Om Namah Sivaya
The world is experiencing much unfortunate conflict right now. In his time, Swami Vishnudevanandaji flew over the Suez Canal and visited Israel and Palestine several times, meeting the leaders there, and advocating for peace. He believed in dialogue and surrendering the ego in times of conflict, and his actions did not always have the desired impact. This did not deter him in his continuous effort to promote peace in the world, irrespective of results. Swamiji always explained that, in any conflict, innocent people will suffer the most. The egos between leaders are always placed above the interests of innocent people, and that in order for peace to prevail, leaders must practice daily meditation and yoga.
In the present geopolitical situation, selfishness predominates, and lives are placed in jeopardy. While citizens do not ask for conflict, their leaders present it as being what people wanted, all for their own personal power and selfish motives. As human beings we must pray for all those suffering. Collective prayers help send peaceful vibrations around the world and help us to stay balanced and reasonable.
War and conflict disturbs our breathing patterns and impacts our brain and mental health. More so than ever, we need daily meditation and yoga practice to survive in these turbulent times. The peace and happiness that we experience with those practices can certainly make an impact within our families, workplaces, and communities. Let’s practice and pray together for these conflicts to end.
The month of November also brings up emotions and a stronger connection to Swamiji, as it was on November 9 that he attained mahasamadhi, and on November 11 that we immersed his body in the Ganges (jalasamadhi) at our ashram in Netala, Himalayas. For many years since then we have conducted a bhandara on November 9, feeding Himalayan sadhus and giving them necessary provisions and other items to help them survive the cold winter.
The bhandara is a charitable act which is well received by the sadhus in the Himalayas and provides them benefit on behalf of our Guru Swami Vishnudevananda. This year the family of one of our Indian Trustees is sponsoring all the bhandara expenses in the memory of Mr. Anjaiah, who left us recently, due to a health issue. Dual Structurals in Chennai, together with their family members and their employees will be present for this event, along with the other Indian Trustees, senior staff, and various well-wishers of the organization.
We are happy to report that we have just started an 18-month-long SIYVAM course with an enthusiastic and serious group of sadhakas who seek to delve deeply into yoga practices and find answers for the questions, “Who Am I?”, and “Where am I going in life?” We wish them every success in their endeavour.
We appreciate your support and blessings for the Sivananda Yoga Sandesha Newsletter which celebrates its first anniversary with this issue. We thank all involved in publishing this beautiful newsletter which keeps us updated with the events and teachings of the organization, for the benefit of our community and the general public.
Over the past year Sivananda Yoga Sandesha has grown to include into four different free offerings, and platforms to share the teachings more widely:
And also two other platforms currently under development:
- Sivananda Yoga Sandesha Teachings, a work in progress bringing inspiring teachings in the realized saints’ own words to inspire and motivate
- Sivananda Yoga Sandesha Magazine, a yearly or bi-yearly magazine available in both print and online versions
Please keep your eyes and heart open for these offerings and continue to support Swamiji’s mission. Your support always motivates us to do more for society.
May Master and Swamiji’s blessings be with you all.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centres, India