It was on 1 August 2017 that the 41-day Sri Hanuman Chalisa was launched at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. Of interest is the fact that this spiritual event attracted the attention of devotees from Germany, Holland and New Zealand.
Two hundred and eight learners (208) from the following schools in Ladysmith participated in our Sunlit Path Programme on Friday, 18 August at the Windsor Secondary School Hall: Windsor Secondary, Ladysmith Secondary, Steadville Secondary, Ladysmith High and Acaciavale Primary. The programme was designed by Swami Sahajananda to assist learners overcome drug addiction, alcoholism, depression and other social ills. At the end of the programme, 180 learners (86%) signed the pledge form to try to keep away from these social ills.
Om Namo Bhagavade Sivanandaya! Om Namo Bhagavade Vasudevaya!
Shri Krishna Janmashtami was celebrated at all Divine Life Society of S.A. Ashrams on Tuesday, 15 August. This is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth Divine Incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Calculations indicate that the year of His birth was 3227 B.C. Krishna Janmashtami is one of the greatest of all Hindu festivals.
"Swami Sahajananda is an exemplary soul. He is a true replica of the divine qualities mentioned in the 16th Chapter of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Simplicity, humility and one-pointed devotion to the Guru—all these combined in equal proportion—this is what Swami Sahajanandaji is." These are the inspiring words of our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda, which were read on the auspicious occasion of Pujya Swami Sahajananda's 92nd Birth Anniversary. This auspicious event took place on Monday, 10 July at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. Devotees from many parts of the country attended to celebrate the life of this great son of South Africa.
One of the most ancient, glorious and eagerly awaited events on the Hindu Calendar, Guru Purnima, was celebrated by Divine Life Society of South Africa on Sunday, 9 July at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills from 6 – 7am and at Sivananda International Cultural Centre, La Mercy from 8am to 12.30pm. Satsang continued in the evening at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills.
Report: A.M Moolla Spes Nova School
The Sunlit Path follow-up Programme for learners from Phoenix was held on Friday, 19 May at the A.M. Moolla Spes Nova School Hall, involving 129 learners from the following secondary schools: A.M. Moolla Spes Nova, Avonford, Trenance Manor and Woodview.
Divine Life Society of S.A., in conjunction with sister organisations in Reservoir Hills and surrounding areas, organised a successful Hindu Dharma Campaign on Sunday, 14 May at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. Despite the inclement weather and Mothers' Day commitments, there was a large turnout, represented by the following organisations: Sri Sathya Sai Organisation of S.A., Reservoir Hills Ramayan Mandalee, Dravida Society of S.A., Sri Sarada Devi Ashram, Shri Sidhdata Ashram and Divine Life Society of S.A. We were pleased that devotees from sister organisations came in support of the event and also held stalls with books and other items produced by their organisations.