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Teachings of Swami Sivananda's Blog – June 2012 Archive (27)

BE PURE

Always bear in mind that the primary condition of success on the spiritual path is an earnest longing for purity. Therefore, be sincere and very earnest in your spiritual practices and strive for purification and sound ethical culture.

Sing the glories and most powerful Names of the Lord. You will be filled with supreme peace, and devotion will dwell in your purified heart. Evil thoughts are as sinful as evil deeds. The path of virtue lies straight before you. Be sufficiently watchful and… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on June 30, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

SEE GOOD IN ALL

The householder should speak truth that is sweet and pleasant; he should not utter an unpleasant truth nor a pleasant lie. This is the eternal virtue.

Even in cases of ungentle dealings, he should always say, "That is good; that is good, good to all.” He should not engage in futile quarrels, nor create enmity with any person. Persons possessing limbs in excess or less, old men, illiterate persons, those devoid of personal beauty and worldly possessions, men of low birth-all these he must… Continue

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THE MORNING DUTIES

Early in the morning a good householder should get up with holy thoughts, chanting the Name of Lord Hari and singing His glories through various hymns and prayers.

He should then evacuate his bowels and wash his legs, hands and face. He should look at the sun and read the daily almanac. He should then take bath in a river or a tank and perform his morning worship and prayers. He should repeat thc Gayatri 1,008 times.



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SHARE WITH ALL

A householder shall give food to Brahmacharins who do not cook their meals and, after keeping enough for his relatives and dependents, he shall distribute the residue to birds and beasts.

He should shave his hair properly, wear clean clothes and keep himself neat and tidy. Even if extremely tempted, he should not visit his wife during the three forbidden days of her periods, nor share the same bed with her. Intellect, strength, vigor, eyesight and vitality are impaired if a man goes to a… Continue

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ADHERE TO DHARMA

A householder should not earn money by acts which enthrall the senses, nor by means forbidden by the Vedas. It: the event of his not possessing money, he should not try to earn it from any source without due discrimination.

Let him not willfully addict himself to any object of self-gratification. In case of extreme attachment, he should counteract it by means of his patience and will-force.



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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on June 26, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

THE DUTIES OF A HOUSEHOLDER

It is difficult to live the life of a householder. The householder's life is prescribed for one who cannot control his passion. One without passion should take to the path of renunciation.

A householder should not be exclusively engaged in family affairs, tie must perform the sacred duties and have self-control. He should not become a slave of sense enjoyments. He must perform sacrifices to the Rishis, gods, manes and the lower creation.



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

MOST IMPORTANT SADHANA

Right from the very beginning of your spiritual life, understand very clearly that in true humility, sincere desire to earnest and unceasing intro¬spection, to improve yourself, lie your hope of progress.



From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on June 23, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

THE CARE OF SPIRITUALITY

The workings of Maya are so extremely subtle, so very difficult to overcome, and human nature is so demoniacal and degenerate, that real spiritual pro¬gress and development in Sadhana are indeed very hard to attain.

To achieve success in any measure in spiritual life is the most difficult and uphill task. It is truly Divine Grace alone that can raise the aspirant from darkness to light. The rooting out of egoism in its numerous forms comprises the very core of spirituality.



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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on June 22, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

ARE YOU SAFE FROM INNER FOES?

Vices are the destroyers of ethical life. They are the poisonous weeds that rapidly grow and choke up the fragrant flowers of virtue blossoming in the fair garden of ethical life. Unless vices are eradicated through resolute effort and self-purification, your moral well-being is not safe.

Anger, lust, sorrow, loss of judgment, jealousy, malice, pride, envy, slander and fear are powerful enemies of man. They approach him and tempt him from all sides.



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

A WORD TO THE YOUTH

O college boys, do not waste your lather's money in seeking pleasures in cinemas, restaurants and hotels. Beware! Do not become victims of syphilis and gonorrhea. Your whole life will be spoiled.

Learn the way of self-control from Sadhus and Sannyasins. Be regular in your Japa and Kitran, in meditation and study of the scriptures. You are the future citizens of the world. Learn to soothe the itching of the nerves through sublime thinking and divine contemplation.



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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on June 19, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

WAKE UP THIS MOMENT

Even men who have their wives lead a life of dissi¬pation. What a great shame! They have taken a pledge before the sacred God of Fire that they would be true to their wives, and yet they lead a life of immorality.

