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Teachings of Swami Sivananda's Blog – April 2012 Archive (22)

YOUR INNER GUIDE

Conscience is the li[ht of the Soul that burns within the chambers of your heart. It is a form of truth. It is the guiding voice from within.

Virtuous actions, charity, benevolence, nobility, generosity, acts of mercy, practice of truthfulness, Brahmacharya and Ahimsa sharpen conscience. On the other hand, falsehood, a cruel and immoral life, crookedness and deceitfulness kill the conscience. A man of guilty conscience is always restless and un¬happy in this world and in the next also. A… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 25, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

What is the purpose of singing Kirtans constantly?

Singing of Kirtans incessantly will produce divine vibrations within and these vibrations

are so powerful as to counteract all external forces distracting the human mind and arrest the

wanderings of the mind, bringing peace and happiness to the individual. There is a mysterious

power in the Divine Name that singing it purifies the heart and mind and makes the Kirtanist

God-conscious.



From "… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 21, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

How can a person, who has been thinking in a negative way for a long time, change to positive thinking?

Let him start with some positive suggestive formulas: “I am hale and hearty. I am

healthy. There is nothing wrong with me. I was under a misconception of my own abilities and

capacities. Now I have realized my real nature”. Let him do it with the help of some person

advanced in Yoga or a devotee of the Lord. Let him start with a prayer to the Lord. Let him

make prayer a part of his daily life and ‘a must’ in life. All negative thinking will end and he will

become quite… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 20, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Swamiji, what is the sense in worshipping the Guru as people do here in India? Isn’t that slavery? You mean to say that the disciple becomes the slave of the Guru?

Aren’t you grateful to the man who serves you and helps you? Don’t you express your

gratitude to him in some form or the other? If you behave that way with a man who has helped

you a little bit in a secular way, how much more ought to be your gratitude to the man who shows

you the path to the Supreme? He has given you new life, nay, immortality and eternal bliss. Can

you refrain from expressing your gratitude to him? Actual worship of the Guru is the Indian way

of… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 19, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

I am a devotee of Lord Siva. Should I go to temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Devi also? And if I go, how shall I worship the Deities there?

Yes, you should never miss an opportunity of visiting and worshipping at any shrine you

come across. When you go to a temple of Lord Vishnu or Devi, worship Lord Siva Himself

there. Look upon the Deity in the temple as another form of Lord Siva. If your father came to

you in the attire of a High Court Judge, or being an actor in a drama, if he came to you in the

dress of a female, will you turn away from him? You will greet him as your own father in any

case. Similar… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 18, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

How long should one practice Sirshasan or Paschimottanasan or Kumbhak or Maha Mudra to awaken the Kundalini? Nothing is mentioned on this point in any book on Yoga.

It all depends upon the degree of purity, stage of evolution, the degree of purification of

the Nadis and the Pranamaya Kosha, and the degree of Vairagya and yearning for liberation.

A student starts his Sadhana from the point or stage he left in his previous birth. Some

are born with account of purity and other requisites of realization on their having undergone the

necessary discipline in their past life. They are born Siddhas. Guru Nanak, Jnana Dev of Alandi,

Vama… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 17, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

When the Jiva undergoes transmigration and takes another birth after leaving this physical body, is it necessary that we should perform the Shraddha ceremony for him? He is no more in the heavens. ...

To whom will the ablations go?



The Pitris remain in heaven, Pitri Loka or Chandra Loka, for a very long period. The

enjoyments in heaven and the peace of the departed soul are enhanced by the performance of the

Shraddha ceremony. Likewise the sufferings of the departed soul in worlds other than heaven are

mitigated by the performance of the Shraddha ceremony by his sons. Thus, in both cases, the

performance of Shraddha is a great help.

And even if the… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 16, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

When the Jiva undergoes transmigration and takes another birth after leaving this physical body, ...

is it necessary that we should perform the Shraddha ceremony for him? He is no more in the heavens. To whom will the ablations go?



The Pitris remain in heaven, Pitri Loka or Chandra Loka, for a very long period. The

enjoyments in heaven and the peace of the departed soul are enhanced by the performance of the

Shraddha ceremony. Likewise the sufferings of the departed soul in worlds other than heaven are

mitigated by the performance of the Shraddha ceremony by his sons.… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 14, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

What are the marks of spiritual progress? How can I know whether he is advanced in the spiritual path or not?

Peace, cheerfulness, contentment, dispassion, fearlessness and an unperturbed state of

mind under all conditions indicate that you are advancing in the spiritual path.

Spiritual progress is not measured by Siddhis or powers, but only by the depth of your

bliss in meditation.

These are sure tests of your spiritual progress:

Is your interest in inner spiritual activity and outer Sadhana increasing day after day?

Does spiritual life mean to your consciousness a matter… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 13, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

I understand the biggest mistake an aspirant often makes is to falsely identify lower Samadhi with higher or the highest Samadhi; but, how can a man who makes such a mistake guard himself against it?

When one rises to the state of Samadhi, he does not make the mistake of doubting as to

whether it is lower or higher or the highest. He knows what it is without doubt, quite naturally.



