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Teachings of Swami Sivananda's Blog – December 2013 Archive (32)

New Year's Message by Swami Sivananda


By Swami Sivananda

By the command of the Indestructible Being, minutes, hours, days and nights, stand apart. By the command of the Immortal Brahman, months, years, seasons and solstices stand apart. He who knows this Indestructible Being is a liberated sage or Jivanmukta.

Time rolls on. New becomes old and old becomes new again. Today is the most auspicious New Year's Day. God has given you another chance this year to enable you to… Continue

Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 31, 2013 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Swamiji Maharaj! What is your idea about Nirguna Brahman? Does it mean only Shunya? In that case, it does not very much appeal to us. Who would like to meditate on nothingness?

Nirguna is not nothingness. It is the fullness of everything that is good. Nirguna is

plenitude. In it you find all auspiciousness, all goodness, all beauty, all joy, all health, all

sweetness, all purity, all peace, everything developed to perfection. From a distance this fullness

becomes inconceivable and so the sages called it Nirguna. Once they reach there, they get

merged in that inexpressible experience. It is not nothingness, but it is everythingness,…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 30, 2013 at 6:00am — 1 Comment


Watch your mind and thoughts. Introspect and practise self-analysis. Avoid evil company.

Understand the way of Maya. Be on the alert. Be very humble and simple, remember God at every


Remove arrogance, self-conceit and laziness. Develop humility to a maximum degree. Be

sincere. Serve all with love. Respect your elders and parents. Lead a simple, laborious life.

Cheer up your spirit. Have Perfect trust in God. Keep the mind fully occupied. Practise…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 29, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Search, Understand, Realise

Hold fast the lamp of Dharma. Entertain thoughts of Divine Love. Preserve equanimity in

success and failure. Restrain the senses. Calm the mind. Fix it on God. Soar high in the realm of

bliss. Behold unity. You will have cosmic vision.

Give up all sorts of fears, anger, care, worries and anxieties. Do not be disheartened by

failures. Pain is the best thing in the world. It is an eye-opener. Never forget this.

Dear friend, can economical sufficiency and a few more…


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Enquire “Who Am I?”

Develop patience, tolerance, mercy and love. Practise Vichara. Enquire, “Who am I?”

Serve others With Atma Bhava.

Have firm faith in Srutis and Sastras. Regulate your conduct when you deal with others.

Prostrate before everybody mentally. Possess a keen longing for liberation and intense Vairagya.

Be sincere and earnest. Develop your will-power. Conserve all leaking energy. Draw up a daily

routine and stick to it tenaciously. Grow. Expand. Get success in life.…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 27, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Start Quest Of Self

Work with a heart within and God overhead. Have a profound faith in the will of

Providence. Meditate on the divine attributes of the Lord viz., mercy, cosmic love, beauty of

beauties and All-pervasiveness. You will get success in life and God-realisation.

Keep open the portals of your heart by removing selfishness, greed, lust, so that the

Almighty Lord may come and dwell therein. Give up all useless discussions and proceed

straightaway in the quest of the Self or…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

God Is The Inner Ruler

God is the inner Ruler. He goads the body, mind and senses to work. Become an instrument

in the hands of the Lord. Do not expect thanks or appreciation for your work. Do actions as your

duty and offer them and their fruits to the Lord. You will be freed from the bonds of Karma. Your

heart will be purified soon.

Repeat the Mantra, “I am Thine, All is Thine, My Lord. Thy will be done.” Throw all burden

on Him and be at ease. Do not keep any desire for you. Destroy…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 25, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

LIFE OF LORD JESUS - The Message Of His Birth

The Supreme Light descended into this mortal world of gloom and darkness, two thousand years ago.

The Law governing the Lord’s descent upon earth is the same at all times, everywhere. When unrighteousness grows and righteousness is waning, when the forces undivine seem to be stronger than the divine forces, when the Word of God or commandments of His Messengers are forgotten or disobeyed, when religious fanaticism follows the letter of the scriptures killing the spirit, it is then…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 24, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Root Yourself In God

Understand clearly the aim of your life. Chalk out the line of work that is congenial to your

aim. Work hard to realise the ideal. Have your ideal before you and try every second to live up to it.

Develop a strong desire to remove carelessness and forgetfulness. Have confidence in your

own powers and faculties.

Keep up your mental poise amidst the changes of the world without consideration of

success or failure, gain or loss, pleasure or pain. Have the mind always…


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Worship God In The Poor

Cultivate right understanding and right thinking. Develop cosmic love. Eradicate

selfishness. Practise Yama and Niyama. Develop virtuous qualities. Have faith in the existence of

God. Pray to the Almighty daily. The Divine Grace will descend upon you.

Kill unholy desires through holy desires. Do not become lazy. Be ever up and doing. Break

the evil of ignorance. Know thyself and be free.

Worship God in the poor and sick. Serve every one with intense love. Give your…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 23, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Eternal Happiness Is In God Only

Nitya Sukha (eternal happiness) and Paramasanti (Supreme Peace) can be had only in God.

Therefore pray to the Almighty Lord: “O My Lord! By entertaining various useless

thoughts, by vain and wild imaginations by entertaining myriads of Sankalpas my heart and mind

are afflicted with severe sores. Enough! protect me. O Lord, do protect me. Turn my mind towards

Thy lotus feet. Make it rest in Thee for ever. This is my fervent prayer. This is all I want. Thou

knowest my…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 22, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Rely On God Alone

Lead a life of intense activity. Do not depend upon anybody. Rely on God alone. Give up

idle talking. Remember God at every moment. Utter in every breath the name of the Lord. Centre

your thoughts upon His lotus feet. Have strong faith in Him. Endeavour to make your faith a matter

of adoration and love. You will enjoy Supreme joy.

Think rightly and clearly. Become a man of measured words. Do selfless service. Surrender

the fruits of action unto the Lord. Pray to God…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 21, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Raise The Rod Of Viveka

Collect all the rays of your mind. Turn the mind towards God. Persevere seriously in the

pursuit of knowledge of God. Struggle hard. You will succeed.

Give up all sorts of fears, cares, worries and anxieties. Rest in the ocean of silence. Destroy

all sorts of fears by the rod of Viveka and the sword of Vairagya.

Pray to the Almighty Lord for help and guidance. Thirst for His grace. Place your trust in

Him. Do not be moved by difficulties. Difficulties strengthen your…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 20, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Become Pure, Evil Will Perish

When you do Japa and meditation, if evil thoughts enter your mind, do not use your

will-force in driving them. You will lose your energy only. You will tax your will only. You will

fatigue yourself. The greater the efforts you make, the more the evil thoughts will return with

redoubled force. They will return more quickly also. The thoughts will become more powerful. Be

indifferent. Keep quiet. They will pass off soon. Or substitute good counter thoughts or think of…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 19, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

What is this earth?

Different definitions can be given from different standpoints. The earth is one of the

fields for experiencing the fruits of good, bad and mixed actions, and for performing fresh

actions. It is a Bhoga-bhumi as well as a Karma-bhumi. It is a bundle of atoms, a form of energy,

a materialization of thought, an expression of the effects of the Karmas of the individuals of

whom it is composed and to whom it is related. Scientifically, the earth is only one of the…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 18, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Life and death - which is more dreadful?

Life and death are both processes of gaining more and more fresh experiences in the

progress of evolution tending towards the fruition of the wishes of the experiencer. Life is a

scene where the individual puts on the dress or the form of a certain amount of desires special

environment which can be fulfilled in the special environment afforded by it; and death is the

time when the individual goes behind the screen and puts on a new dress to appear in another

scene of…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 17, 2013 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Can asceticism lead to enlightenment?

Asceticism is really the austere life of sense-control and mental concentration lived for

the purpose of devotional practices or spiritual meditations. True asceticism necessarily

includes a strict observance of the moral and ethical disciplines, on the basis of which the higher

practices are undertaken. Asceticism is a means to enlightenment in as much as it prepares the

ground for meditation which leads to wisdom and realization. Sometimes, asceticism is taken…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 16, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Why are you fond of publicity? You talk of selfless service so much; and yet, we find you working for name and fame!

Firstly, I am not working for name and fame. When a person does selfless service, fame

comes to him, though he does not want it. You found it so in the case of Mahatma Gandhiji’s

life also. Only selfless persons know how to utilize even that fame for doing more selfless

service to a greater number of persons.

Secondly, it is through publicity that I come into contact with more and more seekers

after truth. It is the publicity that enables more and more people to…


Added by Teachings of Swami Sivananda on December 15, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Why should a great saint like you, who has renounced everything, put on an overcoat in winter?

A saint or a Sannyasin will not sleep on thorns, eat mud and stones, walk on his head and

break through walls. His body, too, is subject to hunger and thirst, heat and cold, etc., and an

overcoat is only a vertical blanket in bits and stitched in a convenient way to cover the body

against cold without hampering the movement of the limbs for service. A blanket is a horizontal

piece. I do not attach more importance or value to the coat.

After all, why should you look…


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

Swamiji, while you always associate saintliness with humility, why are you so fond of being photographed?

The force behind the system of visual education which psychologists today acclaim as

infinitely superior to text-book education will be apparent if you reflect over a very common

phenomenon. Leave on your table in the study a few good books, a few pictorials and a few

photographs. Let your children, your friends, come into the study. What do they pick up first?

The books? No. The photographs first, and then, the pictorials.

It is not entirely without reason that the…


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

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