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BRAHMA VIDYA VILAS
[Play With a Philosophy]
by Swami Sivananda
Table of Contents
Dedication About This Book (Back Cover) Inside Front Cover Publishers’ Note (7) RUNNING AFTER THE SHADOW 13 SQUABBLES 19 THE LIP VEDANTIN 32 PSEUDO VEDANTIN 50 VIRASINDHU—THE RAJA SANNYASIN 61 SAVANTS AND SEERS 77 PASSION AND ANGER 130 VAIRAGYA 144 PRACTICAL SADHANA 153 THE PATH OF A SADHAKA 166 DOCTOR’S PARADE 180 BHAKTA HARIDAS 193 GURU TATTVA 196
THE FOUR LETTERS
220 YOGOTHERAPY 236 DR. BRAHMAN’S MOKSHA RASAYANA 269 BHAKTA MARKANDEYA 290 SRI KRISHNA LILAS 295 COFFEE VS. MILK 297
The Brahma-Vidya Gurus
Of all Climes and Times
Whose Universal Message
Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realise.
Be good; do good; be kind; be compassionate.
Enquire ‘Who am I’, know the Self, and be free.
About This Book
H.H. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj has brought not only light but life into the Quest after the Truth, where life had so long been regarded as a burden to be patiently and gloomily carried to its natural end, and where he who walked was asked to fix his eyes on the ground, to let his mind dwell on the miseries of the world, and to make his heart constantly meditate upon ways and means of getting rid of the world itself.
Swami Sivanandaji has given a complete reorientation of this Quest after Truth which is truly a Quest after Bliss, every step taken taking the seeker nearer and nearer to the Fountain of Bliss. The spiritual aspirant’s life is thus made a Blissful Song of Joyous March to the Goal.
The chief instruments employed by him in bringing this about are the song and the stage. Through these he effectively transcends the doubting and arguing intellect and makes a direct approach to the heart which is the home of faith and devotion, the heart which feels and knows (realises) rather than trying to understand.
It is this novel approach to Vedanta and Yoga that has earned for him the heart’s gratitude and adoration of millions all over the world.
Several Plays have been written by Sri Swami Sivanandaji; and it was usual on all festive occasions at Anand Kutir where the Sage dwelt to stage one of his plays. It has been the invariable experience of those who took part in the festivities that they had learned more than what hundreds of lectures could have taught them. To read Swamiji’s plays is to get pleasure and profit together.
Inside Front Cover
Brahma Vidya or "the Science of Sciences that enables man to know the very source of Knowledge itself" as Sri Swami Sivanandaji puts it, is the precious legacy which the sages of yore have left behind them. It is truly a divine light that enables us to see within ourselves, to direct our gaze into the darkest corners of our own inner personality, and piercing through the veil of ignorance, to realise the Light of lights that we are truth.
Brahma Vidya enable us to lead a better and more fruitful life here, a life of harmony, love, service, peace and joy.
That Brahma Vidya Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj has presented in the form of delightful Plays in this volume.
Brahma Vidya or "the Science of Sciences that enables man to know the very source of Knowledge itself" as Sri Swami Sivanandaji puts it, is the precious legacy which the sages of yore have left behind them. It is truly a divine light that enables us to see within ourselves, to direct our gaze into the darkest corners of our own inner personality, and piercing through the veil of ignorance, to realise the Light of lights that we are in truth.
Brahma Vidya enables us to lead a better and more fruitful life here, a life of harmony, love, service, peace and joy.
That Brahma Vidya Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj has presented in the form of delightful Plays in this volume. Of this mode of treatment of this abstruse subject, Sri C. Rajagopalachari (then Governor-General of India) said: "It gave me great pleasure to see your book Upanishad Drama. Gold beaten into all sorts of shapes gives joy. So have you beaten the Upanishads into new and artistic shape! I am amazed at your energy."
Art appeals to the heart; and heart is the seat of the soul. An appeal to the heart through art is, therefore, at once soul-elevating. It is now well-known that Swami Sivanandaji has ever been appealing more to the man’s heart than to his intellect and that, therefore, he has been able to effect a wider spiritual awakening than any saint has so far been able to.
In this book, some of the Plays of Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj have been brought together, which present spiritual truths in a graphic manner to grip the reader’s attention and to conquer his heart.
In this book there is a Play for every great festival or celebration. We do hope that the readers will make the best use of this publication and enact these Plays frequently, for the benefit of the entire humanity.
—THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
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