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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Today, July 7th, is the holy Guru Purnima
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      Today, July 7th, is the holy Guru Purnima
      celebration. In honour of this occasion we uploaded a
      discourse by Sri Swami Chidanandaji titled "Guru
      Oriented Life" at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/jul2009.htm

      In addition, there are several articles on our
      website on Guru Purnima. They are
      1) Guru Purnima by Sri Swami Sivanandaji at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/religions/guru_purnima.htm

      2) Guru Purnima by Sri Swami Chidanandaji at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/discourse/jul2006.htm

      3) Veda Vyasa: The Paragon of Power and Wisdom by Sri
      Swami Krishnanandaji at:
      http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/fest/fest_08.html

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannirselvam

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      Book Synopsis

      Bhakti and Sankirtan
      By Swami Sivananda

      The book "Bhakti and Sankirtan" contains very useful
      instructions for the students in the path of Bhakti
      Yoga. First of all, I have proved with practical
      illustrations the existence of God for the conviction
      of rank materialists and atheists. The first chapter
      contains the essence of Bhakti Sadhana. I have
      stressed the importance of worship, Bhajan, Upasana,
      Manasic Puja, etc., as a means to develop highest
      devotion.

      In the second chapter I have dealt with the subject
      of "Love" in detail,-the various methods for
      developing love, the glory of true universal love,
      etc. Here I have also shown that faith is the primary
      requisite in the development of Bhakti. In this
      chapter, Viraha or separation of the devotee from his
      Lord, the sufferings the devotee will have to undergo
      before he gets God-vision and the various methods of
      Sadhana suited to achieve this end, have been clearly
      shown.

      The third chapter contains some of the essentials in
      the path of devotion. The efficacy of practical
      Sadhana to the exclusion of all vain discussions have
      been pointed out here. The qualifications of a
      devotee, when and how devotion should be practised,
      how adversity or pain alone can give real spiritual
      progress and a stimulus for the continuance of
      Sadhana, etc., have been shown in detail.

      The science of Sankirtan, the benefits of Sankirtan
      and how to conduct Akhanda Kirtan have all been
      discussed with many instructions for Sankirtanists in
      the fourth chapter. The condition of the present day
      Sankirtan is also reviewed here briefly.

      Chapter five gives the Bhakti Sutras of Sandilya with
      text, meaning and commentary. Chapter six and seven
      deal with songs and Sankirtan Dhvanis. The essence of
      devotion, Bhakti, the necessity for treading the
      spiritual path and other subjects have been dealt
      with, in the songs which will be much helpful to the
      aspirants because they can assimilate things in the
      form of songs very easily. The last chapter gives an
      account of the lives of some great devotees of the
      past like Prahlada, Dhruva and Narada, which will be
      a source of inspiration to all the aspirants. Stories
      and lives of great personages inspire a man to
      magnanimous heights, especially when the forces of
      Rajas overpower the aspirant. He will have extreme
      disgust, depression, delusion and doubts in his
      spiritual pursuit. He will begin to doubt the very
      existence of God. At such moments especially, if one
      goes through the lives of great men and knows how
      they conducted themselves in such circumstances, how
      they got over the various difficulties in the path,
      he will also have the same strength and will-power to
      get over all difficulties one by one and attain the
      goal of life, immortality or perennial joy.

      I hope the present book will be a boon to the
      aspirants who wish to attain the goal of life by
      treading the path of devotion. All Sadhakas meet on
      the platform whichever path they may proceed. God or
      Brahman is the only reality. This world is a mere
      show. Realise this and become free in this very
      birth.

      May you all tread the path of devotion and ever rest
      in the state of divine ecstasy and unalloyed bliss of
      Joy and happiness!

      Sivananda

      There is more information at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/books/es17.htm

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      THE IDEAL SPIRITUAL INSTITUTION: An admirer of the
      Master once asked his advice on the opening of an
      Ashram in his own place. The letter written by the
      Master in reply contained almost a blueprint for an
      ideal spiritual institution. Besides, it drew a
      definite distinction between social service as such
      and social service rendered in the spirit of Virat
      worship.

      "The basis of activity should be purely spiritual.
      All activities should help spiritual growth. It
      should not be completely social. Social institutions
      are many. Without a spiritual basis, social
      institutions are a mere void; they are mechanical
      factories only. Everywhere the Divine Name of the
      Lord should be sung. The entire atmosphere should
      breathe love, purity, sacrifice, service,
      renunciation and dispassion. Havan should be
      conducted once a month at least. All the Deities
      should be propitiated. Daily worship, unbroken
      Kirtan, study and recitation of the Ramayana, Gita
      and Bhagavata, common meditation and common prayer
      should become everyday features of the Ashram. Then
      only will it become a glorious spiritual institution
      with social offshoots and industrial branches to
      illumine, enliven, beautify and perpetuate the life
      divine in life mundane."

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      "To get a Guru is as difficult as getting God. And
      once you get a proper teacher, then you are on the
      path. This is a great achievement, and again this is
      the work of God." - Swami Krishnananda


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