Newsletter November 2020

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Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
  November 2020
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OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!    
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!
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Key to Bliss - "Meditation on OM" from Mandukya Upnishad by Swami Sivananda
 

Taijasa. whose sphere of activity is the dream state, is represented by the letter "U," the second letter of Om, on account of superiority, or on account of being in the middle. He who knows this becomes great in knowledge and the equal of all. No one ignorant of Brahman is born in his family. 

The letter 'U' is as it were superior to the letter "A."  Taijasa too is superior to Visva because he enjoys the ideas of the subtle dream world. His enjoyment is of a very fine, subtle, and refined nature. Just as "U" is in between waking and sound sleep, Taijasa also is in between Visva and Prajna. He who knows this attains to supreme knowledge. He is treated equally by all. His friends and enemies regard him in the same light. His enemies do not hate him. They do not show any jealousy towards him. Anyone ignorant of Brahman is not born in his family. << Read More>>

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Deepavali, A Festival of light, Joy & Illumination (November 14, 2020)


"The sun does not shine there, nor do the moon and the stars, nor do lightnings shine and much less fire. All the lights of the world cannot be compared even to a ray of the inner light of the Self. Merge yourself in this light of lights and enjoy the supreme Deepavali"

"O Ram! The light of lights, the self-luminous inner light of the Self is ever shining steadily in the chamber of your heart. Sit quietly. Close your eyes. Withdraw the senses. Fix the mind on this supreme light and enjoy the real Deepavali, by attaining illumination of the soul."

"May you all attain full inner illumination! May the supreme light of lights enlighten your understanding! May you all attain the inexhaustible spiritual wealth of the Self! May you all prosper gloriously on the material as well as spiritual planes!" - Swami Sivananda << Read More>>

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

"Cultivate Peace"
 
"Radiant Divinities! Beloved Atman! Cultivate santi (peace) within your heart. Cultivate the habit of peace and serenity which is a covetable possession, that is a positive force to take you towards your supreme Goal. Cultivate santi in your mind and in your heart, for it is a condition prerequisite for the inward process of bringing the mind to rest upon the Eternal and the Divine. There can be no concentration for one who does not cultivate the habit of peace. The Lord poses this question in the Bhagavad Gita: “asantasya kutah sukham?—How can happiness come to one who is not at peace?”
 
The Supreme Reality, Atman-Brahman, is immeasurable peace, profound, boundless, indescribable peace. The great transcendental experience of your ancestors and of the supreme mystics of all times and climes is that the Reality pervades everywhere, which means that peace fills all existence. From their transcendental experience our ancestors declared boldly that the Supreme Reality dwells in the core of your own heart. One divine Reality dwells hidden in all beings, which means that peace dwells within you permanently as the innermost center of your being. - Swami Chidananda <<Read More>>
 

Before "Lakshmi Pujan" or Worship of Sri Mahalakshmi, let us understand Her real Nature (Swaroopa). Divine treasure or Real wealth of mankind are fearlessness, purity of heart, steadfastness in the yoga of knowledge, charity, control of the senses, performance of sacrifice, study of the Vedas or holy scriptures, straightforwardness,  non violence, truthfulness, freedom from anger, renunciation, peacefulness, absence of crookedness, compassion for all Living beings, non-covetousness, gentleness, modesty, steady determination, vigor, forgiveness, fortitude, free from envy and absence of pride. All these virtues needs to be cultivated or in other words to have these virtues means to have the possession of the great wealth or real Lakshmi or "Subha Lakshmi."
 
"Subha Lakshmi" brings joy, peace, harmony blessedness, natural love, feeling for fellow beings and upliftment of the mankind. It’s full of SATWA. Let us seek the grace of Supreme Blessedness on Lakshmi Poojan day and celebrate Deepavali in real sense. Om Shanti. -Swami Adhyatmananda /

Sri Suktam - Sri Ashtalaxmi Stuti  / / Sri Yantra - meaning

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Learning of  "Jeevan Yog" from a Yoga Acharya Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
Through TV episodes of "Jeevan Yoga" Series by Doordarshan Girnar
 
What is Yoga?  How Yoga can be done ?       
 Yoga: Advantages and Suggestions
What is Yoga? The common meaning of the word Yoga is 'to join'. This word is derived from the Sanskrit element 'Yuj'.....Yoga means "maintaining balance" in eating, walking etc. That is why it is said that Yoga means balance in life style. 'Samatvam yoga uchyate.'
 
