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REAL LIFE

Friends!
Free yourselves from egoism and attachment.
Discipline thy minds and senses through detachment.
Identify not with the body, which is illusory.
Have a balance of mind in pleasure and misery.
Work is worship.
Serve all, the poor, the sick, the needy and all.
Service purifies the heart and the soul.
Service leads to knowledge.

That is the goal.

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Sivananda daily reading

NOTHING BELONGS TO ME

This will remove your Mamata(mineness).

There are thousands of people who have no mental strength.

The strength that will preserve the tranquility of the mind, and which will enable you not to become a slave to the allurements of the objects and become pleasure-deers.

The strength that will enable you to smile away all losses and calamities, and say ‘Noting has happened.’

This strength you can have if you fix your mind on that Eternal…

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"The sun does not shine there, nor do the moon and the stars, nor do lightnings shine and much less fire.

All the lights of the world cannot be compared even to a ray of the inner light of the Self.

Merge yourself in this light of lights and enjoy the supreme Deepavali.

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REAL HAPPINESS

Have full faith in Apta Vakyas – the words of seers and Yogis who have realised and have given their emphatic declaration in the Upanishads – Yo Vai Bhuma Tat Sukham; Na Alpe Sukham Asti- Chandogya Upanishad 7.23.1 (The Infinite is the satisfying happiness. In the finite no happiness). You can get that Supreme Bliss only in that transcendental Bhuma which is not conditioned by time, space and causation. But man is deluded into thinking that he can obtain bliss from the…

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UPANISHADIC INSTRUCTIONS

You will never find these instructions in the books that you study in the University.
Let us all adopt the Bhava mentioned in the Upanishads.
Let us all follow the instructions contained in the Upanishads.
Then your hearts will be purified; all the evil Vritis(a wave in the mind lake) of the mind will be eradicated and the knowledge of the Self will descend in to that purified heart.
We shall realise the Atma or Brahman.

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Gitamrutam

Gitamrutam





Fearlessness, purity of heart, steadfastness in Yoga and knowledge, alms-giving, control of the senses, sacrifice, study of scriptures, austerity and straightforwardness, (16:1)





Harmlessness, truth, absence of anger, renunciation, peacefulness, absence of crookedness, compassion towards beings, uncovetousness, gentleness, modesty, absence of fickleness, (16:2)





Vigour, forgiveness, fortitude, purity,…

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PRANAVA-OM Sivananda’s address to Students at the Calcutta Univercity. Om. In the beginning there was the Word, the Word was with God, the Word was God. That Word is OM. It is the word of power. …

PRANAVA-OM

Sivananda’s address to Students at the Calcutta Univercity. Om.
In the beginning there was the Word, the Word was with God, the Word was God.
That Word is OM.
It is the word of power.
It is your real name.
Your real name is not Chatterjee, Banerjee, or Roy.
It is OM.
Let us, therefore, chant OM with feeling, with Bhava(feeling).
Om is infinity, eternity, Satchidananda, Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute.

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IMAGINATION

Maya works her havoc through the imagination.

Woman is not beautiful, but the imagination is beautiful.

Sugar is not sweet, but the imagination is sweet.

Food is not palatable, but the imagination is palatable.

Man is not weak, but the imagination is weak.

Understand the nature of Maya and the mind and become wise.

Curb this imagination of the mind by Vichar or right thinking and rest in Brahman, wherein there is neither imagination nor…

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PRAYER

Pray to Him daily with system and regularity.

Take His sweet DIVINE NAME without fail.

Worship His picture with a few flowers or an agarbatti.

Then you will see that He gives you the strength necessary for quick progress.

He will teach you intelligent methods of improving yourselves and getting success all your works.

He will give you courage and cheerfulness too.

This is a secret which all great men and saints knew and thus they become good,…

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[Chidananda] Divya Jivan Newsletter, September 2015

Divya Jivan Newsletter

Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad

September 2015

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OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!

OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!

OM Namo Narayanaya!…

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PATH OF RENUNCIATION

That which follows you to the end is your actions and sadhana only.

