Eat to live and not live to eat. Let your attention not be turned to accumulating food and enjoying the luxuries of life. If you are a whole-time spiritual student who has given up all work and taken to pure Japa and meditation, you can live on one meal a day. You will be free from diseases and your mind will be calm and serene. When you sit for meditation in the morning at 4am you will merge in Brahman.
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 31, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Give to the poor, the sick, the helpless and the forlorn. Give to the orphans, the decrepit, the blind and the helpless widows. Give to Sannyasins and to religious and social institutions.
Charity should be bestowed with humility and joy. You should feel that you are highly honored in getting an opportunity of being of service to another. You must feel that you are actually the receiver. Thank the man who gives you all opportunity of serving trim by doing charity. Give with the right… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 30, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Some retire from service and live on the banks of the Ganges, Narbada and Jamuna. They do a little Japa and meditation, study the Yoga Vasishtha and Upanishads and then imagine that they are fully liberated sages.
They entertain intense infatuation or Moha for their children, and remit their pension to their sons and grandchildren. They will not spend even a pie in charity. They are hopeless, self-deluded souls.
Lord Jesus says: "It is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 29, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Miserliness is a great curse, it is an enemy of oneness and a friend of selfishness. Miserly persons are quite unfit for the spiritual path. People who are generous are very rare. Many achieved great power, popularity, peace and happiness only through a generous heart.
Miserly persons can never dream of acquiring success in life. Their very company is dangerous to spiritually-minded persons. They poison the whole atmosphere on account of their small, corrupted and contracted… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 28, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Who is good and virtuous? One who is devoted to the well-being of all, who can give his all and sacrifice his very life for others, who is endowed with great courage, who follows all the duties as laid down in the scriptures, who is ever ready to work for the welfare of others, is really a virtuous man.
Such a promoter of virtue cannot be seduced from the path of virtue. He is free from lust and anger. He is unattached to worldly objects. Gain and loss, happiness and misery, life and… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 27, 2012 at 7:00pm —
He who is virtuous, who is kind at all times, who is filled with compassion, enjoys great contentment and ascends the superior path of virtue.
The wise man who leads a virtuous life attains eternal bliss, peace and immortality. Those who are generous acquire prosperity in this world and happi¬ness in the next. Harmlessness, forgiveness, peace, sweet and agreeable speech, control of excitement and passions constitute the superior path of the honest and the wise.
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 26, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Never break your promise. Stick to it even if it costs your life. It is better to give up your life in order to secure due performance of a sacred and solemn promise.
"Be slow to make a promise, but be quick to perform it." This is an old adage.
Always say: "I shall try but I do not promise you." Do not get yourself entangled by making promises thoughtlessly. He who keeps his promise is always respected by people. Keeping a promise is a great virtue.
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 24, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Evil is a mere appearance. It is not a reality. It is an illusion. Evil exists to glorify good. Good and evil are not two independent things or entities. They are the two sides of' the same coin.
An evil man is a saint of the future. Transmute evil into good through reflection. Out of evil often good cometh. There is neither absolute good nor absolute evil in this phenomenal world. Good and evil are relative terms.
Behold the good alone in everything. Develop again and again the… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 23, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Selfishness clouds understanding. Even if a man has a tinge of selfishness, he cannot find out what is right and wrong. A very pure, subtle, sharp intellect is needed for this purpose.
You must have a heart that is perfectly purified. You must possess a balanced mind. Be indifferent to the pairs of opposites, like heat and cold, pleasure and pain, praise and censure, success and failure. You must be well trained in selfless service for several years. Then you will get over selfishness and… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 22, 2012 at 7:00pm —
The Gita lays down that the purpose of man's life here is to attain Self-realization. The Lord does not isolate Sannyas from life in the world as do some scriptures that prevailed before the Gita. Observe the condition of the castes and the four stages of life (Ashramas) today and you will readily admit the omniscience of the Lord and His foreknowledge of' the chaos that would envelop humanity.
The Lord therefore enjoined Karma Yoga upon all. "Fill your mind with thoughts of Me, be devoted… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 21, 2012 at 7:00pm —
All creatures and beings come out of God. They go back to Him alone during dissolution. The whole world is the body of the Lord. How can you hurt or dislike another being or creature on the surface of the earth when you have taken God as the object of adoration and love? How can you be selfish? How can you eat all the mangoes in your garden yourself?
