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.
Our Master's 129th Birth Anniversary Celebrations were held at the Sivananda International Cultural Centre on Sunday, 4 September 2016 and at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills on Thursday, 8 September 2016. This momentous event also commemorated 20 years of the consecration of Ganga Rani (the first pool that was built and consecrated with Ganges water at SICC), to South Africa. The occasion also coincided with the final chanting of the 41-day recitation of the Sri Hanuman Chalisa which commenced at 6am and culminated with Havan.