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News – Jul 3, 2010

Om Namah Sivaya – sadar pranams

Hope all of you are well.

All goes well with me in the Arsha vidya Gurukulam ( www.arshavidya.in ) where the Bhagavad Gita course given by Poojya Swami Dayanandaji has entered in its 3rd and last month. The course is wonderful. Next month they start a 3 year residential course on Vedanta.

So far not much is happening regarding the new ashram – Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham – set up. There are people looking for a proper place for the ashram.

I am looking into a little travelling which I want to do to the West. In Aug – Oct, I wish to tour in Europe, UK, USA and Canada. I am corresponding with known people about a worthwhile programs in these places. There is an invitation to visit Brazil also.

Once I come out of the course I am attending, on Jul 15th, the things will get in shape and the travel programme will be more clear.

Please see this blog on the 3rd or 4th week of this month for a more concrete travel details and for the update on ashram set up.

Thank you very much for all your support and wishes.

Om

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Swamiji enjoying life @ Swami Dayananda Ashram

om namah sivaya

Hope you are all well and WOOOONDERFUUUULL !!!

I am doing fine in the Swami Dayananda Ashram in Tamil Nadu (http://arshavidya.org)

The Bhagavad Gita course is wonderful.

The course is very good taught by one of the great masters on the subject.

All goes well.

The new ashram to be established is named as: Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham.
 Not sure where it will be yet. We have the web site coming up – sivanandapeetham.org 
(Peetham = seat , Vidya = knowledge)

All things will be clear and well defined only after this course which I am undergoing.

Om Om Om to all the dear Yogis

Please keep in touch

Om

Sivananda Gurugram: November 2009

 
OM NAMAH SIVAYA

This month:
-          a new centre opens in Lithuania
-          Swami Sivananda explains the benefit of pilgrammage
-          PURVOTTANASANA – Upward Plank Pose
-          Understanding Jalasamadhi
-          How to make wheat free crepes

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SPIRITUAL CALENDAR
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NOVEMBER 2009

02 - Full Moon
09 - Swamiji's Mahasamadhi
11 - Swamiji's Jalasamadhi
12 - Ekadasi
16 - New Moon
28 - Ekadasi

You cannot realize the Infinite by mere metaphysical speculation.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
 
Html formatted version of this guru-gram available at
http://www.sivananda.org/gurugram

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THOUGHT OF THE MONTH
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Love all, because all are the manifestations of the One Self.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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NEWS
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Blessed Self, Om Namah Sivaya,
In the spirit of expansion of the Sivananda Organization, the 4th of October 2009 saw the opening of the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Eastern Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania. On the most full moon of the year the new Sivananda Centre attracted over 250 people for an Open House day. Yoga Acharyas Swami Durgananda and Swami Atmaramananda blessed the Centre with uplifting talks on Swami Vishnudevananda, sharing their love and enthusiasm with all. The organization is very blessed to be instruments of the Masters, for bringing the 
teachings to this new part of the world.

In His Service,
Swami Durgananada, Swami Atmaramananda, Bhima 


The Atman neither dies, nor is born, nor has any modifications.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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SIVANANDA YOGA FAQ ~~~ Frequently Asked Questions
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Q 1: Does the mental equilibrium of an advanced Yogi get affected when attacked by some serious disease? How does he/she react on such occasions?

A: Never. If there is any thought of the body or the disease or the bodily affliction or something that cannot be tolerated by the fleshy frame, remember that he is no advanced Yogi or saint or Sannyasin. He who has no thought of himself or the surroundings or the world, he who is centered in his own Self or his beloved Ishta Devata or gracious Guru, and he who is entirely oblivious of limitations of any sort, and identifies himself with the limitless, disease-less, unconditioned, all-pervasive Brahman, is a true and advanced Yogi or Bhakta or Jnani; and not otherwise. He can have no match in the whole world in the matter of utter indifference either towards his disease or towards his limited, perishable body or the whole world. He always remains in his own Self and he never loses his balance under any circumstance. He firmly believes that he is the Infinite, the Absolute Brahman. He firmly believes that death awaits all and snatches away everyone at one time or the other and that the six Urmis Shoka, Moha, Kshut, Pipasa, Jara and Mrityu-- are but common to all the Jivas, 
not necessarily mankind, and that he is the deathless, imperishable and eternal Brahman. Hence there can be no mental upset for him even amidst crucial tests.


Q 2: How are people benefited by a pilgrimage?

