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Do You Really Want God?

Do you really want God? Do you really thirst for His Darshan? Have you got real spiritual


He who thirsts for the Darshan of God only will develop love. Unto him alone He will reveal

Himself. God is a question of supply and demand. If there is sincere demand for God, the supply

will come at once.

Pray fervently like Prahlada. Sing like Radha. Repeat His name like Valmiki, Tukaram and

Tulsidas. Do Kirtan like Gouranga. Weep in solitude like Mira over the…


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I am in something of a dilemma due to the fact that I do not know what my aim in life is to be....

I have been told that if I know this, I will find it easier to meditate. Could you tell me how to discover the answer to this?

The aim of life is God-realization. To become one with Jesus is the goal of life. To

transmute the brutal instincts and to become divine is the goal of life. If you control anger,

eradicate selfishness and develop tolerance, compassion, selflessness, generosity, courage,

forgiveness, you will become divine. Is selfishness good? No. So become…


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A Karma Yogi Is Very Near To God

A Karma Yogi says: “Do all works without expectation of fruits. This will produce Chitta

Suddhi. Then you will get knowledge of the Self. You will get Moksha or Eternal Bliss and

Immortality.” This is his doctrine.

You will get purity of mind if you work in the spirit of the above doctrine. This is a very

great reward for your actions. You cannot imagine the exalted conditions of a man of pure mind. He

has unbounded peace, strength and joy. He is very near to God. He…


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Will not one be violating one’s Dharma by embracing Sannyas and by not discharging his duties to his parents and dependents? Are one’s relatives really dependent on him?

The notion that others depend on you is due to sheer delusion. God alone takes care of

everyone. Being deluded, you think that you are supporting your kith and kin and undergo

endless troubles, miseries and vexations. Even if you turn an anchorite, God will arrange

everything and maintain your family. And no sin will accrue to you, provided you have intense

Vairagya. Swami Ram Tirth had burning Vairagya; so he resigned his job, and leaving behind

his wife and two…


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I am not able to practice meditation for more than ten minutes. After that my mind begins to wander on sensual objects.

When you develop Ruchi or taste for Dhyana and Japa, you will be able to sit longer for

Japa and meditation. Before going to bed, also in the morning at 4 o’clock, and before taking

meal at noon, you should do Japa and meditation. Just as you take tea three or four times a day,

so also, you should do Japa three or four times a day. Do not worry if the mind wanders. By

gradual practice, it will come under your control. Do Kirtan when the mind wanders much.…


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Psychologists do not accept that there is a superconscious state. They accept only the conscious and the subconscious states.

An owl says, “There is no light”. Is there no light? Similarly, the ‘owl’ professor says

that there is no superconsciousness. Because an owl professor says that there is no

superconsciousness, does superconsciousness cease to be? Study Yoga Vasishtha which affirms

the existence of superconsciousness. He who denies superconsciousness is like the owl that

denies light simply because it cannot see light.

From "…


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The Light Is Within You

Be righteous always. Never deviate from the path of righteousness. Stand upright. Be bold.

Be fearless. Practise Truth. Proclaim it everywhere.

March forward in the spiritual path. The light is within you. Fix the mind on the Lord. Kill

egoism and pride. Cultivate fellow-feeling and universal brotherhood. Love all. You will have full


Control the senses. Pray fervently with intense faith and sincerity. Have an unshakable

conviction in the existence of God…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 23, 2013 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Is it possible to become absolutely desireless? The Western psychologists say that it is impossible to give up all desires.

Western psychologists are babies. In the Yoga Vasishtha and in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, it

is mentioned that absolute desirelessness is Moksha. A Jivanmukta has no desires. Desire is

imperfection. A Jivanmukta is a perfected soul. How can there be desires in him? How can

perfection and imperfection go together? So, it is quite possible to be free from all desires.

From "May I answer…


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The senses are generally turned outside. It is said that if they are turned inside, one will be able to attain Mukti. What is meant by turning them inside?

Now, think of Lord Rama and repeat Ram, Ram. When you mentally repeat Ram, keep a

picture of Ram. The senses will be withdrawn.

Now the eyes run towards objects and the ears run to various sounds. When you repeat

Ram, Ram loudly, the ears hear only Ram, Ram; and they will not run. The inner eye will see

only Ram’s picture. The mind will be concentrated on God. It will not run towards objects. So,

gaze within, introspect. You can do Pranayam also. Stop the breath. It…


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Swamiji! I find a few places like Nagore, Shirdi, Tiruvannamalai and Rishikesh ever full of Shanti and a kind of spiritual bliss....

May it be, Swamiji, that these places which have had the impress of the saint’s personality, his Tapasya and Siddhi, on

the very atmosphere, retain that sanctity for a long time?

Yes, yes. And not only that. The saint himself may live in those places. The liberated

sage has the option to merge in Brahman or to live in a subtle form and carry on the work of

Lokasangraha, guiding aspirants, awakening in people a religious fervour and so on. This motive



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How was it possible for Sri Sankaracharya to have devotion to Sakara Brahman when he was an Advaitin and his philosophical treatises prove that he believed in the nameless and formless One?

