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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! November 14th is the auspicious Deepavali (festival
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 12, 2001
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      November 14th is the auspicious Deepavali (festival of lights)
      celebration. There are several articles on our websites about this
      festival. They are:

      1) Deepavali by Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj at:

      2) Yajna--Quintessence of the Culture of India by Sri Swami
      Krishnanandaji Maharaj at:

      We have uploaded a unique analytical study of the Ramayana by Sri Swami
      Premanandaji Maharaj. The book entitled "Spotlights on the Ramayana" is
      available for download at:

      The above book is an ideal reading scripture during Deepavali as it
      commemorates that blessed day on which the triumphant Lord Rama returned
      to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana.

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      THE POWER OF LOVE: The evening Satsang was in progress. Little Radha
      quietly crept into the Bhajan hall. She had run up the hillock all alone
      in the dark without a lantern. The highly cultured millionaire's
      daughter would not disturb the quiet atmosphere. Yet the inner urge was
      irresistible. She knelt before the Master and made her obeisance. The
      Master opened his eyes.

      "What is the matter, Radha? Why have you come alone in the dark?"

      The pent-up emotions burst forth into torrential tears. "Mummy is in a
      dying condition, Swamiji," sobbed Radha.

      "What!" exclaimed the Master, and then sank into profound silence. There
      was a strange thrill in the atmosphere. "Come, let us go. Do not cry,
      Radha. Everything will be all right."

      As they were leaving the hall, the Master asked Vishnu Swamiji to do
      Japa of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra.

      "Sridhar Swamiji, please prepare a dose of stimulant mixture. Get the
      smelling salts also ready."

      As he approached the Diamond Jubilee hall, the Master called out to a
      disciple, "Sridhar Swamiji is in the dispensary. Get the medicines

      When the medicines arrived the Master instructed a disciple to shampoo
      the feet with liniment turpentine. Then, one by one, the stimulant
      mixture, grape juice, etc. were given, and Srimathi Liliane recovered

      Mr Shamash explained that his wife had fainted and her pulse and heart
      beat had almost stopped. The children were greatly upset and in utter
      distress the little one ran up.

      "She might have passed away, Swamiji," said Mr Shamash, "but five
      minutes ago she began to breathe normally. Just before you arrived here
      she awoke as from a sleep."

      A short while later Srimathi Liliane was her normal self once again.


      "O Ram! The light of lights, the self-luminous inner light of the Self
      is ever shining steadily in the chamber of your heart. Sit quietly.
      Close your eyes. Withdraw the senses. Fix the mind on this supreme light
      and enjoy the real Deepavali, by attaining illumination of the soul." -
      Swami Sivananda

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