A: This question has to be answered by each pilgrim for himself. The spiritual benefit always depends entirely upon the heart's faith. Faith is the life-breath of the spirit in man. No spiritual endeavour can be fruitful without it. With it, no spiritual achievement is impossible. If a pilgrim heartily believed, was convinced, and was certain-at-heart that all his sins would be washed away, that he would attain Moksha and get beyond the wheel of Samsara, there is absolutely 
no reason why it should not actually prove to be so. A pilgrimage like Badri-Yatra can wash off all your sins and enable you to take great strides towards the Great Goal-- Self-realization--if you have firm faith in its glory. But, remember, the test of this faith is what you are after you return from the pilgrimage; if, after the pilgrimage, you prove that you have been thoroughly 
purged of all your sins, that all the evil Samskaras have been washed away by the holy waters of the rivers you have bathed in, and that you have been filled with the spiritual vibrations of the sublime atmosphere you have sojourned in, and if you live a pure life of righteousness, devotion, truth, love and purity, you have certainly been liberated. The pilgrimage has served its supreme purpose. Some pilgrims do rise to such spiritual heights, though their number may be small, and though they may not advertise their achievements.


Banish all barriers/boundaries from your mind. Barriers and boundaries are illusory products of Avidya/Ignorance. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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HATHA YOGA TIP
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PURVOTTANASANA – Upward Plank Pose

Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose) with your hands several inches behind your hips and your fingers pointing forward. Bend your knees and place your feet on the floor, big toes turned inward, heels at least a foot away from your buttocks. Exhale, press your inner feet and hands down against the floor, and lift your hips until you come into a reverse tabletop position, torso and thighs approximately parallel to the floor, shins and arms approximately perpendicular. 
Without losing the height of your hips, straighten your legs one at a time. Lift your hips still higher without hardening your buttocks. Press your shoulder blades against your back torso to support the lift of your chest. Without compressing the back of your neck, slowly drop your head back. Hold for 30 seconds. Sit back down in Dandasana with an exhale.

Benefits:

* Strengthens the arms, wrists and legs
* Stretches the shoulders, chest, and front ankles
* Relieves fatigue

Moksha is in the heart of every human - free from hatred, lust, egoism, greed and desires.
- Sri Swami Sivananda
 
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YOGA SANSKRIT GLOSSARY
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JALA SAMADHI – The ceremony of merging a body with sacred water. Swami Vishnu-devananda attained Mahasamadhi on November 9, 1993. His body was then placed into the Ganges at the Sivananda Kutir, and the rite named jalasamadhi was performed, merging the abandoned body with the water.

Knowledge reveals itself. It is not taught. It embraces everything in its fold. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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RAJA YOGA
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From Chapter II: "Sadhana Pada - On Spiritual Disciplines"
II.14. TE HLADA-PARITAPA-PHALAHPUNYAPUNYA-HETUTVAT

'They have pleasure or pain as their fruit, according to whether their cause is virtue or vice'.

Commentary:
Understanding this, the yogi strives to do only good actions and to accept peacefully the ill that comes his way so that all his seeds of Karma are burned and no new ones are known.


The love you bear to anything is an aspect of the love that you bear to Brahman. Things are dear, because the Self is mirrored in them. - Sri Swami Sivananda

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VEGETARIAN CUISINE - from 'The Yoga Cook Book'
– a collection of recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Centres
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WHEAT-FREE CREPES – For breakfast or a snack these light crispy crepes are so 
good that they can be served plain or with maple syrup. For a festive breakfast, 
serve them with Baked Bananas. They can also be filled with either a sweet or 
savoury filling, folded and topped with syrup or sauce. 
Serves 4 -6

Ingredients:

100g (4oz) soy flour
225 g (8oz) rice flour
3 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
350ml (12fl oz) water
1-2 tsp honey
4 tbsp oil
oil for frying
maple syrup or raisin sauce to serve

Preparation:

1. Combine the soy flour, rice flour, baking powder and salt
2. Add the water a little at a time, stirring so that the mixture is smooth
3. Gradually beat in the honey and the oil – the mixture should be quite runny
4. Heat a heavy frying pan over high heat, reduce to medium heat and brush with oil.
5. Add a ladleful of the mixture to the pan and flatten out thinly with the back of the spoon
6. Fry until the centre bubbles, turn it over and cook until golden brown
7. Repeat with the remaining mixture to make 10-12 crepes
8. Serve hot, with syrup or sauce


Equip yourself with these ingredients. The four means of salvation: Viveka (discrimination between the real and the unreal); Vairagya (dispassion); Shad Sampat (six-fold virtues) and Mumukshutva (eagerness for liberation). Then add Hearing, Reflecting and Meditation. Then alone you can have an integral experience, Self-realization. - Sri Swami Sivananda

TTC March 2009, Madurai

We are very happy to display the graduates of the TTC this March/April 2009. A late addition to the ashram calendar, our eighth so far at Madurai, had more than it’s fair share of auspiciousness, those that found their way here started the course very much with Gurudev’s blessings and a group trip to the birthplace of Swami Sivananda.

In one week we had the good fortune to enjoy a Mrityunjaya Homa, an eggciting easter egg hunt around the ashram and climaxing in Vishu, local New Year celebration, where all the residents were woken individually at dawn and led blindfolded to the temple for their first sight of the New Year to be one of divinity, auspiciousness, beauty and abundance.

