Clear Advice

February 28, 2014

Prolonged meditation on the absolute leads to perfection. One of the greatest needs in spiritual life is meditation. Meditate and listen to the voice of God. This will give you strength, power, and peace.

– Swami Sivananda


Heaven

February 23, 2014
Swami Krishnananda

The gods in heaven are actually a theological point that Sri Krishna introduces into the concept of sacrifice—that is, we will not be able to extend a servicing hand to others, nor will we be able to recognise the value in other persons and things, unless the gods in heaven permit us to have this consciousness.


Crowds

February 12, 2014

“Ignore the mind the way you disregard the crowd you encounter in the streets.”

– Nisargadatta


Swami Chidananda Saraswati

February 9, 2014

As to our antaranga jivan (internal living), it should be one of yogic life, living in constant awareness of your divine relationship.

Increase the stuff of sattva by daily prayer, worship, bhajan, kirtan and japa-yajna. This japa-yajna is the surest, safest and easiest path specially suitable for Kali Yuga, this iron-age.

Sometimes the mind would refuse to put forth effort on account of inner tamas (inertia) and lethargy. Don’t yield to this inertia. Remove it by constructive activity, study and kirtan.

Remove slothness by being “up and doing.”

– Swami Chidananda Saraswati


Pranayama

February 8, 2014

Svatmarama, author of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, says at the very outset of the Pranayama chapter that a Yogi should be a master of self-control prior to embarking on the practice (2:1). He goes on to warn practitioners:

Just like an elephant, a lion or a tiger can be tamed slowly and gradually, in the same way a practitioner should try to tame his breath slowly, slowly or else it kills the practitioner himself.” (2:15)


Values

February 6, 2014

When you are volatilely ungoverned and minimize yourself, or put yourself down below someone else and possibly even feel shameful and ‘self-wrongeous,’ you may inject their highest values into you and end up feeling inferior in comparison.

Upon doing so, you may create an internal conflict and resistance by assuming your inferiority. You may then also attract social assistance, support, or pride building circumstances from others to help you return back up to equilibration or self-governance.

Reflect more fully and equally own whatever you see in others within yourself, and you will be able master the state of equanimity, return to a state of self-governance, reawaken within you a poised, inner self-mastery and you will inspire others through great exemplification, centeredness and clarity.