Daily Swadhyaya

by Swami Chidananda

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Hardcover: 370 pages
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Table of Contents

Back Cover  
Inside Front Cover  
Inside Back Cover  
Blessings Letter From Swami Chidananda  

1. Special Occasions And Festivals

1.1 New Year Messages  
My Humble Prayer – 1 January     1
My Humble Prayer – 2 January     2
Let Divinity Be The Keynote January     3

Reveal Your Inherent Divinity

January     4
Make This A Perfect Day January     5
Manifest Divinity January     6
Lead The Divine Life January     7
Problems And Solutions Are Within January     8
Keep Open The Doors Of Your Heart January     9
Connect Yourself With God January    10
God Dwells In Our Heart January    11
Aspire For God Alone January    12
1.2 Divine Life Society Foundation Day  
The Vision Of Divine Life January    13
The Divine Life Society January    14
Living Divine Life January    15
Sadhana Of Divine Life January    16
1.3 Gurudev’s Sannyasa Day  
Blazing Fire Of Renunciation May     30
The Lofty Ideal Of Renunciation May     31
True Sannyasa June     1
1.4 Guru Purnima – Aradhana Day  
In The Lands Of God July     13
Mantra Initiation July     14
The Greatest Gurubhakti July     15
The Guru Lives Through His Teachings July     16
Guru-Dakshina July     17
Guru-Oriented Life July     18
The Real Victory July     19
Obedience Is Better Than Reverence July     20
You Are A Living Light Of Guru’s Ideals July     21
Obedience July     22
Be Thou A Yogi July     23
Understand Your Life July     24
1.5 Rakshabandhan  
The Divine Insurance Company August    10
1.6 Janmashtami  
The Divine Advent August    21
1.7 Sivananda Jayanti  
Swami Sivananda – A Spiritual Guide September    6
Manifestation Of God September    7
Serve To Purify September    8
He Is Beside You September    9
The Role Of Discipline September   10
1.8 Durga Puja  
Lead Me From Darkness To Light September   24
Worship Of Mother Kali September   25
Select Your Path September   26
Constantly Be Victorious Over Undivine Forces September   27
Stillness In The Midst Of Activity September   28
Life Is A Mission September   29
Awaken Into Your Real Nature September   30
Be Rooted In The One October      1
The Vision Of Life October      3
Be Filled With Atma-chintan October      4
1.9 Gandhi Jayanti  
Feel The Suffering Of Others October      2
1.10 Deepavali  
You Are The Light October     24
The Significance Of Dipavali October     25
Can We Rejoice Always? October     26
Live In The Light October     27
1.11 Skanda Puja  
The Divine Commander October     28
The Inner Battle October     29
The Ingredients Of Sadhana-1 October     30
The Ingredients Of Sadhana-2 October     31
Never Despair November    1
1.12 Sri Gita Jayanti  
The Arjuna Complex December    8
The Call Of Gita December    9
The Art And Science Of Karma December   10
Spiritualise All Activity December   11
Anasakti Yoga December   12
Life Is Short, Utilise It To Attain That December   13
The Gita Yoga – An Inner Vision December   14
The Gita Yoga – An Outer Vision December   15
The Lord’s Promise December   16
The Infinite Power Within December   17
1.13 Sri Dattatreya Jayanti  
Dattatreya’s Admonition December   18
The Call Of The Great Ones December   19
1.14 Christmas Messages  
Infinite Love Of God December   20
Grow In God-Nature December   21
St. Francis Of Assisi December   22
Essence Of Christianity December   23
Thy Kingdom Come December   24
God Is Now, Here December   25
A Call To Rebirth December   26
1.15 Year End Messages  
Be Up, Ascend Into Divinity December   27
Make Your Life Spiritual December   28
Seeker’s Efforts Are Backed By Grace December   29
Know Yourself December   30
1.16 Sri Visvanatha Jayanti  
Visvanatha Abides Within December   31

