This section is from the "Advices on Spiritual Living" book, by Sri Swami Chidananda.See also A Call to Liberation.
Immortal Atma Swarupa.
Blessed seeker after Truth!
Loving Namaskars. Greetings and goodwishes in the holy names of Lord Jesus and of Lord Krishna Whom we remember with deepest adorations and worshipful love during this closing month of this present year. Two memorable dates associated with these two world teachers occur closely together this year. The inspiring Anniversary of blessed Lord Krishna's Divine discourse (Bhagavad Gita) given to the blessed birth of Jesus Christ happen this year on 23rd Dec. and 24th Dec. The main point of my letter to you here is to pray to you all to open your hearts to the Divine Messages of Krishna and Christ and thus help to restore Love, Peace and Joy in today's world. Beloved friends, Jesus seeks today entry into your hearts. Even so thus Lord Krishna, the call of Whose seeks to reach your hearts and awaken in it a longing within you for the life Divine, a life pure with Truth, Love, Selflessness and Brotherhood. Hearken to Their call O citizens of the world. Receive the Gita and the New Testament at one and the same. They differ not in the essences. For they come from but one source only. The Eternal Divine speaks to Man through the words of Jesus Christ and Sri Krishna. Blessed are those in this modern world of greed, falsehood, who will follow the simple yet sublime teachings of these Divine Teachers of humanity. The hope of the world, the welfare of man, the guarantee of survival and the key to happiness lie in following the Wisdom teachings and the way of life bestowed to you through the Gita and the New Testament. Therein is presented the solutions to the problems that confront mankind in this conflict-filled world of this atomic century. Proclaim and broadcast this Krishna-Christ message of Love, Compassion and Service. Propagate far and wide and to every corner of the earth, these true and pure teachings of Jesus and Janardan, unfettered by narrow doctrinaire and dogma, bigotry or fanaticism that plague vested religion. Practice it at home. Personify it in yourself. Live it in your daily life. Help to establish goodwill amongst mankind, peace on earth by the resolute rejection of the selfishness, anger and greed which are gateways to perdition. Through friendliness, kindness, gentleness and genuine humility (Maitri, Karuna, Mardava and Nirahankara) help to make the Kingdom of Heaven prevail upon earth. Let this be your main aim, ambition and self-chosen task in the coming New Year that now approaches. May the twin Lights of the world illuminate your heart with Divine Wisdom and Love.
After midnight vigil of Christmas Eve, this servant of Gurudev will have to leave for Andhra Pradesh to attend its Tenth Annual D.L. Conference. This time, I am travelling by train specially to make a halt at Bhopal, en route at the request of Sri Girdhar B. Chandwaney of the Divine Life Society of Bhopal. Therefore, the very first programme of Satsang discourses, etc., will be at the Bhopal D.L.S. this year's tour. The dates are Dec. 26th and 27th. Our party will arrive on 26th morning and depart on 28th morning for Gudur and thence to Kottapalam which we reach on 29th Dec. Devotees in and about Bhopal area may contact Sri Girdhar B. Chandwaney, Secretary, Divine Life Society Branch, near Safia Abi Masjid, Noor Mahal Road, Bhopal (M.P.). Now, I have to make a special request. The Ashram needs a qualified Medical Practitioner for the hospital here at the D.L.S. Headquarters. The services of a doctor are required specially for the General Hospital but also for the Eye Hospital as revered Mataji Swami Hridayananda finds the pressure of working single handed telling upon her health and likes to have some relief through the help of a suitable doctor who would also be able to look after the part of the work now shouldered by her alone. As I had promised to take an early step in this matter I include this information in this letter. If any of you can help us to meet this need for a qualified doctor for our General Hospital mainly but with knowledge of eye-work also, I shall be grateful. I would prefer a comparatively young and active person but with a spirit of service if not actively spiritually-minded.
Reasonable pay and living arrangement would be provided. A bachelor or a widower is preferred for the post. If you have any suggestion please write to us and address the letter to Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj, General Secretary, D.L.S., P.O. Sivanandanagar, Ditt. Tehri Garhwal, U.P. Write on the envelope personal'.
To all our friends in other countries I wish a MOST HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a wonderful NEW YEAR. May god bless you all. May the beauty of Christ-Love and radiance of Krishna-Light enrich and illuminate your life. May your days be filled with auspiciousness and blessedness. May you abide in Joy, Bliss and Immortality. Om Jesus! Jai Sri Krishna!
With regards, Prem and Om,
Yours in Sri Gurudev
1st December, 1966.
Sivanandashram Letter No. XXXVI