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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! We have uploaded a report by Swami Yatidharmanandaji
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 7, 2002
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      We have uploaded a report by Swami Yatidharmanandaji on the Diwali
      celebrations with Guru Maharaj Sri Swami Chidanandaji:
      http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/announce/chida6.htm

      Pictures of the celebration (includes Guru Maharaj playing with
      firecrackers):
      http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/announce/chida_diwali2.htm

      We have also uploaded an article by Sri Swami Venkatesanandaji titled
      "The World We Live In" at:
      http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/discourse/nov2002.htm

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannirselvam

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      ETERNAL QUESTIONS: The Rationing Officers of Dehra Dun and Rishikesh
      arrived at the Ashram. They were very cordially welcomed and at once
      entertained by the Master and his disciples.

      They were all very intellectual people, students of philo�sophy and
      aspirants also.

      One of them asked the Master, "Swamiji Maharaj, what is your idea about
      Nirguna Brahman? Does it mean only Shunya? In that case it does not
      appeal to us very much. Who would like to meditate on nothingness?"
      The Master replied, "Nirguna, blessed devotees, is not nothingness. It
      is the fullness of everything that is good.

      Nirguna is plenitude. In it you find all auspiciousness, all goodness,
      all beauty, all joy, all health, all sweetness, all purity, all peace--
      everything developed to perfection. From a distance this fullness
      becomes inconceivable and so the sages called it Nirguna. Once you
      reach it you get merged in that perfect, inexpressible experience. It
      is not nothingness. It is 'everything'-ness, and beyond that also, for
      it is inexpressible. Only realise that all that exists is Maya or false
      perception. Pain, evil, ugliness, misery, change, birth, decay and
      death are not in it. For it is beyond Maya. In Nirguna Brahman there
      are no qualities of Maya like colour, etc. This is what is meant by
      Nirguna."

      "O Mahatmaji, we are grateful to you for this wonderful explanation.
      You have convinced us that we should aspire to realise Brahman. Please
      tell us what Avyaktam is."

      "Avyaktam, blessed children, is a term which is applied both to
      Brahman, which is unmanifest, and also to Mula�Prakriti, which also is
      unmanifest."

      "Why then did the Absolute manifest Itself?"

      "That is a question which has never been answered. Many have tried to
      answer the question. You will accept the answer only if you have faith.
      They have described this 'action' of Brahman as Its nature or play.

      "The same question has assumed various forms--why is there evil in the
      world? Why does the world exist? Why has the individual soul been
      created? When did Karma originate? Why did Karma come into being at
      all?

      "Do not put the cart before the horse. Annihilate the sense of duality
      and go beyond Maya. Then you will know the answers to these eternal
      questions. You will not be able to express the answers but you will
      know them. Then the problems will have been dissolved."

      "Swamiji, you have given a most convincing answer to this unanswerable
      question. But please tell us, do you think it is correct to say, as in
      the case of Avataras like Sri Krishna, that the Absolute Nirguna
      assumed the Saguna aspect? If so, why?"

      "This is simple to explain. The devotion of the devotee, the tears of a
      devotee's love, the cry of a devotee's heart--all these force the
      Nirguna Brahman to assume a Saguna form. The form is there for the
      satisfaction of the devotee, to enable him to worship Him. In fact it
      is the materialisation of the devotee's devotion."
      Another friend in the group began, "Swamiji, with all the philosophical
      explanations at our disposal we are still unable to reason out the
      inequality that exists in the world. One man is born as the son of a
      king, another the son of a beggar. One is born blind, another as a
      beautiful baby. Why did the Lord create this inequality?"

      "Ask the Lord Himself!" replied the Master.

      All roared with laughter!

      The Master then said, "The Lord does not create any inequality. He does
      not make one man suffer and another rejoice. He is the silent witness
      of everything. Man himself is the cause of his own suffering. He reaps
      what he has sown in previous births. The relentless working of the law
      of cause and effect brings about pain and pleasure, misery and joy.
      Misery is only the purgation of past evil deeds. Mother Nature punishes
      man in order that he may learn. She is not unkind either. Just think--
      would you accuse a mother of cruelty if she beats her own dear child in
      order to correct him and mould his character? Similarly, you ought to
      be thankful to Mother Nature for enabling you to work out your own
      Karma by suffering in this birth. At the same time you should take care
      that you add no more to this load of Karma, by awakening the knowledge
      latent in you and thus crossing over this ocean of worldliness."

      The officers were highly impressed by the lucid explanation of this
      difficult question. They bowed to the Master with great veneration and
      left after receiving his prasad.

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      "Your strength should not be the strength of the gun or that of your
      bank balance. It should be the invincible strength born of
      discrimination and wisdom." - Swami Sivananda


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