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On the Subject of "Guru Mahima" for upcoming Guru  Purnima (July 29, 2007)
 

"The Sadguru is Brahman Himself. He is an ocean of bliss, knowledge, and mercy. He is the captain of your soul. He is he fountain of joy. He removes all your troubles, sorrows, and obstacles. He shows you the right divine path.
Guru is God. A word from him is a word from God. He need not-teach anything. Even his presence or company is elevating, inspiring, and stirring, His very company is self-illumination. Living in his company is spiritual education.
Guru is the Moksha-dvara (door to liberation). He is the gateway to the transcendental Truth-Consciousness. But, it is the aspirant who has to enter through it. The, Guru is a help, but the actual task of practical Sadhana (spiritual practice) falls on the aspirant himself"..........<<More>> Sri Swami Sivananda
 
Guru and Disciple - Sri Swami Yajnavalkyananda
Guru Mahima (Gujarati)- Sri Swami Adhyatmananda

"Guru is His Teachings"  by Sri Swami Chidananda

" By the light of the sun, the whole world awakens.  By the light of the sun, darkness is banished, slumber gives place to wakefulness and sloth gives place to activity.  By the light of the sun, all beings in this world see things, perceive things clearly....

Thus the sun is the awakener; the sun is the enlightener; the sun is the marga darsaka (one who shows the path).  It is the sun that guarantees smooth, unhampered progress towards each one’s destination.  When the sun is not there, one is, as it were, blind, even though having eyes. 

In the life of a sincere seeking soul, in the life of jijnasu, a mumukshu, a sadhaka, a spiritual aspirant, the Guru is as it were, the Sun"......<<More>>  Sri Swami Chidananda
Guru Kripa - Swami Chidananda

Highlights of the upcoming events at Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
 
Celebrating Golden Jubilee of Gujarati Monthly Journal " Divya Jivan " - Most Rev. Brahmalin Sri Swami Yagnavalkyanandaji Maharaj - Dr. Sivananda Adhvaryooji (our beloved Pujya Bapuji) commenced publication of “DIVYA JIVAN” monthly(Gujarati) in August 1957 to spread the spiritual messages of Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj to uplift the mankind under the banner of Gujarat Divya Jivan Sangh is catering service to the Gujarati speaking and reading community in the same pattern and foot steps of Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, again with the motto of Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate and Realize.  It’s monthly journal “DIVYA JIVAN” completing its Golden Jubilee year in August, 2007. The issue of July -August 2007 will be a very special Golden Jubilee issue of the “DIVYA JIVAN” with articles of saints and sages of east and west.

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June 2007, News In Slide Show

News & Activity Report for the Month of June 2007

Parables of Sri  Swami Sivananda ay I Answer That
 
Parable Of The Suspicious Man Who Got Drowned

Two men are standing on a rock in an ocean, away from the shore. It is getting dark. Clouds are gathering in the sky. Even a sight of the shore is lost. Waves are lashing on the rock. The ocean is getting turbulent.
In that darkness a man appears before them. "Come with me, I shall take you to the shore," he says.
The wise man readily follows him.
But the fool questions: "How will you take us across the waters?"
"I have got a boat with me," says the newcomer.
"I am ready to come with you," says the wise man.
"No, I won't come," says the fool; "suppose the boat is defective or the man is a dacoit?"
The wise man gets into the boat and safely reaches the shore, guided by the boatman. The fool is quickly swallowed up by the rising waves of the ocean.
Floating along in this ocean of Samsara, the Jiva, after great struggle, gets this boon of a human birth. The other shore of safety has not yet been reached. Time is fleeting. The evening of life has set in. Eye-sight is lost. The eye of wisdom is blinded by the gathering clouds of materialism and disharmony. Perplexed and prayerful the man stands on the rock of individual life.
The Guru comes to him with the boat of the Lord's Name or of Bhakti. He beckons man to follow him and get into the boat and thus safely cross over to the shore. The wise man readily does so. But the fool has a thousand doubts and a million misgivings. He questions the bona fides of the Guru, and the validity of Bhakti. Very soon he is once again swallowed up in the huge ocean of Samsara; and, sunk in it, he has lost the greatest opportunity of saving himself, given to him by God.
 

Thought  Gems
 

"Guru, God and Self are one." -  Bhagvan Ramana Maharshi

"Rain-water falling upon the roof of a house flows down to the ground through spouts shaped grotesquely like the tiger's head. One gets the impression that the water flows from the tiger's mouth, but in reality it descends from the sky. In the same way the holy teachings that comes from the mouth of godly men seem to be uttered by those men themselves, while in reality they proceed from God."
-  Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa

"The grace of the Guru is like an ocean. If one comes with a cup he will only get a cupful. It is no use complaining of the niggardliness of the ocean. The bigger the vessel the more one will be able to carry. It is entirely up to him."
- Bhagvan Ramana Maharshi


"The Guru is the Ladder, the Guru is the Boat, and the Guru is the Raft to take me to the Lord's Name. The Guru is the Boat to carry me across the world-ocean; the Guru is the Sacred Shrine of Pilgrimage, the Guru is the Holy River. If it pleases Him, I bathe in the Pool of Truth, and become radiant and pure.”

- Sri Guru Granth Sahib

 
 

 

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