2. Bases Of Sadhana

2.1 Religion And Righteousness  
The Spirit Of Religion January    17
The Essence Of Dharma January    18
Unity Of Religions January    19
Practise Awareness Of God January    20
2.2 Virtue, The Purifying Force  
Virtue, The Purifying Force January    21
Worship God As Virtue January    22
Cultivate Virtues January    23
Practice Of Virtues January    24
Worship That With The Flower Of Truth January    25
Practice Of Truth January    26
Grow In Godliness January    27
Be Simple And Humble January    28
All Faculties Are Divine January    29
Faith, Hope And Charity January    30
Three Ideals Of Life January    31
Peace, The Essence Of Happiness February    1
Peace February    2
Cultivate Peace February    3
The Peace Within February    4
World Peace February    5
Happiness February    6
Real Happiness February    7
The Search For Happiness February    8
The Key To Happiness February    9
2.3 Time Is Life, Be Up And Doing  
Time Is Life February   10
Be Up And Doing February   11
Do It Now February   12
This Moment February   13
Man Is The Architect Of His Fate February   14
You Are The Master Of Your Future February   15
Implications Of Law Of Karma February   16
Purushartha, The Self-effort February   17
Active Effort Leads To The Goal February   18
Enthusiasm – God In You February   19
2.4 You Are The Master Of Your Destiny  
The All Conquering Power February   20
Perseverance Leads To Success February   21
God’s Grace And Self-effort February   22
Effort And Faith February   23
God Helps Those Who Help Themselves February   24
Purushartha And Self-control February   25
2.5 Challenges Make You Stronger  
Obstacles Are Opportunities February   26
Pain Is A Blessing In Disguise February   27
2.6 Positive Approach Is Key To Success  
All Things Are Possible February   28
Always Be Positive February   29
Nothing Succeeds Like Success March       1
Create Opportunities March       2
God Is Ever Ready To Help You March       3
Everything Happens For Your Good March       4
Challenges Make You Stronger March       5
You Are Unique In The Eyes Of God March       6
Nature Is Friendly March       7
The World Is Not Our Enemy March       8
The Conscious Can Triumph Over The Inert March       9

3. Sadhana Guidelines

3.1 Guidelines To The Householders  
Grihasthashrama March      10
The Home – A Sacred Place March      11
A Spiritual Routine For The Householder March      12
Spiritual Guidance To Children March      13
Sanctity Of Marriage March      14
Laws Of Health March      15
Prosperity In Home March      16
Proper Food March      17
The Laws Of Prosperity March      18
3.2 The Purpose And Goal Of Life  
The True Purpose Of Life March      19
What Should Be Our Goal March      20
Determine Your Goal March      21
Spiritual Life March      22
Life Is The Portal Of Perfection March      23
Seek Divinity March      24
Keep Moving Towards The Destination March      25
Ever Onwards, Upwards March      26
3.3 The Practical Hints For Sadhana  
Prepare For The Advent Of Paramatma March      27
The First Sadhana March      28
Daily Sadhana March      29
Sadhaka’s Daily Routine March      30
Early In The Morning March      31
Foundation Of Spiritual Life April        1
Bases Of Sadhana April        2
Start The Day In An Ideal Way April        3
Grow Into God-nature April        4
Open Up Yourself For God’s Grace April        5
Make Yourself Worthy Of His Grace April        6
Sadhana For Modern Man April        7
The Key To Your Transformation April        8
The Necessity Of Introspection April        9
Become Like A Child April       10
Engage In Right Action April       11
Transform Your Actions Into Divine Worship April       12
Four Transforming Factors April       13
Not A Rosy Path April       14
Ascend Higher And Higher April       15
A Worthy Life April       16
What Is True Success April       17

