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Teachings of Swami Sivananda's Blog – May 2011 Archive (30)

Vairagya, Dispassion

Dull Vairagya will not help you in attaining perfection in Yoga. You must have Para Vairagya or Theevra Vairagya, intense dispassion.

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 31, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Concentrate on the Third Eye

Concentrate on Trikuti (the space between the two eyebrows) with closed eyes. This is the best spot for concentration. The mind can be easily controlled, as this is the seat for the mind.

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

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

What is Abhyasa, practice

Any practice which steadies the mind and makes it one-pointed is Abhyasa. You must practise Yoga steadily with great patience and zeal. Then alone will you attain perfection.

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Taken from Amrita Gita, by Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj,…

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Samyama

A Raja Yogi practises Samyama or the combined practice of Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi at one and the same time and gets detailed knowledge of an object.

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

Siddhis and spiritual progress

Do not run after Siddhis, spiritual powers. Siddhis are great temptations. They will bring about your downfall.

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

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Control your thoughts

By controlling the thoughts the Sadhaka attains great Siddhis, mental powers. He becomes an adept. He attains Asamprajnata Samadhi or Kaivalya.

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

States of the Mind

The mind passes into many conditions or states as it is made up of three qualities—Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.  Kshipta (wandering), Vikshipta (gathering), Mudha (ignorant), Ekagra (one-pointed), and Nirodha (contrary) are the five states of the mind.

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

Be regular in meditation

Never miss a day in meditation. Regularity is of paramount importance. When the mind is tired, do not concentrate. Do not take heavy food at night

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From Amrita Gita by Swami Sivananda, copyright The Divine Life Society. Swami Sivananda was a self-realized Master and a very practical…

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

How to deal with unwanted thoughts in Meditation

If evil thoughts enter your mind, do not use your will force in driving them. You will tax your will. You will lose your energy. You will fatigue yourself. The greater the efforts you make, the more the evil thoughts will return with redoubled force. Be indifferent. Become a witness of those thoughts. Substitute divine thoughts. They will pass away.

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By Swami Sivananda, from the Book Amrita Gita.…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 23, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Relax in Meditation

Never wrestle with the mind during meditation. Do not use any violent efforts at concentration.

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Taken from Amrita Gita, by Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, 1887-1963. Copyright Divine Life Society, Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh. More Informations:…

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

Take the Middle Path

Do not mix too much. Do not talk too much. Do not walk too much. Do not eat too much. Do not sleep too much. Do not exert too much.

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Taken from Amrita Gita, by Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, 1887-1963. Copyright Divine Life Society, Muni Ki…

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

Dispassion

Reduce your wants. Cultivate dispassion. You will have progress in Yoga. Vairagya thins out the mind.

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Swami Sivananda lived 1887-1963. His teachings are as much inspiring today as they were half a century ago. A life in accordance to his inspiration can lead you to joy, love and…

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

Obstacles tto Concentration

Sleep, tossing of mind, attachment to objects, subtle desires and cravings, laziness, lack of Brahmacharya, gluttony are all obstacles in meditation

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

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

Aids to Concentration

Retention of breath, Brahmacharya, Sattvic food, seclusion, silence, Satsanga , not mixing much with people are all aids to concentration.

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From the book: Amrita Gita,…

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

Raja Yoga, the Yoga of Mind Control and Meditation

Real Raja Yoga starts from concentration. Concentration merges in meditation. Meditation ends in Samadhi .

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

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What is Asana, Pranayama and Pratyahara

Any easy, steady, comfortable pose is Asana, posture for meditation. Asanas steady the body. Pranayama, breathing exercise, checks the outgoing tendencies of the mind. Pratyahara, directiong the mind inside, gives inner spiritual strength. It removes all sorts of distractions. It develops will-power.…

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

Meditation and Ethical Development

He who practises meditation without ethical perfection, without the practice of Yama-Niyama cannot obtain the fruits of meditation. Purify your mind first through the practice of Yama-Niyama. Then practise regular meditation. Then you will attain illumination.…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 15, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Ahimsa – Non-Violence

Ahimsa is perfect harmlessness and positive love also. This removes the brutal nature in man and strengthens the will

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

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

Niyama – personal discipline

Niyama is observance of five canons, viz., Saucha (internal and external purity), Santosha (contentment), Tapas (austerity), Svadhyaya (study of religious books and repetitions of Mantras), and Ishvarapranidhana (self-surrender to God , and His worship).

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

Yama – the ethical teachings

Yama consists of five parts, viz., Ahimsa (non-injury), Satyam (truthfulness), Asteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (celibacy), and Aparigraha (non-covetousness).…

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

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