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

WORSHIP NOT THIS BODY

The physical body will surely be destroyed. Then, what is the use of decorating it with ornaments and silk clothes and partaking of many kinds of palatable dishes? The Atman alone is indestructible. Therefore, exert to realize the Atman.

Do you not know that this physical body, which at present rolls on a bed of fragrant flowers, will one day be burnt on logs of wood?

The wise, who know the Self as knowledge, bliss and existence, and also the physical body, which is full of blood,… Continue

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PRAYER TO SIVA

The leaves of life are failing off. Youth is fading. Days are rolling on. Time, the destroyer, lays his hands on the whole world. Our existence in this world is as momentary as a bubble or like a flash of lightning. O Lord Siva, protect me.

O Lord Siva, who holds the begging-bowl of the skull of Brahma, control this monkey-mind, which jumps about at its sweet will on the branches of desires in the forest of lust. Keep it with Thee forever.



From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda… Continue

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THE REMEDY FOR MISERIES

This world, which contains friends, neutrals and enemies, which affects a man with heat and cold, hunger and thirst, pleasure and pain, censure and praise, honour and dishonour, gain and loss, success and failure, sorrow and joy, happiness and misery, is a creation of your own mind due to ignorance.

Therefore, renounce wealth, as it is a source of all evils. Renounce attachment to wealth. Renounce the desire for wealth. Cultivate dispassion, the remedy for all human… Continue

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WORSHIP THE SELF

If time be the cause of pleasure and pain, how can it affect the immortal and eternal Atman? The Atman is one with time. Certainly a flame is not affected by fire, nor a hailstone by cold. This Atman, which is beyond duality, can never be affected by the pairs of opposites. Therefore, with whom should you get angry?

You should practice devotion to the highest Self, worship the feet of the Lord and thereby cross the ocean of worldliness. Thus will you attain immor¬tality and everlasting… Continue

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ATMAN IS UNAFFECTED

If the body is the cause of pleasure or pain, the Atman has nothing to do with it, because pleasure and pain pertain to the gross and subtle bodies which are the products of nature. The Atman is the silent witness or spectator of the activities of nature. If you bite your tongue, with whom will you get angry for causing the pain?



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THE SUPREME WITNESS

The silent witness, the Supreme Self, looks from above at the activities of the mind of the individual soul. It looks like a spectator, free and unattached. It is quite indifferent and unconcerned. It is perfectly unaffected, like water on a lotus leaf. The individual soul identifies itself with the body and mind. It works and enjoys sensual objects with avidity, cupidity and stupidity and is bound thereby.



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MIND – THE CAUSE OF PAIN AND JOY

Neither this body nor the Atman nor the gods nor the planets nor work nor time cause pain or pleasure. It is this wretched mind that causes pleasure and pain and creates this worldliness.

This terrible mind generates thoughts, cravings, egoism, desires and likes and dislikes. Man then does various actions with egoism and expectation of fruit. Therefore, he has to take birth again and again in accordance with the nature of actions.



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IS THIS HAPPINESS?

Do you not see clearly that this world is a mere play of the nerves? Do you not understand that this world of opposites is illusory? You have to depend upon the nerves and senses for your happiness. If they go out of order, you become miserable even though you possess enormous wealth and palatial buildings. Can you call this little illusion pleasure, which depends upon the play of the nerves, real, lasting happiness.? It is merely the itching of the nerves, which only tickles those deluded… Continue

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WORRY NOT

Worry kills a man. It destroys his joys of life. It is a canker that slowly eats away a man. It wears him out. Do not worry over what is gone. Forget it. No one has yet been able to claim any good by worrying. Do not worry about things which are likely to happen; so very often they do not happen. "Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof". The best and surest antidote or penicillin injection for worry is to keep oneself fully occupied.

Always be doing something useful. Do your best and… Continue

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YET YOU ARE PROUD

You are helpless when you are a little baby. You are helpless when you are seriously ailing. You are helpless when you become aged. Why then do you boast of your ability, capacity, independence and freedom? Why are you arrogant, proud and egoistic? Transcend your body and mind and realize the immortal Self.

