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« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2015, 09:19:11 PM »
The test of spiritual advancement is a gradual attainment of freedom from doubts of all kinds and a conviction of having reached a settled understanding in regard to one?s true aim of life. It is this conviction that brings inner strength and power to face all opposition.- Swami Krishnananda
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« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2015, 08:37:06 PM »
?Introspect. Look within. Try to remove your defects. This is the real Sadhana. This is the most difficult Sadhana. You will have to do it at any cost. Intellectual development is nothing. It is more easy." - Swami Sivananda
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« Reply #32 on: June 16, 2015, 10:08:37 PM »
?When you sit for meditation, vivid thoughts of past experiences may appear. You may remember events that have been buried in your subconscious for many years. Memories of conversations or lost loved ones will agitate the mind and make the practice of meditation difficult. The imagination can play havoc with the past, creating imbalance and disharmony in the mind. As you get older there is a tendency for the mind to dwell more frequently in the events of long ago, preventing you from living life fully in the present. Dreams of childhood, schooldays, and youth are just dreams and should be laid gently and permanently to rest. Try to let go of all thoughts of past, both distant and recent, and live fully in the present.? - Swami Vishnudevananda
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« Reply #33 on: June 19, 2015, 10:18:29 AM »
?Many students ask, ?What is meditation?? and ?what is concentration??. Someone even asked, ?Is there any secret technique by which I can get success fast?? There is no secret or mysterious technique. The techniques are the same that you are using in your daily life. When you cook, if you don?t concentrate, what will happen? You burn your food. When you climb a mountain and there is a steep, rocky area, you concentrate ? otherwise you break your leg or even your neck. When you drive, you concentrate. At some stage most of the concentration becomes a mechanical process. Say, for instance, you are driving a car. In the early stages, of course, when you drive a car you learn everything intellectually. You must know where the brakes are, where the clutch is, where the gears are, and so on and so on, and then once you learn it you pass it on to your subconscious mind to carry on the same activities.
Most of the activities in your daily life you learn through concentration passing them on to the subconscious mind. So also in relaxation. You learn relaxation consciously. Once you learn the art of relaxation consciously it becomes a habit for you to relax, even while driving. But concentration and meditation are a little bit more than merely learning a technique and then passing it on to the subconscious mind. Here you are not only learning to focus your mind on the task you have undertaken, but you are also trying to channel this force to lift you up to the higher planes. Here is some water. Not it is harmless. I can drink it. It hasn?t got much power. If I make this into steam, boil it and make it into steam, and that same steam is passed through a small channel, a tube, it can make a small steam engine move. So the same water, which is now almost powerless, when it is properly concentrated, is capable of carrying an engine, a steam engine. In the same way, when a river, which is slow and sluggish, is dammed and the water is collected and slowly passed through a narrow channel, it can turn a huge turbine to create electricity. In every walk of life, when a substance is sluggish and widely spread on a wide area, it is not capable of producing enough strength and energy. But when you channel and focus this energy through a narrow passage, when it is concentrated, then it is powerful.? - Swami Vishnudevananda
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« Reply #34 on: June 21, 2015, 07:21:36 PM »
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #35 on: July 31, 2015, 07:27:15 PM »
Today i.e Fri 31 July 2015 happens to be Guru Purnima ,sharing the quote from Swami Krishnananda on "Guru"

The Guru is not a person, he is not a man or woman; he is a principle which represents a power behind and beyond the visible framework which you call the body of the Guru. And, therefore, to look upon the Guru as a person and then to judge him as you judge anybody else in the world, and to take his word or not to take it from your own point of view, would be to cut the ground from under your own feet.- Swami Krishnananda
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« Reply #36 on: September 11, 2015, 07:15:23 AM »
Swami Sivananda on Fate

The controversy between free will and fatalism is still going on in the West and no one has come to any definite conclusion. It is a great pity that the doctrine of Karma is mistaken for fatalism. Fatalism is the doctrine that all events are subject to fate and happen by unavoidable necessity.

Fate is one's own creation. Man acts and thinks and develops his own character. He creates a web like the spider or a silk-worm and entangles himself in its meshes on account of the three knots, viz., Avidya, Kama and Karma. He himself has enthroned fate to the level of a king and obeys its order owing to his ignorance and its effects.

Swami Sivananda
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« Reply #37 on: September 13, 2015, 07:56:06 PM »
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« Reply #38 on: September 25, 2015, 07:59:26 PM »
Benefits of Meditation by Swami Sivananda


Meditation is the most powerful mental and nervine tonic. The holy vibrations penetrate all the cells of the body and cure the various diseases that human flesh is heir to. Those who regularly meditate save the doctor?s bills. The powerful soothing waves that arise during meditation exercise a benign influence on the mind, nerves, organs and cells of the body. The divine energy freely flows like the flow of oil from one vessel to another, from the Feet of the Lord to the different systems of the practitioner~Swami Sivananda
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« Reply #39 on: September 29, 2015, 07:47:56 PM »

Do not be guided and influenced by public opinion.
March boldly and cheerfully in the path of Truth,
consulting your inner conscience
and hearing the inner,small,shrill,
sweet voice of the Soul.

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« Reply #40 on: October 21, 2015, 11:46:12 AM »
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« Reply #41 on: October 21, 2015, 11:54:02 AM »
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« Reply #42 on: October 21, 2015, 09:27:17 PM »

Every breath that flows in the nose,
Every beat that throbs in the heart,
Every artery that pulsates in the body,
Every thought that arises in the mind,
Speaks to you that God is near.

Every flower that wafts fragrance,
Every fruit that attracts you,
Every gentle breeze that blows,
Every river that smoothly flows,
Speaks of God and His mercy.

The vast ocean with its powerful waves,
The Mighty Himalayas with its glaciers,
The bright Sun and stars in the wide sky,
The lofty tree with its branches,
The cool springs in the hills and dales,
Tell me of His omnipotence.

The melody of sweet music,
The oration of powerful orators,
The poems of reputed poets,
The inventions of able scientists,
The operations of dexterous surgeons,
The utterances of holy saints,
The thoughts of the Bhagavad Gita,
The revelations of the Upanishads,
Speak of God and His wisdom.

Swami Sivananda


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« Reply #43 on: November 10, 2015, 06:52:24 PM »
Deepavali Greetings to All - "Many Deepavali festivals have come and gone. Yet the hearts of the vast majority are as dark as the night of the new moon. The house is lit with lamps, but the heart is full of the darkness of ignorance. O man! wake up from the slumber of ignorance. Realise the constant and eternal light of the Soul which neither rises nor sets, through meditation and deep enquiry."- SIVANANDA
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« Reply #44 on: January 16, 2016, 09:10:05 PM »
Today i.e 16 Jan 2016 is Thiruvvaluvar's Day - the birthday of Saint Thiruvalluvar who composed the greatest Book called "Thirukural" 2000 years back and that book is still relevant even now . Thirukural is also called as Tami? Ma?ai (Tamil Veda); Poyyamozhii (words that never fail); and Daiva nool (divine text).Bhagavad Gita is the divine book given by God to Man , Thevaram , Thiruvachagam , Divya Prabandam ( Tamil Divine Texts ) are the books given by Man to God while Thirukural is the Divine Text given by Man to Man .Thiruvalluvar showed people that a person could lead the life of a Grihastha or householder, and at the same time, lead a divine life or a life of purity and sanctity.
For more about Saint Thiruvalluvar kindly go through this article by Swami Sivananda :


http://www.dlshq.org/saints/thiruvalluvar.htm
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha