Pocket Spiritual Gems
PROSTRATIONS TO THE GURU
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POCKET SPIRITUAL GEMS
by Swami Sivananda
Of the innumerable books written by Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, the present one is unique. The book contains 108 spiritual gems which are at once inspiring and elevating. Each gem is a Sutra pregnant with deep thoughts and inspiration.
The book will inspire the beginner, elevate the depressed, bring hope to the hopeless and serve the advanced Sadhaka as a treasure to aid contemplation and meditation. On each gem you can meditate for half an hour and feel quite refreshed and inspired. Such is the hidden power in the aphoristic sayings contained here.
This garland of 108 beads, if used by Sadhakas daily, will give them God-vision. The Japa of a Mala of this spiritual Mantra-gems will take hardly fifteen minutes, but will keep you inspired for fifteen hours. Go through the book once daily. Live them. All your Svadhyaya and Sadhana is over.
May this spiritual garland elevate and inspire all!
–THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
Brahmanandam paramasukhadam kevalam jnanamurtim
Dvandvatitam, gaganasadrisam tattvamasyadi lakshyam,
Ekam nityam vimalamachalam sarvadhi sakshibhutam
Bhavatitam triguna rahitam sadgurum tam namami.
I prostrate to the Sadguru who is beyond the modifications of Nature, beyond feelings, the witness of all intellects, the one, eternally pure, like the expansive sky, free from the pairs of opposites, the goal of the Tat Tvam Asi Mahavakya, the form of pure knowledge, the bestower of supreme bliss and Brahmic joy.
BOW TO BRAHMAN
Namaste satate jagatkaranaya
Namaste chide sarvalokasrayaya;
Namo-advaita tattvaya muktipradaya
Namo Brahmane vyapine sasvataya.
Prostrations to Brahman, the eternal and all-pervading one, the bestower of Mukti, the one non-dual principle. Prostrations again to the Sat, the cause of the world, to the Chit, the support of the whole world.
THOU ART EVERYTHING
Tvameva mata cha pita tvameva
Tvameva bandhuscha sakha tvameva,
Tvameva vidya dravinam tvameva
Tvameva sarvam mama deva deva.
Thou art my mother, Thou art my father,
Thou art my relative, Thou art my friend,
Thou art my knowledge, Thou art my wealth,
Thou art everything to me, O! my God of gods!
LEAD ME TO LIGHT
Asato ma sadgamaya,
Tamaso ma jyotir-gamaya,
Mrityor ma amritam gamaya.
O Lord! Lead me on From the unreal to the Real,
From darkness to Light,
From mortality to Immortality.
SELF-REALISATION–THE FINAL GOAL
Self-realisation is the final goal
Of all human efforts.
You can have it in the
Twinkling of an eye,
If you are sincere in Sadhana and meditation.
YOU ARE SATCHIDANANDA
Even if you have nothing to eat,
Even if you are in the role of unemployment,
Even if you are clad in rags,
You are essentially Satchidananda Svarupa.
Assert, affirm, recognise, realise this
And be free, O Ram!