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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Today (August 22) is
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      Today (August 22) is the auspicious birthday of Lord Krishna. In
      celebration of this ocassion we uploaded Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji's
      book "Lord Krishna, His Lilas and Teachings". This book is a condensed
      version for the busy person without time to go through the entire tenth
      and eleventh chapters of the Srimad Bhagavata. This book can be
      downloaded from:
      http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/download/download.htm#lordkrishna

      There are also three articles on Lord Krishna at our website. They are:

      1) Krishna Janmashtami by Gurudev at:
      http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/religions/krishna_jan.htm

      2) Gospel of Lord Krishna by Gurudev
      http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/religions/gospel_krishna.htm

      3) Sri Krishna--The Purna-Avatara by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj
      http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/fest/fest_10.html

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannir

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      TRUE SILENCE: "Om Namo Narayanaya, Swamiji!" the Master greeted a new
      arrival.

      But this new Swamiji will not speak!

      "All right, you are a Mouni Baba. Dear Swamiji, give up this sort of
      meaningless Mouna Sadhana. To observe moderation in speech is Mouna. You
      should talk a little and talk sweetly. You are not making proper use of
      a good faculty and thus losing the opportunity of discussing spiritual
      subjects with others and so learning. You have also lost many
      opportunities of rendering service to His children. A comforting word to
      some, a consoling message, a pleasant word of greeting--how much joy you
      can infuse in others by these means! This is a great loss. Give up this
      Mouna now itself."

      Then, turning to the disciples present, the Master went on, "Some of
      these people do not know why they are observing silence. Somebody
      observed silence and they also start imitating. They will not talk but
      will waste several hours trying to make others understand what they
      could convey in a couple of minutes. They will not talk through their
      mouths but their minds will be ever talking fruitlessly. Control of
      speech is real silence. Moderation in speech is silence. But this type
      of complete physical Mouna is only a whim."

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      "Lord Krishna was the Purna Avatara (perfect incarnation) with 16 Kalas
      (rays). Every word of His teachings and every act of His was full of
      sublime object lessons of momentous import to humanity. Study His
      teachings to Uddhava. Drink the nectar of Srimad Bhagavata. Sing His
      glories. Repeat His grand mantra OM Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya. Do total
      self-surrender unto Him. You will soon attain union with Him." - Swami
      Sivananda


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