Sri Rama Navami Message by Sri Swami Sivananda
Blessed Immortal Self,
It gives me great pleasure to send you this short message on the celebration of the Ramanavami day.
Deep and unfathomable like the ocean, firm and steadfast like the Himalayas, valiant like Vishnu, he was the joy of Kaushalya. Though fierce like fire on the battle-field, he was calm like the cool breeze of the Mandara Hills, patient- like Mother Earth, bounteous like Kubera the God of Wealth, and righteous like Dharma, the Lord of Justice himself. In pain or grief of his people, his heart swiftly sympathised with the sufferer. In the festive scenes which held them in joy, he, like a father shared their joy. By his honour and heroism, as well as by his gentleness and love for his subjects, he endeared himself to the heart of his people.
“There are two important themes I would like to highlight:
These are the words of Dr M. Chatrooghoon, Acting Director: Assessment, of the KZN Education Department when he addressed the learners of Greytown at the Sunlit Path follow-up workshop on Friday, 10 March at the Greytown Community Centre. Fifty-two learners from the following three schools attended: Cool Air Secondary, Greytown Secondary and Greytown High.
Seventy four (74) learners from the following three secondary schools attended the follow-up workshop at the Sivananda Sunlit Path Centre on Friday, 17 February 2017: Crossmoor, Newhaven and Risecliff. It was indeed pleasing to see that learners listened attentively and asked searching questions. An educator from one of the schools was pleasantly surprised to listen to the lively and intelligent responses of the learners from his school. He said that this must surely be due to the non-threatening environment of the Centre, which was conducive to learning.
Mahasivaratri was observed at all Ashrams and branches of Divine Life Society of S.A on Friday, 24 February 2017. It was pleasing to see that devotees gathered in large numbers to fervently worship Lord Siva, absorbed in the programme of messages from our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda, an audio message from Pujya Swami Sahajananda, an audio recording of inspiring Bhajans & Kirtans by our Divine Master, Bhajans & Kirtans by devotees, chanting and offering of bael leaves to the sacred Siva Linga, video presentations, an audio recording of a play, “Old Drum New Palace” written by Sri Swami Sivananda, readings, classical dances and recitation of sacred verses on Lord Siva.
Through the Grace and blessings of our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda and Pujya Swami Sahajananda, the Estcourt Branch of Divine Life Society of SA held a successful and well attended Hindu Dharma Campaign on Sunday 12 February 2017, at the Swami Sahajananda Community Centre in Forderville.
New Years Message by Sri Swami Sivananda
By the command of the Indestructible Being, minutes, hours, days and nights, stand apart. By the command of the Immortal Brahman, months, years, seasons and solstices stand apart. He who knows this Indestructible Being is a liberated sage or Jivanmukta. Time rolls on. New becomes old and old becomes new again. Today is the most auspicious New Year's Day. God has given you another chance this year to enable you to strive for your salvation. Today man is. Tomorrow he is not. Therefore, avail yourself of this golden opportunity, struggle hard and reach the goal of life.
It was 9 years ago since Pujya Swami Sahajananda, the apostle of self-surrender and the godlike disciple of our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda, withdrew from his physical body to continue the divine work from the higher celestial regions. To mark this occasion, Divine Life Society of South Africa observed 10 December 2016 in his sacred memory. The day commenced at 6am with Ganga Arati, Invocation, visit to Sahaja Kutir, Pujya Swamiji's room and Sahajananda Diamond Jubilee Centre. Chanting of the Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram Mantra started at 7am and concluded at 3pm. This was followed by a Homa (Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra) from 3 – 3.30pm. After tea, Ganga Arati started at 4pm and Satsang thereafter.
In response to a request by Asoka Secondary School to assist educators meet the challenges in the classroom and on the playing field, the Sunlit Path Committee initiated a workshop to share ideas on possible ways of approaching the problem. This workshop took place on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 from 12.00 to 14.00. It was pleasing to see that apart from the 25 educators from the school, the workshop was attended by a few parents and officials of the department of education.
Deepavali Message: The Indestructible Divine Seed by Sri Swami Sivananda
Light, light, dazzling light everywhere! May our obeisance be to the Light of Lights, Brahman or God!
Deepavali is one of the numerous celebrations to which we are heir and which takes us at once back to the thought of our Godhead. This particular festival has a deep significance in several directions.