4. Yoga

4.1 Yoga, The Path To Blessedness  
Yoga And Religion April       18
Bases Of Yoga April       19
The Meaning And Purpose Of Yoga April       20
Ascent To The Divine April       21
Yoga, The Path To Blessedness April       22
Yogic Life – In And Through The World April       23
Principles Of Yoga April       24
The Levels Of Unfoldment April       25
Yoga And Vedanta April       26
Occult Phenomena April       27
The Dangers Of Occult Powers April       28
Kundalini Shakti April       29
4.2 The Yoga Of Synthesis  
The Yoga Of Synthesis April       30
Paths Of Yoga May        1
The Process Of Yoga May        2
Serve, Love, Meditate, Realise May        3
4.3 Karma Yoga, Selfless Service  
Do Good May        4
Selfless Service May        5
Nishkama Karma Yoga May        6
Life Is Upheld By Sacrifice May        7
Cultivate The Spirit Of Yajna May        8
Expand Your Identification May        9
4.4 Bhakti Yoga, The Path Of Devotion  
The Path Of Devotion May       10
True Bhakti May       11
Devotion That Liberates May       12
Para-Bhakti May       13
What Pleases The Lord? May       14
Purity, The Pre-requisite To Perfection May       15
The Divine Name May       16
Prayer May       17
Prayer – Its Prerequisites May       18
Life Transforming Power Of Prayer May       19
The Devotee Becomes Invulnerable May       20
The Inner Communion May       21
The Path Of Surrender May       22
Surrender May       23
4.5 Raja Yoga Of Patanjali  
1. Yamas  
Nishtha, Steadfastness May       24
The Yamas And Niyamas May       25
Ahimsa May       26
Satyam, Truthfulness May       27
Brahmacharya May       28
Asteya And Aparigraha May       29
2. Niyamas  
Shaucha Or Purity June     2
Santosha Or Contentment June     3
Tapas June     4
Importance Of Svadhyaya June     5
Practical Value Of Svadhyaya June     6
Benefits Of Svadhyaya June     7
Ishvara-Pranidhana Or Self-Surrender June     8
Real Self-Surrender June     9
3. Asana  
Asana June    10
4. Pranayama  
Pranayama June    11

5. Pratyahara, The Withdrawal Of The Mind

A. Mind  
Mind – Your Greatest Friend June    12
The Nature Of Mind June    13
Yoga And Mind Control June    14
Channels Of Enriching The Mind June    15
Cultivate Noble Thoughts June    16
B. Chitta-Vritti  
Transcend The Mind June    17
The Mind-Stuff June    18
Chitta-Vritti June    19
Samskaras June    20
Nullifying The Samskaras June    21
Overcome Temptations June    22
Cultivate Your Antahkarana June    23
C. Pratyahara  
Spiritual Significance Of Vratas June    24
Conquer The Battle Within June    25
Self-Control June    26
Pratyahara June    27
Practice Of Pratyahara June    28
Pratyahara – Practical Hints June    29
Aids To Pratyahara June    30
Phases Of Pratyahara July     1
6. Dharana Or Concentration  
Dharana July     2
Focussing Of The Mind July     3
Practice Of Dharana July     4
Hints For Concentration July     5
7. Meditation  
Meditation July     6
The Nature Of Meditation July     7
The Process Of Meditation July     8
Practice Of Meditation July     9
Meditation, Some Practical Hints July    10
Obstacles To Meditation July    11
8. Samadhi  
Samadhi July    12
4.6 Jnana Yoga  
4.6.1 The World Is An Abode Of Misery  
The World Is An Abode Of Misery July    25
Pleasures Create Unhappiness July    26
Defects Of Enjoyments July    27
Eternal Happiness July    28
Maya – The Divine Power July    29
Maya – Its Nature And Conquest July    30
How To Overcome Maya? July    31
4.6.2 The Root Cause Of Bondage  
Die To Live August    1
‘I’ Is The Greatest Bondage August    2
The Folly Of Ego August    3
Renounce Your Ego August    4
Kill This Little ‘I’ August    5
Spirituality Transforms August    6
The Root Cause Of Bondage August    7
Dehadhyasa – The Wrong Identification August    8
Die To Your Separate Personality August    9
4.6.3 The Fourfold Sadhana  
I Vichara And Viveka  
Vichara – Enquiry August   11
The Process Of Vichara August   12
Sad-Vichara, Right Enquiry August   13
Viveka August   14
Discriminate Between Shreya And Preya August   15
Discrimination – 1 August   16
Discrimination – 2 August   17
Choose To Manifest Divinity August   18
Affirm Truth August   19
Base Your Life Upon Wisdom August   20
II Abhyasa And Vairagya  
Real Renunciation August   22
Satsanga And Detachment August   23
Abhyasa Of Vairagya August   24
III Shat Sampatti  
Shat-sampatti : Shama August   25
Shat-sampatti: Dama And Uparati August   26
Titiksha, Shraddha, Samadhana August   27
IV Mumukshutva  
Mumukshutva August   28
The Quintessence Of Spiritual Quest August   29
Develop Longing For God August   30
Mumukshutva – The Prerequisite Of Liberation August   31
4.6.4 Practice Of Jnana Yoga  
Shubheccha – Good Desire September    1
Be Persistent In Abhyasa September    2
Knowledge Is Meant To Be Lived September    3
From Knowledge To Experience September    4
Choose Your Life September    5
Shravana Illumines September   11
Practice Of Manana September   12
Nididhyasana September   13
4.6.5 Essence Of Jnana Yoga  
Overcome The Barriers September   14
The Fundamental Error September   15
Awake, Arise, Become Illumined September   16
Live For A Sublime Ideal September   17
Whatever There Is, Is From Within September   18
Search Within September   19
Bondage And Liberation September   20
Transcend Your Environment September   21
Wisdom And Knowledge September   22
The Essential Knowledge September   23
Higher Knowledge October      5
Paravidya October      6
The Basic Truths October      7
Call Of Vedanta October      8
Wisdom Liberates October      9
What Is The Reality Of Jivatma? October     10
Jivatma And Paramatma October     11
Now Is The Key To Liberation October     12
Aparokshanubhuti October     13

