Divya Jivan NewsletterJuly - 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 Mahima (Gujarati)- Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
" 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
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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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.
"Guru, God and Self are one." - Bhagvan Ramana
"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."
- Sri Guru Granth Sahib
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