July 28, 2013 Comments Off on ORDER IN YAMA AND NIYAMA (correct one)
There is a deliberate order in the five parts or limbs of yama (self-control). Ahimsa (non-violence) comes first, because man must remove his brutal nature first. He must become non-violent; he must develop cosmic love. Only then does he become fit for the practice of yoga. Then comes satyam or truthfulness. Because the whole phenomenon of maya (illusion) is asat or unreal, the aspirant should be aware of this fact. He should ever remember the truth or Brahman. Then comes asteya or non-stealing. Because he must develop moral consciousness, he must know right from wrong, righteousness from unrighteousness; and he must know that all are one. Brahmacarya is a divine attribute. The aspirant is now becoming a superman by the practice of brahmacarya or celibacy. The fifth is aparigraha. The yogic student is free now from desires, cravings, unnecessary wants, luxuries, desire to possess and enjoy. He has a very expanded heart.
Yama is “taking of vow”. Niyama is “religious observance”. Yama is not a policy or company manners or courtesy, it is sticking to ideals and principles; it is development of divine traits that will transform human nature into divine nature; it annihilates desires, cravings, evil qualities; it eradicates brutal instinct and brutal nature; it removes harshness, violence, cruelty and covetousness; it fills the heart with cosmic love, kindness, mercy, goodness, purity and divine light. It is the foundation of divine life or yoga, on which the super-structure of samadhi is built. It is the corner-stone of yoga, on which the edifice of super-consciousness is built.
Niyama is canon or religious observance. It consists of five limbs; namely, sauca, santosa, tapas, svadhyaya and Isvara pranidhana. Sauca is purity, internal and external. Santosa is contentment. Tapas is austerity or control of senses or meditation. Svadhyaya is study of scriptures. It means also chanting of mantra (name of God) or enquiry. Isvara pranidhana is self-surrender to the Lord. It is consecration of one’s work as an offering to the Lord.
There is an intimate relation between yama and niyama. Niyama safeguards yama. If one has internal purity one can get established in brahmacarya. If you have contentment, you will not steal or hurt others or tell lies. It will be easy for you to practise aparigraha.
Niyama is canon or religious observance. It consists of five limbs; namely, (‘puca’ corrected to ‘sauca’) sauca, santosa, tapas, svadhyaya and Isvara pranidhana. Sauca is purity, internal and external. Santosa is contentment. Tapas is austerity or control of senses or meditation. Svadhyaya is study of scriptures. It means also chanting of mantra (name of God) or enquiry. Isvara pranidhana is self surrender to the Lord. It is consecration of one’s work as an offering to the Lord. – swami Sivananda
July 9, 2013 Comments Off on CHANGE YOUR HABITS
Mind is a bundle of habits. Bad habits and prejudices, hidden in one’s nature, will be brought to the surface of the mind when the opportunity comes. If you change the habits you can also change your character. You sow a habit and reap a character. You sow a character and reap a destiny.
Habits originate in the conscious mind but when they become established, by constant repetition, they sink into the unconscious mind and become our ‘second nature’. Habit can however be changed by a new, healthy, agreeable habit, of a stronger nature. At present you are thinking, “I am the body”. Think, “I am Brahman”. In the course of time you will be established in Brahmic consciousness.
Do not be a slave to one idea. Whenever you get new, healthy ideas, the old ones must be given up. In the mind there is an internal fight ever going on between ‘nature’ and ‘will’, between the old, worldly habits and the new, spiritual habits.
In the case of aspirants, the fight is between the old samskaras of the sensual world and new, spiritual samskaras. It is a fight between the good impressions of the past and bad impressions of the past. It is a fight between viveka (wisdom) and instinctive mind and indriyas (senses).
Eventually – will, which is pure, strong and irresistible, is bound to succeed. There is no doubt about this. As your reason grows and you become wiser and wiser – by study, by contact with the wise and by meditation – your mind must be well prepared to take up new, healthy, rational ideas and eschew the old, morbid ones.
Mind is your tool. When emotions arise, separate them, study them, analyse them – but do not identify yourself with them. Master your impulses, emotions and moods. Rise from the position of slave to that of a spiritual king.
Just as the repetition of a thought or action leads to perfection, so also does the recurrence of the same process, or the same idea, lead to the perfection of abstraction, concentration and meditation.
Give your full mind to God. Only then will you have realisation. Even if one ray of the mind runs outside, it is impossible to attain God-consciousness. You cannot enjoy peace of mind, you cannot practise meditation, if there is tossing of the mind. Destroy mundane desires through dispassion and surrender to the Lord. – Swami Sivananda
July 9, 2013 Comments Off on The Master Key
Man consists of three layers: the body – the most visible; the being – the most invisible; and the mind – in between.
The mind is a good mechanism, but not a good master.
