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Teachings of Swami Sivananda's Blog – September 2013 Archive (30)

When Kundalini is awakened, how to take it to Sahasrara through the various Chakras and how to keep it at a particular Chakra where the Yogi wants it?...

And how to

bring the Kundalini back to Muladhara through the various Chakras? Kindly let me know

the movements of the Kundalini.

You will have to take the Kundalini to the Sahasrara Chakra through the practice of Yoni

Mudra. If you become absolutely desireless, if the Vasanas are destroyed in toto, Kundalini will

ascend by itself without any effort, through the force of purity.

Kundalini will drop down by itself through the force of Prarabdha. It will stop at…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on September 30, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Equal vision is outlined for Moksha. In this connection, I shall be obliged if you could let me know whether “Don’t touchism” has got any significance.....

I have got too rigid

orthodox principles. If I see an untouchable or a sweeper, even from a yard or so, I take a

bath and wash my clothes. I shall be glad to know whether these Niyamas should be

observed.

Pray to God to give you that day on which you will embrace a scavenger with joy, feeling

oneness. That day will be a blessed day. You have a very small, narrow, constricted heart. Try

to expand. Slowly give up the “Don’t touchism”. It will greatly bar your…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on September 29, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

If God is just and merciful, why should there be so much misery in this world? Sometimes we see virtuous men suffer and hypocrites enjoy. What is the logic in this?

Misery is the eye-opener in this world. Had it not been for the presence of pain and

misery, no one would attempt for salvation. Misery is a blessing in disguise.

Virtuous men treat suffering as a blessing as it develops the power of endurance and

mercy, and makes them remember God always. They welcome suffering. They do not want

worldly pleasure and prosperity. They have a changed vision. They always keep a balanced

mind in pleasure and pain. You cannot understand…

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

If God is almighty and all-powerful, why can’t He see that everybody does his actions properly?

Everybody does his actions properly. A thief must pilfer things. A scoundrel must do

wrong actions. These are Kartavya. Remember this world is Trigunatmic and relative. Every

movement of the foot, every step, is an attempt towards Sat-chit-ananda. The world is a relative

plane. Prostitutes, saints, rogues, beggars, kings are all doing their respective duties. Good and

evil are relative terms. Evil exists to glorify good. Hatred exists to glorify love. A rogue is…

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

I desire to reduce my sleeping hours and have control over sleep. Can I take recourse to any medicine?

You should not reduce your sleep by the use of medicine. That will affect your system.

Sufficient rest must be given to the body through sleep. When you regularly enter into deep

meditation, the system derives considerable rest and automatically sleep can then be reduced.

That will not affect your health.

Sleep should be reduced gradually and cautiously. Now, for a month go to bed at 9-30

p.m. and get up at 4 a.m. After a month, go to bed at 10 p.m. and get up at…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on September 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

I have read that a person, after receiving initiation from one Guru, can, if he finds a better person, become the latter’s disciple;...

and that though he has ceased to be the

former’s disciple, he should have respect for him also. What is your view?

The vast majority of people do not enjoy the good fortune of coming into contact with a

God-realized saint. What happens in their case is this. Traditionally, each family has a Guru-

Parampara. Each sect has its own sectional Guru. The aspirant born in a particular sect has, by

that mere fact, to accept the Guru of the sect as his own Guru. This Guru is…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on September 25, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

You state that aspirants in the Nivritti Marga should have a little money in the bank or must depend on alms.....

Now I have no money and I do not like to beg from door to

door, but I am very anxious to take Sannyasa. Will you kindly suggest a method to quench

my thirst?

There are beautiful Ashrams throughout India where Nishkamya Seva is carried out.

They are always in need of sincere and energetic workers. You can remain in any one of the

Ashrams and help in the Ashram’s activities. They will take care of your material wants. Do not

be changing from one Ashram to another.…

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

Can prayers cure diseases when doctors fail? Is it true that more things are wrought by prayers than the world could dream of?

Doctors and medicines are only instruments in the hands of God. Unless God wills, none

can cure, or get cured. Man should do his best, with initiative, enterprise and perseverance, but

depend on God’s grace for everything. To bear with suffering and accept it as a blessing of God

in disguise is great wisdom. Prayer invokes the inner potentialities of the individual, which flow

only from God, and they can certainly work miracles.

From "…

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

In my work of spreading the knowledge of Yoga, do you have any special advice to give me?

Side by side with instructions on practical Yogic processes, place always stress upon the

great importance of Sadachara, Yama and Niyama. Inspire the students with noble idealism.

Spur them on to strive for a life of lofty virtue, active goodness and selflessness. You must stress

the need for self-purification and self-mastery. The true inner Yoga is the transformation of the

essential nature of man. The lower human nature should gradually give place to an…

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

I am under the impression that no advanced Yogi has ever achieved anything in the realm of matter or contributed to progress outside of writing about high,...

abstract and

introspectionist themes and inspiring a small handful to do likewise.

