Om Namo Bhagavade Sivanandaya

Established in 1949 by Sri Swami Sivananda

New Year Message

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. Make the best use of every moment of this New Year. Unfold all latent faculties. Here is a chance to begin life anew, to grow and evolve and become a superhuman or a great dynamic Yogi.

In Path of Divine Grace, Volume 3, published on 10 December 2012, Pujya Swami Sahajananda wrote, “When you pass away‒especially devotees of Gurudev‒you will have absolutely no trouble at all. Your transition will be smooth because the Guru appears before you and he makes the transition smooth. That is, of course, provided you don't stray away from Gurudev and you don't do evil deeds. So, all of Gurudev's disciples have absolutely nothing to fear about death. In the case of Yogis, they have a conscious death. They don't get unconscious like us. While they are fully conscious, the Prana leaves and nothing seems to have happened. When they asked Ramana Maharishi what the Yogi thinks, he said the Yogi will either impose his will and stop death or he will just watch the fun. So, if you meditate a lot, you need not have an unconscious death. I don't think I will have an unconscious death but I am sure that I will watch and see how the whole business takes place. At least, I get a free show”.

Our final 70th Anniversary Satsang was hosted by our branch in Richards Bay on Sunday, 17 November 2019. The function commenced with Havan at 8am, followed by Ganga Arati at 9.30am.

A parting message for the final Satsang, written by Pujya Swami Sahajananda was read at the event. Perhaps, once may regard this as "a take home message" for the year. Pujya Swamiji wrote, "If people today understand clearly the operation of the great Law of Karma‒the Law of Cause and Effect‒they can avoid a lot of problems, calamities, sufferings, etc. None can escape the working of the great Law of Karma. Every action, whether good or bad, will bear its fruit, sooner or later.

The 70th anniversary Satsangs of Divine Life Society of S.A. are drawing to a close. The penultimate function was celebrated on Monday, 11 November 2019. It was 70 years ago on this day that our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda, put pen to paper for the third time in asking our beloved Pujya Swamiji to start a branch in this country. We observe this event each year in order to celebrate perhaps one of the most valuable gifts to us in South Africa. This year's celebration has been extended throughout the year where our branches have hosted special Satsangs. Divine Life Society of South Africa is unique in spiritual history, because it was founded by a spiritual Master who forced his disciple, Sri Swami Sahajananda to obey him and carry out his instructions.

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