In addition to this Shree Krishna has given very beautiful and exact definition of Yoga: 'Yogah karmasu kaushalam'. That means Yoga is one where work is done with dexterity. What is this dexterity in Karma? It means what­ever you do, the job should be exact, it should not be soft-padded or like a loosely filled bag: whatever you do, do it well, properly organized.  Maharsi Patanjali defines Yoga as control of the leanings of the mind. 'Yogaschitta vrittinirodhah.' This is the highest aspect of Yoga.
  < "Jeevan Yoga" >> (Video Clip)
 
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Highlighting the News & Upcoming Events
 
Pujya Swami Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj's Satsang discourse series, "Upanishad Amrutam" on Kathopnishad and Srimad Bhagavatam Kathamrutam are concluded. During the Navaratri daily satsang on "Devi Mahatmaya" through Amadavad Tak & DD Girnar for all nine days were enlightening. At Present, Sri Swamiji's discourses on the text "Patanjali Yoga Darshan" have commenced through Sivananda Ashram Face Book page. Temples of the ashram are open now for devotees darshan with the strict rules abidance of COVID -19.

Through Ashram, Narayan Seva, distribution of Groceries to the poor and needy families continued by a team of yoga teachers.  During the last month of October 2020,160 families were served groceries worth Rs. 550/per family. It contains 5 kg Rice, 2 kg Gram, 3 kg Potatoes, 1 lit edible Oil. This costs approximately Rs. 90,000/- per month.

The continuation of such comprehensive programs has been possible only because of the unstinting devotion and generous financial assistance provided by selfless devotees of the Lord. Your valuable contribution may please be donated by a check /draft drawn in favor of "Divya Jivan  Sanskrutik Sangh" and mail to our office at "Divya Jivan Sanskrutik Sangh" Sivananda Ashram, Jodhpur Tekra, Ahmedabad 380015.

News & Activity Report for the Month of October 2020

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Diwali Message from Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
Radiant Immortal Divinities!  
Most Beloved and Blessed Children of the Divine  
Om Namo Narayanaya! Loving  Pranams! 
Happy Diwali!    

May Almighty Lord and Bhagawan Sri Vishwanath Mahadev, Goddess Sri Sri Sri Ashtalaxmi Maa and Most Beloved Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj & Guru Bhagawan Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj's grace be ever upon you all! May this Diwali brings inner light to realize the peace and bliss absolute is the best wishes, prayers, and greetings to all! May you all enjoy good health, perennial peace, mutual harmony, mutual love, and affection with all the members of your divine family.!   

 
Deepavali is a festival of light, Joy & Illumination. To be free from darkness and enter into the Self-luminous light of the SELF is Deepavali. Darkness is ignorance, light is knowledge. To seek wisdom, to establish in the inner peace, supreme light of the SELF, and to rest in the supreme blessedness is the festival of Deepavali. Our real nature is peace. “Shantoyam Atma”, “Anandoyam Atma”. Seek that, find that, and establish in that only, is the festival of light, in a true sense.   
 
The knowledge is to abide in the peace within and to experience the Bliss at all times, in all conditions. In the word of Sri Gurudev, “In all conditions, I am Bliss, Bliss, and Bliss Absolute”. what is being needed, is awareness, "Awareness of Awareness."
 
The present-day world is anxiety-ridden and tension torn from Covid -19 Pandemic. Fear not, stay positive, the vaccine is on the way, it is a hope for all. In the meantime, we all have to exercise discipline in terms of wearing masks, social distancing, and do our part in the whole. Be Safe & Stay Healthy. Enhance and build a strong immune system. Practice Yoga and Pranayama regularly. Find time to do simple Pranayama namely Anuloma Viloma or Sukh-Puravak Pranayama. Do a few rounds of Kapalbhati and Bhastrika Pranayama (if you don't have an underlying medical condition like high blood pressure or heart disease), which will boost up your energy level and enhance lung capacity "And remember this will pass too."  We have won over deadly diseases like Smallpox, Plague, Spanish Flu, etc. 

During Diwali don't waste money on firecrackers and like. Conserve the resources. Protect the environment and ecology. May Diwali brings the awareness of harmonious coexistence with nature, plants. animals & birds. Worship of the cow is a tradition of ancient India from Lord Krishna's time. Honor all life equally. The Life Principle (Chaitanya) is the same in All.  
 
"God pervades the entire universe. The Lord is within you and all around you. Open your eyes and behold HIM everywhere. Behold the Lord in all beings, all objects, plants, animals, actions, feelings & thoughts. Lead the Divine Life. "Be good Do Good"  "Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate & Realize",  says Sri Swami Sivananda.
 
May the supreme light of lights enlighten your inner being! May you all rejoice in the Lord, sing His divine name and abide in Him!  May you all attain spiritual illumination in this very Birth! 

With Ocean deep regards, Profound love and prayers for the peace and harmony in the world. 
Thy Own Self,
 Sevak, Swami Adhyatmananda

                                                                                Wishing You Peaceful, Blissful & Joyful Diwali & Happy New Year!                                                 

   

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