Gems from Swami Sivananda

October 19, 2014

If a desire comes and if you fulfill it, that samskara which caused that desire, gets more strengthened. The implication is that by fulfilling a desire, the desire never ends. You can never put an end to desires by fulfilling them. Just as the hungry flames will not subside by any amount of ghee poured in it, similarly the desire gets strengthened by fulfillment.

Non-cooperate with the mind. Do not fulfill desires, when they arise in the mind. It is the nature of the mind to desire. Mind and desire are synonymous. Non-fulfilment of desire is the only way of attaining mastery over the mind. Countless desires may arise; be silent. Do not say, “Come along, I will fulfill it.” It is only when you make the mistake of saying, “I am the mind”, “I am desiring”, you commit a blunder.

Only when the mind is purified, it becomes your guide. Till then non-cooperate with it. Then the mind will cease to be the mover of the human, and the human will become the mover of the mind. You should be the independent mover of the mind. Then you become Manojit or Indriyajit. That is what an aspirant has to become. The law is, desires never perish by fulfilling them.

The desires that come on the surface of the mind have their roots in the subconscious, and in as much as the roots are hidden, you will have to do daily the digging of the mind, and delving to the root of these desires. Set apart a time when there is no external distraction, sit in a secluded place and feel that you are the witness of the mind. Just allow the mind to wander for a while and see how it behaves and try to delve within.

All our time we are engaged in drawing the mind outward. Now make the mind go inward and try to see within yourself what is going on. It requires regular practice, or else we will be thinking we are looking into the mind, but in the processes, we would be drifting with the mind. You should delve inward and introspect. You must do twofold process. One is diverting the mind’s rays inward, and when you go inward, focus keenly on a certain part of your mind and analyse it, dissect it.

One is that we should not go inward with partiality. If you are studying the mind, be impartial, because this introspection is done with the purpose of ejecting out all that is undesirable and supplying all that is required.

If after studying the mind, you are full of self-satisfaction, if you are satisfied with whatever is there in the mind, such introspection and self-analysis will serve no purpose. You should have a critical attitude. Otherwise, the benefit of introspection and self-analysis will be lost.

If as a result of your introspection, you find in your mind certain traits which are not desirable, you should find out the means of removing those defects. Self-justification, self-approbation, are not what is meant by introspection. Once you find out your defects, be practical. Have some effective device to remove the defects.

You should find out how to make the best capital out of what you have discovered in your moments of self-introspection and sadhana. Thorough purification can only come, if there is detailed, impartial introspection, followed by practical measures to remove the defects. This introspection should be done daily. Daily you should throw out some rubbish from within the mind. This is the process of purification.

There are two more important steps that one has to take in living the divine life. Each sadhaka should bear in mind that divine life is to be lived in small details. If you are divine in small details, you can be divine in big things. You cannot afford to be undivine in small actions and expect to be divine fundamentally. If your Yoga becomes practical in little things, then great achievements will come as a matter of course.

Some sadhakas think that details do not matter much. They think that it does not matter if they use harsh words occasionally. The sadhaka thinks, “There is no harm in uttering a harsh word. I am quite calm inwardly. God wants only the heart.” But a calm heart cannot come unless every word of yours is full of love and compassion. The heart is made up of only the sum-total of all little actions and words. It is not possible to have a wonderful heart inside, and indulge in every type of actions and words.

Every action goes to form one’s character even as every drop goes to form the ocean. Day-to-day movements of the human constitute the very essence of divine living, the very essence of Yoga and Vedanta. One should not commit the mistake of being content with the idea that by merely having a great idealism, it will manifest itself as perfect goodness in one’s actions, words and thoughts.

Unless you are careful in your day-to-day life and mould your life in accordance with your idealism, it cannot bear fruit. If you are careful that the broad principles of divine living are observed, the edifice will come by itself.

What are those broad principles? Truthfulness, compassion, purity — these have to cover your entire life down to the minutest details. Your whole life, at least in the beginning, should be characterised by restraint. You should restrain your tongue. Do not think that you can eat anything and say anything and meditate well. If you think so, you are deceiving yourself. Yoga is not a toy, which you can easily take and play with. It is like an iron-fort, lodging well-equipped soldiers.

Every action should be done with proper examination. The quality of food that you take, its quantity, and the time you take food, all are important. A little immoderate food, or improper time of taking food may affect your system and render meditation difficult. So, too, with the thoughts you entertain and actions you are engaged in. The whole body and mind should be restrained. You should live a life of moderation.

Differences End Forever

October 15, 2014

Everything in this world has got a spiritual message to convey. Learn from everything. All is Brahman. When this truth is intellectually recognized, and intuitively realized, then all feelings of differences end forever.

Swami Sivananda

I Am

October 15, 2014


October 13, 2014

Time is the mode of the mind. It is a mental creation. Time is a trick of the mind. It is an illusion. Brahman is beyond time. It is eternity. Go beyond time, and rest in the timeless, eternal, imperishable Brahman.

Swami Sivananda

Worshipful homage unto the one, non-dual, all-pervading and indwelling Reality that shines in the hearts of all as the witnessing Consciousness! May that all-blissful One manifest Itself in the hearts of all sincere seeking souls as blissful awareness! May the divine quality of that Supreme Reality manifest in your heart, mind and intellect, and may Its divinity be expressed by you in your thought, word and action! By thus manifesting the Reality that indwells your body temple, may your life become really and truly divine!

Swami Chidananda


October 11, 2014

The whole gospel of the Bhagavadgita is nothing but the technique of the blending of knowledge and activity. We usually think that knowledge means not doing anything and activity means working without knowledge. Sri Krishna tells us that knowledge does not mean understanding without work, nor work means activity without knowledge. It is very difficult to understand what knowledge and action are. Action is the outward expression of knowledge, and knowledge is the inner reality of action. This may be said to be the central theme of the Bhagavadgita.

Swami Krishnananda


October 10, 2014

“Money is the root of all evil” thus say the prophets and the sacred scriptures. Money is evil because man is wicked. Money turns good when man becomes good himself. The quality assumed by money mechanics is acquired from the nature of the use thereof. Man ennobles or corrupts money equally as money is capable of corrupting man if evil is inherent in him. Money is power potential par excellent. Use or abuse of this power decides whether it elevates or degrades society.

To present to us the right attitude towards money its sacred status is vividly brought before our gaze by revealing to us the deity presiding over this power, namely Lakshmi Devi. LAKSHMI is the GODDESS of Wealth. Annual Lakshmi Puja is the solemn occasion to relive this Bhav and to pledge yourself to handle money with reverence and humility, knowing that it is to be treated as a manifestation of Divine power given to you to elevate and ennoble yourself through its right use. It is to be used as a means of protecting Dharma and an aid of attaining Moksha. This is the lofty role of “Artha” If this is forgotten then it verily becomes “Anartha”. Viewed thus money should evoke not greed but an attitude of hallowed worshipfulness in the heart of the one who handles it with high purpose. It is verily Vishnu-Shakti.


October 9, 2014

Prophecy and rephecy. One is looking to the future, the other is looking to the past. The ability to look clearly into the future is correlated to the ability to look clearly into the past. Thus when charges and imbalances from the past are resolved, then a vision for the future becomes clear. Resolve guilt and shame and reveal worth and pride.


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