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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Sri Durgayai Namah! Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! September 19th marks the
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 12 6:46 AM
      Om Sri Durgayai Namah!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      September 19th marks the beginning of the nine day
      worship of the Divine Mother known as Navaratri.
      There are several articles on our website on
      Navaratri. They are:

      1) Navaratri by Sri Swami Sivanandaji at:

      2) The Terrible Kaali, The Benign Mother by Sri Swami
      Chidanandaji at:

      3) The Esoteric Significance of the Devi Mahatmya by
      Sri Swami Krishnanandaji at:

      In addition, we uploaded an article by Sri Swami
      Sivanandaji titled "Running After The Shadow" at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      Book Synopsis

      Brahma Vidya Vilas
      By Swami Sivananda

      H.H. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj has brought not only
      light but life into the Quest after the Truth, where
      life had so long been regarded as a burden to be
      patiently and gloomily carried to its natural end,
      and where he who walked was asked to fix his eyes on
      the ground, to let his mind dwell on the miseries of
      the world, and to make his heart constantly meditate
      upon ways and means of getting rid of the world

      Swami Sivanandaji has given a complete reorientation
      of this Quest after Truth which is truly a Quest
      after Bliss, every step taken taking the seeker
      nearer and nearer to the Fountain of Bliss. The
      spiritual aspirant's life is thus made a Blissful
      Song of Joyous March to the Goal.

      The chief instruments employed by him in bringing
      this about are the song and the stage. Through these
      he effectively transcends the doubting and arguing
      intellect and makes a direct approach to the heart
      which is the home of faith and devotion, the heart
      which feels and knows (realises) rather than trying
      to understand.

      It is this novel approach to Vedanta and Yoga that
      has earned for him the heart's gratitude and
      adoration of millions all over the world.

      Several Plays have been written by Sri Swami
      Sivanandaji; and it was usual on all festive
      occasions at Anand Kutir where the Sage dwelt to
      stage one of his plays. It has been the invariable
      experience of those who took part in the festivities
      that they had learned more than what hundreds of
      lectures could have taught them. To read Swamiji's
      plays is to get pleasure and profit together.

      There is more information at:


      A MILD ADMONITION: Sometimes the Master used a little
      humour to drive his point home. During the crowded
      reception at the Museum Theatre, Madras, when he
      invited the audience to join him in singing the Maha
      Mantra Kirtan, the response was feeble.

      He commented, "It is not fasting day, I think. A
      little frog at night, how much noise it produces! It
      does not allow you to sleep. A little beetle at night
      disturbs you. An insentient object, this mirdanga,
      how much sound it produces! You are all highly
      educated, highly cultured persons, B. A's., M. A's.,
      barristers and professors, but the Lord's Name does
      not come out of your lips vigorously!"

      This mild admonition had the desired effect and the
      hall began to reverberate with the music of the Maha


      "Durga Puja is the greatest Hindu festival in which
      God is adored as Mother. Hinduism is the only
      religion in the world which has emphasised to such an
      extent the motherhood of God. One's relationship with
      one's mother is the dearest and the sweetest of all
      human relations. Hence, it is proper to look upon God
      as mother." - Swami Sivananda

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