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In observance of Sri Hanuman Jayanti on Saturday, 31st March 2018, Divine Life Society of SA will be reciting the Sri Hanuman Chalisa 108 times at our Sivanandashrams in Reservoir Hills and Chatsworth. The recitals at the above mentioned Ashrams will commence at 6am.

In the evening, ALL Sivanandashrams will observe this sacred day, commencing with Ganga Arati, followed by Satsang.

Divine Life Society of SA lovingly invites you and your family to join in the observance of Ramayan Week at ALL Sivanandashrams, from the 18th-24th March 2018. Daily Satsang at Sivanandashram Reservoir Hills commences with Ganga Arati at 5:30pm.

Sri Ram Naumi will be observed at ALL Sivanandashrams on Sunday, 25th March 2018. Satsang at Sivanandashram Reservoir Hills commences with Ganga Arati at 5:30pm.

  1. "How can I avoid being outraged by men?"
  2. "Why is suicide not an option?"
  3. "How to cope with stress while preparing for the Grade 12 examination?"
  4. "What is the importance of forgiveness in our lives?"

These are a few searching questions raised by learners from the schools in Ladysmith at a special follow-up workshop held on Friday, 9 March at the Agra Crescent Hall. Eighty-one learners from the following schools participated in a workshop to help them overcome drug addiction and other social ills: Ladysmith Secondary, Windsor Secondary and Acaciavale Primary. Our presenters, who are volunteers, are drawn from the medical, social science, academic and business spheres with vast experience. They answered these questions with great sympathy and understanding. Due to time constraints we were not able to answer all the questions.

"In 2018, the world's most religiously and culturally diverse interfaith event will be meeting in the world's most diverse city! More than 10,000 people of faith and conscience will come together in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the 7th convening of the Parliament of the World's Religions. Together, they will bring the wisdom of more than 80 nations and 200 unique spiritual traditions to share, learn, network, and celebrate. They will explore what "The Promise of Inclusion" and "The Power of Love" means in the pursuit of a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. The 2018 Parliament will build upon our legacy of initiating dialogue and facilitating positive relationships among people of vast spiritual, ethnic, and national identities, providing a framework for expressing many visions of a just, peaceful and sustainable future. We meet at a time of promise for the world's people to be motivated to tackle the most pressing dangers of our times together. In this moment, the powers of the world are bringing civic and religious spheres into one to make a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. This is our reason for meeting. Our future generations and planet need us now." (Parliament of the World's Religions 70 E. Lake St., Ste. 205, Chicago)

As per Pujya Swami Sahajananda's advice, Divine Life Society of S.A. will be represented at this international event which will take place from 1–7 November 2018. Our main thrust is to market our Master's teachings and publications. Apart from this, we have also sent proposals to present workshops which will highlight the teachings of our Master. Our presentations will be based on the conference theme: "The Promise of Inclusion, the power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation and Change. The sub-themes: Women's dignity, Interfaith has no age, the spiritual evolution of humanity and healing our Mother Earth, Peace and Love: Not war, hate and violence, etc. will be explored by the various organisations. The Parliament Review Committee will finalise its programme by 15 May 2018.

This auspicious event on the calendar of Divine Life Society of S.A. commemorates the day when a unusual spiritual power descended into Pujya Swami Sahajananda on 1 March 2007. Regarding the significance of this auspicious day we read the following excepts at our Satsang:

"In November 2007, Pujya Swamiji made the following utterance: "Since the 1 March I am enjoying 24 hours unbroken peace of mind. Previously there used to be a sharp pain inside, but now there is nothing."

Mahasivaratri which means "the great Night of Siva" was observed at all Ashrams and branches of Divine Life Society of S.A on Tuesday 13 February 2018. It was pleasing to see that devotees gathered in large numbers to fervently worship Lord Siva.

Drug addiction is destroying the lives of thousands of individuals in this country and it is for this reason, out of deep concern for the lives of these victims, that Sri Swami Sahajananda designed the Sunlit Path Programme in 2006 to assist them to overcome this disease. In striving to offer this valuable service, especially to children and youth, Swami Sahajananda laid great emphasis on aspiration for the Divine and for the enjoyment of inner peace. This inner peace programme incorporates prayer and introspection as key elements in the programme. To date, Divine Life Society of S.A. has reached almost 70 schools in KZN, in an effort to prevent this scourge from spreading and to rehabilitate afflicted learners.


Divine Life Society of S. A. will be supporting the drought relief programme in the Cape Province, through the following initiatives:

  1. An initial donation of R50 000 towards purchase and distribution of 25 000 litres of bottled water through a legitimate distribution organisation in the Cape. Devotees who wish to make cash donations towards this project, may do so through our fundraisers or at the Ashram office.
  2. Daily, morning and evening Agnihotra, and/or chanting between 5 and 7am daily.
  3. A special programme at the February Yoga Camp Satsang, on the theme, "Water for Life", to create awareness of the value of water and the conservation of water.

Mahasivaratri 2018


(Taken from Lord Siva and His Worship (Page 239) by Sri Swami Sivananda)

'Sivaratri' means 'night of Lord Siva'. The important features of this religiousfunction are rigid fasting for twenty-four hours and sleepless vigil during the night. Every true devotee of Lord Siva spends the night of Sivaratri in deep meditation, keepsvigil and observes fast. The worship of Lord Siva consists in offering flowers, Bilva leaves and other gifts on the Linga which is a symbol of Lord Siva, and bathing it withmilk, honey, butter, ghee, rose- water, etc.

Make a Beginning- Start from Today
Sri Swami Sivananda

All over the world the old year has just now passed out and a New Year has commenced. Through the agelong association of ideas time has come to have a peculiar efficacy for all beginnings, fresh endeavours, new resolves and turning over a new leaf. It is the most propitious time. Make full use of this psychological moment. Do not lose this opportunity.

Gurudev 2018 Centenary

Sri Swami Sivananda

(1887 - 1963)

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