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Sri Rama is only an ordinary man. He is not an incarnation of God. He wept bitterly when he lost his wife....

His bewailings rent the clouds when Lakshmana fell down

on the ground in an unconscious state, being struck by the arrow of Indrajit. Why did

Rama, the Supreme Being, forget his real divine nature? He was sunk in the ocean of

sorrow at the ordeal of Sita. If Rama always knew his true Self, why did he grieve for the

loss of Sita?



The answer to this question is that verily Rama was the Supreme Self. He never moved

or did anything. He was never subject to joy…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 31, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Krishna is not the Lord. He is not an Avatar. He was a passionate cowherd who lustfully played with the Gopis.

What was the age of Lord Krishna at that time? Was He not a boy of seven? Can there

be a tinge of passion in Him? Who can understand the secret of Rasa Lila and Madhurya Bhav,

the culmination of the highest Bhakti, Atmanivedan or total surrender to the Lord? It is only

Narada, Suka Deva, Chaitanya, Mira, Hafiz, Ramananda and the Sakhis or Gopis that can

understand the secret of Rasa Lila. The Sakhis only are qualified for this. Did He not play

miracles when he was a…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 30, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

There are 70 lakhs of Sadhus in India and many crores of rupees are spent in vain in feeding these Sadhus. Every Sadhu or a Sannyasin is a parasite on society.....

Even a Sannyasin should work in the political field. There is no necessity for a life of seclusion or

the order of Sannyas or Nivritti Marga. We want workers only.



This is a sad mistake. The Census Report is false. Beggars are included in the list of

Sannyasins and Sadhus. Real Sannyasins are rare. They can be counted on the finger-tips. A

real Sannyasin is the only mighty potentate of this earth. He never takes anything. He always

gives. It was Sannyasins only…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 29, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

What is astral body?

The astral body is the subtle body which is within this physical body like the bladder of a

football. It is an exact counterpart of the physical body. It is made up of the five organs of

action, the five organs of knowledge, the five Pranas, mind, intellect, Chitta or the subconscious

mind, and Ahankar or egoism. Some call it “the double”. It is this astral body that comes out of

the physical body after death and moves to heaven. Death of this astral body through…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 28, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Through which opening does the soul leave the body?

So long as Prana pulls up and Apana pulls down the life-forces, there is continuity of life.

But, the moment either of these becomes weaker, there is an exit of the life-force. If the Apana

gives way, then the Jiva will pass out of the body through either the head or the nose or the ear or

the mouth. If the Prana gives way, then it will pass out of the body through the anus.

From "May I…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 27, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Why has God created young beautiful women? There must be some sense in His creation. We should enjoy them and procreate as many as possible ....

We should keep up the progeny of the line. If all people become Sannyasins and go to forests, what will

become of this world?

These beautiful women and wealth are the instruments of Maya to delude you and entrap

you into the nets. If you wish to remain always as a worldly man with low thoughts, debasing

desires, you can by all means do so. You are at perfect liberty. You can marry three hundred and

fifty wives and procreate as many children. Nobody can check you. But…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 26, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

What is the difference between Jivatman and Paramatman?

Jivatman is the individual soul, a reflection of Brahman in Avidya or the mind.

Paramatman is the Supreme Soul, Brahman or the Atman. From the empirical viewpoint, the

Jivatman is a finite and conditioned being, while the Paramatman is the infinite, eternal, Sat-chitananda

Brahman. In essence, the Jivatman is identical with Paramatman when Avidya is

destroyed.



From "May I answer…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 25, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Sometimes, due to cold or some such reason, one of my nostrils gets clogged and the breath does not flow ....

clear and there comes some difficulty in doing Pranayam. What shall I do to make the breath flow freely?



Insert the end of a thread into the nostril. You will begin to sneeze. This will clear the

passage. Or lie down for five minutes on the left side if the right nostril is clogged. This also

will relieve. Do four rounds of Bhastrika Pranayam. You will be all right.

From "May I answer…

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

I am a married man. I have a great desire to become a Sannyasin. I am disgusted with the family life. I recently lost my child....

My wife too is a pious lady. Suppose

I take Sannyasa, can I live with her and do spiritual Sadhana?



Now you are not fit for Sannyasa, though you might have a minute trace of Vairagya due

to the death of your child. After Sannyasa, you should not live with your wife. You should not

remain even in your own place, as Moha will be lurking in a corner of your mind. Old worldly

Samskaras will be ever waiting to dupe you. Maya is powerful. You will have to spend all…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 23, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

I am practicing Sirshasan for a full half an hour. I am not able to cure wetdreams. What is the fault in my Sadhana? How can I destroy passion?

