Sivananda Day-to-day (546)

From: "Sivananda" <pannir@PROTECTED>
Subject: Sivananda Day-to-day (546)
Date: June 1st 2021

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


Sannyasa -- Rebirth into Love and Service
by Sri Swami Chidananda

The real meaning and the true glory of Sannyasa can be best understood by devoutly observing saints and men of God who are so many living embodiments of the highest and the best in Sannyasa. They personify Sannyasa in the truest sense of the term. And therefore to closely observe them, to carefully follow them and to humbly and earnestly emulate them is indeed the surest and the most effective way of living up to the high ideals of Tyaga and Sannyasa. Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj is verily the greatest exemplar of the true Sannyasa spirit. Every act of his is the illuminating revealer of the secrets of real renunciation and Sannyasa. As a fitting tribute to the memory of his great renunciation, we should all try to walk in the footsteps of this leader amongst Sannyasins. Gurudev is renunciation-incarnate. And by trying our humble best to embody in ourselves even partially a few aspects of his ideal life, we shall be fittingly observing this great occasion of his Sannyasa anniversary.

It is the duty of every aspiring seeker and earnest Sannyasin to try to take note without fail of two significant factors, namely, theoretical conception of Sannyasa as laid down in the authoritative scriptures and the practical living of Sannyasa as immortalised by the vital tradition of this great land. What does the true discerning Hindu take Sannyasa to be? We know that Sannyasa is the fourth order or stage in life (Ashrama). The individual entering this stage of life gets the Diksha through the Guru and performs Viraja Homa (sacrifice). It is this Viraja Homa that gives you the right clue and right answer as to what Sannyasa implies. The Viraja Homa throws a flood of light upon the true meaning of Sannyasa. Sannyasa means annihilation of the old, deluded egoistic consciousness. It means the burning up of all desires and attachments in the blazing fire of absolute renunciation. It means reducing to ashes the last vestige of physical consciousness. It is the emergence of a glorious new consciousness. "I am neither mind nor body, immortal Self am I" is the consciousness of a Sannyasin whose body, mind, senses, Pranas and the ego all have been offered up in the Viraja Homa flames. It is the supreme renunciation. Sannyasa therefore implies Sarvatyaga. Hence his daily vow becomes: "I renounce the pleasures of this world. I renounce the pleasures of the astral world. I renounce the pleasures of heaven."

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June 1st is the Anniversary of Sannyasa Diksha of His Holiness Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.

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Yours in the service of Gurudev,



Swami Sivananda, Our Loving Awakener
By Swami Chidananda

These are a number of talks and messages on Gurudev Swami Sivananda by Swami Chidananda. The first twelve were given during Gurudev’s lifetime and the following 13 after his Mahasamadhi.

They show Swami Chidananda’s exemplary, totally dedicated discipleship during 65 years and his untiring zeal and conviction of spreading his Master’s teachings and the message of Divine Life during his Presidency of 45 years. Whatever he elaborates on and propagates in his discourses, that Swamiji himself was the best example of.

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STICK TO TRUTH: Some lady devotees of the Master came to the Ashram and stayed for three or four days. One of them was planning to return home earlier than the others, as her school was due to open shortly. But the others wished to keep her with them for an extra day. They all went to the Master and put the case before him.

“Why do you want to keep her?”

They did not answer as they only wanted her with them to keep company.

“What is the purpose?” the Master asked again. “When I return I will mention that I was sick,” said the lady who had been requested to stay back.

“You should not utter lies,” observed the Master. “Then I will apply for one day’s casual leave.”

“Yes, that you can do,” the Master said.

“Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji became an embodiment of tapasya, austerity for us all. He lived a meagre life, wearing only a strip of cloth except in winter, but he is showering upon us this blessing that we are enjoying today. In what ways we are enjoying, let each one deeply contemplate.” – Swami Krishnananda

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