Date: December 23rd 2012

Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!

Namaste!

December 23rd is the birth anniversary of the Bhagavad Gita. A discourse by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji on this glorious scripture has been posted at:
http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/disc/disc_213.html

December 25th marks the holy celebration of Christmas. In honour of this occasion we uploaded an article by Sri Swami Chidanandaji titled "A Call to Rebirth" at:
http://www.dlshq.org/religions/calltorebirth.htm

There is an illuminating discourse by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji titled "The Kingdom of Heaven is Within You" at:
http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/disc/disc_183.html

Yours in the service of Gurudev,

Pannirselvam


Book Synopsis

Guru Tattva
By Swami Sivananda

In spite of much that has been written on the concept of a spiritual Guru, there is still a good deal of confusion, misunderstanding, and skepticism in the public mind on this vital matter.

Is a Guru absolutely necessary? Who is a Satguru? How far can he help his Chela (disciple)? What are the duties of a disciple? What is the meaning of Initiation? Want of clear-cut and definite answers to these and related questions often impedes the spiritual progress of earnest aspirants.

Under the circumstances, the present book by Satguru Sivanandaji Maharaj should come as a boon to many. Within its pages, the reader will find an authoritative, succinct and bold elucidation of the entire subject of Guru-disciple relationship.

We have great pleasure in releasing this book for the benefit of spiritually thirsty men and women all over the world. May the blessings of the Lord and the Brahma-Vidya Gurus be upon all!

For more information, please visit:
http://www.dlshq.org/books/es52.htm


LOVE FOR HATE: The same disciple discovered that another person was greatly against her staying in the Ashram. She would prostrate to him and greet him but he would always ignore her and walk away. Her pride was hurt and she, too, began ignoring him. The Master noticed this.

One day he called the disciple and asked her, "Do you really wish to lead the spiritual life?"

"Yes, Swamiji."

"Then will you obey me?" "Yes."

"Whenever you see him, wherever you see him, prostrate to him."

The disciple was taken aback and said, "I used to do so, Swamiji, but he just ignored me."

"It does not matter," came the Master's reply. "Let him ignore you. You do what I have asked you to do."

The disciple went on prostrating to the person and eventually found her hatred and dislike for him melting away. Later, the Master requested her to discontinue the prostration.


"We always think in terms of our country, our society and our way of looking at things, but the spiritual envisionment of values or the spiritual way of looking at things is different altogether, which is really the beginning of the development of the religious consciousness within us. Religion is nothing but the rising of God-consciousness within us. It is not churchgoing or bell ringing that we call religion. It is not an activity that we do, as in an office or a factory. It is a spirit that rouses itself within us that we call religion. It is a new kind of awakening and a new life that dawns in our hearts. It is a state of being, to put it precisely and concisely." - Swami Krishnananda


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