The practice of Sirshasan for a long time will doubtless help you a lot in destroying your

passion. Your thoughts also should be pure. You should not entertain any lustful thought. Have

Satsang. Take Sattvic food. Do not look at ladies. Develop Vairagya. Control the Indriyas. All

these instructions should be followed if you want sure success. If you happen to entertain lustful

thoughts, if you live in the company of lustful persons, and if you do not take Sattvic food,…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 22, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

I took Sannyasa recently. Can I have a Parivrajaka life or should I live in seclusion?

For a new student of Sannyasa, strict seclusion for six years with intense Sadhana is

essential. It depends upon the condition of your mind. In Parivrajaka life, you cannot have

regular and systematic Sadhana. There is distraction everywhere. For some years you should be

away from the sensual objects. Strict seclusion will bring immense benefit. Once in a year, for a

few days, you can go to a place for change of climate. If you find that you are entering into

Tamas,…

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

Why was Gita taught on the battlefield?

There was some meaning in the Lord’s choosing the battlefield for the Gita teaching.

Yes. He wanted to point out to us that wisdom should not recline on the armchair. If his wisdom

did not accompany a man to the field of battle, it was no wisdom at all! Any man could talk

philosophy “after dinner”; any man could discourse upon the most intricate points in the Yoga

Shastras sitting comfortably near the fireplace. But that is no wisdom at all; it is mere lip-service

to…

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

Can a married lady practice Pranayam without any harm?

Yogic practices¾whatever be their variety¾can be resorted to by males and females

alike. In the case of those practices that concern the body, like the Hatha or the Kundalini, the

woman should observe certain limitations owing to the natural sensitivity of her physical frame.

There is absolutely no harm if a woman takes to the practice of Pranayam.

From "May I answer that" by Swami…

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

Can I practice Pranayam by consulting books?

Yes. You must read the instructions several times and understand the technique

thoroughly. If you have doubts, consult some experienced men and then begin the practice.

Have regular and systematic practice. If you want quick progress, you must follow my

instructions given in the first two chapters of my book “Science of Pranayama”. You can

gradually increase the period of Kumbhak to two minutes. In the advanced stages of practice, it

will be better to have the help…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on October 18, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Our sages and Tapasvins make use of tiger-skins or deer-skins. .....

Does it not amount to sinful violence to kill an animal or get it killed, particularly in the case of those

who are out for spiritual advancement? Does it not sound suicidal for a hermit to sit all his

life on the skin of a dead animal and aspire for deliverance or Mukti for himself?



The most important point to remember in connection with the use of deer-skin or tigerskin

as Asana or seat is that the animal is never killed for obtaining its skin. The deer was…

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

How does the mind differ from the Soul?

The mind is a special, limited particularization of the Soul-consciousness, which is

unlimited and never ceases to be all-pervading. The mind is the form of the collective totality of

desires, and hence, it is inert and powerless. But it appears to be conscious and powerful as the

Inner Self or the Soul is reflected through it. The mind alone is the real person or the individual

and it is the real doer of all actions. It is the experiencer of every condition in the…

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

What are the qualifications of a real Guru or a true guide? Is it possible for an ordinary human being to select a real guide? If so, how?

A real Guru is a Srotriya and a Brahmanishtha, one who is learned in the scriptures and

established in Brahman. He who is wise, desireless and sinless can be a true teacher and guide.

The Guru, by virtue of his wisdom and capacity, draws towards himself the souls fit to be guided

by him. When one feels that he is thus spontaneously drawn to a Mahapurusha whom he cannot

help loving, admiring and serving, who is an embodiment of unruffled tranquillity, mercy…

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

I am doing vigorous Tapas and meditation for the last five years.

With all that,my troubles and difficulties are multiplying. I have lost my job. I am starving now. What

shall I do? Is this the Grace of the Lord? How can I continue my Sadhana when I have

nothing to eat?

It is said that the Lord gives food even to the frog that lives between the strata of rocks.

Why has He failed in your case alone? This is a great wonder! Has He failed in His duty? This

cannot be. He is all-merciful, all benevolent! Is it because He wants to…

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

Will there be world peace if there are no politicians?

World peace would not depend upon the existence or non-existence of politicians, if only

people, individually and collectively, understand and live up to the canons of perfect

righteousness, wisdom, truth and justice. As long as people do not rise to this level, ‘politicians’,

which is only a name for those who are in charge of the administration, will continue to be

actuated by their selfishness and greed and will accordingly ride roughshod over the feelings…

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

My experience has made me conclude that goodness does not always pay in our dealings with people.....

Then what is the use of being good and doing good when goodness is not recognized and properly rewarded? Please illumine.

Whether goodness pays you well or not from the material standpoint, do good and be

good always. No doubt the worldly-minded generally take advantage of such people as ideal

gullibles to carry their wishes through and even to deceive. It matters nothing, for the Lord is

always on the side of the good and the righteous who stick to Dharma and who rely on…

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

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