Newsletter July 2019

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Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
  July 2019
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OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!    
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
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On the subject of  "Guru Mahima" on auspicious Gurupaurnima (July 16, 2019)

"The Sadguru is Brahman Himself. He is an ocean of bliss, knowledge, and mercy. He is the captain of your soul. He is the fountain of joy. He removes all your troubles, sorrows, and obstacles. He shows you the right divine path."

"Guru is God. A word from him is a word from God. He need not-teach anything. Even his presence or company is elevating, inspiring, and stirring, His very company is self-illumination. Living in his company is spiritual education."

"Guru is the Moksha-dvara (door to liberation). He is the gateway to the transcendental Truth-Consciousness. But, it is the aspirant who has to enter through it. The, Guru is a help, but the actual task of practical Sadhana (spiritual practice) falls on the aspirant himself."

" Worship the Guru with the flowers of faith and devotion. Satsanga with the Guru is the first pillar in the temple of Self-realisation. Grace of God takes the form of Guru. To see the Guru is to see God. Blind is the man who has not seen the divine Master. There is but one religion, the religion of devotion and love to Guru."  -  Swami Sivananda  << Read more>>

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"Guru is His Teaching"  by Sri Swami Chidananda

Guru is His Teaching by Swami Chidananda

"By the light of the sun, the whole world awakens.  By the light of the sun, darkness is banished, slumber gives place to wakefulness and sloth gives place to activity.  By the light of the sun, all beings in this world see things, perceive things clearly....

Thus the sun is the awakener; the sun is the enlightener; the sun is the marga darsaka (one who shows the path).  It is the sun that guarantees smooth, unhampered progress towards each one’s destination. When the sun is not there, one is, as it were, blind, even though having eyes.

In the life of a sincere seeking soul, in the life of jijnasu, a mumukshu, a sadhaka, a spiritual aspirant, the Guru is as it were, the Sun" - Swami Chidananda << Read more>>

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"Glory to Guru"  by Swami Adhyatmananda

"Gurupurnima is the day for worshipping the GURU. The Guru is a Master, but He never makes His disciple a slave. Entire mission of Guru is to turn His disciple into none else but great Guru only. The Guru says “AHAM BRAHMASMI”, I’m Brahman. But never the less “TAT TWAM ASI” you are that only. This purnima is a full moon day. When there is no hindrance between sun and moon, this moon shines in its full bloom likewise when disciple totally surrenders to His Guru, he too shines with Brahma Vidya. Brahma Vidya is knowledge of Absolute. Brahma Vidya is the highest knowledge after knowing that nothing remains to be known. It is the grace of Guru upon his beloved disciple that after having received Brahma Vidya, disciple has not to strive for any more gain. He becomes full; he becomes contented, he rejoices supreme BLISS. He dives deep in the eternity and divinity."

A Guru is the God on earth. To him, the whole world is a mere straw. To him, gold and stone are alike. To him, pleasure and pain are the same.
 
 A Guru lives in God. He has realized God. He knows God. He has become God. He speaks of God. He shows the way to God. He is God intoxicated. He is God Himself. He is one with God. The Guru is God’s messenger on earth. The God reveals Himself in a Guru in His full glory, infinite power, wisdom and bliss.
 
 The Guru constitutes a ladder for the pilgrims to the shrine of God. Wherever the Guru stays even for a half a second, that place becomes sacred place like Varanasi, Prayag or Brindavan.

To experience the Guru’s Grace, one must see Guru as a supreme being, supra-ultra divinity, the manifestation of the Absolute Brahman and see his presence at all times, in all places and in all conditions and act accordingly is the real Guru Worship on the sacred occasion of Guru Purnima - Swami Adhyatmananda << Read More>>

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Learning of  "Jeevan Yog" from a Yoga Acharya Swami Adhyatmananda
Through TV episodes of "Jeevan Yoga" Series by Doordarshan Girnar

Prana - "The true meaning of Prana is not only breath. The Prana is energy. It is universal power, brightness, light and intelligence. All these cosmic energies are named as Prana."Yatkinchit Jagat Sarvam Drishyate Shruyatepiva..This Prana is filled in all that we see and hear, the inside and outside of all things, all movement etc. in this world.

The Prana is the source of all capabilities and the power in the universe. Prana is the only power behind the normal functioning of the system of respiration (inhalation and exhalation), blood circulation, digestion, excretion of urine and stool, system producing semen, structure of our bones and also the nervous system. The working abilities of sensory organs and motor organs improve as each cell  gets extra nutrition. The secret of beauty of skin, shining of the face, brightness of the eyes, intelligence power and development of mental power is the result of the practice of Pranayama. The practice of Pranayama means oneness with cosmic energy. Pranayama Sadhana opens the doors of subtle life from the gross life "-  Swami Adhyatmananda << Read More>>  / Jeevan Yoga Series
 
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Highlighting the News and upcoming events


Please Join with us for Gurupurnima satsang and paduka Pujan on July 16, 2019
Sadhana Saptah (Gurupurnima Spiritual Retreat) July 17, 2019 to July 23, 2019. for more details, refer to Upcoming Event page.
56th Maha Samadhi Aradhana Day of Sri Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj (July 24, 2019 ) Paduka Poojan, Satsang & prasad – 8.30 am. to 12.00 Pm
If, you plan to stay at the ashram during the Sadhana Saptah, please contact the Ashram office by e mail sivananda_ashram@yahoo.com or by Telephone # 079-26861234 Fax # 079-26862345

News & Activity report for the Month of June 2019

News through Event Photos

Amrut Mahotsav Celebrations at the Ashram - Photos

Divya Jivan/ May & June 2019 /July 2019

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Q & A on Spiritual Life and Sadhana from “May I Answer That?”- by Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.

Why does not the benevolent, kind and all-merciful God help the righteous man and give him happiness? Why does He leave him to the mercies of his Purva Karma?

Karma is likened to the wheel. It has to work out; because the force that set it in motion has to be spent. It is a cycle of action and reaction. Just as the arrow once discharged from the bow cannot be withdrawn, even if the hunter feels that he has aimed at a wrong target, Prarabdha Karma, the fruit of those Karmas performed in previous births that have come up for experience in this present birth, cannot be annulled.

How then does God help His devotee? The all-merciful God does help His devotee by strengthening his will-power, his power of endurance, to bear the Karma-Phala with a cheerful countenance. The devotee is certainly not left to the mercy of his Purva Karma; he is beautifully clothed in the protective shield of His grace. Just as in the worst winter and violent storm, you remain unaffected in your own house and in your warm clothing, the devotee (though to the onlookers he is poor, sick or suffering) does not feel that he is suffering at all and is ever happy and blissful in His remembrance.

108 names of Holy master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maaharaj

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