Divya Jivan NewsletterChristmas - 2006
the advent of this Christ-spirit within the heart of the seekers,
all human desires come to an end and they are replaced by pure
higher Divine aspiration, Spirituality overcomes materialism. You
break free from your slavery to the senses. You begin to live a new
life, a divine life of purity, love, renunciation, humility,
non-attachment and selflessness. Your life becomes sublime like the
life of Christ. You begin to live a life of complete faith and
dependence upon God. You always think of God, talk of Him and live
for Him. Helping others becomes a real joy to you. You become a
living witness of the Divine. All your life’s activities flow
"The truth is not that where heaven is, there God is. The truth is that where God is, there heaven is. Therefore, you, as awakened, intelligent beings, endowed with perception, endowed with knowledge of the scriptures, endowed with understanding, you can very easily understand this fact, that it is not that God is where heaven is. You cannot confine God to a locality. On the contrary, heaven is where God is. And God is now, here."
" May the ever-present, indwelling peace of the Kingdom of Heaven within you, in which you dwell in the Spirit, may that peace be your gift to mankind day by day, day after day, through your every thought, every feeling, every word and action. May you live and move in this world as a messenger of peace, an angel of peace. May you live and move in this world as a source of joy to one and all. This prayer I offer to all of you as my Christmas gift." -Sri Swami Chidananda << More>>.
News & Activity Report for the Month of December 2006
A Raja presented a rich Kashmiri shawl to a foolish Pandit. The Pandit had no idea of the value of the shawl. He at once wiped his nose and feet with the shawl. Irate at such stupidity, the Raja ordered that the shawl be taken away from the Pandit who did not know how to use it. And his peon snatched it away from the Pandit.
Similarly, this precious human birth has been bestowed upon us as a great gift by God. But the foolish man wastes it on woman, gold and fame. Death soon comes and snatches away this gift of God, grossly misused by man.
O man, utilise this precious human birth in Japa, study of scriptures, selfless service and meditation. Realise the Self and be free.
“If one wants to abide in the
thought-free state, a struggle is inevitable. One must fight one's
way through before regaining one's original primal state. If one
succeeds in the fight and reaches the goal, the enemy, namely the
thoughts, will all subside in the Self and disappear entirely.”
"An essential part of what is known as yoga, or sadhana, or spiritual life is transformation from that which is base and gross into that which is sublime, subtle, refined and pure. It is a transformation from the mere human to the Divine, from the purely mundane or secular, into the spiritual.
This process should be consciously made to prevail. If outer sadhana is accompanied by this inner process, then it is being done in the right manner and will have the desired effect. Our sentiments, emotions, thoughts, - feelings, reactions should undergo this transformation. They must begin to partake of the quality of the Spirit.
one should always keep checking up on oneself : Is this inner
transformation taking place within me? Day after day, as I do my
japa, puja, upasana, svadhyaya, asana and pranayama, is this process
of essential alchemy taking place within my inner being?"
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have
done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall
begin it serenly and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with
your old nonsense."
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
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