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SELF KNOWLEDGE

The raft of knowledge of the Self will take you safely over the stormy waves of this great ocean of Samsara. You will not be effected by even the worst kind of adversities and sorrows. Therefore, struggle hard to attain this knowledge. Disseminate this wisdom of the Rishis and bear witness to it in daily life. Who am I? What is Samsara? What is Brahman? What is bondage? What is freedom? What is Maya? What is Avidya? Do Vichar(right enquiry)

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Peace

Peace, God, Atma, immortality, Emancipation are synonymous terms.
Righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Peace and unity walk together with clasped hands.
Desirelessness moves hand in hand with peace.
There can be no peace without the love of God.
Realize peace in your own heart, through association with sages, and by meditation.
You can find this peace, only in the stillness, only within your own self.
You certainly cannot find it in objects.

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THE SHIP CELESTIAL

Struggle hard to attain Self-realisation.
Struggle ceaselessly.
Fight like a hero; look not back, but ever go forward.
Diligently perform spiritual Sadhana. With a tranquil heart, meditate.
Give up vain talk.
Within the lotus of thy heart Brahman Dwells.
By the pure in heart is He known.
Easily mayst thou cross the sea of darkness and attain Illumination

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Intellect gives the knowledge of external objects.

Intellect is struggle.

Intellect guesses, believes.

Intellect is finite.

Intellect is a product of Prakriti (Mother Nature).

Intuition is the eye of wisdom.

Intuition is infallible.

Intuition is a flash and illumination.

In intuition time becomes Eternity.

Therefore, develop intuition.

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To practise non-violence, truth and celibacy is divine life.
To be kind, generous, humble, and tolerant is divine life.
To practise virtues and be righteous is divine life.
To serve the poor in selfish, dedicated way is divine life.
To serve the sick with all-is-God attitude is divine life.
To be merciful, courageous and devotional is divine life.
To sing the name of God and pray is divine life.

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O DEVIS!

O Devis do not waste your lives in fashion and passion.
Open your eyes.
Walk in the path of righteousness.
Preserve your Pativrata Dharma (The rules of life of a chaste woman devoted to her husband).
See Divinity in your husbands.
Study Gita, Upanishads, Ramayana, etc. train your children in the spiritual path.
Sow the spiritual seed when they are young.

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Nothing is hidden from him: the Truth stands before him in all its Splendour and Radiance, all the mysteries of the universe are revealed to him and all the secret working of Nature are an open book.

He who has no ego and who has surrender himself to God is the master of every power and force that there is;
for, all power and forces are under God, the Lord.
The egoless man quickly attains Supreme Freedom and Perfection.

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Where this egoism in not present, it is all blessedness, all goodness, all glory; and there one can find God.
One who has no egoism has all wisdom.
To the one devoid of ego, the whole world is haven of rest, a realm of peace and a kingdom abounding in all-happiness.

For him there is no more distress: he is purified, exalted and illumined; he sees no sin anywhere, and no evil can come near him.

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GLORY OF THE LORD’S NAME

The Name can bring you face to face with God. The Name is the bestower of eternal bliss, perennial joy and everlasting peace. The glory and the greatness of the Lord’s Name cannot be adequately described in words. The Name is filled with countless powers and potencies. The Name is the elixir, ambrosia and divine nectar. The Name is more precious than the wealth of the whole world. The Name is your sole prop, support, refuge, solace, centre, ideal and goal.

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In Kali-Yuga(Iron age), as the mind of man are naturally prone to greater distraction, meditation, worship and performance of sacrifice are not possible.
Therefore, loud chanting of the Lord’s Name or Kirtan has been recommended as the principle spiritual practice for God-realisation.
God is the one Doctor for all sickness.
Rely on Him alone.
The names of God are the most potent, unfailing tonic, sure panaceas, well-tried elixirs, sovereign specifies for all.

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A good deed is never lost.
It purifies the heart and leads to the divine light and the dawn of divine grace.
He who sows courtesy reaps friendship.
He who plants kindness reaps love.
Goodness is love in action.
It is noble to be good.
Goodness is the greatest virtue.
Every good deed is a grain of seed for immortality or eternal life.

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BE GOOD DO GOOD

Swami Sivananda

Good is the conquest over evil.
It is not the absence of evil.
Little self-denial, honest service, little words of cheer, encouragement, sympathy and kindness, little acts of kindness, little virtuous deeds, little silent victorious over temptations,– these will have a long way to the attainment of Eternal Bliss, perennial joy, everlasting peace and immortality.

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BE GOOD DO GOOD

The whole ethics and conduct is contained in this.
Goodness implies kindness benevolence and morality.
Virtue follows goodness.
It is an act of benevolence, compassion or mercy.
A good man is ever happy.
He always lives with God.
He has divinity with him.
Do all the good that you can in all ways you can, to all people you can, at all times, with all zeal, strength, love and heart.

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LIVE IN LOVE
Swami Sivananda
Without love life becomes narrow, limited and is replete with misfortune.

Without love, life is a prey to countless evils.

Without love, life is a victim to sins and propensities to hatred.

Verily, with love, life is the extensive life of joy.

With love nothing is impossible; everything shall be thine and all shall be well and good with thee.

Live in this love in daily life.

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Swami Sivananda

Charity is a sister-virtue of generosity. It is a fulfillment of magnanimity and nobility.

Gift should be given with faith; it should never be given without faith.

It should be given in plenty, with modesty, with sympathy.

Charity is universal love.

The deeds of charity you have done will stay forever with you.

Give cheerfully, quickly and without hesitation. Contd…

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SHARE WITH ALL

Swami Sivananda

Share with others what you have – physically, mental, moral and spiritual. Do not hoard wealth. Do not covet the wealth of others. In sharing there is joy and peace. Sharing generates cosmic love and destroys greed. Sharing removes selfishness and creates selflessness. Sharing purifies the heart. Sharing develops oneness. Share everything with all.

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Thursday 19 February 2015 CELIBACY

Swami Sivananda
Preserve the vital force (veerya) very, very carefully. Veerya is God in motion or manifestation-Vibhuti. Veerya is all power. Veerya is all money. Veerya is the essence of life, thought and intelligence. Observe celibacy according to your age and circumstances. Restrict the indulgence to once a month. Decrease it gradually to once in a year. Finally take a vow of abstinence for whole life.

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Swami Sivananda
Study systematically the Gita, Ramayana, Bhagavata, Vishnu-Sahasranama, Lalita-Sahasranama, Aditya Hridaya, Upanishads or Yoga Vasishtha, the Bible, Zend Avesta, the Koran, the Tripitakas, the Granth Sahib, etc., from half an hour to one hour daily and have Suddha Vichara (Pure Thought).

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Sunday 15 February 2015

COMPLETE SURRENDER

Swami Sivananda

“I have come my Lord, to be yours and yours own. Take me and do whatever you like with me.

To do is my business not to wish for fruits thereof, that is yours.

I shall contented to be wafted like a dry leaf in the gale of Thy will.

I am Thine, all is Thine, my Lord, Thy will be done.”

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