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December 2009 Blog Posts (30)

What is music? Has it got any power to soothe the aching mind?

Music is a system of harmonious, melodious and rhythmic sounds capable of producing

inner peace and an inexpressible thrill of joy. Music is one of the sciences which deal with Nada

(Sabda) which is the first vibration of Brahman represented by the Pranava - Om. All the Sapta

Svaras - Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni - which evolved themselves later into the various vocal

sounds first originated out of this fundamental Om, symbolic of Brahman. Music is one of the

fine arts… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 31, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Does the soul take a new body in one year? Does it take ten years? How long does one live upon the subtler planes before reappearing on the earth plane?

There is no definite period of time in this matter. In main, two factors decide this issue,

viz., the nature of the individual Karma and the last impression before death. It may vary from

hundreds of years to a few months even. Those that work out some of their Karmas in other

planes in subtler regions take a considerable time before entering a fresh body. The interval is

very long, for a year of the earth period passes off as a single day on the celestial plane. There… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 30, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

SURYA CHALISA

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Added by VIJITATMA DASA on December 30, 2009 at 12:33am — No Comments

Politics has become the God of the day and is more so in India. Religion has come to be regarded as a superfluous thing. How then is it possible to make everyone believe in God and religion?

It is wrong to regard that politics has got some of those very people had fashioned those

precedence over religion. In personal life, the majority of mankind does believe in God; and in

India, there is undercurrent of religion throughout the land. Politics is only a surface activity

thrust upon most people due to socio-economic forces.

When one gets knocks and blows, when he gets disgusted with the sensual objects on

account of their impermanency, when he gets… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 29, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

I read your writings in “My Magazine”: “Woman is only a rotten leather bag containing urine, pus, wool, blood, etc....

” How can we condemn and deprecate womankind? I think that there is nothing unholy in this universe.



Too much study and a little practice bring bewilderment. To induce Vairagya in the

passionate people, I place such a negative mental picture of women. Really, women are

manifestations of Sakti. Yes, all is holy. All is sacred. All is beautiful. This can be realized and

felt only by people advanced in the spiritual line. Beginners can merely repeat these… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 28, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

How does a person feel when he severs, all of a sudden, all relationships with this mundane world for embracing Sannyas?

When there is a true spirit of Tyaga in any, there can never be any idea of the old

impressions of the world or of past relations with mundane existence. Even if the person

embraces Sannyas without the indispensable Vairagya, he need not necessarily feel for the loss

that he sustains, though the latent Vasanas, Vrittis and Samskaras still lie embedded in his mental

consciousness. A true Sannyasi enjoys the utmost bliss when he cuts asunder all connections

with the… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 27, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Lord’s Mission - Life and Teachings of Lord Jesus

On one Sabbath Day at Nazareth, Lord Jesus claimed for Himself the fulfilment of the prophecy of Isaiah: “The spirit of the Lord is upon Me because he has anointed Me to preach, to heal and to set at liberty.” This greatly enraged the congregation at the synagogue. Though the Lord had been recognised as the Son of God, as a Prophet, and as the Light of the World, by others, to the people of Nazareth, Jesus was but the son of a carpenter! These unfortunate people drove Jesus out of Nazareth.… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 27, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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Added by Kalipriya on December 27, 2009 at 11:03am — No Comments

Does a full-fledged Yogi not feel tempted to test his Yogic powers? Is such testing justified?

A full-fledged Yogi can never have the idea either to test himself or his powers. If such

be the case, he should in no way be considered full-fledged or well-baked. It is only the raw, the

ill-expanded and half-baked Sadhaks or Yogins that will have the inclination to test their own

selves, i.e., their progress, by virtue of the powers they might have acquired.

Yogic powers cannot but manifest in proportion to the amount of progress one makes in

Yoga as per the… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 26, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Spirit Vs. Form - Life and Teachings of Lord Jesus

By now the first disciples had gathered around Lord Jesus. The Pharisees on one occasion found Jesus’s disciples plucking corn on Sabbath Day and eating it. When this was brought to the notice of the Lord, He said: “The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath; so that the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” This greatly displeased the Pharisees who waited for another opportunity.



While Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on a Sabbath Day the Pharisees brought to him a… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 26, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

This creation is the result of Isvara’s Eshana-Matra. Nothing less than or beyond that Eshana can happen....

Isvara is not ordaining things all the time; else He would

be too busy. This means determinism which leaves very little scope for individual effort.



