Due to the severe drought conditions that prevail in our country and the subsequent shortage of drinking water in many areas, Divine Life Society of South Africa is embarking on a drive to provide much-needed relief in the form of bottled water. Donors and devotees who wish to participate in this undertaking are kindly requested to call at our office at Sivanandashram Reservoir Hills, contact one of the Society's branches or approach one of our fund-raisers.
Mahasivaratri was observed at all Divine Life Society branches on Monday, 7 March. Satsangs continued until 5am the next morning. The programme included a delightful variety of items such as chanting of the Om Namah Sivaya Mantra, offerings at the Siva Linga, Bhajans and Kirtans, classical dancing, video screenings, audio recorded plays and inspiring readings, plays and messages interspersed throughout the night. Guest artists added richness to the programme by offering beautifully choreographed dances and melodious Bhajans and Kirtans.At Reservoir Hills, our Divine Master's voice and Pujya Swamiji's pre-recorded Bhajans in praise of Lord Siva inspired the congregation. The informative presentation by our Spiritual Darlings explaining the symbols that typically appear in pictures of Lord Siva was well received.
All over the world, the old year has just now passed out and a New Year has commenced. Through the age-long 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.
14 December 2015
Dear Spiritual Darling
Greetings in the Name of the Lord!
We have come to the end of yet another year. We pray that all went well at school/ university. You are looking forward to the summer vacation, no doubt!
“We, the younger generation, were not as fortunate to have been in the presence of such a great Swami as Swami Sahajananda but we will always remember him and be grateful to him for following Gurudev’s instructions by providing us with the best facilities in the world for our spiritual growth. We will not forget Swamiji and we will ensure that his legacy and his work continue for generations to come.” These are the words of the Spiritual Darlings of Sivananda Sunday School of Reservoir Hills at Pujya Swami Sahajananda’s 8th Mahasamadhi Anniversary which was observed on Thursday, 10 December (English Calendar) at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. On Monday, 14 December the function was also observed according to the Sanskrit Calendar at the same venue. It attracted devotees from all parts of the province.
The Society is undertaking its bi-annual grocery hamper distribution to needy families in commemoration of beloved Pujya Swami Sahajananda. The distribution will be facilitated by all our branches and will be done during the period of Pujya Swamiji's Mahasamadhi Day on 10 December when Pujya Swamiji shed his mortal coil. Each hamper is valued at R150.00.
The anniversary of Divine Life Society of S.A. was observed on Sunday, 8 November in conjunction with our Sivananda Day Satsang at SICC. As the actual day of the anniversary (11 November) coincided with Deepavali, it was decided to observe this day on 8 November.
Deepavali Message by Sri Swami Sivananda
Deepavali or Diwali means "a row of lights". It falls on the last two days of the dark half of Kartik (October-November). For some it is a three-day festival. It commences with the Dhan-Teras, on the 13th day of the dark half of Kartik, followed the next day by the Narak Chaudas, the 14th day, and by Deepavali proper on the 15th day.
REPORT ON THE PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS HELD IN
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA FROM 15 – 19 OCTOBER 2015
WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY 10 000 PEOPLE FROM 80 COUNTRIES AND OF 50 FAITHS
INTRODUCTION & GRATITUDE
"The Parliament is an overwhelming event. The experience is unique and could only be truly appreciated through direct experience. It was simply amazing!" wrote our representatives. Whilst it is an ideal platform to promote our Master's teachings worldwide, it provided us with the opportunity to learn about the teachings, ways of worship and dedication of the many inter-faith groups whose warm acceptance of each other was unique and rewarding.