Only when you realize the Self can you be really strong, independent and flee. Rise above delusion and illusion through discrimination or self-analysis and enquiry of "who am… Continue

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

WORLD – A JUGGLER'S TRICK

This world is a play of colors and sounds. This sense-universe is a play of the nerves. It is a false show kept up by the jugglery of Maya, mind and senses. You enjoy sensual pleasures for a period of twenty years when the senses are still strong and vigorous. What is this short evanescent period of twenty years in eternity? What is this despicable, jarring, monotonous sensual life when compared to the eternal and peaceful life in the Self within?



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THE PROCESS OF MEDITATION

Sit in a quiet place in an easy posture. Renounce mentally all attachments and objects of the senses. Gradually draw your senses within. Reflect upon thyself as distinct from nature. All this mobile or immobile world, the body, intellect and the rest, all that is seen or heard, is called Prakriti. It is also called Maya. It is the cause of the creation, preservation and destruction of the world. It always creates Rajasic, Sattwic and Tamasic tendencies m beings.



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THOU ART IMMORTAL

You have attained this physical body through actions done in past lives. You will attain another body through actions done in this body in this life. Just as one leaves an old house and goes to live in a new one, even so, you never die but discard an old body and enter into a new one. The all-pervading Atman never dies nor is It born. It is not subject to increase or decrease, decay or modification. It is ever pure, homogeneous and limitless, an embodiment of bliss and knowledge. It is… Continue

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GRIEVE NOT AT DEATH

Do not grieve for the departed soul. The Atman is eternal, changeless, birthless, deathless and pure. The body is non-intelligent, liable to death, impure and destructible. Thinking thus, there is no occasion at all for any sorrow. That which is born is sure to perish.

If a father or son comes under the sway of death it is the foolish who grieve. In this world, which is devoid of substance, separation from an object of desire is a source of non-attachment and bestower of peace and… Continue

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BE BALANCED IN PLEASURE AND PAIN

Sorrow follows happiness and happiness follows sorrow. Like day and night both are unavoidable by embodied creatures. There is pleasure in the midst of pain and pain in the midst of pleasure. Both are said to be attached to each other like mud and water.

Therefore, the wise do not show joy on occasions of joy, nor sorrow on occasions of sorrow. They are indifferent to both pleasure and pain, happiness and joy, sorrow and misery. Knowing all to be Maya, they are not deluded. Pleasure and… Continue

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

KARMA – CAUSE OF JOY AND GRIEF

Friends, who is the cause of whose sorrow or whose happiness? One's own Karma done in past lives and in tile present is the cause of happiness or grief There is no other giver of happiness or pain. "He gives me pain" – this is the attitude of a fool. "I am the doer" – this is the erroneous and fruitless notion of an ignorant man.

Each individual is bound by the cord of his past Karma. Happiness and sorrow come to you as a result of your Karma. Therefore, bear in a spirit of resig¬nation… Continue

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

WORLDLINESS OR SAMSARA

Vasana is a subtle form of desire. It is hidden desire and assumes a gross form later on. Trishna is intense craving or hankering after sensual objects. Vasana is intermingled with mental impressions.

Vasarias produce mental impressions and these in turn generate Vasanas. The rotation of this never-ending wheel of Vasanas and mental impressions constitutes the wheel of worldliness which causes births and deaths.



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CULTIVATE ADAPTABILITY

Never grumble when you do service to others. Take delight in service. Watch for opportunities to serve. Work is worship of the Lord.

Have an amiable, loving, sociable nature, have sympathy, adaptability, self-restraint, tolerance, love and mercy. Adjust yourself to the ways and habits of others. Be balanced even when you are insulted, when others use harsh words against you. Have a balanced mind in pleasure and pain, in heat and cold.

Karma Yoga prepares the mind the reception of… Continue

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

BE PRACTICAL AND REALIZE

An ounce of spiritual experience is better than tons of theory and study of spiritual books. A single glimpse of Brahman will bestow on you illumination and remove the worldly intoxication of delusion, pride, pain and grief.

Spiritual vision will then stand out like a beacon light to you. Learn the principles of divine life and apply them in your daily activity. Become a practical man on the spiritual path.



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

BORN SIDDHAS

To a liberated sage who beholds the immortal, all-pervading, self-luminous Atman everywhere, there remains nothing more to be attained or known. He has attained perfection, highest bliss and highest knowledge. He is master of all worlds.

Some are born with all the requisites for attaining God on account of the discipline of their past lives. Such people are born Siddhas.



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

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