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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Guru Maharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji is going to be at
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 29, 2001
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      Guru Maharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji is going to be at the Sivananda
      Ashram, Ahmedabad on the 28th and 29th April, 2001 to inaugurate the
      Shri Ashtalakshmi Bhavan and Chidananda Dhyana Mandir. Please visit the
      following site for details:

      April 2nd (Monday) is the birthday of Lord Rama. There are a couple of
      articles on our websites about the glory of Lord Rama. They are:

      "Ramnavmi" by Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj at:

      "Rama--The Apotheosis of Human Perfection" by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji
      Maharaj at:

      April 8th (Sunday) is the birthday of Lord Hanuman, the faithful servant
      of Lord Rama. There are two articles about Lord Hanuman by Gurudev at
      our site. They are at:

      We have uploaded brief biographies of two of Gurudev Sri Swami
      Sivanandaji's disciples to our site. The biography of HH Sri Swami
      Satchidanandaji Maharaj, founder of the Integral Yoga Institutes, is at:

      and the biography of HH Sri Swami Jyotirmayanandaji Maharaj, founder of
      the Yoga Research Foundation, is at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      COMPASSION IN ACTION: It had been said by the Sadhu contemporaries of
      the Master that during his Sadhana days at Swarg Ashram, even if he had
      shut himself up in a room, he could be easily brought to his heels at
      the least sign of suffering in the neighbourhood. To him, God was more
      profoundly manifest in the afflicted patient outside than anywhere
      within the four walls of his own room.

      The Master was deeply engaged in a conversation at Ram Ashram with his
      European devotees.

      Suddenly the wail of a mother was heard nearby. He immediately lost all
      interest in the conversation, hurried to the patient and at once kneeled
      at her side. The patient herself felt great relief and stopped crying.
      She explained her condition. The Master quickly diagnosed that it was
      labour pains.

      "Get Sridharji quickly! Run!" One Ashramite was thus despatched.

      "Fetch a horse-cart immediately!" he commanded a second.

      A third was sent to the kitchen!

      After some initial treatment the lady was rushed to the Rishikesh
      hospital. The husband obviously had enough money with him, but the
      Master's solicitude was always blind to these facts. Padmanabhanji came
      running with a ten-rupee note which the Master as though duty bound,
      handed to the husband. Within an hour of the Master hearing the weeping
      sound the lady was in hospital. She delivered a child a few minutes
      after admission!


      "Devotion has absolutely nothing to do with age, caste, creed, position
      or sex. Generally, the worldly-minded people say: "We will practise
      meditation and devotion when we retire from service." This is a serious
      mistake. How can you do serious Sadhana after squeezing out all your
      energy in working? How will you be able to practise the strict Yogic
      discipline in your old age? Is there any certainty in life? No, the
      spiritual seeds of discipline and devotion must be sown in you while you
      are young, while your heart is tender and untainted. Then only will it
      strike a deep root, blossom forth and bear fruit when you become old and
      retire. Only then can you bravely face the god of death and meet him
      with a smile!" - Swami Sivananda

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