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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namah Sivaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! March 12th is the auspicious
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 6, 2002
      Om Namah Sivaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      March 12th is the auspicious Mahasivaratri day. There are several
      articles on our website about the significance of this festival. They

      1) Shivaratri by Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj at:

      2) Siva--The Mystic Night by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj at:

      The Struggle for Perfection by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj has been
      made available in PDF at:

      Sri Swami Ramaswarupananadaji is going to be in Italy from mid-March.
      There is going to be a retreat in Assisi with Swamiji in April. Please
      contact Mrs. Stefania Conigliaro for further details at

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,


      ps. I am going to be in Rishikesh from the 6th to 15th of March. Please
      excuse me from responding to e-mails during this period.


      YAMA'S FOUR LETTERS: The crowded Sadhana Week programme was almost at an
      end. The Master stood up on the platform and spoke in fluent Hindi.

      "I thank you all for coming here on this occasion and for sitting
      through this performance in the cold. I am indebted to you for this.

      "Lord Yama sends four letters to man, but each time man is misguided by
      his worldly friends and ignores these letters. The hair turns grey, but
      man blackens it with dye; the teeth fall, so he uses false teeth; the
      eyesight fails, and he is tempted to put on spectacles; his vitality is
      exhausted, so he resorts to tonics. He does not realise that death is
      inevitable and that only God's Name will really help him in the end.
      When the time of his departure comes, he repents. Who can help him?
      There is only selfish friendship in the world. Note this point well.
      None but the Lord Himself is your real friend. Everyone else loves you
      for his or her own purpose. Understand this moral well.

      "Always repeat the Name of the Lord. Merely doing one or two malas of
      Japa will not do. Throughout the day you should repeat His Name. Then
      only will His Grace descend on you and save you. This is a very easy
      form of Sadhana. It is the safest Sadhana, too. Even if you don't
      realise God in this birth, but if you go on repeating His Name, you will
      continue the thread in the next birth. The spiritual impressions will be
      there and you will soon realise Him."

      The Master then sang his favourite Kirtan:
      Serve, love, give, purify, meditate, realise;
      Be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate.

      "This is the essence of all the Vedas, of all the Shastras and Puranas.
      It is the essence not only of the Hindu religion but of all the
      religions of the world. Always aspire to purify the mind. Service alone
      can purify the heart. Service gives you opportunities of analysing
      yourself and finding out the impurities lurking within. You should
      gradually develop all the divine qualities.

      "'Isavasyam idam sarvam--the Supreme Lord alone pervades the whole of
      creation'. Realise this well. Feel this. Bow to all. Be kind to all.
      When you have some sweet­meats, distribute them to the children of
      others. This is the way to develop the heart. Give to the 'health
      officer' (the scavenger in the Master's dictionary!) the same fruit that
      you yourself take. Do not give him stale plantains fit only to be thrown
      away. Always analyse yourself. See how many good, spiritual impressions
      you have developed. Look at the auditor's wife! Even in this cold she
      goes to the Ganga daily in the morning for her bath. Find out how many
      good impressions you have implanted in yourself. Perfection is not an
      easy thing, but you need not despair. You will surely attain it if you
      purify yourself every moment."


      "Even if there is a set-back in certain things, nil desperandum. March
      forward, O adhyatmic (spiritual) hero. Look not back. A brilliant future
      is awaiting you." - Swami Sivananda

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