Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 15:37:31 -0600 (CST)
From: KANAGARATNAM <pannir@...
To: The Divine Life Family <pkanagar@...
Subject: Sivananda Day-to-Day (44)
Blessed Immortal Atman!
Beloved Sadhaks and spiritual seekers,
May the grace of the Divine Mother, that primal, transcendental, supreme
Cosmic Power be upon you all now and throughout your life. May this
Supreme Power manifest within you as the inner spiritual strength to
overcome all obstacles that stand between you and your noble mission of
living an ideal life and attaining God-experience. May the divine Cosmic
Power manifest within you as Dharma (righteousness) and Adhyatma (the
principle of Self). This is my wish and prayer during this period when we
are all engaged in adoring and worshipping the Divine Mother of the
universe for nine nights in succession. It is a period of fervent worship
that culminates in the joyful victory of the positive forces of Light over
all the negative forces of Darkness. It is a day of joyful celebrations
and rejoicing especially in Bengal, where they call it the day of Vijaya
(victory). The inner movement of spiritual life really constitutes such an
ascent of consciousness from the lower and the lesser levels of the gross
aspects of the human nature into progressively higher levels, subtler and
purified states of thought, speech and action. It is an upward movement
onto Sattva Guna, godly qualities and a spiritlialised vision of life. May
all our prayers at the feet of the Divine Mother of the universe during
these nine days be mainly for the successful attainment of this higher
goal of spiritual perfection in our life. May we not ask Her for anything
paltry or for petty objects of this earthly plane when She is capable of
bestowing upon us our Supreme Welfare and our highest good. Why ask for
small things when she is capable of blessing us with the greatest of all
Beloved Atman, this year, the year of our Independent India's Golden
Jubilee, a significant coincidence is worthy of note. Namely, the
commencement of the annual worship for the Mother coincides with the date
of worshipful Bapu Mahatma Gandhi's birthday anniversary i.e. 2nd October.
Bapuji's entire life was a determined struggle to free our country from the
shackles of alien domination. Fortunately in his own life he had the
satisfaction of seeing this goal attained. But, today after a half century
of our Independence, our country as well as our people have strayed away
from the noble ideals and principles which Bapuji had placed before us as
inheritors of a precious heritage and way of life at once lofty and
sublime. Ruler and the ruled alike seem to have decided to regard their
country as well as themselves as a political entity and a political way.
What would be more regrettable than a spiritual country having the Wheel of
Dharma as its symbol abandoning the spiritual vision, setting aside the
ideals of Dharma as something belonging within the holy scriptures, no more
applicable in our present times. Emphasis has been shifted from Man to
matters and to money only as a Supreme value. Turning away from the Light
we are moving towards darkness. Turning away from the Great Reality we are
running after temporary unrealities and instead of making our life an
upward path towards immortality and ever lasting life, we are speeding
downwards towards perdition. This dire downward movement must be arrested
and the nation must turn right-about and recover its great heritage.
This is the task before India and both its citizens as well as people in
positions of power. It is in this context that a common Code of Conduct for
the whole Nation becomes an invaluable factor and force for change in the
right direction. An aimless and directionless society may be full of a
great deal of activity but it will neither attain any worthwhile objective
nor will it reach any high destination. It may amass trifles that sparkle
for a brief duration and soon pass away. It may accumulate brass and tinsel
which, in ultimate analysis, prove to be of very little value or worth. It
is verily like throwing away the precious pearls and retaining a heap of
empty oyster shells. But, quite different it is with a people and a nation
that has a great and noble ideal before it for living and striving after.
Different it is with that society and that country that has an aim and an
objective before it to strive after and to live for. The higher the aim and
nobler the objective, the greater and more admirable that country and its
people become in the eyes and estimation of other countries and other
sections of human society in our global human family. Such a nation and its
citizens earn a place of respect for themselves in the commonwealth of
world nations. Such a country and its people and its culture are found
worthy of emulation. Our motherland (Bharatavarsha) has all the potential
to occupy such a place of dignity and respect in the assembly of nations of
this eventful 20th Century and this momentous juncture of its moving
towards the dawn of the 21st Century.
Our world, traumatised by decades of hostility, enmity, mutual hatred,
distrust, violence and horrific wars that have left destruction,
devastation, desolation and unimaginable agony and grief in countless
bereaved and broken hearts, is panting for relief. Wrecked by this human
tragedy, our contemporary humanity is looking with longing eyes at the
approaching 21st Century. It has great expectations. But, at the same time
it has grave misgivings and trepidation due to the all out manufacturing of
nuclear weapons that have now megatons scale capability of wiping out all
life from the surface of our planet and destroying and devastating the
entire earth by deadly nuclear radiation with its terrible after effects.
In this situation what can we, the citizens of mother India, who are the
descendants of the ancient Rishis of Divine Enlightenment, the great seers
of illumined wisdom, offer as a solution, as a light in the darkness to our
brethren of our human family worldwide? What can we contribute to give a
positive and a creative way out of this prevailing state? Can we, as a
nation and a people effectively help in fulfilling the hopes and the
realisation of the dreams of humanity for the 21st Century? Our leaders,
our political high priests in places of power and authority must answer
this question. They must give a lead. They must take the right direction
and make the people follow them, that our country may play its part in the
process of healing the hurts of the earlier part of the century and taking
the country towards a destiny of global welfare, human unity, brotherhood
and harmony. Then and then only can our country truly be said to be the
Land of Peace, the Land of Gautama Buddha, whose message of "Maitri"
(friendliness) and "Karuna" (compassion) spread into far off lands in the
Golden age of emperor Ashoka. Then indeed we would be worthy of being
called the heirs and the successors of Mahatma Gandhi who lived, worked and
laid down his very life for peace, amity, harmony, brotherhood and unity.
All this and more we can be and should be if we strictly adhere to and
abide by the National Code of Conduct that has been formulated and has been
proclaimed throughout the length and breadth of India over these past four
years. Therefore I call upon each and every one of you to please go on
doing everything that you can to bring this National Code of Conduct to
each and every man, woman and child all over our country in all the
languages prevailing in India.
Thank you and may God bless you.
May you prosper and may India prosper and together may we make the world
prosper and be full of peace, unity and brotherhood.
Yours in Peace and Joy.
(A servant of the Master Swami Sivananda)
The National Code of Conduct can be found at
THE LORD�S DARSHAN: After giving sweetmeats, etc., to some of his
disciples, including Swami X., the Master asked her, "What else do you
She replied, "Lord�s Darshan (vision)."
The Master remarked, "Is the Lord�s Darshan such a simple matter? How
much impurities are still to be removed! Go and do Sirshasana (headstand)
right in the Ganges for one hundred years, then we shall look into the
"Every intelligent person, if he considers the problem, realises that
through the attainment of birth as a human being some exceptional gain
must accrue to us. Food, drink, sleep, the joy of procreation and other
forms of worldly enjoyments can be gained even in lower forms of life,
like that of beasts and insects. If the life of a human being is wasted
only in the attainment of this joy, what do we achieve through the human
birth? The supreme goal of human life is to gain that incomparable and
true happiness, the like of which there is nothing in the world. That
happiness is the realisation of the Self." - Swami Sivananda