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Latest Update on Ashram Activities & Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj (October 29th, 2002)


29 October 2002

Radiant Divinities,

Hari Om

Om Namo Narayanaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!

First of all let me apologize to all of you. I am sorry for not writing the regular updates about Pujya Swamiji Maharajís health and conversations.

I had been busy with the Sivananda Audio Visual Studio & Library setting. With guidance from our revered Sri Swami Pranavswarupanandaji, the Audio Visual Library is slowly taking shape. Now at the Ashram devotees can walk in and sit and listen and view our available audios and videos (contains all available work of the prominent disciples of Worshipful Gurudev and other leading spiritual personalities). Likes of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Mission, Ramana Maharishi, Ma Anandamayee, Chinmaya Mission, Bihar School of Yoga, Swami Jyotirmayanandaji of USA and many more. With the blessings of Worshipful Gurudev we have now established Sivananda Photo Preservation Department. This will take care of preservation, designing of pictorials of all the available photographs of Worshipful Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji, Paramapujya Guru Maharaj Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj and other senior Swamijis. Further to our existing pictorials, Chidananda Hoon, The Ultimate Journey and Divine Vision (these can be availed from the book stall) we are planning to publish a pictorial on Worshipful Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and one on Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj.

The main task is redesigning our website. Pujya Swami Jivanmuktanandaji Maharaj had expressed a desire that our website should be more interactive with features like latest updates, live darshan of Ashram temple worship and Question & Answer sessions with Senior Swamijis. For this purpose we are now engaged in designing and developing a more interactive website. Pannirji had been requesting for latest updates but we had not been able to do anything great. But now in very recent times we can make our website more interactive with latest updates.

Let me take this opportunity to make an appeal to everyone in the DLS family in India or abroad. I want support in the following sections

  1. Writing matters for the website with very good language. It is necessary because we have to be very good to tell to the whole world about our worshipful Gurudev and His teachings. We have to tell Gurudevís teachings in a style appealing to the present times so that people of the present times can be benefited.
  2. Webdesigners having knowledge of webpage development, designing (Flash, Photoshop, GIF animator etc.)

I would request to all those who can help me in any way to write to me giving their introduction and field of interest and their availability. Whether they can come to the Ashram and help me or through email they want to help me. Please specify if you can come to the Ashram then when can you come.

All such and many more activities kept me engaged at the Ashram. Hence I was not able to be with Guru Maharaj for quite some time. So I could not write updates.

Pujya Swamiji Maharaj is now in a much better health condition. Although Swamiji Maharaj has not come back to normal health but Swamiji is improving. Slowly Swamiji has started to take little solid food (vegetables). Once in a while Swamiji is taking a round or two walk by foot. Swamiji gets up from the wheelchair and walks for some time and then again sits back in the wheelchair. Swamiji has reduced talking as it was making Swamiji exhausted. Over all Swamiji Maharaj is in a better condition.

Very soon I will start typing all the conversations that Brig. Sabherwalji has recorded in writing and post them on regular intervals. There are quite a number of pictures I will scan also and post them on the site. To start with herewith please find Swamiji Maharajís personal Diwali Message to all of you.

Wishing you all a very happy, prosperous and auspicious Diwali,

At the service of Pujya Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj

Swami Yatidharmananda

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