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Teachings of Swami Sivananda's Blog – July 2013 Archive (31)

Why do Sadhaks fail to realize God quickly nowadays?

After attaining a certain stage of development, they begin to dissipate their energies in

preaching, in making disciples, in publishing books. They become the slaves of name and fame.

That is the reason why they fail to reach the highest goal of life, viz., Brahma Sakshatkar.

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If God is beyond the reach of the senses, He should be a non-entity. How could this be?

You want laboratory proofs? Very fine indeed! You wish to limit the illimitable allpervading

God in your test-tube, blowpipe and chemicals. God is the source for your chemicals.

He is the substratum for your atoms, electrons and molecules. Without Him no atom or electron

will move. He is the Inner Ruler, Antaryamin. He is the Niyanta. Without Him the fire cannot

burn, the sun cannot shine, the air cannot move. Without Him you cannot see, cannot talk,

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Give me a very simple, but very impressive proof for the existence of the soul.

You say in daily life, “My body”, “My Prana”, “My mind”, “My Indriya”. This clearly

denotes that the Self or Atman is entirely different from the body, the mind, the Prana and the

Indriyas. The mind and the body are your servants or instruments. They are as much outside of

you as these towels, chairs, cups are. You are holding the body just as you are holding a long

walking stick in your hand. You are the possessor or proprietor of this body. The body is…

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The Lord’s grace will do everything for me. Why should I do any Sadhana?

This is wrong philosophy. God helps those who help themselves. God’s grace will

descend only on those persons who exert. The Lord’s grace will descend in proportion to the

degree of surrender. The more the surrender, the more the grace. You cannot expect the Lord to

do self-surrender for you. Be up and doing. Strive. Plod. Persevere. The Lord will shower His

grace upon you.

Mira abandoned everything. She renounced kingdom, husband, relatives, friends…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 28, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

What is the difference between Japa and meditation?

Japa is silent repetition of the Name of the Lord. Meditation is the constant flow of one

idea of God. When you repeat Om Namo Narayanaya, it is Japa of the Vishnu Mantra. When

you think of the conch, disc, mace and lotus flower in the hands of Vishnu, His ear-rings, the

crown on His head, His yellow silken Pitambar, etc., it is meditation. When you think of the

attributes of God such as omniscience, omnipotence, etc., it is also meditation.

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 27, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

What is your opinion of the Masters of the Himalayas?

There is a great Master of Masters, the Indweller of your heart. Turn the gaze inwards,

withdraw the Indriyas and seek His help. Rest in Him. Identify yourself with Him. Search Him

in your heart. Don’t talk to me of these Himalayan Masters in future. You will be deluded.

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What is Brahmamuhurta? Why is it eulogized by the Rishis?

4 a.m. in the morning is termed as Brahmamuhurta. Because it is favourable for

meditation on God or Brahman, it is called Brahmamuhurta. At this particular hour, the mind is

very calm and serene. It is free from worldly thoughts, worries and anxieties. The mind is like a

blank sheet of paper and comparatively free from worldly Samskaras. It can be very easily

moulded at this time before worldly distractions enter the mind. Further, the atmosphere also is

charged with…

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What is the harm in not believing in God’s existence ?

If we have no faith in God, we will be born again in this world and will undergo

considerable miseries. The ignorant, faithless doubting self goes to destruction. He cannot enjoy

the least happiness. Neither this world nor that beyond is there for the doubting self. Those who

have no faith in God do not know what is right and what is wrong. They have lost the power of

discrimination. They are untruthful, proud and egoistic. They are given to excessive greed,…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 24, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why should we believe in God ?

Belief in God is an indispensable requisite for every human being. It is a sine qua non.

Owing to the force of Avidya or ignorance, pain appears as pleasure. The world is full of

miseries, troubles, difficulties and tribulations. The world is a ball of fire. The Antahkarana

(mind, intellect, ego and the subconscious mind) charged with Raga (attachment), Dvesha

(hatred), anger and jealousy is a blazing furnace. We have to free ourselves from birth, death, old

age,…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 23, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Do Total Surrender

Surrender completely to the Almighty Lord. Fix your mind on Him. See Him in all faces.

Sing His name. Work for Him. Think of nothing else than Him.

He is your guide. He is your light. Remember Him at all times whether it is pleasure or pain.

He will cheer you up. He will come and save you from all your difficulties, as He protected

Prahlada. He will give you light, love and wisdom.