The notion that Isvara ordains things only sometimes and not always and that He would

be too busy if He ordains things all the time is a puerile one. Isvara can look to everything at one

stroke of His Being. There is no such thing as His ‘being too busy’, for He is not like man, using

his senses for the purpose of… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 25, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Spiritual Aspect of Jesus’s Miracles - Life and Teachings of Lord Jesus

Jesus, after the period of His seclusion and austerities, came back to his native village, eager to impart His wisdom to his fellow-men. John the Baptist had already declared to the people that the Kingdom of God was at hand and called upon people to repent with a contrite heart and effect a change of heart in themselves in order to be able to enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus, too, began with a repetition of this Message. But, whereas John had painted God as a stern Judge, Lord Jesus spoke of… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 25, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Saludos Navideños

A esta gran Comunidad de Yoghis, en estas festividades navideñas -festividad de recogimiento, unión, reflexión y renovación de voluntades para el peregrinaje en pos del Sagrado Silencio y las Sagradas Palabras-, venga un fortísimo abrazo y los mejores deseos para que juntos sigamos creciendo en el Servicio.

¡Que Cristo renazca en nuestros corazones!

Hare Krishna, Hare Shiva, Hare Cristo.


Eduardo Mendoza, desde Lima, Perú.

Added by Eduardo Mendoza on December 24, 2009 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Why is suicide considered a sin?

Pleasure and pain in life are respectively the rewards of the good and the bad actions of

an individual. If a man suffers, it is a reminder to him to ennoble his life and make his future

happy through the performance of good deeds, self-discipline and right effort.

When a person, convicted to a term of imprisonment by the court of law for having

committed an offence, escapes from the prison, the law demands that he should be rearrested

and given added punishment,… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 24, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Temptations and Triumph - Life and Teachings of Lord Jesus

After the baptism, Lord Jesus resorted to seclusion in the wilderness and practised extreme austerities and fasted. At the end of 40 days of such fasting He was hungry. Austerities and meditation had, no doubt, earned for Him divine powers to work miracles. And, the Lord did perform miracles to save people and to heal them. “Why not use those powers now, convert stones into bread, and appease your hunger,” tempted Satan, the Evil One. But, Lord Jesus resolutely refused to yield to this… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 24, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Merry Christmas

I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

May we all experience the birth of Christ Consciousness again and again.

May Love and Peace Prevail on Earth.

If you can, please join in Holy Midnight Meditation today.

Om Shanti

Love,

Sukadev

Added by Sukadev Bretz on December 24, 2009 at 10:40am — No Comments

SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRISTMAS

Christmas is named after Christ. This is the birthday of Lord Jesus, the Saviour Christ, the Yogi of the East. He was born in a stable at Bethlehem, of Mary and Joseph, the obscure village carpenter. Mary and Joseph made the stable a home for Christ, the King, the Prince of Peace. The birth of Jesus is celebrated all over the world as the sacred Christmas.



Lord Jesus was an embodiment of mercy, love and humility. He was an apostle of… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 24, 2009 at 10:26am — No Comments

How to develop Bhakti?

By Satsang, by repeating the Lord’s Name, doing Kirtan, hearing Kathas, reading the

Ramayana, Bhagavata and the lives of Bhaktas - Bhakta Vijayam and Bhakta Lilamrita - Vishnu

Sahasranama, Narada Bhakti Sutras and Sandilya Sutras. You must develop Vairagya. This is

important. Live amidst Bhaktas. Live in Ayodhya. Respect Rama Nama. You will develop

Rama Bhakti. Live in Brindavan. Study Bhagavata. Do Japa of the Dvadasakshara Mantra,

“Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”. You… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 23, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

God-Incarnate Seeks a Guru - Life and Teachings of Lord Jesus

John the Baptist, son of the priest Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth, had, in accordance with angel Gabriel’s prophecy begun to baptize people and to prepare them to receive the Light of the Lord Jesus. Lord Jesus was now about thirty years of age, and sought John to be baptized by him on the banks of the river Jordan. John recognised Jesus’s Divinity and asked: “Dost Thou come to me, when I have need to be baptized by Thee?” But the Lord had determined to set an example to mankind: spiritual… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 23, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Holiday~Winter Solstice~Reflection

Blessings to you all, my wonderful souls, wherever you are at this very moment reading this, I urge you to look around you. Find something that pleases the eye and flood what ever or whomever it is, with love and appreciation. We never know where we will be tomorrow. Life has many surprises, appreciate when you can, wherever you can. Love, is the word, Love is what this time on this earth requires and hungers for more than anything else. Compassion, understanding... Use your gifts, your talents… Continue

Added by Solvei Kristin McKenna on December 23, 2009 at 5:13am — No Comments

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