Category Archives: Swami Sivananda

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

Poll Update for Divine Life Society branch, Milwaukee

Dear All,

Hari Om !

This is an update on the poll that we have conducted on setting up a Divine Life Society branch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

We have received 8 votes so far.

The Poll site that we have selected unfortunately does not have a feature of letting the voters enter their contact information.

Hence, we have created this Fillable PDF form, in which you can enter your contact information in the PDF file itself by typing and email to us. We are planning to start DLS branch and its satsang activities from January, 2008.

Download Here the Fillable PDF form for Divine Life Society Branch, Milwaukee.

Please take a moment to fill this form and send to us. We really appreciate it.

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

Radha’s Prem – A Drama by Gurudev Swami Sivananda

Dear All,

Hari Om !
Jaya Radhe !

Radha’s Prem is a drama written by Gurudev Swami Sivananda ji Maharaj to teach us the sublime feeling of love and devotion of Radha Rani towards Lord Krishna. Gurudev Sivananda is an excellent story-teller and drama writer. He is unconventional and unique in the sense that he caters to the student’s interest – may be in art, literature, theatre – and uses these means to induce and develop love and devotion towards Lord in the heart.

This drama is a wonderful teaching for all of us about important concepts of devotion and love, taught in very simple and endearing terms. I have read the whole drama and really fell in love with it. Radha Rani is the supreme personification of love and devotion. Her grace is needed for us to develop love for her and her lord.

This drama is so conveniently written that it can be easily enacted for any good occasion, and thereby learning for ourseleves the sublimeness of love at God’s feet.

I have uploaded Radha’s Prem in the Downloads section. You can download it from there, or alternatively you can download Radha’s Prem here. Be highly benefitted by Gurudev’s grace and Radha Rani’s grace.

Jaya Radhe !

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

Nama Aparadha or Offences against Lord’s Name

Dear all,

Hari Om!

We came across the term “Nama-Aparadha” explicitly during the Labor-Day retreat with Didiji at Milwaukee, USA. Didiji recited some couplets written down by Jagadguru Kripalu ji Maharaj about Nama-Aparadha. Due to the time constraint we could not ask much about this to Didiji.

After returning from the retreat, we looked up to the Bhakti Yoga book by Gurudev Swami Sivananda ji Maharaj, and there Swamiji has clearly penned down what “Nama Aparadhas” constitute and how these become obstacles in the practise of Bhakti or Devotion.

“Nama-Aparadha” is the mistake or wrong committed when taking the name of lord during our japa sadhana. After reading the namaparadhas, we started realising how the mind, without our knowledge of the thought itself, is committing so many nama-aparadhas. If we are not progressing in Japa Sadhana as we should, then mostly we are stuck or caught at this point where were are involuntarily / voluntarily engaged in committing sins or mistakes against the Divine Name.

Realising that our mind is committing nama-aparadhas, we can actively disengage it from such grave mistakes and progress upward in Sadhana. It has helped me immensely and I hope it helps you too.

I am pasting here, what Gurudev Swami Sivananda ji Maharaj has written in his book, “Bhakti Yoga”:

“It is true that utterance of Divine Name can absolve us from all sins and enable us to attain salvation or love of God (both of which are so difficult to get) but that is possible only when the Name is uttered with faith and reverence and the practice is free from all taints of sin against the Name viz., the following ten offences:

1. Vilification of saints and devotees.
When a Saint or a devotee is vilified by somebody other than you, it is not good to sit there and listen. Move away from such a company. Let not our minds do jugglery and compare the saints, saying this saint is greater than that saint etc. Saints are the embodiments of God. (by Aparna Hari)

2. Differentiation among (Divine) Names.
We often do this. With all our ignorance (but deluding ourselves to be the smartest people on earth), we compare the divine names. We say this mantra is greater than this mantra etc. We tend to be sarcastic towards someone who chants other divine names. Often, lot of people say that Siva is less than Vishnu or vice versa and try to vilify the names. This is a serious mistake on the part of a spiritual aspirant. If he does this, it is better he pack up his bags and leave spirituality and engage himself in materialism. (by Aparna Hari)

3. Irreverence towards preceptor (Guru).
It is out foremost duty to serve our Guru. His words and instructions are to be carried with reverence. But we think we are smarter than our Guru and try to question him, test him and do all sort of bad things, like how we evaluate a candidate in the interview. Please let us not do that. Those who revere Guru more than the Lord himself, are dearer to the Lord. (by Aparna Hari)

4. Speaking lightly of the scriptures.
We “discuss” scriptures. We “Question” with all our small minds about “Why Rama committed the mistake of killing vali” and such. We think that we understand everything, but we don’t. Such questions, arguments and debates are not to be carried out. After all, our human mind is the most impure thing. We have to first make an effort to purify it. We should not make fun of any scripture. (by Aparna Hari)

5. Treating the glory of Name as nothing but exaggerated praise.

6. Commission of sins under the cover of the Name.

7. Ranking the Name with other virtues and practising fasting, charity, sacrifice etc.
Divine Name itself is sufficient to liberate us from suffering and cycle of births and deaths. We all should try to realize Its magnificent power. (by Aparna Hari)

8. Recommending practice of Name to irreverent and ungodly persons who are not prepared to hear such advice.

9. Want of love for the Name even after hearing its glory.
Even after hearing the glory of Divine Name, we don’t have love for it. We should develop love. Love works miracles. (by Aparna Hari)

10. Emphasis of ‘I’ and ‘mine’ and attachment to ¬objects of enjoyment.
“Ram ka bhajan karte ho, lekin ravan par bharosa karte ho” – these were the words spoken by Hanuman ji to Vibhishana ji when he goes to Lanka in search of Sita. Vibhishana then leaves everything and comes to Rama. We are much much more materialistic. We have slots for everything. Few minutes of Bhajan and we feel. “Vow! What a spiritual candidate I am !” Let us leave such Ego, and Pride and become humble like a blade of grass. Ego and Pride are obstacles in Sadhana and Surrender. (by Aparna Hari)

If through inadvertence one lapses into any of the above ten sins, the only way to absolve from it is to repeat the Name again and repent for the mistake.

