Category Archives: Spiritual Sadhana

Spiritual Practice and Worldly Attachments

Dear All,

Hari Om !

I was looking through the interesting website of the organization Spiritual Research Foundation, which covers all the scientific aspects of spirituality, chanting, meditation, japa, kirtan etc and also gives step-by-step instructions in spiritual practice, spiritual healing etc.

While browsing through, I came across this very interesting image on Spirituality and Worldly relations. One cannot practise spirituality and intend to scale the heights to reach the Divine, while still being in the clutches of many binding worldly attachments. All saints have been mocked at by this so called world and their families. But God will sever the worldly bindings so one can give himself/herself completely unto Him. The following figure illustrates this point. Hope you like it !!

Spiritual Practice and Worldly Attachments

Yours, In Service of the Lord and Gurudev,
Aparna & Hari

Two-Day Yoga Seminar in Milwaukee, WI

Dear All,

Hari Om !

There is going to be a two-day Yoga Seminar (September 27-28, 2008) at Hindu Temple of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. It is a second seminar of its kind, which offers Workshop & Training on Yoga and Holistic Health under the guidance of Professor Laxmankumar V.S, who has been in the field of Yoga since 1949, and who is the Founder Head of the Institute of Yoga Studies in Karnataka, India.

On both the days, the Seminar extends from morning 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM covering Yoga sessions (Asanas, Pranayama, Bandhas, Mudras) and some short Panel sessions where eminent doctors in respective fields of cardiology, Orthopedics etc speak on the beneficial effects of Yoga on management of imbalances like diabetes, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Neck & back problems etc.

Please try your best to attend this wonderful two-day seminar.

Details of the 2nd Yoga Seminar at Hindu Temple of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI:

DATE: September 27 – 28, 2008
TIME: 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM on both days
VENUE: Hindu Temple of Wisconsin Auditorium,
N4063 W243 Pewaukee Road, Pewaukee WI 53072
COST: Single $25.00, Couple $40.00 (both days)
(Lunch & Tea/Coffee included)
*Contribution goes to HTW & is Tax deductible
CONTACT: Dr. Nanda – pyethim@gmail.com
Dr. C. Munshi – c1s2n3@yahoo.com
HTW Office @ (262) 695 –1200

Yours, In Service of the Lord & Gurudev,
Aparna & Hari

Divine Ambrosia May 2008, Issue-2

Dear All,

Hari Om !

We are glad to bring out the second issue of Divine Ambosia for the month of May.

Please follow this link to view it and download it.

Divine Ambrosia, Issue-2, May 2008

If you would like it to be in more fancy layout, here it is, which is published in “ISSUU”

If you would like to contribute articles for publishing in this magazine, please send them to
DivineAmbrosia.ezine@gmail.com

We hope you enjoy this issue.

Thank you,

Yours In Service,
Aparna & Hari

“DIVINE AMBROSIA” – A Monthly Spiritual E-Magazine

Dear All,

Hari Om !

We got out the first issue of the Spiritual Monthly E-Magazine “Divine Ambrosia”. We hope to keep it as a monthly issue.

You can read it online here on Issuu, which provides good reading and zooming layout of the PDFs:

Or you can view on Saranaagathi website:
DIVINE AMBROSIA E-Magazine – April 2008.

Happy Ugadi to All of you !

Yours, In Service of the Lord and Gurudev,
Hari & Aparna

Maha Sivaratri and Puja of Lord Siva

Dear All,

Hari Om !

Jai Kailasavasa Sankara Bhagavan ki !

Download Rudrashtakam Audio here ! (In the Voice of Param Pujya Swami Tejomayananda, President of Chinmaya Mission).
Dowload Rudrashtakam Text here ! (Author: Goswami Tulasidas in RamacharitManas)

Lord Siva

Today is the holy occasion of Maha Sivaratri. Some people celebrated yesterday, March 5th and some people are celebrating today, March 6th, depending on calendar specifics.

Sivaratri is an auspicious occasion to please Lord Siva. He will be very pleased with Japa, Dhyana and Abhisheka today. Generally Upavas (fast) and Jaagaran (Night Vigil) are carried on today by devotees. Japa of Panchakshari mantra will benefit immensely. Those who are devotees of Lord Rama, should especially use this occasion to carry out Puja and Worship of Lord Siva and doing the Panchakshari Japa, as Rama is immensely pleased with this.

