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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Today (September 1st)
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 7, 2010
      Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      Today (September 1st) is the auspicious birthday of
      Lord Krishna. We have several articles on our websites
      about this festival. They are:

      1) Krishna Janmashtami by Sri Swami Sivananda at:

      2) Sri Krishna--The Purna-Avatara by Sri Swami
      Krishnananda at:

      We have a book titled "Lord Krishna, His Lilas and
      Teachings" by Sri Swami Sivananda available for
      download at:

      There is also a new discourse by Sri Swami
      Krishnananda titled "Bhagavan Sri Krishna and Arjuna"

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      Book Synopsis

      The Bhagavad Gita (Translation only)
      By Swami Sivananda

      The Bhagavadgita occurs in the Bhishma-Parva of the
      Mahabharata. The whole culture and aspirations of an
      entire race are embedded in this great Epic. The
      Bhagavadgita is, as it were, a shining pendant in the
      garland of that majestic procession of the magnificent
      literature on the Epic of the Soul,--the Mahabharata.

      The theme of the Bhagavadgita is the problem of life
      and its solution. It is the art of solving every
      conflict and a guide-line in every situation of life.
      The conflicts are really the apparent
      irreconcilabilities, and these are precisely the
      tension of relation between the individual and the
      society, between the layers of the personality of the
      individual, between the individual and the universe,
      and between the universe and the Absolute. These
      aspects of spiritual evolution are dealt with not only
      in the entire series of the eighteen Books of the
      Mahabharata, but also, particularly in the First
      Chapter, from the Second to the Sixth Chapter, from
      the Seventh to the Twelfth Chapter, and from the
      Thirteenth to the Eighteenth Chapter of the

      The First Chapter describes the human predicament of
      the soul in search of Truth. From the Second to the
      Sixth Chapter there is a description of the technique
      of awakening oneself to the Light of True Knowledge
      and the art of Self-integration. The method of
      attuning the individual with the processes of the
      universe is detailed from Chapter Seven to Chapter
      Twelve. The concluding Six Chapters portray the Ideal
      of the Superman who, as a Citizen of the universe,
      walks the earth as a friend, philosopher and guide of
      all beings.

      The original verses of the Bhagavadgita are in
      Sanskrit, and they embody in them a power of
      resonance, a force of style and a profundity of
      argument which cannot but touch the bottom of the soul
      of one who reads it in an attitude of dedication of
      self to the pursuit of Reality. Here is a beautiful
      rendering of the whole Text from the original Sanskrit
      into the English language, as it appears in the
      standard work of H.H. Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.

      -- Swami Krishnananda

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      PREPARE YOURSELF: Jagannath Kaul, a devotee, had
      fondly believed that he would meet God in six months
      at Ananda Kutir. Six months passed, but he saw no God.
      In his childlike impetuosity he went up to the Master
      and said, "I came here in search of God, but I have
      found Him not to this day." Sri Kaul was almost in

      "Where is the hurry?" the Master asked. "Prepare
      yourself for that supreme union. It may be a better
      thing to travel with hope than to arrive in
      disappointment. Work and work in the living present."

      A sweet smile from the Master cast away Sri Kaul's


      "Bhagavan Sri Krishna is the Purna Avatara (Full
      Incarnation) of Narayana; the complete manifestation
      of God. The fullness of the incarnation is itself the
      difficulty in understanding the life and gospel of Sri
      Krishna. The many-sidedness of his personality and the
      multifaceted meaning of his gospel follow the
      integrality of his being. The human mind cannot think
      of fullness, as it is a finite instrument of the
      individual. The concepts of good and evil, right and
      wrong, and such other appraisals of the values of
      life, arise on account of the incapacity of the human
      mind to comprehend fullness. That which is good is not
      full, because the bad is opposed to it. The bad also
      is not full, because the good is opposed to it. The
      right thing is not full, because the wrong thing is
      opposed to it. The wrong also is not full, because the
      right thing is opposed to it. There is no such thing
      as fullness in this world. No form of thinking or
      understanding through the endowments of the human
      being can be complete. The manifestation of God as Sri
      Krishna, in that fullness and glory, is intended to
      demonstrate the perfection of God." - Swami

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