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Teachings of Swami Sivananda's Blog – November 2011 Archive (24)

This World Is A Great School

This world is a great school. It is for thy education. Be wise. Be in the spirit of Yoga. Utilise

all opportunities to the best possible advantage. There is no such thing as bad. Your capacities and

will-power will develop. You will receive more of Divine Light, Knowledge, Purity, Peace and

Spiritual strength.

Smile with the flowers and the green grass. Shake hands with the shrubs, ferns and twigs.

Develop friendship with all neighbours, dogs, cats, cows, human beings,… Continue

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The World Is Your Body

Actions produce Samskaras or impressions or potencies. The impressions coalesce together

through repetition and form tendencies. Tendencies develop into habits and character. The sum

total of the tendencies of a man is his character. Character generates Will. Therefore, if the character

is pure and strong the Will also will be pure and strong and vice versa.

Therefore sow the seed of good habits at once. It will grow gradually. It will assert itself to

gain a seat in… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 29, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Karma Yoga Gives Joy

Do you expect anything from your small son, if you do him something? In a similar manner

you will have to work for others also without expecting anything. You will have to expand and think

that this whole world is your own Self.

It gives you a little pain in the beginning, because you have never worked up to this time in

this line of selfless and disinterested service. When you have tasted a bit of the Bliss of selfless

service, you can never leave it. The force of… Continue

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Karma Yoga Leads To Knowledge

Work is worship. Work is meditation. Serve everyone with intense love, without any idea of

agency, without expectation of fruits of reward. You will realise God. Service of humanity is

service of God.

“The Lord dwelleth in the hearts of all beings O Arjuna, by His illusive power, causing all

beings to revolve as though mounted on a potter’s wheel.” (Gita.XVIII-61).

The spirit of service must deeply enter into your very bones, cells, tissues, nerves, etc. The

reward… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 26, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Feel You Are Atman

Do not act under the influence of sudden impulses. Do not be carried away by the force of

emotions, however noble they may be. Be ever vigilant and diligent.

Avoid unnecessary worry. Be not troubled. Be not anxious. Do not be idle. Do not waste

time. Do not worry yourself if there is delay in further progress. Wait coolly. You are bound to

succeed.

Develop courage by constantly feeling you are Atman. Deny and negate the body idea.

Practise, practise Nididhyasana… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 24, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Karma Yoga Is The Best Yoga

Even if you do a little service to the country or to the society or to the poor sick people, it has

got its own advantages and benefits. It purifies your heart and prepares the Antahkarana for the

reception of the Knowledge of Atman.

The Samskaras or impressions of these good actions are embedded in your subconscious

mind. The forces of these Samskaras will again propel you to do some more good actions.

Sympathy, love, the spirit of patriotism and service will be… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 23, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Lesson Of Life

Get up at 4 a.m. daily. Practise to sing God’s name in the early morning hours in the form of

Nama Kirtan (like, Govinda Jaya Jaya, Gopala Jaya Jaya, Radha Ramana Hari Govinda Jaya

Jaya). When you sing Hari’s Name, feel that the Lord Hari is seated in your heart and is hearing all

your songs.

Study systematically Gita, Ramayana, Bhagavatam, Vishnu Sahasranama, Lalita

Sahasranama from half an hour to one hour daily. Obey your parents. Speak the truth at any… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 22, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Be Good, Do Good

Do thou always without attachment perform action which should be done; for by

performing action without attachment, man reaches the Supreme. —Gita II-19.

When the thought of good becomes part and parcel of man’s very being, then he will not

entertain any bad motive at all. He takes immense delight in serving others, in doing good to others.

There is peculiar joy and Ananda in doing selfless service.

Expand. Purify your heart. Live in the true spirit of selfless service.… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 21, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Do As You Wish To Be Done By

All the phenomena of nature are governed by one important law, the law of causation, the

law of Karma. It is that law that keeps up the inner harmony and logical order of the universe. No

phenomena can escape from the operation of this mighty law.

The cause is bound in the effect and effect is in the cause. The effect is similar to the cause.

This world runs on this fundamental vital law. This law is inexorable and immutable.

Any action is bound to react upon you with… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 20, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Practise Ahimsa

Goal of life is God-realisation. Never forget this. Aspire ceaselessly for His Grace. Thirst

for His Darshan. Have constant Satsanga. You will realise Him.



Practise Ahimsa. Speak the Truth. Have faith in God. Do everything for the sake of God

(Ishvararpan). Serve untiringly. Pray with complete devotion. Fight with the mind and the Indriyas.

Turn them towards God. Weep for the separation from the Lord. You will have His Darshan.

