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ARCH ENEMIES

Lust, anger and pride are the root causes of all human misery. They are the enemies of peace. Think of the havoc that they bring in one's life. If you can convince yourself that they drain your vitality, and that you should eradicate them for your own well-being, then their conquest becomes easy. Victory over these three arch-enemies is the greatest of all conquests. It makes one a real hero.

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TRUE FREEDOM

Physical freedom is no freedom at all. If you are easily carried away by surging emotions, if you are under the grip of moods and passions, how can you be really happy and peaceful? Rigorous discipline and self-imposed restrictions will eventually get rid of all riotous thoughts, impulses, moods, cravings and passions and grant you the freedom of the Self.

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KILL THE INNER DEVIL

Can you acquire eternal bliss and supreme peace through the attainment of vast erudition, through possession of immense wealth, through enjoyment of beautiful young women? No. Supreme, undying bliss can only be attained by realizing the Self. Cross the ocean of delusion by killing lust and anger. Then you can laud on the other shore of immortality.



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THE INCOMPARABLE ACHIEVEMENT

Neither charity, nor sacrifice, nor fame, nor even possession of great powers can stand in comparison to realization of the Self.

You might have crossed the ocean. You might have conquered your pride, delusion and envy. You might have even dwelt among the gods in heaven. Yet, these attainments are nothing when compared to the bliss of God-realization and liberation.

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DO NOT DISPAIR

If you fail to keep your resolves, then make fresh resolves. Just as a child falls many times when it tries to walk without the help of a wall, just as a new cyclist falls from the cycle a number of times before he learns to sit steadily on the seat, so also a new aspirant will fail a number of times in his resolves. He has to make repeated attempts before eventually coming out successful.

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THE PATH TO DIVINITY

Action is the source of all virtue, wealth and desire. He who has no activity, has no energy or valour. The end of virtue and wealth is the attain¬ment of salvation. He who does not practice virtue commits sin. The fruit of righteous actions and of wealth accrue to one either in this birth or the next.

Overcome anger by love, lust by purity, greed by liberality, pride by humility, egoism by surrender to God. You will become divine and enjoy eternal bliss.

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NO PLEASURE IN OBJECTS

When there is a desire the mind is filled with Rajas. It is in an agitated condition It is restless and unpeaceful.

The mind remains in this restless condition till the desired object is attained. After the object has been attained and enjoyed, it becomes thought-free. Its functions cease for some time, it is filled with Sattwa. It becomes introvert. The bliss of the Atman is reflected in the mind. There is no real pleasure in objects; it is only the bliss of the Atman that one experiences… Continue

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BE CHEERFUL ALWAYS

The mind can cure all the physical diseases of the body through its harmonious and healthy thoughts. This is because all physical diseases take their origin in mental ill-health.

Lack of cheerfulness contributes to ill-health, if one is ever cheerful and entertains divine thoughts, one will have perfect health at all times. It is in your power to enjoy good health as long as you like.

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CULTIVATE GOOD MANNERS

Good manners are minor morals. They are the shadows of virtue. They are the blossoms of good sense and good feelings.

Pride, ill-nature, want of good sense, arrogance and impatience are the sources of ill-manners. Good manners are a part of good morals. They are rare gifts. They easily and rapidly ripen into morals.

Be simple, humble and unostentatious. Say little or nothing about yourself.

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

HOW TO BANISH DESIRES

With the growth of desires, this world also arises. If desire is destroyed, this universe disappears. The extinction of desires a]one is emancipation or real freedom.

The central basis of ail desires is this false illusory "I.” With the contemplation of the infinite Self, the train of ideas of the universe disappears as darkness disappears before the suit.

If desires increase, thoughts of this universe also increase, if the fuel of desire is withdrawn, the fire of worldly thoughts is… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 20, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

THE SHIELD OF AN ASPIRANT

You must develop discrimination and dispassion to the maximum degree. If you are established in discrimination then dispassion will come by itself.

Discrimination is your true and intimate friend. Whenever cravings hiss, hammer them with the rod of discrimination. You will be quite safe then. The blissful, non-dual Para Brahman will be quite close to you then. Enter into It silently.

