New Year Message
H.H. Swami Adhyatmanandaji
Radiant Immortal Atman ! Beloved and blessed children of the Divine !
Happy New Year to you. Prayers and best wishes for the Year 2015.
In the Iron age, when adharma (unrighteousness ), bhagavat-vismriti (forgetfulness of God ), vimukhi drishti (view against God ), atyachara (irreligious conduct) is the order of the day, it is high time to ponder the meaningfulness of this unique opportunity of a human birth and live God filled way of life. It is time to introspect, where do you stand in regards to trend of your life. Do you live virtuous life? Are you true to Thy own self ?
As we approach the advent of the New Year and the advent of a great Avatara, a great descent of Divinity, who proclaimed : "Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven" and "What availth it a man if, he gains the whole world but loses his own soul ?" He proclaimed the secondariness of all things in comparison to the attainment of God, the attainment of the great Goal, which is the fulfillment of the central destiny of man, the central purpose of life. He was the epitome of the Gita Jnana-updesha. In Him, we find the very embodiment of Gita-Jnana and the Gita Yoga. "Yogasthah kuru karmani... (Perform action, being steadfast in Yoga) Mam anusmara yuddhya cha (remember me and fight )".
Be rooted in God and do good to your fellow beings. The secret is to always be in a state of prayer within. Prayer is a state of being linked up with God. Prayer is a state of being connected in spirit with God inwardly. The apparent outer part of you flows outwards towards prapancha, towards samsara, towards the aneka (the many), towards the manifestation. The superficial part of you is ever moving outwards because the mind and the senses are outgoing; whereas simultaneously the essence of your being should be constantly moving inwards towards God, constantly flowing Godward in a continuous, unbroken stream.
Thus, Jesus taught us this Yoga of God-centered living in the midst of activities. And He Himself personified this state, the outer state of constantly doing good and the inner state of constantly being rooted in God through prayer, remembrance the HIS Name.
Our Father which art in heaven,
Thus, He taught His disciples to pray, "Thy kingdom come" means May Your kingdom come into my heart ! May you reign over my heart; not anything else – not gross passions, not selfishness, not worldliness, not desire, but may You be the monarch of my heart ! You who are the ruler of Your kingdom, establish Your kingdom here, as it is already established there in the inner dimension of the Spirit, the unseen world of the Spirit.
May His divine grace be ever upon you all to live and lead the
life of peace, joy and spiritual illumination! God bless you all!
Sivananda Yoga (Yoga DVD)
Yoga, A Way of Life - Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
"Yoga and Health" - a complete book with Question & Answer section by Sri Swami Adhyatmananda
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