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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:32:36 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:30:08 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:24:12 PM »

In the beginning we see God's Grace working behind a veil and understand it vaguely. As we become purified and our faith in Him increases, we see clearly how His Grace works. Then our losses, failures and sorrows have little meaning. We see them as opportunities for making our contact with God more intimate.

?Sri Swami Sivananda

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 25, 2014, 02:28:05 PM »
Osho on Response  v/s Reaction

"Watch, become alert, observe, and go on dropping all the reactive patterns in you. Each moment try to respond to the reality - not according to the ready-made idea in you but according to the reality as it is there outside. Respond to the reality! Respond with your total consciousness but not with your mind.

And then when you respond spontaneously and you don't react, action is born. Action is beautiful, reaction is ugly. Only a man of awareness acts, the man of unawareness REACTS. Action liberates.

Reaction goes on creating the same chains, goes on making them thicker and harder and stronger.

Live a life of response and not of reaction." ~ Osho

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 25, 2014, 12:34:04 PM »
Disciples of Swami Sivananda .

Swami Sivananda had many disciples but beauty of Swami Sivananda was that he shaped some of his disciples to become powerful spiritual lights the world over guiding many people  .Many of the disciples of Swami Sivananda went all over the world and set up institutions carrying his message indifferent forms . Some of his notable disciples are :

1) Swami Krishnananda ( a great Vedantic speaker , spiritual writer  and spiritual guide and who too took over the Divine Life Society in Rishikesh after Swami Sivananda's Samadhi )
2) Swami Chidananda ( a great Saint  and a spiritual guide to many people and who also took charge of the Divine Life Society after Swami Sivananda's MahaSamadhi ) .

3) Swami Chinmayanada ( a great Vedantic Teacher who started the Chinmaya Missions world over . Swami Sivananda was his diksha guru but then later Swami Sivananda sent him to Swami Tapovan for Vedantic studies ) .

4) Swami Venkatesananda - a great teacher , speaker and write of spiritual books . He is popular for his book on Yoga Vashishta .

5) Swami Satyananda -
again a great Yogi and who started the Bihar School of Yoga . He reviewed the Kriya Yoga Sadhana and Many Yoga Sadhana . Bihar School of Yoga has published many books on Yoga Sadhana .

6) Swami Satchidananda - a great Yogi who started the Integral Yoga Institute in America  .His book on Patanjali Yoga Sutra is quite popular .   Dr.Dean Ornish who wrote the book "Reversing the Heart Disease " was a student of Swami Satchidananda and that book deals with how to reverse heart disease through the science of Yoga .

7) Swami Vishnu devananda - a great Yogi who founded the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres world over with Head Quarters in Quebec , Canada . He was a master of Hatha Yoga & Raja Yoga and famous for his books "Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga " , "Meditation & Mantras ", & commentary on Hatha Yoga Pradipika .He was the first one to structure the Yoga Teachings in the ancient Gurukula method of learning through his Yoga Teachers Training Courses ,Advanced Yoga Taechers Training Courses ,Sadhana Intensives etc  . He did not believe much in giving lectures or writing books and wanted people to get immersed in Yoga Sadhana practically . He is my Yoga Guru .Even though I have not met him personally I went through all the levels of Yoga training in his institute and was fortunate to be trained and guided by his direct disciples . The Practical Yoga  training that I received at the Sivananda Ashrams of Swami Vishnu devananda was the best thing that happened in my life .

8 Swami Chaitanyananda - a great Vedantic Teacher who remained quite reclusive in the Himalayas in his Uttar Kashi Ashram .He was one of the few people ( along with Swami Chinmayananda )  selected by Swami Sivananda to undergo Vedantic studies under Swami Tapovan . Though very reclusive he was well known among the spiritual community in Himalayas and was also called as Uttar Kashi Swami . I was blessed to have his darshan when he came down from the Himalayas after many decades of stay there and had wonderful conversations with him . He cleared many of my spiritual doubts , knocked out all the stupid and wrong opinions I had about the Vedantic Tradition and other matters pertaining to spirituality  and made be aware that Yoga Sadhana without Vedantic Study is incomplete and I understood the same after I started attending the Vedantic Classes of Swami Paramarthananda , a great Vedantic Teacher ( belonging to the Arsha Vidya Group of Teachers ) .

The list goes on but these are the most popular ones that I am aware of .

