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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Jul 17, 2006
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      Wednesday July 19 is the 43rd anniversary of Gurudev
      Sri Swami Sivanandaji's passing from this mortal
      world. In honour of this occasion we uploaded an
      article by Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj titled
      "Gurudev Lived To Serve All" at:

      Revered Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj was at the
      Sivananda Ashram to inaugurate the new Swami
      Sivananda Auditorium (Swami Sivananda Satsang Bhavan)
      on Guru Purnima. The photos from this event are at:

      An inspiring discourse by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji
      Maharaj titled "The Blessings of Guru" has been
      uploaded to Swamiji's site at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      GRACE AND SELF-EFFORT: "When the Grace of the Guru
      and God is there, why is the mind still not perfectly
      controlled?" came a question from Swami Shyamananda.

      "There must be self-effort also. Only when there is
      this self-effort will Grace come. A professor cannot
      answer the questions for you and make you pass. The
      Gita says: 'One should raise oneself'. Divine Grace
      alone helps one to raise oneself. Everybody should
      work out his own salvation. You may now ask, 'What
      then is Grace?'

      "If an aspirant gets letters from his Guru clearing
      his doubts, that is Grace. If an aspirant comes here,
      takes Ganges bath and listens to lectures, that is
      Grace. Many people, even millionaires, are thirsting
      to come and bathe in the Ganges, but all do not get
      an opportunity of coming and having their wishes
      fulfilled. If good spiritual books are available for
      study, it is Grace. If one enjoys good health for
      practising Sadhana, that is Grace. If God so wishes,
      He can give liberation to the whole world in an
      instant, but He does not do so. Grace descends only
      when there is self-effort."


      "All Gurudev's life after Self-realisation, after
      becoming an enlightened sage and shining as a great
      light of the Himalayas, was a saga of selfless
      service--service of the poor, service of the
      suffering, service of the sick, service of the
      distressed, service of spiritual aspirants and
      seekers, service of all humanity, service of the
      whole world." - Swami Chidananda

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