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Swami Chidananda Sevashram

The Swami Chidananda Sevashram is a monastery for the modern world. We integrate Vedic concepts with modern technology, blending science and spirituality. A blend of ancient wisdom and modern science is required to deal with the challenges of life today, and we hope to inspire a new spiritual synthesis.bodymindspirit

Ayurveda and Yoga were not conceived simply as a system of medicine and a system of physical exercise, respectively. In their original context they are part of a way of life, which, together with Vedanta, addresses the individual’s quest for personal development and self-realisation. We propose to create a model community where people of all ages and backgrounds can live lives based on the principles and practices of Ayurveda for the body, Yoga for the mind and Vedanta for the soul.

We want to teach individuals a holistic approach to living a fulfilling life. By providing instruction in Yoga, Meditation, Vedanta and Ayurveda, we seek to nurture, rejuvenate, improve their well-being and maintain harmony and joy in the midst of today’s stressful life, ultimately leading individuals towards enlightenment.

The Mission of the Sevashram is guided by the words “SEEK DIVINITY, SERVE HUMANITY”. This precept was handed down from Sri Adi Shankaracharya to Parama Gurudev Sri Swami Sivananda, and to Gurudev Sri Swami Chidananda and the current generation of spiritual savants, all serving humanity in pursuit of divinity.

Swami Chidananda Sevashram is a collective vision to promote the teachings of this lineage—to achieve universal well-being through Vedic Knowledge.

The traditional lineage followed teachings based on the belief that all knowledge systems emanate from the Vedas. Vedanta, Yoga, Ayurveda and all other Dharma Shastras are an integral part of the Veda Sampradaya whose goal is universal well being.

The School of Well-Being is established to promote these principles, as enunciated by Parama Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and practiced by Gurudev Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.

Our Principles

  • • Bhakti Yoga is rooted in faith and self-surrender, blossoms as intense Prema and bears the fruit of communion with the Lord Isvara-prapti (ecstasy) or Bhavasamadhi.

    • Karma Yoga is rooted in self-sacrifice, blossoms as Chitta Suddhi (purity of heart) and Chitta-Visalata (expansion of heart) and bears the fruit of Knowledge of the Imperishable.

    • Jnana Yoga is rooted in Sadhana-Chatushtaya (discrimination and self-denial), blossoms as Brahma Jnana and bears the fruit of Moksha or Kaivalya (Absolute Independence), freedom and perfection.

    • Raja Yoga is rooted in Yama (right conduct) and Niyama (spiritual observances), blossoms as Ekagra-Chitta (one-pointedness of mind) and bears the fruit of Asamprajnata or Nirvikalpa Samadhi (Superconscious state).
  • The Yoga of Synthesis, as explained by Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, will form the basis for our journey towards our vision. In the words of Swami Sivananda, “you can combine Nishkama Karma Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Sankirtan Yoga, etc., with Jnana Yoga as the basis. This is my Yoga of Synthesis, which will ensure rapid spiritual progress. A little practice of Hatha Yoga (Asanas and Pranayamas) will give you good health. Raja Yoga will steady your mind. Upasana and Karma Yoga will purify your heart and prepare you for the practice of Vedanta. Sankirtan will relax your mind and inspire you. Meditation will take you to liberation. Such a Yogi has all-round development.”
    “This Yoga of Synthesis will help you to attain God-realization quickly.”
    Thus Swamiji has given a very clear direction. He explains this further as follows – A bird cannot fly without two wings. Though the bird may have two wings yet it cannot fly without the tail. Tail balances and directs the bird to fly in the right direction and saves it from falling. This tail is Bhakti which balances Karma and Jnana. The two wings represent Karma and Jnana. Karma, Bhakti and Jnana are necessary to make you perfect; and to develop the head, hand and heart, and help you in reaching the goal. It is at this stage that one is able to absorb, assimilate and practice the teachings of Raja Yoga effectively.
  • The sampradaya institution has existed in this holy land of Bharata since time immemorial. The word sampradaya is a passive nominal formation from the Sanskrit verb root, sam-pra-da ('to hand down'). It can thus be taken to mean “'the instruction that is passed down in a line of spiritual masters.” This is also called Guru Parampara, and implies that such instruction in spiritual truth is passed down personally from teacher to disciple in a direct chain.

