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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha! Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Today, August 23rd, is the
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 23, 2009
      Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      Today, August 23rd, is the holy Ganesha Chaturthi. It
      is celebrated in honour of the birthday of Lord
      Ganesha. There are several articles on our website on
      Ganesha Chaturthi. They are:

      1) Ganesh Chaturthi by Sri Swami Sivanandaji at:

      2) A Good Beginning by Sri Swami Chidanandaji at:

      3) Lord Ganesa: The Remover of Obstacles by Sri Swami
      Krishnanandaji at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      Book Synopsis

      Bliss Divine
      By Swami Sivananda

      Today, in the world convulsed by wars and
      revolutions, there is a great necessity to revive the
      moral and spiritual value of ancient Indian culture
      and its everlasting idealism. If the human mind is to
      be weaned from materialism, if humanity is to be
      brought together, the only way is the practice of
      Yoga and Vedanta.

      Yoga and Vedanta are basically the same. Vedanta is
      the sublime philosophy that gives a directive to the
      Yoga way of life.

      Unconscious movement is called natural evolution.
      Conscious evolution is Yoga or the practice of

      Religion is not a matter of belonging to a church or
      of professing a creed. It is a matter of evolving a
      deeper insight and understanding and expressing it
      through life.

      It is this insight and this understanding which the
      great Master Sivananda seeks to impart in the pages
      of BLISS DIVINE.

      BLISS DIVINE is an immortal work, a legacy for ages
      to come. It is a spiritual classic. It is a Bible for
      the Christians, a Bhagavad-Gita for the Hindus, a
      Koran for the Muslims, a Zend-Avesta for the Parsis.
      It sums up the teachings of all scriptures of all

      Not only that; it offers comfort and consolation,
      enlightenment and elucidation, in a manner which
      makes a direct appeal to the modern mind. No line is
      vague. No explanation is hidden.

      Optimism is the keynote of the book. Its pages abound
      in constructive suggestions for a fuller, happier
      life, right now, here on earth.

      Each essay is self-contained and can be read apart
      from the rest of the book. The author has prefaced
      the book with a beautiful introduction, unsurpassed
      for depth of meaning and lucidity of presentation.

      There is more information at:


      IMMORTAL MIRABAI: It was during the Master's All-
      India Tour. On September 17, 1950, he was addressing
      a packed gathering at the Patna University. Vice-
      Chancellor Sarangdhar Sinha presided. In the middle
      of his speech, the Master broke into Kirtan:

      Hari Ki Premi Hari Hari Bolo
      Avo Pyare Milkar Gavo.

      He then noticed that many students did not
      participate in his singing. He mildly rebuked them,
      "You are not joining me in chanting His Names. Mira
      danced in the open streets. All her songs are
      immortalised. She lives in our hearts. So long as
      Krishna's Name is remembered, her name also will be
      remembered. Her songs inspire people when they are in
      despair. She had faith in Lord Krishna. She did not
      study in schools or colleges. She did not appear for
      the M. A. degree. She did not undertake any research
      work. She tapped the source. By tapping the source-
      God-she acquired all knowledge. Sri Ramakrishna was
      not a research scholar. He tapped the source. Beware!
      Beware! Beware! Do not be carried away by this false
      external glitter. All knowledge is within you. Close
      your eyes for a few minutes and meditate. Do it now."

      As the Master said this, a silence, a strange silence
      descended on the audience, and everyone joined in the
      group meditation. Thousands meditated in perfect

      Even the sound of breathing was not heard! After a
      full two minutes, he opened his eyes and mildly
      chanted Om. The entire gathering answered in chorus.
      The Master then continued his speech in a low,
      whispering tone, talking heart to heart.


      "By escaping from active struggle of earthly life, an
      individual cannot escape his Prarabdha. Those very
      Karmas, which he has sought to escape from, will
      stand before him, and he will have to work them out
      with compound interest." - Swami Chidananda

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