The Divine Life Society Bhubaneswar

Welcome to Divine Life Society Bhubaneswar

This web site is dedicated to our beloved Paramapujya Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, on the Holy 98th Birthday Anniversary of Paramapujya Sri Gurumaharaj Swami Chidanandaji on 24th September 2014

God has given us a great gift in the form of this human body. The only purpose of this human birth, which is very difficult to get, is to realize Him and hence terminate this incessant cycle of birth and death. This web site contains the teachings of the great teacher of the 20th century, Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. Practice of his teachings will confer on one the state of supreme blessedness, viz. God-realization, which is your birthright. In order to inspire and strengthen ones faith in the Lord, we have included some inspiring messages and the lives of some saints who have trodden the path that we are now attempting to. May God bless you with uninterruptef spiritual progress and attainment of Bliss, Peace and Illumination.

The Crest of the Divine Life Society symbolizes the synthesis of the four great paths to God-realization, viz., karma yoga, bhakti yoga, raja yoga andjnana yoga. As the Society stands primarily for the propounding of the great system of yoga in all its methods, it has adopted an insignia which is indicative of practical spiritual life. The four mottoes in the Crest, viz., SERVE, LOVE, MEDITATE, REALIZE, represent these four yogas, respectively.

In the Crest, the two hands that offer a lotus symbolize the dedication of all action as an humble offering to God, which is the way of karma yoga, by which attachment to work is severed and duty is performed with devotion. Also, the firm grip of the hand over the lotus symbolizes that one who is established in karma yoga, in its real sense, has within his grip the yoga of synthesis, the practice of which is called 'Divine Life'. The waves of the ocean shown in the Crest represent the sublimated emotions of the devotee on the path of bhakti yoga whose affections are transfigured in love of God. The waves of bhakti surge from the ocean of the devotees' God-loving heart. The petals of the lotus forming in periphery of the Crest represent the path of raja yoga by which one gradually transcends all the psychic levels or centres, whose form is akin to that of a lotus. The chakra or the energy-centre in the middle of the eyebrows is the main operational centre for meditation in raja yoga. The rising Sun, with 'OM' in its Centre, represents the dawn of spiritual Wisdom and Realization of the Atman through the practice of jnana yoga. As the system of raja yoga combines some aspects of bhakti and jnana, the ocean and the rising Sun are shown as enclosed within the lotus. This is the Integral Symbol of The Divine Life Society.

Thought for the Day
09 Mar 2021

" Whatever you may do, wherever you may be, and in whatever manner you may be living; if you are consciously trying all the time to reach out towards Him, to draw nearer and nearer to Him – then you are living a life of Yoga, no matter what shape your external life might take. "

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