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Launch: Centenary Picture of the Year - 2020

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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. 

When a devotee posed a question to Sri Gurudev enquiring about why Gurudev takes so many pictures, Sri Gurudev responded as follows, "The force behind the system of visual education, which psychologists today claim as being infintely superior to textbooks, will be apparent if you reflect over a very common phenomenon. Leave on your table in the study a few good books, a few pictorials and a few photographs. Let your children, your friends, come into the study. What do they pick up first? Not the books. They pick up the photographs first, and then the pictorials. It is true that your lustre is tranferred onto the photograph. Therefore to a devotee, the picture of the Lord, and to a disciple, a picture of the Guru, is a living presence. It is necessary for meditation." We also recall Pujya Swamiji asking us to page through the book Swami Sivananda in Pictures daily and to view 10 pictures of the Master before we sleep. The benefit of such Darshan can only be experienced by practice. 

We hereby launch our centenary picture for the year 2020 in the name of our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda and Pujya Swamiji and offer our gratitude for their continued guidance and protection upon all devotees. 

Gurudev Centenary 2020

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