The Goal of Vedanta

July 31, 2014

The goal or aim of life is self-realisation; it confers immortality, highest bliss, knowledge, and supreme peace. Fixing the mind on the source or inner self, and getting it absorbed there, is the highest yajna (worship), the highest charity, the highest karma – action, the highest bhakti (devotion), the highest yoga or knowledge. Now the little self-arrogating ‘I’ vanishes. Just as the river joins the ocean, the little self becomes one with the ocean of bliss

Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Even as egoism is the universal characteristic of the ordinary man in his unregenerate days, the man who is in the grip of delusion, maya, even so, the universal characteristic of all saints has been perfect humility. Blessed are the meek. And the spirit of the same verse is re-echoed by one of the greatest saints India has produced. He was Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabbu. He says, “Trinadapi Suneechena—one should consider oneself lower than a blade of grass.”

Swami Chidananda Saraswati

Names of God

July 29, 2014


Questioner : Are all mantras of equal value ?

SWAMIJI : Yes , correct . All the names are finally names of GOD and , therefore , if you have faith that this name is really the name of GOD , it will take you to GOD .

Questioner : Is there any power in the mantra , or is it the concept of the mind that is the power ?

SWAMIJI : A mantra has got its own power . Your conception also adds to it , but it has a power by itself .

The very words of the mantra are arranged in such a way that they generate a kind of power when they are chanted ..

A chemical action takes place when the mantra is chanted . The words act and react to produce a force ..

That is why even by mantra chanting itself you can realise GOD , and you need not think of chakras . You can completely forget them .

Mantras will do the work of other yogas as well .

If you are convinced that this mantra is sufficient for you , you need not do any hatha yoga .

That mantra will take care of you.
It is enough. It is a complete yoga by itself.


July 25, 2014

The clue to attaining purity of the heart lies in the three words, ‘serve’, ‘love’, ‘give’. Reflect deeply on these wonderful words. Remember that the salt of life is selfless service, the bread of life is universal love, the water of life is purity. Hence, serve, love, give and become pure.

Swami Sivananda Saraswati


July 25, 2014

Karma is of three kinds, viz. Sanchita or the accumulated works, Prarabdha or the fructifying works, and Kriyamana or the current works. Sanchita is all the accumulated Karmas of the past. Part of it is seen in the character of man, in his tendencies and aptitudes, capacities, inclinations and desires. Prarabdha is that portion of the part of Karma which is responsible for the present body. It is ripe for reaping. It cannot be avoided or changed. It is only exhausted by being experienced. You pay your past debts. Kriyamana is that Karma which is now being made for the future. It is also called Agami or Vartamana.

In Vedantic literature, there is a beautiful analogy. The bow-man has already sent an arrow; it has left his hands. He cannot recall it. He is about to shoot another arrow. The bundle of arrow in the quiver on his back is the Sanchita. The arrow he has shot is Prarabdha. And the arrow which he is about to shoot from his bow is Agami. Of these, he has perfect control over the Sanchita and the Agami, but he must surely work out his Prarabdha. The past which has begun to take effect he has to experience.

Actions are of three kinds, viz., good, bad and mixed. Good Karmas make you a god or angel in heaven. Bad Karmas throw you in lower wombs. Mixed actions give you a human birth.

Every work is a mixture of good and evil. There can be neither absolute good work nor absolute bad work in this world. This physical universe is a relative plane. If you do some action, it will do some good in one corner, and some evil in another corner. You must try to do such actions that can bring the maximum of good and the minimum of evil.

Swami Sivananda


July 24, 2014

You already have the answers you seek within yourself. The key to accessing these answers is asking the right questions and continually doing so until you awaken to and discover exactly what you were looking for. No matter who you are, where you go and what you do, within you lies everything you could ever want to know.

– Dr John Demartini


July 20, 2014

Om. Vedanta is that bold philosophy, which teaches the unity of life or oneness of consciousness. It is that supreme philosophy, which boldly proclaims, with emphasis and force, that this little jiva (human being) is identical with the eternal or absolute. It is that sublime philosophy, which elevates the mind at once to magnanimous heights of Brahmanhood, divine splendour and glory, which makes a man absolutely fearless, which destroys all barriers that separate man from man, and which brings concord, unruffled peace and harmony to suffering humanity.

Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Our eternal physical life and activity, our speech and actions, have closely to keep up and enhance the spirit of our meditation, worship and Sadhana.

Swami Chidananda Saraswati

There is only one institution for you which can train you to evolve into a full-bloom Yogi, and that is where Providence has placed you-your own home. Mind is indeed the cause of bondage and liberation; a restless mind will find rest nowhere except in its own annihilation. The mind should be attacked on all sides with every possible type of weapon-with the repetition of God’s Name, study of religious scriptures, devotion, practice of silence, service. Pranayama, Japa, prayer, Kirtan and meditation. All these should be combined.

Swami Sivananda Saraswati


July 19, 2014

The eternal and the temporal clash in their purposes. And as you seem to belong to both the levels, you seem to be torn between two sides. You belong to a noumenal, eternal realm, which is the world of your aspiration, which is never ending – asking for more and more, endlessly – and on the other hand, you belong to the world of humdrum activity, sensations and mental operations.

What is your status finally, then? You are a cross-section of two different realms of action. Two different worlds meet at one point, which is hidden within. There are other things which are very intriguing in human nature, but the most prominent intriguing factor is that you are pulled by the world of sense on the one hand, and you are pulled by the eternity that you are on the other hand.

The world that you are not is considered as yourself by the insistence of the sense organs. But what you really are, the eternal being that you are, calls you by a different name and suggests your goal to be elsewhere – in the high heaven of the true Self, which is not in space and in time.

Swami Krishnananda Saraswati