Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad ( February 2009 )

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February , 2009 





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"Worship of Lord Shiva"
Mahashivratri Utsav ( February 23, 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 world......”- Sivananda << More>>
OM Namah Shivaya - Continuous Chanting by Swami Adhyatmananda ( Audio Clip)
For more -  audio Clips

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

Four Powerful Transforming Factors

"Radiant Divinities! Beloved sadhaks and seekers! Today let us consider four valuable means of making your life sublime, four valuable factors that will keep your life moving towards the grand divine destiny, to fulfill which you have been endowed with this human status. For the power to feel, think, reason, understand, expand in knowledge and grow in wisdom is verily the uniqueness of this privileged status of yours as a human being on earth. These factors will enrich your human status, adorn your spiritual life, enrich your sadhana and abhyasa, and augment your movement towards your grand divine destiny of atma-jnana, transcendental experience, God-realization."

".......These four powerful forces, powerful transforming factors, can enhance your spiritual life, make it fully God-oriented, give it a push in the right direction, take you towards the Goal Supreme—the power of the Name which immediately links you up with the Unmanifest, the transcendental Reality; constant remembrance of God in the mind; bhav, the right feeling, sublime spiritual feeling in your heart; and fourth, the right vision, which beholds the Reality everywhere, so that you live, move and have your being in God." << More>>

"Yoga, A  Way of Life" - by  Swami  Adhyatmananda
New Release

"Yoga way of Life brings Happiness of sound mind in sound body. Yogic living implies discriminative living.Yoga is equanimity, equipoise or equilibrium. It is skill in the performance of actions.Yoga is disconnection from union with pain and freedom from attachment and desires it is turning away of the senses from the objective universe and concentrating on the mind within."

 "Yoga is eternal life in the soul or spirit. It transmutes a man into divinity. It brings a message of hope to the forlorn, joy to the depressed, strength to the weak and knowledge to the ignorant. It is the secret master-key to open the realms of eternal bliss and deep abiding peace" - Swami Adhyatmananda

New Release - Yoga, A Way of Life"-  It contains in its pages a new dimension of Yoga learning, a key to integrate all aspects of life physical, intellectual and spiritual through Yogic living to maintain sound body and peaceful mind that enables sincere students to go deeper and subtler aspect of their being there by live and lead harmonious, purposeful & Divine Life. It is a complete guide to Yogic Life and filled with systemic, scientific and yet simple methods of yoga teaching by Swami Adhyamananda, who has been teaching yoga for over last three decades and has conducted more than 725 Yoga camps around the globe. He has trained thousands of students in Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation. The book is a sum total of his experiences and wisdom in pursuits of higher realm through Karma, Bhakti and Vedanta. He is a born teacher of international repute and author of many books on Yoga. A "must possess" treasure for not only Yoga lovers but for everyone.

Yoga, A Way of Life -  Preface & forward
For all the Books on Yoga by Swami Adhytamananda

For the purchase of the book contact
Sivanada Ashram  # 079-26861234

Health Topics from "Yoga & Health" by Swami Adhyatmananda

Phobia . What is Phobia ? How to overcome phobias and fears?

A phobia is an intense fear of something that in reality, poses little or no actual danger. Common phobias and fears include closed-in places, heights, highway driving, flying insects, snakes, and needles. However, we can develop phobias of virtually anything. For most people, these fears are minor. But for some, these fears are so severe that they cause tremendous anxiety and interfere with normal day-to-day life. When fears are irrational and disabling, they are called phobias.

.......... 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>>

Highlighting the News

 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.

News & Activity Report for the Month of  January 2009

Vibrant Gujarat - "Gujarat Mari Najare ( in Gujarati)"- article by Swami Adhyatmananda
Divya Jivan (Gujarati) - February 2009
 News in Slide Show
Join us for upcoming Mahashivratri Utsav at the Ashram - February 23, 2009

Story of Love
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.
Advise, but don't order.
Ask, but never demand.

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!!!  Live it!
Swami Vivekananda


Video clip
Love Knows No Limits and True Friendships Last a Lifetime.

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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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