Divya Jivan NewsletterFebruary 2006
two great natural forces that afflict man are Rajas (the quality of
passionate activity) and Tamas (that of inertia). The Shivaratri Vrata
aims at the perfect control of these two. The entire day is spent at the
Feet of the Lord. Continuous worship of the Lord necessitates the
devotee’s constant presence in the place of worship. Motion is controlled.
Evils like lust, anger, and jealousy, born of Rajas are ignored and
subdued. The devotee observes vigil throughout the night and thus conquers
Tamas also. Constant vigilance is imposed on the mind. Every three hours a
round of worship of the Shiva Lingam is conducted. Shivaratri is a perfect
"Offer this inner worship to Lord Shiva daily: “I worship
the jewel of my Self, the Shiva residing in the Lotus of my heart. I bathe
Him with the water of my pure mind brought from the river of faith and
devotion. I worship Him with the fragrant flowers of Samadhi—all this so
that I may not be born again in this world.” - Swami Sivananda
The Vision of Our Ancient
With what eyes, with what view, did our ancients behold this life, man, this world, human beings? These lofty concepts that were given to us, handed down to posterity, were not arrived at through reasoning or speculation, but rather through direct perception, direct personal experience (aparoksha’nubhuti) within the depths of their consciousness. And if these lofty concepts are lost sight of, the river of the stream of our life will run into a desert, become dried up and vanish without ever reaching the great destination of the ocean."- Swami Chidananda <<More>>
International Diabetes Conference at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad ( Jan
6 & Jan 7, 2006)
653rd Yoga Camp
- A weeklong Yoga camp commenced on Jan 26, 2006 at Sri Sardar Patel
Stadium. More than two thousand yoga enthusiasts joined the camp daily for
two hours from 5.30am to 7.30am. This was planned and organized by the
Commissioner and chief of Municipal Corporation, Ahmedabad as a part of “Utsav-Amdavad”
festivity. It was concluded on Feb1, 2006.
Divine Grace - Divya Krupa - A booklet with teachings of Sri Sadgurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaja’s in HIS own handwritings.( Dec 27, 2005). pdf file of about 4 Mgb, it will take long time to download
What is the difference between Bhakti and Jnana?
Jnana is the Yoga of self-expansion. It demands self-reliance. Only people of an intellectual temperament with Vichara Sakti or the power of discrimination and ratiocination are fit for the path of Jnana or knowledge. It is the monkey-Yoga. The young monkey does not cry, but itself clings tenaciously to the body of its mother wherever the mother runs. This Yoga demands a vast study of Vedantic literature, a sharp intellect, bold understanding, gigantic will and courage. A Jnani wants to become an embodiment of sugar-candy, instead of tasting sugar-candy. A Jnani wants to become identical with the Existence (Eka Aikyam).
There was a Punjabi monk suffering from dangerous advanced form of leprosy. He kept rolling on the road for some days and then requested a teacher of the local school one day to carry him to the Sivanandashram. Being aided by the teacher the patient managed to reach the gateway of the Ashram when it was already 10 P.M. The night Satsang was about to be over when the news came to Swamiji that a patient was waiting for him. With a torch light in hand Swamiji walked out to the spot where the patient was lying and saw his pitiable condition. Immediately he carried him to the verandah of the Yoga Sadhana Kutir and sent a word to Gurudev seeking his permission to accommodate the patient inside the Ashram. The Master himself felt overwhelmed with a sense of pity, and granted the necessary permission.
Swamiji then began nursing the patient with such love and care as hardly a mother could surpass. He carried on this Seva for months together combining the roles of friend, doctor, nurse, cook and sweeper. He even cleaned the excreta of the unfortunate creature. When the barber refused to cut his hair, he himself did the job.
Gurudev commented that Swamiji had wrought a miracle. The diseased monk, who was given up as a lost case by every one else was now able to walk about and take his bath himself. Gurudev said with great appreciation, "Chidanandaji has given him a new lease of life through his loving service." He added that he himself could have hardly served the patient with such fullness of devotion.
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
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