Mahasivaratri which means "the great Night of Siva" was observed at all Ashrams and branches of Divine Life Society of S.A on Monday, 4 March 2019. The programme at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills comprised messages from our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda, an audio message from Pujya Swami Sahajananda, a DVD by the Master entitled, Wisdom of Sivananda, recorded Bhajans by our Master and Pujya Swamiji, Bhajans & Kirtans by devotees, chanting and offering of bael leaves to the sacred Siva Linga, video & power-point presentations, an audio recording of a play, "Old Drum New Palace" written by Sri Swami Sivananda, dances, readings, sacred Mantras in praise of Lord Siva and classical dances. The programme was further enhanced by the melodious Bhajans and Kirtans, classical dances and musical renditions by the following guest artists: Ketan Parshotam and daughter Jiya, Sri Solly Pillay & Troupe, Sri Manesh Maharaj, Kumari Roanna Moodley, Sri Jay Udith & team and Sivananda Dance Academy. We express our heartfelt gratitude to them for their divine outpourings and professionally executed presentations.
In the reading on the "Glory of Sivaratri" written by our Divine Master, Lord Siva told Parvati, "The hunter was able to enter My abode and ward off death by simple fasting and offering of a few Bilva leaves, however involuntary it might be, because it was the night of Sivaratri. Such is the solemnity and sacredness associated with the night!"
The Sunlit Path maintenance programme that was held on Thursday, 21 February 2019, at the Sivananda Sunlit Path Centre in Chatsworth, was attended by 53 learners from the following schools: Meadowlands Technical High School, Crossmoor Secondary and Woodhurst Secondary. In the welcome address, we informed learners that this programme will not only assist them to overcome drug addiction and other social ills, but will also contribute to academic success and enable them to enjoy a well-balanced life.
This most auspicious event was observed at the Sivananda International Cultural Centre, La Mercy, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on Sunday, 3 March 2019. The function commenced with a Ganga Havan at 7am at the Bhagirathi Hall which has three Ganga fountains with water cascading from one fountain to the other. It is extremely beautiful. The sound of cascading water has a soothing effect on the mind.
The honour of unveiling the 2019 Centenary Picture of the Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda, which took place at the first Sivananda Day Satsang for 2019 at SICC on Sunday, 5 January, was accorded to Sri Rabichand Deonarain, a senior devotee who was associated with Pujya Swamiji since 1950. We reproduce herewith the speech delivered by Sri Deonarain before the unveiling:
“The dates 1 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 Sri Swami Sivananda and the Birth Anniversary of Sri Swami Sahajananda, respectively. The Society will be releasing a number of publications as part of the centenary celebrations.