Divya Jivan NewsletterSeptember - 2007
Krishna is not merely a historical man who came and went, like
others, but the Eternal Purusha who dwells even now and shall live
in the everlasting future, in the core of all manifestation. It is
the Symbol of the Absolute descended into relativity that we call
"Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj was the Man for the Mankind. Each breath of his life he breathed to serve, love and give the best what he could give or the best he could do for the mankind. He was a Godman, filled with wonderful love in his heart. From head to toe he was oozing with divine nectar of love, love and love only. He lived all his life for the good of mankind and he became a person beloved by countless people all over the world".........<<More>> Swami Adhyatmananda
"....Two keynotes of sadhana—abhyasa and vairagya—have been placed before us in the Gita by Lord Krishna. He said, "This is the key to success." These twin factors can work miracles for you; they can achieve for you what is seemingly impossible. Fully dwell upon their significance and importance and try to understand their implications."....
..."Integrated knowledge backed up by a high sense of ethical consciousness, and this backed up by resolution and determination not to fail but to succeed—all these things are components of the authentic and genuine spiritual life, not an inferior or middling, but a superior spiritual life".... Swami Chidananda
Yoga: Advantages and Suggestions
What is Yoga? The common meaning of the word Yoga is 'to join'. This word is derived from the Sanskrit element 'Yuj'.....Yoga means "maintaining balance" in eating, walking etc. That is why it is said that Yoga means balance in life style. 'Samatvam yoga uchyate.'
In addition to this Shree Krishna has given very beautiful and exact definition of Yoga: 'Yogah karmasu kaushalam'. That means Yoga is one where work is done with dexterity. What is this dexterity in Karma? It means whatever you do, the job should be exact, it should not be soft-padded or like a loosely filled bag: whatever you do, do it well, properly organized.
Maharsi Patanjali defines Yoga as control of the leanings of the mind. 'Yogaschitta vrittinirodhah.' This is the highest aspect of Yoga ..........Swami Adhyatmananda << More>>.
Concluding of Holy Shravan Month Celebration (Aug 13, 2007- Set 9, 2007 )
Upcoming Yoga Teachers Training Course (YTTC) Dec 11, 2007 - Dec
30, 2007. Enhance your skill in Yoga, be a teacher and
spread the knowledge to others. You can accomplish all that by
systemically learning from a Master. Join YTTC at Sivananda
Ashram, Ahmedabad. Please download the registration form.
Several children were playing on the village street, building houses and acting the part of families etc. One child got annoyed with another and in a fit of anger kicked the house built by the latter. The two began to quarrel over this. "You have destroyed my house; how dare you?" etc. etc. A young man who was watching all this began to laugh at the children's foolishness in quarrelling over the imaginary "houses" made of a handful of mud which were in any case to be destroyed after the play came to an end. An elderly man, however, remarked: "Friend, when you were a young boy, You, too, quarreled like that. Now that you have grown old, you no more take interest in these things. You have acquired the sense of proper valuation of things. Come. let us by all means pacify the children; but you should not laugh at their behaviour."
Similarly, in the world people quarrel over the petty things. They build houses of brick and mud; and quarrel over their possession. This earth itself is just a mud-pile whirling in infinite space. It is created for the time being so that the Jivas might carry on His play. When this play is over, it will be dissolved. Then man with a worldly wisdom laughs at others who quarrel over the objects of the senses. But the sage reminds him that, before gaining the knowledge of the impermanence of the objects, he, too, was behaving like the worldly men. With genuine love and sympathy, he makes people live in peace and gradually enlightens them about the real nature of the mundane objects and the Peace and the Bliss that can be had in the Self.
"Pray even once from the bottom of your heart. Have a meek, receptive attitude of mind. Cultivate intense feeling in your heart. The prayer is at once heard and responded. Do this in the daily battle of life and realise for yourself the high efficacy of prayer. You must have strong conviction in the existence of God."
"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."
"This is the highest form of prayer - prayer not for gaining anything in this world created by Him, but for gaining only the most coveted of all things, Yoga - a constant inner communion and link with Him"
This is true prayer.
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Diwali Prasad booklet - "Kanakdhara Stotram" ( Sanskrit/ Gujarati/ English)
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Amrut Putra" (Gujarati)
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