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THE DIVINE DESTINATION
by Swami Chidananda
Table of Contents
Publishers’ Note 5 Introduction 7
CHOOSE YOUR LIFE
1. The Divine Destination 19 2. The Greatest Wonder 21 3. This Moment 23 4. Take Time By The Forelock 26 5. Creation: The Music Of Mother’s Veena 28 6. Guru Seva 31 7. The Paradox Of Self-Realisation 34 8. The Importance Of Joy 36 9. Not A Rosy Path 38 10. Dare To Live The Spiritual Life 41 11. The All Conquering Power 43 12. Choose Your Life 45 13. Living Divine Life 47 14. The Essence Of Dharma 49 15. A Man Of Practical Wisdom 51 16. Abhyasa Of Vairagya 53 17. Purity, The Pre-Requisite To Perfection 55 18. Unity Of Religions 57 19. The Spirit Of Religion 59 20. All Life Is One 61 21. Spiritual Life Should Be Vital And Alive 63 22. The Purpose Of Yoga 64 23. Everything Is Yoga 65 24. Movement Of Man Towards Divine 67 25. Essentials Of A Sadhak’s Daily Routine 69
PRAYER BELIEVES AND WORK ACHIEVES
26. The Central Declaration Of Vedanta 73 27. Surrender 75 28. Bhaja Govindam 76 29. Enshrine Thy Guru In Thy Heart! 77 30. The Saint’s Magic 79 31. Be God-Oriented 81 32. Effort And Faith 84 33. Not Work But Sadhana For Self-Realisation 85 34. Living The Gita Vision 88 35. Yearning For Liberation 90 36. God’s Grace And Self-Effort 92 37. The Rationale Behind Prayer 94 38. Prayer—Its Prerequisites 95 39. Svadhyaya: Its Practical Value 96 40. Shravana Illumines 98 41. Santosha -A Continued Feast 100 42. The Great Goal And Its Attainment 102 43. Knowledge And Action 104 44. Be Persistent In Abhyasa 106 45. The Best Part Of Knowledge 107 46. Action Cannot Be Avoided 108 47. Never Despair 110 48. Knowledge Is Meant To Be Lived 111 49. Some Valuable Clues To Prosperity In The House 112 50. God Helps Those Who Help Themselves 113
BE WISE AND THINK RIGHT
51. The Primary Mission 117 52. Yoga Transforms The Nature Of The Psyche 119 53. The Yoga Of The Center 120 54. Importance Of Educating The Inner Man 122 55. Mind Is A Marvel 123 56. Mind-The Barrier Between Man And God 125 57. The Parable Of The Two Zen Monks 126 58. Be Master Of The Mind And Intellect 128 59. Liberate Yourself 129 60. The Music Of The Soul 131 61. Samskaras —The In-Built Impressions 133 62. Operation Of Subtle Impressions 135 63. Raga And Dvesha 137 64. Restraints (Yama) 139 65. Seclusion And Sattvic Diet 141 66. Practice Of Manana 144 67. Dynamic Self- Denial 145 68. Dharana And Dhyana Defined 147 69. Purushartha And Self-Control 149 70. Mental Activity Hides Your Real Nature 151 71. The Parable Of The Seeker And The Stinker 152 72. Unfoldment Of The Supreme Being 154 73. Influence Of Strong Mind Over Weak Minds 155 74. Yogic Life—In And Through The World 157 75. Hallmark Of A True Seeker 159
YOU ARE PARIPOORNA
76. Claim Your Birthright 163 77. From Knowledge To Experience 165 78. Bliss Is Thy Nature: Bliss Is Thy Heritage 166 79. The Thing To Be Known 168 80. The World Is An Abode Of Unhappiness 170 81. Buddha’s Four Truths 172 82. Fulfilment Of Life 174 83. From The Universal To The Universal 176 84. You Are That! 179 85. Nididhyasana 180 86. God Alone Exists 181 87. Affirm Truth 183 88. Awake, Arise 185 89. Negative Solutions Will Not Work 186 90. Pleasure Is Not Happiness 187 91. Strive For The Goal Of Life Right Now 188 92. The Significance Of Deepawali 190 93. Practice Awareness Of God 192 94. Man’s Extremity Is God’s Opportunity 194 95. Aparokshanubhuti 196 96. Thou Art Divinity 198 97. Perseverance Leads To Success 200
98. Dying To The Little Self
202 99. Real Renunciation 204 100. Let Divinity Be Your Keynote 206
Dhyanamulam guror murtih
Pujamulam guroh padam,
Mantramulam guror vakyam
Mokshamulam guror kripa.
