NEWSLETTER - September 2014
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Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
  September 2014
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OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
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Adoration & Prostrations Holy Master Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj on HIS Birth Anniversary  (Sept 8, 2014) 

"Gurudev’s life after Self-realisation, after becoming an enlightened sage and shining as a great light of the Himalayas, was a saga of selfless service—service of the poor, service of the suffering, service of the sick, service of the distressed, service of spiritual aspirants and seekers, service of all humanity, service of the whole world. In diverse, numerous ways, his entire life was one great, continuous stream of selfless service. He had even forgotten how to think of himself; he could only think of others. He lived thinking of others: "In what way can I be of benefit, in what way can I serve?" That was Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj till the very last days."

"Gurudev declared in one of his eighteen handwritten autobiographical epistles: "I live to serve, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to raise the fallen, to console the distressed. This is my mission in life." And anyone who has known him, anyone who has lived with him, anyone who has seen him instantly recognised: "Here is a totally selfless, dedicated human being." He fulfilled to the very letter the scriptural description of this type of realised soul, who having attained illumination, having done everything that has to be done, having no desires because all their desires have been fulfilled through God-realisation, are seen to be, in the words of the Gita, "intent on the welfare of all creatures." << More>>

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Durga Puja  (Navaratri) - a festival of Devi Worship during Auspicious Navaratri ( Sept 25, 2014 - Oct 5, 2014 )

Devi worship is, worship of God’s glory, of God’s greatness and supremacy. It is adoration of the Almighty. The worship of Devi, the universal Mother, leads to the attainment of knowledge of the Self. Sakti is all. She can do anything. She can make or mar. She can mend or end. For the sake of the continuance of Her Divine Play here, She Herself, as Avidya-Maya, has veiled the Truth from you and bound you to this Samsara. When She is propitiated through the practice of sincere devotion and unconditional self-surrender, She, as Vidya-Maya, removes the veil and enables you to perceive the Truth.
 
 No one can free himself from the thralldom of mind and matter without Mother’s grace. The fetters of Maya are too hard to break. If you worship Her as the great Mother, you can very easily go beyond Prakriti through Her benign grace and blessings. She will remove all obstacles in the path, and lead you safely into the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, and make you absolutely free - Swami Sivananda << More>>

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

What Pleases the Lord?
"......Let us purify our heart, and that purified heart will know the sublime bhav of devotion and love. And it is through such bhav that whatever we do, no matter how imperfect it may be, will become acceptable to the Lord as though it were perfect. Bhav, feeling of the heart, that is the one way of drawing down His grace. Think about it and cultivate it with diligence. Pray for it. Devotion, compassion, meditation, combined with bhav—everything in conjunction with bhav—becomes the highest qualification, pleases the Lord, draws His grace and makes your sadhana successful. God bless you!" - Swami Chidananda <<More>>
 Salutations & Prostration to Our beloved Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj on Birth Anniversary of HIS Holiness ( Sept 24, 2011)

Remembering Life Divine of HIS Holiness

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On Health Topics from a Book " Yoga & Health " by Swami  Adhyatmananda

"Backache" -  Principle causes of Backache, Treatment & Precautions .......   Bhujangasana, Baddha-Naukasana, Kati -Utthanasana, Ushtrasana, Bharmari Pranayama & Shavasana are very helpful. Practice of Shalabhasana at the end of Bhujang­asana and practice of Dhanurasana on completion of Ushtrasana are found very beneficial for the backache. Therefore, without any type of hurry, with perfect quiet attitude & balance state of mind, practise Asanas, Bhramari as well as Omkar Pranayamas. << More>>

Upcoming 33rd YTTC ( Dec 11, 2014 - Dec 30, 2014)  through  Sivananda Institute of Vendanta -Yoga Academy. (SIVA)

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Highlighting the News & Upcoming Event

Concluding of Adhyatma Tour 2014 (June 13, 2013 - Sept 1, 2014) of  H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmananda

Adhyatma Tour 2014 of  H.H. Swamiji Adhyatmanandaji to USA, Canada & UK  is concluded on Sept 2, 2014 and Swamiji has arrived back to the Ashram safely.

Pujya Swamiji's satsang & yoga teachings were appreciated by one and all. And Devotees have expressed their core sentiments of love, deep gratitude & reverence to Pujya Swamiji Maharaj and humbly expressed their desire for Him to come again soon. Here, we bring you  "Adhyatma Tour 2014 Reflection & Devotees's Experiences"......... in their own words,  a few more added since the last sharing.

Pujya Swamiji expresses His sincere thanks to the organizers & devotees who have worked together and organized Adhyatma Tour 2014. Also, Swamiji  conveys His thanks to devotees, who all invited HIM to their homes for satsang and Bhiksha. Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh, is grateful to all for the kind and generous support for the seva activities carried out through Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad.

It is all the grace & blessings of  Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Mahahraj and Gurumaharaj Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.

News & Activity Report for the Month of August 2014
Divya Jivan / August 2014 
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Gitamrutam

Fearlessness, purity of heart, steadfastness in Yoga and knowledge, alms-giving, control of the senses, sacrifice, study of scriptures, austerity and straightforwardness (16:1),

Harmlessness, truth, absence of anger, renunciation, peacefulness, absence of crookedness, compassion towards beings, uncovetousness, gentleness, modesty, absence of fickleness (16:2)

Vigour, forgiveness, fortitude, purity, absence of hatred, absence of pride—these belong to one born in a divine state, O Arjuna! (16;3)

The divine nature is deemed for liberation and the demoniacal for bondage. Grieve not, O Arjuna, for thou art born with divine properties!(16:5)

Maa Durga Stuti - video clips

Jagdambarpanmastu!

Gurudevarpanmastu!
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