Newsletter,  November 2016

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Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
October 2016
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OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!

OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
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Deepavali - A festival of Light Joy & Illumination ( Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016)

"Celebrate the real Deepavali by living in Brahman, and enjoy the eternal bliss of the soul. He who Himself sees all but whom no one beholds, who illumines the intellect, the sun, the moon and the stars and the whole universe but whom they cannot illumine, He indeed is Brahman, He is the inner Self.

The Sun does not shine there, nor do the moon and the stars, nor do lightnings shine and much less fire. All the lights of the world cannot be compared even to a ray of the inner light of the Self. Merge yourself in this light of lights and enjoy the supreme Deepavali ".

"May you all attain full inner illumination! May the supreme light of lights enlighten your understanding! May you all attain the inexhaustible spiritual wealth of the Self! May you all prosper gloriously on the material as well as spiritual planes!" - Swami Sivananda << More>>

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Early Morning Meditation Talks from Ponder These Truths by Sri Swami Chidananda

                                "This Moment" : True life is made up of “now.” True life is not made up of bygone yesterdays or uncertain tomorrows. What we have is like a lump of clay in a sculptor’s hands or a piece of gold in a goldsmith’s shop. We can create out of it what we will. At this moment, what are we doing with the time we have? Are we thinking of something else? Are we forming opinions of people who are sitting beside us or of the person speaking to us? Or, are we engaged in making our life sublime, enriching ourselves, uplifting ourselves, drawing nearer to the Divine, and awakening within, unfolding ourselves, shining with the awakened light? What are we engaged in doing in this moment?
This moment, this concept, this word, this fact, this truth is the most tremendous truth of life. Life is made up of this moment and this moment only—not of dead yesterdays nor of unborn tomorrows. But your life to each one of you is not even today. It is this moment. This moment is what we effectively have. Other aspects of time are what you imagine you have. Other aspects of time are present in your mind as ideas and concepts. They are most deceptive ideas.
  This moment is God. God comes to you as this moment. He does not descend in some sort of supramundane shape and size with lights flashing and sound emanating. He comes silently as this moment. Now is God. He constantly keeps coming to you as now, as this moment. We have to help God to help us when He comes as kaloham—I am time, I am life".- Swami Chidananda  << More>>

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Deepavali Greetings & Jnana-Prasad from H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj 

" Kanakdhara Stotram" - a  Diwali prasad for you, as you  perform Laxmi Pujan / Yantra Pujan

The hymn was written in the 5th century BC by Adi Sankara, a revered Hindu philosopher and theologian. Sankara took Sanyasa (renunciation) at the age of eight. One day, as a young boy, he was begging for alms to prepare his lunch and he went to the house of a very poor Brahmin lady to beg. The lady was upset because there was nothing edible in the house. After searching the house once again she found one amla(Amalak, gooseberry) fruit. She hesitantly offered it to Sankara. He was moved after seeing the plight of the woman and sang 21 hymns praising Goddess Lakshmi. The Goddess was so pleased that she appeared before him and asked him why he has remembered her. He asked the Goddess to grant riches to the poor woman. The Goddess first refused to do so because the lady had not done any work for charity in her previous birth and it is not possible to change one's fate. Sankara told the Goddess that she is the only one who is capable of changing the fate of someone by erasing or changing the writings of the future made by Lord Brahma. The Goddess was so pleased that she instantly showered the Brahmin lady's house with goose berries made of pure gold...........Complete Sanskrit text with meaning (in Gujarati & English) by Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji 

 

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

Primary Yogasana (Yoga Postures) - The Physical techniques of Yoga are the stepping stones to meditation. According to Patanjali, Yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind. 
In the beginning the primary prerequisite to peace of mind is posture. Yogasana practiced to gain steady posture, health and lightness in the body. All Yoga postures are intended to directly or indirectly quiet the mind. The majority of Asana have been devised to build up different parts of the body and to develop the strength required by the more advanced  Physical disciplines. The purpose of the yogasana is to recondition the system, both mind and body, and to develop the nervous and glandular systems. The different Yoga postures have been devised to bring a rich supply of blood to the brain and to the various parts of the spinal column. The yogasana work by stretching, bending and twisting the spinal column in different directions to promote the health of the nerves. When the body is purified, Prana (vital energy) can be conserved and the individual becomes healthy and conscious. << More>>

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Highlighting News & Upcoming Events

Diwali Celebration  ( Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016): Come, celebrate  Diwali with us. Group Laxmi Poojan / Yantra Pooja on Dhanteras day, Oct 28, 2016 from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm at Sri Ashtalaxmi Bhavan. Deepavali Annakut darshan on Oct 30, 2016 from 4.00 pm to 8.30 pm and join us in making prasad packages at night to be distributed to the underprivileged children and families next morning on New Year day. New Year greetings, blessings & receiving prasad booklet from Pujya Swamiji Maharaj on Oct 31, 2016 from 7.00am - 9.00 pm
Join us in Diwali Celebration (Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016)

38 th YTTC (Dec 11, 2016 - Dec 30, 2016) : YTTC at  Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad is organized under the guidance & leadership of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyartmanandaji Maharaj, who has conducted over 770 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 science of Yoga. Contact the ashram for further details - sivananda_ashram@yahoo.com / Registration form. 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.

News & Activity Report for the Month of  October 2016
Divya Jivan / /October 2016/ "CHIDANANDAM"

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Gitamrutam

Yoga is restraining the mind stuff (chitta) from taking various forms (vritti)

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)

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