Man is dragged to places where he can get the objects of his desires. God gives man surroundings for his growth and evolution according to the nature of his desires. This is the greatest law of nature.
It you once understand this, which guides your life and action, you will be able to act in such a manner as to make this law your ally and helpmate rather than your adversary. So long as the conditions laid down by the law are meticulously fulfilled and observed, you can have the fullest… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 31, 2012 at 7:00pm —
We generally speak ill of others but fail to see the good in them. Every man has some virtue or other. There is no absolute rogue on the surface of this earth. Develop the faculty of seeing good only in others.
Evil and good are the obverse and reverse sides of the same coin. They are relative terms. Like light and darkness, they are co-relatives. The existence of one is necessary for the recognition of the other. Hatred and untruth exist to glorify love and truth.
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 30, 2012 at 7:00pm —
O Ram, speak the truth at all cost. See Radha in all women. Be humble like a blade of grass. Be kind and good. Always sing the Name of Krishna. Let the Mantra, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya be ever on your lips. May Lord Krishna protect you!
There is neither good nor evil, neither pain nor pleasure in the universe. Every man creates a world of good and evil and pleasure or pain out of his imagination only.
Realize more and more your true, essential divine nature.
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 29, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Remain in the world but be not of the world. The world is a great teacher. It is the best arena for developing virtues.
Poverty is the root of many virtues. It not only makes one humble but also confers fortitude and power of endurance. It generates thoughts of God. Wearing clothes is not for the enhancement of one's beauty and personal appearance. This body is a dirty leather-bag filled with various sorts of impurities. Clothing is meant for covering this impure body. Wear simple clothes.… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 28, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Write your lshta Mantra in a notebook for half an hour, observing silence and without any distraction. Write in bold letters on slips of paper: Speak the truth; Om courage; Om purity; I must realize God now; time is most precious; I must become a true Brahmachari; Brahmacharya is divine life; I am an embodiment of faith, courage, purity, patience and mercy. Fix these mottoes in the bedroom and dining hall.
Keep some of the slips in your pocket also. This is an easy way of developing… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 27, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Start the spiritual current from this very moment. Nil desperandum! March boldly on the spiritual path. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita: "Even if the most sinful worships Me with an undivided heart, he, too, must be accounted as righteous, for he has rightly resolved. Speedily he becomes a virtuous person and attains eternal peace and immortality. 0 Kaunteya, know thou for certain that My devotee never perishes".
From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 26, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Discrimination, dispassion and serenity should become habitual qualities of your nature. Then you will become a cosmic friend and benefactor.
To be jealous is mean, to be selfish is ignoble, to be compassionate is divine, to be patient is manly, to be content and happy is wise, to be calm and serene is glorious, to be dispassionate is praiseworthy, to be equanimous is laudable. Therefore, eradicate selfish¬ness and jealousy and cultivate divine virtues. Take complete refuge in the Supreme… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 25, 2012 at 7:00pm —
A kind, pure, loving and merciful heart is the garden; virtuous impressions are the seeds; sublime, divine thoughts are the roots; Sattwic qualities are the sprouts; kind, loving and truthful words are the leaves; virtuous actions are the blossoms; Moksha is the fruit. Therefore, develop mercy and entertain divine thoughts.
Truth is the seed, celibacy or Brahmacharya is the root, meditation is the shower, peace is the flower, Moksha is the fruit. Therefore, always speak the truth, practice… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 24, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Near Hanuman Ghat in Benares two girls were drowning. Two young men rushed immediately into the Ganges and save them. One man asked one of the girls to marry him; the other said, "l have done my duty. God gave me an opportunity of serving and improving myself." The latter had purity of heart.
The external action was the same in both cases, but the motive was different. The fruit also must therefore be different.
Be righteous always and never deviate from the path of righteousness.… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 23, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Develop the power of resistance. Maintain the ideal of pure divine love and active service. Generate positive counter-currents of energy to combat the downward negative currents of desire. Ever remain in a positive state.
Overcome all negative thoughts by entertaining positive thoughts. Rise from impurity, impotence and faintness of heart. Be bold. Be always cheerful. Cultivate divine qualities such as mercy, forgiveness, peace, tolerance and patience. Destroy the negative qualities of… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 22, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Service to humanity and to the Guru is virtue; mischief-mongering is sin. Faith in the scriptures, in God and in the words of the Guru, is virtue; doubt is sin. Love is virtue; hate is sin.
