insects like bugs and mosquitoes whom people kill almost by reflex action and do not feel any qualms whatever. Swamiji endures their stings and allows them to have their own way with his body. Once while he was doing Kirtan of the Lord's Name, a disciple saw a mosquito sitting on his body and attempted to drive it out. Before he could reach him Swamijiindicated by sign not to disturb the creature. After the Kirtan was over Swamiji told him, "The hungry one having appeased its hunger goes away automatically; you need not drive it out."

There was an incident at Kotdwar. While Swamiji was giving his address a poisonous insect flew towards him. Yogesh Bahugunaji, a devotee in his company, at once attempted to drive it out. Swamiji, who was then seriously engaged in making an important point, did not lose sight of this. He signalled to Bahugunaji to leave the insect alone and continued his talk. After sometime he took the insect tenderly and got it seated on his palm, assuring it perfect, security, as it were. This is the unique Brahmi Sthiti of the sage who in spite of all his busy schedule in Vyavahara is constantly vigilant to observe Ahimsa and love for all creatures at all times.

Year 2015 Greetings & New Year Message from Swami Adhyatmananda

Radiant Immortal Atman ! Beloved and blessed children of the Divine !

Happy New Year to you. Prayers and Best wishes for the Year 2015.

In the Iron age, when adharma (unrighteousness), bhagavat-vismriti (forgetfulness of God), vimukhi drishti (view against God ), atyachara (irreligious conduct) is the order of the day, consider the meaningfulness of this unique God-filled way of life. Consider the normal trend of Kali Yuga and consider the trend of your life. And to whom do you owe it ? How best to benefit by it ?

These are things which should be very much in our minds as we approach the advent of the New Year and the advent of a great Avatara, a great descent of Divinity, who proclaimed : “ Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven” and “ What availeth it a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul ?” He proclaimed the secondariness of all things in comparison to the attaining of God, the attainment of the great Goal, which is the fulfillment of the central destiny of man, the central purpose of life. -Swami Adhyatmananda <<More>>

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The man attains peace, who, abandoning all desires, moves about without longing, without the sense of mine and without egoism.(2:71)

He who is ever happy within, who rejoices within, who is illumined within, such a Yogi attains absolute freedom or Moksha, himself becoming Brahman.(5:24)

The sages obtain absolute freedom or Moksha—they whose sins have been destroyed, whose dualities (perception of dualities or experience of the pairs of opposites) are torn asunder, who are self-controlled, and intent on the welfare of all beings.(5:25)

Those who strive for liberation from old age and death, taking refuge in Me, realise in full that Brahman, the whole knowledge of the Self and all action.(7:29)

This is the Brahmic seat (eternal state), O son of Pritha! Attaining to this, none is deluded. Being established therein, even at the end of life one attains to oneness with Brahman.(2:72)

Swami Vivekananda Jayanti ( Jan 12, 2014)

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