Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
Remembering Swami Chidananda
One day, while returning to the Ashram after visiting Geeta Bhawan on the other side of the Ganga a beggar asked for a coin. As a beginner in divine life, I was religiously practising Gurudev’s instruction of ‘GIVE’. I searched my pockets for a coin. There was no coin and I found only one two rupee note. I was reluctant to part with two rupees for one beggar as I could satisfy eight beggars with those two rupees, converting it into small coins. I was indecisive and did not give anything. I was unhappy with myself.
We reached the Samadhi Mandir where Swami Chidanandaji was addressing the Sadhaks. To my utter surprise, He was explaining the teachings of Swami Sivananda on the topic ‘GIVE’. Swamiji said “Giving is a Sadhana. It has to be performed with large heart and proper understanding. Suppose you have gone to the other side of the Ganges. A beggar approaches you for a coin; you search your pockets and find only one two rupee note. You are indecisive and think that instead of satisfying eight beggars, why should I give it to one? This is not proper. Who is that beggar? He is Lord Narayana. If you are hungry, can you appease your hunger with one morsel of rice? How pitiable it is! Always see the Lord in the receiver! Then ‘GIVING’ will be converted into direct worship of God who dwells in you and in him and who is both Antarayami and Sarvavyapak “
I was stupefied. It was beyond my intellect to understand. How the Master knew everything — tit-bit of my actions — on the other side of the Ganges? In reply to the question in my mind, the compassionate master went on telling,
“I am only a dummy Chidananda sitting here and talking to you. You are seeing my physical form. But the real Chidananda is within you! I dwell in you as Antaryami. I see everything, whatever you think and talk and wherever you are. I look after you.”
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"Cheer up. Be bold. I am by your side; I dwell within you as a part of the eternal Antaryamin, the supreme Indweller, with whom I am ever one in spirit and in truth. All your despair and misery is the function of the mind-nature. Even at the moment when the mind is thus plunged in forgetful grief and lamentation, at the very same moment you are full of unutterable peace and Self-Bliss in your true inner nature. That is an unchangeable fact, ever present within the true YOU. Turn within to this "I" beyond, just beyond the fretting mind. This moment you rest in the peace. Cling to It, you are ever one with It. Do not allow the mind to deceive you and deprive you of that which is ever yours." - Swami Chidananda
August 19th is the 9th Anniversary of the Punya Tithi Aradhana of His Holiness Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj (anniversary of the physical passing of a saint).
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
The Divine Destination
By Swami Chidananda
24th September 2016 marked the auspicious occasion of Birth Centenary of Worshipful Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. To commemorate this sacred occasion, the Headquarters Ashram brought out various books and booklets comprising illuminating talks of Worshipful Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.
To propagate Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj’s gospel of Divine Life, Worshipful Sri Swamiji Maharaj travelled extensively in India and abroad and showed the path of divine life to countless seekers through his spontaneous and highly inspiring lectures. His lectures are the outpourings of his saintly heart, complete dedication to Sri Gurudev’s teachings and the revelations of his intuitive wisdom.
Sri Swamiji Maharaj’s illuminating lectures have been compiled and published in book form from time to time. Srimati & Sri Raviji, an ardent devotee of Gurudev from DLS, New York, has meticulously collected some inspiring, thought-provoking and elevating extracts from Sri Swamiji Maharaj’s books. We are immensely happy to bring out those extracts in this book as our worshipful offering at his holy feet on the blessed occasion of his Birth Centenary. The present book THE DIVINE DESTINATION is a beautiful compilation of hundred inspiring excerpts.
We express our heartfelt gratitude towards Sri Raviji and the inmates of the Headquarters Ashram for their loving selfless service in compiling and editing these excerpts.
May the abundant blessings of the Almighty Lord, Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Worshipful Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj be upon all.
For more information, please see: The Divine Destination
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A STRAIGHT ANSWER: “If all renounce, what will be the result?” asked Sampath, a visitor.
“If all the women turn out to be barren, what would become of the world?” queried the Master in reply.
“The sculptor of Swami Chidananda is Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. It is the wisdom and the genius of the sculptor that is visible in the statue. The divine engineer is Swami Sivananda. All glorifications are due to those lotus-feet. Whatever he says, should be our gospel. Let us make our entire life a living, practical and dynamic worship of this divine idol before us in the form of Sri Gurudev, so that we shall be able to fulfill the purpose of our existence, viz., the realisation of the inner nature of Sri Gurudev in this very life. If we, indescribably lucky disciples at the feet of this divinity, are fortunate to accomplish that, our lives will be doubly blessed. All praise, all glory to God. All praise, all glory to Gurudev Bhagawan, between whom and God there is no distinction. Bhagawan is Nirakara, Nirguna, Avyakta; Gurudev is Sakara, Saguna, Vyakta. Let us humbly offer our prayers at his divine feet that he may bless us; that in this very life we may try to work towards the fulfillment of our ideal that he is for us all.” – Swami Chidananda
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