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Hari OM! Namaste!
OM Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
http://www.divyajivan.org/may_you_be_blessed.htm
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"Ram-Nam burns ignorance, passion and sin. With or without
knowledge, correctly or incorrectly, when the word "Rama" is
pronounced it showers a rain of good upon the devotee. Sri Rama is
Brahman who takes one across the ocean of worldly existence. Rama
is one in across whom the Yogis sport, that is, the Self within."-
Swami Sivananda
A Special page on Ramanavmi on the occasion of Sri. Ramanavami
(April 18, 2005).
http://www.divyajivan.org/ramanavami/index.htm

A Special Event - Diamond Jubilee Celebration of H.H. Sri Swami
Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj (April 21, 2005- May 3, 2005).

Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh and Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh feels honored and
privileged to invite you all to the celebration of Beloved and Worshipful
Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj’s Shashti-Poorti Satsang (60th birthday
anniversary) at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad. It is a culmination of whole
year activities planned during Swamiji’s Diamond Jubilee Year towards the
Mission of Holy Master Sri. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. As always, Rev.
Swamiji Maharaj has worked relentlessly during the entire year (May 3,
2004 - May 3, 2005).
Reluctant at first, about the Diamond Jubilee Celebration, respecting the
overwhelming feelings of devotees, Pujya Swamiji has gone along with it, not
the usual way with bell, bouquet and candle, but in a very unique way. As
you know, during the Diamond Jubilee year (May 3, 2004 - May 3, 2005) many
Philanthropic activities such as food distributions to underprivileged
children, helping handicapped people, yoga camps in public schools and
school for blinds, Tree plantation (57,000 trees so far), Blood donation
drives (220 drives with collection of 85, 542 pints of blood), youth
activities and many more have been carried out. Also Spiritual activities
like Spiritual Retreats, Srimad Mahabharat  Katha, Shiv Puran Katha, Ram
Katha, Likhit Japa Yajana, Satsangs with Mahatmas, Publication and
distribution of spiritual literature of Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj
and Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj and  Spiritual Tours in India, USA,
UK, Europe & Canada have been accomplished.
We pray to the Almighty Lord, Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and
Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj for Pujya Swamiji’s good health
and long life so that He could be a beacon light to Spiritual aspirants all
over.
 http://www.divyajivan.org/swami%20adhyatmananda/index.htm

Selected photographs of  Pujya Swamiji.
http://www.divyajivan.org/swami%20adhyatmananda/selected%20photos.htm

For News & Activity report for the Month of March 2005.
http://www.divyajivan.org/News/Newsletters/march05_news.htm
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http://www.divyajivan.org/what_is_new.htm

For interesting audio clips in Real Audio Format,
http://www.divyajivan.org/multimedia.htm
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Q & A on Spiritual Life & Sadhana from “May I Answer That?”- by
Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji  Maharaj.

What is the harm in not believing in God’s existence ?

If we have no faith in God, we will be born again in this world
and will undergo considerable miseries. The ignorant, faithless
doubting self goes to destruction. He cannot enjoy the least
happiness. Neither this world nor that beyond is there for the
doubting self. Those who have no faith in God do not know what is
right and what is wrong. They have lost the power of
discrimination. They are untruthful, proud and egoistic. They are
given to excessive greed, wrath and lust. They hoard up money by
unlawful means. They become men of demoniacal nature. They commit
various sorts of atrocious crimes. They have no ideals for their
lives. They are thrown into demoniacal wombs. They sink into the
lowest depths, deluded birth after birth.

Some one hundred and fifty years ago there lived a very famous
Yogi-Jnani (a self-realized saint) by name Sadasiva Brahmendra
Sarasvati in Nerur, near Karur, in the district of Tiruchirapalli
in South India. He is the author of Brahma Sutra Vritti and Atma
Vidya Vilasa and various other books. He has done innumerable
miracles. Once when he was absorbed in Samadhi (superconscious
state) on the banks of the Cauvery, he was carried away by the
flood and thrown somewhere else. He was deeply buried underneath
the sand. Labourers went to plough the fields. They hit against
the head of the Yogi and some blood oozed out. They dug out, and
to their astonishment, they found a Yogi seated in Samadhi.

On another occasion, as an Avadhuta, Sadasiva Brahmendra entered
the Zenana (tent) of a Mohammedan chief naked. The chief was quite
enraged at the sage. He cut off one of the arms of the Mahatma
(saint). Sadasiva Brahman walked away without uttering a word and
without showing any sign of pain. The chief was greatly astonished
at this strange condition of the sage. He thought that this man
must be a Mahatma, a superhuman being. He repented much and
followed the sage to apologize. Sadasiva never knew that his arm
was cut off. When the chief narrated to the sage what had happened
in the camp, Sadasiva excused the chief and simply touched his
maimed arm. Sadasiva Brahman had a fresh arm. It is the life of
this sage that made a very deep impression in my mind. I came to a
very definite conclusion that there is a sublime divine life
independent of objects and the play of the mind and the sense. The
sage was quite unconscious of the world. He did not feel a bit
when his arm was cut off. He ought to have been absorbed in the
Divine Consciousness, he ought to have been one with the Divine.
Ordinary people yell out when there is even a pin-prick in their
bodies. When I heard of the marvelous incident in the life of Sage
Sadasiva from Apta (realized) persons and when I read in the book,
it gave me a very strong conviction about the Divine Existence and
a divine eternal life where all sorrows melt, where all desires
are satisfied and one gets supreme bliss, supreme peace and
supreme knowledge.
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An Incidence From H. H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj's Life

Swamiji's consideration extends even to the world of plants. On
the Mahasivaratri Day when devotees in the Ashram go to collect
"Bilva Patra" for the worship of the Lord Siva, he advises them
not to proceed towards the tree with an upraised axe, for the tree
would be terrified. They are to approach the tree tenderly, even
meekly, and beg for the leaves, as it were. The plucking must be
done with tenderness, love and devotion.
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