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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 19:30:10 -0600 From: Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam Subject: Sivananda Day-to-day (166) Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om
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      Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 19:30:10 -0600
      From: Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam <pannir@...>
      Subject: Sivananda Day-to-day (166)

      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      We have uploaded a wonderful little booklet titled "Sure Ways to Guru
      Kripa" by Guru Maharaj, Sri Swami Chidanandaji. In this booklet is
      explained how the Guru showers his grace and how the disciple can avail
      oneself to this treasure of treasures. This booklet is at our free books
      page at:

      A collection of 16 inspiring Essays by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj
      has been uploaded to the DLS of Maryland's site. This is at

      There are also 2 lectures uploaded to Sri Swami Krishnanandaji's site.
      The titles of the lectures are:
      1) Humanity as a Yajna or Sacrifice for Perfection
      (Excerpt: "We are here to bestow a little thought upon the impact that
      Yoga can have on human life as a whole and the relevance it has to the
      objectives of human existence.")

      2) The Individual Nature
      (Excerpt: "Except the longing for knowledge, all urges or instincts are
      to be subdued and transformed into the integrating energy of the higher
      consciousness, for these natural urges of the physical nature are
      inconsistent with the higher aspiration for the unity of consciousness
      in the Universal Being.")

      These lectures can be accessed from Swamiji's main page at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      INDIA'S HERITAGE: It was a lovely evening. The sun was lingering over
      the western hills to catch a glimpse of an epoch-making event.

      Dr. K.N. Gairola, Health Minister of the Tehri-Garwal State was
      addressing a mammoth gathering on the Ganges bank. The local community
      had erected a flagstaff just in front of the Ashram and had invited the
      Minister to hoist the national flag.

      Even during the course of his inevitable political speech, Dr. Gairola
      made touching references to the Master, the glory that the presence of
      saints like him brought to the entire State, and the profound spiritual
      influence that the Master exerted on the people. After he concluded his
      speech, Dr. Gairola requested the Master to give them his message.

      As the flag went up the Master roared, "Om, Om, Om." The entire
      gathering joined him and it looked as though the powerful current of the
      Pranava-chanting raised the flag up!

      "Vande Mataram, Vande Mataram, Vande Mataram, Jai Hind Jai Hind Jai Hind
      Jai Hind, Jai Jai Jai Jai Hind."

      The Master sang and the multitude echoed his Kirtan.

      Then he began to speak: "Glory to Mother India. No other nation in the
      world has produced such heroes as India. No other nation in the world
      can claim to have given birth to such illustrious saints and sages as
      India. No other nation in the world has had amongst her children such
      mighty intellectuals and mystics, who could rise to such great spiritual
      heights, who could display such intuitive wisdom, and who could leave
      such a rich heritage of unsurpassed philosophical treatises. No
      philosopher in any other land has been able to solve the riddle of
      creation, the mystery of birth and death and the problem of life itself
      so effectively as the sages of India have done.

      "Such a spiritually mighty nation has achieved her political
      independence also in an unprecedented manner. Thanks to the Apostle of
      Ahimsa--Mahatma Gandhiji--India has conclusively proved to humanity that
      there is an indescribable power in non-violence. Gandhiji has
      demonstrated to the world that love is power, that love conquers. Such a
      demonstration of spiritual power would not have been possible in any
      other nation in the world. The national leaders of the West must now sit
      up and think; they must learn the lesson of non-violence and abandon at
      once violence in all its forms. The path of violence leads to
      destruction; the path of love leads to peace, plenty and prosperity.

      "Our national leaders are all trusted lieutenants of Gandhiji. They have
      sacrificed their all in the cause of the liberation of the Motherland.
      Even though they have not embraced Sannyas formally, they are true
      Sannyasins at heart.

      "Patriotism is the first step to universalism. Love of one's own nation
      in due course leads to cosmic love or love of God. The main thing is to
      crush the low, mean-minded selfishness. A selfless servant of the nation
      will soon become a selfless servant of humanity; he will quickly
      transcend his individual ego and attain God-realisation."

      The Master then sang the Maha Mantra Kirtan. He thanked Dr. Gairola for
      giving him an opportunity of singing the Lord's Name. The ministerial
      party was later led to the Ashram and entertained to tea.


      "How is it that one may be a disciple? It is not the Guru that accepts
      the disciple, but the disciple has to first accept the Guru. The
      disciple first of all has to render himself a sishya. Then he becomes
      deserving of and a rightful claimant to guru kripa. It is immaterial
      whether the Guru says 'Yes, you are my sishya' or not." - Swami

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