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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Jan 2, 2006
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      December 29th is the 84th birth anniversary of Sri
      Swami Venkatesanandaji Maharaj. In honour of
      Swamiji's birthday we uploaded a book by Swamiji
      titled "Inspiring Talks of Gurudev Sivananda". It is
      a chronicle of Gurudev's talks and conversations with
      disciples and visitors to Sivananda Ashram. It is
      similar to the Sivananda day-to-day anecdotes. This
      book can be downloaded from:

      There is more information about Swamiji at:

      December 25th was Christmas. One of Gurudev's message
      for Christmas can be found at:

      There is a Christmas and New Year greeting card from
      Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj at:

      The following article has been uploaded to Sri Swami
      Krishnanandaji's site:
      1) Swamiji chants the Mahasudarshana Mantra
      2) The 6th audio discourse of The Brihadaranyaka
      3) In the Light of Wisdom - Chapter Fourteen
      4) The Spiritual Import of the Mahabharata and the
      Bhagavadgita - Chapter 5

      Please visit:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      IDOL WORSHIP: A group of Excise Officers arrived at
      the Ashram for the Master's Darshan. One of them
      asked, "Is idol worship good?"

      "Yes," said the Master, "everyone is really an idol
      worshipper. The Muslim worships the Kaaba and the
      Christian worships Jesus on the Cross. The mind wants
      a prop upon which to lean. In the initial stages
      without the help of some external aid the mind cannot
      be made one-pointed."

      Another officer asked, "Is idol worship intelligent?"
      "Yes. The whole of the Srimad Bhagavata speaks of
      meditation on Lord Krishna. For a beginner meditation
      on a form is necessary. If you are an advanced
      student you can meditate on the attributeless
      Brahman. Meditation on a form is also very
      efficacious. The mind is purified when you meditate
      on the Lord's form. When purity increases then
      knowledge dawns."


      "Every day should be Christmas day for us. So bring
      the spirit of Christ into your daily life. Behold
      Christ in everything, in all beings. Cultivate
      sympathy and mercy for all beings. Expand your heart
      and embrace all." - Swami Sivananda

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