February , 2009
Divya Jivan NewsletterFebruary , 2009
"......The 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 Vrata.
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
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.......... Regular practice of Yogasana, Suryanamaskara, Viparitakarani-mudra, Halasana and Yoga mudra are found to be quite beneficial. The practice of Shitali and Sheetkari Pranayama will bestow upon you mental peace and capability. Always remember, you are your own friend and your own enemy. Fear is not outside, it is inside you. Never underrate yourself. Virat Purusha resides in you. He is a fountain of great power. The ocean of joy is rising in big waves. You have in you a fountain of enthusiasm. Manifest it by meditation and be fearless........By a regular practice of Japa, Meditation, company of the wise people, study of scriptures, company of strong-minded persons will make you strong.Get up early in the morning. Go for a long walk before Sunrise.You will be filled with nature's fresh power by the effect of open air, open blue sky, the chirping of birds and the exhilarating atmosphere.When you start feeling that you are afraid, drive out the thought from your mind that you are all alone. Even when you do not feel any fear always hold a powerful thought in your mind. "I am infinity, I am joy incarnate, I am great" << More>>
Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj Smruti Pravachan - Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad lawn garden was packed on the eve of Makarsankranti,( Jan 13, 2009) as, a special satsang was organized in the memory of Brahmlin Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Mahraj in august presence of Mahamandleshwar Sri Swami Satyamitranandji Maharaj with many other dignitaries. His Holiness cherished His precious experiences and moments with Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. He expressed his mutual love, regards & reverence for Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj. His words of wisdom and message to the youth to protect motherland inspired one and all.
H.H.Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj shared His precious time and experiences with Gurumaharaj and feeling His Master's presence at each moments of his life, which is the driving force behind all his activities. He emphasized that Gurumaharaj has dropped the body and merged into the Supreme. " Feel His presence, He is Here & Now, with us". HE is protecting, guiding and helping His devotees with many hands now, what's needed is the faith. Many devotees got overwhelmed and rolled up in tears with Sri Swamiji’s loving words for His Master.
Vibrant Gujarat - "Gujarat Mari Najare ( in Gujarati)"- article
by Swami Adhyatmananda
I once had a friend who grew to be very close to me. Once when we were sitting at the edge of a swimming pool, she filled the palm of her hand with some water and held it before me, and said this: "You see this water carefully contained on my hand? It symbolizes Love."
This was how I saw it: As long as you keep your hand caringly open and allow it to remain there, it will always be there. However, if you attempt to close your fingers round it and try to posses it, it will spill through the first cracks it finds.
This is the greatest mistake that people do when they meet love...they try to posses it, they demand, they expect... And just like the water spilling out of your hand, love will retrieve from you.
For love is meant to be free, you cannot change its nature. If there are people you love, allow them to be free beings.
Give and don't expect.
It might sound simple, but it is a lesson that may take a lifetime to truly practice. It is the secret to true love. To truly practice it, you must sincerely feel no expectations from those who you love, and yet an unconditional caring."
Passing thought... Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take; but by the moments that take our breath away...
Life is beautiful!!!
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