Feel that God works through your… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 19, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Be Kind

Extract the essence from all scriptures, great or small just as the bee does from flowers.

Abandon all vain expectations and evil desires and take refuge in the Supreme Lord.

Perceive the immanence of God in all objects. Be kind and compassionate to inferiors,

friendly to your equals and respectful to your superiors.

Get possession of the wealth of Vairagya. Cool your mind with the bliss of the Self. Rejoice

yourself in the ambrosia of the serenity of the mind induced… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 18, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Develop Pure Love

Love is the immediate way to Truth or Kingdom of God or the vast domain of perennial

peace and joy. It is the life-principle of creation. It was the driving force behind Mira, Tukaram and

Gouranga.

Therefore, develop pure, unselfish love. Pure love is a rare commodity. Cultivate it

gradually. All your negative qualities like dislikes, prejudice will be eradicated. Love is a great

purifier of the mind.

Abandon all sorts of wrong beliefs, weaknesses, superstitions,… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 17, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Have Equal Vision

Have equal vision for all. Give up dry idle talking. Learn to be wise. Have unshakable faith

in the name of God. Sing His Name. Feel His Presence everywhere.

Do not be troubled by difficulties. Endure them patiently. Turn your mind towards God.

Walk like a spiritual lion. Break the bond of desire. Cultivate Daivee Sampat such as mercy, peace,

forgiveness tolerance etc. You are bound to attain the highest knowledge and Bliss.

Pray fervently to the Almighty Lord for His… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 16, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Have A Broad Vision

Live a life of utter devotion to service. Fill your heart with fervour and enthusiasm for

service. Remember the Almighty Lord every moment.

Mould your character. Behave properly. Develop sympathy, affection, benevolence,

tolerance and humility. Come out of the centre of your small narrow egoistic circle and have a broad

vision. Speak gently and sweetly in a courteous manner. Eradicate undesirable thoughts and

desires.

Stick to your ideals, convictions and… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 15, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Love All

Love all. Be pure. Serve all with Atma Bhava. Have perfect control over your senses. Rely

on your own self. Aspire ceaselessly for the Grace of God.

Do not make any difference between male and female. When you are in the company of

women, repeat the Mantra “Ek Sat Chit Ananda Atman.” The same Atman which is in your heart

prevails in all the bodies of women. The idea of sex will vanish. You will see God in them.

Feel that Lord Krishna works through all hands, sees… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 14, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Behold The Self In All

There is something dearer than wealth. There is something dearer than a son. There is

something dearer than a wife. There is something dearer than Prana (Life). That something is thy

Self, Inner ruler, Immortal and All-Merciful Lord.

Be kind and compassionate. Be pure and gentle. Be sweet and loving. Be humble. Be

sympathetic. Be friendly to the poor. Live with them. Serve them. Cheer them up when they are in

difficulties. Be simple in your life. Behold the Self in all.… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 13, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Serve, Love, Give

Do not make any difference between menial and respectable work. If any one is suffering

from acute pain in any part of the body, at once shampoo the affected part very very gently. Feel that

you are serving the Lord in the body of the patient. Repeat your Ishta Mantra also. If you see a man

or animal bleeding on the roadside, tear your upper cloth or shirt and use it for bandaging. Do not

fight with the poor porters at the Railway Station. Be liberal and generous. Keep… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 12, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Give, Give

Sins can be destroyed by charity.

Lord Jesus says, “Charity covereth a multitude of sins.” In the Gita you will find: “Yajno

danam tapas-chaiva pavanani manishinam: Yajna, charity and austerity are purifying to the wise.”

Doing abundant, spontaneous and unrestrained charity to relieve the pains of suffering

humanity is an effective means to destroy evil nature; give money like water. If you give, the whole

wealth of the world will be yours. Money will come to you. This… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Be Cheerful Always

Be cheerful and happy. Away with depression and gloom. There is nothing more infectious

than depression. Drive the feeling of depression and gloom at once by enquiry, singing divine

songs, prayers, Pranayama, a brisk walk in the open air, the thinking of the opposite quality viz., the

feeling of joy.

Live only to be a blessing to others. Feel that all…

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 10, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Establish Good Habits

Much of your subconsciousness consists of submerged experiences, memories thrown into

the background but recoverable. You can establish new habits, new ideas, new ideals, new tastes

and new character in the subconscious mind by changing the old ones.

Think deeply. Cogitate. Reflect. Have constant Satsanga. Do selfless service, Nishkamya

Yajna. Develop the four means or qualification—Sadhana Chatushtaya.

Do not jeer at any one. Do not frown at anybody. Restrain all your… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 9, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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