Newsletter - May 2012
Trikonasana (Triangle) Posture. Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course: March 5 - April 1, 2012.
Immerse yourself in the practice of Yoga and gain the skills to teach it to others. Experience a profound transformation. Make the world a better place.
Elaine Valdov, Daniele Giovannucci, Kenneth Johnson, Dada Nabhaniilananda, Andrew Cunningham
Grace Van Berkum and Randi Smith
Stacie Dooreck (Saraswati)
Brahmachari Shankar and Sita Chaitanya
Rev. Celeste Barrett
Om Namah Sivaya!
Blessed Yogis & Yoginis,
We conclude another beautiful month in the tropics with many programs, courses and events, and we are already preparing for next season. We're excited to have officially opened up the registration for the
A Self-Realized Being Never Ceases to Serve
What happens when a realized person dies? Does he ever choose to come back to help others?
Answer: A Self-realized being does not die, and a Self-realized being never ceases to help others; a Self-realized being always helps others. That's one of the characteristics of a Self-realized being.
A Self-realized being does not die because death is an illusion due to ignorance. He never truly dies because he has conquered death. He has transcended death. You may see that his physical body dies, but this is an illusion, this is not real.
You may remember, in the Bhagavad Gita, that when Arjuna desired to abandon his duty and refrain from battle, Lord Krishna basically said to him, “Look, I don't have any desire to fulfill; there is nothing that should be attained that is not attained by me. And even so, I act.” He points out to Arjuna that everything He does, He does for the welfare of all beings. Like the Lord, the Self-realized person also exists for the welfare of all creatures, of everyone. A Self-realized being never ceases to serve. A Self-realized being is the greatest servant of all. So there is service before Self-realization, and there is service after Self-realization, and although the nature of the service before and of the service after is different, there is a similarity.
The difference is that a Self-realized being has a very great capacity to serve, an extraordinarily great capacity to serve. So a Self-realized being truly can serve to a degree that is beyond our comprehension, and he serves not just generally -- it's not just a general type of serving -- he also serves in a specific way, in a very personal way. There are many many ways in which a Self-realized being serves, many many ways, and he never ceases to serve; he always serves.
Swami Swaroopananda is the Acharya (spiritual director) of Sivananda Yoga Centers and Ashrams on the West Coast of the United States, in the Middle East, and in the Bahamas, and is one of the foremost disciples of Swami Vishnudevananda. This article is from one of his spontaneous question and answer sessions, which he frequently offers at Sivananda centers and ashrams all over the world.
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Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and the co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He has practiced meditation for over 35 years. His latest book, Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom shows readers many effective ways to light up the brain circuits that relieve worry and stress, and promote positive relationships and inner peace. www.rickhanson.net
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Swami Sivananda taught that the first wealth is health. Health is the basis of all virtues and as such is an invaluable asset to any spiritual aspirant. Indeed, one who has good health has hope, and whoever has hope has everything. During our Easter and Passover Symposium, we explored healing methods under various traditions and learned how to connect to the Divine Energy for healing and spiritual prosperity. The video below highlights our Passover Seder Celebration held on April 6th with Swami Swaroopananda.