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Teachings of Swami Sivananda's Blog – February 2012 Archive (27)

Does it not involve the sin of disobedience if a person becomes a Sadhu disregarding the pious wishes of his parents?

No doubt it helps a person if he takes to Sadhuhood or Sannyasahood with the permission

of his parents and other closely related ones; or else, it is likely to affect the interests of the

individual. But there is absolutely no harm if he takes to the Nivritti Marga or the path of

renunciation when there is a very high degree of Vairagya.

No man in the world is related to any other from the absolute metaphysical standpoint and

whatever relationship exists between one and… Continue

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

I meditate every now and then on God’s glory and omnipotence, but seem to derive no tangible results therefrom. Reasons for it please.

There is no use of praying to the Lord by fits and starts or every now and then. Do Japa

and meditation regularly without any break even for a single day. Just as you do not give up tea

and meals even for a single day, and just as you do no forget them too, so also, do not forget

Sadhana - whatever little you can - and then only take your meals. This is a sure and potent way

of goading and compelling the mind to penetrate itself deeply and unavoidably into the… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on February 27, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

How to put a permanent end to all doubts and questions?

As one advances in spiritual Sadhana and attains a greater and greater degree of evolution

day by day, by regular and unremitting practice of the Yoga of Synthesis, the clouds of doubts,

delusion and interrogation disperse by themselves. As the sun rises, the mist disappears. Even

so, as you progress in the spiritual path by the Grace of Guru and God, all the intricate problems

of life and death dissolve themselves into the ever-abiding Truth of existence. The only duty… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on February 26, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Is the cinema an evil? Does it corrupt public morals? Please explain.

Cinema, as such, is not an evil, though it generally wrecks the health of people and spoils

their eyesight, when indulged in inordinately. And it leads to several evil contacts. Its great

condemnation is when it consists of sensational pictures, rousing the passions, exciting the senses

and causing a revolt of the immoral and non-ethical worldly propensities like lust, hatred, vanity,

agitation or any form of sensuality or egoism. Of course, there is no harm in… Continue

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

If a person has been forced into wedlock with a girl not at all beautiful, but abounding in qualities of head and heart, ...

what should characterize the attitude of that man

towards his wife, constantly worried as he is on the count that his wife is not beautiful?

How can he manage to conceal his pent-up feelings of frustration caused by the lack of

beauty in his wife - aesthetically speaking - and yet manage to lead a healthy, happy,

harmonious married life?

It is not in the power of man to choose this beautiful girl or that, nor in the power of a girl

to select this handsome or… Continue

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

What are the marks of a wise man and a fool respectively from the ultimate point of view?

The fool reacts outwardly and emotionally under all circumstances, while there is no

reaction in the sage. If at all the latter acts, such actions are not reactions to any immediate

action, but are born out of the sage’s Satsankalpa to serve humanity. Secondly, in all situations,

the fool places himself first but finds himself last, while the wise man places himself last but

finds himself first. Thirdly, the wise man retires silently as soon as he has done his work, but… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on February 22, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Swamiji, why do you allow your feet to be worshipped, allow regular Puja to be offered to your feet?

The materialistic modern mind needs a good flushing before it can understand this. To

the spiritual aspirant, the Guru’s feet are not feet merely, but are the channels of divine grace.

From time immemorial, the Indian seeker after truth has known that his receptive centre, viz., the

head, should come into contact with the preceptor’s transmitting centre, the feet, in order to get

infused with spiritual power, wisdom and light. This is one of the axioms of electricity, that… Continue

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

What, according to you, should be the maximum number of children a spiritual-minded Grihastha should have?

Every Grithastha, be he worldly-minded or spiritually-inclined, wishes to have a son to

keep up the lineage or the family line and a daughter to give an ineffable cosmic enlightenment

expressive of the Divine Mother (Prakriti) who is the creatrix and origin of the universe, for it is

from the womb of the Mother (Prakriti) that the entire creation is ushered into this world. No

household couple is satisfied either with male issues or with female issues. They want both,… Continue

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

Why is it that the life-span of the modern man is so short as compared to that of his ancestors?

Our ancestors used to have a well-regulated, disciplined life. They were not slaves of

their senses as the modern people are. They used to do Japa, Pranayam, Sandhyavandana

(Trikala) and Svadhyaya (study of religious books like the Gita, the Bhagavata and the

Ramayana). They used to do charity and selfless service, and observe Vratas like Ekadasi, Sri

Rama Navami, Sri Krishna Ashtami and Dattatreya Jayanti. They used to conduct spiritual

conferences and pray for world… Continue

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

When death is predestined and also is nothing but a pause to change the clothes, why is it, then, a sin to commit suicide and also to kill living beings for a certain cause?

Suicide as well as killing of other beings are both considered to be great sins, as they

block the course of evolution of the Jiva. Moreover, putting an end to the present gross body by

force does not help one to put an end to his sufferings. Sufferings and pleasures due to him by

virtue of his past actions won’t leave him until and unless they are enjoyed by him completely.

