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Divine Life Society of South Africa celebrated the 136th birthday of Sri Swami Sivananda on 8 September 2023 at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. There was a morning Sadhana programme from 6am until 6.25am. Thereafter devotees took Darshan at Pujya Swami Sahajananda's sacred Kutir and the Sivananda Sahajananda Diamond Jubilee Centre. There was Akhanda Chanting from 5am until 4pm. Ganga Arati commenced at 5pm followed by Satsang. The Satsang programme comprised Kirtans, Bhajans, Pujya Swami Sahajananda's audio message and a dance.

It is significant that on this auspicious day, the sod-turning and concrete pouring of our new Ashram in Buccleuch, Sandton, was done. This marked the official commencement of the construction of our Gauteng Ashram.

Gita Week 2023

Divine Life Society of SA will be observing the auspicious Gita Week from Thursday, 31 August until Wednesday, 6 September 2023. Daily Satsang will be held at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. Ganga Arati commences at 5:30pm, followed by Satsang. Please refer to the attached invitation for more details. 

Divine Life Society of South Africa celebrated the first of two of Sri Swami Sivananda's Birth Anniversary Celebrations on Sunday, 3 September 2023 at Sivananda International Cultural Centre (SICC). This coincided with the culmination of the 41-Day Recital of the Sri Hanuman Chalisa. The programme on 3 September 2023 commenced at 6am with the final 11 recitals of the Sri Hanuman Chalisa, followed by Havan, Ganga Arati, breakfast, a grand march-past of branches and Hindu organisations, and Satsang at the stadium. The actual Birth Anniversary Celebration will be held on Friday, 8 September 2023 at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills.

With reference to the celebration of his birthday, Sri Swami Sivananda explained: "The devotees take delight in celebrating the birthday and are uplifted and benefited. A spiritual wave is created year after year when the birthday is celebrated, and more and more people get a chance of knowing the existence of Divine Life Society and my teachings. The pious, receptive attitude prevalent on such an occasion draws forth the Grace of the Guru and God upon the devotees. The thoughts of peace, devotion, love etc., sent out by the innumerable devotees that assemble together to celebrate the birthday go a long way to promote peace, harmony and spiritual well-being in the country".

Over 500 devotees, well-wishers, donors and members of the public participated in the final recital of the sacred Sri Hanuman Chalisa, 11 times, at 6am in the Main Prayer Hall. The spiritual and divine ambience created by the Havan that ensued, was a fitting conclusion to the great Sadhana in which hundreds of devotees participated over the 41-day period. Devotees and visitors, many of whom came to SICC for the first time, then had darshan of Mother Ganga in Ganga Rani and Bhagirathi where Ganga Arati was performed.

The majestic and electric march-past by branches and Hindu organisations, totalling approximately 1000 devotees, was a fitting tribute to Sri Swami Sivananda and Pujya Swami Sahajananda for the bountiful spiritual and material gifts to us. Led by about 20 Spiritual Darlings dressed as Deities, the sight was indeed a spectacle to behold – elegant Deities, resplendent in their colourful finery, with child-like innocence, the 'deities' were the epitome of joy and bliss.

Divine Life Society of South Africa launched the 41 Day Recital of the Sri Hanuman Chalisa, 11 times daily, on Tuesday, 25 July 2023 at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. Ganga Arati commenced at 5.30pm, followed by Satsang, which included the reading of the Rules for the 41 Day Recitation, and the recital of the Sri Hanuman Chalisa 11 times. The final recital will be on Sunday 3 September 2023, at Sivananda International Cultural Centre (SICC), as part of a special function leading to the 136th Birth Anniversary of His Holiness, Sri Swami Sivananda. The final recital will be followed by a Havan. Devotees will do the daily recital in their homes at their convenience.

The Sri Hanuman Chalisa is very powerful and very effective for the removal of mental problems. It brings good health, success and prosperity. It cures diseases, counteracts evil forces and the effects of "black magic". It was recommended to Pujya Swami Sahajananda by Pujya Mata Krishnabai of Anandashram, one of the greatest of living saints.

