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Teachings of Swami Sivananda's Blog – December 2011 Archive (29)

Practise The Three Kinds Of Tapas

Practise Ahimsa and Brahmacharya in thought, word and deed. Practise Saucha and Arjava

(straight forwardness). Try to keep up balanced mind. Be cheerful always. Keep up Shuddha

Bhava. Try these three kinds of Tapas (physical, verbal and mental) and control your actions.

Be careful in your speeches. Speak little. Speak sweet loving words. Never utter any word

of harshness that can affect the feelings of others. Try to speak the truth. Thus put a check on the

Vak Indriya… Continue

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Annihilate Ajnana

Lead a life of austerity and meditation. Come out of your small narrow egoistic circle and

have a broad vision. Beware of bad company. Even a sober man begins to drink in the company of

drunkards.

Be patient in difficulties, danger, troubles. Stand adamant and overcome obstacles. Have a

burning desire for liberation. Annihilate Ajnana through Satsanga, Sravana, Manana and

Nididhyasana.

Master your emotions, impulses. Be strong in your determination. Be firm in… Continue

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Meditate And Get Strength

Conserve every bit of energy within. Do not waste the time and energy by entering into hot

discussions, lingual warfare and intellectual gymnastics. Give up arguing and discussions entirely.

You will progress in the spiritual path.

Expel delusion and cultivate devotion unto Siva, the Lord of Lords, the Deva of Devas, the

Yogi of Yogis.

If you meditate for half an hour, you will be able to face the daily battle of life with peace

and spiritual strength for one week… Continue

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

Know Him In Essence

Lord Hari manifested in the form of Lord Krishna and Rama for the protection of the good,

for the destruction of evil-doers and for the sake of firmly establishing righteousness. Lord Krishna

says: “The foolish disregard Me when clad in human semblance ignorant of My Supreme Nature,

the great Lord of all beings.”

Do not be carried away by the turbulent senses and the influence of the Mayaic forces. By

devotion and faith know Him in essence and through His grace attain… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 28, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

No Faith, No Jnana

The goal of life is God-realisation. Life is faith and illumination. Faith is an important

qualification for an aspirant. No faith, no devotion. No faith, no Jnana.

Bad company, lust, greed, infatuated love for wife, son and property and unwholesome food

are the enemies of faith. Take bland, light, substantial food.

Meditate. Realise Him intuitively this very second and enjoy the Bliss of the Self.

From "… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 27, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Faith Is Life

Cultivate a very strong faith in God. Faith is the gateway to God. Faith can work wonders.

Always act with faith and determination. Be firm in your resolve and fiery in your determination.

Remember the saints and sages. Do prayer, Japa, Kirtan regularly. Have contact with your

Guru. Read religious books like Gita, Ramayana and Bhagavatam. These will sow the seed of faith

and increase it till it becomes quite firm and unshakable.

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 26, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Acquire Vairagya

Do not think any more of your worldly concerns than is necessary to determine your duty.

Do your duty and leave the rest to. God. Have your ideal, mottoes and principles. Adhere to them

strongly and steadily. Do not deviate from your ideals and principles even a fraction of an inch.

Remember the goal and the purpose for which you have taken this physical body. Watch the

mind. Watch the Vrittis or thoughts. Drive them. Acquire mental Vairagya, mental Sannyasa.

From "… Continue

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Conquer Nature

Entertain holy desires. You will shine in Divine glory. You will be placed in holy

surroundings as Uttarakashi, Himalayas, Prayag, etc., where you can perform Tapas, Sadhana and

meditation amidst holy persons and can have Self-realisation.

Under the security of the changeless law of cause and effect, a man can serenely proceed to

achieve any thing he desires to accomplish. Therefore entertain Divine thoughts. You are sure to

succeed in your well-directed efforts. In… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 24, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Rely On Your Own Self

Be courageous, candid and modest. Respect your superiors. Be ever vigilant. Have perfect

control over anger. Become the source of all good. Act according to the words of sages and saints.

Rely on your own Self. Endure suffering patiently. Be patient. Persevere. Help is bound to come.

Be devoted to God. Purify the mind. Sit in a solitary place for some hours daily. Withdraw

all the senses from their objects. Bring the mind under control. Turn it towards God. The… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 23, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Be Self-Controlled

Spiritual life is not an idle talk. It is actual living in the Atman. It is a transcendental

experience of unalloyed bliss. It is a life of fullness and perfection.

Be self-controlled. Be just. Know the right. Keep your promise. Be noble and impartial. Be

like the ocean in depth of devotion, like the Himavan in firmness.

