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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Tomorrow, December 25th, is the holy celebration of
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 24, 2009
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      Tomorrow, December 25th, is the holy celebration of
      Christmas. In honour of this occasion we posted an
      article by Sri Swami Sivanandaji titled "Behold Jesus
      In Thy Midst" at:

      A talk by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji titled "The Kingdom
      of God is Within" has been posted at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      Book Synopsis

      The Bhagavad Gita
      Transliteration, Text and Commentary
      (Pocket Edition)
      By Swami Sivananda

      The Bhagavad Gita is one of the world-scriptures
      today. It guides the lives of people all over the
      world. Mahatma Gandhi regarded it as the "Mother", to
      whom the children (humanity) turned when in distress.
      Sri Swami Sivananda wants us to study daily at least
      one discourse of the scripture, so that its great
      lessons are ever fresh in our memory.

      Each discourse has been preceded by a short summary
      giving the substance of that discourse in a nutshell.

      For more information, please visit:


      MINISTER'S DOUBTS CLEARED: While in Ceylon, the Master
      visited the Kelaniya Buddhist Temple. Sri L. A.
      Rajapakse, the Ceylonese Minister of Justice, took him
      around. The Master did Kirtan in the temple.

      On the way back to Colombo, the minister utilised the
      opportunity to seek the Master's views on various

      "What is your opinion about untouchability, Swamiji?"

      "Untouchability is the Brahmin's creation."

      "Do you believe that a Brahmin can be a Brahmin by

      "Yes, there is some force in the argument. For, that
      particular soul must have performed some meritorious
      deeds in the past birth to have deserved a Brahmin
      birth now. But that alone would not do. One should try
      to be a Brahmin by right of good conduct, too."

      The minister asked the Master about the life of a
      Sadhu in Rishikesh. Just then they noticed a mendicant
      going from door to door with his bowl. The minister
      was eager to know how the Master felt about Sadhus
      begging in streets.

      "It is a very good practice," said the Master. "It
      develops humility and egolessness in the Sadhu. If he
      receives food regularly in his own Ashram, he is apt
      to get attached to the Ashram and might develop
      institutional egoism. If he has to beg he will not
      develop spiritual pride."

      "Swamiji, is a Guru absolutely necessary on the path
      of spirituality?"


      "If I may know, did you study under a Guru for a long
      time or only for a short time?"

      "Only for a very short time."

      "Later, if you came face to face with any difficulty,
      did you have to go to the Guru for clarification?
      Incidentally, what should the aspirant do in such a

      "If you are regular in your meditation all doubts and
      difficulties will vanish by themselves."


      "When God comes, the soul awakes, but the senses
      sleep. Midnight is the birth of great masters - Christ
      or Krishna, as the case may be. Midnight is the utter
      negation of sense activity and physical consciousness
      - everything pertaining to that state of affairs. It
      is in the thick darkness of the senses that the light
      of the soul emerges and birth takes place of eternity
      in time." - Swami Krishnananda

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