Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
Worship of Lord Shiva on auspicious Mahashivratri Utsav ( Feb 13,
2018 ) by Sri Swami Sivananda
formal worship consists of bathing the Lord. Lord Shiva is
considered to be the Form of Light (which the Shiva Lingam
represents). He is burning with the fire of austerity. He is
therefore best propitiated with cool bathing. While bathing the
Lingam the devotee prays: “O Lord! I will bathe Thee with water,
milk, etc. Do Thou kindly bathe me with the milk of wisdom. Do Thou
kindly wash me of all my sins, so that the fire of worldliness which
is scorching me may be put out once for all, so that I may be one
with Thee—the One alone without a second.”
"Offer this inner worship to Lord Shiva daily: “I worship the jewel
of my Self, the Shiva residing in the Lotus of my heart. I bathe Him
with the water of my pure mind brought from the river of faith and
devotion. I worship Him with the fragrant flowers of Samadhi—all
this so that I may not be born again in this world.” Swami
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Early Morning Meditation Talk from " Ponder These truths" by Swami
Satyam Jagan -Mithya
The highest ultimate declaration, the quintessential truth, declared
by people of the supreme absolute experience is brahma satyam
jagan-mithya jivo-brahmaiva naparah (Brahman alone is real, the
world is unreal. Jiva is not other than Brahman).
I shall tell you within the compass of half a verse the
quintessence, the heart, the very essence of the teachings expounded
in innumerable scriptures and that is: Brahman alone is real. This
phenomenal appearance before us is only a relative reality,
ever-changing, unstable, unreliable, never dependable, limited,
subject to time and space, subject to decay and dissolution, having
a beginning and an end. Characterized by these defects and
shortcomings, everything here seen, perceived by the human
individual consciousness, is but a mere temporary relative reality.
And the individual soul that thinks of itself as the knower of this,
or the seer of this, or the experiencer of this ever-changing
phenomenal flux, which is called samsara or the universe, is a
non-entity, for Brahman alone is real and the jivatman, the
individual, is Brahman plus upadhis (limiting adjuncts or
additions).- Swami Chidananda
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"Jeevan Yog" from a Yoga Acharya Swami Adhyatmananda
Through TV episodes of "Jeevan Yoga" Series by Doordarshan Girnar
- "The true meaning of Prana is not only breath. The Prana is
energy. It is universal power, brightness, light and intelligence.
All these cosmic energies are named as Prana."Yatkinchit Jagat
Sarvam Drishyate Shruyatepiva..This Prana is filled in all that we
see and hear, the inside and outside of all things, all movement
etc. in this world.
The Prana is the source of all capabilities and the power in the
universe. Prana is the only power behind the normal functioning of
the system of respiration (inhalation and exhalation), blood
circulation, digestion, excretion of urine and stool, system
producing semen, structure of our bones and also the nervous
system.The working abilities of sensory organs and motor organs
improve as each cell gets extra nutrition. The secret of beauty of
skin, shining of the face, brightness of the eyes, intelligence
power and development of mental power is the result of the practice
of Pranayama. The practice of Pranayama means oneness with cosmic
energy. Pranayama Sadhana opens the doors of subtle life from the
gross life "- Swami Adhyatmananda.
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Highlighting the news and upcoming events
Please join with is in
Mahashivratri Utsav ( February 13, 2018) -
Continuous twenty four hours Worship services at Lord Vishvanath Temple.
Satsang and Bhajans starting from evening and continuous
through the night. You are invited to
join the celebration of holy Shivaratri & worship services at Sivananda
Ashram. Mahaprasad will be served on February 14, 2018. Devotees, who would like to stay at the ashram during the Shivaratri Utsav, please visit the
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details of your visit and help us make proper arrangements.
News & Activity
Report for the Month of January 2018
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Q & A on Spiritual Life and Sadhana from “May I Answer That?”- by
Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
Does purity of food lead to purity of mind? Is non-vegetarian food
not Sattvic? We have in the Mahabharata instances of people taking
the meat of goats sacrificed to the Lord.
Yes, purity of food leads to purity of mind.
Aharasuddhau Satvasuddhih. Take a dose of champagne and sit for
meditation. Take a dose of orange-juice and sit for meditation. You
will know the difference. Different foods exercise different
influences on different compartments in the brain. By taking
champagne, meat and garlic, the mind will be confused and will
become restless when you sit for meditation. By taking milk and
fruits, you will get good concentration. Our Rishis lived on fruits
and milk. The Chhandogya Upanishad says, "Pure food leads to purity
of mind and then one attains Moksha". You should have dietetic
Non-vegetarian food is not Sattvic. It is not good for a seeker.
Live for a month on milk and fruits and see. Give up meat for one
month and see. Let us be practical. Practical experience will tell
you that meat-eating is bad for the mind.
Worship of Lord