From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 12, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Why do the Hindus give more importance to the Bhagavad Gita than to Uttara Gita?

The Bhagavad Gita is more comprehensive and detailed in the exposition of the

philosophy and teachings of Sri Krishna. Rather, it is a magnum opus among the scriptures of

the Hindus, and so, in substance and scope, it is more important than the Uttara Gita, also of Sri

Krishna. But please note that there are many Gitas, such as Anu Gita, Avadhuta Gita and so on,

all of which are helpful to the spiritual aspirant. Yet, among all Gitas¾quite a few dozens of

them, major… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 11, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Which among the Yogic Asans will help a married lady to keep her youth for a considerable period?

Sarvangasan, Matsyasan, Sirshasan, Padahastasan, Halasan, Paschimottanasan and

Chakrasan, coupled with Yoga Mudra and Viparitakarani Mudra, help quite a lot to keep up

bodily poise and tension. All these need not necessarily be taken up simultaneously. Whichever

of these are found convenient can be practiced, along with Pranayam, within the boundary limits

of health and not overriding the limitations of her sex. A lover of Yoga - male or

female - should have restricted… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 10, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Is it true that death (voluntary or otherwise) places us in a more conducive environment in the next birth for the ...

fulfillment of certain deep-rooted desires which are otherwise difficult to fulfil in this life?



Death need not necessarily place one in a more conducive environment in the next birth.

That depends upon the quality of man’s actions during the present birth as well as in the remoter

past. It is true that our desires guide our future births to a great extent.Death need not necessarily place one in a more conducive environment in the next birth.

That depends upon the… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 9, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Can you, at a distance half across the earth, intuit the nature of my lifemission?

Your life-mission is absolute dedication of all your faculties to the Lord, and not to be

curious to know how He is to make use of you. It is not for nothing that He has hidden from our

view His higher purposes. Our little mind cannot reason out the meanings of events which He

brings to pass. So He does not take off the veil nor need we be curious to know. Surrender

yourself to Him completely. He has already chosen you and He will give you commissions from

time to time.… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 8, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

What is the feeling of a Jnani when he eats a mango or some delicious food?

He has not the idea of Bhokta, Bhoga and Bhogya (enjoyer, enjoyment and enjoyable).

The eating of a mango will not produce any Samskara in him. He will not think again at a certain

time, “I ate a delicious mango at Mr. Raman’s bungalow last year”. He has not the Kama

Sankalpa. He is free from the Bhav, “Aham Bhokta” or “I am enjoyer”. He is aware of the

hunger. He is aware that hunger is the Dharma of the Pranamaya Kosha and that something or

the other should be thrust… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 7, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Lord Krishna—The Supreme Lord

Salutations to Lord Krishna, the Supreme Lord, who is the Indweller of our hearts, who is Existence Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, Bliss

Absolute,

who is the Soul of this universe, who bestows Immortality on His

devotees,

who is the source for everything and who took a human form for the

benefit

of the gods and His devotees, to destroy wickedness and to establish

righteousness.



I bow to that Para Brahman, the Supreme Self, from whom is…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 7, 2012 at 5:30am — No Comments

How is it that we see many wicked persons flourishing in this world while the good souls suffer? Why is God merciful to some and heartless to some else?

This is an age-old question, as old as the world itself. The great Bhishma shed tears when

he was on his death-bed. When questioned why he cried, he replied that the Pandavas were great

devotees of the Lord and always abided by the laws of Dharma. Above all, the Lord was

constantly with them in the form of Krishna. And yet they underwent so much of suffering.

Some wicked persons do flourish in this world of hypocrisy, but it does not mean that

they are free from… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 6, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Difficulties and anxieties upset me in every way. Failure and troubles face me on every side. Domestic duties trouble my Sadhana. What shall I do, my Lord?

Don’t be afraid. Remember the saying, “Even this will pass away”. Write this on a piece

of paper in bold types and fix it on the wall in your room. Difficulties and troubles are

Agamapaya. They come and go. Read Verse 14 in Chapter 2 of Srimad Bhagavad Gita.

Become a hero. Stand firm as a rock. Live in the Centre. Live in Om. Live in Truth or Atma.

Nothing can shake you. Difficulties will make you more strong and endow you with more

endurance. Mysterious are His ways.… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 5, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

I am having spiritual practice for the last three years. I do not find any improvement. Why?

There is improvement. Your mental images are strong and steady now. Remember that

there is no barometer or thermometer to read your spiritual progress in the spiritual realm. You

are now giving only half of your mind to God. Collect the dissipated rays and give the full mind

to God. I assure you, “You will realize Him this very moment”.



From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 4, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

At times I feel that I am entrapped in Maya and try to extricate myself. ....

At other times I feel that I am the Atma which is changeless and pure. I am looking for your Kripa which will certainly take me out of this ocean of troubles. Any instructions?



You are in the struggling stage. You are doubtless progressing. You will soon be

established in your real Svarup. Fear not. Plod on. Persevere. Don’t look back. March on

boldly. The goal is very near. Be a Sakshi of all your actions. You are Asanga, Akarta

(unattached, non-doer). Thou art that… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on April 3, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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