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Sivananda daily reading

On the subject of "Sadhana" - Swami Sivananda

 

"Act now. Live now. Know now. Realize now. Be happy now.



Every death is a reminder. Every bell that rings says, "The end is near". Every day robs off from you one part of your precious life. Therefore, you should be very earnest in plunging yourself in constant Sadhana.…



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Sivananda daily reading - 27th January 2015

Swami Sivananda
The circle of darkness and degeneracy has reached its climax. Come now, arise victorious, and step up towards the zenith of perfection that awaits you. Live with a definite purpose - do not roam about aimlessly. Walk with a definite aim. Climb the hill of knowledge steadily, and reach the summit of the temple of Brahman, the grand abode of the life immortal. Contd…

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Swami Sivananda: Saturday 17 January 2015

Swami SivanandaThe spiritual path may in the beginning appear to be very hard, thorny, precipitous, and slippery. Renunciation of objects gives pain at the outset. If you struggle hard to tread the path, if you once make a strong determination and firm resolve, then it becomes very easy. You get interest and a new joy. Your heart expands. You have a broad outlook on life. You have a new wide vision. You feel the help from the invisible hands of the indweller of your heart. Contd…

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THE NAME IS OMNIPOTENT

The Name of the Lord is a potent and unfailing antidote for those who are bitten by the serpent of worldliness. It is a nectar that can confer immortality and perennial peace. The God of Death is terribly afraid of those who repeat the Name of the Lord. He cannot approach them. Repeat the Name of the Lord al all limes and attain the state of fearlessness.

May the Lord guide you in all your activities! May He enlighten your path, enabling you to achieve the goal of life, namely,…

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Why haven’t you engaged yourself in the active field of service to humanity, Swamiji, just as Gandhiji had done? ...

Unlike him, you have secluded yourself on the banks of the Ganges without entering the political field at all.



God has endowed each man with certain talents and marked out the field of service for

him. Wisdom lies in finding out those talents and utilizing them in selfless service to humanity,

in accordance with His will. Gandhiji’s was a political field of service. Mine is the field of

renunciation, Sannyas and Nivritti. For us to exchange places would be like a…

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The Atman is different from the body and is not affected by the latter’s doings. The body is reborn a number of times according to its Karma and goes through life and death as per the Supreme Will...

If this is so, then who goes to hell or heaven?

The real experiencer of anything, in an individualistic way, is neither the Self nor the

physical body. It is the mind that is the centre of individuality, that individualizes and imprisons

a ray of the Atman in what is called the individual soul. And it is this mind, as embodied in the

subtle body, that undergoes the pleasure of heaven or the pains of hell, or for that matter, any

experience through a gross or a subtle…

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Pray Sincerely

Have intense faith in God and have proper understanding of the scriptures. Take refuge in

Vairagya. Do not waste time in idle gossiping. Time is fleeting. Utilise every moment in His

worship and service. Develop humility, Kshama, patience and the spirit of service. Be sincere and

true. The Lord is quiet close to you in your heart. Cling to His Name with leech-like tenacity. You

will enjoy Supreme Joy.

Pray to God for purity, devotion, light and knowledge. Pray in any…

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In an Ashram where you have gathered together young spiritual aspirants, ...

promising to guide them in their rapid march to the Goal of life, viz., Self-realization, why do you encourage dance, drama and music?



The question betrays an ignorance of the fundamental principles of music and dance.

They are divine. I should request you to remember that Lord Krishna with His inseparable flute

and Mother Sarasvati with Her Veena remind you that music is divine. Lord Nataraja reminds

you that dance had its origin in Him. The wickedness of man would…

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What is the best method to check the advance of lust?

Lust is but a natural tendency of the mind. The best method to check the impulse is the

way of intense and deep Vairagya by a study of religious books, by constant Satsang with

Mahatmas (noble souls), by self-enquiry or “Who am I?” enquiry, by close observance of the

ways of the world, and by an understanding of the diseases and the spiritual degradation that

result from over-indulgence. Remember the saying of the Lord in the Gita:

Trividham Narakasyedam Dvaram…

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How to remove indigestion?

Eat when you are hungry. Do not eat anything between meals. Eat slowly in a calm

mood. Chew properly. Eat moderately. Avoid many combinations of food. Drink a glass of

water one hour before or after food, never with a meal. Fast on Ekadasi. Eat nothing before 9

a.m. or after 7 p.m. Take care of your teeth. Just before or after a meal, avoid all exertion, mental

or physical. Relax at least for half an hour. A long brisk walk is beneficial. Paschimottanasan,

Halasan,…

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What is the best method to check the advance of lust?

