सदाशिव समारम्भाम् शंकराचार्य मध्यमाम्
अस्मद् आचार्य पर्यन्ताम् वंदे गुरु परम्पराम्
Sadashiva Samarambham Shankaracharya Madhyamam
Asmad Acharya Paryantam Vande Guru Paramparam
Beginning with Sadashiva, through Adi Shankaracharya in between and upto my own preceptor
I bow with reverence to the entire tradition of preceptors
The state of yoga is reflected in the perfection of every action. Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj lived this perfection in action every moment of his life. His actions gave his words the authority and his actions demonstrated how the pursuit of perfection and excellence is an every moment’s affair in our daily life.
Yoga means union of mind, body and spirit with the Divine. This is the ultimate Goal. Although this may indicate a certain state of consciousness both individual and universal, it is a way to help one reach this ultimate Goal.
Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj devised a simple, direct, practical and pragmatic method that leads us in that direction of spiritual evolvement from the teachings of His Guru Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj.
It is for this reason we, his disciples and devotees, felt the need to create a center that will assist humanity wherever possible to discover their inner potential for goodness, virtue, honesty, truth, and enlightenment. And thus lay the foundations of a humane world for all of us to live in.
Swami Chidananda Sevashram is an effort to achieve this state of Yoga, a state of universal well-being through the Veda Sampradaya in the Sivananda parampara. It is the coming together of many souls united by the lineage in pursuit of this common vision. All knowledge systems emanating from the Vedas including but not limited to Vedanta, Yoga, Ayurveda and all other Dharma shastras – will be an integral part of the Veda sampradaya that we will follow to achieve the vision of universal well being or moksha which all our shastras have as their common vision.
Our inspiration is Pujya Gurudev Swami Chidananda who embodies the description of a realized soul as described by Vasishta muni in Yoga Vasishta:
“He is neither gladdened nor irritated at anything, nor engages in any matter, nor employs himself in the accumulation of earthly effects. He does not annoy anybody, nor is he annoyed by anyone.
He does not worry about theism or atheism, nor torment his body with religious austerities; he is agreeable and sweet in his demeanor, and is pleasing and gentle in his conversation.
He is learned in the Shastras, and takes delight in their exposition; he knows all people and both past and present; and knows also what is good and bad for any, and is content with whatever comes to pass on him.
They resemble the robust rocks on the seashore, withstanding the force of the dashing surges of worldly troubles and afflictions; which overwhelm and bewilder the minds of mankind.
These saintly men are resorted to by good people only at the time of their utmost danger and distress; and these and the like are the signs, whereby these good hearted people, are distinguished from others.”
The above are just a few of the qualities ascribed to holy and wise men; and these are the qualities in revered Gurudev Swami Chidananda that prompted us to place this offering of love and devotion at His feet.
We at Swami Chidananda Sevashram aspire to nurture these qualities in others while we live up to them ourselves and become a community of people committed to the vision of ACHIEVEMENT OF UNIVERSAL WELL BEING THROUGH Vedic Guidelines (VEDA SAMPRADAYA) IN THE SIVANANDA PARAMPARA.
We desire to be a platform for all wisdom to practically serve the purpose of well being at all levels – PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL or MENTAL, SPIRITUAL, SOCIAL and ENVIRONMENTAL We are committed to the achievement of SUKHA (health or happiness or liberation) for which we make the following commitments –
- We will be constantly be focused on the removal of the Mano Doshas (impurities of the mind).
- We will practice the Yoga of Synthesis as enunciated by Swami Sivananda.
- Our entire work will focus on balancing the head, the heart and the hand – through Jnana, Bhakti and Karma – and to consequently reach the practice of Raja Yoga.
- We are committed to the tattva or core principles in our Shastras. Our endeavour will be to instill this commitment in the younger generation and thus spread the message of Yoga, Vedanta, Ayurveda and other such practices.
- Our Shastras talk about dharma, artha, kama and moksha wherein discipline, resources and relationships form the base for the achievement of moksha – this will be the path that we will adopt in pursuit of our goal.
- Our dharma will include :
- Utpadana or creating the space and the resources for the practice
- Dharana or sustaining the practice
- Palana or protecting the practice
- Posana or nourishing the practice
- Viniyoga or disposal in the classical way of re-cycle, re-use, re-store
- Artha and Kama or resources and relationships will only be a tool to achieve the vision; we commit that they will never become the vision in itself.
- We invite like-minded souls to join us in the pursuit of this vision.
The state of yoga and vedanta is reflected in the perfection of every action. Gurudev Swami Chidananda lived this perfection in action every moment of his life. His actions gave his words the authority and his actions demonstrated how the pursuit of perfection and excellence is an every moments’ affair in our daily life. Yoga-Vedanta in daily life is what he insisted upon as the solution for the modern man.
We at Swami Chidananda Sevashram shall all work in brotherhood to propagate and actively practice the gospel of this noble selfless service, of universal love and brotherhood, of peace and serenity in every movement of our being and of Vedanta in daily life.
Our mission, in Gurudev’s name, shall be to work for human understanding and unity. It shall be to make all recognize the essential oneness of the seemingly differences, to bring the Light of Dharma and Godliness into the life of young humanity and to inculcate in it faith in sublime and enduring values.
Most of all our mission shall also vitally concern itself with the dissemination of this knowledge of sublime divine living, into all the corners of our troubled world. While we carry on Gurudev’s Mission, we shall all endeavour, each one of us, to practice what we preach, and to make our life and actions an expression of what we believe in and try to propagate it unto others.
This, then, shall be our earnest mission—to live for and radiate the highest ideals of Bharatavarsha (India). We, the humble disciples of this most revered world-teacher, our Guru, Swami Chidananda, will strive all our life to bring into the lives of all the ideal of spiritual living and Dharmic activity.
From this Ashram, the knowledge of Yoga and Vedanta shall stream forth to nourish the coming generations of human society. They will stream forth to make fertile the garden of human hearts, so that, in them, may blossom forth the flowers of goodness, of kindness and compassion, of selflessness and sympathetic service, of noble virtue, simplicity, holiness and godliness.
From this Ashram, the living Spirit of Chidananda shall radiate unto all parts of the world, the light of Nishkama Karma (motiveless service), Bhakti (devotion to God), Sadachara (righteous con- duct), Dhyana (spiritual meditation) and Jnana (wisdom of the Self). Here flies high the banner of Tyaga (self-renunciation) and Sakshatkara (Self-Realisation).
From this Ashram, the voice of Chidananda shall continue to sound forth His clarion-call, proclaiming: “Life is a most precious gift of the Divine. It is a means to a lofty end. The goal of life is God-Realisation and the attainment of Divine Perfection. Rare is human birth. Utilize it well. Serve all. Love all. Worship the Divine. Commune with Him through daily meditation. Realize the Self and be free.”
Swami Chidananda Sevashram will engage itself in the noble humanitarian service of propagating this ideal life into all the societies of Bharatavarsha (India) and the world. It will propagate the message and lofty teachings of Chidananda, and shall also strive through all its members to practice such a life so that each may become a living example of what the association strives to disseminate.
May it become for all, the radiating centre of Vidya, Bhakti, Seva and Abhyudaya. May the Sevashram develop into an effective channel for the Light of Dharma and the Ideals of India, to flow into all parts of Bharata and the world outside.