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Swami Sahajananda's 59th Sannyas Anniversary

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Pujya Swami Sahajananda's 59th Sannyas Anniversary was observed on Friday, 10 April at Sivanandashram, Reservoir Hills. It was on this day in 1956 that the Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda initiated Pujya Swamiji into the Holy Order of Sannyas. After the Sannyas Ceremony in 1956, the Master said, "Swami Sahajananda is styled as the spiritual king of South Africa, Durban. He is also called the African Chota Guru. He does not want anything. He is a silent worker. He is a man of renunciation, Vairagya and meditation. He is a very good organizer."

In a message on Sannyas, written by Pujya Swamiji on 1 June 1981, Pujya Swamiji said, "If we are running away from our troubles, then we can be sure that it is not real renunciation. We should do our duty and complete all our worldly duties. Renunciation should be the outcome of dispassion and discrimination and not just running away from our difficulties."

 "The fact is that neither the life of a Sannyasin nor the life of a householder is better. The thing we have to do is to see that we follow the Dharma that pertains to our station in life. If we do that faithfully, that is what our scriptures call Swadharma. It means to do your duty in the best possible manner. It is by discharging our duties satisfactorily that the mind gets purified. Try to do a little bit of Tapas. Try to lead a hard life. A little bit of fasting, a little bit of mortification is quite necessary."

Pujya Swamiji concluded this inspiring message with the following words, "The moment we let go of the Guru's hand, we are in danger. But the saint never lets us go; it is we who wrench ourselves away; he does'nt let us go. Gurudev is taking care of you and knows everything that's going on. We needn't get agitated that we are not getting this and not getting that. Do whatever has to be done. Do your work with all love, and don't worry what you get. That is what you call love, the love that the Gopis had."

The much-awaited book, Divine Life for Children was released as an offering at the lotus feet of our Divine Master, Sri Swami Sivananda on this auspicious 59th Sannyas Anniversary of Sri Swami Sahajananda. In the Publisher's Note in 1992, Pujya Swamiji wrote, "Children are the citizens of tomorrow. They are the future hope of mankind. If good spiritual and moral training is given during the early period of a child's life, there will be very little difficulty experienced later."

This book is an excellent guide to children of the present time. The life-stories of Rishis, tales of great heroes and heroines of the epics, the glorious scriptures, all these will inspire children to read more about them in later life.

We conclude by expressing our gratitude to our Rishikumars and Rishikumaris who have renounced the world and dedicated their lives to the mission. They are playing a valuable role in the printing press, in our projects, in our Satsangs, in our Sunlit Path Programmes and in various silent ways. Their presence is a blessing to the Society. We express our admiration and reverence for the bold and courageous step they have taken to tread the spiritual path, forsaking the pleasures of the world in pursuit of the bliss of God.

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