Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Salutations and prostrations.
I have setup a page for the activities of the Divine Life Society of
Maryland at http://www.rsl.ukans.edu/~pkanagar/divine/branches/dlsusa.htm
and I have copied it below for the benefit of those without access to the
If you have any questions about the programs, you can contact Samarpana
via e-mail at simado@...
Yours in service of Gurudev,
MEDITATION AND VIDEO RETREAT
March 28th - 30th
This retreat is set up for listening to specially selected talks by Sri
Swami Chidananda Maharaj combined with long periods of meditation. An
optional asana class will be available. The retreat is suitable for
spiritual aspirants and devotees of the Divine Life Society
SPRING WEEKEND RETREAT
May 2nd - 4th.
"Choosing the Spiritual Path"
This retreat is an introduction for newcomers. Yoga is not just a
physical discipline. Its aim is the unfolding of our spiritual potential.
It is the practice of reaching towards God and finding the power of the
in-dwelling spirit. You will be introduced to a range of classical yoga
disciplines. You will receive guidance to help you choose practices that
suit your temperament and daily schedule.. As you discover which practices
are best for you, you will learn to trust your intuition and affirm your
commitment to your physical and spiritual well being.
Both retreats begin Friday evening with supper and end after lunch on
Sunday. Suggested contribution $90.00
SUMMER SADHANA RETREAT
Friday, July 18th - Wednesday, July 23rd.
This retreat is patterned after the Sadhana Week of Sivananda Ashram, the
headquarters of the Divine Life Society in India. The retreat includes an
intense program of meditation, chanting, study of scriptures,spiritual
talks and question and answer periods. An optional asana class will be
The retreat begins on Friday evening with supper and ends after lunch on
Suggested contribution $225.00
GURU POORNIMA CELEBRATION
July 20th at 10:30am
Sunday: April 6th, May 4th, June 1, July 6th, July 20th.
Satsangs begin at 10:30am and are followed by a potluck lunch.
CLASSES taught by Swami Gurudevananda(Sita Frenkel)
YMCA, Frederick, MD, Monday mornings and evening(Beg & Int.)
Tel: (301) 663-5131
YMCA, Hagerstown, MD, Wednesday evenings.(Beg & Int.)
Tel: (301) 739-3990
YMCA, Washington, DC, Thursday evenings. (Beg.)
Tel: (202) 862-9622
OLD MACKIN HIGH SCHOOL, Thursday evenings (Int.)
Tel: (301) 432-4918
MONTGOMERY GENERAL HOSPITAL (Beg. & Int.)
Tel: (301) 774-8882
ask for Health Promotion Services Meditation course
REAL DIVINE GRACE: Among the visitors who had Darshan of the Master today
was a young lady who had not yet been able to reconcile herself to the
loss of her husband, which took place some six months ago. After the
demise of her husband, she had given up playing the veena in which she was
said to be proficient.
The Master consoled her and advised, "Be happy. God does everything for
the good of His devotees. There is a story which I shall narrate to you
now. There was a rich man. He was a lakh-path (possessor of lakhs of
rupees). He was very irreligious and haughty. Lord Krishna and Arjuna once
visited him and were rudely received. The Lord blessed him that he might
soon become a crore-pathy (possessor of crores of rupees).
Krishna then visited a poor devotee, who received Him with intense
devotion. The Lord cursed this devotee that his only cow might soon die.
When Arjuna questioned the Lord as to His strange conduct, He said that
the rich man, on becoming richer, will become more arrogant and will
ultimately suffer much. This will turn his mind towards God. The poor man,
on the contrary, was deeply devoted to the Lord, but his only obstacle was
the cow to which he was greatly attached. This being removed, his mind
will go straight to the Lord and enjoy eternal bliss. Thus, God wants to
take His devotees back soon, so He removes all their possessions and
"Absorb yourself in the playing of your veena and attain union with God.
Music is a pure means of attaining God. Do Kirtan. Do Japa. Do Bhajan. If
you sing Bhajan on the banks of the Ganges all your sins and sorrows will
In compliance with the Masters command the lady in question sang a Bhajan.
"You can best serve your nation, your Lord, your fellow-beings, and
yourself by conscious self-culture, by living for the realisation of the
Self. A nations prestige depends upon the few such self-cultured sons and
daughters of the land. When time has effaced the memory of all else, it
would be the man-of-God who will ever be remembered. Therefore, become a
man-of-God here and now." - Swami Sivananda