The message from our Divine Master on the "Glory of Hinduism" also reinforced the importance of Prayer. Herewith an excerpt from this message, "Chant the Divine Name in the temple, at home, at your workplace, while driving and at all times. O man, take refuge in the Divine Name. God and His Name are inseparable. Sing the Lord's Name incessantly. Remember the Name of the Lord with every incoming and outgoing breath. In this age, repetition of the Divine Name is the easiest, quickest, safest and surest way to reach God and attain immortality and perennial joy. Glory to the Lord! Glory to His Name! Glory to Hinduism!"
Once again, our Spiritual Darlings thrilled the hearts of listeners in their presentation on the inspiring sayings from Pujya Swami Sahajananda. These little ones will one day take up responsible positions in the Society to carry the mission of our Master into the next generation. It is therefore our foremost duty to groom them and give them the correct exposure to the best influences of the Society.
A well-written play written, produced and enacted by the ladies of the Verulam Branch portrayed the growth and development of the Society and the pivotal role played by Pujya Swamiji as Spiritual Head of the Society. The play was further enhanced by the use of a parallel power-point presentation. The impact that the books have on readers was also highlighted.
Just before he withdrew from his physical body in 2007, Pujya Swami Sahajananda emphasised the importance of performing the Agnihotra ceremony regularly. Heeding this advice, the Verulam Branch included this important item at the Satsang. A demonstration of Agnihotra, an explanation of the ingredients, and the benefits of Agnihotra was done. Agnihotra is a healing fire that has its roots in the ancient science of Ayurveda. It is a process whereby the atmosphere is purified through an especially prepared fire performed exactly at sunrise and sunset. For best results it should be performed daily, twice a day. But it should be performed at least once a day by all. Whenever there are problems at home, when there is discord and strife, do daily Agnihotra. This was Swamiji's advice to all. Thousands of people all over the world have experienced that Agnihotra reduces stress, leads to greater clarity of thought, improves overall health, gives one increased energy, and makes the mind full of love. Agnihotra also nourishes plant life. Dying trees at the Ashram at La Mercy were brought back to life after Agnihotra ash was offered to them.
As we reflect on the 70 years the Society's existence in the country, we are beholden to Pujya Swami Sahajananda for his unflagging faith in the Master. It is this faith that has sustained the Society, it is this faith that prompted our Divine Master to write to Pujya Swamiji, giving assurance about the work of the Society in South Africa:
God will look after the divine work,
Lord will look after everything.