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Sivananda's Personality-80

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27/03/2017.

It was another principle which the Master adhered to in all his work—attention to details and thoroughness of execution. If something was to be done at all, it should be done well, not in a slip-shod way, no matter what the work was, and how big or small it was. Then only will such work become worship of God.

On August 3, 1956, the Master laid the foundation stone for a market in Rishikesh. After he returned to his cottage, his disciples discussed the way in which he had done the stone-laying. Many felt that the Master need not have taken the trouble to do the actual work of the mason.

"Swamiji, generally big individuals, when they lay the foundation stone of an important building, merely place a little bit of mortar as a formality."

"But I am not a big man," remonstrated the Master, and explained his attitude in the matter. "All that we do should be done with all our heart and soul, and to the maximum perfection possible. As the saying goes, ‘Eve…

Sub : Complaint against Kamal Haasan for his quip about gambling in Mahabharata :

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Opinion
21/03/2017.
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Sub : Complaint against Kamal Haasan for his quip about gambling in Mahabharata :

Ref : Illusion of becoming beyond one's own level -

'In a recent interview with a Tamil channel, Kamal Hassan had made a comment about how in the epic tale of Mahabharata, Panchali was used as a pawn while the men gambled. He observed how she was used as a collateral and India is a country that respects and honours a book that revolves around men using a woman to gamble away as if she was a mere object."

1. Tamil people  install cinema actors on the top of the tower, without any sense,

2. There are many incidents and examples, where unnecessary elevations to worthless stupid actors in TamilNadu,

3. This elevation made the actors think themselves in very larger way, and speak foolish things,

4. There is a tendency in misusing epics terms in films, and quote Gita, spell slokam-s without any co…

Sivananda's Personality-79

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18/03/2017.

On July 11, 1950, a devotee was introduced to the Master. "This Is Banibai, Swamiji. For the past twenty years she has been doing Hari Katha Kalakshepam in South India. In fact she wanted to conduct a Kalakshepam here also..."

The Master did not wait for him to complete the sentence. "Yes, yes, I will arrange for it tonight. She must conduct the Katha here. This is the holiest place, on the banks of the Ganges. It is a rare opportunity. We will all be elevated and inspired."

The devotee hesitated. "But Swamiji, we have to leave this evening."

"Then I will have it arranged now itself," said the Master, and called out, "O Rajagopalji, ring the bell. Call Palji to play the tabla. Get the harmonium and tanpura. Call everyone. Purushottam, bring some sugar-candy and black pepper. Keep some water here. Vishwanath, spread the carpets. Call all the neighbours also. Nityanandaji, get some prasad for distribution after the Katha."

W…

Sivananda's Personality-78

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11/03/2017.

The Master never forgot the lesson. He never postponed action. When the Siva Linga was to be installed in the Ashram Mandir, a discussion arose between two groups of Pundits about the auspicious hour for the performance of the Pratishtha ceremony. The Master came upon the scene.

"Devotees cannot wait for the conventional hour," he said. "Start the Akhanda Kirtan today. There shall be no obstacle in the way." Thus was born the non-stop Maha Mantra Kirtan in the Ashram Bhajan Hall, and the sacred installation in the Viswanath Mandir was gone through without further ado.

Whilst at Swarg Ashram, two of the Master’s disciples decided one day to request him to give them Sannyas. They wrote their wish on a piece of paper and stuck it on his Kutir. When the Master saw the message he said to himself: "There is not a moment to be lost. They might change their minds if I delay even a little."

He brought a barber immediately and, locking him in his Kutir…

Sivananda's Personality-77

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Sri N. Ananthanarayanan

02/03/2017.

It happened during the Indo-Sri Lanka tour. The Master and his party were proceeding in bullock carts from the Rameswaram railway station to the temple. While on the road thus, he heard that a lady, who had been following him from Andhra, desired to be initiated into the Rama Mantra while at Rameswaram.

"If you wish to do a good act, do it at once," said the Master and, stopping the cart, sent for the lady and gave her the Mantra initiation on the spot.

It was in the Master’s tradition. He once narrated the story of his grandfather. The latter was in danger of losing a plot of land to the law twisters. The decision was to be reached the next morning. That evening itself the old man brought all the building materials and engaged all the labour. They worked through the night, and the next morning there stood on the disputed plot a neat little building; and with that the old man’s…