    The Srimad Bhagavatam is the essence of all the Vedas and Vedanta. The great sage, Vyasadeva, thus describes sampradaya in the Srimad Bhagavatam, 'By means of the Mahabharata, I revealed the ancient knowledge of the Vedas as I received it through the guru parampara.' (SB 1.4.29).

    Lord Krishna tells Uddhava, "In the course of time, the Vedic message was lost in the great flood of universal destruction. Then I once again spoke this religious knowledge about myself to Brahma, who told it to his oldest son Manu. Then Bhrgu and the seven great sages received it from him.'(SB 11.14.3-4."

    This is the Veda sampradaya through which the Swami Chidananda Sevashram aspires to achieve its vision of “universal well being”. This sampradaya includes the study and practice of all knowledge that emanates from the Vedas—the purest and untainted form of teaching.
  • A learned masters says, “where Ayurveda ends, Yoga begins”. "Shareeram Aadyam Khalu Dharmasaadhanam" – the body is the primary requisite for realising Dharma. “Healthy mind in a healthy body” is another saying that we have all heard several times.

    Ayurveda is essential for maintaining the health of the body; so that one can then go on to greater spiritual pursuits using Yoga and Vedanta.

    Achievement of moksha or liberation is the common vision of all these knowledge systems; in its pursuit, Ayurveda focuses on physical well-being, Yoga focuses on mental well-being and Vedanta focuses on spiritual fulfillment.

Application & Activities

The above forms the basis for the functioning of Swami Chidanadnda Sevashram. The application and the activities will be as follows -

Application:

SCOOL OF WELL BEING JNANA YOGA & RAJA YOGA

CHIDANANDA SMRITI MANDIR BHAKTI YOGA

SEVASHRAM KARMA YOGA



Activities:

Seek Divinity and to Serve Humanity is our principal motto.

Swami Chidananda Sevashram will endeavor to achieve this through the practical application of –

Ayurveda for the sharira (body)

Yoga for the manas (mind)

Vedanta for the aatman (soul)



• Practice, preach and promote both Ayurveda and Yoga as a way of life.

• Conduct short term training programs to inspire and motivate participants to go deeper into the tenets and practice of Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda.

• Conduct long term intensive courses to help inspired participants to go deeper.

• Naama japa, bhajans and kirtans throughout the day to inculcate bhakti yoga

• Establish and create an ideal community based on the Seva of different kinds – seva to the senior citizens, children, women, vrddha, baala, aatura, stree and svastha seva.

• To strive to create an awareness among the surrounding villages by running various medical and educational projects for the welfare of the locals.

• Documentation and archiving of all material of the learned sanyasins of yore and today for the sake of the future generations

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Our Teachers

Swami Vishwarupananda
Swami Vishwaroopananda

Swami Vishwarupananda is a living Yogi. He is a Master Yogi who is well versed with the greatest Yoga traditions. Hatha Yoga as taught in the Sivananda Tradition and Satyananda Tradition is his expertise. A practical Yogi… read more

Swami Omkarananda
Swami Omkarananda

Swami Omkarananda grew up around the great lady saint of India, Ma Anandamayi. As a student of engineering he had a very close association with Gurudev Swami ChidanandajiMaharaj of Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh… read more

Swami Yatidharmananda
Swami Yathidarmananda

Why should I burn incense sticks? Why do you bang the bell so hard?” “How can you worship a living person as a Guru? Growing up in Cuttack, Odisha, Swami Yatidharmananda had a thousand questions like this about our culture… read more