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    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Reports of the Gujarat earthquake relief efforts
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 31, 2001
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      Reports of the Gujarat earthquake relief efforts undertaken by the
      Divine Life Society branch at Ahmedabad are being posted at:

      Please join the Divya Jivan e-mailing list to keep yourself updated
      about the relief work. You can send an e-mail to
      divyajivan@... to subscribe.

      We have uploaded a discourse by Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj
      titled "God Operates In Selfless Service" at:

      A lecture by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj titled "Prayer for
      Departed Souls, Its Purpose and Pre-Requisites" has been uploaded to Sri
      Swamiji's site at:

      The Divine Life Society of Maryland's Annual Summer Sadhana Retreat is
      going to be held from Friday, 29 June to Thursday, 5 July this year.
      Space is limited. Please refer to the following page for further

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      ON CHARITY: Sri Rajagopala Iyer, who was from South India, was narrating
      to the Master the activities of Sri Ram Ram Ram, an old schoolmate of
      the Master, who was now a retired surgeon. He was a widely travelled man
      with a number of foreign degrees and a lot of money.

      "Swamiji, nowadays he has more or less retired."

      "What is there in retiring now? Has he established some hospital or
      clinic for the sake of suffering humanity?"

      "No, Swamiji, he had done a lot of service while he was in the army."

      "But none of a permanent value. He must now do something that will make
      his name immortal. He has earned a lot. He must now invest a portion of
      the money in charity. The idea of doing something substantial for the
      good of humanity never strikes many people.

      "Please ask him on my behalf to construct a ward in his name in the
      local hospital and provide for a few beds also. This will be a great
      blessing to humanity. He can himself serve there as long as he wishes.
      Even after his lifetime the ward will always proclaim his name and
      philanthropy. What is the use of money unless every pie is directed to
      some good cause?"

      Then the talk turned to his personal affairs.

      "He spends a lot of money but he himself leads a very simple life."

      "H'm! This is a marvellous and unique trait that he has kept up - Indian
      simplicity even after his European tours and luxurious life,"
      complimented the Master.

      "He has a cook, Swamiji, but in those parts the cooks hardly stay on."

      "He should pay the cook well and give him the same kind of food that he
      himself takes, if not better. Then no cook will leave him. It depends
      upon the treatment. One should make the servants feel that they are part
      of the family."


      "When you do something with all your heart and soul, there is guaranteed
      success. You begin to look - not at the difficulties - but at the
      possibilities." - Swami Venkatesananda

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