5. The Eternal Call

5.1 Thou Art That  
Thou Art That October     14
No Distance Between Us And Reality October     15
You Are That October     16
Your Real Nature October     17
Bliss Is Within October     18
Everlasting Bliss October     19
Know That You Are Divine October     20
You Are No Other Than Brahman October     21
5.2 Thou Or Tvam  
You Are Children Of The Divine October      22
You Are That Reality October      23
You Are Pure Like A Crystal November     2
Darkness To Light November     3
Your Inseparable Essential Nature November     4
Life You Must Live November     5
Your True Nature November     6
5.3 That Or Tat  
God Is Love November     7
Cultivate Awareness Of The Reality November     8
That Is The Hidden Essence Of All Things November     9
5.4 All Is One Only Or Asi  
There Exists One Only November    10
All Are One November    11
The Immanence Of God November    12
See God In All November    13
Feel Oneness With All Beings November    14
5.5 Realise The Self  
The Unbroken Link November    15
Awake, Arise November    16
Let Divinity Be Your Keynote November    17
Be Aware Of The Hidden Reality November    18
Spiritualise Your Daily Routine November    19
Divinity Is Your Birthright November    20
Claim Your Birthright November    21
Thou Art Divinity November    22
Fulfilment Of Life November    23
Heart Of Sadhana November    24
The Paradox Of Self-Realisation November    25
Awaken To Your Divinity November    26
Attain Divine Perfection November    27
God-Consciousness November    28
Liberate Yourself November    29
The First Thought In The Morning November    30
Spiritual Ascent December     1
Persevere Till The Last Breath December     2
Be Established In The Self December     3
Be Straight Like An Arrow December     4
Experience That Truth December     5
In This Very Birth December     6
Attain Divinity December     7

Back Cover

H.H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji’s extremely austere life and his wisdom teachings remind us of the seers and sages of the Upanishadic era. But there is on difference: Whereas the ancient teachings were aphoristic, abstract and extremely difficult to understand, Swamiji’s teachings are elaborate, easy-to-understand and imparted with affection of a parent or guru. As such, this mini-compendium of wisdom and knowledge all – both secular as well as spiritual will greatly benefit the spiritual aspirants all over the world in their day-to-day activities and spiritual ascent.

Inside Front Cover

On the holy Buddha Purnima day in May 1943, a 26-year old well-educated youth from an aristocrat family prostrated before Swami Sivananda and dedicated him totally at the feet of the guru. He was appointed as the General Secretary of the Divine Life Society in 1947 and was elected as its President in 1963. Though he toured all over the world again and again, he remained an extremely simple, humble and austere sage. His spiritual height endeared himself to all the saints, philosophers and sincere seekers. His inspiring talks are an invaluable treasure for all the seekers.

