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Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Lest We Forget
by Sri Swami Krishnananda
The 8th of September, the sacred birthday of His Holiness Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, marks the occasion when seekers, disciples and devotees bring to their minds their relation to the Preceptor—the fact of a disciple having surrendered himself to the Guru, the necessity to attune oneself with the wishes and commands of the Master, and the imperative of rigorous sadhana on the path, according to the behests of the Guru. To the disciples, the day is the sacred moment when they worship God in human form, or sometimes even in forms other than human, and invoke Divine Grace to descend into their being. The adhyatma-marga, or the spiritual path, is the inner way of the introversion of the senses and the mind. A secret ‘strait gate' marks its beginning (hence the difficulty of treading it), and the aspirant free from heedlessness undertakes the arduous journey with the hope that the Light from the Above will illumine his way throughout. The Guru is the focusing medium for the spiritual splendour.
At intervals of time, a being from the higher regions finds its way to this planet of ours, bringing with him the power, majesty and glory of that far-distant region from whence he came. He knows the purpose of his visit, shares the life about him, and enters into their joys and sorrows. Such a one, it may be said with justice, was Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. Swamiji's sense of selfless action was so intense that he worked himself to fullness for the fulfilment of his noble, divine ambition, viz., to be a guide on the path in the distress and darkness of seekers, nay, to become the spiritual food by which humanity lives, and to render kind, benevolent acts and daily services with a willing heart and an open purse to strugglers known and unknown. Through the pages of his numerous books, Sri Swamiji's mission reveals that the secret of reflective action lies in the knowledge of the true Self and in the annihilation of the ego. He endeavoured to acquaint people with the knowledge of that full life which neither psychology nor philosophy can convey, as all knowledge is futile if the basics are not mastered, and transmute that knowledge into character. Sri Swamiji averred and exemplified that man only works well when he is working with the whole of himself. The universe is an indivisible whole; one cannot break it up, seize some part and call it his own without that part slipping from his grip and belonging to the universe undivided. He emphasised that our ineffectiveness and paltriness are due to the philosophy of fragmentation. We feel atomised because we have sadly lost our sense of belonging to the whole, of being conscious participants in the affairs and patterns of the universe. And, therefore, revising our entire outlook, let the whole become our unit of measure. This, said Swamiji, is a method of approach to a loftier expression of being.
We, as disciples of His Holiness Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, should follow the lofty examples that he has set before us in blending together the relative and the Absolute. The world and God blend in our own life. We do not reject anything. The specific nature of the sadhana and the philosophy as propounded by Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj is this: he neither rejects God nor the world. In his philosophy there is no rejection; it is only inclusion. He was one of those saints, sages and seers who had nothing to avoid, abandon or reject in this world; everything was to be absorbed, sublimated, transformed and redeemed. That was his philosophy, and sadhana is naturally a practice of this philosophy.
September 8th is the 135th Birthday Anniversary of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
Sri Swami Sivananda and His Mission
by Sri Swami Krishnananda
The Guru-disciple relationship is the most revered and intense of all relationships. During the years of concentrated study and training that a disciple undergoes under the guidance of his or her Guru, the highest Truth is imparted. Such was the relationship between Swami Krishnananda and his Guru, Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, at whose feet Swamiji spent nineteen years studying and serving.
Swami Krishnananda arrived in the Ashram in May 1944 and was loved and cared for like a dearest son by Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. Swamiji loved and worshipped Sri Gurudev as the Almighty walking on Earth in human form.
Though Swami Krishnananda gave individual talks about Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj on many occasions over the years, it was during Sadhana Week in 1985 that Swamiji gave a series of discourses entitled Sri Swami Sivananda and His Mission. With Swami Krishnananda’s usual holistic approach, the world circumstances that precipitated the incarnation of Sri Gurudev are discussed, followed by details of Gurudev’s early days in Rishikesh and the founding of The Divine Life Society.
May the blessings of both these great Masters, Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Worshipful Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj, be upon us always.
For more information, please see: Sri Swami Sivananda and His Mission
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