Category Archives: Spiritual Sadhana

Three Useful Meditation Tips from Atmajyoti Ashram

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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

OM Yoga Meditation of Atma Jyoti Ashram

Dear All,

Hari Om !

Atma Jyoti Ashram is founded by Pujya Swami Nirmalananda Giri. Recently this ashram has moved to New Mexico. Swamiji and other monks in the Ashram maintain a wonderful spiritual website, http://www.atmajyoti.org/ . It is very informative with so many inspiring lectures from many saints, specially including Gurudev Sivananda ji Maharaj’s articles. They also have a blog that you can reach at http://blog.atmajyoti.org/.

It is a very nice website to visit, and you can subscribe to their email newsletter also.

Yesterday I got to read the e-book of OM Yoga Meditation Technique by Swami Nirmalananda Giri Maharaj. It is very nice, concise, motivating, and very helpful. Some of the techniques of meditation and some of the problems faced by sadhakas in meditation are well pointed out. It will make a wonderful read.

Please Click to Download the E-Book on Yoga Meditation.

Alternatively, you can download from DOWNLOADS Section too !

Yours, In Service of Lord and Gurudev,
Aparna Hari

6 Most inspiring verses in the voice of Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj

We came across the introduction given by Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj to the cassette “Hari Bol” and instantly fell in love with it. On the holy occasion of Swamiji Maharaj’s birthday, we are uploading a portion of this introductory talk comprising of 6 verses of invocation. 

These 6 verses are by themselves so sublime, powerful and inspiring. Originating from the lips of Worshipful Swamiji Maharaj they acquire an even more inspiring and compelling stature. The urgency, importance and the best means of spiritual sadhana in the present age is conveyed by Swamiji Maharaj in a most melodious and impactful manner in this 1 min 30 seconds clip.

Listen to the audio clip here

Poll Update for Divine Life Society branch in Milwaukee

Dear All,

Hari Om !

This is an update of the poll we have created some time back on setting up a Divine Life Society branch in Milwaukee. A big Thank you to those who have responded. We have got only 2 responses. Including us, this will make 5 members. We do not lose heart while pursuing Sadhana. In the words of Gurudev Swami Sivananda ji, “Nil Desperadum”. Gurudev also said, “You can conduct satsangs and start a DLS branch even if there are 3 members.” So, accordingly, we want to proceed and chalk out a program for Weekly on Once-in-Two-Weeks Satsang programme. According to the convenience of others, it can be on either Saturday or Sunday. We are planning to reflect DLS Rishikesh Ashram’s satsang schedule in our satsang here.

We have the Email ID one one votary. For the other person, please send us your email ID, so we can contact you.

Thank you again, and if you have any suggestions, please let us know.

Yours,
In Service of the Lord,
Aparna Hari

Upcoming Satsang events in and around Milwaukee

August : 10 (Firday) – 12 (Sunday)

Ganges retreat with Swami Baneshananda on “Modern Mind and VivekaChudamani” at Ganges, Michigan. Download the schedule here

August : 9 (Thursday) – 12 (Sunday)

Discourse and Dhyana by Swami Sudhanshu ji Maharaj at Illinois. Download the schedule here

August : 12 (Sunday) – August 18 (Saturday)

Satsang with Didji at Madison, WI, USA. It is 1 hr Drive from Milwaukee. Download the schedule here.

August : 19 (Sunday) – August 26 (Saturday)

Satsang with Didiji (Siddhesvari Devi ji) at Hindu Temple of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA. Download the schedule here.

August : 25 (Friday)

Two additional Satsangs with Didi ji are organized on August 25 near Milwaukee in WI, USA.
Download the Schedule-1 here.
Download the Schedule-2 here.

Yours,
In Service of the Lord,
Aparna Hari

Universal Prayer of Gurudev Swami Sivananda

UNIVERSAL PRAYER

O Adorable Lord of Mercy and Love !
Salutations and Prostrations Unto Thee !
Thou Art Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient !
Thou Art Sat-Chit-Ananda (Existence-Knowledge-Bliss) !
Thou Art the Indweller of All Beings !

Grant us an understanding heart,
Equal vision, balanced mind,
Faith, Devotion and Wisdom !
Grant us Inner Spiritual strength,
To resist temptations and to control the mind !
Free us from egoism, lust, greed, anger, jealousy and hatred !
Fill our hearts with Divine Virtues !

Let us behold Thee in all these names and forms !
Let us serve Thee in all these names and forms !
Let us ever remember Thee !
Let us ever sing Thy glories !
Let Thy Name be ever on our lips !
Let us Abide in Thee forever and ever !

– Swami Sivananda