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Sannyasa  Diksha  day of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivananda ( June 1, 2010  )

HTML clipboard "Our holy Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj’s act of tyaga and sannyasa carries the message: "O man! Give up thy little ‘I’ and thy petty selfish life; and let thy selfless life flower into cosmic love, world brotherhood and service unto all. Give up thy little self, and give yourself in body, mind and spirit to the whole world. To renounce is verily to offer yourself as a gift unto the noble cause of human welfare." Such was the exemplary life of our holy Gurudev! His renunciation represents, as it were, a fertile seed out of which has sprung forth a great tree of his later Sannyasa life, full of the flowers, fruits and the shade-giving foliage of a many-sided Lokasangraha or selfless service unto humanity upon the physical, mental, moral and spiritual fields of modern man’s life. The giving up of his secular life has come to mean the bestowal of a lofty new Divine Life to countless thousands. The power that sprang out of his renunciation has outspread into the world, and has brought new life, hope, solace, light, strength, joy and inspiration to literally countless millions of souls. His renunciation can rightly be said to be an offering to God, to appease the spiritual hunger of His soul-famished children. It has indeed become transformed into the spirit of Divine Life to pervade the modern world in the form of a divine urge, a divine impulse towards virtue, goodness and godliness."

HTML clipboard "In renunciation lies the end of all strife and hatred. In renunciation lies the source of true peace and progress. By his life, the modern Maharshi has given to humanity the new law of welfare: "O modern man! Know ye that renunciation is the law of life. It is the path that leads to friendliness, cooperation and unity. Renounce selfishness, greed, hatred and egoism. Embrace love, humility, contentment, and charity. You will have the Kingdom of Heaven on this earth" May the Master’s radiant life inspire one and all!" - Swami Chidananda    << More>>

Early Morning Meditation talks from" Ponder These Truths" by Sri  Swami Chidananda
Man and His Mind  HTML clipboard

"Radiant Atman! Man is man because he has a mind. Thinking, reasoning, feeling, that alone makes man. If he has no mind he is an animal. But mind can make a man a beast also. Mind can make a man a demon. Because if the mind is not made sattvic, if it is not governed by an awakened, discriminating, ever alert, vigilant and keenly enquiring intellect, then mind becomes the greatest problem".

HTML clipboard "You must be wise, you must be alert. You must live and move through each day of your life wakefully, wisely. That is the hallmark of a sadhak—wisdom, wakefulness, alertness, discrimination, selection and rejection. Yes, this is the great necessity; otherwise, mind can bring about a downfall. Mana eva manushyanam karanam bandhamokshayoh—mind alone is the cause of bondage and liberation of human beings."

HTML clipboard "Know your inside. Know what part mind plays. Know the great important part the intellect must play. Give attention to the intellect. Cultivate the intellect through svadhyaya, reflection and satsang. These are the three ways: daily study; daily introspection and reflection; satsang. Time and again the spiritual history of India recounts the downfall of various seekers through lack of svadhyaya, lack of satsang, lack of discrimination."

HTML clipboard "Helped by satsang, svadhyaya and discrimination, intellect becomes our friend. Mind is not our friend. Chitta is neither friend nor foe. It contains stored wisdom; it contains stored perversion, evil also. It contains both. What is important is how you manage to gradually purify it, what you take out of it. First let the intellect deal with it and then only let it percolate into the mind. If chitta and mind are directly connected—finished, you are lost. The buddhi must be there between the chitta and the mind. Then your antahkarana is in a proper situation. Think of all these very essential and important things. Be a buddhisali, buddhiman (one endowed with proper intellect). Therefore we say: “dhiyo yo nah prachodayat—May He illumine my intellect. Illumine my intellect with Divinity, O Sarasvati.” - Swami Chidananda      << More>>

Yoga Learning through  a book , " Yoga ,  A way of Life " of Swami Adhyatmananda
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Primary & Main Yogasana (Yoga Postures) 
The Physical techniques of Yoga are the stepping stones to meditation. According to Patanjali, Yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind.

In the beginning the primary prerequisite to peace of mind is posture. Yogasana practiced to gain steady posture, health and lightness in the body. All Yoga postures are intended to directly or indirectly quiet the mind. The majority of Asana have been devised to build up different parts of the body and to develop the strength required by the more advanced  Physical disciplines. The purpose of the yogasana is to recondition the system, both mind and body, and to develop the nervous and glandular systems. The different Yoga postures have been devised to bring a rich supply of blood to the brain and to the various parts of the spinal column. The yogasana work by stretching, bending and twisting the spinal column in different directions to promote the health of the nerves. When the body is purified, Prana (vital energy) can be conserved and the individual becomes healthy and conscious. << More>>

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So Says Sri Swami Sivananda

  • Conscience is a form of Truth. It is the knowledge of our own acts and feelings, as right or wrong. It is a sensitive balance to weigh actions. It is a guiding voice from within.
  • Sense of duty is conscience . Scrupulousness is conscience. Conscience is like a silent witness and a slient teacher. It is the light of the Soul that is burning within the chambers of your heart. Conscience grows through experience. 


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Latest Additions.........

Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)

Diwali Prasad booklet - "Kanakdhara Stotram" ( Sanskrit/ Gujarati/ English)

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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