Namaparadhayuktanam namanyeva harantyagham;
Avishranyaprayuktani tanyevarthakarani cha. (Padma Purana)

The Name itself is the best atonement for sins committed against the Name. Through constant Kirtan of the Name all our desires can be fulfilled.

You enjoy all divine Aisvarya of the Lord. ”

Gurudev Swami Sivananda ji Maharaj

Yours, In Service of the Lord,
Aparna Hari

Gurudev Chidananda Maharaj’s 91st Birthday

Dear all,

Hari Om !

Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya.
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya.
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya.

Gurudev Chidananda’s 91st Bday Celebration at our house, Milwaukee, WI

Today is the 91st birthday of Parama Pujya Gurudev Chidananda ji Maharaj. Let us pray to Gurudev for knowledge, wisdom and his grace. Let us pray for his good health and well-being.

I am posting the Ashtottara Sata Namavali or 108 Namavali of Gurudev Chidananda ji Maharaj.

DOWNLOAD Ashtottara Sata Namavali of Gurudev Chidananda ji Maharaj !

Yours, In Service of the Lord,
Aparna Hari

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

Special Sale !! Sale !! Sale !!

Dear All,

I know we are all attracted by the word “Sale”, more so in the USA, where most of us are enchanted by the “Clearance Sales” at Walmart, Kmart, Best Buy, etc. When such “Clearance Sales” come up, most of us tend to go to these shops and buy clothes and other material possessions though we need or not. And, whatever we have accumulated over the years, in the words of Pujya Swami Tattvavidananda ji, subsequently we will try to “get rid” of them through “Garage Sales”. Materialisatically, We accumulate only to dispose of 🙂

But contrary to the usual sales, now a Sale has come up, which when utilised, will change us for the better, motivate us and inspire us, towards God-Realisation. Spiritually, We keep accumulating and it is cumulative. There is no disposing here !!

The Sivananda Publication League at the Divine Life Society , Rishikesh is holding a Special Aradhana Concession on Publications, Audio and Video CDs and Cassettes. Celebrating the occasion of Gurudev Swami Sivananda’s Birthday on September 8, 2007 and Gurudev Swami Chidananda’s Birthday on the coming 24th September, 2007

50 % Discount on Cassettes, Audio and Video CDs

20 % Discount on Publications on Orders upto Rs.300

30 % Discount on Publications on Orders upto Rs. 1000

35 % Discount on Publications on Orders Above Rs. 1000

HURRY ! This Offer is only till 30th September, 2007 !!

The above “Aradhana Concession” is valid only for shipments in India.

For more details, please download the list and brochure here: List and Cost Details

I have compiled this list into an xls file, so you can easily choose what you want to purchase and calculate the cost.

Download here: Audio Video Book Concession List

Yours,
In Service of the Lord,
Aparna Hari

Book of the Month: “Kingly Science and Kingly Secret”

Dear All,

Hari Om !

We are starting a new feature in our blog which is “ Book of the Month”, and “Audio of the Month”. This feature focuses on a book which we are currently reading or just finished reading and a devotional audio CD which is inspiring and rich in devotion.

The Book of the Month for the Month of September is Kingly Science and Kingly Secret by Gurudev Swami Sivananda. I am currently reading this book.

Kingly Science and Kingly Secrets is a book consisting of gem articles penned down by Swamiji explaining some important imgredients of sadhana through the verses of Bhagavd Gita. It is a compilation of the articles, which are very helpful, in assimilating Jnana (Knowledge), Karma (Action) and Bhakti (Devotion) in our daily lives. Some of the articles are Conquest of Anger , Austerity of Speech, Purity of Food, The Play of the Gunas, The Technique of Karma Yoga, to name a few.

I am currently reading this book, and am enjoying it. This is one of the many free e-books that can be downloaded from Divine Life Society website. You can follow the below link to download this book:

KINGLY SCIENCE AND KINGLY SECRET

Yours,
In Service of the Lord,
Aparna Hari

Poll for Setting up Divine Life Society Branch in Milwaukee

Dear all,

We have been long thinking of setting up a Divine Life Society branch in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Divine Life Society was founded in Rishikesh
by Gurudev Swami Sivananda. For the past two years, we have been
sincerely hoping to set up a local branch here in Milwaukee. We hope it
materializes soon.

Firstly, we want to know if there are sincerespiritual seekers in and around Milwaukee, who will be interested in the local branch and paricipate in Satsangs and other spiritual activities.

The participation of members, not monetarily, but by being active and showing interest for maintaing the DLS branch atleast through weekly satsangs and some collective selfless projects etc, is an important consideration for us in setting up this branch. Currently, we have set up the required number of members to 15, excluding us. The more the merrier, and more dynamic and vibrating spiritual activity.

If we have atleast 15 members, sincere spiritual seekers, we are planning to start this effort with the grace of Gurudev. Please kindly take time to vote in the Poll about this.

See the left side column (Under “BLOG STATS”), where the poll is posted and follow the link
“VOTE NOW” to cast your vote.

We request you to consider this and express your opinion.

With kind regards,
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