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Do intense Mantra repetition for a week from time to time

Do intense Mantra repetition for a week from time to time

Do Anushtan frequently. Live on milk and fruits for a week. Observe Mouna or silence and do Japa and meditate in an intense manner.

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By Swami Sivananda, from the Book Amrita Gita.…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 30, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Surrender to the Lord

Say unto the Lord: ‘I am Thine, all is Thine, Thy Will be done’. Feel you are an instrument in the hands of the Lord, that the Lord works through your mind, body and senses. Offer all your actions and the fruits of the actions unto the… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 29, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Nine kinds of devotional practices.

Practise the nine modes of devotion or Nava-vidha Bhakti, viz., Sravana (hearing the Lilas of the Lord), Kirtan (singing His Name), Smarana (His remembrance), Padasevana (service of His Feet), Archana (offering flowers), Vandana (prostrations), Dasyam (servant-Bhava), Sakhya (His friendship), and… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 28, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Five kinds of Bhavas (devotional feelings)

The five kinds of Bhavas are: Santa Bhava, Dasya Bhava (master-servant relation), Vatsalya Bhava (father-son relation), Sakhya Bhava (friendship), Madhurya Bhava (the relationship of lover and beloved). Bhishma had Santa… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 27, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Repetition of a Mantra

Repeat your Ishta MantraOm Namah Sivaya , Om Namo Narayanaya, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya—mentally, sometimes verbally when the mind wanders.…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 26, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Visualisation as an Aid to Devotion

Keep a picture of the Lord and concentrate on it—the face or feet or the whole picture. Then visualise the picture in your heart or the space between the two eyebrows.

Swami Sivananda

From the book: Amrita Gita, by Shri Swami…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 25, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Name of the Lord

The Name of the Lord is your sole refuge. It is your prop, shelter and abode. Name is divine nectar. Nama and Nami are inseparable

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From Amrita Gita by Swami Sivananda, copyright The Divine Life Society. Swami Sivananda was…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 24, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Prayer



Pray to the Lord thus; “O Adorable Lord of Compassion and Love! Give me faith and devotion. Let my mind be ever fixed On Thy Lotus Feet. Let me have constant remembrance of Thee. Let me sing Thy glory always.”
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Taken from Amrita Gita,…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 23, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Aids for developing Bhakti

Sattvic food is a help to devotion. Take milk, fruits, etc. Evil company is an enemy of devotion. Give up evil company. Take recourse to Satsanga or company of the saints.

Swami Sivananda

From the book: Amrita Gita, by Shri…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 22, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How to develop Bhakti

Japa, Kirtan, prayer, service of saints, study of books on Bhakti are all aids to devotion.

Sivananda

By Swami Sivananda, from the Book Amrita Gita. Swami Sivananda lived from 1887-1963. He was…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 21, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Faith

Faith is necessary for attaining God -realisation. Faith can work wonders. Faith can move mountains. Faith can take you to the inner chambers of the Lord, where reason dares not enter.

Sivananda

 

Swami Sivananda lived…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 20, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Cultivate Bhakti, Devotion to the Lord

Bhakti grows gradually just as you grow a flower or a tree in a garden. Cultivate Bhakti in the garden of your heart gradually

Sivananda
From Amrita Gita by Swami Sivananda, copyright The… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 19, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Supreme Devotion

Para Bhakti and Jnana are one. Bhakti melts into wisdom in the end. Two have become one now.

Swami Sivananda

From the book: Amrita Gita, by Shri Swami Sivananda Maharaj,…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 18, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Two kinds of Bhakti

Bhakti is of two kinds, viz., Apara Bhakti (lower type of devotion) and Para Bhakti (highest Bhakti or Supreme Love). Ringing bells and waving lights is Apara… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 16, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Effects of Bhakti, Devotion

Bhakti is the greatest power on this earth. It gushes from one’s pure heart. It redeems and saves. It purifies the heart.

Swami Sivananda

From the book: Amrita Gita, by Shri Swami Sivananda Maharaj, 1887-1963.Copyright…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 14, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What is Bhakti

Bhakti is supreme love towards God . It is love for love’s sake. The devotee wants God and God alone. There is no selfish expectation here.

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 13, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What is God ?

God is love. Love is God . God is nectar. God is Prema

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 12, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Effects of inner sound meditatin

The sound entraps the mind. The mind becomes one with the sound as milk with water. It becomes absorbed in Brahman or the Absolute. You will then attain the Seat of Eternal Bliss.

Sivananda

 

Swami Sivananda lived 1887-1963. His teachings are as much inspiring today as they were half a century…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 11, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How to hear the Anahata Sounds

Hear the sounds through the right ear. Change your concentration from the gross sound to the subtle. The mind will soon be absorbed in the sound. You will get knowledge of hidden things when you hear the seventh. You will hear Para-Vak when you hear the eighth sound. You will develop the divine eye when you hear the ninth. You will attain Para Brahman when you hear the tenth.…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 10, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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