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Gurugram January 2023 | Preface

Beginnings

Om Namah Sivaya
Blessed Self

The Acharyas, swamis and staff members of the Sivananda organisation wish you a new year filled with expansion, inspiration and determination to move forward in your sadhana!
May the blessings of the Divine and our Masters be with you and your family at this special time.
Times continue to be challenging as we know, and strength is needed to maintain our faith and discipline. But together we can remain inspired and determined.

The Christmas and New Year Celebration were a time of joyful sharing in the warm atmosphere of the Centres and Ashrams. The Ashrams held special programmes which were well attended. As always, students were very grateful to have the opportunity to recharge and take refuge in their peaceful and loving atmosphere.
We look forward to continuing to pass on the teachings of our Masters with the fresh inspiration of the new year. As per the words of Swami Sivananda : “Onwards, forwards, Godwards!”

Om and prem
Swami Kailasananda for the Acharyas of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres

Join us for the monthly Sivananda “Meditation for a Peaceful Planet” on Sunday February 5th, 2022 at 2pm CET. Check our website for information. https://sivanandaorleans.org/unite-for-a-healthy-planet

Donations: Your donations and financial support would be very gratefully received by any of the International Sivananda Yoga Centres and Ashrams. Please contact any Sivananda Ashram or Centre on how to proceed.

This marvellous world is a great university of wisdom. Learn your lessons and become wise. – Sri Swami Sivananda

Upcoming Courses

2023 Update

SIVANANDA YOGA Teachers’ Training Courses are available both Online (TTCOL) and in-person in residence. Please check with each TTC/ATTC location for any TTCOLs.
Please check with each TTC/ATTC location whether COVID-19 has affected your selected course.
The SIVANANDA YOGA Teachers’ Training Courses are available either online (TTCOL) or in residence, depending on the location. Please check with each TTC/ATTC location whether your selected Teacher Training Course is available online or in residence as some Ashrams have opened, while others remain closed. Thank you for your patience as schedules change during COVID.

To view all 2023 TTC/ATTC/SI courses on the Sivananda website: https://sivananda.org/teachers-training/programme-calendar/

See the full list of other international courses and events: https://www.sivananda.org/

A luxury of today becomes a necessity of tomorrow. – Sri Swami Sivananda

Raja Yoga

From Discourse IV: “Kaivalya Pada – On Realisation”

IV.V pravṛtti-bhede prayojakaṃ cittam-ekam-anekeṣām
Although the pursuits of the many (created minds) vary, they are controlled by the one Mind.
Commentary:
The many individual minds are scattered and pursue various activities, but they are all subordinate to and ultimately under the control of the one Universal Mind, which is the Self, Absolute Consciousness.

Dwell in the Divine. Live and move in it. Get absorbed in the Divine Flame. – Sri Swami Sivananda

Bhagavad Gita Quote

Chapter VI: The Yoga of Meditation

VI. 19 yathā dīpo nivāta-stho neṅgate sopamā smṛitā
yogino yata-chittasya yuñjato yogam ātmanaḥ

As a lamp placed in a windless spot does not flicker – to such is compared the Yogi of controlled mind, practising Yoga in the Self (or absorbed in the Yoga of the Self).
Commentary:
This is a beautiful simile. Yogis quote it very often when they talk of concentration or steadiness or one-pointedness of the mind. A steady mind serves as a powerful searchlight to find out the hidden spiritual treasures of the Self.

Swami Sivananda in meditation

Wish good to all beings. This will enrich your life and make you happy and peaceful. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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Spiritual Calendar

JANUARY 2023
02 Ekadasi
06 Full Moon
18 Ekadasi
21 New Moon

FEBRUARY 2023
01 Ekadasi
05 Full Moon
16 Ekadasi
18 Sri Maha Sivaratri
20 New Moon

Desire causes misery and anxiety. Abandon all desires. Be serene and happy. – Sri Swami Sivananda

Glossary

Abhaṅga – A devotional poetic composition
Abhimāna – Ego-centred attachment
Abhyāsa – Spiritual practice
Ācārya – Preceptor
Ādhāra – Support
Ādhāra Śuddhi – Purification of the Mūlādhāra, centre of spiritual energy located at the base of the spinal column
Adharma – Non-righteous conduct
Adhikāri – A qualified person
Ādhyātmic – Spiritual
Ādi Śakti – The Primeval Power
Advaita – Non-duality
Āgāmi – Current action, Karma now produced to be enjoyed in the hereafter
Agni – Fire