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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Jun 10, 2007
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      We uploaded an article by Gurudev Sri Swami
      Sivanandaji Maharaj titled "What is True Vairagya
      (Dispassion)?" at:

      An article by Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj titled
      "Swami Sivananda--Personified Synthesis of Dynamism
      and Renunciation" has been posted at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      IDOL WORSHIP: It was during the All-India Tour on the
      13th of September, 1950. Dr Hafiz Sayed, Ph.D.,
      D.Litt., of the Allahabad University, an admirer of
      the Master and a keen student of Hindu philosophy,
      met the Master at his university. During the course
      of his conversation, he said that he had stayed at
      Tiruvannamalai in South India for some time, and
      asked the Master, "Swamiji, do you believe in the
      greatness of the Arunachala hill? Do you think there
      is special glory in the hill itself?"

      "Yes, yes. Why not? By the very remembrance of the
      place one gets liberation. It is true. We must have
      faith and realise its benefit."

      Then Dr Sayed acquainted the Master with his own
      study of the Master's works. He summed up his
      estimation of the Master's mission in the following
      words: "Swamiji, a man has only Rs. 50 and gives the
      whole thing in charity. Another has a few lakhs of
      rupees but keeps it all to himself. Swamiji, you are
      like the man who has lakhs and still gives everything
      away. You are more useful to society and mankind than
      the sages who dwell in caves."

      Dr Sayed had another interesting question to ask the

      "Swamiji, when Vedanta says that God is nameless and
      formless, how did idol worship arise? Do you justify

      "Yes, yes," came the Master's immediate reply. "What
      about the beginner? He requires a name and a form
      upon which to fix his mind. Further, the Vedas ask
      the idol worshipper to repeat hymns like the Purusha
      Suktha, which take him to the very threshold of the
      nameless and attributeless Brahman."


      "You should seek a renewal of the spiritual life as a
      solution to many of the problems that confront you."
      - Swami Sivananda

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