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Significance of The Holy Guru-Purnima Day

Significance of The Holy Guru-Purnima Day

Jul. 19 | Sankaram Sankaracharyam Kesavam Badarayanam; Sutra-Bhashya-Kritau Vande Bhagavantau Punah Punah I adore Lord Siva, Lord Vishnu, Bhagavan Vyasa and Sri Sankaracharya. I again and again prostrate to Sri Vyasa who wrote the Vedanta Sutras, and to Sri Sankaracharya...

Guru-Bhakti Yoga

Guru-Bhakti Yoga

Jul. 17 | Just as Kirtan-Sadhana has been made the special Kali-Yuga Sadhana for quick God-vision, even so herein you have the new Yoga, a Yoga most eminently suitable for this age of doubt and scepticism, pride and egoism. It is Guru-Bhakti Yoga. This Yoga is...

The Role of The Guru

The Role of The Guru

Jul. 17 | Ajnana-Timirandhasya Jnananjana-Salakaya; Chakshurunmilitam Yena Tasmai Sri Gurave Namah. Prostrations to that Guru who, by the collyrium-rod of Knowledge, opens the eyes of those who are rendered blind by the darkness of ignorance (Guru Gita). The Guru...

GANGA DUSSEHRA

GANGA DUSSEHRA

Jun. 29 | by Swami Sivananda The Ganga came out of the Supreme Being. She entered the feet of Lord Hari and reached Vaikuntha. She issued from Go­Loka and passed through the regions of Vishnu, Brahma, Siva, Dhruva, Chandra, Surya, Tapa, Jana and Maha, and reached...

Sri Sankaracharya Jayanti

Sri Sankaracharya Jayanti

May. 21 | Sri Jagadguru Adi Sankaracharya By Swami Sivananda Introduction Chaos pervaded all through India in the matter of religion and philosophy. Sect after sect, such as Charvakas, Lokayathikas, Kapalikas, Shaktas, Sankhyas, Buddhas and Madhyamikas sprang...

Significance of Ramnavami

Significance of Ramnavami

May. 4 | by Swami Sivananda Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram SALUTATIONS to Lord Rama, an Incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is measureless, who is of the nature of pure Consciousness and bliss, who is the consort of Sita, Master of Sri Hanuman, and the Lord of the...

Lord Siva and His Lilas

Lord Siva and His Lilas

Mar. 10 | Swami Sivananda Siva is known by the name ‘Girisa’, as He is the Lord of the Mount Kailasa. Siva is called ‘Tryambaka’, because He has a third eye in His forehead, the eye of wisdom (Jnana Chakshus). The word ‘Hara’ is derived from the root...

The Significance and Observance of Mahasivaratri

The Significance and Observance of Mahasivaratri

Mar. 1 | This falls on the 13th (or 14th) day of the dark half of Phalgun (February-March). The name means “the night of Shiva”. The ceremonies take place chiefly at night. This is a festival observed in honour of Lord Shiva. Shiva was married to Parvati...

Sri Gita Jayanti

Sri Gita Jayanti

Dec. 16 | PHILOSOPHY OF THE BHAGAVAD GITA - Swami Sivananda The philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita is no other than the philosophy of the Upanishads. But in one respect it has gone a step further, in that the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita has brought the philosophy...

Christmas—Its Spiritual Meaning

Christmas—Its Spiritual Meaning

Dec. 10 | -Swami Sivananda Christmas is known to all men the world over historically as the memorable day of the birth of Jesus, the Saviour. Though it is true that Christmas is thus celebrated as the day of the advent of Christ into this world, yet it also symbolises...