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Without renunciation, Bhakti or devotion can never be cultivated in the heart.
God demands complete self-surrender from His devotees.
Love is a tremendous force in the world.
It draws men together.
It is quite as real as electricity or magnetism or gravity.
All life is divine.
All love is basically divine love.
A devotee who has made total self-surrender to God feels that he has no independent existence of his own.
He lives in…
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Loving remembrance is the method of reaching Him.
I have drunk the elixir of God by which all other elixirs have become bitter and worthless.
Many saints came from the so-called lower classes. They were illiterate.
They did manual labour to make both ends meet.
They were persecuted by persons in power.
Sadhana was a dealer in meat.
Dharma was a poor jat cultivator.
Sena was a court barber at Rewa.
Kabir was a weaver.…
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Love unites the individual soul with God.
It is only love that finds out God.
God is the primal essence.
The vision of God is a gift of God.
It is not an achievement attained by human effort independent of God.
God is revealed to those who love Him and whose minds have been purified by devotion to Holy Scriptures and holy preceptors, practice of Karma Yoga and more than all, Prapatthi or self-surrender.
God is a lover who resides in…
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Divya Jivan Newsletter
Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad
OM Namo Bhagawate Sivanandaya!
OM Namo Bhagawate Chidanandaya!
OM Namo Narayanaya!…
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TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR YOGA-STUDENTS
1. Practise Asans and Pranayama in the early morning or three hours after food.
2. Offer prayers to Guru and God before commencing the practice.
3. Take Satvic food; avoid hot, pungent, sour articles of food and stimulants like tea, coffee, etc.
4. Keep a clean room under lock and key; let it be well-ventilated, cool free from insects and from other sources of disturbance.…Continue
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THE PRACTICE OF YOGA ASANAS
This system costs nothing.
It is inexpensive.
It is simple.
It is specially suited for the people of the whole world at large.
The benefit of Yoga Asans should be made available to every family in the whole world.
Ethical culture, practice of divine virtues, a rigorous discipline of the mind, spiritual culture and meditation are also very necessary for attaining integral perfection.
Asans and Pranayama are only a part of…
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THE PRACTICE OF YOGA ASANAS
The practice of Asans is always accompanied by Pranayam and Japa of Mantra.
Moderation in diet and observance of Brahmacharya are necessary for realising the maximum benefits of the practice of Asanas.
A Yogi should always avoid fear, anger, laziness, too much sleep or waking, and too much food or fasting.
Regularity in the practice of Asans is of paramount importance.
Lakhs of peoples have derived real benefit from the practice…Continue
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THE NEED FOR A GURU
Only the man who has already been to Badrinath will be able to tell you the road leading to it.
In the case of the spiritual path, it is still more difficult to find your way.
The mind will mislead you very often.
The Guru will be able to remove pitfalls and obstacles, and lead you along the right path.
He will tell you: “This road leads you to Moksha; this one leads to bondage.”
Without this guidance, you might want to go to Badrinath,…
Man can learn only from a man, and hence God teaches through a human body.
In your Guru, you have your human ideal of perfection.
He is the pattern from which you wish to mould yourself.
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He gives you the rope of knowledge and saves you when you are drowning in this ocean of Samsara.
Do not consider him to be only a man.
If you take him as a man, you are a beast.
Worship your Guru and bow to him with reverence.
Guru is God.
A word from him is a word from God.
He need not teach anything.
Even his presence or company is elevating, inspiring and stirring.
The very company itself is self-illumination.
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On the subject of "Sadhana" - Swami Sivananda
"Act now. Live now. Know now. Realize now. Be happy now.
Every death is a reminder. Every bell that rings says, "The end is near". Every day robs off from you one part of your precious life. Therefore, you should be very earnest in plunging yourself in constant Sadhana.…
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LIFE : A PHENOMENON OF EDUCATION
Life is education and education is life.
Life on earth is a school for wisdom.
Life is a ceaseless striving for perfection, freedom and independence.
Life is an aspiration.
Life means adaptability.
Adapt, adjust, and accommodate.
Life is a great sacrifice.
Pain enriches life.
Life is but an endless series of experiments and awakenings.
Life is based essentially on experience.
Life is a worship…
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LIFE : A MYSTERY AND AN ADVENTURE
Life is a great mystery.
Life is a voyage in the infinite ocean of Time where every object is perpetually changing.
Life is a blend of contradictions.
Life is a terrible warfare with the mind and the senses.
Life and society cannot exist without struggling or fighting.
Life is a tremendous battle with Ignorance.
Life is an upward struggle, a medium through which we evolve.
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Before I go into my system I want to look at some other peoples formations to see what they think. Here are four different alignments I've come across:
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MANTRAS FOR SURRENDER
“Sri Krishna Saranam Mama, Sri Krishna Saranam Mama,”
“I am Thine, All is Thine, Thy will be done. My Lord”
, are the formulas for effecting self-surrender.
Surrender comes out of intense love and unshakable faith in God.
Intense Bhakti can only be attained by the Grace of God.
This is Prapatti Yoga or the Yoga of Self-surrender.
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YOGA OF SELF-SURRENDER
If the mind says :
“I am Thine, My Lord”,
if the ego says “I must become the High Court Judge”;
if the intellect says : “I am a great devotee”;
and if the Chitta says :
“I must attain Siddhis,” this will not constitute perfect, unreserved surrender.
This is only cheating the Lord, the inner Ruler and witness.
After surrendering to the Lord, you should not grumble, when any trouble comes.
You should not complain to…
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YOGA OF SELF-SURRENDER
Surrender must be complete.
You cannot any part of yours.
Give the power of attorney to God.
Let Him do whatever He wants.
You will have no worry or anxiety.
You will be peaceful.
Surrender contains intense love and faith.
The entire being, mind, intellect, Chitta and egoism, must be surrender to the Lord.
Desire and egoism are two great obstacles to self-surrender.
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YOGA OF SELF-SURRENDER
Self-surrender is a direct, a valid mode of God-realisation.
Self-surrender is a safe and sure means of God-realisation.
Self-surrender is a easier and surer means of Self-realisation.
Nothing can be achieved without surrender to the Lord.
Surrender yourself and all your belongings at the feet of the Supreme.
Live a dedicated life of godliness.
Think that nothing is yours and everything belongs to God.
This is surrender…
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I have four or five things which, as a Hindu, I wish to tell you.
Where elders are respectfully honoured, there prosperity prevails; and where elders - father and mother, grandfather and grandmother, uncles and aunts - are treated with contempt, with harshness, with scant respect, there is no prosperity.
These things are not known.
So when people are miserable, when people are unhappy, when people lack prosperity, it is not known why it comes about that way.
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KINDS OF BHAV IN BHAKTI
Sri Hanuman was a Dasya Bhakta.
He had Dasya-Bhav.
He served Lord Rama whole heartedly.
He pleased his master in all possible ways.
He found joy and bliss in service of his master.
In Sakhya-Bhav God is a friend of the devotee.
Arjuna had this Bhav towards Lord Krishna.
The devotee moves with Lord on equal terms.
They used to sit, eat, talk and walk together as intimate friend.
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