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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! A collection of themes from Swami Krishnanandaji s
    Message 1 of 1 , May 17, 2000
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      A collection of themes from Swami Krishnanandaji's writings have been
      uploaded to Swamiji's website. The following are the themes in Swamiji's
      book:
      1. The Phenomenon and the Noumenon
      2. Creation and Evolution
      3. Religious Awakening
      4. Spiritual Research
      5. The Yoga Vasishtha
      6. Yoga and Meditation
      7. Mantra Shakti
      8. Bhakti and Jnana
      9. Renunciation
      10. Asti, Bhati, Priya
      11. Reincarnation
      12. Where is the Soul?
      13. Archetype/Prototype
      14. Ontological Existence
      15. The Balance of Nature
      16. Spirituality and Materialism

      This book can be accessed from:
      http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannir

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      CULTURAL SERVICE FIRST: Sri Natarajan had come from South India on a
      fund-collection mission on behalf of the Akhilandeswari Temple. They had
      been finding it difficult to carry on the work which was being done by
      his father. Sri Natarajan had come to Delhi for the purpose of
      collecting funds. He did not meet with the success he expected. He
      requested the Master to bless him with success in the undertaking.

      The Master was silent for a while, almost as if he were unmindful of the
      visitor's plea. He was listening all the while, besides doing his own
      work.

      The pen was put away.

      "Do some Anushtan (systematic performance of religious practices). This
      sort of running about for money is no good. By sheer Adhyatmic power
      (spiritual power) you must invoke God's Grace and get what you need.
      Money will come to you. You need not run after it. Reduce the food
      expenses in connection with the functions. What money is collected you
      must try to utilise for cultural purposes. Food will only create more
      quarrels and unnecessary crowds.

      "Start a Sanskrit college. Bring out translations of the Vedas and
      Upanishads. Then people will be benefited. They will appreciate your
      work and money will pour in. Study the working of such colleges
      elsewhere. Take suggestions from Sri S.V. Iyer of Chingleput. He has
      organised a Sevashram there.

      "That is the way to work. Then people will come to know of your spirit
      of service and will themselves come forward to help. Nowadays no one
      will give you a donation for the sake of feeding."

      "Swamiji, food is also necessary, is it not?"

      "Yes, that also; but the main thing is cultural service."

      "Annadana (food charity) first and . . ."

      "No, no. Jnana Dana (charity of knowledge) first and Annadana next. You
      can give a man food and in a few hours he will be hungry again.
      Furthermore, if you do not satisfy him and feed him according to his
      taste, he will abuse you."

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      "The highest devotion is the same as the highest knowledge. Jnana and
      Para Bhakthi are the same. The Gauna Bhakthi or secondary love of God,
      which is more ritualistic and more formal, is inferior. But Ramanuja's
      Bhakti is the surging of the soul and the melting of personality in
      God-love as we hear in the case of Spinoza, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa,
      Mirabhai and Tukaram. Their Bhakthi was not simply love of God as that
      of church-men or temple-men. It is a kind of ecstasy in which the
      personality has lost itself in God-love and God-being. That is Jnana and
      that is Bhakthi. So there is no difference between Ramanuja and Sankara
      in the ultimate reaches. And Bhagavan Sri Krishna's dictum is also of a
      similar character." - Swami Krishnananda


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