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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Pictures along with further details of Revered Sri
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 16, 2008
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      Pictures along with further details of Revered Sri
      Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj's Mahasamadhi have been
      posted at:
      http://www.sivanandaonline.org/

      There are photos of Swamiji taken on 14th June, 2008
      at:
      http://sivanandaonline.org/html/n-o-swamiji.shtm

      We posted an article by Sri Swami Chidanandaji
      Maharaj titled "Mind Your Own Business!" at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/aug2008.htm

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannirselvam

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      MUSIC IS YOGA: Some people criticised the Master for
      introducing music, song and drama at the Satsang of a
      Sannyasin's Ashram. He met their criticism by
      offering a completely rational explanation for his
      action.

      "Music is not a kind of entertainment as worldly
      people may think," he affirmed. "Music is Yoga. It is
      Bhakti Yoga or Sankirtan Yoga. Saints like Thyagaraja
      attained God-realisation through music. In the
      Satsang the songs of Thyagaraja, Surdas, Mira and
      other saints are sung. Kirtan and the Name of the
      Lord are sung. The Name is a great purifier.
      Sankirtan Yoga is the best Yoga for the vast majority
      of people. It brings about purity and develops
      devotion and concentration. Music affords relaxation
      to the mind after listening to abstruse philosophy
      like the Brahma Sutras. Sankirtan inspires and
      elevates people and brings them face to face with
      God. Many people, after their day's hard labour, come
      to attend the Satsang. Music has a salutary effect on
      their tired nerves. People who come to the Ashram
      with their mental worries or disorders are immensely
      benefited by hearing music and Bhajan. They go back
      better in mind and spirit. People cannot listen to a
      lecture for a long time at a stretch. They lose
      concentration after some time and thereafter the
      lecture becomes boring and useless. To mitigate this,
      Kirtan or music in between the lectures is useful. It
      refreshes the minds of the people and makes them fit
      to listen to further discourses. Music is a tonic for
      the mind and nerves and food for the Spirit as well."

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      "Through spiritual practice you become aware of
      yourself upon a level higher than the normal
      awareness. The normal consciousness of man is at the
      level of the mind, but when God has been gracious
      enough to bring you a sudden awakening into a
      hitherto unknown level of yourself, there comes into
      you an awareness that you are not this physical and
      psychological entity alone. You find that you are in
      essence a spiritual being above and beyond time and
      space, above birth and death and above name and
      form." - Swami Chidananda


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