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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya! Namaste! Tomorrow, January 13th, marks the 75th Anniversary of
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      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

      Namaste!

      Tomorrow, January 13th, marks the 75th Anniversary of
      the founding of the Divine Life Society. In honour of
      this occasion we posted an article by Sri N.
      Anantharayanan on the founding of the Divine Life
      Society by Sri Swami Sivananda. This article is at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/saints/siva_dls.htm

      Please be sure to check the new look DLS HQ website
      which will be unveiled on 13th January:
      http://www.sivanandaonline.org/

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,

      Pannirselvam

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      Book Synopsis

      Ethics of the Bhagavad Gita
      By Swami Sivananda

      Srimad Bhagavad Gita is the Gospel of Sri Krishna. Sri
      Krishna is regarded as the Purna-Avatara of God. He
      was perfect in every respect. God is All-pervading;
      Sri Krishna's life-on-earth, too, was all-
      comprehensive. Study Srimad Bhagavata and the
      Mahabharata. You will understand what a multi-faceted
      diamond Sri Krishna was. He was a wonderful child,
      divine boy, resplendent youth, dearest friend, mighty
      warrior, wise administrator, sweet comrade, master of
      diplomacy, protector of the meek, death of the wicked,
      preserver of Dharma, clever strategist, humble
      servant, obedient pupil, dutiful son, loving husband
      and Supreme Guru. These and countless others are but
      aspects of His Immanence as Krishna. Above all these,
      He is God Who, in His own transcendental nature, is
      the Lord of lords, the Father and Mother of all
      creation, the very Soul of all that exists. He is the
      Substratum of all existence. He is the Reality,
      immortal, eternal, infinite and absolute. He is not
      only immortal but Immortality Itself.

      It is, therefore, in the fitness of things that the
      Scripture that He propounded should partake of all
      these great virtues that characterised His Divine
      Manifestation and His transcendental Nature. The
      Bhagavad Gita is so comprehensive that everyone can
      draw inspiration and guidance from it, whatever his
      social status may be, whatever his profession and in
      whatever stage of spiritual evolution he may be. For,
      into the Bhagavad Gita the Lord has woven a beautiful
      and universal pattern of ethics that would appeal and
      apply to all. The grand edifice of the Ethics of the
      Bhagavad Gita has been built on the Eternal Corner-
      stones of (1) Immortality of the Soul; (2) Immanence
      of God; (3) Impermanence of the world; (4) Immediacy
      of Liberation. Because these truths are universal, the
      Ethics of the Bhagavad Gita also have universal
      application.

      Soon after Sri Swami Sivananda's dynamic All-India
      Tour in 1950, the idea occurred to him that a book
      must be written on the "Ethics of the Bhagavad Gita".
      This precious and highly inspiring volume is the fruit
      of that Sat-Sankalpa.

      These illuminating essays on the Gita were first
      published by the "Voice of Sivananda" the official
      organ of the Divine Life Society, Madurai Branch.

      A series of essays on "The Lessons of the Bhagavad
      Gita" which, too, were published serially in that
      Journal, are also included in the present volume.

      We are confident that this volume would prove to be of
      great benefit to seekers after Truth.

      There is more information at:
      http://www.dlshq.org/books/es221.htm

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      GURU PURNIMA: On Guru Purnima day the traditional
      offerings were being made to the Master. One
      disgruntled man presented him a parcel containing an
      old shoe and a stone!

      The disciples wanted to beat the man, but the Master
      stopped them.

      "What does it matter? Just leave it. Accept the gifts.
      He has done us no harm. If we run after him with the
      intention of punishing him, we only lower ourselves to
      his level. Do not pursue him."

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      "Students became irreligious,
      They lost faith in religion,
      Under the influence of Science,
      They neglected Dharma,
      They began to smoke and gamble,
      Girls became fashionable,
      Officers became materialists,
      Health of people deteriorated,
      People shunned the scriptures,

      Materialism had its sway.
      At this critical juncture,
      To revive the Glory of the Lord,
      To disseminate knowledge of Yoga,
      To preach the Yoga of synthesis,
      To instil devotion and faith in people,
      To work for the spiritual uplift of mankind,
      To bring peace and bliss to every home,
      I established the Divine Life Mission,
      And founded the Yoga-Vedanta Forest University,
      In a sacred, charming spot in the Himalayas,
      On the banks of the Holy Ganga in Rishikesh."
      - Swami Sivananda


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