Inside Back Cover

The Divine Life Society was established on January 13th, 1936. The objective, functioning and the integrated broad approach of the Society can be comprehended by a few words of Swami Sivananda: Serve, Love, Purify, Meditate, Realise. Be good, Do good. Be kind. Be compassionate. The call of the founder guru was: “The goal of life is Self-Realisation. It is your birthright.” And the Ashram provides ideal ambience and surroundings for this.

The Headquarter of the Society is at Sivananda Ashram, SIVANANDA-NAGAR–249 192, Near Rishikesh. The Society has over 400 Branches, sub-branches, and many satsanga centres all over the world. The Society and its branches are actively rendering various types of spiritual, social and philanthropist activities to serve the humanity in all possible ways.

Blessings Letter From Swami Chidananda


The Divine Life Society
PO. Shivanandanagar-249 192
Distt. Tehri-Garhwal,
U.A., Himalayas, India

Saturday, July 09, 2005


Sri Swami Nirakaranandaji
Dwarka Dham,

Radiant Immortal Atman!

Blessed & Esteemed Swami Nirakaranandaji (formerly Pravinbhai Bhatt),

Om Namo Narayanaya!

Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!

I come to know that you are gathering together the miscellaneous lectures and written articles I have been giving at various places upon different occasions and compiling them all together, and bringing out this compilation in a printed book form under the title “Daily Swadhyaya with H. H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj”.

I appreciate the effort which you have put forth in bringing about the above mentioned book. In as much as all these activities undertaken by me were fully in the service of Beloved and Worshipful Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, I pray to Him to shower His choicest Ashirvad (Blessings) upon the book. I hereby add my bessings also to Gurudev’s Ashirvad. Not only do I add my blessings but also I send you my very best wishes for wide circulation of your book once its printing is completed and it comes out of the press in fully finished book form.

May it form a mini-compendium of wisdom and knowledge both secular as well as spiritual! I wish this project of yours all success!

May God bless you!

Yours in the Lord


(Swami Chidananda)


This handy book of “DAILY SWADHYAYA with Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj” can serve as your daily companion. It is a boon to all seekers. It contains practical spirtual advice. You can open any page at random and you will find an inspiring passage. By reading it, you will receive much inspiration and help in your daily sadhana. Every page of this book contains valuable spiritual hints. I wish the book wide circulation.

May the benedictions of Sat Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj as well as revered Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj ever be upon you all.

Swami Vimalananda

Sivananda Ashram,
PO. Shivanandanagar-249 192
June 29th, 2005


the Illumined Sears, Sages,
Saints and Gurus,
Who gave the eternal call,
“O children of Immortality!
Thou art That,
The all-pervading Brahman.
Thou are Satchidananda.
Know thy Self
Be Free!”


The ancient saints, sages as well as many gurus in even modern times were amazed by the supernal Experience that they had. They partook of the infinite Ocean of infinite Joy, unfathomable Bliss and profound Peace that passeth understanding. With all compassion and love for the humanity, they gave a call for awakening: “O Amritasya putrah (O children of the Divine)! We have gone beyond sorrow and have experienced a Realm of everlasting sunshine attaining which one is filled with Bliss and Peace, and one goes from darkness to Light, from death to Immortality! We have experienced That who is Satchidananda, who is the embodiment of love, who is closer to us than even our breath. That is the only Reality that pervades everything – within and without. You are an amsha of That. That is the Indweller of your being. Tat tvam asi–Thou art That. Jiva is no other than Brahman. Awake, arise, attain your Divinity; it is your birthright. This human birth is a golden opportunity to merge back into your Origin. That is the purpose and goal of life. Attain That in this very birth.”

The ancients sages tell us, “You are ever-perfect, ever-liberated Atman.” But the paradox of the supreme Experience is that though they tell us that we are already That, which is absolute Bliss beyond all sorrows and pain, yet we are not experiencing it; we experience sorrow and suffering. They say It is nearer to you than the nearest, It is ever-present, all-pervading. But, why we are not able to know It? What is the method for attaining It, for the ‘revelation of the ever Revealed’?