In Ramacharitmanas, Lord Rama tells the secret of having his devotion and darshan to the people of Ayodhya. “Those who want to develop devotion to me and have my darshan should worship Siva and do his service as there is no one who is dearer to me than Siva.” Also, our Gurudev Swami Sivananda ji Maharaj has specified that, any devotee of Rama, should engage himself in the worship of Lord Siva atleast for three months before engaging in worship of Rama. The worship of Lord Siva will remove all impurities and make our mind and hearts pure and clean.

The following can be done today according to the feasibility of the devotee:

1. Fast
2. Abhishek of Siva, with pure water, milk, honey, Ghee, Banana – Panchamruta Snanam
3. Decorate with flowers, Sandal paste and if available Bael leaves (Bilva or Maredu)
4. Offer Naivedyam and Arati
5. Recite Ligashtakam, Rudram, Purushasuktam, Rudrashtakam, Maha Mrutyunjaya Mantram
6. Engage in Kirtan of Lord Siva
7. Do Japa of Panchakshari or Mrutyunjaya Mantra
8. Perform Japa throughout night and do Japa with Dhyana of Lord Siva
9. Try praying only for Spiritual Upliftment, and not any material gains.
10. Offer all your worship and prayers unto Lord Siva.

Download Gurudev Swami Sivananda ji Maharaj’s article on Siva Yoga Sadhana .

Also, please hear the Audio of Siva Dhunis and simple kirtans by Gurudev Swami Chidananda ji Maharaj here.

Jai Bholenath Sankar Bhagavan ki !
Jai Viswanath Bhagavan ki !

Yours, In Service of the Lord and Gurudev,
Aparna Hari

The Three Things

Dear All,

Hari Om !

The Sivananda Daily Reading today is very inspiring and wonderful. Many times Gurudev have responded and answered our questions through the Daily Readings.

THE THREE THINGS by Swami Sivananda

Eat three things; wear three things; practise three things: Ahimsa, Satyam and Brahmacharya. Remember three things: death, afflictions of the world and God. Renounce three things: egoism, desire and attachment. Cultivate three things: humility, fearlessness and love. Eradicate three things: lust, anger and greed.

Friends! Here are some triads for your daily spiritual practices. Three things to love: desire for liberation, company of the wise and selfless service; three things to despise: miserliness, cruelty and petty-mindedness; three things to admire: generosity, courage and nobility; three things to respect: Guru, renunciation and discrimination. Three things to control: tongue, temper and tossing of mind.

Yours, In Service of the Lord and Gurudev,
Aparna Hari

Spiritual Sadhana on the coming Lunar Eclipse Day – Feb 20/21 , 2008

Dear All,

Hari Om !

This year in February, we already had one Annual Solar Eclipse on Feb 07, 2008 approximately lasting for an hour. Another Eclipse, Total Lunar Eclipse is going to occur on Feb 20, 2008 in US and Feb 21, 2008 in India.

Eclipse is an auspicious time for spiritual seekers. It is not just auspicious, but it is exceedingly rewarding. Gurudev Swami Sivananda ji Maharaj has specified in his “Japa Yoga” book, that few malas of Japa done during Eclipse time with concentration, devotion and faith (or any sadhana for that matter), will be more than hundred times powerful. For Spiritual upliftment, overcoming the inner enemies of various negative tendencies that are obstructing our progress, this is God-given opportunity for us to appease Him more. If He is appeased, then the whole word is !!

If One Eclipse is not used, we have missed one golden opportunity in our spiritual life. Let us keep this in mind, and with all renewed enthusiasm plunge into whatever sadhana we are doing with more vigor on this eclipse day.

Few Points:
1. In Central Standard Time, Eclipse begins at 7:43 pm and ends at 11:09 pm on Feb 20, 2008. Refer to the map here:

2. For all other times in USA, refer to here:

Generally, it is not that the effect of sadhana during eclipse is possible only when it is visible to us. I don’t have any arguments to say no, but I personally think that we should look ourselves as tiny points and this earth as a small ball. Then there is no question of being visible or not. We will Definitely be influenced by the Eclipse even if it is not visible to us.

Yours, In Service of the Lord, and Gurudev,
Aparna Hari

Song of Eighteen ‘Ities’ – by Gurudev Swami Sivananda

Dear All,

Hari Om !