These ignorant, deluded souls of little under¬standing deserve capital punishment. The divine law of cause and effect is inexorable and unrelenting. It will not spare them at all. O ignorant man, have you realized your folly now? Will you promise me that you will lead a holy and… Continue

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BECOME A KING OF KINGS

Be balanced in pleasure and pain, in life and death, in praise and censure, in gain and loss, in honor and dishonor. Thus will you be able to enter into the Infinite or the supreme Silence.

Renounce all desires by means of detachment and discrimination. Renounce the sense-objects. Then renunciation of desires will follow. Thereafter, live happily wherever thou pleasest.

A distaste for the objects of the senses is true freedom, and attachment to the objects is bondage. This is… Continue

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

ENTER THIS IMPREGNABLE FORTRESS

Do not waste your precious time in playing cards, in working out crossword puzzles, in gambling and races. Money earned in solving crossword puzzles will not stick to you even for a day. Life is meant for higher spiritual purposes.

Wake up quickly, O ignorant man! Struggle hard and attain the imperishable spiritual wealth and be happy forever, live in the company of the wise and lead the divine life. Satsang is an impregnable fort¬ress where there is no scope for the entry of Maya and her… Continue

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

GAMBLING--THE WEAPON OF MAYA

Beware of gambling. Puskara challenged Nala in the dice game and lost everything. Yudhisthira also gambled and lost his wife. Gambling is a weapon of Maya. The gambler always thinks that he will win in the next attempt but goes on losing.

Gambling spoils the character of a rnan entirely, making him irreligious and unrighteous. It makes him get excited and lose his sound judgment and sense of decorum. It makes him an atheist. It brings him in contact with evil-minded persons and the dregs… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on June 15, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

DRINKING – THE BED OF VICES

Drinking ranks as the foremost of the soul-killing habits. It completely destroys the moral faculties of man, kills all lofty ambitions and aspirations and the higher, nobler instincts of man. It harms both the body and the soul.

Man's nature becomes coarse and he sinks to a low level of extreme degradation when he takes to liquor. So widespread has this practice become that it is regarded as a social accomplishment. The place where drinking is present, there vices are rampant. Drinking is… Continue

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

THIS IS IGNORANCE

.Attachment, hatred, loss of judgment, fear, vanity, lust, sorrow, anger, pride, procrastination, idleness, desire, aversion, jealousy, envy and all other sinful habits constitute ignorance. Identification with the body is also ignorance.

Ignorance and covetousness are the same. Both produce the same results. Ignorance originates from covetousness. It manifests itself when the objects or covetousness are not attained. It leads to one's down¬fall and misery.



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

COVETOUSNESS-THE GATE TO HELL

Covetousness causes anxiety, desire to speak ill of others, strong lustful desire, gluttony, liability to premature death, strong desire towards falsehood, irrepressible indulgence in passion, insatiable desire for listening to evil, arrogance, neglect of duties, rash behavior and perpetration of every kind of evil action.

Satsang, Japa, meditation, Kirtan, discrimination, dispassion, honesty, integrity, nobility, charity, and Sell-enquiry will eradicate covetousness and all other negative… Continue

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CONTROL ANGER

Control of anger is indispensable for the practice of ethics. Anger is your dire enemy; it is the enemy of peace, wisdom and devotion. It is born of Rajas. All actions proceed from this evil quality. It is one of the three gates to hell. It is the slayer of austerities. Therefore, control anger through forgiveness and patience. Indulge not thyself in the passion of' anger.

Bear slight provocation with patience; forgive the faults of others. Forget not your own defects and weaknesses.… Continue

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

THE KNOWER OF THE SELF

That man who neither rejoices in times of good fortune nor sorrows when overtaken by misfortune, is said to be endowed with wisdom and contentment.

Overcoming lust and anger, observing the vow of Brahmacharya, and becoming a complete master of his senses, the Brahmana, practicing patiently the austere penances and observing the most rigid res¬traint, should live in the world, calmly waiting for his time, like one scenting to possess a body though knowing fully that he is not subject to… Continue

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

THE BASIS OF DIVINE LIFE

Self-control is indispensable for living a truly ethical life. Without self-restraint, the practice of ethics is impossible. You may have noble intentions and sublime sentiments, but when you have no self-control you become a slave of the baser passions.

Self-control leads to the highest merit. It is the eternal duty of man to practice this virtue in his daily life. It surpasses in merit charity, sacrifice and study of the Vedas. A man of self-control enjoys esteem in this world and reward… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on June 8, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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