This auspicious event was celebrated on Sunday, 1 March 2020 at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. It was on this day in 2007 that a power from our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda, descended into Pujya Swamiji. Pujya Swamiji spoke about this marvelous experience, on Guru Purnima Day, on 29 July 2007, "I myself had the Grace of our Divine Master when an unusual power of his descended in me. It happened on 1 March this year. When the power descended there was a little disturbance in the beginning but within a few days it settled down. Now there is no change in the descent of the power. I could not believe that the Master would grant me such Divine Grace, a Grace that I do not deserve. If devotees saw my attitude some five years ago and my attitude now, they would be quite surprised that such a tremendous change could take place."
Mahasivaratri was observed at all Ashrams of Divine Life Society of S.A. on Friday, 21 February from 5.30pm to 5am, attended by large gatherings at many DLS centres. Mahasivaratri was a veritable spiritual feast, comprising a variety of presentations and devotional offerings to Lord Siva on this sacred night. Messages from our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda and Pujya Swamiji, Mantra Chanting, Bhajans & Kirtans, classical dances, DVD presentations, an audio recording of a play, and readings all contributed to a vibrant and inspiring Satsang in honour of Lord Siva.
The dates 01 June 2024 and 10 July 2025 mark the centenary of two important events in the calendar of Divine Life Society of South Africa: the Sannyas Anniversary of our Gurudev, Sri Swami Sivananda, and the Birth Anniversary of our Spiritual Head Sri Swami Sahajananda, respectively. The society will be releasing a number of publications as part of our centenary celebrations.
It is an honour to offer at the feet of Sri Gurudev and Pujya Swamiji , our fourth picture, in a series of 10 pictures of Sri Gurudev. This picture will be for the year 2020. Each subsequent year we will have a different picture released.
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.
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.
Divine Life Society of South Africa takes this opportunity of wishing you and your family the very best for Deepavali. May the blessings of our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda, Lord Rama, Mother Sita, and Lord Hanuman, be upon you and your family during this most auspicious period. May peace, prosperity, joy & illumination be yours!