Date: September 7th 2011

Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!

Namaste!

Today (September 8th) is the 124th birthday anniversary of revered Sri Swami Sivanandaji. In honour of this occasion we uploaded an article titled "Divine Life" from Sri Swami Chidanandaji's book "Swami Sivananda: Saint, Sage and Godman". This article is at:
http://www.dlshq.org/saints/siva_divinelife.htm

Excerpts from the same are attached below for our reflection.

An article by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji titled "The Branches of the Divine Life Society" has been posted at:
http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/disc/disc_194.html

Yours in the service of Gurudev,

Pannirselvam


Holy Master Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji regarded the living of your daily life as important, if not more important than the practice of your spiritual Sadhana. He gave, not without any reason, a very significantly true message of 'Divine Life'. His institution is The Divine Life Society, its magazine is The Divine Life and he gave the name Divine Life to his message. He did not call it this Yoga or that Yoga or transcendental meditation or any other name. This name that he gave has very much relevance, very much connection and relationship with your life. Gurudev regarded the living of your life equally important as the practice of your spiritual Sadhana, your Yoga, Vedanta and meditation. Perhaps he regarded the former more important than your spiritual life. Because if your life, your daily living is proper, then alone your Sadhana will proceed unhampered and be progressive and it will yield fruits, and it will go on yielding fruits. You don't have to wait till it culminates in spiritual Realisation. It would go on yielding fruits right now. It would go on giving flowers and yielding fruits step by step. So Gurudev called it Divine Life. If your life is lived rightly, your Sadhana will be fruitful, progressive and effective. If your life is not lived rightly, the fruit or result will not be commensurate with your effort-much effort but little fruit. How can you afford to do that? How much time you have in your life span to go on doing such effort? No one knows. We are here now, but what moment we will not be here God only knows. Therefore we cannot afford to make a lot of effort in spiritual Sadhana without getting the desired results. Your Sadhana must yield fruits. So Gurudev rightly laid great emphasis on our day-to-day life.


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