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Teachings of Swami Sivananda's Blog – January 2012 Archive (28)

Shall I do Japa of “Om Narayana” instead of “Om” in order to make it both Nirguna and Saguna?...

Japa of the Narayana Mantra keeps the Chaturbhuj Murti of the

Lord before my mental eyes. I, however, have been accustomed to meditate on the Murti of

Lord Krishna and am in search of a Chaturbhuj Murti of Lord Krishna with Arjun at His

feet. Please let me know how I should go on in future.

You have already created a clear mental image, momentum and force by meditating on

Lord Krishna. It is not good to change the form now. Even if you change it, the old… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 31, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Is married life not an obstruction to God-realization? How can a married man please both his wife and God simultaneously?

Married life can never be an obstruction to those who are endowed with dispassion and

detachment to worldly objects and who consider that life is intended to mould one’s own self by

drawing lessons from the university of Nature. Study the lives of saints like Thyagaraja,

Ekanath, Narsi Mehta, Bhadrachalam Ramdas, Tukaram, Namdev, Jayadeva, Chaitanya and

Kabir. Probe deep into the world and the way in which the above-mentioned saints and a host of

others actually led… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 30, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Is woman made for man and to serve him only? Did God create us for the kitchen and for procreation? Why should a woman play a secondary part? Why do you deny equal rights to women?

Woman is in no way inferior to man. The home is a cooperative organization. It

flourishes on the principle of division of labour. If a man earns and the wife stays at home, it

does not mean that the woman is a parasite and a slave. She is indeed the builder of the nation.

To make noble citizens by training their children and to form the character of the whole human

race is undoubtedly a power far greater than that which women could hope to exercise as voters

or… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 29, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

God is all-pervading formless Being. How can He be confined to an idol? What is the use of idol worship?

The divinity of the all-pervading God is vibrant in every atom of creation. There is not a

speck of space where He is not. Why do you then say that He is not the idols?

The idol is a support for the neophyte. It is a prop of his spiritual childhood. A form or

image is necessary for worship in the beginning. It is not possible for all to fix the mind on the

Absolute or the Infinite. A concrete form is necessary for the vast majority for… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 28, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

I have no desire to leave Grihastha life at this moment and yet I am very, very keen to awaken the Kundalini Sakti. Is this possible? Will Your Holiness help me?

Yes, you can stick to Grihastha Ashrama. But live as an ideal householder. Support the

other three Ashramas. If the duties of a householder are strictly followed, there is no necessity

for Sannyas.

Become a true Brahmachari and give up sexual intercourse completely. You have enough

children. The practice of Yoga strictly demands this from you if you desire to make real,

substantial, rapid spiritual progress. Train your wife also in the spiritual path. Let her also… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 25, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

When I know that this world is not real and I am bound to leave it one day or the other, why should I not renounce it now?...

Taking Pati Seva as my duty, I am doing it very sincerely and faithfully. But I know that neither Pati nor son nor father nor mothercan help me in achieving the real goal. Did not Mira meet Bhagavan by leaving her husband?

For a lady, her husband is the image of God. She will have to realize God in and through

him alone. She need not go to temples even for worship. Your Vairagya is a momentary

bubbling. It cannot help you in any way in your spiritual progress. You may say,… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 24, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

I am disgusted with the false world. I know fully well that it is no use living in such a world. Everywhere I find misery alone....

I intend to enter into the life of a

Sannyasin, but I do not know where to find out a Guru. Kindly let me know what I have to

do to become a Sannyasin.

You should not hate the world, but you should hate the worldly life. The world is a

manifestation of the Lord. The world is the best teacher for you. The world cannot stand in the

way of your attainment of Kaivalya. You must change the way of your living and viewing

things. You will have to build a new mind… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 23, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Why does God not speak to me? What is the obstacle?

The self-surrender is not complete. There are still subtle Moha, subtle desires and

egoism. The Indriyas are still powerful and outgoing. These are the obstacles. When these are

removed, you can hear the shrill, sweet, inner voice of God. Impure souls mistake the voice of

the impure mind for the voice of God.

From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 22, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Should it not be considered as Himsa when we cut vegetables and fruits?

Cutting vegetables is not Himsa. There is no real consciousness in plants and trees,

although there is life in them. There is life in plants, sensation in animals, mentality in human

beings and spirituality in sages. There is no Visesha Ahankara and reflection of Chaitanya in

plants and trees. Hence they cannot experience pain. The tree will not say, “I am experiencing

pain”. The mind in plants and trees is not developed. It is quite rudimentary. It is Jada… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 21, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The mistakes and sins in my life are countless and the limit of my ignorance is infinite. I have not learnt Sanskrit. Kindly let me know if I can tread the path of spirituality.

Ignorance is a mental Kalpana, imagination. Thou art an embodiment of wisdom. When

the veil drops, you will shine in your own Svarupa. Allow the Vasanas and egoism to pass.

