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Ganga Dussehra was observed on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. It was on this day that Ganga, by Her Divine Grace, uplifted all the sixty thousand sons of King Sagara to the highest abode of immortal bliss. Readers would know that the princes were cursed by Sage Kapila because they falsely accused him of stealing the sacrificial horse, dedicated for the Ashvamedha sacrifice by their father, King Sagara.

We learn many lessons from this sacred river. The Ganges starts from Gangotri in the Himalayas. She encounters many obstacles on Her way, but She finally reaches the goal—the ocean. Similarly, the spiritual aspirant should never give up his struggle, however insurmountable the obstacles in the path may appear to be. All difficulties and obstacles will be removed through the Grace of the Lord and, if he is sincere in his Yogic practices, he will reach the goal.

The Ganges always gives you cool, pure water. It does not expect any¬thing from you in return. The sun sheds its light on all without anticipat¬ing any reward. Derive lessons from them. Always give, give and ask nothing in return. Expect nothing in return, not even appreciation or any kind of recognition.

A rogue and a saint can drink the water of the Ganges. The sun sheds its light on the wicked and the virtuous. The mango tree gives its fruits both to the caretaker and the man who cuts its branches. Develop equal vision like the Ganges, the sun and the mango tree.

Our Divine Master wrote, "I love Ganga and the Himalayas. Ganga is my Mother Divine and Himalayas is my Father Divine. They inspire and guide me. I bathe in the Ganga and swim in it. I adore Ganga and feed the fish in it. I wave lights before Mother Ganga and pray to Her. I do salutations to Ganga and sing Her glory. I write about the grandeur and glory of Ganga."

In the pre-recorded audio message, Pujya Swamiji said, "We must give what we can. We should not try to be someone else. God has given me a work to do and shall do that work and when the time for that work stops, the I shall stop it —going for about 37 years now. People are walking around the Temples well I have to walk around the machines. And, they teach me. All my lessons I learn around the machines. And what wonderful lessons Gurudev gives us. He teaches us that the first lesson that you learn is that you are absolutely nothing. We cannot do anything at all unless that Power works. Whatever work we do for God should be done with all our love and with all our heart. It should be done as perfectly as possible. That is devotion—devotion means to put your full mind to something. So, there is no difference between Bhakti and Karma Yoga. We are doing work for the Master and if the Master wants to give, well let him give. He will know what to give and when to give."

Pujya Swamiji wrote the following, "It is indeed a great wonder that the Divine Master, who was a God-realised saint, should have so much love and reverence for the celestial Ganga. To him Mother Ganga was not just a river, but the Divine Shakti of the Lord pervading the whole universe. In the end of a most beautiful poem written by our Master on Mother Ganga he says that he and Mother Ganga were one."

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