When you do not consider another's pain as your own, you have no compassion or mercy. You have no fellow-feeling. You do not rejoice at the… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 20, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Do not hope for anything. Control the mind and the senses. Give up greed and desire. In this way you do not commit any sin although you perform actions. This is Anasakti Yoga.
Free yourself from the pairs of opposites. Be calm and balanced in success and failure. Destroy envy. Though you perform actions you are not bound. This is Anasakti Yoga.
Destroy attachment. Be harmonious. Fix the mind on the innermost Atman. Now all your actions will melt away. You will not be bound. You will… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 19, 2012 at 7:00pm —
A life of perfect peace and absolute tranquility cannot be found in the world for the senses. If you wish to rise above the cares and troubles of ordinary life, aspire for a life in the Atman.
In the Avadhoota Gita you will find: "Birth and death, bondage and freedom, righteousness and unrighteousness, names and forms, are not in thee. Why then do you weep, O child, thou art the infinite, imperishable, pure Consciousness."
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 18, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Vairagya is the opposite of Raga. It is dispassion or non-attachment. It is indifference towards sensual enjoyments herein and hereafter. Vairagya thins out the sensual mind. It turns the mind inward.
The Vairagya born of discrimination is lasting and steady. If anyone seriously thinks of the different kinds of pains, such as birth, death, worry, suffering, disease, loss, hostility, disappointment and anxiety, then Vairagya will dawn immediately. Look upon the worthless perishable things… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 17, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Virtue and vice, pleasure and pain, are of the mind. Neither the doer nor the enjoyer art thou. Indeed, thou art ever free.
In the Gita you will find: "All actions are wrought by the qualities of nature only. The self-deluded man, through egoism, thinketh: "I am the doer." But he who knoweth the essence of the divisions of the qualities and functions, holding that the qualities move amidst the qualities, is not attached."
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 15, 2012 at 7:00pm —
As you think, so you become. Think that you are the body, the body you will become. Think that you are weak, weak you will become. Think that you are Brahman, Brahman you will become. Thought moulds a man. Imagination works wonders. Your present is the result of your past thoughts, and your future will be according to your present thoughts. Speech and action simply follow thought.
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 14, 2012 at 7:00pm —
The spiritual aspirant is never helpless. The entire existence supports him in his arduous struggle, for he is searching for something which is true to all. One relay dislike a certain thing of the world but Truth can be hated by none.
If all the fourteen worlds were to face him in battle, the true spiritual aspirant wilt regard them as mere straw, for he is the immortal Spirit., the ruler of heaven arid earth and the universe at large.
The road to excellent bliss is covered with many… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 13, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Purity is the keynote of divine life. lie who gets mastery of the mind and the senses is invincible. He cannot be overcome by anyone.
.Love, kindness, compassion, charitable acts-all these soften and change the heart.
Rudeness, cruelty, revenge, meanness-all these harden the heart.
A worldling cannot understand a saint as he has an impure mind, as his mind is veiled by passion.
A thirsty aspirant enters a new birth. He has a new heart and a new mind. He has an awakened… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 12, 2012 at 7:00pm —
"I am the destroyer of the tree of worldliness. My reputation is as high as the summit of a hill. I am in essence as pure as the sun. I am the highest treasure. I am, all-wise, immortal, indestructible and taintless.
"I am Satchidananda Brahman. I am the eternal, all-pervading, attributeless Para Brahman. I am the non-dual Para Brahman 1 am the all-full Brahman. I am the ever-pure and taintless Brahman."
Meditate thus and realize your essential nature.
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 11, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Knowledge of Brahman causes release from the trammels of one's own mind. Such a release alone leads to tire attainment of Moksha or liberation or real Swarajya-freedom of the Self'.
If the mind-thief is punished severely, one can attain Nirvana. Self-realization can be had within the twinkling of an eye if you apply yourself diligently to meditation and if you equip yourself with the four means of salvation. Then and then alone can you have real Swarajya in the Soul.
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on May 10, 2012 at 7:00pm —