It can serve you if you are the master and the mind is the servant. But if the servant becomes the master and starts ruling over you, that is the state of insanity. That’s why I say the whole humanity is “normally insane.”
What is mind? It is all borrowed, and borrowed from different sources – from the parents, from the neighbors, from the teachers, from the priests, from the libraries. Its hunger is insatiable; it goes on swallowing all kinds of information. That information may be contradictory, that information may create tensions, may create a split – or many splits. If you somehow can maintain your balance, this is normal insanity. Insanity is there, but it is just the same as everybody else’s. Unless you come in close proximity to a saner person, you will not be able to think yourself insane.
The function of the psychotherapist is, whenever somebody goes beyond the boundary of the normal humanity, to bring him back. It is not an easy job. It takes years, and only the very rich can afford it. Then, too, success is not certain, because the person who is treating him is himself repressing his own insanity.
Psychotherapy has not done much good to humanity. It cannot.
The state of no-mind is unknown to the West, and it is only in the state of no-mind that one becomes aware of that which is beyond mind….
Because when all the chattering of the mind stops and there is no more noise, the still small voice of the being is heard.
For the first time one becomes aware, “I am here. I was not there in that crowded place, I was always out of it.”
A single moment of knowing yourself to be above the mind has given you a master key. Now the mind can never become your master. And if the mind can never become your master it can never drive you mad. Now the mind cannot go on accumulating whatever it wants. Once the being asserts itself, the mind becomes very submissive – immediately.
Meditation is a direct route to being. It simply bypasses the mind. And once you are centered in your being, the mind, which was jumping up and down pretending to be your master, suddenly becomes submissive; it immediately falls silent, drops all its noise. And a man of being can use the mind just the way you can use any mechanism. But if the mechanism starts using you, that is an ugly state.
Man should remember that he is the master of his body and of his mind. Certainly the master must be beyond both. And I say it on my own authority: it is so. You can play with psychotherapy and other therapies; they are just games. If you like those games, no harm. They are better than football, but they are no more than games. And they are not going to give you a new life, they are not going to give you an authentic intelligence, a clarity which can see into every problem without any question of either/or.
Psychotherapy’s days are numbered. As meditation spreads, psychotherapy will start shrinking. If we can spread meditation around the earth, psychotherapy will simply disappear. There is no use for it, and it has not helped in any way.
Meditation takes you to being. It is a direct route to the beyond.
And once the master is there, mind immediately surrenders. In that surrender is health, because the master is in his place and the servant is in his place; the harmony is restored. And to be harmonious is all that health means.
Osho, From Bondage to Freedom, Talk #13
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June 19, 2013 Comments Off on I AM THINE, O LORD
Do not bother about taking care of your body. God will save it if he needs it for further service. Surrender it at his feet and rest in peace. He will take care of it. A real devotee says, “Let me take millions of births; it does not matter, but let me be attached to the lotus-feet of Lord Hari. Let me have spontaneous devotion to the Lord. Let me be endowed with purity, spiritual strength, the spirit of selfless service and other divine virtues.”
If you simply say without real inner feeling, “I am thine, O Lord,” this will not constitute real integral self-surrender. This should come right from the core of your heart. You must be prepared for a radical change. You should not stick to your old habits, ways and motives. You should not expect that everything should happen in the way you want. You should live to carry on the divine purpose. You should not think of those ambitions which the mind likes to gratify. You should not think of using divine grace or the divine force for your own purposes – then the irrepressible ego will assert itself in various ways and refuse to give up its old habits.
The ego tries to get everything from the divine but it totally declines to give itself to the divine. That is the reason why aspirants do not make any substantial progress on the spiritual path even after doing sadhana (spiritual practice) for several years.
There is no loss in self-surrender. You get from the Lord everything. You enjoy all the divine aisvarya (wealth of divine attributes) of the Lord. The whole wealth of the Lord belongs to you. Siddhis and riddhis (psychic powers) will roll under your feet. You become one with the Lord. You are freed from all wants and desires and cravings. The spiritually hungry and the really thirsty aspirant who yearns for the vision of the Lord, turns towards the divine and is quite willing, eager and happy to consecrate his body, life and mind and soul at the feet of the Lord. The first stage of self-surrender is only a firm resolve to surrender oneself to God, or to his preceptor. A sadhaka (seeker) who has dedicated his life for the service of his teacher or the service of humanity or for attaining Self-realisation, is not bound by the actions he performs subsequent to his self-surrender.
Self-surrender becomes perfect only after God-realisation. – Swami Sivananda
June 14, 2013 Comments Off on GOD AS MASTER AND FRIEND
Dasya bhakti is love of God as the servant of God. To serve God and to carry out his wishes – realising his virtues, his nature, his mystery and his glory and considering oneself as a slave of the supreme master – this is dasya bhakti. Serving and worshipping the murtis (images) in the temples, sweeping the temples, meditating on God and serving Him like a slave (mentally), serving the saints and the sages, serving the devotees of God, serving the poor and the sick, is also included in dasya bhakti.
