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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Today (July 24) is the sacred Guru Purnima day. In
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 24, 2002
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      Today (July 24) is the sacred Guru Purnima day. In celebration of this
      holy day we uploaded a book entitled "A Great Guru And His Ideal
      Disciple". This book contains inspiring letters from Gurudev Sri Swami
      Sivanandaji Maharaj to Sri Swami Prananvanandaji Maharaj, former president
      of the Divine Life Society of Malaysia. These letters reveal the loving
      relationship between a Guru and disciple. This book is at:
      http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/download/download.htm#greatguru

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannirselvam

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      WHY ONE WANTS SANNYAS: A young boy had left his home and come to the
      Ashram. The Master noticed his presence in the Bhajan hall during the
      morning class.

      "What have you come here for? How long do you want to stay?" the Master
      enquired of him.

      "I have come here to become a Sannyasin, Swamiji. I shall stay here
      permanently."

      "You to take Sannyas? What for? You think that if you take Sannyas you can
      have a comfortable living, free food and clothing? You wish to eat without
      working? Otherwise, why have you come here? You are afraid that you will
      be unable to earn your livelihood by working in some office. You imagine
      that you can deceive the world by taking upon yourself the robes of a
      Sannyasin, expecting the world to feed your laziness. Go back and do some
      service somewhere. Earn your livelihood by honest means and practise
      Sadhana. You will get liberation quickly."

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      "Give up the delusive notion that to submit to the preceptor, to obey him
      and to carry out his instructions, is slavish mentality. Only the ignorant
      man thinks that it is beneath his dignity and against his freedom to
      submit to another man'�s command. This is a grave blunder. If you reflect
      carefully, you will see that your individual freedom is in reality an
      absolute abject slavery to your own ego and vanity. It is the vagary of
      the sensual mind. He who attains victory over the mind and the ego is the
      truly free man. He is the hero. It is to attain this victory that a man
      submits to the higher, spiritualised personality of the Guru. By this
      submission he vanquishes his lower ego and realises the bliss and freedom
      of the infinite Consciousness." - Swami Sivananda


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