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    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! We have uploaded an article by Sri Swami Sivanandaji
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 28, 2010
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      We have uploaded an article by Sri Swami Sivanandaji
      titled "Doctrine of Grace" at:

      The November 2010 issue of the Divine Life magazine
      has been posted at:

      Hindi version:

      Some of the articles in the latest issue are:
      1) Unto Life Divine by Sri Swami Sivananda
      2) Swami Chidananda's Letter of 1st November 1964 --
      Strive To Make Life A Perennial Divali
      3) Navaratri--The Worship of Mahadevi by Sri Swami
      4) Empty Thyself by Sri Swami Atmaswarupananda
      5) Brahmacharya Sadhana by Sri Swami Sivananda
      6) Sivananda's Gospel of Divine Life-Live Divinely
      7) Raja Yoga by Sri Swami Sivananda

      News and Reports:
      1) A Three-Day Spiritual Camp For Students At The
      2) Three Competitions For Students Conducted At The
      Head Quarters Ashram
      3) Seva Through Sivananda Home
      4) Navaratri And Vijayadashami Celebrations At The

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      Book Synopsis

      Essence of Ramayana
      By Swami Sivananda

      The Ramayana of Valmiki is perhaps the most ancient
      and glorious epic in the world. It is known as the
      Adikavyam, the first poem.

      Ramayana is a marvellous book which contains the
      essence of all the Vedas and all sacred scriptures. It
      is a treasure for man. It is a reservoir which
      contains the nectar of immortality. It delineates the
      character of a son who renounced the throne and the
      pleasures of the world to fulfil the words of his
      father and lived in the forest for a period of
      fourteen years. It depicts the character of a father
      who sends even his most beloved son in exile in order
      to keep up his word. It delineates the character of an
      ideal, chaste wife who is devoted to her husband till
      the end of her life and shares the adversities of her
      husband and serves him untiringly in the forest, and
      who also regards her husband as her God. Above all, it
      also points the character of a brother who places
      brotherly affection above everything else in this
      world and follows his brother to the forest leaving
      all the pleasures of the palace, and leading the way
      to ward off all dangers.

      Ramayana exercises a great moulding power on the life
      of man. It contains object lessons for husbands and
      wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters,
      friends and enemies.

      Ramayana is highly beautiful, melodious and soul-
      stirring. It contains genuine classical Sanskrit
      poetry. Rama's young sons, Kusa and Lava, were the
      first reciters who sang to music this reputed work. It
      can be easily understood even by boys. It is suitable
      for beginners in the study of Sanskrit. It contains
      the highest ideals of Hindu culture and civilisation.
      It is a textbook of morals for the youths to inspire
      them to lofty and sublime ideals of conduct and

      Ramayana is a book that is studied by all--man, woman
      or boy in India. The teachings of the sacred book are
      wrought into the very life of every Indian man, woman
      and boy. Mothers tell the stories to their children,
      teachers to their students, the old to the young. It
      is a non-detailed textbook for students in schools.

      The description of nature in the Ramayana is most
      sublime and beautiful. One can actually feel that the
      hills, the rivers, the trees and the birds are really
      one with human joys and sorrows. The description of
      battle scenes is magnificent. The chief characteristic
      of the Ramayana is simplicity. Pathos and tenderness
      run through the whole poem. Poetry and morality are
      charmingly united. There is loftiness of moral tone.

      Ramayana has historical basis. It is a book of great
      antiquity. It is not a mere allegoric poem. It is an
      inspiring and marvellous book for all times. It has
      loomed large for centuries over the destinies of many
      millions of people and will certainly continue to do
      so for ages to come.

      This "Essence of Ramayana" may be read easily by even
      the busiest man who finds no time to go through the
      voluminous original texts. Long details have been
      condensed nicely in this book.

      There is more information at:


      TEMPTATION: An aspirant in charge of the Ashram post
      office absconded with thousands of rupees that were in
      his possession. The disciples wanted to make a search
      for him and hand him over to the police.

      The Master would not hear of it and said, "He has
      served us for so many years. Temptation overtook him.
      What can we do? Let us pray for him. Perhaps he will
      later on repent and come back to the spiritual path.
      So do not punish him, leave him alone."


      "Lord's grace will descend in proportion to the degree
      of surrender. The more the surrender, the more the
      grace." - Swami Sivananda

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