To follow the words of the scriptures, to act according to the injunctions of the vedas considering them to be direct words of God, is dasya bhakti. Association with and service of love-intoxicated devotees and service of those who have knowledge of God, is dasya bhakti. The purpose of this is to be ever with God, in order to offer your services to him and win his divine grace and thereby attain immortality.
Arjuna prays with the sentiment of a servant and a disciple in order to get the grace of Lord Krishna: “O Lord, I am your disciple. I have taken refuge in you. Teach me.” The aspirant should completely give himself up to God and should not retain any personal reservations. Ananya bhakti is total relinquishment of the self to God.
Sakhya bhava is the cultivation of the friend-sentiment with God. The Bhagavatam says: “Oh how wonderful is the fortune of the people of Vraja, of cowherd Nanda, whose dear friend is the perfect, eternal Brahman or absolute bliss.”
To be always with the Lord, to treat him as one’s own dear relative or friend, belonging to one’s own family, to be in his company at all times, to love him as one’s own self, is sakhya bhava of bhakti-marga (the path of devotion). The devotee takes up with eagerness any work of the Lord, leaving aside even the most important and urgent and pressing personal work, and totally concerning himself with the love of the Lord. How do real friends love in this world? What an amount of love passes between them. Such love is developed for God – physical love is turned into spiritual love. There is a transformation of the mundane into the eternal.
It is a great pity that sakhi bhava (the attitude of God’s beloved) is misunderstood. The jiva caitanya (individual soul) is the real sakhi. Sakhi bhava is purely an internal state, not a mere external show. The individual soul is united with the supreme soul by self-surrender. The lover and the beloved become one. This is the acme of bhakti. This is the culminating point. Bhakti begins with two and ends with one. – Swami Sivananda
June 10, 2013 Comments Off on SPIRIT OF SERVICE
The right spirit in service is necessary. Not the smallest insect is to be treated callously. I once found a drowning wasp. I took it out, gave it some warmth and prayed for it. For I know that the Lord is there in that wasp. So work for the benefit of others, because they are divinities, not because you want personal glory.
Even a tiny bit of service in this spirit will be recognised at once – while thousands of pounds, given with a view to self-advertisement, may earn you little merit.
The secret of niskamya karma (unselfish, motiveless action) was explained by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. Every selfless worker should study the Gita daily. He can obtain real wisdom from it. The Gita is alive to those who are alive to it. The Gita is a scripture for all time. It is especially addressed to the people of the present age.
Fill your mind with the thought of God. Be devoted to God. Do everything as God’s will. Surrender yourself to him. This is, in short, the secret of karma yoga. This is the yoga of synthesis. This is the yoga most suited to the kali yuga. It helps the development of the human personality. It leaves no loop-holes for maya or ignorance to enter you. It fills every part of man with godliness.
The karma yogi should ceaselessly strive to cultivate divine virtues and to purify his heart. He should have peacefulness and mental equilibrium as his constant companions. Only that person who has found peace within himself and who is able to maintain a balanced state of mind in all circumstances, will be able to radiate peace and joy and even-mindedness.
This peace is not inert or tamasic. This surrender is not fatalism. Cultivate dynamic peace. Do not be idle for a single second. He who is working for the commonweal is dear to the Lord. He is a sage. He is a great bhakta. He is a great karma yogi. – Swami Sivananda
June 10, 2013 Comments Off on Song Of A Karma Yogin
Hari ke premi Hari Hari bolo
Avo pyare milker gawo
Hari charaname dhyana laghavo
Dukhme sukhme Hari Hari bolo
Abhiman tyago seva karo
Narayan Narayan Narayan Narayan.
Give up Brahmin, Sanyas abhiman,
Give up male-female, sex abhiman.
Give up doctor, judge abhiman,
Give up Rajah, Zamindar abhiman.
Relinquish pundit, scientist abhiman
Crush this professor, engineer abhiman
Kill this collector, thasildar abhiman.
Kill this vairagya, Seva abhiman
Kill this Tyagi, Kartrtva abhiman.
(Narayan Narayan …..)
Remember always Hari Hari Hari Hari,
Sing always Sita-Ram, Radheshyam,
See good in every face,
Share what you have with others.
Develop nicely adaptability.
Serve always with Narayana Bhav.
Scrutinise always your inner motives
Work without egoism,
Cultivate the Nimitta-Bhav,
Give up expectation of fruits.
Surrender always fruits to the Lord,
Have equal vision and balanced mind.
Selfless work will purify your heart,
Then you will get knowledge of self.
(Narayan Narayan …..)
– Swami Sivananda