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Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 19, 2012 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

DESIRE CANNOT BE SATISFIED

This worldly existence is dreadful. There is no limit to the consuming power of man's desires and cravings. They are never satisfied. They grow day by day, just as a flame increases by pouring oil onto it.

Discrimination and dispassion are the two master weapons to kill this dire enemy of peace. Cravings take to their heels whenever they hear of dispassion and discrimination, lust as darkness cannot exist in the presence of light, so also desires cannot exist in the presence of… Continue

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PRAYER TO THE SUPREME BEING

O Beauty, O spiritual, imperishable, inexhaustible wealth, O sweet honey, O light of the heavens, O Light of the gods and celestial beings, O my dear relative, Thou art my body. Thou art the ovum. Thou art the germinal cell. Thou art the very life-element.

Thou art my eye. Thou art the black portion of my eye. Thou art the inner pupil that moves within the eve. Protect me. Let no evil touch me. Let me forget if this world. Let me remember Thee always. Take me to Thy sweet bosom. Make me… Continue

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HAIL, O LORD OF LORDS!

O hidden Love that pervades all objects, O Power that sustains this vast universe, O self-luminous Light that gives light to the sun, moon, stars and the intellect, O adorable Lord of this universe, O God of gods, O Lord of lords, Thou art the womb of the Vedas. Thou art the director or governor of this universe. Thou art the life of my life, Soul of my soul, Prana of my Pranas, mind of my mind, eye of my eye, ear of my ear. Thou art the beauty of flowers and landscapes. Thou art the charm in… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 15, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

THE INDEX OF CHARACTER

Sri Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita: "Threefold is by nature the inborn faith of the embodied-pure, passionate and dark. The faith of each is shaped according to his own nature, O Bharata. The man consists of his faith; that which his faith is, he is even that."

Faith indicates what man's character is. Have true, perfect, living and unswerving faith in God, in His Grace, and in the power of His Name. Meditate and open yourself to the Divine Light. Faith can move mountains and give you… Continue

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

THIS IS BEAUTY

Minus the skin, dress and ornaments the human body is nothing. Just imagine for a moment that the skin has been removed. You will have to stand by with a long stick to drive away crows and vultures. Physical beauty is superficial, illusory and liable to fade. It is skin deep only. Do not be deluded by appearances. They are the jugglery of Maya. Go to the source - to the pure, eternal Atman - the beauty of beauties, the everlasting beauty.

If your hair becomes grey, that is the first… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 13, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

GLORY OF SELF-SURRENDER

Self-surrender is one of the nine modes of Bhakti. The will of the devotee becomes one with the Lord's Will, and he enjoys all the divine splendours of the Lord.

The obstacles in the way of self-surrender are desire and egoism. The self-surrender must be pure, total, unreserved and unconditional. Sometimes the devotee keeps certain desires for his own secret grati¬fication. The ego is very still and obstinate. It is as hard as granite. It has to be split through constant hammering with the… Continue

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

WORSHIP – THE HUMAN PREROGATIVE

Eating, drinking, sleeping, fear and copulation are common to both animals and human beings. But that which makes a person a real man or a God-man is worship. Worship or spiritual practice transmutes a man into a blessed Divinity.

Lord Krishna says in the Gita: "But by devotion to Me alone I may thus be perceived, Arjuna, and seen and known in essence, and also entered into, O Paranthapa."

He who leads a mere outward sensual life without doing any worship is an animal only though he… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 11, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

SELF SURRENDER

A little consideration of what takes place around us every day would show us that a law higher than that at our will regulates events; that our painful labours are unnecessary and altogether fruitless; that only in our easy, simple and spontaneous action are we strong; and by being content we become pure and divine. Belief and love will relieve us of a vast load of cares. 0 my brothers, God truly exists and cares for you.

There is a Soul at the centre of nature and over the will of every… Continue

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

HOW TO DEVELOP CONCENTRATION

The powers of the mind are always scattered and resist attempts at concentration. This oscillatory ten¬dency is an innate characteristic of the mind-stuff. Of the various methods employed to curtail and arrest this tossing of the mind, those using the medium of sound and sight stand prominent, since these two have a peculiar knack of catching the attention and stilling the mind.

Therefore, in the course of spiritual discipline also, the methods of developing concentration take the form of… Continue

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

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