Youth Day in South Africa is a day on which South Africans honour the youth. Today, 16 June is a South African public holiday. There are Youth Day celebrations held country-wide to empower youth and all South Africans.

Divine Life Society of South Africa has been observing Youth Day for several years. The teachings of Sri Swami Sivananda, as well as his advice to youth, form an integral part of the Youth Day programmes.

In the book Enlightened Education, the Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda, says the following about youth: "The youth are the most precious treasure of the nation. Students are an important asset to the country, for leaders all over the land recognise that they are to guide the nation of tomorrow. The present generation of students are the potential leaders in all the different fields of national life of the future.

Divine Life Society of South Africa observed the most auspicious Sri Guru Purnima on Monday, 3 July 2023. There was a morning Sadhana Programme at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills from 6am until 6.25am, after which devotees paid obeisance by circumambulation of Sahaja Kutir and then visited the Sivananda Sahajananda Diamond Jubilee Centre. There was Akhanda Chanting at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills from 5am until 12 noon, and at Sivananda International Cultural Centre (SICC), La Mercy, from 12 noon until 4pm. Ganga Arati at Sivananda International Cultural Centre, commenced at 4pm followed by Satsang at 5pm. Hundreds of devotees from many parts of the country gathered at SICC and paid homage to our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda and Pujya Swami Sahajananda on this sacred day, when the Guru is honoured.

Ninety-eight years ago, on 10 July 1925, a boy, V. Srinivasan was born in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal. Within a few decades, his indomitable will, tenacity and iron courage to spread his Divine Master's, Sri Swami Sivananda's teachings, saw a virtual Hindu renaissance in KwaZulu-Natal; perhaps a rare feat in Hindu spiritual history in this province, for the message of Sri Swami Sivananda, the message of Divine Life, has permeated almost every Hindu home in the province and beyond.

Sri Swami Sahajananda's silent dynamism, magnetic personality and contributions are again evident in Sri Swami Sivananda's words at Pujya Swamiji's farewell after his initiation into the holy order of Sannyas on 10 April 1956. The Master said, "Swami Sahajananda is styled as the spiritual king of South Africa, Durban. He is also called African Chota Guru. He does not want anything. He is a silent worker. He is a man of renunciation, Vairagya (dispassion) and meditation. He is a very good organiser. He talks little. You have never seen him talking. He thinks much and does much. Such a spiritual Yogi is he. His devotion to his teacher is unique. He has a pure heart. So let us pray for the health of this small Yogi, full of strength. One who can transform the materialistic intellect of the whole of South Africa; what tremendous purity, what tremendous Yogic power, what tremendous meditation, spiritual aura and selfless aura".

Divine Life Society of South Africa observed Sri Swami Sivananda's 60th Mahasamadhi Anniversary (according to the Sanskrit calendar) on 11 July 2023 at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. Ganga Arati commenced at 5.30pm followed by Satsang. The Satsang programme comprised Kirtans, Bhajans, Pujya Swami Sahajananda's audio message, and a reading entitled, Miracles of Sivananda by Sri Swami Venkatesananda. There was Akhanda Chanting from 5am until 4pm.

The Master received hundreds of tributes and accolades. It is difficult to describe the contributions of Sri Swami Sivananda to the world, for his contributions are diverse, extensive, intensive, multi-faceted and spread across the world. Hundreds of tributes have been paid to the spiritual giant, Sri Swami Sivananda. Encyclopaedia.com describes the Master as follows: "One of the most influential modern Hindu spiritual teachers, whose most important contribution was the wedding of the traditional concept of Sannyas, the renounced life, with social service directed toward people in need".

Divine Life Society of South Africa celebrated the 18th Anniversary of Sivananda Ghat (a safe and dignified facility for the disposal of cremated ashes of all race groups, and facilities for the performance of Shraddha and Tarpana rituals), and the 74th Anniversary of the Society.

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