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May 2010

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May 2010  





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Sri Adishakaracharya Jayanti ( May 18,  2010 )

"Sankara is the foremost among the master-minds and the giant souls which Mother India has produced. He was the expounder of the Advaita philosophy. Sankara was a giant metaphysician, a practical philosopher, an infallible logician, a dynamic personality and a stupendous moral and spiritual force. His grasping and elucidating powers knew no bounds. He was a fully developed Yogi, Jnani and Bhakta. He was a Karma Yogin of no mean order. He was a powerful magnet."

"There is not one branch of knowledge which Sankara has left unexplored and which has not received the touch, polish and finish of his superhuman intellect. For Sankara and his works, we have a very high reverence. The loftiness, calmness and firmness of his mind, the impartiality with which he deals with various questions, his clearness of expression-all these make us revere the philosopher more and more. His teachings will continue to live as long as the sun shines."

"Sankara's scholarly erudition and his masterly way of exposition of intricate philosophical problems have won the admiration of all the philosophical schools of the world at the present moment. Sankara was an intellectual genius, a profound philosopher, an able propagandist, a matchless preacher, a gifted poet and a great religious reformer. Perhaps, never in the history of any literature, a stupendous writer like him has been found." - Swami Sivananda.<< More>>

Early Morning Meditation talks from" Ponder These Truths" by Sri  Swami Chidananda
HTML clipboard "Radiant Immortal Atman! Blessed seekers, sadhaks! Vedanta should be properly received, properly taken in, to be digested. If food is not thoroughly chewed in the mouth, it does not get properly digested in the stomach and intestines. In spite of eating the best of food, one’s health remains unsatisfactory. It is the same if Vedantic teaching is not properly received. HTML clipboard

If we listen to Vedanta, soon afterwards we get the feeling that we are brahma-jnanis; we get the feeling that we are well versed in Vedanta. And it is in developing this feeling that your ajnana (ignorance) has succeeded in deceiving you. Maya has attained victory. For this is the worst type of ignorance, and it means that the more you get the superficial outer knowledge, apara vidya, book knowledge, the deeper becomes your pride and the deeper becomes your delusion. You think you are a jnani, and thus your pride grows, your delusion increases, which means you have gone deeper into the darkness of ignorance.

HTML clipboard You must be very careful when proceeding upon the path of sravana, manana and nididhyasana. When you do sravana (hearing) you must do it in a proper way. Then only your manana (reflection) will yield. But the vast majority of Vedantic students do sravana and then want to do nididhyasana, attain nirvikalpa samadhi, brahma-jnana. Manana is easily bypassed. Very few people do manana, very few people do sravana in the right and proper manner, and therefore their knowledge becomes their great stumbling block. They go into greater darkness". - Swami Chidananda  << More>>

A Birthday Greetings to Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj ( May 3, 2010)
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Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad invites you to join with us in  "Aayush Homam" & a special satsang on happy occasion of  66th Birthday Celebration of  Pujya Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj on May 3, 2010.

We pray to the Almighty Lord, Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj for Pujya Swamiji’s good health and long life so that He could be a guiding force to seekers all over in the path of Yoga way of Living .

“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"
"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.

- Swami Adhyatmananda

Books on Yoga - by  Sri Swami Adhyatmananda 

  Upcoming events  

Upcoming Yoga Teachers Training Course (YTTC - May 11, 2010 to May 30, 2010 )Download the Form
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Transform your life to Yoga way of Living. Enhance your skill in Yoga, be a teacher and spread the knowledge to others. On completion of three weeks residential YTTC and successfully passing the test including theory and practical, the graduate will receive a diploma certificate recognized by Gujarat University.
HTML clipboard It is organized under the guidance & leadership of  Pujya Sri Swami Adhyartmanandaji Maharaj, who has conducted over 750 Yoga camps in the East & the West. Ashram's holy atmosphere is ideal for enhancing your spiritual growth as well as the skill in the science of Yoga. You can still enroll. Contact the ashram for the details -

News & Activity Report for the Month of April  2010

Divya Jivan April 2010 Divya Jivan Gujarati

So Says Sri Swami Sivananda

Be full of Joy always. Joy is the best blood tonic. Joy saves. Joy cures. Joy elevates. Joy is your essential nature.

Make life a perpetual joy. Derive joy from Satya. Derive joy from Tapas. Derive joy from Daya. Derive joy from Dana.

Give Joy to any living being. You give service and worship to the Lord.

Soar high always in the realms of divine pursuit and higher spiritual knowledge and realise the Lord of life, love and joy.  

Within you is the fountain of Joy and Happiness. Practice; feel; assert; enjoy the supreme.




Regular Activities and Services at the Holy Sivananda Ashram

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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