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Last night (Wednesday, 29 April 2020), we invited devotees from across the globe to participate in our online audio-stream Satsang. Six hundred and eight devotees (608) and possibly their immediate families responded to our call. It was Ganga Saptami, also known as Ganga Jayanti. It is considered one of the most auspicious days for Hindus and is celebrated on the 'Saptami', the 7th day of the bright moon period during the first Hindu month Vaishakha.

Our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda wrote the following in the book, Mother Ganga, "Bhagirathi did rigorous penance for a full hundred years. It is needless to say that Lord Siva, the protector of all His devotees, was immensely please with the king and readily accepted to check and control Ganga through His matted locks. With surge, fury and foam, Ganga began to descend from the celestial regions. Flashes of lightening, thunders from clouds, and the uncontrollable flow seemed as if a deluge was about the devour the whole world. But Lord Siva coolly received Her in His matted locks and let Her drip over Him. This day is called Ganga Saptami Day".

River Ganga is considered to be the most sacred and holy of all rivers in India. It is believed that taking a bath in river Ganga gives a person freedom from all sins. It is stated in the Devi Bhagavatam, "He who utters the Name of Ganga even from hundreds of miles afar, is freed from sins and attains the Abode of Lord Hard". Lord Krishna says in the Gita, "I am Ganga among the rivers."

In the book, Mother Ganga, our Master recounts the numerous lessons one can learn from Mother Ganga. We will reproduce two of these lessons:

The Ganga starts from Gangotri in the Himalayas. She encounters many obstacles on Her way, but she finally reaches the goal‒the ocean. Similarly, the Sadhaka should not give up his struggle, however insurmountable the obstacles in the path may appear to be. All the difficulties and obstacles will be removed through the Grace of the Lord. If he is sincere in his Yogic practices, he will reach the goal. A rogue and a saint can drink the water of Ganga. Develop equal vision like Ganga.

Regarding the above online Satsang, a devotee from Ipswich in London sent us the following WhatsApp message:

"Thanks for the Bhajans. I enjoyed it very much. Will listen tomorrow again. Thanks to DLS. Kind regards and best wishes".

 Tomorrow, 1 May 2020 we are audio-streaming a special All Souls Day Satsang. For devotees who have not yet joined the group, please follow this link to join the WhatsApp group:  (See programme below)

Our gratitude to our Divine Master and Pujya Swami Sahajananda for making these online audio stream Satsangs possible during the COVID-19 lockdown period to combat the scourge of this virus.

Ganga Saptami


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