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Swami Vivekananda to Youth
Vivekananda Jayanti ( Jan 12, 2009)
 

"Supreme value of youth period is incalculable and indescribable. Youth life is the most precious life.Youth is the best time. The way in which you utilize this period will decide the nature of coming years that lie ahead of you.Your happiness, your success, your honor and your good name all depend upon the way in which you live now, in this present period. Remember this........."

"O fortunate youth, recognize this great duty. Feel this wonderful privilege.Take up this adventure.God watches you graciously, ever ready to help and guide. I wish you to be great.The world has put its faith in you.Your elders keep their hopes in you. Now youth means to place your firm confidence in yourself and exercise your hopeful determination and resolution and willing good intentions in this beautiful task of self-culture. This will truly bring supreme satisfaction and fulfillment not only to you, but also to all concerned. The shaping of your life is indeed in your own hands......."

"Practise virtue, persevere in virtue. Become established in virtue. Shine as an embodiment of noblest virtue and heroic adherence to goodness…..
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Biography of Swami Vivekananda


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Swami Vivekananda's gospel was one of hope, faith and strength. He never succumbed to despair, for he knew that India was capable of expansion and growth. His clarion call to the nation was: "Awake, arise, and stop not till the goal is reached." - Swami Sivananda
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Early Morning Meditation talks from "Ponder These Truths"  by
 Sri Swami Chidananda
The Part of Technique in Spiritual Life
 

The focusing of the entire attention of the mind in one direction, towards one goal, in one task—that is Yoga, that is sadhana, that is abhyasa. It is the key to success. It is the guarantee and assurance of progress and it is the solution to all problems. And it does not come in a day.
 

This, therefore, is the great thing desirable—to have a goal and to focus your mind and heart and soul upon it and not to pay attention to irrelevant details, not allow the mind to distract you from this total concentration towards your ideal, your principles, your way of life, your abhyasa, your goal.

Therefore, be absorbed in your practice and try to develop this inner state of total attention, total focus, complete absorption, and see the results. Then you will find that there is no longer room for being frustrated or discontented. If this is not there, then your whole life will be nothing but murmuring, complaining, grumbling and dissatisfaction, because these things grow where there is a lack of this total focusing, attention and concentration. All abhyasa is for concentration. Concentration overcomes distraction, and distraction is the bane of all human beings, whether they are spiritual sadhaks or whether they are purely worldly, materialistic people. Therefore, if this focusing is made, if you become ingathered, one-pointed, integrated, then whatever is to come, it will come in due course.

This is how spiritual practice should be understood and spiritual life lived. Life is not to be subordinated or given the less important place. In a life governed by principle, moving towards an ideal, technique forms a part of the entire thing called Yoga and sadhana and spiritual life. God bless you!  << More>>
 

Health Topics from "Yoga & Health" by Swami Adhyatmananda
 

Memory
In psychology, memory  is an organism's mental ability to store, retain and recall information. Traditional studies of memory began in the fields of philosophy, including  techniques of artificially enhancing the memory.

Is there any connection of memory with Yoga? Yes! Form a habit of sitting in Padmasana. If we sit in Siddhasana or Swastikasana, Vajrasana or simple cross-legged posture, keeping back and spinal column vertically straight, if one starts with five minutes and gradually increase practice to sit for three hours, then supply of blood to the muscles of the legs and thighs gets reduced. This reduc­tion results in greater proportion of blood reaching stomach, heart and head. Thereby the nervous and infor­mation system of the brain get stronger. This is equally possible by deep recitation of “Omkar-Pranava”

It is an indisputable truth that the practice of Shirshasana and Sarvangasana makes a man highly intelligent. In both these Asanas whole body gets into an over­turned (inverted) posture, thereby with the least efforts heart can pump blood towards the head. << More>>
 

Highlighting the News
 

Upcoming Mauna Shibir (Spiritual Retreat) (
Feb1, 2009- Feb 5, 2009)

"Silence is always the most real part of your being
When you are alone, you are silent.
When you are alone, you are in God,
and you are aware of God in you."- Swami Chidananda

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!
for the details contact Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabada  sivananda_ashram@yahoo.com  or  # 079-26861234

Mahashivratri Utsav - February 23, 2009
 

Report of "Tour to Taiwan" of H.H. Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj ( Nov 28, 2008 - Dec 9, 2008)
News & Activity Report for the Month of  December 2008
 Divya Jivan (Gujarati) - January 2008  Issue
News in Slide Shaw

Quotes of Swami Vivekananda
  • “A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss.”
     
  •  "I do not want to get material life, do not want the sense-life, but something higher." That is renunciation. Then, by the power of meditation, undo the mischief that has been done."
     
  • "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and everything shall be added unto you." This is the one great duty, this is renunciation. Live for an ideal, and leave no place in the mind for anything else. Let us put forth all our energies to acquire that which never fails--our spiritual perfection. If we have true yearning for realization, we must struggle, and through struggle growth will come. We shall make mistakes, but they may be angels unawares."
     
  • “All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and human beings is thus bridged. Thus we find how, by knowing God, we find the kingdom of heaven within us.”
  •  "As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid? As soon as I think that I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate."
  •  "Do not go for glass beads leaving the mine of diamonds. This life is a great chance. What, seekest thou the pleasures of the world? He is the fountain of all bliss. See for the highest, aim at that highest, and you shall reach the highest."
  • "In this external world, which is full of finite things, it is impossible to see and find the Infinite. The Infinite must be sought in that alone which is infinite, and the only thing infinite about us is that which is within us, our own soul. Neither the body, nor the mind, nor even our thoughts, nor the world we see around us, is infinite."
  •  "Learn to feel yourself in other bodies, to know that we are all one. Throw all other nonsense to the winds. Spit out your actions, good or bad, and never think of them again. What is done is done. Throw off superstition. Have no weakness even in the face of death. Be free."
  • "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."
  • "Realize your true nature. That is all there is to do. Know yourself as you are—infinite spirit. That is practical religion. Everything else is impractical, for everything else will perish."

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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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