Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
The Problem of Evil Thoughts
by Sri Swami Sivananda
Worldly thoughts will trouble you a lot in the beginning of your meditation. If you are regular in meditation, these thoughts will gradually die by themselves. Meditation is a fire to burn these thoughts. Do not try to drive all the worldly thoughts. Entertain thoughts concerning the object of meditation.
Watch your mind always very carefully. Be vigilant. Be on the alert. Do not allow waves of irritability, jealousy, anger, hatred and lust to arise in the mind. These dark waves are enemies of meditation, peace and wisdom. Suppress them at once by entertaining sublime and divine thoughts. Evil thoughts that have arisen may be destroyed by originating good thoughts and maintaining them, by repeating any Mantra or Name of the Lord, by thinking of any form of the Lord, by practice of Pranayama, by singing the Name of the Lord, by doing good actions, or by dwelling on the misery that arises from evil thoughts. When you attain the state of purity, no evil thoughts will arise in your mind. Just as it is easy to check the intruder or enemy at the gate, so also it is easy to overcome an evil thought as soon as it arises. Nip it in the bud. Do not allow it to strike deep root.
Just as you close your door or gate when a dog or an ass tries to come in, so also, close your mind before any evil thought can enter and produce an impression on your physical brain. You will become wise soon and attain eternal, infinite peace and bliss.
When you pass through the market of a big city, you will not be able to notice small sounds; but when you sit for common meditation with some of your friends in a quiet room in the morning, you will be able to detect even a little sneezing or coughing. Even so, you are not able to find out the evil thoughts when you are engaged in some work or the other, but you are able to detect them when you sit for meditation. Do not be afraid when evil thoughts pass through your mind when you sit for meditation. Do vigorous Japa and meditation. They will pass off soon.
The following article has been posted at Sri Swami Krishnanandaji's site:
- Darshan with Swami Krishnananda during 1996: Love and Hatred
- Darshan with Swami Krishnananda during 1996: Religion is a Threefold Relationship
Yours in the service of Gurudev,
by Swami Sivananda
The goal of life is the attainment of final beatitude. This can be attained by meditation. The Ultimate Truth can be experienced by all persons by regular practice of meditation with a pure heart.
In this book I have placed before you in detail not only the step-by-step approach to meditation and the mechanics of its practice, but also all the obstacles that stand in the way of meditation and God-realisation. I have then proceeded to suggest various effective methods to remove those obstacles. Stand up now like an undaunted spiritual soldier in the Adhyatmic battle-field. Become a spiritual hero of great intrepidity and unique chivalry. Get over the obstacles fearlessly one by one and manifest divine glory, splendour, purity and sanctity. Wait patiently with a calm and serene mind for results. Do not be hasty, rash and impetuous. Allow proper time for regeneration and renovation. Nil desperandum. Never despair. Wear the Vairagya coat-of-arms. Wield the shield of Viveka. Hold the banner of faith. March boldly and cheerfully with the band of Bhum Bhum Bhum, Om Om Om, Ram Ram Ram, Shyam Shyam Shyam. Stop not till you drink the elixir of immortality to your heart’s content. Stop not, dear Sadhaks, till you enter the immortal realm of eternal sunshine, undecaying beauty, unfading ecstasy, supreme bliss, infinite joy, unalloyed felicity and unbroken peace. This is your final destination. You can take eternal rest now. This is your goal. This is your highest aim and purpose of life. Rest now in everlasting peace, friends! Good-bye unto you all. Cheer yourselves. Share this rare panacea with your brothers. Elevate them. This noble and stupendous selfless work is awaiting you now in the grand plan. Fulfill the Divine will and become a Buddha of undying fame.
No more words. Enough of discussions and heated debates. Retire into a solitary room. Close your eyes. Have deep silent meditation. Dive deep into the innermost recesses of the heart. Drink the nectar of immortality.
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TRAINING CHILDREN: The Master called Sri Sivaraman, a boy aged about ten years, who had joined the Ashram a few months ago. He said to the boy, “You should deliver short lectures at the Satsang. Tonight you can deliver this lecture; take it down in your note-book.”
When Sivaraman was ready the Master commenced to dictate: “O worldly fool! That Thou Art—Tat Twam Asi. Realise this and be free. This is my short lecture today.”
Sri Sivaraman took down the lecture, learnt it by heart and reproduced it at the night Satsang, to the joy of the entire audience.
“All religions hinge on three great concepts. Due to the variations in these three concepts, they differ from one another. One is the relationship between God and the world. Another is the relationship between yourself and the world. The third is the relationship between yourself and God. The concept of this threefold relation varies from one religion to another religion. The whole essence of religion is only this much. It is a threefold relationship, which has to be clear to one's mind. How are you connected to God? How are you connected to the world? How is God connected to the world? Let anybody answer these questions, and from the answer you can know what your religion is.” – Swami Krishnananda
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