On the contrary, by suicide one is inviting more miseries, for it may take some time for

him to… Continue

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

Should the means to achieve good ends be always good? Medicine tastes bitter, but cures diseases. Arjuna fought against the Kauravas to achieve good ends.

Indian thought has no hesitation in answering this question in the affirmative. Except the

rank materialists, the Charvakas, the founders of all other systems of Indian thought boldly

declare that “one should not adopt a foul means to achieve a desired end, however covetable that

end may be”. There should not be any doubt regarding this point.

I don’t think that your two examples are strong enough to prove that the end justifies the

means. For, the medicine, whether it… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on February 17, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

May I know if you mean by ‘Sastras’ the age-old, written or unwritten, set and rigid principles of ancient Hindu religious scriptures? ...

Have these principles not become

time-barred due to the fast-changing conditions? I don’t think any rigid principle can

stand the test of time.

Yes, the age-old, written or unwritten set principles of the ancient Hindu religious

scriptures are termed ‘Sastras’. But because of this, it need not follow that they should become

time-barred. The fundamental tenets of right living are unchanging. There cannot be any sort of

difference in the… Continue

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

Is conscience not the mode by which we can listen to the inner Atman?

The pure conscience itself is the “Inner Voice”. But the difficulty in the ordinary man is

that the voice of the lower mind, the voice of the brutal instincts, is often misunderstood as the

voice of conscience. As a result of such misunderstanding, guided by his animal tendencies, he

commits colossal blunders, involving danger to others. It requires a great degree of purity and

calmness of mind to hearken the true Inner Voice.

From "… Continue

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

How can a married man practice Brahmacharya? Is it possible especially when the couple are young?

To live and enjoy Grihastha life, with one’s own wife during the Ritu period subject to

the imposed restrictions of the Sastras is itself Brahmacharya. Sastras say that the married man

should not indulge in sense-satisfaction as and when his senses prompt him to do so. He should

subject himself to the various restrictions imposed even on the enjoyment of sense life. For

details in this respect, study my book, “Advice to Women”. One who observes these… Continue

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

Is procreation a sin?

Neither manhood nor womanhood nor procreation is a sin. A seeker after Truth can beget

children and later take to the path of renunciation either in and through the world or entirely out

of the clutches of the world. The moment one begets a male child for the upkeep of the progeny,

one can devote oneself wholeheartedly to Sannyasa if he so wishes, though it is not a hard and

fast rule to have a male child before taking Sannyas. The need for a male child, though… Continue

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

What is meant by “killing of conscience”?

He who is pure in thought, speech and action, who fears sin and Adharma, who is pious,

God-fearing and equanimous, who is balanced and capable of maintaining equilibrium, will have

his conscience in an unblemished state. He who has abundant Sattva (quality of purity) will

always have an unmarred conscience. Expansion of heart gives rise to the hearing of the voice of

conscience. Inner guidance will always be to that individual who has Sattva in abundant measure

by way… Continue

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

Which Yogic Asans can a married lady having children profitably practice without any harm accruing therefrom?

A Grihini with children can practice all the Asans subject to certain restrictions just as in

the case of a man. She should not practice during the period of monthly courses and three or four

days thereafter, during any of the ailments peculiar to her sex, and during pregnancy. Sirshasan,

Sarvangasan, Matsyasan, Halasan, Padahastasan, Bhujangasan, Salabhasan and

Paschimottanasan are a few of the important Asans she can practice. To these can be added

Yoga Mudra and… Continue

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

Some people have alarmed me that Pranayam and Sirshasan are dangerous sometimes and it might turn a person mad even....

Though I discount such alarms, yet my

conviction is not firm. Kindly write of any possible harm accruing from the practice of

Pranayam and Sirshasan.

Be within your limits while performing Asans and Pranayam. Do not strain yourself to

the point of exhaustion. None turns mad by performing Sirshasan and Pranayam. There is a rule

for everything. Start from the initial stages and gradually increase the period as you find


From "… Continue

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

On what grounds do you prohibit meat-eating?

On medical, psychological, moral and spiritual grounds. The mind is made up of the

essence of the food that a man takes. Tamasic food results in a Tamasic mind. Meat is Tamasic

and hence should be avoided.

When an animal is killed or butchered, a contraction of its nervous system takes place on

account of fear. (And you might have felt certain disturbances in your own stomach when you

have experienced fear.) This leads to the secretion of certain poisons in the liver,… Continue

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

Don’t you believe that Naga Sadhus, when moving in public, are a standing menace to our holy culture?...

Have they really risen to that level as to regard this nakedness

as nothing indecent and bad? Is there any spiritual significance to this nakedness of body

in its totality? Kindly illumine.

Our holy culture is essentially spiritual in every respect. Only when the Spirit is

forgotten, dualities like decency and indecency arise. All these dualities exist for the worldly

man and not for him who tries to go beyond them and establish himself in that… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on February 8, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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