Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
The Silent Teaching
by Sri Swami Chidananda
Persons of high eminence, Presidents of India, Deputy Premier of the U.S.S.R. and many others visited the Ashram. The Ashram is on the highway leading to the holiest places of pilgrimage in the Uttarakhanda —Triyugi Narayana, Kedarnath, Tunganath, Hemkund, Badrinath.
Let us try to understand that large-hearted person who as it were, at one stroke showered unutterable good fortune on all the seekers. Gurudev was a person on whom honour, homage, tribute, high praise, veneration, respect, etc., were no burden. They were showered on him without affecting his inner simplicity, serenity and humility. They rested lightly on his personality. He did not like to sit on heavy cushion seat. He would say. "This sort of special seat pricks me. Take it away." So, if we had put a special seat for him, the first thing that he would do before sitting was to remove it. He would remove it and then only sit.
He had not the habit of delivering lectures or making us sit in front of him and do teaching. No class, no lesson, no personal instructions, no oratory. On three or four occasions, at the supplication of his disciples, he did speak. When he spoke, he thundered, he minced no matters, he was forthright and came down heavily, and at the same time he was most inspiring. He swept us off our feet and uplifted us to sublime heights. What were those occasions? They were (i) Guru Purnima (ii) Birthday anniversary on September 8th (iii) New Year eve, that is December 31st, — he sometimes spoke at midnight.
He gave a written message on every special occasion almost every month. It started with Makara Sankranti message on January 14th, Mahasivaratri in February, Vasant Panchami in March, Rama Navami in April. Also on Hanuman Jayanti, Buddha Purnima, Janmashtami, Durga Puja. But he confined to only three occasions for speaking. Sometimes, he spoke on two other occasions also. The two Sadhana weeks. But that was left to his sweet will. There were two Sadhana weeks during Easter and Christmas holidays. But the schedules of the Sadhana weeks never mentioned any item like ‘Talk by Gurudev.’ In those days, the early morning prayer-meditation session was at 4.00 a.m. People were up by 3.00 or 3.30 a.m. and after bath/wash, etc., they would be present in the Bhajan Hall before 4.00 a.m. It was all dark outside as well as inside the Bhajan Hall. There was no electricity in those days. There was Akhanda Kirtan of Maha Mantra, so there was like in ancient Greece and Rome an Akhanda Jyoti, a little cotton-wick flame in a small earthen dish. That flame was always there, day and night, in one corner. Except that the rest of the Hall was in complete darkness. The morning prayers started with Jai Ganesh Kirtan, Guru Stotras, Shantipath and all that. Swami Narayanananda, Swami Poornabodhendra, Swami Saswatanandaji Maharaj, Swami Nijabodhananda (who settled in Varanasi later and passed away on 3rd August 1987), they were in-charge of all that just as our Swami Devanandaji is now. Then there was Nama-Sankirtan, reading, etc.
September 8th is the 134th Birthday Anniversary of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
The Mighty Godman of Our Age
By Swami Krishnananda
This book is a compilation of eighteen discourses on Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj that Swami Krishnananda gave over the years. Swamiji discusses the circumstances that necessitated the incarnation of Sri Gurudev on Earth at that period in history and the spiritual renaissance that arose at the beginning of the twentieth century. Swamiji also talks about Gurudev’s early days in Rishikesh and his austere tapas, various aspects of Gurudev’s nature, his mission in the world, and the founding and purpose of The Divide Life Society.
When Swami Krishnananda speaks about Sri Gurudev, it is from direct experience as a disciple who lived closely with the holy Master for decades, and along with this personal viewpoint Swamiji brings everything to Universality in a totality of vision.
For more information, please see: The Mighty Godman of Our Age
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"The glorious culture of Bharatavarsha has taught us to deify everything. The Srutis repeatedly proclaim this eternal truth: ‘Isavasyam idam sarvam!’ -- ‘Sarvam khalvidam Brahma!’ This is the glorious discovery of our ancients, this unique conception of seeing God in everything, in the speck of dust, in the insect, in the sky, in everything. We particularly adore anything wherein Divinity is especially manifest, wherein there is an exceptionally dense manifestation of any aspect of Divinity. The Vibhuti Yoga of Lord Krishna enumerates these manifestations in detail. The Lord is also manifest in an exceptionally dense form in the Guru, in the Spiritual Preceptor who enlightens the disciple. That is why we are asked to worship the Guru as visible God. In Swami Sivananda, we have a universal Guru, a person who deserves to be worshipped by the entire universe.". – Swami Chidananda
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