Indian Yogan, Writer, Hindu Spiritual Teacher
Sivananda, formally Swami Sivananda Saraswati, born Kuppuswami
Indian Yogan, Writer, Hindu Spiritual Teacher
The moment you fear, you are nobody. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is the fear that is the cause of our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven in a moment.
The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.
There is nothing beyond God, and the sense enjoyments are simply something through which we are passing now in the hope of getting better things.
This little separate self must die. Then we shall find that we are in the Real, and that Real is God, and He is our own true nature, and He is always in us and with us. Let us live in Him and stand in Him. It is the only joyful state of existence. Life on the plane of the Spirit is the only life, and let us all try to attain to this realization.
Try a little harder, and meditation comes. You do not feel the body or anything else. When you come out of it after the hour, you have had the most beautiful rest you ever had in your life. That is the only way you ever give rest to your system. Not even the deepest sleep will give you such a rest as that.
We must plunge heart and soul and body into the work. And until we are ready to sacrifice everything else to one Idea and to one alone, we never, never will see the Light.
Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.
If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. First, believe in this world -- that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you are not understanding it in the right light. throw the burden on yourselves!
Let us not depend upon the world for pleasure.
Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations.
Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through selfless work.
So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire.
Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world.
The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!
The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.
The Vedanta teaches that Nirvana can be attained here and now, that we do not have to wait for death to reach it. Nirvana is the realization of the Self; and after having once known that, if only for an instant, never again can one be deluded by the mirage of personality.
There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion-I am God-cannot be made with regard to the sense-world.
This world is nothing. It is at best only a hideous caricature, a shadow of the Reality. We must go to the Reality. Renunciation will take us to It.
Understanding human nature is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing it can we know God. It is also a fact that the knowledge of God is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing God can we understand human nature.
We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.
Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.
If you think that you are bound, you remain bound; you make your own bondage. If you know that you are free, you are free this moment. This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom. Freedom is the goal of all nature.
It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.
Let us put forth all our energies to acquire that which never fails-our spiritual perfection. If we have true yearning for realization, we must struggle, and through struggle growth will come. We shall make mistakes, but they may be angels unawares.