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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! This Sunday (April 21) is the holy appearance day of
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      This Sunday (April 21) is the holy appearance day of Lord Rama (Rama Navami).
      In celebration of this blessed ocassion we uploaded an article from
      Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj's books "Essence of Ramayana". This
      article describes the qualities of Lord Rama and is at:
      http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/religions/rama.htm

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannirselvam

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      UNDESIRABLE HABITS: During the evening Satsang, Sri Rampremji had
      concluded the day's portion of the Vinaya Patrika. Quietly he folded the
      right-hand top corner of the particular leaf to serve as a book-mark and
      closed the book. But the Master, of all people there, noticed this.

      "No, no, Rampremji. Don't do that! If you go on doing so, the pages will
      start breaking and the book will be spoiled. This is a minor thing but it
      matters a lot. You should overcome these little habits of carelessness and
      an ease-loving nature. Place a suitable book-mark.

      "This is not the only undesirable habit. There are people who, when they
      find it difficult to turn a leaf in the book, bring their saliva to use.
      God did not intend saliva to be used in this manner. To prevent this only
      have the Shastras prohibited such practices, regarding them as unholy.
      These habits are unhygienic also.

      "There are several other practices which an aspirant should especially
      avoid. Cracking the finger-joints is one such habit. Spitting, especially
      when it is accompanied by a roaring, throat-clearing sound, is another.
      When you are in the company of others during meditation, you should not
      disturb them with curious noises. These little habits go a long way in
      forming an aspirant's character."

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      "Lord Rama's glory and powers were unlimited. He was peerless on earth. He
      was free from malice. He was gentle and the protector of his people. He
      always addressed the people in gentle words. He never used harsh words
      even when anybody addressed him rudely. He was wise and virtuous. He was
      effulgent like the sun, in forgiveness like the earth, in intelligence
      like Brihaspati, in frame like Vasava, in prowess like Indra. He observed
      ascetic vows and honoured saints. He would forget hundreds of evils done
      to him but would gratefully remember a single act of kindness, ever
      shown." - Swami Sivananda


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