The form of Guru is the root of meditation.
The feet of Guru are the root of worship.
The teaching of the Guru is the root of all Mantras.
The Grace of Guru is the root of Salvation.
Have God in your heart
His name on your lips
His thought in your mind
His love in your whole being
Samsar cannot touch you!
You are blessed.
24th September 2016 marks the auspicious occasion of Birth Centenary of Worshipful Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. To commemorate this sacred occasion, the Headquarters Ashram has decided to bring out various books and booklets comprising illuminating talks of Worshipful Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj.
To propagate Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj’s gospel of Divine Life, Worshipful Sri Swamiji Maharaj travelled extensively in India and abroad and showed the path of divine life to countless seekers through his spontaneous and highly inspiring lectures. His lectures are the outpourings of his saintly heart, complete dedication to Sri Gurudev’s teachings and the revelations of his intuitive wisdom.
Sri Swamiji Maharaj’s illuminating lectures have been compiled and published in book form from time to time. Srimati & Sri Raviji, an ardent devotee of Gurudev from DLS, New York, has meticulously collected some inspiring, thought-provoking and elevating extracts from Sri Swamiji Maharaj’s books. We are immensely happy to bring out those extracts in this book as our worshipful offering at his holy feet on the blessed occasion of his Birth Centenary. The present book THE DIVINE DESTINATION is a beautiful compilation of hundred inspiring excerpts.
We express our heartfelt gratitude towards Sri Raviji and the inmates of the Headquarters Ashram for their loving selfless service in compiling and editing these excerpts.
May the abundant blessings of the Almighty Lord, Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Worshipful Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj be upon all.
—The Divine Life Society
Worshipfull Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj came to teach us the essence of Sadhana. He came to train and guide us in practical spiritual life. He wanted that our life should be ‘Sadhanamaya’. Plunge into Sadhana; that is Sivananda; that is true discipleship. Sadguru Swami Sivananda stands for spiritual Sadhana in life. Be intent on Sadhana. Make your life an integral Sadhana. Stick to your path of Sadhana. Combine all your paths as harmonious help. Without Sadhana, Self-realisation is not possible. Regularity in Sadhana is indispensable. Sincerity and earnestness are the essential conditions for the fruition of all Sadhana.
The sculptor of Swami Chidananda is Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. It is the wisdom and the genius of the sculptor that is visible in the statue. The divine engineer is Swami Sivananda. All glorifications are due to those lotus-feet.
Whatever he says, should be our gospel. Let us make our entire life a living, practical and dynamic worship of this divine idol before us in the form of Sri Gurudev, so that we shall be able to fulfill the purpose of our existence, viz., the realisation of the inner nature of Sri Gurudev in this very life. If we, indescribably lucky disciples at the feet of this divinity, are fortunate to accomplish that, our lives will be doubly blessed. All praise, all glory to God. All praise, all glory to Gurudev Bhagawan, between whom and God there is no distinction. Bhagawan is Nirakara, Nirguna, Avyakta; Gurudev is Sakara, Saguna, Vyakta. Let us humbly offer our prayers at his divine feet that he may bless us; that in this very life we may try to work towards the fulfillment of our ideal that he is for us all.
Therefore, let us always enshrine in the temple of our hearts the ideal that is Sri Gurudev. Let us always worship in our hearts, the great ideal, the divine example that we have got in the living divinity before us, Sri Gurudev. Let us meditate upon him.
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