Cultivate peace in the garden of your heart by removing the weeds of lust, hatred, greed,

selfishness and jealousy. Know and feel always that you are… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 22, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Do Kirtan Regularly

Sankirtan is food for the mind and the Soul. Sankirtan is a Divine tonic. Sankirtan is a potent

healing balm for the shattered nerves. Sankirtan is a celestial nectar. Drink the nectar daily by doing

Sankirtan in Brahmamuhurta and night.

The strength and intensity of devotion depends upon the completeness of the self-surrender

and sacrifice. As the vast majority of persons keep certain subtle desires for secret gratifications,

they do not grow in devotion. The two… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 21, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Name Is Verily Omnipotent

Name of the Lord is a potent unfailing antidote for those who are bitten by the serpent of

Samsara. It is a nectar (Amrita) that can confer immortality and perennial Peace. Yama is terribly

afraid of those who repeat the names of the Lord. He cannot approach them. Repeat the name of the

Lord always and attain the fearless state.

May the Lord guide you in all your activities. May He enlighten your path enabling you to

achieve the goal of life, viz., Self-realisation,… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 20, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

God Is Love

God is Truth. God is love. Speak the Truth. Love everyone. You will realise Him quickly.

Have Satsanga with Sadhus, Sannyasins and Bhaktas. This alone can give you Viveka, Vairagya, spiritual strength and peace of mind. There is no other way. Hunt out for Sadhus. They are everywhere. Sincerity and earnestness are needed in you. They are ever ready to receive you lovingly with outstretched hands.

By Satsanga your mind will be saturated as sugar in water with thoughts of God, with… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 19, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Follow The Instructions Of Sages

Just as the man who runs after two rabbits will not catch hold of any one of them, so also a

meditator who runs after two conflicting thoughts will not get success in any one of the two

thoughts.

Have only one Divine thought all times. Stick to it tenaciously at any cost. Run after the

thought with the greater vigour, strength and one-pointedness. Success is bound to come. Do not be

anxious. Do not act according to the dictates of your mind. Act according to the words… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 18, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Have Satsanga With Sages

Be sincere at heart. Don’t run after the shadowy toys of name and fame. Name and fame are

illusory. They are mere vibrations in the air. Nobody can earn an everlasting name in this Mayaic

plane. Care not for the little perishable things. Care for the everlasting Reality only.

Do constant selfless service silently with thoughts of God and Bhava within. Never grumble

or murmur when you do service to others. Watch for opportunities to serve. Never miss a… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 17, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Worship Your Teacher

Be free from desires. Thirst for the knowledge of God. Engage yourself in performing

selfless service. The Divine vision and intuition will dawn in you.

Worship your father, mother, the teacher and guests as veritable Gods, without regarding

them as mere human beings. Pay them due reverence. Serve them with great respect. Do not yield to

fatalism. Change your habits. Lead a virtuous life. Eradicate greed and anxiety. Give up vanity. Be

devoted to the Lord. The Divine… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 16, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Understand The Law

No event can occur without a positive, definite cause at the back of it. Everything follows the law of cause and effect. This law is quite mysterious. That is the reason why Lord Krishna says:

“Gahana Karmano gatih—Mysterious is the nature of action.” All the physical and mental forces

in nature obey this grand law of cause and effect. Law and Law-giver are one.

You can change your thoughts and habits and mould a new character. You can become a righteous man and a saint by doing… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 15, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Sing The Lord’s Glory

Worship the Lord at all times with all your heart and with all your mind. Sing His glory.

Remember His name always. All miseries will come to an end. Your heart will be purified. The

Lord will soon reveal Himself to you. You will feel His Presence.

Pray fervently to the Lord for the descent of the Divine Light. Crave for His Mercy. Weep

for His separation on account of Viraha. Yearn for communion with Him. Melt the mind in the Agni

of Divine Love. Burn the body in the… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 14, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Develop Devotion

Control your mind, speech and actions. Speak the truth. Be calm. Discipline the senses.

Hear, recite, sing and meditate on the deeds, qualities and Avataras of Hari.

Have exclusive devotion to the Lord. Give your whole mind to Him. Do not allow any

outside worldly impressions wherein there is an iota of selfish desire to enter into your

subconscious mind. Learn how to sing, interchange devotion and love each other and speak to each

other of the glory of the Lord, till… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 13, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Realise The Lord Through Prem

Lord Siva is the Supreme Soul, the Antaryamin, the protector of all beings. He is

omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent. He was never born. He never died.

If you are a true seeker of God, you will meet Him within a moment. Remember Him

always. Live by His name. Sing His praises. Search for Him in your heart of hearts. Learn from the

devotees the way to love and serve Him, the support of your soul, the only sovereign of the whole

world, the Indweller of your heart and the… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 12, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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