Sivananda Day-to-day (548)

From: "Sivananda" <pannir@PROTECTED>
Subject: Sivananda Day-to-day (548)
Date: May 9th 2022

Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


The Type of Mind You Should Pray For
by Sri Swami Chidananda

Loving adorations to revered and beloved Holy Master Gurudev Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, who taught us about the transitory nature of all names and forms that go to make up this world appearance, who taught us the permanent nature of the Eternal Reality that is beyond all ever-changing names and forms, that is eternal and absolute, imperishable and everlasting.

If we wish to attain enlightenment, illumination, divine perfection and liberation, we should channelise all our thoughts in the direction of this great, all-transcendental, absolute Reality. In making our mind move continuously and constantly in an unbroken thought stream towards that one Being lies the guarantee of attaining the true fulfilment of our life. In that lies the guarantee of attaining our own highest good and supreme blessedness.

Therefore, this is the type of mind you should pray for—a mind in which there is no inclination to turn in the direction of this temporary, perishable world of vanishing names and forms; there is no inclination to move outwards towards the objects that give a momentary, superficial, gross sense-pleasure, but at the same time are capable of inflicting upon us much disease, much sorrow.

Wise people do not revel in these attractive but deceptive sense-objects. The wise do not revel in objects of superficial temporary satisfaction. You have to decide. Do you want to be wise, or do you want to prove yourself to be foolish. In spite of so much of spiritual reading, so much satsanga, viveka, vichara, if you are still foolish, that means that your foolishness goes very deep.

We should also ask for a mind that remains balanced in pleasure and pain, honour and dishonour. Bear insult and injury. If anyone pleases you, if anyone blames you or speaks insultingly about you, remain the same. Do not be moved by it. Because in this world insult and injury are unavoidable. All types of people are there. If we are upset by little negative feelings people have towards us, then there will be no end to our being upset. You will never be at peace.

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Yours in the service of Gurudev,



The Development of Religious Consciousness
by Sri Swami Krishnananda

The Development of Religious Consciousness presents a series of discourses that Worshipful Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj gave in the Ashram during Sadhana Week in 1989 on the evolution of religious consciousness in the human mind.

In this series, Sri Swamiji Maharaj takes the reader through the five stages of religious consciousness from its initial stage of concluding that the various phenomena in the world are caused by gods or deities in heaven, to seeing God as a Father in heaven transcending but controlling the world, then to bringing God closer in the form of a Divine Incarnation taking birth in the world, and finally merging with God in mystical experience. The last chapter provides arguments and proofs for the existence of God for those with a logical and philosophical attitude.

Worshipful Sri Swamiji Krishnanandaji Maharaj’s illuminating and all-comprehensive approach to this important subject makes the book interesting and thought-provoking as well.

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DEFINITION OF A DEAD MAN: A young boy came to the Ashram with the object of remaining permanently. The Master asked him to work in the Ashram printing press. But he proved to be incapable of any work nor was he doing any Sadhana.

While the Master was returning to his room after office work, the boy and some other disciples were following him. On the way, the boy enquired of the Master, “Is Subhas Chandra Bose dead or alive?”

Quick came the Master’s reply, “When you are dead, what does it matter whether Subhas is dead or alive? If a man does not do any Sadhana or work, he is a dead man!”

“There are Gurus or Masters whom it would not always be easy for a spiritual aspirant to befriend or serve. We have a classic instance of the story of the spiritual quest of Tibet’s Yogi Milarepa who underwent an intolerably severe training under his Preceptor Marpa. The hardship of living with a Guru is a thing our modern curiosity-ridden students cannot understand, far less appreciate or be able to endure. But spiritual attainment exacts such a price from anyone who is really sincere in this glorious pursuit; nay, all the priceless goods of this earth cannot be regarded as equal to the value of the fruits which such a strict personal discipline and such knowledge would yield in the end.” – Swami Krishnananda

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