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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Aug 27, 1999
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!

      Salutations and prostrations.

      In this e-mail, I am relaying beloved Gurudev's message about Swami
      Krishnananda's 75th birthday celebrations which appeared in the Jan'97
      issue of The Divine Life Journal (with slight edition for e-mail

      Yours in service of Gurudev,



      "Beloved friends! I am happy to inform everyone of you that the Divine
      Life Society (Hq.) Sivananda Ashram has decided to observe the forthcoming
      75th Birth Anniversary of H.H. Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj who has been a
      dedicated disciple of worshipful Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
      Revered Krishnanandaswamiji has been living a life of noble Guru Seva
      (service of the Guru) for over more than half a century of his life.

      From the time Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj decided to send me abroad
      in 1959, revered Krishnanandaswamiji Maharaj took up the functions of the
      General Secretary of the Society which onerous duty he has been carrying
      on with singular devotion and dedication and with admirable sagacity upto
      this time.

      His devotees, disciples, students, followers and admirers are all over
      India and the world outside. They would be eager to share in the Divine
      Life Society's programmes and plans honouring him upon his 75th Birth
      Anniversary, a truly landmark occasion in his noble life of renunciation
      (Nivritti) and Guru Seva. The Indian tradition calls it "Amrit Mahotsav"
      implying an ambrosial celebration of a nectarine festival. This is an
      invitation extended to one and all of his admirers as well as to all the
      members of this e-mail list and also all the members of the Divine Life
      Society to participate in this most auspicious project and gladly share
      and contribute towards it. The Swami Krishnananda Amrit Mahotsava
      Committee proposes publishing a special SOUVENIER on the occasion,
      printing a variety of Books, Booklets, Pamphlets, preparing Audio & Video
      Cassettes of Rev. Swamiji and other programmes for this event.

      I would welcome you all to readily come forward with your very generous
      sharing in this auspicious task. Please write and get in contact with:

      Dr. D. Kutty Mataji,
      Chairperson of Swami Krishnananda Amrit Mahotsava Committee,
      The Divine Life Society,
      P.O. Shivanandanagar - 249 192,
      Dist. Tehri-Garhwal,
      Uttar Pradesh,

      (Contributions can be made payable to: THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY)

      As this auspicious birthday is occuring in April (April 25th), just a
      couple of months away, the time is somewhat short. Therefore, I advise you
      to write at the earliest possible when you have seen this open invitation
      to share with making an unprecedented success of this unique event."
      - Swami Chidananda

      SEE GOD IN ALL: Some distinguished visitors had come-military officials
      and their wives. As the Master came out of the office to give fruits to
      the visitors, he found a cow standing near the entrance. The first fruit
      was offered to the cow. Next it was the turn of a dog. Finally, the
      distinguished visitors were entertained with fruits.

      One of the ladies in the group could not resist giving expression to her
      lofty views on a subject as vital as food itself.

      "Swamiji, you know that there is food shortage every where in the country
      and in the world. Even human beings are unable to get their necessities.
      And here you are feeding cows and dogs with things that are considered
      luxuries by many human beings."

      Another pious member of the party interrupted her sister, "Swamiji has a
      large heart."

      The Master smiled and said, "All this is Sadhana for the expansion of the
      heart. When you feed your children, your guests, animals and birds, try to
      feel that the Lord is seated in them, and that He accepts your offerings.
      See God in all. Try, try and try again. The old notions will not disappear
      in a day. Go on. Gradually your consciousness will expand and you will
      attain Cosmic Consciousness or Advaitic realisation."
      "O Man! Goal of life is God-realisation. God-realisation grants Supreme
      Joy, Peace and Fearlessness. Most precious is human birth. Utilise this
      birth to attain God. Life is short. Time is fleeting. Waste not time.
      Engage in noble deeds. Be up and doing upon the path of Divine Life."
      - Swami Sivananda