Even the silken thread that is tied around your waist will be removed for the use of your grandson.

You will be gauged not by what you have spoken, but by how religiously you have earned name and fame and the purity of your thoughts and motive.

Take refuge in renunciation.

Work for the good of humanity. Meditate vigorously.

This is the secret way to attain the state…

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GOD IS TRUTH

Satyena labhyah tapasA hi esah AtmA Samyak jnAnena brahmacaryena nityam (Mudaka III,1-5).
The Rishis have prescribed this method to attain God, the abode of Eternal Peace and Bliss.
God is Truth.
Brahman is Truth.
He is stained by speaking truth.
There is no harmony between your thought, word and speech.
You think one thing, you talk another thing; and you act in a third way.
Man has become corrupted.

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DESERT EVERYTHING FOR GOD-REALISATION

Mira Bai deserted her husband;

King Bhartrihari his wife;

Vibhishana his brother, Ravana;

Bali, his Guru Shukracharya;

Prahlada, his father Hiranyakashipu.

You can desert anyone who stands in the way of your God-realisation.

If you have intense spiritual thirst after God, and if you have a passionate wife, wealth, power, position to pull you down, what is the earthly use of having such disastrous…

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MAYAIC CREATION

The illusory sensual objects invade the mind and cloud the understanding.

But a man of dispassion and discrimination is always vigilant.

Maya is afraid to approach him.

Abandon these selfish struggles for amassing wealth.

March direct to that wire-puller who is moving these toys flesh -human bodies-who is keeping up this big show, who is behind this show.

In Him only will you find lasting happiness and perennial joy.

Merge in Him by…

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MAYAIC CREATION

Tell me now friend: what do you really want in this illusory world?

Happiness, or pain?
Joy, or sorrow?
Have you understood the illusory nature of the Mayaic creation?
This world is a mere appearance.
The mind and the senses are deceiving you at every moment.
You have mistaken pain for pleasure on account of clouded understanding.
There is not an iota of happiness in this sense universe.
Maya is very powerful.

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SUPREME GOODNESS

God works through your hands and eats through your mouth.

On account of ignorance and Abhiman(Egoism) you have forgotten Him.

This mortal Physical Sheath is an illusory Mayaic Production, smile, whistle, laugh jump, dance, in joy and ecstasy.

Sing Om, Om, Om! Rama, Rama, Rama, Shyama, Shyama, Shyama! Sivohm, Sivohm, Sivohm!

Come out of this cage of flesh.

Thou art not this perishable body.

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SEEK GOD

The unseen power.
Know that God is unseen power that dwells within us.
He is the living Truth.
With no shore, no limit, like an ocean with all beings as its bubbles, God is neither in heaven above, nor down below, but in everyone, everywhere.
Beyond all and yet embracing all with infinite power, unfathomable knowledge, inexpressible bliss and ineffable splendor, God alone exist.

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SWAMIJI WRITES

Life is very precious.

Time is very precious.

This world is your body.

This world is a great school.

This world is your silent teacher.

Live in the present; forget the past.

Give up mundane hopes of the future.

Think rightly.

Act rightly.

Learn to discriminate.

Acquire spiritual wealth.

It is most precious and inexhaustible.

You create your own world of worries and troubles.

No one forces it…

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Tight IT band

I am 62 and have had a long success streak with yoga helping me feel great. I am very disciplined and do yoga everyday for decades, but I believe that must be my current problem as my routine was pretty much the same everyday and very centered on hip openers. Though I have had a double herniated disc for decades and yoga has made it a non-problem. Now I have sciatica for 3 weeks with no improvement- the doctor who had been a major…
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Sivananda daily reading

MY PRAYER

May I be of some use to the suffering humanity,
a refuge of the helpless,
a guide to the seekers,
a doctor to the sick,
a solace to the distressed,
a friend to the afflicted,
a lamp to those who need light,
a prop to those who walk with faltering steps
and boat to those who wish to cross this ocean of Samsara.

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