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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Today (Aug. 30) is the
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 30, 2002
      Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      Today (Aug. 30) is the holy appearance day of Lord Krishna. We uploaded
      a message by Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj for this occasion

      One of Gurudev's foremost disciples, Sri Swami Satchidanandaji Maharaj
      whom Swami Chidanandaji referred to as His twin brother, attained
      Mahasamadhi on the 18th of August. More details are at:

      The second 24 Hour Non-Stop Global International Japa Yajna of the
      Sacred Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra will be held on Sunday, 8 September,
      2002 to coincide with Gurudev's birthday. The focus of this Japa Yajna
      is for World Peace and the Spiritual Upliftment of all mankind. All are
      encouraged to participate. Full details of the Yajna are at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      GLORY OF SANNYAS: A pious social worker was somewhat upset by certain
      young Sannyasins going astray. He had heard many stories from the
      Rishikesh public of such misconduct on the part of the Sannyasins. What
      struck him as unique was the fact that in the Master's Ashram almost
      all the Sannyasins were young.

      "Swamiji, pardon my presumption, but would it not have been better for
      these people to have waited for some time more before embracing this
      holy order, which is so very difficult to stick to? Are you sure that
      these young initiates have really understood the duties of the order
      and that they will adhere to its principles? I think it is a great
      mistake to initiate them so early."

      The Master laughed gently.

      "Why, I myself can give you many examples of young Sannyasins going
      astray. One young man took Sannyas. He had great dispassion. His
      exemplary life made his brother also take to Sannyas. Later on his
      dispassion waned. He married and ate eggs and meat. His brother,
      however, stuck to the line. The former did not live with his Guru. He
      had his own whimsical Sadhana. He had not protected himself by means of
      seclusion and Satsang.

      "Another young Sannyasin was fiery in his Sadhana. He inspired and
      elevated many aspirants. Later on he married and now has a child. How
      did this happen? He mixed freely with householders. He allowed women to
      shampoo his legs. He had a downfall and brought forth a child. There
      are many such instances."

      "That is exactly what I mean, Swamiji. In such cases is it not better
      to refrain from giving Sannyas to them?" "My dear Bhagatji, this is
      where you are mistaken. Even though they fall, yet they are worthy of
      your veneration. For at least one day they were Sannyasins. They had
      the courage to throw up their hands and say, 'I renounce the pleasures
      of the three worlds.' How glorious is Sannyas! How glorious is such
      renunciation of the pleasures of the three worlds!

      "They had the boldness and daring to stand up against the greatest
      forces of Nature--the forces of self-preservation and procreation--that
      maintain this worldly existence. They stood as masters of Nature. You,
      on the contrary, are driven mercilessly by these forces whose slave you
      are. Maybe some young renunciates do not assess properly the strength
      of these opposing forces. So they are sometimes taken unawares when
      they are a little heedless. But those who never renounce for fear of
      having a downfall are cowardly; so they never know what it is to
      renounce. They fear to look at the battlefield lest their nose be
      injured. They jest with scars that never felt a wound. But a brave
      warrior wears these scars as ornaments, for they taught him how to
      protect himself in battle.

      "Churchills are required for Sannyas! Courageous and brave even in the
      face of successive defeats, Sannyasins should learn lessons and pin
      their faith in ultimate victory. Sure victory will be theirs if only
      they persist, persevere and plod on, without yielding midway. Let the
      light of God shine brightly in their hearts; let them protect their
      faith with tenacious adherence to the Lotus Feet of the Lord. Storms of
      passions may sweep the externals, but when God's Grace descends on the
      aspirant, everything will be quiet and tranquil. Glory, glory to
      Sannyas and Sadhana!

      "Aspirants should learn lessons from these stories. They should be
      vigilant and cautious. There is no need to lose heart. Each such
      episode ought to re-awaken in the young Sannyasin a love for seclusion,
      for Satsang with his own Guru. Aspirants should never drift away from
      their Gurus. They should plunge themselves in Sadhana and at every
      moment endeavour to realise God.

      "A wise man profits by the experiences of others, a middling by his
      own, and a fool by neither. The story of the downfall of some
      Sannyasins ought not to dishearten others. On the contrary, it should
      teach them a lesson. It should put them on guard. They should uphold
      the glory of Sannyas. Because one young man has failed to live up to
      Sannyas, one should not think that the order itself is not suitable for
      the youth.

      "What about the names of great Sannyasins like Swami Vivekananda, Swami
      Rama Tirtha, Swami Dayananda and Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi. As a matter
      of fact you will discover that many of the noteworthy Sannyasins
      renounced the world while yet youthful. What can an old man achieve?

      "When the power of hearing is gone he will not be able to hear the
      scriptures being expounded. No Sadhana would be possible for an old
      man. It is only mock-Sannyas if he embraces the holy order. Sannyas
      would then become a formality. Further, conditions are such these days
      that an old man finds himself inextricably entangled in family life.
      Therefore, it is essential that young boys should renounce the world
      and embrace Sannyas. They have fewer worldly ties.

      "It was because, perfectly or imperfectly, man has striven to live, to
      exist, that we see his survival today when countless other species have
      perished and gone. Similarly, it is because men, young or old, felt a
      disgust for worldly life and embraced Sannyas, that today that glorious
      and most ancient order has survived. Whether they later rose to
      eminence or fell victims to animal nature is immaterial.

      "Young Sannyasins should keep themselves busy in Japa, Kirtan, study,
      meditation and enquiry. They should live in the company of their Gurus
      and practise vigorous Sadhana. They should never enter a city. As far
      as possible they should avoid moving among crowds. Seclusion is the key
      to a successful Sannyas life. I advise my disciples never to enter the
      plains. And even if they have to do so owing to the exigencies of
      selfless service, I ask them to finish their work quickly and run back
      to their Himalayan abode. The Himalayas is the home of Sannyasins and
      aspirants. A Sannyasin is safe so long as he is there. Sannyas was born
      in the Himalayas; it continues to live, and will ever live in the
      Himalayas alone."


      "There was no end to the domestic troubles that Krishna had, no limit
      to the social and political disturbances and threatening situations in
      which Krishna was involved, no bound to his responsibility and yet
      there was no match to his success, no equal to his shining example of
      the Life Perfect. Certainly, only an Avatara (incarnation of God) can
      be such a perfect being. The man on earth, the householder, with the
      weight of responsibility on his head and an environment attempting to
      menace and flout him at every step, should learn the science and art of
      right, good and happy life, from Sri Krishna, who combined knowledge
      with action with wonderful dexterity, for the good of the universe." -
      Swami Sivananda

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