Gurugram September 2019 | Preface
Om Namah Sivaya
Greetings from the Sivananda Ashram Headquarters Val Morin. We are happy to announce the 60th anniversary of the Montreal Sivananda Centre was in August 2019. It goes without saying how grateful we all are for Swami Vishnudevananda’s focus and dedication to his Master’s mission while spreading and supporting the word of yoga throughout the World. The creation of Centres and Ashrams has enabled the enrichment of hundreds of thousands of people’s lives over these six decades, all because of the small vibrant seed planted back then.
Meanwhile, the video department of Sivananda Headquarters has been busy this year. We are fortunate to have such professional crews around the world to create vibrant social media for the Sivananda Organization.
Here’s a brand new inspiring video about the Madurai Ashram TTC courses.
Check out the multiple videos and photo exhibits of the Neyyar Dam Ashram, including 360 degree views and a 90-minute Sivananda class, created for us by Google Arts & Culture. The videos can be found in the gallery.
We would also like to share a video, highlighting the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Chennai, India. There’s an endearing section on family yoga.
Here’s an inspiring report from Swami Sitaramananda, when recently in India:
By the grace of Gurus, the Himalayan Yaatra, led by Swami Sitaramananda, comprised of 12 people (7 Vietnamese staff, 3 Indian devotees, Swami Adi Parashakti and Hamsa Chaitanya from the Yoga Farm) was successful. All went well and the weather was perfect. (even during monsoon season) We visited Rishikesh DLS, Netala Ashram in Uttarkashi, and most importantly, the Sivananda Guha in Gangotri.
We celebrated Krishna Janmastami with a Puja in the cave; organized a feeding (bhandara) and gifts for 32 local sadhus in honour of Swami Vishnudevananda; celebrated twin Vietnamese staff Ganga Chaitanya and Saraswati birthday on Aug. 24 Krishna Janmastami. Last but not least, we had a Ganapati Homa in the Netala Ashram and a Brahmacharya initiation ceremony performed by Swami Sitaramananda where two Vietnamese staff took Brahmacharya vows and received new names: Daya Chaitanya (Durga from HCM Centre) and Priya Chaitanya (Dharmini from Dalat Ashram). We felt Swamiji’s grace and presence strongly throughout. We are presently in Delhi Centre where we had a Satsang with 25 Taiwanese from the Sivananda affiliated Ashram in Taiwan. We thank Prahlada ji and team for making this whole trip possible.
In His Service,
Jai Ganga Ma,
Thank you all for your continued enthusiasm towards Swamiji’s teachings and his mission. It is through your continued support, Sivananda teachers are able to share Swami Vishnudevananda’s mission. We strive to do so without compromising the authenticity of the message, carrying the same devotion and dedication as Swamiji.
May Master and Swamiji’s grace guide us in all ways. Pranams to all.
Wisdom of the true Self is the ripe fruit of the beautiful flower of Virtue. – Sri Swami Sivananda
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Phu Chaisai, Chiang Ria, Thailand
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Neyyar Dam, Kerala, South India
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God pervades the entire Universe and is the Soul of this World (Visva Atman). – Sri Swami Sivananda
From Chapter III: “Vibhuti Pada – On Divine Powers”
III.56. SATTVA-PURUSAYOH SUDDHI-SAMYE KAIVALYAM
‘Kaivalya (liberation) is attained when there is equality between “sattwa” (purity) and “Purusha” (the Soul)’.
Commentary: Liberation takes place when the mind has the same purity as “Purusha” itself. The purified mind recognizes its nature as “Purusha”. The essence of this nature is, and always has been, bliss, freedom, peace, Self- sufficiency and perfection.
The moment you turn your mind Godward, you will gain immense strength and peace. – Sri Swami Sivananda
Bhagavad Gita Quote
Chapter XVIII: The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation
XVIII.49. ASAKTABUDDHIH SARVATRA JITAATMAA VIGATASPRIHAH; NAISHKARMYASIDDHIM PARAMAAM SANNYAASENAADHIGACCHATI.
(Krishna speaking to Arjuna)
He whose intellect is unattached everywhere, who has subdued his self, from whom desire has fled. He, by renunciation, attains the supreme state of freedom from action.
Commentary from Swami Sivananda: The mind of one who is free from attachment turns inwards towards God or the immortal Self. It is not attracted by the sensual objects of the world. It is filled with dispassion and discrimination, gradually establishing in his own Self which is of the nature of ExistenceKnowledgeBliss. Such a person who has knowledge of the Self attains to the highest perfection. Ignorance is destroyed by the attainment of the knowledge of the Self. There is cessation of activity. One may perform actions for the solidarity of the world and yet he will not be bound by actions as he has attained absolute freedom from action through the knowledge of the Self. The fire of knowledge has burnt the fruit bearing effects of Karmas or actions. He has no idea of agency as he is absolutely free from egoism as he has identified himself with the Supreme Being. Naishkarmya siddhi may also mean the attainment of the state of Naishkarmya. In this exalted magnanimous ineffable state of divine splendour and glory one remains as the action-less Self. This is the state of immediate liberation of the Vedantins (Kaivalya Moksha or Sadyomukti). This marvelous state is attained by renunciation or right knowledge or by the renunciation of all actions brought about by the attainment of the knowledge of the Self.
Study thoroughly, prayerfully and unhurriedly with an alert mind and without interruption. – Sri Swami Sivananda
02 Ganesha Chathurthi
08 Swami Sivananda ‘s Birthday
14 Full Moon
28 New Moon
29 Navarathri Starts
08 Vijaya Dasami
13 Full Moon
27 Deepavali (Diwali)
28 New Moon
Knowledge reveals itself. It is not taught. – Sri Swami Sivananda
SANKALPA [Sanskrit] – a solemn or highest vow; a thought current to the Divine; the combination of thought and resolve; intention; desire; imagination; volition.
Sankalpa, the thought current is what connects one with the other. It is this that plays between the two.
In our spiritual evolution we have the power within us to open to the Divine inflow. We have, through the power of mind, through the operation of thought, a great power in Sankalpa yogic resolutions, to become free from any form of human suffering as we move towards our natural state of Moksha and absolute Bliss. Sankalpa can be used as a tool in this evolution but ultimately Sankalpa needs to be destroyed to free the mind, to dispel delusion and lead deeply to Moksha.
How To Destroy Sankalpa – Swami Sivananda: Destroy the cloud of Sankalpa through the power of discrimination and constant efforts. Drown in the ocean of Brahmic bliss with spiritual illumination. When you try to bury your shadow in the earth, it always comes out. Similarly, when you try to destroy the Sankalpas through Viveka-Vritti, they will come out again and again. Therefore, withdraw the mind from the objects and act according to your Guru’s instructions. Mouna reduces the force of Sankalpa, the thought current. Purify the mind and fix it on the Akasha of the heart (Infinite Brahman). The mind will be destroyed in course of time. Be sure of this.
KALPA [Sanskrit] – A day of Brahma. 360 human years make one celestial year. 12,000 celestial years make one Chaturyuga Mahayuga. 71 such Mahayugas make one Manvantara. 1 such Manvantaras (with their twilight periods) make a Kalpa of 4,320,000,000 years. A night of Brahma is of an equal duration. He lives hundred such years. Brahma’s life is known as Para, being of a longer duration than the life of any other being, and a half of it is called Parardha. He has now completed the first Parardha and is in the first day of the second Parardha. This day or Kalpa is known as Svetavarahakalpa; Kalpa also means a code of rituals.
Repeat OM. Chant OM. Sing OM. Meditate on OM. All desires will vanish. – Sri Swami Sivananda