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September 2009  





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  Sept 8 , 2009 marks the Birth Anniversary of Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj  

"Gurudev’s life after Self-realisation, after becoming an enlightened sage and shining as a great light of the Himalayas, was a saga of selfless service—service of the poor, service of the suffering, service of the sick, service of the distressed, service of spiritual aspirants and seekers, service of all humanity, service of the whole world. In diverse, numerous ways, his entire life was one great, continuous stream of selfless service. He had even forgotten how to think of himself; he could only think of others. He lived thinking of others: "In what way can I be of benefit, in what way can I serve?" That was Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj till the very last days."
"Gurudev declared in one of his eighteen handwritten autobiographical epistles: "I live to serve, to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to raise the fallen, to console the distressed. This is my mission in life." And anyone who has known him, anyone who has lived with him, anyone who has seen him instantly recognised: "Here is a totally selfless, dedicated human being." He fulfilled to the very letter the scriptural description of this type of realised soul, who having attained illumination, having done everything that has to be done, having no desires because all their desires have been fulfilled through God-realisation, are seen to be, in the words of the Gita, "intent on the welfare of all creatures."

Rare it is to find a parallel to the type of life—of lofty, sublime selflessness and total, wonderful, dedicated selfless service of all God’s creatures—that Gurudev was and placed before us as an ideal. It is to this embodiment of selflessness and selfless service, this great expounder of nishkama-karma-yoga, who boldly declared, "Service of humanity is worship of God," that we pay our homage. May his blessings be upon us all! -  Swami Chidananda << More>>

Navratri - a festival of self-restrain ( September 19, 2009 - Sept 29, 2009 )

"The central purpose of existence is to recognise your eternal identity with the supreme Spirit. It is to grow into the image of the Divine. The supreme One embodies the highest perfection. It is spotless purity. To recognise your identity with That, to attain union with That, is verily to grow into the very likeness of the Divine. The aspirant, therefore, as his initial step, has to get rid of all the countless impurities, and the demoniacal elements that have come to cling to him in his embodied state. Then he has to acquire lofty virtues and auspicious, divine qualities. Thus purified, knowledge flashes upon him like the brilliant rays of the sun upon the crystal waters of a perfectly calm lake."
 "This process demands a resolute will, determined effort and arduous struggle. In other words, strength and infinite power are the prime necessity. Thus it is the Divine Mother who has to operate through the aspirant. Let us now consider how?" ........Swami Sivananda << More >>
Devi Mahatamya - Swami Krishnananda
Mangal Kari Bhavani" (Audio Clip)

 " The Holy Stream"...........Life Divine of  His Holiness Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj ( on His Birth Anniversary September 24, 2009 ) 

The story of Swami Chidananda has been a story of total divinisation of the human personality. It is a story of silent service and complete self-effacement. On the basis of the profound authority of his personal experience and direct realisation, therefore, this peerless saint of the Himalayas could proclaim to the world of seekers: "Yoga is not only in Nirvikalpa Samadhi. It is in every moment. .............."
"How Rama came into his life is an instructive lesson to every seeker. To him in his childhood He came as the idol Kodanda Rama, whom he worshiped and in whom he had his whole being. At a later stage, He came to him in the shape of the unfortunate lepers. Then a time came when the Lord appeared before him in the form of the inspired words of Ramdas. Next, the life of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa rose before him as a beckoning ideal. Saints and mystics blessed him. At last, the Lord gave him Darshan in the form of his Sadguru. Sivananda entered into his very being. He was filled with devotion to Guru. Sivananda dwelt in him and he dwelt in Sivananda..................." << More>>
The Holy Stream - Biography of Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj by Sarat Chandra Behera

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

"Dying to The Little Self"

".......What Guru Maharaj has summed up as, “Die to live, lead the divine life.” “When shall I be free? When I shall cease to be.” “Then shall I be free, when I shall cease to be.” Then shall be the great orb, the great sunrise of God-awareness, God-consciousness, the great day of days, of rejoicing, of hallelujah, of vijaya (victory). And forever this human consciousness is set to rest, atyantika abhava (total, complete absence) of the false “I”. “For it is in dying to the little self that one attains to ever-lasting life.” It does not mean some grand or imaginary, fanciful, post-mortem stage or other-worldly stage. Everlasting life is here and now, and dying to the little self is the process of Yoga.
This “dying to the little self” of St. Francis and those words of Gurudev are all built into these spiritual processes called nishkama-karma-yoga and bhakti yoga, where the jivatman has no time to think of himself. All thought is upon the beloved, upon the Lord, upon the ishta devata, upon the Universal Being. And it proceeds to an oblivion of the little self by constant focusing upon the Supreme Reality, meditation" - Swami Chidananda ...... <<More>>

"Yoga , A way of Life" by Swami Adhyatmananda  ( Latest Release )

Sheetali and Shidhkari Pranayam
The word "sheetali" means cooling in Sanskrit, it is taken from the original word "Sheetal" which is soothing or cold. The practice of sheetali breathing calms the mind, reduces the stress. It cools the body and mind, The blood pressure is also lowered. This pranayama is very effective in hyper acidity or even ulcers.

Sit in Padmasana or Cross legged position in which the body can be relaxed and spine is erect. Then start inhaling through mouth by rolling the tongue, make sure that the air passing in is cooled via tongue. Initially 4 seconds inhale through mouth while rolling the tongue and exhale for 6 seconds through both nostrils, this can be practiced for about 5 minutes. With practice one can increase the counts to 4:8, or 5:10 or 6:12 seconds. << More>>

  "Divya Tour 2009" of Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj
(May 30, 2009 - September 18, 2009)
With the Grace & Blessings of  Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Gurumaharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj Divya Tour 2009 of Sri Swami Adhyatmanandaji  Maharaj concluded in USA, Canada and UK on August 31, 2009. It is in its last segment to Scotland and Germany. Morning Yoga and evening spiritual discourses were organized all across USA & Canada. A week of Yoga camp and Jnana Yajna at Los Angeles, Yoga workshop at Salt Lake City, Sri Krishna Janmotsav at Calgary, Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations at Chicago and Yoga workshops in London are a few programs to highlight on concluding of Divya Tour 2009 in USA, Canada & UK. << More >>

Divya Tour 2009 - News in Slide Show
Highlighting the Ashram News

News & Activity Report for the Month of August 2009 - Auspicious Shravan month celebration, Sri  Krishna Janmotsav and Sri Chidananda Smruti Pravachan by learned Mahatama Dr. Sri Swami Muktananda Puriji Maharaj are some of the programs to highlight during the month of August at the Ashram. << More>>

Upcoming YTTC ( Dec 11, 2009 - Dec 30, 2009) -  For more details, contact / # 079- 26861234
Divya Jivan (Gujarati)/ September 2009
News in Slide Show
So Says Swami Sivananda

Sadhana should be as much a part of your daily life as eating, drinking and breathing.

Disharmony of thought, word and deed is the cause for all troubles, miseries and quarrels in this world.

Soak your life with remembrance of Lord. Dedicate your all to Him. See Him in everyone.

If any one proves to be faithless to you, be faithful to him always.

If you are truthful and pure in your daily life, you will inherit the Kingdom of God.

Forget and forgive. You will have peace. You, will become divine.

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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