Swami Chidanandaji's Golden Jubilee Message given on September 24, 1966
Forget Not The Goal Lead The Divine Life
BELOVED IMMORTAL ATMAN!
Glory be to the Divine. Salutations and prostrations at the sacred feet
of Sadgurudev Sivanandaji Maharaj, the holy dust of whose feet is verily
fit to be worshipped by all those who have found the spiritual guidance,
sustenance and blessedness by worshiping them. The feet of the Sadguru
serve as a sure boat to take the faithful across the ocean of Samsara
(worldly existence) to the other shore of freedom, bliss and peace.
Worship and adorations to those feet that constitute the supreme source
of highest happiness. Let me dwell in contemplation daily upon the lotus
feet of the Guru, the greatest wealth and the most precious treasure in
all the Universe.
On this occasion when a number of my spiritual brethren have decided to
observe and celebrate Birthday Anniversary I take the opportunity to
remind you all that you are verily birthless and deathless. Thou art
immortal Atman, O beloved friend! Beginningless and endless, changeless
and eternal, thou art Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute in the
essential nature! The Self is unborn, eternal, permanent and ageless and
dwells radiantly as the imperishable reality within this perishable
body. Thus declares the blessed Lord in the great Universal scripture,
the Bhagwad Gita. This grand truth of thy real nature should be
remembered this day. Where comes birthday for the birthless one? Birth
is of this body and if its birthday is celebrated verily, then how can
it be my birthday? Am I the physical body? I am not this body. I am not
this mind. Immortal Self am I. Thus teacheth Gurudev Sivananda.
I am Chidananda. Verily I am Consciousness Bliss. Chidananda-roopham!
Even so art thou, blessed reader, Thou art Chidananda! Thou art
Satchidananda! Thou art Eternal, Pure, Perfect, Knowledge-Bliss
absolute. Remember, reflect contemplate, meditate, realise! This is thy
important duty. Aspire, affirm, assert attain. Thus is indeed the best
and the grandest celebration.
They have requested for a message on this Birthday. Well, the message
has just been given above. However, I shall add this more. Divine
experience is attainable here only through Divine Life. Without Divine
Life no Divine experience is possible. Divine Life is the foundation and
the basis of all spiritual attainment and God-realisation. Divine Life
means a life of truth, purity, chastity, and kindness. It implies
simplicity, humble nature, selflessness and motiveless service unto all
with Universal Love. Divine Life is friendliness towards all being,
devout worship of Lord, constant remembrance of the Divine reality.
It means a life of Dharma and Sadachara, namely goodness, holiness and
Godliness by which you attain God-realisation and supreme spiritual
freedom or Kaivalya Moksha. Just as a tree cannot stand without ground
to stand on and fish cannot swim without water to swim in and man cannot
walk without way to walk on even so spiritual life is impossible without
a substratum upon which to live it. This indispensable substratum or
basis of all spiritual Sadhana, Yogabhyasa and Divine unfoldment is
precisely ethical or moral life. This basis is character, good conduct,
noble behaviour and virtuous life. Practise this and develop this first.
God is very near to those who do it. It is not the number of
Pradakshinas round the temple that you do or the number of Malas that
you turn or even the coconuts that you break, that are ultimately
pleasing the Lord but it is your pure thoughts, sublime sentiments and
noble good deeds that bring you closer to Him. In him lies all
Therefore, my beloved friend if you wish to attain supreme happiness and
Divine bliss then lead a virtuous life and worship God regularly. Do not
apply reason and logic. Do not question and argue. To be good and do
good is your greatest duty. To worship God is the noblest function. This
is a realm where Logic has no entry and reason is ineffective. Faith is
the thing needful. Regard thyself as a servant of all. Give up pride,
vanity, arrogance and egoism. Be not haughty and intolerant. Be simple.
Be sweet. Be natural. Give up anger, hatred, empty pomposity and
superiority. Speak truth. Forgive and forget. Be honest. Develop sense
of duty. Live to bring happiness unto others. Renounce selfishness. Know
that God indwells all beings. This is the teaching of all scriptures and
of all saints and sages and wise people.
Be up and doing on this path. There is no time to lose. Do not waste
your days and weeks. Time is precious. Years will roll away in a flash.
Remember death. Earnestly try for perfection. Remember the pains of
Samsara. Do not be deceived and duped by the worthless objects of this
world. Remember God in Whom lie highest peace and supreme bliss.
Remember the saints daily. They have shown you the way to cross beyond
sorrow and pain and triumph over death and attain immortality.
