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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Oct 17, 2009
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      Today, October 17th, is the sacred Deepavali
      celebration (festival of lights). Deepavali is one of
      the most popular festivals among the Hindus. There
      are several articles on our website on the
      significance of Deepavali. They are:

      1) Deepavali by Sri Swami Sivanandaji at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/religions/deepavali.htm

      2) The Significance of Dipavali by Sri Swami
      Chidanandaji at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/nov2007.htm

      3) Dipavali--The Festival of Lights by Sri Swami
      Krishnanandaji at:
      http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/disc/disc_155.html

      In addition, we uploaded an article by Sri Swami
      Chidanandaji titled "You Are the Light" at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/oct2009.htm

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannirselvam

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      Book Synopsis

      The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
      Sanskrit Text, English Translation and Commentary
      By Swami Sivananda

      Among the ten Upanishads, the Isa, Kena, Katha,
      Prasna and Mundaka may be regarded as more
      introductory, providing preliminary details of a more
      or less preparatory nature in the understanding of
      the great truths of the universe. The Kathopanishad,
      with its musical tone, literary excellence and homely
      message of the value spiritual, should, indeed, form
      a fitting text for the beginner in the study of the
      Upanishads. It is sometimes held that the
      Brihadaranyaka is a vast commentary on the
      suggestions made in the Isa Upanishad, while the
      Brihadaranyaka has a certain internal connection with
      the precise adoration of the Almighty sung in the
      Purusha-Sukta of the Samhita. The Mundaka also serves
      as a good introduction.

      But it is the Brihadaranyaka, Chhandogya, Aitareya,
      Taittiriya and Mandukya, that rise above the level of
      ordinary instruction and stand as most exalted
      specimens of a direct encounter with Reality. The
      Brihadaranyaka is like an omnibus, where anything can
      be found anywhere. The Chhandogya is more realistic
      form, and, while it covers a very wide range of
      subjects like the Brihadaranyaka itself, is
      characteristically different in make, and presents
      itself as being more intimate with the hearth and the
      home and the more concrete values capable of easy
      comprehension. The Aitareya is the story of creation,
      cosmology. The Taittiriya is many-sided, but its main
      issues are psychological, explaining the composition
      of the individual, thus forming, together with the
      Aitareya, a practical text on the story of creation.
      The Mandukya Upanishad is very brief and seems to sum
      up the intentions of all the Upanishads in just
      twelve Mantras, dealing, as it does, with the
      structure of levels of reality as indicated in the
      stages of consciousness, namely, waking, dream and
      sleep, suggesting thereby the presence of a
      Transcendent Universal, timeless and eternal.

      The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is the most detailed and
      magnificent revelation of the ancient philosopher-
      seers, which, in its six chapters packed with thought
      and revelation, provides to the students a
      practically exhaustive and concentrated teaching on
      every aspect of life.

      The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is a veritable research
      reservoir and may be taken up for intensive study by
      those who are pure in heart, sincere in their
      aspirations, and wholly devoted to a Godly life.

      There is more information at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/books/es25.htm

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      DAYS OF THE GURUKULA: Towards the very end of the
      Master's All-India Tour, on November 7, 1950, he
      visited the Salwan School in Karol Bagh, New Delhi,
      where he spoke to the assembled students.

      "In those days, when a student was about to leave the
      Gurukula, the teacher used to instruct him thus:
      'Speak the truth. Lead a virtuous life. May your
      mother, father, Guru and guest be your God!' Nowadays
      you do not get such instructions from the
      schoolmasters."

      Then, looking directly into the eyes of the boys in
      the front row, he asked, "Do you always speak the
      truth?" "No, sir, sometimes falsehood also," replied
      an urchin. The Master admired the boy's frankness and
      advised him, "That also you should give up from
      today. You should not quarrel. You should not get
      angry at all. You should not smoke."

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      "Many Deepavali festivals have come and gone. Yet the
      hearts of the vast majority are as dark as the night
      of the new moon. The house is lit with lamps, but the
      heart is full of the darkness of ignorance. O man!
      wake up from the slumber of ignorance. Realise the
      constant and eternal light of the Soul which neither
      rises nor sets, through meditation and deep enquiry."
      - Swami Sivananda


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