We were very blessed to share the ashram with these Yogis. A small group, we got the opportunity to share some great experience and learn more from them than they can imagine.

ATTC Feb 2009

The first ever ATTC with all the 92 students passing the course concluded successfully. The graduation ceremony was preceded by a Gurupuja performed by the priests and the students. Running every two years, the next ATTC will be jan/feb 2011.

During the week there was a Devi puja which was liked by all. Ananda lead a group of 25 students and staff to a 2 day trip to Rameswaram and Dhanushkoti after the ATTC.

A yoga vacation programme with 10 people started immediately on Mar 8th. The registration for the next TTC starting on Mar 22 is going on well.

The main teachers and many staff especially came for the ATTC assisting left the ashram immediately. Swami Tatwarupananda went back to his ashram in Trivandrum . Swami Govindananda and Prahlada left for Neyyar Dam for the India director’s meeting. Swami Gayatriananda went back to Neyyar Dam. Dr Padma ( now Swami Padmapadananda ) was initiated into sannyasa deeksha by Swami Mahadevanandaji on Sivaratri day. Satyadev left for Uttar Kashi to continue as staff there. Sita, Ambika , Panchavarnam , Durairaj, Surendran , Indiradevi , Br. Sajith, Annapurna and Zdenik Hanus left as staff. Satya went to Srilanka to to renew her Indian visa to come back to ashram for another year as staff. Jyoti came back to the ashram after getting a new Indian visa from Srilanka. Sridevi ( Wei-Chi – Taiwan ) joined as staff after her ATTC. Mani Chaitanya and Vijay from the Delhi centres graced the graduation ceremony in the ashram on their way to Neyyar Dam for the Indiadirector’s meeting.

We are very grateful to all the staff who left after helping the ashram wholeheartedly during this busy season. May Gurudev’s Blessings guide them always.

Staff : Swami Govindananda, Swami Padmapadananda, Ananda , Chiman Chang, Satya ( Srilanka ), Nirmala, Narayani, Mahendra Kumar, Yogiswar , Sara O Connel, Jyoti , Brahmaswaroop, Karuna Kumar, Mahalakshmi, Sridevi, Tara, Lakshmi, Deepakdas, Iswara , Anjani , Veena, Sridevi.

Yoga Course Information Nov 2008 onwards

Yoga Info for non resident Indians and non Indians only:
Yoga Vacation daily donations applicable – Temporary dorm Rs 500 per day / Rs 7000 per 2 weeks; Permanent dorm Rs 600 day / Rs 8500 per 2 weeks

Nov 2008 onwards Yoga vacation program is not held during TTC, ATTC or SI

A guest who is new to Sivananda Yoga system should stay for the whole 2 weeks – others who had undergone YV, TTC, ATTC or SI , in any of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres will be allowed to stay any number of days with minimum as 3 days.

The program for 2009 / 10 in the Madurai ashram is as follows:
Jan 4 – 19, 09: Sadhana Intensive (SI) – only for TTC graduates(For non resident Indians and non Indians – SI donation: US $ 740 in temporary dorm/US $ 660 in permanent dorm)

Jan 20 – Feb 2, 09: Yoga vacations ( YV ) – 2 weeks duration.( For non resident Indians and non Indians – YV donation for 2 weeks – : Rs 7000 in temporary dorm/Rs 8500 in permanent dorm)

Feb 8 – Mar 8, 09: Yoga Advanced TTC (ATTC). ( For non resident Indians and non Indians – ATTC donation: US $ 1800 in temporary dorm/US $ 2000 in permanent dorm)

Mar 15 – Apr 12, 09: Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC). (For non resident Indians and non Indians – TTC donation: US $ 1800 in temporary dorm/US $ 2000 in permanent dorm)

Apr 16 – 29, 09: our 14 day Yoga Vacation programme resumes (For non resident Indians and non Indians – YV donation for 2 weeks – : Rs 8500 permanent dorm is only available)

May 09 onwards 1st to 14th & 16th to 29th of every month: Yoga Vacation programme (For non resident Indians and non Indians – YV donation for 2 weeks – : Rs 8500 – permanent dorm only is available )

Nov 8 – Nov 22, 2009 – TTC refresher course

Nov 29 – Dec 27, 09 – Teacher Training Course

Jan 3 – 18, 2010 – Sadhana intensive

Jan 24 – Feb 21, 2010 – Teacher Training Course for Indian residents

please email: madurai@sivananda.org or call if you have any further questions, or need any assistance from us, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Telephone:+91 452 291 2950 +91-(0)9442190661 +91-9344677965

Swami Sivananda Pocket Spiritual Gems 7: The Yogi Sees Equality

Sarva bhutasthamatmanam

Sarva bhutani cha atmani,

Ikshate yoga-yuktatma

Sarvatra samadarsanah.

With the mind harmonized by Yoga, he see the Self abiding in all beings and all beings in the Self; he sees the same everywhere.