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Sept 8, 2006 is 119th birth anniversary of the Most Worshipful and Revered Holy Master Sri. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. Let us pay our adorations and salutations to His Holiness.

"Foundation of Yoga "-by Swami Sivananda
 
"Yoga is unity, identity, homogeneity, oneness and sameness with God."
"The performance of all actions as an instrument in His hands, and with the consciousness that this world is pervaded by Him, the Supreme Spirit, is called Yoga."

"Develop virtues like generosity, forgiveness and love. Mere Yogic Kriyas alone will not help you much. Do self-analysis daily and eradicate your faults and evil, slavish habits. Rectify your defects such as selfishness, pride, jealousy and hatred. You must cultivate a compassionate and loving heart first. At all times you must share what you have with others and practice selfless service. Then only will you get purity of heart." <<More>>

Listen to His Holiness Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj  -"Practical Tips for Self Realization"

"Navaratri" - a Festival of Self Restrain (Sept  23, 2006 - Oct 1, 2006 )

Durga Puja or Navaratri by Swami Sivananda
 
"Let us, therefore, examine in detail the spiritual significance of Navaratri.

The central purpose of existence is to recognise your eternal identity with the supreme Spirit. It is to grow into the image of the Divine. The supreme One embodies the highest perfection. It is spotless purity. To recognise your identity with That, to attain union with That, is verily to grow into the very likeness of the Divine. The aspirant, therefore, as his initial step, has to get rid of all the countless impurities, and the demoniacal elements that have come to cling to him in his embodied state. Then he has to acquire lofty virtues and auspicious, divine qualities. Thus purified, knowledge flashes upon him like the brilliant rays of the sun upon the crystal waters of a perfectly calm lake." Swami Sivananda
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Awakening! Illumining! Liberating! Swami Chidananda
 Devi Mahatamya Swami Krishnananda
Ravana Is Alive! Swami Adhyatmananda
"Mangal Kari Mata Bhavani" Audio Clip

Early Morning Meditation talks from" Ponder These Truths" By  Sri Swami Chidananda

"The Practice of Truth"
"Truth is a divine principle, that is not only the ultimate Reality, but also the path that leads to the ultimate Reality. It is the great sadhana that leads to the realisation of Truth. It is also the great penance that makes this sadhana fruitful, that supports this sadhana, infills this sadhana with a strength which is not of this earth, which is divine.

The penance of truth creates spiritual force within one’s heart. The great Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, referred to this inner spiritual force as atma-bala and declared unhesitatingly that it was the source of all his strength and the secret of his success in whatever he undertook. The penance of truth gave him the spiritual power to overcome all that was inauspicious and unspiritual within himself. He had attained self-conquest, and above all he had attained conquest over falsehood in any form. So much so that he was bold enough to declare his viewpoint in the words: “Not only is it true that God is truth, but I declare that truth is God.” To adhere to truth, verily would be to attain God." <<More>>

News & Activity Report for the Month of August  2006
Gujarat Flood Relief Efforts are being carried out by Sivananda Ashram, Abad. After the initial relief efforts of distributing 10,000 ready to eat food and snack packages to flood afflicted people, over 600 packages of groceries (containing, rice, wheat flour, lentil, oil, sugar, tea, salt etc) have been distributed to the families in Surat, Anand & Dholka (dist) Villages.
We appreciate your continued support.<<More>>.

Janmashtami, a birthday of Lord Sri Krishna was celebrated with great zeal & devotion at the  Ashram.<<More>>

Concluding  of "Divya Tour 2006" of H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj.
With the Grace and Blessings of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, “Divya Tour 2006" of Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj has concluded on August 30, 2006. His holy presence and divine satsang brought joy and peace to countless spiritual aspirants and yoga enthusiasts in the West. Morning Yoga sessions and evening satsangs were well appreciated all across the USA and Canada. Devotees accorded him warm welcome wherever he went and loved him for teaching Yoga way of Life.

As Swamiji concludes His "Divya Tour 2006",
Glimpses of His visit,
“Asked about his divine message, Swamiji says that his mission is to disseminate spiritual knowledge based on the teachings of Swami Sivananda. “The gospel of Swami Sivananda is to serve, to love, to give, to purify, to meditate, to realize, be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate and enquire - who am I and know thyself and be free.”
Interview with Sri. Laxmana Rao of “
India Tribune" ( Chicago)

 “Bend it Like Swami Adhyatmananda”  - by Ravi Ponanagi, of  "India Tribune"(Atlanta)
 
"Swami shares peaceful Philosophy with Utahn ", interview by Jason Bergreen of  "Salt Lake Tribune" (Salt Lake City)

Divine Grace"-  "Divya krupa"
 

Divine Grace -  Divya Krupa - A booklet with teachings of Sri Sadgurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj’s in HIS own handwritings.( Dec 27, 2005). pdf file of about 4 Mgb, it will take long time to download

May I Answer That?  -  Swami Sivananda

Q & A on Spiritual Life and Sadhana from “May I Answer That?”- by Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji  Maharaj.
What are the marks of spiritual progress? How can I know whether he is advanced in the spiritual path or not?

Peace, cheerfulness, contentment, dispassion, fearlessness and an unperturbed state of mind under all conditions indicate that you are advancing in the spiritual path.

Spiritual progress is not measured by Siddhis or powers, but only by the depth of your bliss in meditation.
 These are sure tests of your spiritual progress:

Is your interest in inner spiritual activity and outer Sadhana increasing day after day?

Does spiritual life mean to your consciousness a matter of great delight, a delight far transcending the happiness that the world of vital pleasures affords you or offers you?

Has your personal awareness come to a possession of a sense of peace and strength which men who are not aspirants do not find in their everyday lives?
 

Do you feel certain that your power of discrimination and light of thought have been steadily growing?

Is your life being gradually led to such experiences which reveal to you the operation of a will and intelligence other than your own, the will and intelligence of the Omnipotent Lord?
 

Has there come into the conscious activities of your everyday life, the active function of a new delightful angle of vision, a new perspective, a strong sense of self-possession, a steadily growing convinction of your dependence upon and intimate relation with the all-pervading Divinity?

If your answers to all these questions or to any one of them are in the affirmative, be absolutely sure that you are progressing, and progressing speedily, in the spiritual path.

Incidence from H. H. Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj's Life

Swami Chidanandaji teaches us how to become secure. "If we only knew that what God does is always for our good, we would be like the kitten and not like the baby monkey. The baby monkey hangs on to the mother, and when the mother jumps from branch to branch, sometimes it loses its grip, falls down and dies. But the kitten lies down in one corner and cries for the mother. The mother cat comes and takes it away. There is no chance of the kitten falling down.

"We would know that self-effort is made only in order to know that no self-effort is necessary and we would surrender. 'Thy will be done' would always be our prayer.

 

 

Latest Additions.........

Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)

Divya Jivan (Gujarati)/ "Amrut Putra" (Gujarati) /  

Atam Mahek (Gujarati) / Fragrance ( English) - Swami Adhyatmananda

Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda

 

"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda  

 

 Books on Yoga by  Swami Adhyatmananda

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