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:42:05 AM »
Kanchi Paramacharya in front of Sri Kamakshi Amman

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:39:07 AM »
தீபத்தின் ஒளி எப்படி வித்தியாசம் பார்க்காமல் பிராமணன், பஞ்சமன், புழு, கொசு, மரம், நீர்வாழ் ? நிலம் வாழ் விலங்கினங்கள் மீது படுகிறதோ அப்படியே நம் மனதிலிருந்து அன்பு, ஒரு தீபமாக, எல்லோரையும் தழுவுவதாக பிராகாசிக்க வேண்டும். இந்த உத்தம்மான சிந்தனையில் தான் சொக்கப்பானை, அண்ணாமலை தீபம் என்றெல்லாம் நம் பூர்வகர்கள் ஏற்பாடு பண்ணியிருக்கிறார்கள். - மஹா பெரியவா

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 24, 2014, 08:34:26 PM »
Sharing this Pic as Navarathri is starting from today

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 24, 2014, 02:13:37 PM »
This is the Mother River Ganga in Rishikesh , Ram Jhula area . The Sivananda Ghat is visible . The Sivananda Ashram is much above this  .Just like you cant separate Arunachala from Bhagavan Ramana , you cant separate Mother Ganga from Swami Sivananda . Swami Sivananda's  room was on the banks of River Ganga adjoining the Ghat . He did not stay in the Ashram but used to go from his room up to the Ashram only to Give Talks , Satsangh and supervise the works . This is my favorite spot to sit silently during my annual trips to Rishikesh .

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:49:21 AM »

Note : Most  of the messages of Swami Sivananda  here will be directed to the Mind ,Body and not to Atma ( which is what Bhagavan Ramana always points to ) .This should not be seen as a contradiction as Swami Sivananda's advise to aspirants is  to first prepare the mind and body before you focus on Atma and the reasons are given below  .

When it comes to Swami Sivananda's Teachings ,I wish to point out that his teachings will be a combination of Yoga and Vedanta . He combined the teachings of both Yoga and Vedanta and in fact he started the first Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in Rishikesh to train spiritual aspirants in the Science of Yoga & Vedanta . He used the Science of Hatha Yoga , Raja Yoga and also Bhakti Yoga  to basically  prepare the body , mind & heart to make it fit to receive the Atma Jnana i.e preparing the body ( Hatha Yoga ) ,mind ( Raja Yoga ) and heart( Bhakthi Yoga )  . In fact his entire mission was to prepare a spiritual aspirant fit enough for Atma Jnana .In traditional terminology this qualification is called "Sadhana Chatusthaya- Four Fold Qualifications " .
But at the same time Swami Sivananda knew that few aspirants are very ripe and they do not need this preliminary steps and are fully qualified for Atma Jnana and he used to pick those people and send them to Swami Tapovan for receiving Atma Jnana .In his book "Sadhana Chatushtaya " , Swami Sivananda has mentioned in the end of the book that there are few  people who may feel that going through all these preliminary disciplines are too time consuming and they just want to go ahead with the direct path and Swami Sivananda has welcomed that approach also .He considered such aspirants to be highly mature and they are fit for the direct path from the start itself .
This is what Swami Sivananda has said in conclusion :
"A first class student can adopt this method , because he had cultivated the four means in his previous birth .A mediocre student will not be able to think of Brahman at the very outset .How can one think of Brahman when the mind is filled with impurities , when it is turbulent and the senses are jumping and revolting ? Absolutely impossible .He may sit for thinking on the Self , but he will be building castles in the air and thinking of other objects .He will mistake deep sleep for samadhi .Many are delued in this manner .They do not have any spiritual progress . They can have no idea of Brahman .It is only the mind that is rendered pure by the practice of Viveka , Vairagya , Sama , Dama etc that can have the definite conception of Brahman .Ideas of Brahman cannot be lodged in a restless , impure mind ."- Swami Sivananda

The reason why I am sharing the above message is that I have myself gone through the  Yoga Training of Swami Sivananda through the institution of one of his senior disciple  by name Swami Vishnu devananda who was the founder of the International Sivananada Yoga Vedanta Centres worldwide (  and this institution should should not be confused with the Divine Life Society / Sivananda Ashram at Rishikesh whose website is ) I did get lot of benefit from the same and sharing here some of the good things that I learned from those Yoga Sadhanas .

General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: September 22, 2014, 09:04:17 AM »

Health & Welfare Issues / Re: Health and Fitness related articles
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:55:40 PM »

Why Everyone Should Walk 30 Minutes A Day

 In Japan, Shinrin-yoku ? translated as "forest bathing" ? is the act of walking in nature to manage stress and relax. Aristotle made the outdoors his classroom and taught while he walked. Walking is probably one of the most underrated exercise options, and it costs nothing, boosts energy, improves cardiovascular health, with its benefits dating back to antiquity.

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the number one killer in America. Research shows that walking as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce our risk by 40 percent. If walking is practiced with mindful eating and meditation, not only will the world march to a healthier beat but the cost associated with this disease, which the CDC estimates at more than $300 billion, will decrease.

I?ve talked the talk, now we have to walk the walk ? let?s turn these statistics around. Here are five reasons and five tips to get you off your toosh.