Constantly remember the Eternal Divine Reality. Grow in virtue.
Cultivate noble good qualities. Do all your work worshipfully. Offer up
every action to God. Spiritualise your entire life. So says Sivananda
Gurudev. Thus reminds Chidananda. Hear this message. Take a glorious new
birth in the Spirit.
Lead the Divine Life. Fill yourself with radiant Divine Consciousness.
Rejoice as an illuminated being. May Grace be in abundance showered upon
thee. May your days be filled with joy, joy and more Joy. Rejoice for
thy name is Bliss, O Ananda! Virtue, goodness and love lead to joy,
peace, and illumination. Jai Gurudev Sivananda! Glory to the Divine Life
in Atman!! May peace be unto all. May all beings in this Universe be
filled with happiness!!! Om.
At the feet of Gurudev,
September 24, 1966
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
September 24th is the 84th birthday anniversary of blessed and
worshipful Guru Maharaj, Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. In celebration
of this holy ocassion we uploaded a book by Guru Maharaj titled "Advices
on Spiritual Living". This book contains the first 60 Sivanandashram
letters by Guru Maharaj spanning from October 1963 to January 1969. This
book is indeed a great treasure for all devotees as one can feel Guru
Maharaj's presence while reading the letters. Guru Maharaj himself
"In this letter I come into your home. I sit by your side and I speak to
you in person of tasks to be done, of things to be remembered, of the
importance of living life spiritually and of great blessedness of human
birth. I speak of the path to peace and the way to bliss and above all
of the pervading presence of God and His ever-nearness to you. Beloved
Self, in God and God alone can you ultimately find true happiness and
real fulfilment. Apart from Him, life is a meaningless burden to those
ignorant of the glorious spiritual goal. God is the greatest value,
Grand Glorious REAL. All this I say to you and the Sivanandashram Letter
brings you my words, as prompted by Sri Gurudev, whose servant I am. It
is an expression of my love, symbol of my Seva, fulfilment of spiritual
duty and means of offering homage to God. Great indeed is my good
fortune to communicate with you through this letter, month by month,
during this present year that is now drawing to its close. Through my
monthly letter to you I have endeavoured to talk to you and express
myself and share my thoughts on matters pertaining to your life, to our
culture, to Sanatana Dharma and to Sri Gurudev's great spiritual message
and precious spiritual teachings. This to me is sacred service to Sri
Gurudev and is also to me a means of keeping personal contact with you
and thus coming closer to you as a member of Divine Life fraternity,
brought into being by our holy Gurudev Sri Sivanandaji Maharaj. It is a
joy to me therefore to keep in touch with you, through this
Sivanandashram Letter in this way."
This book is similar to an autobiography over five years as Guru Maharaj
describes his travels and experiences at the various places that he has
visited. Read about Guru Maharaj's meeting with Gandhiji when Guru
Maharaj was 29 years old; travels to Malaysia, South Africa and various
other places; learn about the various Hindu festivals as well as
Christmas and New Year celebrations at Holy Ashram and much, much more.
This book can be downloaded from:
Liliana Mataji of Argentina is starting a weekly e-mail reading in
Spanish today. The e-mail readings will be drawn from Guru Maharaj's
books. Today's e-mail is attached below. Devotees who would liked to
join the e-mail list can signup at:
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
Om Nama Sivaya
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya
Pranams para Uds.
Este 24 de septiembre es muy especial ya que al Ekadasi se suma el
cumpleaños de Swami Chidananda. Traten de reservar un momento para la
meditación, reciten 108 veces Mahamrityujaya mantra. Pidan por la salud
de Mahaguru. En esta fecha los Santos y todos los discípulos de Gurudev
Sivananda y Mahaguru Chidananda estarán unidos en su Sadhana generando
una gran y amorosa vibración.
GURUR BRAHMA GURUR VISNU GURUR DEVO MAHESHVARAH
GURUH SAKSHAT PARAM BRAHM TASMAI SRI GURVE NAMAH
Sri Maha - Mrityunjaya Mantra
om tryambakam yajamahe sugandhim pustivardhanam
urvarukamiva bandhanan mrtyor muksiya mamrtat.
Me inclino ante ese Señor Siva de los tres ojos, el cual esta lleno de
dulce fragancia, quien alimenta a los seres humanos. Pueda El liberarme
de las ataduras de Samsara y de la muerte, así como un pepino is
separado de la enredadera. Pueda yo ser fijado en la Inmortalidad! Este
es el Maha-Mrityunjaya Mantrra.
Om Hari Om Tat Sat