Break the clouds. Behind the clouds, there is the luminous sun. Behind the mind, there is the

self-radiant Atman. Purify yourself. Destroy the evil Vrittis. Plod on in the spiritual path. You

have taken this life for this purpose only. For Self-realization and the spiritual path, Sanskrit is

not at… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 20, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Is it absolutely necessary to do Nishkama Karma Yoga for Self-realization? If so, how should it be done?

Yes. You cannot understand and realize the spirit and object of Vedanta if you neglect to

practice Nishkama Karma Yoga for the eradication of the impurities in the mind. Nishkama

Karma Yoga gives you Chitta Suddhi and eventually culminates in the realization of the unity of

the Self.

Serve everyone with intense love, without the idea of agency, without expectation of

fruits, reward or appreciation. Feel that you are only a Nimitta or an instrument in the hands… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 19, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

In your book “Easy Steps to Yoga”, you speak about the importance of Brahmacharya. I get tired after the day’s hard labour; is it a sin to look at my wife who gives me pleasure?...

Does Brahmacharya help one escape old age? The sexual act is

necessary for renewing life. All man’s mental powers give him no chance of escaping the

time-linked process of birth, life, aging and death. For the propagation of the species, man

and woman have been provided with this creative power; and the sex act is a necessity.

You have viewed the topic from a thoroughly wrong angle. The very premise for your

theory is wrong. Immortality does not pertain to the… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 18, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

In spite of my thorough search, I am not in a position to find out a real Guru. Can you suggest one?

To find out a real Guru who may sincerely look after the disciple is a very difficult task in

this world. It is quite true. But, to find out a true disciple who may sincerely follow the

instructions of a Guru is indeed a very, very difficult task in this world. Have you thought over

this point? Do not use your reason too much in the selection of a Guru. If you fail to get a Guru

of the first-class type, try to get one who is treading the spiritual path for some years, who… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 16, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

In the last eight years,...

I have spent my days in studying the Vichar Sagar, Panchadasi, Gita, Upanishads, etc., and I have mastered them in a way. But I do not feel the oneness of life in all. Are the scriptures for mere study alone?

Mere study of the Vichar Sagar or Panchadasi cannot bring in the experience of pure

Advaitic consciousness. Vedantic gossiping and dry discussions on scriptures cannot help a man

in feeling the unity and oneness of life. You should destroy ruthlessly all sorts of… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 15, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

I am observing fast on Ekadasi days. I hear that fasting will cut short the life of man. Is it a fact?

Certainly not. By fasting, the body, mind, Prana and nerves will be renovated, vivified.

All the impurities will be destroyed. One can develop easily Sattvic qualities. The mind

becomes calm and peaceful. All the diseases can be destroyed by fasting. If a glutton takes to

fasting, he will find it difficult. A man of Mitahara will take great pleasure in fasting. He can

live for a longer period. Constant fasts for long periods should be avoided. Gradual practice… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 14, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

It has been said against reincarnation that there are more people now in comparison with the past world population.

It is not necessary that the same persons are reborn into this earth and none else. In the

process of evolution into human life, many from lower births also come up to the human level.

All these are controlled by superhuman powers or by the Divinity, God or Isvara Himself.

Further, rebirth need not necessarily be on this earth plane alone. It can take place anywhere in

the universe.

From "… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 13, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Why do we not remember our past lives?

Such remembrance under our existing limitations would considerably complicate our

present life. Therefore, the wise and beneficent Lord has so ordered our mental evolution that we

cannot recall our past lives until such time as it is good and helpful for us to remember. Such

instances may well form a cycle which is all clear to us when we come to the end of it, when we

see a whole rosary of lives threaded upon the one personality.

From "… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 12, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

What is the easiest way for concentration?

Japa of the Name of the Lord. And a very important point to bear in mind in this

connection is that perfect concentration is not achieved in just a day; you should never despair

and give up your efforts. Be calm. Be patient. Do not worry yourself if the mind wanders. Be

regular in your Japa; stick to the meditation hour. Slowly the mind will automatically turn

Godward. And once it tastes the bliss of the Lord, nothing will be able to shake it.

From "… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 11, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Hindus worship the phallus or the sex organ. They are ignorant people. They have no philosophy.

This is the sarcastic statement of a curious, passionate, impure foreigner of little

understanding or intelligence. When a foreigner tries to learn the Tamil or the Hindustani

language, he first tries to pick up some vulgar words. This is his curiosity nature. Even so, the

curious foreigner tries to find out some defects in the worship of symbols. The Linga is only the

outward symbol of the formless being, Lord Siva.

Linga means ‘mark’ in Sanskrit. It is a symbol which… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 10, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

How can I find out if I have got Chitta Suddhi or not?

Sexual thoughts, worldly desires, unholy ideas, sexual Vasanas, anger, vanity, hypocrisy,

egoism, greed, jealousy, etc. will not arise in your mind if you have Chitta Suddhi. You will

have no attraction for sensual objects. You will have sustained and lasting Vairagya. Even in

dreams you will not entertain evil thoughts. You will possess all the virtuous divine qualities

such as mercy, cosmic love, forgiveness, harmony and balance of mind. These are the signs… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on January 9, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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