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

SIGNS OF PROGRESS

Your mind will sometimes shudder when evil thoughts enter it. This is a sign of your spiritual progress. You are growing spiritually. You will be much tormented when you think of your evil actions committed in the past. 'This is also a sign of spiritual upheaval. You will not repeat the same actions now.

Your mind will tremble, your body will quiver whenever the wrong mental impression of some evil action urges you to do the same act through three of habit. Continue your meditation with… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 29, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

THE MAGIC PILL

Try to identify yourself with the eternal, ever ¬pure Atman that resides in the chambers of your heart. Think and feel always: "I am tile Atman that is ever pure." This one thought will remove all troubles and all fanciful thoughts. The mind will try to delude you. It will lurk like a thief. Start this anti-current of thought.

There is no magic pill more effective than silence and solitude to remove the disease of tossing of the mind.

From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 28, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

NEVER COMPLAIN OF ENVIRONMENTS

Environments are not bad but your mind is such. Your mind is not disciplined properly. Wage war with this horrible and terrible mind. Do not complain of unfavourable environments. Complain against your own mind first. Train it first.

If you practice concentration amidst unfavour¬able environments, you will grow strong, you will develop your will-force quickly, you will become a dynamic personality. See good in everything and transmute evil into good. This is real Yoga. This is the real… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 27, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

WASTE NOT PRECIOUS TIME

In the Gita it is stated: "The Yogi, labouring with assiduity, purified from sin and perfected through manifold births, reacheth the Supreme Goal."

If you can give up idle talk, gossip and curiosity, and if you do not interfere in the affairs of others, you will have ample time to practice intense meditation. If worldly thoughts try to enter the mind during meditation, reject them. Have steady devotion to truth. Be cheerful.

From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 26, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

IDLENESS IS NOT REST

Real rest can be had during meditation when the mind rests in the Atman. Change of work can give rest. Remaining idle without work and allowing the mind to wonder wildly like a furious elephant, or building castles in the air, cannot bring rest to the mind and soul.

The man who cannot fix his mind in meditation and prayer cannot have knowledge of the Self. The unsteady man cannot practice meditation, He can¬not have intense devotion to knowledge of the Self, or any burning longing for… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 25, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

MEDITATION DISSOLVES DOUBTS

Regular meditation opens the doors of intuitional knowledge, makes the mind still, calm and steady, awakens an ecstatic feeling and brings the Yogic student in contact with. the source or the Supreme Purusha.

If there are doubts they are cleared by themselves as you march on the path of meditation. You will yourself know tile way to place your foot on the next rung of the spiritual ladder. A mysterious inner voice will guide you. Listen attentively to this voice, O Yogindra.

From… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 24, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

THE FINAL UNION

You will have to pass through the six stages of meditation before you finally enter into perfect Samadhi. In the state of Samadhi the perception of forms will completely vanish. There will be neither meditation nor meditator now.

In this supreme state you will attain the highest knowledge and supreme peace. This is the goal of life. This is the final beatitude of life. You now become an enlightened and liberated sage. You are absolutely free from pain, sorrow, fear, doubt and delusion. The… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 23, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

THE STATE OF FREEDOM

A desire arises in the mind. It is gratified and another desire arises. In the interval between the two desires there is perfect stillness of mind.

When the mind is fully concentrated on Brahman, it becomes one with Brahman, like camphor that becomes one with the flame, like salt that becomes one with water, like water that becomes one with milk. The mind melts in Brahman. It becomes of the nature of Brahman. This is the state of Kaivalya or freedom. Therefore, know Brahman and be… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 22, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

FORMULAE FOR MEDITATION

Fire is generated by rubbing two pieces of wood. Even so, the fire of wisdom is generated by intense meditation on the Supreme Self.

In the beginning the mind is disciplined by fixing it on a concrete object or symbol. When it is rendered steady and stable, it can then be fixed on an abstract idea such as, "I am Brahman."

Meditate always on the following formulae: "I am pure Consciousness. I am Satchidananda Brahman. I am the immutable, self-effulgent, immortal Self. I am the silent… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 21, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

THE GREAT MARCH

When you reach the grand spiritual summit of the thought-free state you will enter the realm of eternal peace, immortality and supreme bliss.

0 Ram, commence your homeward journey now. March boldly on the spiritual path. Be not afraid of difficulties. Be bold. Ascend peak after peak. Cross the deep ravines of subtle infatuation and pride that you meet on your way. Chop the thoughts that wage guerrilla warfare. Enter now into the infinite domain of pure bliss and highest knowledge. Regain… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 20, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

BECOME A FLAME AT GOD

Just as the light burns within a hurricane lamp, so also the Divine Flame has been burning from time immemorial in the lamp of your heart.

