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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Oct 6, 2001
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      We have uploaded a booklet by Guru Maharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji titled
      "A Message To New Initiates". This booklet contains instructions on how
      to chant ones mantra and is given at the time of initiation. This
      booklet is at:
      http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/download/download.htm#initiates

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannir

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      COMPASSION IN ACTION: A boy had come all the way from South India just
      to see the Master. Starvation and the tedium of the journey overwhelmed
      him and he fainted when his object had been fulfilled.

      The world slowly vanished before his eyes, a storm raged in his brain
      and he fell flat beside the chair on which he sat.

      The Master was instantly by his side, fanning him with tender affection.

      "Run out immediately!" Vishnu Swami was instructed. "Fetch water at
      once! How many times have I not told the people here to keep a bucket of
      water always ready at hand? What sort of people are these? I have to go
      on telling them, but there is none to listen to me here."

      The Ashramites thought that the boy had fits but the Master was sure
      that it was nothing but exhaustion. Soon milk and water were brought.
      The Master went on fanning the boy with his own hand and he soon
      recovered to tell his story.

      The boy belonged to Pattamadai. When he was on the banks of a canal near
      Pattamadai, he heard someone whisper into his ears, "Hardwar". From that
      time onward his mind was in a whirl. He did not have conscious control
      over his actions and, as though driven by an automaton, he removed Rs.
      70 from his father’s purse and entrained for Hardwar. At Hardwar he saw
      the same man whom he had seen in the vision, obstructing his way, but he
      evaded him and came to Ananda Kutir, the blissful abode of the Master.

      The Master had a heart-to-heart talk with him after he had taken his
      Ganges bath and refreshed himself with a good meal. The boy had by this
      time completely recovered, not only from the exhaustion, but from the
      effect of the hallucination he had experienced. He revealed that he had
      to sit for an examination in a couple of months and so wanted to go back
      immediately.

      The Master persuaded him to stay for a few days.

      "Having come here, do Japa on the Ganges bank for at least a couple of
      days. All this has been for your good only. You have had the Ganges bath
      and you will do Japa on the banks of the sacred river, too."

      The boy had no money to go back and requested for a loan of Rs. 80. The
      Master readily agreed, and further assured him that his father need
      repay the amount only if he could do so without upsetting the family
      budget.

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      "In other systems of Yogic practice, there are several strict rules and
      regulations to be followed. And the preceptor has to distinguish between
      the qualified and the non-qualified before he gives initiation in those
      systems. But in Japa Yoga Sadhana, this can be obviated, for, the
      repetition of a Mantra itself transforms a non-qualified person into a
      qualified person, the impure into the pure and a sinner into a saint.
      This is the unique advantage of Japa Yoga." - Swami Chidananda


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