Newsletter - August 2007
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Holy Month of Shravana - Dedicated to Lord Siva and His worship( Aug 13, 2007 - Sept 9, 2007)
 "Siva Tattva" and Philosophy of Symbols by  Sri Swami Sivananda

 

"Salutations to Lord Siva, the vanquisher of Cupid, the bestower of eternal bliss and immortality, the protector of all beings, destroyer of sins, the Lord of the gods, who wears a tiger-skin, the best among objects of worship, through whose matted hair the Ganga flows.

Lord Siva is the pure, changeless, attributeless, all-pervading transcendental consciousness. He is the inactive (Nishkriya) Purusha. Prakriti is dancing on His breast and performing the creative, preservative and destructive processes."..... Swami Sivananda  <<More>>

 

Biography of Sri Goswami Tulsidas by Sri Swami Sivananda on the occasion of Sri Tulsidas Jayanthi (August 20, 2007)
 

"Tulsidas wrote twelve books. The most famous book is his Ramayan—Ram-charit-manas—in Hindi. He wrote this book under the directions of Hanuman. This Ramayan is read and worshipped with great reverence in every Hindu home in Northern India. It is an inspiring book. It contains sweet couplets in beautiful rhyme. Vinaya Patrika is another important book written by Tulsidas....."
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 Early Morning Meditation talks from" Ponder These Truths" by Sri Swami Chidananda

Mind- Your Greatest Friend
"Guard your mind from the lower self, from these dark, negative tendencies, from bad company, from idleness and from the assailment of old samskaras (mental impressions). Keep it occupied, keep it positive, take it into good company. Try to keep it in an elevated state. Do not allow the lower mind to drag it down. Be your own best friend. Be the best friend of your mind; befriend it".....
"Think deeply. Then you will realise what the mind is to you. It is to be utilised, channelled; it is to be educated, strengthened, and supported in every way. You must nurture it and make it your greatest asset. This requires clear perception, wisdom and active effort. It is laziness that ruins the mind. Take pains, be willing to take the trouble. You will not regret it. It will repay you a thousandfold. Ponder well this inner situation of yours. Ponder well this fact: how great a thing the mind is, how much you owe it.......Swami Chidananda  <More>>
 
Celebrating Golden Jubilee of "Divya Jivan" - A  Monthly Spiritual Journal
 


Golden Jubilee Issue of Gujarati Monthly Spiritual Journal " Divya Jivan " - We are pleased to bring the Golden jubilee issue of "Divya Jivan" with selective articles of saints and sages, messages of well wishers and much more to all our readers. As you know,  Most Rev. Brahmalin Sri Swami Yagnavalkyanandaji Maharaj - Dr. Sivananda Adhvaryooji (our beloved Pujya Bapuji) commenced publication of “DIVYA JIVAN” monthly (Gujarati) in August 1957 to spread the spiritual messages of Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj to uplift the mankind under the banner of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh is catering service to the Gujarati speaking and reading community in the same pattern and foot steps of Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, again with the motto of Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate and Realize.

 

Highlights of the upcoming events at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
 
Holy Shravana Month Celebration (Aug 13, 2007- Set 9, 2007 )
  • Shiv Mahapuran Jnana Yajna ( in Hindi)  Aug 15, 2007 to Sept 13, 2007 - During the holy Shravana month discourses on Shiva Purana by Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj have been organized at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad daily from 5.30 pm- 7.00pm
  • During the entire month, worship services will be available to devotees, who wish to offer to the Lord Sri Vishwanath Mahadev. Worship Services  Abhishekatmak Laghurudra (every Monday), Sava Lakh Bilipatra Archana, Abhishekatmak Laghurudra (any day), Rudrabhishek Pooja, Special Pooja Sri Parthiveshwar Pooja, Shivashottar Archana, Shiv Bhog Prasad, Brahman Bhojan, Homatmak Laghurudra (Shravani Amavashya)- Please contact Ashram for the details, Phone # 079-26861234 Telefax  # 079-26862345 Email  -sivanandaashram@gmail.com
     
News in Slide Show for July 2007
 Report of Spiritual Tour to Taiwan
Parables of Sri  Swami Sivananda y I Answer That
 

Parable Of The Gardener And The Shep Herd
A gardener was proceeding towards his master's house one morning, with a flower-pot on his head; and in the flower-pot was a beautiful, green plant, for growing which the gardener had taken immense pains. On the way he met his friend, the shepherd, who was going to his house with a sheep slung on his shoulders. The gardener had not met the shepherd for some time. He greeted the shepherd with a big smile and the two began to talk. When the exchange of news came to an end, they went their way. The gardener wanted to take a look at the plant, before he entered the master's house. He lowered the pot from his head. To his horror, he discovered that there was not a leaf left in it, and that it was all but a naked stem. The sheep which his friend had around his shoulders had eaten away all the leaves while he was busy talking to him. How could he enter his master's house without the plant? He, therefore, returned to the garden, sorely disappointed.

A Sadhaka cultivates divine virtues in the garden of his heart. He has to struggle hard and exert much in order to cultivate even a single virtue. The virtue is a passport for him to enter his Master's House, the Kingdom of God. He carries the pot of his virtues, as it were, while proceeding to the Kingdom of God. But during his journey of life here, he meets a 'friend', who has with him the eater of virtue, viz., vice. Contact with this friend seems to be amusing to the man of virtue. But this is costly friendship. Very soon, the virtuous man discovers that the company of the 'friend' has denuded him of his virtues. He has lost the passport to the kingdom of God. He has to return to this world of pain and death, sorely disappointed.

O man, beware of wrong company. Have Satsanga. You will be spiritually elevated.

Reflection
 

Meditation
  • Not even the deepest sleep will give you such a rest as meditation can. The mind goes on jumping even in deepest sleep. Just those few moments in meditation your brain has almost stopped. … You forget the body. … You feel such pleasure in it. You become so light. This perfect rest we will get in meditation.
    Meditation means the mind is turned back upon itself. The mind stops all the thought-waves and the world stops. Your consciousness expands. Every time you meditate you will keep your growth.
  • The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation. In meditation we divest ourselves of all material conditions and feel our divine nature. We do not depend upon any external help in meditation.
  • The meditative state is the highest state of existence. So long as there is desire, no real happiness can come. It is only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings to us real enjoyment and happiness.
Swami Vivekananda
 
 

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