GLORY OF SIVARATRI
(Taken from Lord Siva and His Worship (Page 239) by Sri Swami Sivananda)
'Sivaratri' means 'night of Lord Siva'. The important features of this religiousfunction are rigid fasting for twenty-four hours and sleepless vigil during the night. Every true devotee of Lord Siva spends the night of Sivaratri in deep meditation, keepsvigil and observes fast. The worship of Lord Siva consists in offering flowers, Bilva leaves and other gifts on the Linga which is a symbol of Lord Siva, and bathing it withmilk, honey, butter, ghee, rose- water, etc.
Make a Beginning- Start from Today
Sri Swami Sivananda
All over the world the old year has just now passed out and a New Year has commenced. Through the agelong 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.
To the Glory of our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda, we offer this Online Webshop at our Master's Lotus Feet, on this auspicious day of 8th December 2017. To visit our Online Webshop please click on the following link: https://shop.sivananda.dls.org.za/
Images taken at the function can be viewed below this report
It was indeed very pleasing to see that more than a thousand devotees, donors and well-wishers attended the 10th Mahasamadhi Anniversary of Pujya Swami Sahajananda on Sunday, 10 December 2017 at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. The large turnout from various parts of KZN is a testimony of the deep and abiding loyalty of all devotees and the reverence of members of sister organisations. Even in Pujya Swamiji's physical absence, devotees did not waver in their Guru Bhakti for the Master and love for the mission. Firsttime visitors and representatives of various organisations had high praise for the sense of cleanliness, meticulous organisation, hospitality and the high standard of the "Children's Hour" in which cultural items were presented by the Stanger, Shallcross and Pietermaritzburg Branches and the Reservoir Hills Sunday School.
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.
We received numerous reports on our live streaming programme of 8 September and 10 September from devotees :
The Birthday Celebrations held on 8 September at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills, continued at the Sivananda International Cultural Centre, La Mercy on Sunday, 10 September. The programme commenced at 6am in Sivananda Prayer Hall with the final chanting of the 41-day Sri Hanuman Chalisa, 11 times from 6 –7am. This was followed by Havan from 7 -8am. Devotees from all parts of the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng turned up in large numbers and we thank them for sharing these wonderful spiritual moments with us. The 41-day Vrata will help strengthen and purify our minds and afford us protection against the forces that confront us daily. Saints and sages tell us that the chanting of the Name of the Lord is the easiest solution to the ills of Kali Yuga.
One hundred and thirty years ago, a divine child was born to Parvatiammal and Vengu Iyer on 8 September 1887 in Pattamadai, South India. From the very beginning, his parents exposed him to wholesome spiritual influences. As the years passed, Kuppuswami, for that was his name, had a distinguished academic career. After studying at the Tanjore Medical Institute, he left the shores of India and served in Malaysia as a doctor. Success and prosperity was his, but when discrimination dawned, Dr Kuppuswami developed an ardent desire to tread the path of the wise and unlock the realms of immortality. He left Malaysia and after an arduous journey, reached the Himalayas where he was initiated into the Holy Order of Sannyas by the venerable saint, Swami Vishwananda. Kuppuswami was dead. Swami Sivananda Saraswati was born. It was 1 June 1924. After merging with the Divine, Swami Sivananda founded the Divine Life Society in India, to serve and assist spiritual seekers.