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Birthday of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj (2007)

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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Namaste! Tomorrow (Sept. 8) is the holy occasion of worshipful Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj s 120th birthday
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!

      Namaste!

      Tomorrow (Sept. 8) is the holy occasion of worshipful
      Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj's 120th
      birthday anniversary. In celebration of this occasion
      we uploaded several inspiring articles on Gurudev by
      Sri Swami Narayananandaji Maharaj from his book
      "Sivananda--The Perfect Master". They are:

      1) Siva--A True Guide
      http://www.dlshq.org/saints/siva_guide.htm

      2) Siva--His Work for Spiritual Uplift
      http://www.dlshq.org/saints/siva_uplift.htm

      3) Siva--His Hospitality
      http://www.dlshq.org/saints/siva_hospitality.htm

      4) Siva--A Unique Personality
      http://www.dlshq.org/saints/siva_personality.htm

      Here are some excerpts from the above articles for
      our meditation on the qualities of Gurudev.

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      Treatment of Guests

      Just see the way in which Siva serves his guests. A
      guest steps into the Ashram. Siva receives him with a
      gentle smile in his office and a humble prostration.
      He is then made to sit on a comfortable seat. Siva
      would offer an equal seat with him. To Mahatmas and
      Sadhus he will offer his own seat rising from it.

      Siva then enquires about his welfare and gently fans
      him and comforts him. He will ask one of the students
      to fetch a cup of tea with some fruits. He does not
      approve of the practice of keeping a fruit and a
      knife before the visitor and ask him to eat. Siva
      cuts the fruit into small slices after removing the
      skin and offers the fruits kept on a clean plate
      together with the tea or milk. A vessel containing
      water and a clean napkin will be kept ready to wash
      and wipe his hands. Then he would humbly request the
      visitor to take the offerings, saying: Maharaj ji
      Paayiye. If it is time for meals he would arrange for
      a sumptuous meal. He would then sing his Sangeeta
      Lila Yoga and other select passages from some of his
      books. He will read also the Sangeeta Ramayana and
      Bhagavata.

      Siva enquires at 10 p.m., whether the visitor was
      given a pillow, a water pot, a light and a match box.
      Sometimes due to heavy work the students may forget
      to attend to these details. But Siva would himself
      attend to everything and then only retire to bed.

      Siva can never forget even the minutest detail.
      Though he attends to many works at a time, he will
      never miss his usual routine.

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      Sivananda's Unique Personality

      Siva is well-versed in all branches of Yoga. He is a
      Karma Yogin, Bhakta, Hatha Yogin, Raja Yogin and
      Jnana Yogin. He has trained countless aspirants in
      all branches of Yoga. He has trained students in
      Asanas, Pranayama and selfless service. He was the
      editor of four journals. He contributes articles to
      countless journals. He has published numerous books,
      pamphlets, messages and leaflets on a variety of
      subjects. He has established many branches of the
      Divine Life Society. He moved about and did vigorous
      propaganda and lectures for several years. He has
      revived the Sankirtan movement and has done much work
      in this field. He has given a new orientation to this
      neglected science. He conducts Sadhana weeks. He is
      rendering great medical service to the poor.

      His activities are many-sided. He can attend to many
      things at a time. He will never complain of Vikshepa
      (tossing of the mind). City or forest, both are equal
      to him. He carries on his activities for the
      spiritual uplift of the world under all
      circumstances. He keeps correspondence with hundreds
      of aspirants. He lectures and sings through the
      gramophone records.

      Such a unique and all-round Yogi who has done variety
      of works without money and assistance, remaining in
      one place, the world has not seen till now.

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      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannirselvam


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