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Sivananda Ashram, February 2007

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 Offering Worship to Mahadeva Lord Siva on the festival of auspicious Mahashivratri (February 16, 2007)
 

"The formal worship consists of bathing the Lord. Lord Shiva is considered to be the Form of Light (which the Shiva Lingam represents). He is burning with the fire of austerity. He is therefore best propitiated with cool bathing. While bathing the Lingam the devotee prays: “O Lord! I will bathe Thee with water, milk, etc. Do Thou kindly bathe me with the milk of wisdom. Do Thou kindly wash me of all my sins, so that the fire of worldliness which is scorching me may be put out once for all, so that I may be one with Thee—the One alone without a second.”

"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.”

"Here is another formula for the supreme worship of the Lord: “O Shiva! you are my Self. My mind is Parvati. My Pranas are your servants. My body is your house. My actions in this world are your worship. My sleep is Samadhi. My walk is circumambulation of you. My speech is your prayer. Thus do I offer all that I am to you." - Swami Sivananda <<More>>

Philosophy of Symbolism - Swami Sivananda
Siva- The mystic Night- Swami Krishnananda
Significance of Shivratri (Gujarati)- Swami Adhyatmananda

Audio clips
Om Namo Shivaya
Nirvana shatkam
Maha Mritunjaya japa.

Early Morning Meditation talks from" Ponder These Truths" by Swami Chidananda


Why Do you Suffer unnecessarily?
"Blessed Immortal Atman! Beloved children of the Divine! Ever abide in your real nature. Then this phenomenal world around you will not have the power to influence and affect you in any manner that is likely to take away from you the truth, the purity, the bliss, the peace, the wisdom and the perfection which is ever your unchangeable, natural state, which is ever your essential nature".
"To weep and wail, to suffer and to have grief and sorrow, is not your mission in life. You have not come here for that. It may exist as part of this universal phenomenon, but you must know that you are distinct from it, that you transcend this universal phenomenon. You may be passing through it, you may come into contact with it, you may for the time being be brought into a state of proximity to what it constitutes—its imperfections, its dualities, its ups and downs, its pleasures and pains, its joy and grief, happiness and sorrow, but they are part of the phenomenal world, not part of you". Swami Chidananda<< More>> .
 
News & Activity Report for the Month of January  2007
 

Spiritual Retreat at Nareshvar – (Feb 23, 2007- Feb 25, 2007)

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.”- Mother Teresa

Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh announces upcoming "Mauna (Silence), Dhyana (Meditation) & Japa (Repetition of Lord’s name) Shibir". Come out from your busy life and enjoy being in Silence to reflect and recharge, to find inner peace and beauty of the Soul. Allow cleansing power of nature to awaken your inner SELF!
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"Srimad Bhagavata- a Treasure house of Divine Knowledge. You should conduct Bhagvata Saptaha in your house once every year. This will contribute to your happiness and prosperity. Every one of you should have a copy of the Bhagavata in your house"- Swami Sivananda.


To listen to Srimad Bhagvata Katha itself is a great fortune and that too, from the lips of  H. H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. It is indeed spiritual feast for a blessed soul. Now, available on DVD's for the busy and working people who could not attend the live Katha.  

 
Parables of Sri  Swami Sivananda ay I Answer That
 
Parable Of The Philosopher And The Broken Mirror
Once there lived two friends, Ram and Gopal. They were both philosophers. By Vichara and Anvaya-vyatireka, Ram learned to see the Glory of the Supreme Self reflected in and through all the universe. But Gopal continued to remain a theoretical philosopher, condemning the universe as an illusion and dream containing nothing but evil and vice.
One day, after a long time, Ram called on his friend. Gopal discussed for a long time, as usual, the evil in this universe, and in the end asked Ram what present he had brought for his friend. Ram, after thinking a while, produced a broken piece of mirror from his pocket and handing it over to Gopal, said, "This is my little and humble present. It will help you to understand your own beauty and charm, which you cannot otherwise see."
Gopal learnt a lesson, and from that moment began to visualise and understand the Glory of the Supreme Self reflected in all the universe.
Nothing is useless in this world.
The non-self exists to reflect and glorify the Self. Otherwise how can you know the existence of the Self?
Verily, the non-self is the mirror that truly reflects the Self for us to cognise.
So, too, evil is the mirror for good. 'The presence of sages and saints is easily cognised amidst an assembly of ignorant men. Learn to see the good reflected by the evil, and say, "Evil exists to remind me of good, the perishable exists to remind me of the Imperishable," and so on.
Truly, this universe is a mirror that reminds us of God. Learn not to condemn it as an illusion and dream, but to utilise it to feel the presence of God.
 

Reflections

"The True Basis of Morality
We are not what we see when we stand before a mirror. We are that which is not seen, that which we feel ourselves to be. And that is the same in all. That Being that makes us all one we call God, the antaratma (the Indweller), the One in the many.
The foundation of all spiritual life is conduct and character, goodness of heart and the purity of one's inner, hidden motivation for actions, speech and thought. No spiritual life or Yoga or Vedanta can stand upon a foundation of bad character, evil thoughts or wrong practices."
- Swami Chidananda

 

 

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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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