I love Gurudev Swami Sivananda’s English songs very much, because they are so apt, very unique, natural and fit for our modern times. And when Swamiji himself sings, the effect is wonderful and thrilling. With his child-like voice and God-realized spiritual power, he “roars like a lion of vedanta”.

Here, I am posting the Song of Eighteen ‘Ities’ written by Swami Sivananda ji Maharaj. Also, at the end, there is an audio link in his voice.

Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram Om
Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram

Serenity, regularity, absence of vanity,
Sincerity, simplicity, veracity,
Equanimity, fixity, non-irritability,
Adaptability, humility, tenacity,
Integrity, nobility, magnanimity,
Charity, generosity, purity.
Practice daily these eighteen ‘ities’,
You will soon attain immortality.
Brahman is the only real entity,
Mr. So and so is a false non-entity.
You will abide in eternity and infinity;
You will behold unity in diversity;
You cannot attain this in the university.
By the grace of Guru, you can attain immortality.

Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram Om
Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram.

Click here to download the Audio of the “Song of Eighteen ‘Ities'” It requires Real Audio Player.

Yours,
In Service of the Lord and Gurudev,
Aparna Hari

Three Useful Meditation Tips from Atmajyoti Ashram

This is a wonderful little post about Three important and useful Meditation Tips from Atmajyoti Ashram. Link is provided here:

Post on Meditation Tips from Atmajyoti Ashram

In this context, Swami Sivananda has said the following:
“Let your Sadhana be Systemetic, Scientific, Regular, Without Fail, With Love, With Sincerity.”

Let us all try to be sincere in our sadhana and stick to it !

 

Radiate Positive Energy into Our Cosmos !

Dear All,

Hari Om!

Yesterday I was listening to Bhagavad Gita discourse (Chapter-3) by Swami Tattvavidananda ji, and I was struck with one concept that he elaborated on “Yajna”.

The cosmic energy of the Lord is in us like the electric energy in the tubelight inside the house. This is called Vyashti, or Individual Consciousness or Individual Energy. The cosmic energy which is surrounding us is like the electric energy outside the house in form of various countless tubelights. This collective energy is called Samishti, or Cosmic Consciousness or Cosmic Energy.

It is very important to understand the relation between these two – Individual and Cosmic Energies, or Vyashti and Samishti. We, or any beings, are born out of one form of Samishti, called Food. Food, which is the collective energy of nature, earth, air, fire forms one representation of Samishti or the Cosmic Energy.

Through father, the Food gets transformed into the Ojas energy or semen energy, which when united with mother, produces offspring. So, we are born from the Samishti Energy. Our body and life are nurtured and sustained through this Samishti Energy.

The Universal Law which upholds the totality of creation is: “The Individual Energy or Vyashti is to be poured into Cosmic Energy or Samishti, and thereby Samishti inturn nurtures our Individual Energy.”

This pouring out of the Individual Energy with love and selflessness is called “Yajna”.

It is very very important to apply this Universal Principle in our daily life. As human beings, we are taking a lot from Cosmic Energy in the form of air, water, earth, food, and all positive energy that nurtures us physically and mentally. It becomes our utmost responsibility to inturn contribute selflessly our Vyashti Energy or Individual Energy to the Cosmic, so it can be more positive, and more strenghtened.

We need to radiate our Positive Vyashti Energy – Hope, Optimism, Cheerfulness, Selflessness, Fearlessness, Love, Tolerance, Forbearance, Humility and all other positive energies – which make Samishti Strong, and by which other beings also benefit.

Depression, Anxiety, Pessimism, Selfishness, Hatred, Anger, Jealousy, Contempt, Inferiority and Superiority Complexes, Greed, Lust and many other qualities are Negative Vyashti (Individual) Energies, which will harm the balance of Cosmic (Samishti) Energy. This upset in balance will finally effect us, as well as other beings, as we all derive the energy from Cosmic Energy.

Let us all try to implement this Universal Principle in our day-to-day life, each moment, applying consciously, that we need to radiate our Positive Individual Energy into our Cosmos, so we along with all other beings can be benefitted by it. Let us radiate our Strengths and Our Divine Virtues of Hope, Optimism and the like, and NOT our negative energies like depression, worry, obsession and anxiety.

Let us all sincerely try to make our life divine through heeding to this Universal Law !!

Yours, in Service of Lord and Gurudev,
Aparna Hari