Become One With The Law-Giver

Man is dragged to places where he can get the…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 22, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Be In Tune With The Lord

Attune your heart to the Lord by doing fervent and sincere prayer daily. Lay bare your heart

to Him. Do not keep any secrets. Talk to Him like a child. Be humble and simple. Implore Him with

a contrite heart to forgive your sins. Beseech Him to bestow His Grace. Do not depend upon human

help. Rely on God and God alone. You will get everything. You will get His Darshan or vision.

Be regular in your Japa, Kirtan, meditation and study of Gita and Bhagavatam. Regularity…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 21, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Live In God

Speak kind and sweet words. Have Satsanga of Mahatmas. Eat moderately. Take care of

your health. Cultivate fellow-feeling and universal brotherhood.

Do not waste your precious hours. Find out your evil habits and remove them. Thou art the

best judge in this direction. Try to minimise the time spent in useless company. Be on the alert.

Speak little.

Feel that the whole world is your own Self. Feel that all beings are your own Self. Develop

universal love. Live in…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 20, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Realise The Infinite Bliss

You are born for higher things. A glorious brilliant future is awaiting you. Do not think of

the past. Purify. Concentrate. Reflect. Meditate. March forward. Find thy rest in the Supreme Soul.

Do not be troubled by difficulties, adversities and sorrows. They instil mercy in thy heart.

They will help you in developing your will and power of endurance. They will make you wise and

help you in your evolution.

Be courageous. Never despair. Draw strength from within. Move…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 19, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Taste The Eternal Bliss

Allow the waves of love to arise constantly in your heart. Feel the warmth of the Divine

Love. Bask in the sunshine of Divine Love. Taste the bliss of the eternal life.

Do not murmur when you encounter difficulties, troubles, diseases and sorrows. Be

courageous. Endure them with patience. Turn your mind towards God. Cultivate serenity of mind.

Educate your will. You will possess tremendous inner spiritual strength. You will have rapid

spiritual progress.

Conquer…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 18, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Be Humble And Simple

Develop joyful nature. Have an amiable nature, a modest and unassuming temperament.

Understand the secrets of nature. Develop your will-power. Conserve all leaking energy. Move

Do not waste your precious hours in idle talk. Cut short the conversations. Be humble and

simple. Do everything as Ishvararpana. Accept your faults openly and endeavour to rectify yourself

in future. Pray fervently to the Almighty God. You will realise Him quickly.

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Be Frank Like A Child

Have an eager, receptive attitude to imbibe the teachings of your master. Be absolutely

guileless, frank and candid like a child. Have unshakable faith in the words of your Guru or Srutis.

Be ever ready to serve. Serve with pure love, kindness, and courtesy. Never show a weary or

gloomy face when you serve. Live a life of utter devotion to service.

Develop sympathy, affection, benevolence, tolerance and humility. Have a catholic or

liberal view. Give a place for the…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 16, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Rejoice In Atman

Lead a life of intense activity. Keep always a calm mind. Mentally repeat your Ishta Mantra.

Mix with all. Serve all with Atma Bhava. See God in them.

Do not be afraid of difficulties and failures in the spiritual path. Difficulties will develop

your will-power. Failures are stepping stones to success. Use your intelligence, sagacity,

discrimination and commonsense. You will overcome the difficulties one by one.

Stand adamant. Be cheerful. Dismiss fear and anxiety.…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 15, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Live In Atman

Wake up from the dream of forms. Do not be deceived by these illusory names and forms.

Cling to the solid living reality only. Love your Atman alone. Atman only persists. Live in Atman.

Become Brahman. This is real life.

Approach the sages, the doctors of divinity with faith, devotion and humility. Take a dose of

medicine called Jnana. Then the disease of Ajnana will be eradicated completely. You will attain

everlasting peace.

Do not be deluded by Maya. Be calm…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 14, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Do Action As Ishvararpana

God is great. Resign yourself completely to His Will. His Will is great and His actions are

wise. Nobody can grudge or complain when the collective Karma is in operation. There is always a

chapter of accidents in the history of Nature’s work. Let us be sincere and offer our actions and

fruits at His feet as Ishvararpana. Let us never forget Him. Let us pray for the Peace of the whole

world.

May you be ceaselessly engaged in the pursuit of Atmic enquiry! May peace…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on July 13, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Hear The Inner Voice

Do not be guided and influenced by public opinion. March boldly and cheerfully in the path

of Truth, consulting your conscience and hearing the inner, small, sweet voice of the soul.

Keep company with one Sattvic man. Spend every second profitably. Serve sick people.

Share what you have with the poor people. Unfold the Divinity hidden in the chambers of your

heart. Repeat your Guru Mantra or the Mantra of the Ishta Devata mentally. Associate the idea of

purity,…

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