Lust is but a natural tendency of the mind. The best method to check the impulse is the

way of intense and deep Vairagya by a study of religious books, by constant Satsang with

Mahatmas (noble souls), by self-enquiry or “Who am I?” enquiry, by close observance of the

ways of the world, and by an understanding of the diseases and the spiritual degradation that

result from over-indulgence. Remember the saying of the Lord in the Gita:

Trividham Narakasyedam Dvaram…

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How to remove indigestion?

Eat when you are hungry. Do not eat anything between meals. Eat slowly in a calm

mood. Chew properly. Eat moderately. Avoid many combinations of food. Drink a glass of

water one hour before or after food, never with a meal. Fast on Ekadasi. Eat nothing before 9

a.m. or after 7 p.m. Take care of your teeth. Just before or after a meal, avoid all exertion, mental

or physical. Relax at least for half an hour. A long brisk walk is beneficial. Paschimottanasan,

Halasan,…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 2, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Swamiji, I have often come across this word ‘Kala’ in the Indian scriptures. What exactly is meant by it?

It is the Great Time personified. It is the destroyer of name and form. In the Hindu

pantheon, there are various gods and goddesses who are members of the divine hierarchy. Just as

we have our government here composed of various ministers and officers, the celestials who rule

the world, too, have their own deities who control the various aspects of creation, preservation

and destruction of this world. Some are in charge of the various elements like air, fire and…

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Swamiji Maharaj! What is your idea about Nirguna Brahman? Does it mean only Shunya? In that case, it does not very much appeal to us. Who would like to meditate on nothingness?

Nirguna is not nothingness. It is the fullness of everything that is good. Nirguna is

plenitude. In it you find all auspiciousness, all goodness, all beauty, all joy, all health, all

sweetness, all purity, all peace, everything developed to perfection. From a distance this fullness

becomes inconceivable and so the sages called it Nirguna. Once they reach there, they get

merged in that inexpressible experience. It is not nothingness, but it is everythingness,…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 30, 2013 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Introspect

Watch your mind and thoughts. Introspect and practise self-analysis. Avoid evil company.

Understand the way of Maya. Be on the alert. Be very humble and simple, remember God at every

moment.

Remove arrogance, self-conceit and laziness. Develop humility to a maximum degree. Be

sincere. Serve all with love. Respect your elders and parents. Lead a simple, laborious life.

Cheer up your spirit. Have Perfect trust in God. Keep the mind fully occupied. Practise…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 29, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Search, Understand, Realise

Hold fast the lamp of Dharma. Entertain thoughts of Divine Love. Preserve equanimity in

success and failure. Restrain the senses. Calm the mind. Fix it on God. Soar high in the realm of

bliss. Behold unity. You will have cosmic vision.

Give up all sorts of fears, anger, care, worries and anxieties. Do not be disheartened by

failures. Pain is the best thing in the world. It is an eye-opener. Never forget this.

Dear friend, can economical sufficiency and a few more…

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Enquire “Who Am I?”

Develop patience, tolerance, mercy and love. Practise Vichara. Enquire, “Who am I?”

Serve others With Atma Bhava.

Have firm faith in Srutis and Sastras. Regulate your conduct when you deal with others.

Prostrate before everybody mentally. Possess a keen longing for liberation and intense Vairagya.

Be sincere and earnest. Develop your will-power. Conserve all leaking energy. Draw up a daily

routine and stick to it tenaciously. Grow. Expand. Get success in life.…

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Start Quest Of Self

Work with a heart within and God overhead. Have a profound faith in the will of

Providence. Meditate on the divine attributes of the Lord viz., mercy, cosmic love, beauty of

beauties and All-pervasiveness. You will get success in life and God-realisation.

Keep open the portals of your heart by removing selfishness, greed, lust, so that the

Almighty Lord may come and dwell therein. Give up all useless discussions and proceed

straightaway in the quest of the Self or…

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God Is The Inner Ruler

God is the inner Ruler. He goads the body, mind and senses to work. Become an instrument

in the hands of the Lord. Do not expect thanks or appreciation for your work. Do actions as your

duty and offer them and their fruits to the Lord. You will be freed from the bonds of Karma. Your

heart will be purified soon.

Repeat the Mantra, “I am Thine, All is Thine, My Lord. Thy will be done.” Throw all burden

on Him and be at ease. Do not keep any desire for you. Destroy…

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Root Yourself In God

Understand clearly the aim of your life. Chalk out the line of work that is congenial to your

aim. Work hard to realise the ideal. Have your ideal before you and try every second to live up to it.

Develop a strong desire to remove carelessness and forgetfulness. Have confidence in your

own powers and faculties.

Keep up your mental poise amidst the changes of the world without consideration of

success or failure, gain or loss, pleasure or pain. Have the mind always…

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