The scriptures are abstract and aphoristic, and the inner esoteric meaning cannot be understood without proper guidance of an illumined guru. In ancient times, a seeker would approach an illumined sage with all humility, prostrate before him, ask for knowledge, and become his disciple. Guru would not only impart him knowledge of the scriptures, but would also train him in spiritual practices of self-control, withdrawal, and all that was necessary to make him uttam adhikari (properly qualified as a receptacle of higher Knowledge) to receive Brahma Jnana. This practice of daily learning from the guru is prescribed by the Jnana Yoga as shravan and by Raja Yoga as svadhyaya.

In modern times, such daily direct contact with the guru is not possible. Now that printing of books is easily done, these benefits can be availed through daily svadhyaya of teachings of an illumined guru. The scriptures and writings of illumined sages have special power, and also the invisible living presence of the saint and his vibrations. Daily regular svadhyaya (study) of them with full shraddha (faith) would transform the reader and make him so much pure-hearted that with proper purushartha (unceasing endeavour) and regular deep meditation, he would be able to attain the supreme Experience.

Swami Sivananda and Swami Chidananda gave this call again and again to awaken the mankind. Swami Sivananda wrote more than 300 books in an easy-to-understand inimitable style of his own, and made available the essence of scriptures to the common man. And Swami Chidananda tried to awaken his disciples in pursuit of the supreme goal of man through discourses. He spoke with love of a father and guru in such a way that will make the abstract high philosophy of the scriptures clearly understood, and will also inspire them to pursue the Goal.

It was his practice to address the gathering after early morning meditation. He spoke from a totally different state of consciousness. In all these talks, he gave the quintessence of Upanishads and tried to awaken the audience. But all are not fortunate to remain present and listen to these highly charged inspiring talks. For such people, and even for those who could participate in this rare treat of the morning talks, the desire to read them again and again, and become benefited by them is persistent. So, some of these invaluable talks have been published as books, some as video/audio cassettes. However, for regular daily svadhyaya, it was necessary to have the best of his inspiring talks in a book form. Recognising the need of the modern man, we have compiled them in one-page concise form retaining the main content. We have given them in date-wise format so that regular svadhyaya can easily be practised, and can be made as a part of one’s daily spiritual routine.

The main objective of this compilation is to make clear to the reader the Goal and purpose of this human birth, and repeat the ancient call for awakening. Regular daily study of this compilation will enable the sincere jijnasu to recognise and make constantly aware that the goal of life is Self-realisation, and will inspire him to seek his inherent Divinity and become liberated for ever. We have tried to include talks on all the necessary preparation and foundation for this great task and on the four main paths of Yoga, and have arranged them in an easy-to-understand order. We have also included his messages on festivals and special occasions, for they bring out the esoteric meaning of our ancient practices. We have made use of all the books of Sri Swamiji Maharaj and also some unpublished talks. However, for further reading and ready reference a bibliography of his books is given at the end.


Advices On Spiritual Living

A Message To New Initiates

Awake, Realise Your Divinity

A Guide To Noble Living

A New Beginning

A Call To Liberation

A Young Person’s Guide

Bliss Is Within

Durga Puja Lectures

Essentials Of The Higher Values Of Life

Eternal Messages Of Swami Chidananda

Forest Academy Lectures

God As Mother

How To Approach A Saint

Lectures On Raja Yoga

Light Fountain

Message Of Swami Chidananda To Mankind

Methods Of Meditation


New Year Message – 2003

On Love


Path To Blessedness

Ponder These Truths

Practical Guide To Yoga

Realization Through Devotion

Renunciation–a Life Of Surrender And Trust

Sadhana For The Modern Man

Sivanand Regalia

Success In Life

Swami Sivananda Saint, Sage And Godman


Special Insights Into Sadhana (1 To 8)

Silverbright Mornings

The Truth That Liberates


Twenty Important Spiritual Instructions

The True Authentic Religion We Need Today

Thou Art That

The Gita Vision

The Path Beyond Sorrow

The Philosophy, Psychology And Practice Of Yoga

The Role Of Celibacy In The Spiritual Life

The Holy Stream

What Is Spiritual Life

What Is Yoga

With Folded Hands

World-guide Sivananda


Yoga Lectures

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