Unity is virtue; separation is sin. Independence is virtue; dependence is sin. Brahmacharya is virtue; lust is sin. Truthfulness is virtue; falsehood is sin. Generosity is virtue; miserliness is sin. Oneness is virtue; duality is sin. Knowledge is virtue; ignorance is sin. Strength is virtue; weakness… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 21, 2012 at 7:00pm —
That which elevates you is virtue; that which pulls you down is vice or sin. That which takes you to the goal is virtue; that which makes you a worldly man is sin. That which hurls you down into the dark abyss of ignorance is sin.
That which gives you illumination is virtue; that which causes intoxication is sin. That which purifies your heart is virtue; that which taints it is sin. That which gives you peace, joy, satisfaction, exhilaration and expansion of heart is virtue; that which… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 20, 2012 at 7:00pm —
Ahimsa, the rarest of virtues, transmutes a man into Divinity. All the gods and the whole world pay homage to such a man. It is easier to develop the intellect than to develop the heart. The practice of Ahimsa develops the heart in a wonderful manner. God cannot be realized without Ahimsa. It is through the practice of Ahimsa alone that you can cognise and reach the Self. Those with whom Ahimsa is a policy may fail many times, but those who strictly adhere to the vow of Ahimsa as a creed, as a… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 19, 2012 at 7:00pm —
The man who can see his own faults as he sees those of others will soon become a great soul. Have ceaseless devotion to truth and be ready to sacrifice your all for it.
Do not constantly brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill the mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in future. Be cautious. Just think of the causes which led to your failure and try to remove them in future. Be vigilant and careful. Strengthen yourself with new vigour and… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 18, 2012 at 7:00pm —
If five thousand ritualistic sacrifices and truth are weighed on a scale, truth will undoubtedly outweigh the sacrifices. That is the reason why the Sruti says: "Truth alone triumphs but not falsehood". Even Yudhisthira had to visit hell as he once told a lie. He modified and twisted truth in a skillful and dexterous manner.
Aspirants should sincerely endeavor to speak the truth at all times. If they get established in truth, then all the other virtues will cling to them. Brahman is Truth… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 17, 2012 at 7:00pm —
You should have knowledge of God. Then only can you love Him. You should approach saints and Mahatmas and listen to the Lord's glories.
Saints declare that there is an all-merciful, omni-potent, omniscient, omnipresent God. You should study the Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavata, Ramayana and other scriptures. Through Satsang and the hearing of scriptures one gets admiration, attraction, attach¬ment and supreme love for the Lord. You cannot know Him without loving Him. There is love when you perform… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 16, 2012 at 7:00pm —
When the five organs of knowledge, together with the mind, are at rest, and when the intellect ceases to function and becomes still and calm – that is the highest state.
When all the thoughts in the mind subside, when the mind is neither awake nor asleep, when it is motionless like the calm surface of a lake, then the highest Brahmic state of Samadhi is attained.
The Jivanmukta attains destruction of the mind, which leaves behind a slight trace of the ego, but to the Videhamukta there… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 15, 2012 at 7:00pm —
He who is without the sense of "mine"-ness will not be bound by Karmas, whether he dwells in his house or wanders in forests.
Control the elephant of pride with the spear of firmness. Tie it to the post of the Lotus Feet of the Lord with the cord of devotion.
At the time of death, neither education nor titles can help you. It is only the remembrance of the Lord's Name that can help you to get eternal joy. So, always remember the holy Name of Rama.
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 14, 2012 at 7:00pm —
'There are eighty-four lakhs of creatures. This human birth is attained only after passing through all these lower births. Even men of great erudition waste their time without making enquiry into the nature of the Self in spite of their having obtained this hard-to-attain human birth in a virtuous and good family.
To get a human birth is indeed difficult. It is difficult to have a male body. It is still more difficult to be born a Brahmin. To follow the Vedic path is rare. To be well… Continue
Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 11, 2012 at 7:00pm —
It is common to have dispassion for particular objects through some cause or other, but by having dispassion for all objects at all times one will get knowledge of the Self.
Do not fall a victim to infatuation even if you happen to move in the cities among the young and well-adorned fashionable women. Resolve to attain Self-realization. Then the darkness of infatuation will vanish of its own accord.
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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 10, 2012 at 7:00pm —