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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    May 9, 2003
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      We have uploaded pictures of Sri Adi Sankaracharya Jayanthi celebration
      at Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh on May 6 at:

      We have also uploaded a discourse by Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji
      Maharaj titled "Marks of Spiritual Progress" at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      VALUE OF DISCIPLINE: It takes all sorts of people to make an Ashram.
      And Sivananda Ashram is noted for its catholicity of faith so that
      anyone professing any religion, creed or Yoga can become its inmate.
      There are some orthodox Vairagis who would prefer to take alms from the
      kitchen and eat it on the Ganges bank. Vishnu Swamiji was one of them.
      The kitchen manager found it rather inconvenient to serve him with alms
      and serve at the dining hall at the same time.

      The Master called Vishnu Swamiji and said, "In all that you do you
      should try not to cause the least trouble to others. Well, if you wish
      to take your alms and eat it on the Ganges bank, do so by all means. It
      is good. And it would not be very difficult for the kitchen people to
      arrange it. But you should have patience and discipline. You should
      wait for your turn. Never ask for extra considerations. Obey the rules.
      It will help you in your evolution.

      "Even God follows certain self-imposed rules. Think of the universal
      laws, how beautifully they operate. Think of the correlation of planets
      and with what precision and rhythm they move. Cannot God also leave the
      world and practise austerity in Uttarkasi? He has His eye on every atom
      of creation and attends to everyone's needs. He has to keep account of
      everyone's Karmas and mete out the rewards and punishments in strict
      accordance with eternal laws. You should acquire that much of self-
      discipline if you wish to evolve into Godhead."

      It was heard of the Master himself that during the days of his Sadhana
      life at Swarg Ashram he would follow the discipline of that Ashram.
      While the authorities were eager to serve him in all possible ways, the
      Master would insist on being one among the crowd of Sadhus, and decline
      to make use of the privileges granted him. He would stand in the long
      queue in the hot sun, waiting for his turn to take alms.


      "Education is introduction to life. It must be nonsectarian. It must
      aim at friendship and fellowship with different communities." - Swami

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