It is because Jnana and Bhakti are essentially the same! Look at the various Stotras that

he has composed. They indicate clearly that he had developed devotion to a very high degree.

Atmanivedan or self-surrender leads to Jnana; and Jnana is synonymous with Para Bhakti.

People nowadays condemn Bhakti and think that it is inferior to Jnana Yoga. They have

no understanding of Bhakti. They think that they can jump at once to Jnana Yoga Sadhana.

They have really no faith…


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I quite realize that contentment gives peace. But I have a doubt. It I become contented, all my ambitions will die.....

I will become lethargic and lazy. On account of my

various ambitions, I move about hither and thither, I exert and I am energetic. Kindly

remove this doubt of mine. I am quite bewildered.

Contentment can never make you idle. It is a Sattvic virtue that propels man towards

God. It gives strength of mind and peace. It checks unnecessary and selfish exertions. It opens

the inner eye of man and moves his mind towards divine contemplation. It turns his energy in



Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 18, 2013 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Swamiji, how did Maya arise in Brahman?

This is an Ati-prasna or transcendental question. You will find this question coming up to

your mind in various forms: When did Karma begin? When and why was the world created?

Why is there evil in the world? Why did the Unmanifest manifest itself? And so on. The same

question is asked by Rama in Yoga Vasishtha and Vasishtha says: “You are putting the cart

before the horse. You will not be benefited by an enquiry into this question at all. Meditate and



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Why are philosophers called mad? Is there something wrong with the philosophers or the people who call them so?

Compared to the man-of-the-world, a philosopher is a mad person in the sense that the

latter cannot take a lively interest in external appearance as the former does. To the philosopher,

the external world is only an appearance, but to the man-of-the-world, it is all real and eternal.

There is nothing wrong with either of them, since the word ‘mad’ is used only as a mutual,

relative attribute. What the philosopher says, the layman cannot believe; and what the…


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Why are Sadhus and Sannyasins enjoined upon to beg for their food?

Don’t the sins and evil intentions of the giver of food get mixed up with his charity and thus spoil the mental peace of the Sadhus and Sannyasins by their contaminating influence?

A true Sadhu or a genuine Sannyasin is he who has no attachment to the world even in

the slightest degree. Such Sadhus are Brahma-Nishtha Purushas (persons in the constant thought

of the Divine or Brahman) unmindful of their bare needs even. They should not cook for



Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 15, 2013 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

I write to inform you that due to excessive practice of Nauli and Uddiyana Bandha and Pranayam, the intestines of my abdomen are aching very severely.....

It is difficult even to lie on the sides and breathing has become difficult. In spite of all this, I am

regularly carrying on my Yogic exercises and Kriyas. Kindly write immediately if there is

any cause for alarm. Also suggest some prescription to get rid of this excessive pain on

both sides of the lungs.

There is absolutely no cause for alarm owing to the pain that you experience now. Give

up Nauli and Uddiyan for three or four days. You can practice even…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 14, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Swamiji, I feel I have not understood the Mahavakyas and their significance properly.

I will explain it to you. Listen attentively.

The first Mahavakya is: “Prajnanam Brahma. Consciousness is Brahman”. This is

Lakshana Vakya. The teacher gives the definition to the student that pure consciousness is


Then the teacher says: “Tat Tvam Asi. Thou art That. You are the all-pervading pure

consciousness”. This is known as Upadesa Vakya.

Then the student contemplates on what the teacher expounded, in the form of the idea,

“Aham Brahmasmi. I…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 13, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

What is the technique of concentration on the 18 parts of the body as advised by Sage Yajnavalkya for the purpose of attaining Pratyahara? Please explain fully.

The technique of concentration as given by Sage Yajnavalkya involves a process of

withdrawing the mind and Prana gradually and step by step from one part of the body to another,

starting from the two big toes of the feet and progressing upward by a series of successive acts of

such concentration-cum-withdrawal, through the several occult centers of the body, leading

finally to the crown of the head.

By this process, the mind and Prana are totally drawn away from the…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 12, 2013 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Can a man not lead a good, virtuous life, be charitable, truthful and noble, work for the welfare of the community and die a good man, without aspiring for anything beyond this life?

If you lead a virtuous life and die, you will die as a good man, not as a saint. You will not

attain Moksha.

You have hundreds of good men. But, how many saints have you got? Even real

aspirants are rare in the world now. Even in your category of “good men”, there are grades.

How many good men have you got of Gandhiji’s type?

What do your good men do? They may be truthful and noble; they may be charitable and

pious. But, even they will be selfish at the core.…


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What is the need to attain Moksha, Swamiji?

To understand this you should resort to Satsang and study of scriptures. An intellect that

is clouded by all sorts of desires and evil Samskaras will not be able to grasp even the need for

Moksha. Such an intellect is Asuric. Read the Gita. Attend Satsang. Listen to the discourses of

saints and Sannyasins. Then Viveka will arise in you. You will understand that this world is full

of pain and sorrow. The bungalow, the motor-car, the little position and the small salary…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on November 10, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

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