Dec 29th.  Today is Swami Venkatesananda's Birthday!

"Swami Venkatesananda was absolutely dedicated to Gurudev's service. He didn't mind working for 12, 16, 18, maybe sometimes 24 hours. I'm not joking. There have been days when Swami Venkatesanandaji decided to work round the clock for 24 hours. One day he did a marvel. He completed a manuscript, put it before Gurudev and then brought it to the press in the evening. They worked the whole night, and the next morning they put the finished book, bound and everything, before Swamiji. It had been completed in 24 hours. Gurudev paid them a visit when this work was going on after the night satsang and arati was over and prasad had been distributed. He went out of the bhajan hall and said, "I'm going out." Because all the lights were on and the press was working, the cat was out of the bag. He was simply overjoyed. "Oh, marvellous, wonderful!", he said. And then immediately he sent someone out, "Oh, go and run and make some hot tea (it was winter), bring it in a big kettle, and give it to everyone!" He spent half an hour in that printing room, going all over the place like a child suddenly rejoicing in a new toy. He went round and round the printing department, the composing department (then it was all hand-composing), and the binding department--and the next day the book was out. This was a wonderful dedication.

Even now I have not been able to understand how he was able to serve Gurudev, work for him, correspond with devotees, working for 12 to 16 hours. At the same time he managed to go and serve Swami Achintyananda, the homoeopath, and become an expert homoeopath. He also took veena lessons and became a very good veena player. And at the same time he was a Good Samaritan, at the disposal of devotees who visited Gurudev. How did he find time to do all these things and at the same time pursue his own studies? There was some genius in him, and this same genius worked during these twenty years, when he made the whole of the world his field of work, bringing Gurudev's teachings into every country." - Swami Chidananda

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Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!

Tomorrow (Dec. 29th) is the holy occasion of revered and worshipful Sri Swami Venkatesanandaji Maharaj's 80th birthday anniversary.

In celebration of Swamiji's birthday we uploaded a book by Swamiji titled "Sivananda Yoga". In this book Swamiji expounds on the teachings of the Gita and draws many examples of how Gurudev puts the teachings of the Gita to practice. Please download this book from: http://www.SivanandaDlshq.org/download/download.htm#sivanandayoga

Yours in the service of Gurudev - Pannirselvam

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To Swami Venkatesananda's friends all over the world, you know how fortunate you were to be with him. May you feel Swamiji's presence today and always, as the spirit of vigilance, the spirit of  humility, the spirit of love and compassion. - Richard

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