Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
A Unique Message of Gurudev Swami Sivananda
by Sri Swami Chidananda
What has Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj specially done to the world which the great saints and sages like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Ramatirtha, Sankaracharya, Ramanuja, Vallabha and others did not do? Gurudev has brought the message of all these people. What Jesus said and Buddha and Mohammed said—the quintessence of these teachings has been given to us by Sri Gurudev. Gurudev has given us the essence of all the messages contained in the Upanishads, the Gita and other holy scriptures.
What is the uniqueness of Sri Gurudev? Has he done something distinctive? Every person is unique. Just because you have been eating rice, Chapati, Dal and vegetables all your life, if today these things come to you, will you say, “What is unique in this? I am eating them daily. I don’t want them.” You will not say that; because today’s food is unique for today. It is the need of the hour; all that you have eaten for so many years will not appease your hunger today. Today’s meal is unique for you. Similarly, from this angle in the context of each period and generation, in each century, the work of a saint, a sage or a messenger of God who comes in that particular framework of time, is of most important significance to that particular time.
If you go into deeper analysis, you will find that it is exactly the prime need of the hour. So from that point of view Gurudev’s teaching was unique. Its value cannot be estimated at all. It is invaluable. In the context of what was going on in India and outside India, Sri Gurudev appeared to once again revive the fast fading loyalty or allegiance of Indian people to their own culture. The people then were under the impact of a flood of alien ideas and ideals. At that time Gurudev put before them the great value and the precious importance of the eternal ideal and goal. He proved that the spiritual ideal can never become old. It is ever new. And it will continue to be new even in the future; because it is eternal. Gurudev thus showed people the right path and then woke them up to their error. He said, “Don’t commit the error of getting fascinated by wrong ideals. Don’t commit the error of casting away diamonds for a piece of glass. A diamond is always a diamond even for thousands of years. Glass can never take its place.” Gurudev also put them into the pride of their religion; he put into them a desire to propagate it. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge was something very dear to Gurudev.
July 22nd is the 59th Punyatithi Aradhana of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj (anniversary of the physical passing of a saint).
The following article has been posted at Sri Swami Krishnanandaji's site:
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
Swami Sivananda, Our Loving Awakener
By Swami Chidananda
This is a collection of twenty-five discourses and messages about the great-Guru Swami Sivananda by his great Sishya Swami Chidananda for the benefit of all disciples, devotees and seekers of Truth. 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.
We are sure that all who read this book will be inspired to follow more ardently in Gurudev’s and Swami Chidananda’s footsteps and lead the Divine Life to the best of their abilities.
For more information, please see: Swami Sivananda, Our Loving Awakener
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ES301 Karmas and Diseases by Swami Sivananda
ES60 Health & Diet by Swami Sivananda
HS24 Brahmacharya Sadhana (in Hindi) by Swami Sivananda
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THE ORANGE ROBE: A party of three gentlemen came for the Master’s Darshan while he was in the office.
“There appears to be too much Rajas here, is it not?” the Master enquired, pointing to the inmates at work.
One of the gentlemen immediately said, “Unless you work how can others get salvation? Swamiji, you have crossed the ocean of worldliness and now you work only for the sake of others.”
“The orange robe does not debar a man from working,” the Master added.
“I was 22 at that time. I came to see Swami Sivananda without knowing much about him at that time, but within a few days I found out that he is a real person – magnificent, very encouraging, accommodating, large-hearted, who would tolerate anything. That is a very great thing; to tolerate anything is very difficult. He would do that. He would say, “Even if a person makes a mistake, he is on the way. You rectify him, that's all.” When a person makes a mistake, he will say, “He is on the way. Train him. He is all right. Don't reject him.” So I found a great person. Whatever we are today, whatever value anyone can see in us, is due to a personal contact with him.” – Swami Krishnananda
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