Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah!
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!
Counting One’s Blessings And Good Fortune
by Sri Swami Chidananda
Beloved Immortal Atman! To be able to be here at the Ashram is an experience for which many are yearning day and night, and to get it even for a brief period of a few days people undertake arduous journeys. They come from far nooks and corners of India and think their life has now become fulfilled when they come to this sacred place. A dream has come true, and when they go back, they are ever cherishing the memory of their visit to this sacred place. Fortunate are those who dwell for a longer period of time, and fortunate are those who have come into the orbit of the spiritual influence of Gurudev’s spiritual teachings.
To count one’s blessings and good fortune and to derive maximum benefit out of it is wisdom. But to focus attention upon what one does not have and what someone else has and to bemoan some imaginary loss is un-wisdom. It deprives one of all the advantages that come from dwelling upon what one has already—all the great graces, propitious circumstances and good fortune worth rejoicing over. It is a trick of the mind to long for what one does not have—a trick which deprives oneself of the immediate and immense advantage that one could obtain.
God might have given us a human birth, intelligence, good health and many opportunities that might include sound, sight, hearing and a healthy body. We might not be crippled, deaf, blind or handicapped, but is this remembered? There are millions who have to put up a brave struggle to overcome immense handicaps that cut off part of life from their experience, but despite that they bravely struggle to overcome the handicap and manage to make do. But then, a great part of their energy potential is unfortunately diverted into overcoming this immense handicap. When this necessity is not there in our life, when we are sound of body and limbs—and thank God, all our senses are functioning—that is the time to be wise and to utilise our active faculties in a gainful manner to bless ourselves.
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Yours in the service of Gurudev,
Walk In This Light
by Sri Swami Chidananda
Whenever Swamiji Maharaj was in residence at the Sivananda Ashram, he would come to the early morning meditation in the Samadhi Shrine and give a talk to the devotees assembled there. Those of us who were privileged enough to have been present at many of those talks know how powerful and inspiring they could be. But to be entirely accurate, we could not actually say that Swamiji gave ‘talks’ as such. It was more in the way of a sharing, an offering, a being together worshipfully in the presence of God and Gurudev. Swamiji did not speak about a subject so much as he communicated directly with people. Just what was needed was provided.
The talks from Swamiji that constitute the main body of this book took place for the most part in 1988 and 1989. It was obvious from reading through the talks while preparing the book that there was an overriding theme that keep coming up over and over again—that of light. Frequently Swamiji would make reference to the “light that is within” or “the light of lights beyond all darkness,” and it was clear that this focus on light was not a casual or merely passing one, and it is for that reason that the title of the book, Walk in This Light, seemed most appropriate.
The book consists of fifty chapters divided into five sections, and each of the sections makes reference to some form of light or illumination: “This Awakening Light,” “The Light of Lights Beyond all Darkness,” “The Dawning of Knowledge,” “Within You Shines the Ever-Present Reality,” and “Illumined with Divine Wisdom.” The chapters themselves are generally quite short and are thereby easy to read and assimilate, and one can read them repeatedly, each time gaining a new insight or angle of vision.
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AVOID ALL ARGUMENTS: A visitor named Sri Saurabh, questioned the Master, “Were Rama and Krishna God or only great beings?”
“Take them as you like,” the Master replied at once. He then said with a smile, looking at the disciples sitting close to him, “There ends the matter!”
“Do not worry about repeated failures in your Sadhana. Despair not. Do not give up the struggle or the Sadhana. Stand up and again fight the turbulent senses and the mind. Each failure is a stepping-stone to success. You are nearer to success every time. You should succeed in the long run. Make courage your rosary, desirelessness your holy thread, discrimination your deer-skin, dispassion your silk cloth and meditation your sacred Bhasma or the holy sacred ash. Burn the fire of lust and anger through purity and forgiveness. The body idea, the sex idea, lust and egoism are very deep-rooted in men. Hence, O Man! Struggle hard to eradicate these simple enemies of your body and mind. Continue the fight unceasingly. You will succeed eventually in their annihilation.” – Swami Sivananda
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