Thursday, February 20, 2020
Epistle of Swami Sivananda - 2
Serve untiringly. Serve selflessly. Pray devotedly. Live truthfully. You will soon enter the kingdom of God.
Remain cheerful. Do japa whole heartedly. Rejoice heartily. You will attain the state of blessedness.
Reflect ceaselessly. Meditate intensely. Realise perfectly. Rest peacefully.
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Think rightly. Act righteously. Meditate regularly. You will attain eternal bliss.
Aspire fervently. Pray sincerely. Introspect seriously. Reflect vigorously. You will enjoy supreme peace.
Speak sweetly. Speak softly. Speak lovingly. Speak truthfully. You will attain unalloyed felicity.
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Never leave your sadhana (spiritual practice), your meditation, even for a day. Constant practice and eternal vigilance are indispensable till God-realisation is attained.
As long as you do not realise the truth, practise self-control and meditation.
Conscious attempts to unite oneself with God is called spiritual sadhana.
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Subjugate the senses. Slay this egoism. Curb the mind and enter the illimitable domain of immortal bliss.
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Faith creates, faith heals, faith works wonders, faith moves mountains.
Faith is the secret light for finding God. Faith makes the weak strong and the timid brave. Faith makes the impossible possible.
Therefore, have unflinching, perfect faith in the Lord.
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Please remember always that renunciation is the essence of spirituality and the secret of Self-realisation. Renunciation is getting rid of egoism, desires and cravings.
Renunciation is the only way to perfection and bliss eternal. Renunciation leads to complete unification with the Supreme Being.
Renounce and be free.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Epistle of Swami Sivananda - 1
What is divine life? To shed the animal in man and to sublimate the human in him to the divine; to express the sublimation in his daily life, in his hourly life, in thought, word and deed. That is divine life.
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To pray, to do japa (repetition of God's name), to sing His glory, to do kirtan (chanting), to meditate on the Lord, is divine life.
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Treat all kinds of work, domestic, official, etc., as service of God. Surrender all your actions and their fruits to the Lord. Give up agency. Feel you are an instrument in the hands of the Lord.
Actions will not bind you. Your heart will be purified. The grace and light of God will descend on you.
This is the way to spiritualise all your actions.
See God in all beings and things. See the world as a manifestation of God. It is not necessary to abandon the world in order to have a vision of God, because the world itself is a manifestation of God.
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Listen! Wake up now. Develop dispassion. Do sadhana (spiritual practice). Beware of the senses. Become desireless.
Understand life. Live divinely. Seek good company. Fear not. Waste not time. Depend on God.
Spiritual discipline is the key to God-realisation. Discipline the body and the senses and the mind.
May you attain God-realisation now and here.
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Be regular in keeping your spiritual diary. Spiritual progress will be greatly quickened. Kindly be regular in sending me a copy of your diary at the end of each month for review and further instructions. I am immensely pleased to note your regularity in sadhana.
Go to bed early (10 p.m.) and get up early (4 a.m.). The early morning hours are most favourable for meditation.
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Understand life's supreme purpose. Seek the eternal. Realise the underlying essence.
Have intense thirst for liberation. Die to live. Discipline the mind. Have self-control.
Learn to be wise. Make the best use of this human birth. Realise the oneness of existence.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Go wherever you like. Go to Kashmir, to Darjeeling, to Vienna or the Alps, you will not find any real rest.
The charming scenery may soothe the retina for a few seconds but raga (attraction), dvesha (aversion), jealousy, passion and greed are everywhere. You will find the same earth, the same sky, the same air, the same water everywhere. You carry the same mind with you everywhere. Imagination and change of place have deceived many people. Be contented. Live wherever you like - but discipline the mind and the senses ceaselessly. Meditate on the inner Self (antar-atman) ceaselessly. Here you will find everlasting peace. The mind will stop deceiving you now.
If you do not have sustained vairagya (dispassion), you will find no improvement or progress in spirituality. Vows, austerities, energy and meditation will leak out like water from a cracked pot.
You have spent eight hours in sleep and the rest in idle gossiping, telling lies, deceiving others, in selfish activities and in gaining money. How do you expect any spiritual good?
How do you expect immortality if you do not spend even half an hour in the service of God, in singing His name and in divine contemplation? Is there pain or is there pleasure in this world? If there is pleasure, why do young educated men retire to the forests? If there is pain, why do young men run after wealth, position and women?
Ah! Mysterious is maya (illusion). Mysterious is moha (delusion)! Try to understand the riddle of life and the riddle of the universe. Acquire viveka (wisdom). Have satsang (holy company). Enquire into the nature of the Atman.
Study the Yoga Vasishta and the Upanishads. Then you will have a comprehensive understanding of the problems of life. There is not one iota of happiness in this world.
Renounce this world. Renounce the desire for moksha (liberation). Renounce renunciation itself. Then you will become that.