Close your eyes, merge yourself within the Divine Flame. Plunge deep into the chambers of your heart. Meditate on this Divine Flame and become a flame of God. Withdraw all the senses from their objects.

Propitiate the Lord by means of your austerities. Meditate on Lord Hart, get into the dazzling divine car and reach the supreme abode of… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 19, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

VOICE OF THE HIMALAYAS

Even a spark of desire is a very great evil. Watch each sense when it goes astray. Withdraw it. Practice abstraction again and again. Curb all your passions slowly through Japa, prayer, meditation, Satsang, study of scriptures and Sattwic food. Remain ever free and delighted in your own all-blissful Atman or Soul.

Meditation is death for the mind, the demoniacal king of the passions and the senses. The more you polish the surface of your inner heart by practicing dispassion and meditation,… Continue

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

IMPORTANCE OF MORNING MEDITATION

If you get up during Brahmamuhurta you will have a clear and calm mind. There is a spiritual influence and mysterious silence during the early morning hours. Brahmamuhurta is the period from 3:30 am till sunrise.

All saints and Yogis practice meditation at this period and send their spiritual vibrations to the whole world. You will be greatly benefited by their vibrations if you commence your prayer, meditation and Japa at this period. You need not exert. The meditative mood will come by… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 17, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

AN ASPIRANT AND A WORLDLY MAN

What does a passionate man do? He repeats the same ignoble act and fills his stomach as many times as he can.

What does an aspirant with burning desire for Self-realization do? He takes a little milk and repeats the process of meditation the whole day and night, and eventually enjoys the bliss of the immortal Self.

Both the worldly man and the aspirant are busy in their own ways. The former is caught in the wheel of births and deaths while the latter attains immortality and… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 16, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

THE FIVE REQUISITES

Five things are necessary if you desire to practice vigorous and deep meditation and attain the Self quickly. They are: the vow of silence, light diet or diet of milk and fruit, personal contact with a Guru, a place with charming scenery, and a cool place.

Build a strong spiritual fortress through regular meditation. Develop a magnetic aura around you which cannot be penetrated even by the mighty messengers of Maya or Satan. Your will should be rendered strong, pure and irresistible by… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 14, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

GIVE UP DIPLOMACY

Diplomacy only creates suspicion arid hatred in others. You can win the hearts of all through love, frankness and simplicity. You can capture the hearts of others through selfless service and humility.

He who has given up selfishness and greed and is endowed with courage, fearlessness, patience, love and mercy, is alone fit for attaining Self-realization.

From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on… Continue

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

SIMPLICITY IS GRACEFUL

Simplicity is freedom front duplicity, affectation or pretension. In dress, in food, in character, in style, in manners, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. There is beauty and majesty in simplicity. It is nature's first step and the last of her arts.

Be what you say and say what you are. Write as you speak and speak as you think. Be simple like a child. The door of Moksha will then be opened to you.

The greatest of truths are the simplest, and so are the greatest of… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 12, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

PEACE ABOVE ALL

When you feel extremely drowsy at night, you do not eat even if a very delicious dish is offered at that moment. You have no desire to attend any kind of musical performance either. All that you want then is peaceful rest.

This clearly proves that the mind wants rest and not objects. Worldly people do nor know where to find rest and how to get it. They try to get this rest or peace from external objects. They fail hopelessly in their attempts. Perennial peace can be had in one's Self only… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 11, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

GLORY OF CONTENTMENT

A contented mind is a continuous feast. A man of contentment is always peaceful. Knowledge of the Self will arise only in a man who is endowed with contentment.

Contentment is the sweet ambrosia to allay all kinds of physical and mental sufferings and tor¬ments. He who is not desirous of what he does not have, who is free from elation and dejection, is said to be a contented man. Glory to such exalted souls!

From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on… Continue

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

CARE NOT FOR SCANDALS

Do not be afraid of insult, disrespect, dishonour, abuse or harsh words. Wear them as ornaments around your neck.

Many worry themselves a lot if they hear a little scandal about themselves. Do not be afraid as these are vain sounds only. They are merely vibrations in tine air. They are nothing at all. Allow scandals to enter through one ear and pass out immediately through the other. You are the pure, all-pervading immortal Atman in whom there is no sound. You are beyond all sounds.… Continue

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

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