5 Reasons To Start Walking

1. Walking is versatile.

Whether you?re staying local or traveling, exploring the neighborhood on foot is the easiest way to get moving. It clears the head, gets you outside, maintains your fitness and, because it's low impact, isn?t as likely to cause injury as other sports.

2. You'll get an endorphin and serotonin boost.

Scheduling a walking meeting with your boss or client not only gets you out of the neon-lit conference room, but commits you both to including exercise into your daily schedule. What?s more, the release of endorphins and serotonin brings on a natural high, making that pay raise or contract so much easier to negotiate.

3. Listen to a podcast.

Walking solo? If you don?t have time to listen to podcasts at your desk, download them. Just stay alert of your surroundings if you?re walking with headphones, and check your phone carrier?s download limit to avoid hidden costs.

4. You'll meet people.

If you?ve always wanted to participate in a marathon, buddy up with a friend and train for a walking marathon ? it?s a great place to start. Or if you prefer something less intense, join a walking group, or attend a local walking meetup in your city. Who knows what you?ll discover or who you?ll meet...

5. Walking is good for you.

Don?t buy into the myth that walking isn't sweaty or strenuous enough to offer real benefits. Research shows that regular, brisk walking is associated with lower blood pressure, improved mood and better cholesterol ratios.

5 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Walk

1. Make sure you have the right shoes.

Many people don't exercise because they have foot pain; this is when comfortable shoes can help.Make sure the shoes you choose allow the feet to breathe and offer arch support, and if necessary, consult a specialist to help you choose the right shoes.

2. Try interval training.

If you can?t walk for 30 consecutive minutes, divvy it up. Walk during your lunch break, take the stairs whenever possible, or park the car at the furthest end of the parking lot. It?s OK to split the time into three 10-minute bursts throughout the day.

3. Measure your steps.

Track your progress with a pedometer or other wearable device. Measuring progress gives that extra bit of motivation ? whether it?s reaching your goal of 10,000 steps or clocking 30 minutes of walking daily. Furthermore, a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who used pedometers walked about one extra mile each day (or 2,000 more steps) compared to those who didn?t monitor their steps. Analysis also found that blood pressure and weight were lowered too.

4. Improve your gait.

When it comes to your stride, bad posture, tight hips, a slack tummy and weak glutes (mainly from too much desk sitting) don?t make for a walk in the park. Yoga is great for stretching and strengthening: To release tight hips, spend a few minutes in the half-pigeon pose on each hip; glutes love bridge pose; and boat pose brings much-needed awareness to your core.

5. Give your feet some TLC( Tender Loving Care ).

Massaging the feet is a good way to relieve stress and prevent future strain. Before heading to bed, knead your soles, arches and toes with some warm sesame oil ? or get your significant other to do it for you.

Let?s start a movement ? let?s get up, lace up, and hit the road!

General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: September 19, 2014, 11:37:22 AM »
Very Shocked to hear the news of Mandolin Srinivas death .
Here is the news about the cause of his death .It seems to be a liver complication  :

Mandolin U Srinivas, popular Carnatic musician, passes away

Dear Sri Anil

Happy that you got the invite from Sri RamanaAshram for 5 days stay and that you have made all the arrangements for the same . I am sure you will get the necessary permission and leave from your office also .Bhagavan's Grace will make things possible and guide you accordingly . You have done the necessary efforts from your side , leave the rest to Bhagavan .
Make the best use of your stay in Sri Ramana Ashram .
All the best .Om Peace .

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 13, 2014, 11:48:38 PM »
Here is an excellent view from Swami Satyananda ( Disciple of Swami Sivananda and also founder of Bihar School of Yoga ) on Swami Sivananda's Innocent Faith and Purity

Swami Sivananda was not intellectual; he was purely a bhakta, with a very innocent mind. If anyone came to him or wrote to him with problems, at once he would ask everybody to please sit down, close their eyes and repeat the mantra for that person's recovery. He had such faith that immediately after the mantra was repeated, he would have us write a letter saying, 'We have conducted the mantra prayer for you and now you will be alright.'

Unless you have faith, you cannot believe in this. We are all intellectuals. We know all the mantras, but we have no faith in them
. If we practise a mantra for someone who is sick, we will not dare to write and tell him, because we cannot be sure he has gotten better. Whereas faith leaves no room for doubt, knowledge has fissures in it. I am not against intellect, but at the same time its limitations must be pointed out.

Faith is very innocent but it is so powerful that the miracles you see in the lives of the great saints are a product of that innocence. Innocence is not childishness; it is the blossoming of the purity in man's structure. To be innocent you don't have to do anything or be anything. Rather, whatever you have acquired you have to throw away: knowledge, proceeds, wealth, power, status and political and religious background. You have to believe, 'I am nothing.' When this attitude takes hold within you, it becomes the centre of faith and in Swami Sivananda I found this faith in absolutely living form.

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