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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah! Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! September 1st (Friday) is the
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 30, 2000
      Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      September 1st (Friday) is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. There are
      several articles on our websites about this popular Hindu festival. They

      "Ganesh Chaturthi" by Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj at:

      "A Good Beginning" by Sri Swami Chidanandaji at:

      "Lord Ganesa--The Remover of Obstacles" by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji at:

      A new discourse has been uploaded to Sri Swami Krishnanandaji's site.
      The title of the discourse is "The Call of Sri Krishna--The Gospel of
      Super Excellence". This talk is at:

      Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj's article "God" has been
      translated to Portugese by Sri Flávio and posted at:

      The latest newsletter of the Divine Life Society of Maryland is now
      online. In the current issue, Joan Peak writes about this year's Summer
      Sadhana Retreat (July 14 - 19) at the Bishop Claggett Center,
      Buckeystown, Maryland. There are also articles by Gurudev, Sri Swami
      Chidanandaji and Sri Swami Krishnanandaji on Sadhana (spiritual
      practice). The Jul-Sep 2000 issue can be downloaded from:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      FOOD-FADDISTS: At the conclusion of the Satsang, the prasad distributor
      provided the occasion for the Master to make some interesting remarks.

      He first observed that the prasad had been very nicely prepared and
      exhorted someone in the Satsang to take a second helping, too.
      Sivanarayanji was taking some of the prasad for an Ashramite who could
      not attend Satsang.

      "For whom?" enquired the Master. "Is it for Sridhara Swamiji?"

      And this led to an enlightening discourse.

      "You will be quite wonderstruck," the Master said, turning to a visitor.
      "Sridhara Swamiji has developed a baby-stomach. He takes very little
      food. He cannot digest more. In his case it is due to ill-health. But
      there are some who concentrate their entire minds on food-Sadhana. All
      their lives they will be thinking as to which food is Sattwic, which is
      Rajasic and so on. Some abhor chillies. They cannot take even mildly
      pungent articles; their health will be upset. They become faddists. They
      render their systems very sensitive. Even a slight deviation from the
      routine spoils their health.

      "One should not be like that. I think it is necessary that a Sannyasin
      should have a demoniacal stomach! He should be able to eat whatever he
      gets, without insisting on this or that kind of food. Sometimes the alms
      may consist only of sweets, sometimes of roti (bread) and dhal
      (lentils), sometimes of rice, and sambhar (lentil and vegetable soup
      from South India) full of chillies.

      "Too much of food-Sadhana creates egoism also. 'I have given up sugar; I
      have given up salt; I eat only neem leaves and raw vegetables.' In this
      manner the person is filled with ideas of what he has left and what he
      eats. Food is, after all, a necessary evil. The main thing is to realise
      God. This he forgets.

      "There are many such whims among aspirants. Some wear only a loin cloth.
      Pranavanandaji goes about naked in villages. The nude state is difficult
      to attain. It is not the external but the internal mental nudity that is

      "There was an Avadhoot--Swami K. He used to stand in the Ganges in
      winter and on the hot sands in summer. He would sleep only on grass.
      Once Pundit Malaviyaji took him to Mussoorie. There the Swami began to
      demand for a grass bed. It could be provided only with much difficulty.

      "These Sadhanas have no real value. No doubt such restrictions are
      necessary for some time, but extremes are always to be avoided. The goal
      should not be lost sight of."


      "Lord Ganesha is the elephant-headed God. He is worshipped first in any
      prayers. His Names are repeated first before any auspicious work is
      begun, before any kind of worship is begun. He is the Lord of power and
      wisdom. He is the eldest son of Lord Shiva and the elder brother of
      Skanda or Kartikeya. He is the energy of Lord Shiva and so He is called
      the son of Shankar and Umadevi. By worshipping Lord Ganesha mothers hope
      to earn for their sons the sterling virtues of Ganesha." - Swami

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