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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Birthday pictures of Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2000
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      Birthday pictures of Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj have been posted
      at the DLS of Maryland's site at:
      http://www.dlsmd.org/album/krishnananda/krishnananda-page-04.htm

      We have uploaded an inspiring discourse by Sri Swami Vidyanandaji
      Maharaj titled "Music: A Unique Means for God-Realisation" at:
      http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/discourse/may2000.htm

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannir

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      ALL SUNK IN IGNORANCE: Dr. Sri Pattawardhan, Ph.D., of Roorkee came to
      have the Master's Darshan.

      The Master remarked, "Dr. Saheb, everybody wants to become a Ph.D. or
      D.Litt. or I.C.S. or M.B.B.S. No one wants to know the nature of the
      Atma. No one wishes to understand the play of Maya and the Gunas, what
      the mind is, what relation there is between man and Brahman, how to get
      eternal bliss, how to free oneself from bondage. Man does not believe in
      the everlasting life that exists beyond the senses. He does not believe
      in transcendental matters. Everyone wishes to have a wife, some
      children, bungalows, gardens, cars and money in the bank. Their mental
      currents naturally flow towards objects. They do not believe that the
      repetition of the Divine Name can produce joy and inner peace."

      "I suppose there is a period of life for such beliefs and practices,
      Swamiji."

      "This is the best period--youth! What will you do in old age? You will
      be deaf, so how can the sound of the Lord's Name enter your ears, how
      can you enjoy Kirtan and Kathas? You will not be able to see, then how
      can you read holy books like the Gita and other scriptures? You will not
      be able to sit in one spot continuously and do Japa, you will not be
      able to control the senses. Thus, Sadhana will be impossible. You will
      waste all your life in useless pursuits and turn to the spiritual path
      only when it is too late."

      The doctor said, "Swamiji, if all become Sannyasins, what will become of
      this world and its people?"

      "This can never be," replied the Master. "Why do you bother about this?
      Your mind tricks you and wants to dupe you. The omnipotent Lord can
      create another batch of people in a minute. Mind your business! Enquire
      and remove your ignorance!"

      The doctor became silent. He was convinced.

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      "Music melts the hearts of all. It sets into motion the divine
      vibrations that gradually unite the individual soul with the Supreme
      Soul. This is the end and aim of all spiritual practices. The summum
      bonum of human existence is achieved through music very easily." - Swami
      Vidyananda


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