How then do you regard the production of a seemingly supremely great book like

Aurobindo’s “The Life Divine”, which almost nobody reads, almost nobody understands,

or books like “Treatise on Cosmic Fire”, or your books, all of which seem so totally

unrelated to helping anybody individually or collectively, in a material sense?

It is not correct to think that Yogins merely write,…

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

How is Kevala Kumbhak done? The practice is not quite clear....

It is said to be a

Kumbhak without Purak and Rechak. This is not intelligible, for necessarily before the

Kumbhak there has to be either inhalation or exhalation.

Your query on the practice of Kevala Kumbhak is not surprising, for it seems to be

impossible to do Kumbhak without doing either Purak or Rechak. However, what is meant is

that for Kevala Kumbhak the retention is suddenly performed at any given moment when the

mind is just about to get…

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

Someone tries to tell me that Nirvikalpa Samadhi is, to quote, “only a strange nerve-condition accompanied by paralysis of the critical faculties”. What should I reply, if anything?

It is useless to convince a person about the validity of Nirvikalpa Samadhi when he

cannot understand it. Logical arguments may be advanced, but a rank skeptic has to evolve

further to be alive to this truth. The philosophical implications and mystic signification of

experience must be studied well before one can attempt to answer such skeptics.

From "May I answer that" by Swami…

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

When I sit for prayers, the lower mind wanders astray, but the other mind recites the Stotras without the slightest flaw, because of habit.....

But when I consciously try

to recite the prayers, I sometimes miss the link, and have at times to repeat a Stotra from

the beginning. Thus, are there two minds? How to overcome this difficulty?

No. There are no two minds. But the mind gets concentration little by little, and the

portion of the mind which is spiritually inclined - call it the higher mind - engages itself in

Sadhana, whereas that part of the mind which is more aware of its worldly Samskaras runs…

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

After one of the most complicated series of dialectics in “The Life Divine”, Aurobindo finally concludes with a straight face:...

“And all these explanations explain

nothing”. Is there any point, then, any real benefit, in following through the thin thread of

this tapestry?

In the ultimate sense, words do not explain Truth. But they give a hint by which one can

know Truth directly in experience. Words have a relative value and they must be made use of,

though they do not constitute our real aim. Relative obstructions to the knowledge of Truth can

be removed through relative means and thus…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on September 17, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Are there fulfilled prophecies in the Hindu scriptures? If so, please explain them.

The Lord has given His ever-standing promise that He would appear on earth whenever

there is a danger to Dharma, whenever Adharma tries to vanquish Dharma. To fulfil that

promise He has appeared many times in the form of saints and sages who have protected Dharma

from decay and from the onslaughts of foreign oppression. They have instilled new elements of

vigour and perspective in Hinduism. Therefore, Hinduism continues to flourish. Whenever there

is a necessity,…

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

If I love Jesus, must I love him alone, and not the lesser divinities like Mary and the Ikons?

No. There should be no exclusiveness to the love of Jesus, even though other Christian

saints may not be equal to him. They also could be worshipped, if you have devotion for them,

as expressions of the same Divinity which manifested itself in a most intense and complete way

through Jesus. All messengers of God deserve our respect and adoration. Someone may be

temperamentally and emotionally closer to an individual, but it does not mean that the latter

should shut…

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

If the Soul is immortal, why does Swamiji celebrate his birthday which belongs to the body?

I do not celebrate my birthday. It is the devotees who do it. Celebration of such birthdays

is equal to worship of Para Brahman. Worship of the Guru is worship of Para Brahman. The

devotees take delight in celebrating the birthday, and they are benefited, uplifted. A spiritual

wave is created year after year when the birthday is celebrated, and more and more people get a

chance of knowing the existence of the Divine Life Society and my teachings. The celebrations

of…

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

What is the interval between death and the next birth? Where does the soul dwell during the period between death and rebirth?

The interval between death and rebirth varies from person to person. It may be two years

or it may be two hundred years, or more. There is no hard and fast rule. If the attachment to the

world is very intense, a Jiva may be born again immediately after death. There is a girt in Dehra

Dun who has memory of her past life. She took her present birth four years after she died in her

previous life. Those who have done a lot of virtuous actions remain in heaven for a long…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on September 13, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

What is your conclusive opinion about rebirth? Do you really believe that there is rebirth?

What! Having been born a Hindu, and having the blood of the great sages coursing

through your veins, do you entertain this doubt in your mind? Yes, undoubtedly there is rebirth.

First of all, you have several miraculous instances of young boys and girls suddenly

exhibiting great knowledge. A young girl, who has never studied any book, recites the Gita.

How do you account for it except by the fact that she had mastered the Gita in her previous birth,

and that by the…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on September 12, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Is it possible for a soul with a male body to take a female body in the next incarnation?

O, yes. The soul must undergo various experiences in different bodies. In the male body,

the soul experiences the qualities of boldness, strength, etc., and patience, mercy, kindness,

forgiveness, etc. in the female body. Moreover, neither a man is a full man nor a woman a full

woman. There is woman in man and man in woman also. There are animal traits also in man.

There is the dog in some men, there is the donkey in some, there is the jackal in some and the

tiger in…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on September 11, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

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