March 31, 2014
Attention plays a great part in concentration. It is the basis of will. The force with which anything strikes the mind is generally in proportion to the degree of attention bestowed on it. Attention on any object may be either subjective (internal) or objective (external). Practice concentrating your attention on unpleasant tasks, upon uninteresting objects and ideas. Then many mental weaknesses will vanish, and the mind will become stronger and stronger.
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.”
March 31, 2014
Spiritual life is not an inward life. It is also not an outward life. Spirituality is not withdrawal into the psychological cave; it is not introversion of the mind. It is not also running about in the physical world. It is neither a sensory approach to the outward nature of things nor a psychological approach to the purely subjective activity of the personality. Spirituality is another name for the character of Reality. What Reality is, that is spirituality.
March 30, 2014
Sense-objects don’t come to harass us, to catch hold of us. We move towards them. The plain truth is we run after things.
March 30, 2014
If your religion has not made you selfless, sympathetic, serviceful and sacrificing then bundle it up and throw it into the sea. It is not religion. It is delusion. Start a new and begin to become truly religious. Behold the presence of God in all and worship Him through ceaseless service in dedicated spirit. Trample down your selfishness. There is no greater disease than selfishness. O Seeker! Cleanse thyself of this disease and become beloved of God. Religion must be living and it must enter into your daily life. And it must regulate your relations with the rest of your fellowmen. Otherwise it is at best lop-sided and little understood, and it defeats its own purpose and will avail you nothing.
Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Feel that God works through your hands, sees through your eyes, hears through your ears. You will then become a changed being. You will have a new angle of vision. You will enjoy supreme bliss. Sit not idly craving for God to help you, but be ever up and doing as God helps those who help themselves.
March 28, 2014
Your work can be one of your greatest satisfactions and allies in life, or become one of your most frustrating enemies. If you don’t have your body or money working wisely for you, you may unwisely be using up your valuable quota of time. When you use your time wisely and make every day count, by doing the work that is truly most important and meaningful and that genuinely inspires you, you are left with more energy and time to spare. You will have more energy at the end of the day than when you started.
Prioritizing your daily working actions and delegating other lower priority actions to others qualified is wise. Working efficiently and effectively involves doing the right job and doing the job right and achieving results that productively serves and inspires others. We are here to serve and be served and undergo sustainable fair exchange.
March 27, 2014
Love is a feeling. It is a synthesis of all polarized emotions. It is not to be confused with happiness or joy, which are one-sided and counterbalanced by sadness and sorrow. Love blends the two poles together into a transcendent feeling of poise. Love equilibrates physiology and brings wellness. Gratitude and its cohort love are the two greatest healers of the body-mind.